Posted by: Lori Beckman 11. September 2014

Marubeni Citizen Hosts Celebration at IMTS for 30 Years in U.S.

Beluga whales at Marubeni's IMTS celebration.

Marubeni Citizen commemorated its 30th anniversary in the U.S. with a formal, private celebration at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago last evening. Attendees, who consisted of executives, key former employees, dealers and customers, were treated to a viewing of beluga whales, dolphins, and cocktails on the terrace with the beautiful Chicago skyline as the backdrop. This was all followed by an elegant dinner in front of the huge, exotic fish tank. A diver wearing a Marubeni Citizen 30th anniversary t-shirt fed the fish in the tank. Dinner was followed by a cordials and dessert hour.

The reception entertainment was provided by a local trio who played hit music on their classical string instruments. Attendees were treated like family all evening, and upon departing the event, each person was presented a violin-shaped clock that plays 30 melodies and songs. 

As if this magnificent party at the Shedd wasn't enough, the company sent everyone home on a trolley that gave attendees a tour of the beautiful city at night.

The Chicago skyline from the Shedd Aquarium terrace.

Posted by: Chris Felix 10. September 2014

Advanced Manufacturing Center at IMTS 2014



Presented by Modern Machine Shop, within the booth of Production Machining’s parent company, Gardner Business Media, the Advanced Manufacturing Center (AMC) has returned to IMTS with a network of solutions for understanding and adopting five key trends that are moving manufacturing forward. Booth W-10, at the entrance to the West Hall, includes unique displays dedicated to additive manufacturing, automation, automotive 2025, data driven manufacturing, and machine shop automation.

Along with parts displays, daily live presentations, feature videos and special edition magazine issues aimed at delivering practical, applications-based views of each technology, the assortment of resource centers is presenting creative ways to leverage each advanced manufacturing concept.

The Additive Manufacturing resource center includes parts displays from Linear Mold & Engineering and RPM Innovations. On Tuesday, Greg Morris, GE Aviation’s Additive Technologies lead, gave a live presentation.

The Automation resource center is featuring the award-winning, collaborative Baxter robot as it looks at ways manufacturers are becoming more productive and efficient through the use of robotics.

The Automotive 2025 resource center is introducing concepts for achieving lighter, stronger vehicles. General Motors is displaying a Chevy Silverado body-in-white that highlights advancements in lightweighting and material composition.

The Data Driven Manufacturing resource center includes insights on ways contract shops are integrating data, analytics, mobile devices and wearable technology to improve all aspects of production.

The Machine Shop Optimization resource center is introducing this year’s Top Shops winners (awards presentation at 3:00 p.m. Wednesday) while it examines characteristics that define best-in-class machining.

If you’re at the show, stop by the AMC (Booth W-10) and enter to win a VIP day for two to any 2015 Verizon IndyCar race. All entrants will receive drinks at the AMC Solutions Networking Bar, where they can also pick up an “I Move Manufacturing” t-shirt.

Posted by: Chris Koepfer 9. September 2014

Micro-Drilling Demo and More at IMTS Booth S-8536

Precision micro-drilling of deep holes on display at Absolute Machine Tools' booth. 

Stop by the Absolute Machine Tools booth in the South hall (S-8536)—you’re going to like what you see. The company offers a demo of deep-hole drilling on AR/15 gun barrels using its line of Precihole machines, which are designed for micro-drilling and hole finishing for various industries, but are especially geared toward medical implants. 

Gundrilling produces straight, accurate deep holes and is preferred to produce holes with length-to-diameter rations of ten or more. It’s ideal for cannulated medical parts, intramedullary devices such as nails and screws, as well a cannulated drills. These precision parts require a high degree of accuracy for holes as small as 1 mm in diameter.

For production of Swiss-type parts, Absolute is demonstrating the Nexturn line of sliding headstock machines. It is turning and milling a gun revolver to illustrate the versatility of this 32-mm, 9-axis machine. Swiss-type machining is hot at the show, so you don’t want to miss this example.

When you stop by the booth, your hostess (she’s in the skeleton outfit) will show you around. That, too, is well worth a visit.  

Posted by: Lori Beckman 8. September 2014

IMTS ShowDaily Website on your Smartphone, Tablet

Find IMTS ShowDaily online!

The International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) ShowDaily, the newspaper-style publication that traditionally comes out at the show three times during IMTS week, is going digital for the first time. So if you didn’t make it to Chicago for IMTS this week, or if you did and you want the latest news from the show floor without picking up the ShowDaily hard copy, it’s easy to visit Smartphone and tablet friendly, the site is convenient to check out show events while on site or read the latest news and products being displayed at the show, and more.

Once on the site, browse stories by pavilion (Metalcutting, Tooling & Workholding Systems, Machine Components/Environmental, Quality Assurance, Controls & CAD/CAM, and more).

Check out the latest goings-on at IMTS here

Posted by: Chris Koepfer 5. September 2014

Lights-Out Machining Season

Automatic loading whether chucked or bar fed is critical to long run lights out production. 

Fall is approaching with shorter days and longer nights. Many shops look to lights-out manufacturing in hopes of maximizing effective long overnight part runs.

In January, Production Machining published a primer on what steps to take for establishing a checklist to succeed with lights-out machining. Click here to read the article. There are many advantages in addition to reduced labor costs that come with untended or lightly tended operation.

However, there are considerations that must be taken into account, some of which are not all that obvious. If you are looking to implement lights-out manufacturing in your shop, this article is a helpful place to start the exercise.

Not every job qualifies for lights-out and understanding the difference between what parts work versus those that are less likely candidates can save a lot of time and expense. 


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