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The precision metalworking industry has a new supplier in South Deerfield, Massachusetts, offering broaching tools and small, round cutting tools. On Sept. 23, Pilot Precision Products held its grand opening celebration, which included an open house, a ribbon cutting and dinner, all attended by 100 people.

Pilot Precision Products, locally owned and operated, is the parent company of duMONT Minute Man industrial broaches and Hassay Savage broaching tools and is the exclusive American distributor of Magafor and GMauvaisUSA products.

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Tornos Technolgoies U.S. Corp. is offering MedTech Demo Day at its customer center in Des Plaines (Chicago), Illinois, on Oct. 10 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Demo Day will include Tornos’ product manager and application team presenting information on the growth of the medical technology market and how to achieve the quality standards required. The company’s application team will also be present to provide evaluation of customer parts and prints at the event. A variety of single and multi-spindle machines will be demonstrated using medical applications, and the company will offer special financing and promotions as well. Lunch is also provided.

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Emerging Leader Sonia Dumoulin Proves Passion Leads to Success

 

Sonia Dumoulin has been passionate about manufacturing since

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Happy is the man who finds a true friend, and far happier is he who finds that true friend in his wife.
— Franz Schubert

We all face challenging decisions at times. Often the toughest ones are such because we know the significant impact they will have on our lives. When I think about difficult choices, those regarding career direction and job changes immediately come to mind. Most of us have faced these at some point in our lives. In our industry alone I’ve watched countless people move from one job to another. I’ve met with many a shop owner through the years who went out on a limb to open his or her business, taking on substantial debt with only a hope and a prayer (and I’d assume a solid business strategy) that the business would survive. Some have; some haven’t.

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The need to reduce cost-per-part, improve productivity, manage product quality and gain competitive advantage drives manufacturers to examine all aspects of their production processes. For those who use turning machines to make parts out of barstock, employing modern bar feeders can have a major impact on achieving these goals, especially now that bar feeders have entered the age of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

For many years, loading barstock was purely a manual practice that slowed production and did little to maintain product quality. There was also a significant danger of injury to machine operators who could be hit by exposed barstock rotating at high speeds. In fact, early bar loaders were simply holding or guiding devices that limited spindle speeds, produced significant vibration and often damaged workpieces and machine tools.

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