PM News, July-August 2001

"Manufacturing In Michigan" And More. The Detroit 2001 Advanced Productivity Exposition will take place from September 25-27 at Cobo Center, Detroit, Michigan. The sponsors, The Society of Manufacturing Engineers, the American Machine Tool Distributors' Association (AMTDA) and AMT-The Association For Manufacturing Technology expect 400 machine tool manufacturers and regional distributors will display and demonstrate machine tools, metalworking technologies and manufacturing processes. There will also be seminars/technical sessions including Lean Manufacturing Overview, Quick Die Changeover, Activity Based Quoting & Costing, Design for Manufacturability & Assembly, Six Sigma Overview, and Surface Treatment & Coatings for Improved Tooling Productivity.

"Manufacturing In Michigan" And More. The Detroit 2001 Advanced Productivity Exposition will take place from September 25-27 at Cobo Center, Detroit, Michigan. The sponsors, The Society of Manufacturing Engineers, the American Machine Tool Distributors' Association (AMTDA) and AMT-The Association For Manufacturing Technology expect 400 machine tool manufacturers and regional distributors will display and demonstrate machine tools, metalworking technologies and manufacturing processes. There will also be seminars/technical sessions including Lean Manufacturing Overview, Quick Die Changeover, Activity Based Quoting & Costing, Design for Manufacturability & Assembly, Six Sigma Overview, and Surface Treatment & Coatings for Improved Tooling Productivity. Registration and programming fees are required for these sessions. In addition, Product & Technology Forums will be taking place. SME expects 14,000 manufacturers, engineers and executives from the Midwest.

With the help of Carron Industries, a special display of automobiles that represents the heritage of "Manufacturing in Michigan" will be on display. These vehicles will range from those with the latest technology to classics.

New Leadership. Camcraft Inc. (Hanover Park, Illinois) has named Michael Bertsche president and COO. The former president, Bernard Bertsche, will remain active as chairman and CEO. Camcraft offers a full range of engineering and precision parts manufacturing services. 

Heading Toward The Future. William Davenport patented his first five-spindle automatic in 1904. This design evolved into the present day Davenport Model B, of which there are more than 10,000 in the world. Remanufacturer TriVision (Eastlake, Ohio) has begun a new step in the evolution of the screw machine industry. In the near future TriVision will host an open house for visitors to see the future of the industry—one which it thinks is "radically different." TriVision's partner in this "Project Landmark" is DABKO Industries (Bristol, Connecticut). 

It's New And Improved. Devlieg Bullard II, Inc. (Rockford, Illinois) is a new machine tool company for manufacturing and supplying replacement parts, rebuilds and retrofits, new machines, tooling equipment, and field service. Brand names it supplies parts and services for include American Tool, Brown & Sharpe, Bullard, DeVlieg, Mattison Grinding, Mattison Woodworking, National Acme, New Britain, Rockford Machine Tool, Futurmill and White-Sundstrand. National Acme and New Britain (Mideastern), two multi-spindle machine companies, are part of the machine tool group. Rebuilding and new machinery are available at National Acme (Cleveland, Ohio) and New Britain (Hanover, Pennsylvania). Rebuilding facilities in Twinsburg, Ohio, and Huntington Beach, California, can handle all the company's OEM brands and many others. 

How You, Too, Can Become "Improved." New Market Products Co., Inc. is offering a free video or CD-ROM on ways to improve productivity. It discusses ten strategies for increasing a company's productivity. The company is a manufacturer of high performance multispindle, preset toolholders and bridges, and the video is geared toward those who run automatic screw machines.   

Summer Cleaning. Milacron (Cincinnati, Ohio) has announced a summer offer that will allow customers to clean out machine sumps and central fluid systems. Milacron will pay the costs associated with the disposal of old fluids (some restrictions apply) in individual machine sumps or central fluid systems. Then, the company supplies at no cost enough CIMCLEAN 30 machine cleaner to prepare the machine or system for conversion to CIMCOOL. Milacron offers fluid monitoring services to both large and small customers.