Posted by: Chris Felix 16. July 2014

Parts Cleaning Expo Call for Papers


Production Machining is hosting the Parts Cleaning Expo (PCx) April 21-23, 2015, at the Precision Machining Technology Show (PMTS). We are currently accepting abstracts for the Parts Cleaning Conference.

Each 200- to 300-word abstract must be submitted by August 1, 2014 and should include a cover page with the title of the paper, author and/or speaker’s name, job title, company name, address, telephone and fax numbers, and email address of the primary contact person. Suggested topics include cleaning fundamentals, environmental issues, assessing cleaning quality, cleaning specifications, new cleaning processes, and new cleaning technologies.

All speakers must submit a presentation for inclusion in the conference proceedings by March 2, 2015.

Abstracts should be mailed, faxed or emailed to

Allison Miller, Conference Coordinator
Gardner Business Media Inc.
6915 Valley Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45244-3029
Fax: 513-527-8801

Posted by: Miles Free 15. July 2014

Memorandum Published for OSHA Temporary Citation Policy for Electrical Power Standard


On June 20, OSHA published a memorandum to regional administrators outlining its temporary enforcement policy for 29 CFR 1910.137(b) and 1910.269; and 29 CFR 1926.97(b) and Subpart V.

29 CFR 1910.137(b) and 1910.269 are for general industry.

29 CFR 1926.97(b) and Subpart V are construction standards.

This subject of electrical protection is in keeping with all of the attention that Arc-Flash seems to have at OSHA these days.

Click here to read the memorandum. 


Originally posted on blog. 

Posted by: Lori Beckman 14. July 2014

White Paper Describes Preventing Chatter on CNC Lathes

Okuma's VSST allows users to cut threads without chatter.

Eliminating harmonics, which can produce tool chatter or poor surface finish, is critical for maximizing CNC lathe productivity. Harmonic Spindle Speed Control (HSSC) and Variable Spindle Speed Threading (VSST) are functions built into Okuma’s Thinc-OSP CNC control that are harmonics problem solvers. HSSC and VSST are particularly useful when machining parts with high L/D ratios, thin-walled parts or thin-walled parts with threads.

Avoiding scrap caused by harmonic-induced vibration can be a challenge using conventional solutions. HSSC and VSST functions on an Okuma CNC lathe make it easier to achieve consistent surface finishes on parts, the company says.

Okuma’s HSSC and VSST is described in the company’s white paper

Posted by: Chris Koepfer 11. July 2014

Mitutoyo Opens New Center in Houston

Mitutoyo America’s newest M3 Solution Center in Houston, Texas. 


Measurement and inspection provider, Mitutoyo America, has opened its ninth technical center in Houston, Texas. The company calls these centers M3 (M cubed) as a nod to Rene Descartes’ influence on mathematics through his Cartesian coordinate system, which we still use today to identify a point in space as a set of numbers. It’s very handy for machine tools.

The new center is located within minutes of Houston’s George Bush International airport. According to the company, customers can schedule appointments for product demonstrations and acquire technical assistance for measuring solutions for challenging applications.

An open house is scheduled for July 16 and 17 for visitors to stop by and check out the new facility. Festivities include tours of the 8,000-square-foot center, refreshments, raffles and live product demonstration from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both days. To RSVP, call Donna Boothe at 281-217-1864 or email her. 



Posted by: Chris Felix 9. July 2014

July 2014 PM Digital Issue Now Available

The July Digital Edition is live!

Production Machining’s July Digital Edition is now available. This issue features emphasis topics of Machining Centers and Systems & Software. This month’s cover story examines a shop that is using some creative workholding solutions to substantially increase production on their machining centers. Our other feature takes a look at how shop management software is helping a toolmaker grow through streamlined operations and increased profit margins.

Turn to our Tech Brief section for information about a single-pass honing process that sizes and finishes a bore with a series of progressively larger superabrasive tools adjusted to a preset diameter. We also present an expandable, scalable automation system designed to more easily work into a shop’s future needs.

Our Case in Point section visits a shop that made the shift to CAM as its increasingly complex parts required it.

Take a look inside PM’s July Digital Edition today.

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