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This video, produced at PMTS 2017 by a popular CNC YouTuber, John Saunders, gives a short overview of what a handful of exhibitors displayed for the attendees. This year’s edition of PMTS boasted the highest attendance at 4,868, the most exhibitors at 1,726, and the largest square footage at 73,400 square feet in show history! If you couldn’t attend this year, be sure to keep open April 204, 2019, in Cleveland, Ohio, for PMTS 2019. 

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Changes and advancements are always taking place in this industry. When is the last time you’ve stepped back and thought about how efficient your processes are, especially when it comes to your Swiss machines? If it’s been a while, PM has the perfect article to help you through your thought process. Take a few minutes to read “New Accessories Improve Swiss Machine Performance.” This thorough article covers new products available now such as advanced tool geometry, optimized coating, and accessories designed to reduce setup time. For more information about the latest innovations in Swiss-type machining, visit PM’s Swiss-type Machining Zone.

 

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Production Machining’s May Digital Edition is now available. This issue features emphasis topics of Swiss-Type Machining and Cutting Tools. In this month’s cover story, we take a look at some performance enhancing accessories that can be applied to Swiss-type machine tools. For our other feature, we cover different ways that changes in cutting tool materials, over time, have impacted both round and indexable tools.

Turn to our Tech Brief section to learn about how oil/coolant mist collectors can contribute to employee safety and a better work environment all around. Our Case in Point goes into a medical device consulting firm that found a great way to accelerate business after taking on milling and turning work.

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Posted by: Steven Kline, Jr. 9. May 2017

Gardner Business Index: Precision Machining, April 2017, 52.9

With a reading of 52.9, the Gardner Business Index showed that the precision machining index grew for the sixth straight month. However, the rate of growth slowed sharply to its slowest rate since November 2016. But, other than the current streak of growth, April was still the fastest rate of growth since March 2015.

New orders grew for the seventh month in a row, the rate of growth decelerated to its slowest rate since October 2016. Production grew for the eight month in a row, but it too decelerated noticeably. April was its slowest rate of growth this year. The backlog index increased for the fifth straight month. This was a strong indication that capacity utilization will increase in 2017. Employment increased for the fifth month in a row, although the rate of growth decelerated for the second month in a row. Exports contracted at an accelerating rate for the second consecutive month. Supplier deliveries continued to lengthen, but they did so at a slower rate in April.

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