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Production Machining’s August Digital Edition is now available. This issue features emphasis topics of Cutting Tools and Workholding with special coverage focusing on the upcoming International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in September. The cover story reviews the fundamentals of chip control, looking into the strategies for managing chips to protect the production process, from tool life to product quality. For our other feature, we look at how square-pole, electro-permanent magnets are being applied beyond their traditional niche in surface grinding applications, offering secure workholding in five-sided machining.

This issue also features extensive IMTS pre-show coverage, including an intro article for show prep and coverage of an assortment of products, particularly applicable to PM readers, that will be on display at the show.

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Making the decision to invest in new equipment can be difficult. There are many aspects to consider, including measuring the costs and benefits of adopting new technology. If the goal of the machine is simply increasing the speed and throughput of an existing process, this process can be straightforward. But if the technology will impact the capabilities, processes or workflow of an operation, the decision becomes complicated.

With IMTS 2018 approaching, this issue is likely on the minds of many. A webinar titled “Weighing Your Future: Evaluating Cost, Profit and Financing when Adopting Transformative Technologies,” presented by Index Traub, can help guide companies through the process. Index Traub’s president and CEO Tom Clark and Equipment Finance Group president and CEO Chris Lyle will cover the methodology to evaluate technologies that significantly alter an operation, give insights into questions to ask exhibitors at trade shows when considering new technologies and offer a comparison of financing options for investing in such technology. 

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Nine years ago, Janie was a distribution associate by day and a struggling singer-songwriter in the Nashville scene by night. Then a friend told her about a position opening at Horn USA, and that’s where her career began in manufacturing in 2010. Since then, she has filled many roles at the company, including managing inventory and deliveries in the warehouse, entering orders and managing returns in the customer service department, and now leading the company’s quality department as its quality specialist.

Janie supports industry efforts to bridge the generational gap through her participation on the Precision Machine Products Association's (PMPA's) NextGen Committee. As an inaugural member of the committee, she engages with others to develop initiatives to engage and support the next generation of precision machinists. Janie also helps lead Horn USA's Manufacturing Day open house each October, where the company introduces more than 100 high school and middle school students to modern manufacturing. She discusses her career path and what brought her to manufacturing.

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The Parts Cleaning Conference will be held April 3-4, 2019, in Cleveland, Ohio, during the Precision Machining Technology Show (PMTS), and organizers are collecting abstracts from those interested in presenting.

The past three PMTS events have seen record attendance, and the Parts Cleaning Conference provides a venue where cleaning meets machining. Often unfairly viewed as a necessary evil to the machining process, a proper cleaning regiment can save time and money, if properly implemented. This conference is a two-day program offering a robust lineup of technical experts that will review everything from applications and best practices to chemistry and environmental regulations, organizers say.

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As the machining technology displayed at IMTS has advanced, so have the discussions that take place between exhibitors and customers at the show’s Metal Cutting Pavilion. According to Marlow Knabach, executive V.P., National Engineering at DMG MORI USA, “The conversations at IMTS have changed from spindle speeds and traverse rates to how to deliver pertinent information so job shops and manufacturers can better manage their assets.”

Demonstrations from exhibitors will help start these conversations. Mr. Knabach predicts that visitors will be able to see smart machines that can monitor critical elements including spindle bearing temperature, spindle vibration, ballscrew temperature, coolant level and tool wear. This can help users identify potential sources of downtime before they occur.

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