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Among the many variables that must be calculated when attempting to manufacture precision workpieces is workholding. It is the foundation for any metalcutting operation.

Secure, rigid confinement of a workpiece blank is evolving in sophistication as the need for higher cutting speeds, better surface finishes and increased cutting forces become apparent. In turning operations, the forces on the workholder are increased by its rotation. Additionally, in many turning applications, partially machined parts are handed off to a subspindle for completion. This hand off is often in process, requiring synchronization of the main and subspindle, opening and closing at the correct time.

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Learn from Experts at the Additive Manufacturing Conference


At IMTS 2018, one of the largest industrial trade shows in the world, Production Machining’s sister publication, Additive Manufacturing, will be connecting industry professionals at its Additive Manufacturing Conference. Held September 11-12 at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois, the conference is for those who are serious about expanding production by integrating additive technology.

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Apprentices Inspire a New Generation of Engineers


Renishaw, a global engineering technologies company, recently saw 55 of its apprentices volunteer at MACH 2018 in support of the Education and Development Zone. The initiative involved tours, talks and demonstrations at the show to encourage students aged 11 to 19 to study science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects at a higher level.

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Technical Cleanliness Expert Day Conference is Sept. 25


Technical Cleanliness Expert Day, which will be held Sept. 25, at the Bertram Inn and Conference Center in Aurora, Ohio (outside of Cleveland), and will focus on technical cleanliness concepts and establishing production and assembly cleanliness standards. Quality engineers, manufacturing engineers, metallurgists, project engineers and supply chain/purchasing engineers who need to assure their suppliers’ cleanliness standards will get the most out of attending this conference.

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Manuel began his career like many in his native village in Germany, as a factory worker at Hermle AG. Not one to settle, his plan had him focused on constant improvement. Manuel's genuine passion for the company was so inspiring to Hermle leadership that he was offered a spot in the popular Hermle apprentice program. After receiving a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, he was offered a position as a junior sales manager at Hermle. He continued his studies while working for Hermle and earned another degree in industrial engineering.

Excelling in his new position in sales, Manuel's dedication and work ethic opened new doors for him; within seven months, he was invited to Milwaukee in 2010 to help with Hermle AG's fastest growing division, Hermle North America.

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