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PMTS is a great opportunity for us to interface with our customers and see what they need and what types of equipment would be beneficial to them in their various industries. We like to learn from them what they want and need, and we report back to our parent company so we can make any adjustments or additions to the designs of our equipment or to see if we can bring out other new pieces that might fit the customers' needs better. We like to hear about the various industries, and how they're doing. Are they growing or contracting? What's going on, and what can we do to help? We want to learn from them, and we hope they can learn from us as well.
If people in the industry don't come to shows such as PMTS, they pass on the opportunity to see new methods to improve their efficiencies, cut costs and make more profits. It's good for the economy, and it's good for their businesses for them to see different manufacturing methods and new technologies to help their companies.
We will have several of our new machines at the show geared toward more efficient, green operations. We have various ways of removing the heat from plants, particularly in the summertime. Some of our machines are going to liquid cooling to take the heat out of the equipment and duct it outside. We also have longer bearing life and longer machine life, higher speeds, better accuracies.
We have a new Swiss machine with a few new iterations that we will demonstrate. It's more flexible, with the ability to go from a sliding headstock to a fixed headstock in about 10 minutes. Some smaller shops may not be able to afford to buy a dedicated sliding headstock machine or a fixed machine, but this machine can be used either way.
More specifically, we will present the new Traub TNL18 production turning machine that is capable of five-axis machining in a single setup. It can be changed over in minutes to produce precision parts with or without a guide bush for long or short parts from bar up to 20 mm in diameter. Up to three tools can be on the part at one time, making the machine a strong choice for medical component machining as well as for aerospace parts.
The 2016 Capital Spending Survey
The machine tool market bottomed in the summer of 2016, but will continue to rebound in 2017 as shops invest in technology for unattended operation.