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Big Kaiser Precision Tooling Inc. recently donated a Speroni Magis tool management system to the Precision Machining program at Plymouth Community Schools in Plymouth, Indiana.

The tool presetting and measuring system was donated to the program after it was replaced with newer equipment at Andretti Autosport in Indianapolis. The machine was embellished with the race team logo and signed by racing legend Michael Andretti as well as current team drivers Marco Andretti and Ryan Hunter-Reay.

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PMTS 2017 attendees interested in learning about the latest precision machining technologies will also hear parts cleaning professionals present insights on the current regulatory environment as well as the latest on equipment, processes and solution chemistries at the PCx Conference. The conference is held April 25-26 at the the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio, during the PMTS/PCx event. Although PMTS/PCx is free to attend, there is a registration fee for the PCx Conference. Save $100 when registering by taking advantage of early-bird savings before March 23.

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Mark your PMTS calendar to be at booth 400 on April 26 at 11:30. Index Corp. will demonstrate its G200 turn-mill machine that features Y-axis and 5-axis production capability for machining complex parts in a single handling.

Industry veteran Mark Saalmuller will present the machine in the company’s booth. Some of the features that will be highlighted in the demo include the machine’s main and counterspindle with bar capacity of 60 mm as well as a 360-degree, B-axis milling spindle for six-sided machining capability. The machine also features as many as three tool carriers with a Y-axis tool pool of up to 42 stations for adequate capacity for complex workpieces.

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The March digital issue of Production Machining is now available, with emphasis topics of Data-Driven Manufacturing and Workholding, along with Special Coverage of Multi-Spindle Machining. For our cover story, we take a good, hard look at a new CNC five-spindle that is designed for rapid cycle times and flexible changeover for high precision, medium complexity parts. Our second feature looks at a shop that installed an ERP system as a foundation for better process control, with the eventual goal of adding machine conditioning monitoring.

Our Case in Point this month covers a shop that produces AR-15 rifles. Experiencing workholding problems due to loss of rigidity on the CNC lathes used to turn the barrels and inconsistency with clamping pressure, the company purchased a chuck and clamping head collet system that allows running at or above optimal conditions with the correct cutting inserts.

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