PM News: On With The Show

Now that the long-anticipated PMTS is over, it’s time to think ahead to what is going on next year: SIMODEC - The International Screw-Cutting Machine Tool Show.

On With The Show. Now that the long-anticipated PMTS is over, it’s time to think ahead to what is going on next year: SIMODEC. The International Screw-Cutting Machine Tool Show (SIMODEC is the French abbreviation) will be March 2-6, 2004, at the Parc des Expositions in La Roche-sur-Furon, France. The biennial show had 279 exhibitors in 2002, including machine tools; automated systems and robotics; metrology and controls; raw materials; services; and more. Attendance was 16,400 in 2002. Next year, technical conferences will be included with the show. For more information, visit www.parcexpo-hautesavoie.com.

Italian Imports. Maxim International (Dayton, Ohio) is the new importer for Giovanni Cucchi barloaders. These are for multi-spindle lathes and are designed to replace conventional stock reels without sacrificing floor space. According to the company, the barloaders have fast bar changeover and productivity. Call (937) 463-7699 for more information.

Is Your Refrigerator Running? William “The Refrigerator” Perry is back. But this time he’ll be joined by a donkey instead of a bunch of Bears. Mr. Perry is the new spokesperson for Big Ass Fans (Lexington, Kentucky). He will appear in ads and make special appearances on behalf of the company. The company makes 8 foot to 24 foot fans to cool warehouses, industrial plants and distribution centers. Visit www.bigassfans.com for more information.

Done Deal. Davenport Machine, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Brinkman Group, Inc., has acquired all of the assets of Davenport Industries, LLC, which entered Chapter 11 on December 16, 2002. In addition to Davenport, C.J. Winter Machine Technologies, Inc. is also a subsidiary of Brinkman. Call (585) 429-5000 for more information.

Dealing With Chips. Arboga-Darenth AB (Sweden) has appointed National Conveyors Company (East Granby, Connecticut) as its North American agent for Arboga metal chip processing systems, crushers (shredders), chip wringers (centrifuges) and related products. Visit www.nationalconveyors.com for more information.

Expansion Is Good. Macsteel (Jackson, Michigan) is in the middle of an expansion that should increase capacity and further improve production efficiencies, according to the company. The investment of $9.9 million will bring the company’s shipping capacity to 740,000 tons per year. The new equipment will benefit the rolling, handling and cutting of products in the smaller diameter ranges.

Two Acquisitions. This month, there was word of two acquisitions. Tool Alliance (Huntington Beach, California) has acquired the assets of Mil-Tec USA. The purchase includes the Mil-Tec headquarters, and the factory will maintain its current operations in Lehigh Acres, Florida. Tool Alliance can now offer carbide-tooling solutions from 0.005 inch to 24 inches in diameter. Castle Harlan, Inc. (New York, New York) has acquired Technifor, S.A., a manufacturer of marking devices for permanent product identification and tracing in a variety of industrial applications. Castle Harlan plans to merge and integrate Technifor into Gravograph New Hermes Holding LLC.

Tooling Resource. Briney Tooling Systems (Bad Axe, Michigan) has a revised Web site that includes a catalog of rotary CNC toolholders and accessories, including V-flange, HSK, balanced toolholders for high speed machining, BT flange, tapping systems, Shrinker shrink-fit tooling, collets and more. Visit the site at www.brineytooling.com.

Skills Competition. Clausing Industrial recently hosted the Michigan Skills USA-VICA competition, including the job specific competition and the all around competition. Approximately 40 students were set to participate in precision milling, turning, grinding and bench work. Winners advance to the National Skills USA event in Kansas City in June. The machines for both events are provided by Clausing.