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IMTS 2014: Disruptive technologies step forward

September 16, 2014 | By Dan Davis

IMTS 2014 is proof that the metal manufacturing of tomorrow is going to be a bit different than what is done today.

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Catalog highlights tooling for metals, composites

September 15, 2014

Benz Inc. has released a new 40-page catalog detailing its tooling systems for applications for the metals and composites industries. The tooling is designed for turning and milling machines. The catalog highlights the tooling systems’ high torque transmission, accuracy, and high rigidity....

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Gene Haas Foundation announces $50,000 in scholarships

September 11, 2014

The Gene Haas Foundation, Oxnard, Calif., has announced $50,000 in scholarships to be awarded to high school seniors seeking a postsecondary degree in machining, advanced manufacturing technology, or engineering with a curriculum that includes CNC technology training. A $1,000 grant per school...

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CNC lathe uses two tools working simultaneously

September 8, 2014

Okuma offers the new LU4000 EX CNC lathe. It uses two turrets, allowing two tools to work simultaneously to provide process flexibility and high removal rates. The lathe incorporates a new 45-degree box bed with all box way construction, three-point bearing support for the spindle, crown gear...

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CNC turning center handles large parts

September 4, 2014

Okuma offers the VTM-2000YB multitasking CNC turning center, which provides heavy-duty construction for machining of large parts, such as those in the aerospace industry. The vertical architecture offers “natural” part handling and excellent chip fall, while taking up minimal floor space,...

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Air Products licenses cryogenic machining technology to Advanced Research Systems

August 26, 2014

Air Products, Lehigh Valley, Pa., has licensed its proprietary cryogenic machining technology to Advanced Research Systems Inc. (ARS), Macungie, Pa., a manufacturer of industrial and research cryogenic equipment. The technology license agreement gives ARS extensive rights to the patented ICEFLY®...

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Cimcool metalworking fluid approved for use at Boeing

August 22, 2014

Cimcool Fluid Technology has announced that CIMTECH® 320Z with InSol™ Technology, a synthetic metalworking fluid, has been approved under Boeing BAC5008 RevU. The fluid is designed for heavy-duty machining of nonferrous and ferrous metals, including 6000 and 7000 series aluminum, stainless...

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Vertical lathes available in seven sizes

August 12, 2014

Available in seven sizes from 31.5 in. to 102 in. swing, the VDM series of conventional vertical lathes from Knuth Machine Tools USA feature heavy-duty construction designed with fine-grain castings, a substantial headstock, heavy machine bed, and wide box ways. The machine, equipped for OD/ID...

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Machining center provides spindle speeds up to 50,000 RPM

August 11, 2014

Designed for 3- to 5-axis machining of medium to large production lot sizes, Kern’s Ultra Precision EVO CNC machining center provides spindle speeds up to 50,000 RPM, along with quick acceleration and feed rates. A polymer concrete monoblock frame absorbs forces and vibrations. The machine...

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Air chuck jaws provide gripping surface for delicate parts

August 6, 2014

Pin-location top jaws from Dillon Mfg. Inc. firmly hold small and delicate parts, such as those often machined using air chucks, without damaging or marring their surface. Two types of jaws are offered: blank (blocks) top jaws in 1018 steel or 6061 aluminum, or full circled (pie-shaped) top...

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Heavy-duty machining center accommodates up to 4,400 lbs.

July 10, 2014

Mitsui Seiki offers the HU100-5X large-capacity, heavy-duty machining center for such applications as aerospace, power generation, refrigeration and compressor, mold and die, and off-road equipment. It features an XYZ work zone capacity of 59.05 by 47.24 by 47.24 in. and accommodates a weight...

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Methods Machine Tools opens technology center in California

July 9, 2014

Methods Machine Tools Inc., a supplier of precision machine tools, automation, and accessories, has opened a new technology center in Anaheim, Calif. The 11,400-sq.-ft. facility supports operations in Southern California, replacing the company’s previous center in Buena Park, Calif. The...

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Planer-type horizontal boring/milling machine features extended Y axis

July 3, 2014

Toshiba Machine Co. America offers the BP-150.R22 planer-type horizontal boring and milling machine. It features a newly extended 140-in. Y axis and a 5.91-in.-dia. spindle. A long-nose spindle head extends the spindle by 7.87 in. to allow improved access to the workpiece and ensure stable...

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Turning center offers automatic part loading/unloading as option

July 3, 2014

The new Tongtai HS-22 high-speed, high-precision, slant-bed turning center, distributed by Absolute Machine Tools, can be equipped with an optional automatic part loading/unloading system. It functions from the end of the machine rather than a gantry system that operates from the top of the...

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Power chuck line includes previously optional specs as standard

July 1, 2014

SMW Autoblok has introduced a newly expanded product line for the IR-C power chuck. With specifications previously offered by request only, this expansion provides them as standard offerings on all sizes. With its self-centering jaws, the four-jaw chuck is suitable for clamping large or...

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