Posted by: Chris Felix 19. November 2014

Another Look at Skiving

The article provides clear illustrations and details for optimal strategies in skiving.

Although recognized as one of the oldest and most efficient methods for producing long and slender parts, those with close diameter tolerances and finishes, and those requiring truly spherical radii, skiving is still often avoided because many layout and setup personnel and operators lack sufficient knowledge to successfully apply the process.

Several years ago, Somma Tool Company provided a closer look at the process in the article, “The Forgotten Art of Skiving.” Providing a solid definition of skiving, details of its advantages, and clear illustrations of required cutting angles, this article continues to get a lot of traffic on the Production Machining website. It’s worth a read if you think skiving might be right for your operations.

Posted by: Miles Free 18. November 2014

OSHA Reporting Requirements for Employers Go into Effect Soon


A new wallet card issued by OSHA will help your supervisors understand the changes to Injury and Illness Reporting Requirements that go into effect in January.

Under the final rule, employers must report the following events:
    1. Each fatality resulting from a work-related incident, within 8 
hours of the death. 
This requirement applies to all fatalities 
occurring within 30 days of a work-related incident. See Sec.  
1904.39(a)(1) and (b)(6).

    2. Each in-patient hospitalization resulting from a work-related 
incident, within 24 hours of the hospitalization. 
This requirement 
applies to all in-patient hospitalizations occurring within 24 hours of 
a work-related incident. See Sec. 1904.39(a)(2) and (b)(6).

    3. Each amputation resulting from a work-related incident, within 
24 hours of the amputation.
 This requirement applies to all amputations 
occurring within 24 hours of a work-related incident. See Sec.  
1904.39(a)(2) and (b)(6).

    4. Each loss of an eye resulting from a work-related incident, 
within 24 hours of the loss of an eye. 
This requirement applies to all 
losses of an eye occurring within 24 hours of a work-related incident. 
See Sec. 1904.39(a)(2) and (b)(6).

These requirements go into effect Jan. 1 next year.

Get the wallet card and review the upcoming changes with your team now. 


Originally posted on blog.


Posted by: Lori Beckman 17. November 2014

What if Veterans Day Was Celebrated Year-Round?


This past Veterans Day was a memorable one for me. It started with a simple question from my inquisitive 7-year-old son, “What are we going to do to celebrate Veterans Day, Mom?” I was taken aback, because honestly, I had never asked myself that question before, let alone expected my young son to ask that. He told me that his teacher had talked about what Veterans Day means. I suggested he call his grandpa and ask him what we could do to celebrate. My dad was in the Army in the Vietnam War era and was one of the lucky few soldiers not chosen to go to war.

The day off school and work that I was planning to use to take my kids to the latest Disney movie turned out to be much more meaningful. The phone call to Grandpa made his day. We met for lunch where my mom and my husband also joined us. Dad talked about some memories he had of this military experience and the fact that he doesn’t know why he was given orders to go to Germany, when 200-plus soldiers in his group were ordered to go to Vietnam. Dad is the most patriotic man I know and is very proud to be a vet.

After lunch, our family attended a local outdoor veterans memorial for a Veterans Day ceremony, which was touching and a little emotional at times. A petite 91-year-old World War II vet named “Homer,” wearing his old uniform, opened the ceremony, surprising the audience of 200 with his booming voice singing the National Anthem. A couple active duty soldiers then talked about their experiences in the service and their appreciation for our great country. They had been deployed to other countries in their careers and learned to love the simple things most Americans take for granted, such as green lawns and trees in our yards.

Fourth-grade students from a nearby elementary school were part of the ceremony as well, as they sang two songs especially for the vets. As they sang, I wondered if they truly understood the sacrifices the soldiers and vets present have made and are making for our freedom. Probably not, I gathered, because I don’t think most of us understand these sacrifices unless we experience them ourselves. Yet, we can appreciate them, at least, by hugging a veteran, thanking a soldier we see in uniform, attending a ceremony on Veterans Day or Memorial Day or simply reflecting to ourselves when the opportunity arises.

Taps was played as the city mayor and a soldier placed a wreath on the memorial, marking the end of the ceremony. “Hug a vet before the end of the day,” the mayor concluded.

At those words, I reached up to Dad and gave him a squeeze and thanked him. Later, he thanked the family for spending time with him and said it was his best Veterans Day yet. He especially was touched by his grandson’s gesture of picking up the phone and calling him on this day.

This special group of people deserve to be honored more than one day each year. Perhaps that can change. Don’t forget about this dedicated group of skilled men and women during your hiring process. Workshops for Warriors places veterans and wounded warriors in manufacturing careers by providing training, credentials, work experience and job placement. Find out more here



Posted by: Chris Koepfer 14. November 2014

A Visit to Robot Land

While visiting the Taiwan Machine Tool Show (TMTS), which recently took place in Taichung, I received a tour of Hiwin’s booth. Taiwan headquartered Hiwin is a premier global manufacturer of motion control and systems technology. Its U.S. headquarters is in Elgin, Illinois.

In one of the larger booths at the show, Hiwan demonstrated the breadth of its involvement in actuation, robotics and medical applications. Some of the demonstrations were quite clever, catching my attention as well as the attention of many of the other 70,000 show attendees. Here's a short slideshow that illustrates some of the activities on display in the booth.

Posted by: Chris Felix 12. November 2014

November 2014 PM Digital Issue Now Available

PM's November 2014 Digital Edition is now available.

Production Machining’s November Digital Edition is now available. This issue features emphasis topics of Materials and CNC Single-Spindle. This month’s cover story examines the machining demands and some recent developments that have elevated performance and process security in turning heat-resistant superalloys and titanium alloys. Our other feature provides a look at large threading operations on a couple of big bore lathes recently installed at a Texas oilfield supplier.

Turn to our Tech Brief section to learn more about maximizing productivity through quick-change workholding. We also look at a Swiss-type with laser cutting capability to assist in machining parts complete in a single handling. Our Case in Point goes into a shop that is using new micro-grooving tooling strategies to achieve the needed results.

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

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