With a degree in technical writing and editing, Chris began his career as an assistant editor with Modern Machine Shop, eventually moving into the role of production manager. After leaving the machine tool industry for several years to run his own marketing and web design business, he returned to Gardner in 2005 as associate editor of Production Machining. He has also served as editor of Process Cleaning magazine. Chris is an avid baseball fan (particularly of the Cincinnati Reds), but says he'd still rather watch his kids' sporting events any day.
ABB Robotics will host its annual Technology Days event March 13th and 14th, 2014 at their North American headquarters and training center in Auburn Hills, Mich. The event will feature more than 80 product demonstrations and free technical seminars covering both general and application specific information designed to benefit both those considering an initial foray into robotic automation and those looking to upgrade or expand their existing robotic lines.
Applications to be covered include packaging, material handling, assembly, machine tending, welding and cutting, press automation, painting, automotive and transportation, and training and service. This year ABB will also celebrate 40 years in the robotics industry, highlighting major developmental milestones since 1974.
Prominent features on the demo floor will include the new IRB 6700—the next generation of large robots, designed for spot welding, material handling and machine tending; several sophisticated machine tending cells; and the full IRB 360 FlexPicker line. ABB’s Integrated Vision, Integrated Force Control, and RobotStudio programming systems will also be on display.
The Dual Arm Concept Robot (DACR) will be making its first appearance in North America, providing a look at the current status of a robot prototype designed to meet the challenging demands of the consumer electronics industry and other smaller parts assembly applications.
The ABB facility in is located at 1250 Brown Road, Auburn Hills, MI 48326.
The 13th annual TopSolid seminar which took place in Prague January 15-18, 2014, gave Missler Software the opportunity to share with seminar participants the good news of its best sales results in the history of the company. The announcement of company turnover exceeding €27M ($36 million) for the first time ever gave an upbeat start to the company’s annual seminar, whose theme was, “Global Business for Local Impact.”
200 people, both internal staff and TopSolid resellers from all over the world, came together to look back over 2013 and, more importantly, to look at what is in store for 2014 during two intensive days of meetings, workshops and individual meetings with internal Missler Software management, sales, marketing and development/technical teams.
The management team confirmed its desire to strengthen existing reseller partnerships internationally and to create new partners in 2014. The creation of three business units in America, Europe and Asia was announced during the seminar plenary session. The company’s strategy is to foster tighter business links with its customers and resellers by developing a more local business model.
The seminar was the ideal occasion for the TopSolid product managers and application engineers to present TopSolid 2014 to the French sales team and international resellers thanks to several presentations and product demonstrations.
The seminar concluded with a gala award ceremony where the most successful French and international sales teams were rewarded. It was a time to thank all Missler Software and TopSolid resellers for their active participation and contribution in making 2013 the best year in the company’s history.
The DMG Mori Seiki Open House in Pfronten, Germany, featured 73 exhibits, including 8 world premiere machines. About 6,000 people attended the event throughout the week. View a slideshow of the event.
Last week, DMG Mori Seiki opened the doors for visitors to its Deckel Maho factory in Pfronten, Germany. The company anticipated more than 6,000 people would attend the Open House throughout the week to view 73 exhibits, including 8 world premieres. Overall, 19 of the machines on display featured the new DMG MORI design, and 18 of those include CELOS.
During Tuesday’s press conference, Dr. Rüdiger Kapitza, chairman of the board for DMG Mori Seiki Aktiengesellschaft, addressed nearly 100 members of the international press, detailing the company’s growth as demonstrated through new technology centers worldwide. Dr. Masahiko Mori, president of DMG Mori Seiki Company Ltd., provided further details about the company’s increased production with the opening of several new factories in the past two years. Christian Thönes, member of the board for DMG Mori Seiki Aktiengesellschaft, discussed the technology on display at the Pfronten Open House. In particular, he detailed the CELOS control technology, which offers a common interface for all of the company’s new machines.
A walk through the showroom and an in-depth tour of the entire Pfronten facility provided insight regarding the extent that the company is addressing the needs of the industry. Including the eight world premieres displayed at this Open House, DMG Mori Seiki will present a total of 24 premieres throughout 2014.
Gardner Business Media, Inc. today opened registration for amerimold – The Event for Mold Manufacturing, scheduled to run June 11-12, 2014, in Novi, Mich., Attendees and media can register now at amerimoldexpo.com.
The annual amerimold draws more than 2,500 of the top owners, executives and engineers involved in the plastic injection mold manufacturing industry. The event includes an exhibit hall, technical conference and production sourcing events.
“We are very excited to announce the opening of registration for amerimold 2014. Now is the ideal time to host an event in an active and strengthening Great Lakes manufacturing community,” said Allison Miller, Director of Events, Gardner Business Media, Inc. “Thanks in large part to a surging automotive industry, our core attendee base of tool and mold manufacturers and injection molders have seen increased business. We are thrilled to offer a venue that delivers access to the product technology, applications knowledge and business contacts that will help them continue to compete and succeed in this evolving and exciting manufacturing market.”
Attendees are encouraged to register in advance of amerimold 2014 to ensure the most efficient, economical and informed event experience. Additional information on amerimold 2014, including hotel information, can be found at amerimoldexpo.com.
Exhibit space is currently available. Interested exhibitors can find booth availability, exhibitor benefits and reservation information at amerimoldexpo.com.
The digital February issue of Production Machining is now available, with emphasis topics of Medical Machining and Inspection & Measurement. The cover story takes a look inside a shop whose owners continue to find their way back into making medical parts—mainly because they’re good at it. Our other feature explains how presetters can help keep chips flying while reducing human error and increasing precision.
We also take a detailed look at an electrical clamping system and provide a list of eight easy tips for spindle and toolholder hygiene. Our Case in Point section visits a high-volume production shop whose secret to success lies in single-cell automation.
This month’s Parts Cleaning section examines the advantages of vapor degreasing in aerospace applications and recaps last fall’s parts2clean show.