PM Blog

From the looks of our research here at Gardner Business Media, our readers (that’s you) really like to watch the videos we post on our blog and our Facebook/Twitter pages. With that in mind, we add educational videos periodically to these outlets for you to enjoy. Most recently, we added PMTS 2017 machining demonstration videos to PM’s YouTube channel. You’ll find informative videos from manufacturers who presented on the PMTS show floor, including Hardinge Inc., Hanwha Machinery America, Davenport Machine, ZPS America/Wickman/Cucchi, Index Corp., and Hydromat Inc. Poke around the page and see what interests you.

Read More

Exact Metrology recently held open house at both of its locations, Cincinnati, Ohio, and Brookfield, Wisconsin. The company claims Big 10 neutrality, although the employees are free to show their allegiance.

From both facilities, the company serves industrial and commercial concerns, including heavy equipment, automotive and appliance companies. They even deal with nuclear facilities and sometimes museums.  

Read More

The June digital issue of Production Machining is now available, with emphasis topics of CAD/CAM Software and Micromachining. For our cover story, we take a look at the long list of considerations a shop should ponder before making the significant investment in a new CAD/CAM system. Our second feature reviews various technologies for presetting small cutting tools.

In our Tech Brief section, we review the advantages of a quick-change system, and how recent expansion of this particular product lineup addresses a broader machine tool platform. 

Read More

United Grinding North America Inc. has announced that on July 1, 2017, its Fredericksburg, Virginia, office will close and operations currently there will move to Miamisburg, Ohio. This strategic consolidation will further solidify the company’s aggressive initiative for continued success and growth in North America.

“This tactical move is part of an overall strategy designed with the customer at the forefront,” says Theodore Neckel, director of corporate marketing for United Grinding North America.  “We pay very close attention to the voice of our customers, and they’ve expressed a need for a faster response time and complete turnkey, life-cycle solutions. With all our operations under one roof, we will streamline our services and enhance the business experience for our customers.”

Read More

The May index value of 55.6 was a reversal from the six-point move that occurred between March and April. In the first five months of 2017, the Gardner Business Index for Production Machining has done very well, averaging more than 56, suggesting that the industry is doing well. Index components supporting the positive view of the industry include the Production and New Orders components. The Production and New Orders index values average over the last three months have exceeded values of 62 and 59, respectively.  

Within the GBI Production Machining Index, material prices continue to present a challenge to the industry. The three-month averaged index value for material prices is up 35 percent from the same three-month period a year ago. Furthermore, our index data comparing prices received with input costs shows a wider gap than at any time reported in the last five years. Given the large delta between these indices, it may only be a matter of time before rising input costs are passed along to machine consumers in the form of higher machine costs.

Read More

RSS RSS  |  Atom Atom