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Industry sales veteran and trenches dweller, Scott Walker, has written a book titled “Rantings of a Machine Tool Salesman.” Its official release is scheduled at IMTS on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in Mitsui Seiki’s booth (338519) with a book signing from 1 to 3 p.m. each day.

Sometimes funny, sometimes serious and sentimental, the book is a collection of the author’s favorite selections taken from 20 years of newsletters filed from the road. It’s about the business of selling machine tools, through my filter, with plenty of philosophy, inspiration and wine tossed in,” Mr. Walker says.

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Like other technologies found at IMTS, parts cleaning technologies are constantly evolving. This year, some parts cleaning exhibitors say the biggest trends they are experiencing include more automated equipment, the need for precision cleaning for smaller particle counts than in the past and growing demands for using more green and neutral-based cleaners. 

Dave Melton, marketing manager, Cleaning Technologies Group (booth 121513), says he has seen cleaning equipment change drastically over the past few years. “Cleaning machines have adapted automation, combined technologies and include more sophisticated filtration systems to help address more critical areas,” he says. Cleaning Technologies Group’s Aquarius Series multi-tank ultrasonic cleaning systems, for example, combine ultrasonic cleaning with rinsing, drying and other processing steps into one unit. The system also has an automated, robotic transfer, environmental enclosure and a DI water system.

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While most shops try to use standard, off-the-shelf cutting tools for as many operations as possible, it is often more cost effective to invest in custom tools. The article “When to Consider Customized Cutting Tools” looks at some of the justification criteria for making the standard versus custom tool decision.

While looking through a tooling catalog, it seems there simply can’t be room for another cutting tool configuration. There are so many. Truth be told, most so-called standard tools began as a custom grind for a specific application.

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Justin Pluff joined Marshall Manufacturing as a NIMS (National Institute of Metalworking Skills) accredited apprentice, and after several years of study and experience, he has proven to be an asset to the company. He helped transition it from a screw machine shop to a CNC Swiss facility, doubling the company’s number of Swiss machines, while also being a trainer and mentor to many of his co-workers.

“Many of us owe our continued success to Justin for providing a strong foundation of knowledge as our mentor and support system,” says Jen Novak, manufacturing engineer at Marshall.

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Production Machining’s September Digital Edition is now available. This issue features emphasis topics of Multi-Spindle and Micromachining, with special coverage of Parts Cleaning. The cover story looks at a new eight-spindle machine designed for higher productivity on parts of up to 40 mm in diameter. For our other feature, we examine a shop that uses an array of measurement/inspection equipment in the production of very high precision part features.

Our Tech Brief delves into direct-drive technology—the force of a motor being directly applied to a mechanism without any intermediate drivetrain such as a gearbox or toothed belt.

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