Posted by: Russ Willcutt 29. August 2016

Reeling in Live Demos at Tsugami Booth

IMTS guests will see an aluminum fishing reel being machined on-site and complete on an M08SY turning center at the Tsugami/REM sales booth.

Visitors to Tsugami/REM Sales’ booth S-9410 will be reeling from all the technology on display, particularly watching an aluminum fishing reel being machined on-site and complete on an M08SY turning center. In addition, drawings will be held each day for a pair of Bose SoundLink around-ear wireless headphones and a Beats by Dr. Dre Pill+ portable speaker.

But the real draw is the machine tools and automation. After unveiling the LaserSwiss style automatic lathe at IMTS 2014, this year Tsugami/REM Sales is launching the model SS207-5AX, with a 20-mm capacity, seven-axis lathe with B axis. Guests to the booth will observe live demos of Swiss turning and laser cutting on one machine, producing complex parts quickly and with a single setup. 

Fans of robotics will enjoy the live cutting demonstrations on the new, next-generation B0205-III Swiss-type automatic lathe, with automatic loading and robotic integration. The machine tool produces a finished part in 21 seconds, the company says, and enables operators to conduct lights-out machining. Read more about Tsugami technology in an article from the PM archives.

Visitors will see live cutting demonstrations on the next-generation Tsugami B0205-III Swiss style automatic lathe with automated loading and robotic integration. 

Posted by: Chris Koepfer 26. August 2016

Thinking Ahead

The Nakamura-Tome AS-200L lathe is provided by OptiPro Systems for the Finger Lakes Community College-G.W. Lisk Co. advanced manufacturing machinist training program.

Many companies are seriously thinking about their workforce demographics, and some are doing something about it. Recently, an Ontario, New York, machine tool builder and distributor, OptiPro Systems, donated a Nakamura-Tome lathe valued at $200,000 to Finger Lake Community College - G.W. Lisk Co.’s advanced manufacturing machinist training program. 

Don Miller, technical sales engineer for OptiPro, says he understands the value of advanced training and its need to train on advanced equipment. “Because of a lack of academic resources, business and academia need work as partners to provide well trained workers. Everybody needs to be a winner,” Mr. Miller says.

“It’s tough to dedicate a sophisticated machine tool to just training,” says Dave Phillips, G.W. Lisk’s training manager. Modern machine tools are so sophisticated and expensive that taking them out of production can be cost prohibitive. Placing the machine in a dedicated training facility solves the in-production issue and allows the students more hands-on time.

A regional, tri-lateral partnership such as this may well be a harbinger for the future as manufacturing proactively addresses the skilled worker shortage. According to Scott Cummings, director at G.W. Lisk, about 20 percent of his workforce will reach retirement age within five years. 

Posted by: Chris Felix 24. August 2016

JobBoss Offers ROI Calculator


The Exact JobBoss website now offers a free tool designed to help justify an investment in JobBoss software. By plugging data into the ROI Calculator, users can determine the savings they can expect to realize by implementing the software at their shops.

JobBoss can help reduce expenses and increase revenue by improving efficiencies and productivity, improving customer satisfaction, and positioning a business for growth and success. Try the calculator for free.



Posted by: Russ Willcutt 22. August 2016

Marubeni Citizen-Cincom to Raise the Roof at IMTS


The L2000 Laser System, which is making its IMTS debut, enables both laser and conventional machining operations to be performed on the same machine.


Marubeni Citizen-Cincom (Cincom) has redesigned its booth for IMTS 2016, adding a second level to allow more ground-level space to showcase the MCC Tech Center. The Tech Center works with both distributors and customers to develop custom automation systems, laser systems, modular tooling systems and other highly engineered products to enhance the latest machine tool technologies.

The L2000 Laser System, making its IMTS debut, enables both laser and conventional machining operations to be performed on the same machine. A Cincom L220XII Swiss-type lathe featuring a B axis with a rotational range of 135 degrees, allowing for both front- and back-side machining and a Miyano BNA-42GTY fixed headstock type CNC lathe will be equipped with the laser cutting system.

Automation will also be on display. A FANUC robot system will be integrated to a Miyano BNA-42S, and a Mitsubishi robot will be interfaced to a Cincom L220X to unload and palletize completed components. Another sliding headstock-type automatic CNC lathe, the L12, will feature vacuum extraction and an automated parts collection system.

Attendees are invited to stop by Booth S-9416 to meet John Antignani, who was recently promoted to president and COO of the company. He will be available to discuss Marubeni Citizen-Cincom’s commitment to continued product development to keep its customers at the leading edge of today’s machining technology. A Citizen watch will also be raffled each day. Read this article from a past issue of PM to learn more about the company and its technology. Also visit our Swiss-type Screw Machine Zone.

Cincom’s best-selling L-Series machines have been relaunched with exciting new functions that will be on display at IMTS.


Posted by: Chris Koepfer 19. August 2016

Homage to a Machine Tool Family Man

Herb and Phil Miller, machine tool men. 

Phil Miller, managing director at Tornos Technologies U.S., submitted the following homage to his father who recently passed. I thought it was worth sharing in part because it speaks to the generational nature of the machine tool industry and how we tend to pay it forward.

My father, Herbert Louis Miller, was a “machine tool man” through and through. He was a fixture in the industry for over 40 years, and he influenced and shaped the lives of many people who knew him. He was also a mentor to his sons and grandchildren, as three sons and two grandsons have followed in his path into machine tools.

He was a hard-working and hard-driving individual, and it was his drive and persistence, that became a part of all his children’s psyche. “We do not give up.”

After serving in the U.S. Army, he began his apprenticeship as a machinist at Koppers Company, in Baltimore, Maryland. It was there that he gained the foundation and tools, for a lifelong career in machine tools. He went on to night school, attending John Hopkins University for seven years, studying echanical engineering. During this period, he also sold pots and pans door to door on weekends, always trying to get ahead. At the same time, our family was growing in size every year, as he and my mother ultimately raised seven children. He then joined Western Electric as a manufacturing engineer and expanded his technical knowledge.

In 1964, he joined New Britain Tool Co. as a young sales engineer. After completing training, he relocated our family to Hoffman Estates, Illinois, to handle the Chicago sales territory. This was the beginning of his machine tool career. 

During his tenure at New Britain, he did exceptionally well. He worked his way up to regional sales manager, then national sales manager, and in the end was offered the position of V.P. of sales. However, after 17 years with New Britain, he decided it was time to go on his own. It was the summer of 1980 that H.L. Miller Machine Tools Inc. was born, and by year’s end, my brother John, and then I, joined the company. Years later, my brother Dan joined the team as well. At the time, we were known as the screw machine dealer, as we carried all the best screw machine lines available and all the related equipment. After many years in the field, he finally retired in 2007.

My father was a charismatic and dynamic salesman that knew his products intimately. He was known internationally for his technical expertise in the screw machine Industry. He also made many endearing friendships along the way. However, his true legacy is the large and growing family that he leaves behind, carrying on his name.

I loved him very much, and he will always be with me.

Click here to read a similar homage I wrote about my dad last year. 

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