PM News: Youth Get Hands-On Experience

Students at a Vermont school now have the opportunity to use a new manual/CNC lathe right in their classroom. The Harrison Alpha Plus 330S from REM Sales (East Granby, Connecticut) recently was sold to the River Valley Technical Center.

Youth Get Hands-On Experience. Students at a Vermont school now have the opportunity to use a new manual/CNC lathe right in their classroom. The Harrison Alpha Plus 330S from REM Sales (East Granby, Connecticut) recently was sold to the River Valley Technical Center. The facility, which is part of the Howard Dean Educational Center, is using the lathe as part of its 2-year manufacturing program that aligns with the NIMS accreditation and certification program. The students work under manual and stops modes before progressing onto RS232 G and M code programs. Students get up to 90 minutes a day on the machine and must manufacture competency parts on the machines they are trained on. In addition to the high school students, adults at four other post-secondary institutions also have the opportunity to access the manufacturing lab and the lathe.

Head West. There has been a lot of activity in California with companies opening new West Coast offices.

  • Blum (Fort Mitchell, Kentucky) and Caron Engineering (Wells, Maine) have opened an office in San Jacinto, California, that provides sales, service and support of Blum laser tool measurement and breakage detection systems and Caron tool monitoring systems. The office can be reached at (909) 536-9452.
  • The Ray H. Morris Co., a division of Wayne Steel Inc. (New Britain, Connecticut) has opened a new office in Monterey Park, California, near Los Angeles. The new address is 1965 Protrero Grande, Unit G, Monterey Park, CA 01755.

Free Cleaning. Milacron (Cincinnati, Ohio) has a special summer offer that is designed to allow customers to clean individual machine sumps and central fluid systems. Milacron pays the costs associated with disposal of old fluids in individual machine sumps or central fluid systems. Then it supplies enough Cimclean 30 machine cleaner to prepare the machine or system for conversion to Cimcool. For companies that decide to stay with the product, Milacron offers a variety of metalworking fluid services. Some restrictions do apply. For more information, call (888) 246-2665 or visit www.milacron.com.

Tooling + Software. Xygent Inc. (Warwick, Rhode Island) has recently signed an agreement with SIP, the Swiss CMM and CNC machine tool manufacturer. SIP's CMMs and CNCs will be bundled with use-appropriate operating software from Xygent's XactCOM suite. For its CMMs, SIP will include the Xact Measure software; for its CNCs, the XactCNC program; and for machines equipped for non-contact measurement, XactVision.

Turn In Germany. The first trade fair in Germany for the field of turning technology, turntec 2002 will take place from December 4-7, 2002. This show is said to be the only one in Germany that covers the field completely. More than 250 exhibitors from various countries are expected. The show takes place parallel to EuroMold 2002. Those interested in exhibiting should call 00 49 0 69 27 40 03 0 or visit www.turn-tec.com.

New Hires. Two companies have announced new personnel.

  • Russell T. Gilman, Inc., an SKF Company, has hired Jeffrey A. Pfeiffer as manager of OEM Sales. He will sell spindles and SKF products to manufacturers of standard equipment. He has more than 20 years of experience with machine tool manufacturing and mechanical engineering.
  • Three direct sales engineering personnel have been hired to sell special machines and machine components for Hause Machines (Montpelier, Ohio) in Michigan. Ken Glatz and Tom Exel are sales engineers for special machines and components, while Rob Campion will sell Holomatic power feed units and other machine components. Combined, the three have more than 75 years of experience in the industry.