Fabricating and Metalworking http://www.fabricatingandmetalworking.com The Business of Metal Manufacturing Sun, 26 Jun 2016 02:46:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.3 Micro Engraving Tools Provide Burr-Free Surface Finish http://www.fabricatingandmetalworking.com/2016/06/micro-engraving-tools-provide-burr-free-surface-finish/ http://www.fabricatingandmetalworking.com/2016/06/micro-engraving-tools-provide-burr-free-surface-finish/#respond Sat, 25 Jun 2016 19:01:28 +0000 http://www.fabricatingandmetalworking.com/?p=94932 BIG KAISER's series of new micro engraving cutters are appropriate for work in most materials ranging from alloyed and unalloyed steels to thermosetting plastics, and even titanium.

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BIG KAISER Precision Tooling Inc. (Hoffman Estates, IL) introduces a series of new micro engraving cutters developed and built by their partner Sphinx Tooling Ltd. (Derendingen, Switzerland). Building on Sphinx’s micro tooling expertise, including its renowned line of micro drills, the solid carbide engraving cutters’ sharp, positive cutting geometry promotes burr-free surface finishes and smooth transitions.

The engravers come standard with a Ø3 mm shank and are available in a variety of angles (30 deg/40 deg/50 deg/60 deg/90 deg) and in two possible point geometries—flat or radius tipped. The radius cutters range from .0016 in to .0039 in (.04 mm to .10 mm), and the flats range from .0008 in to .0059 in (.02 mm to .15mm).

The micro engraver is appropriate for work in most materials ranging from alloyed and unalloyed steels to thermosetting plastics, and even titanium. They are an excellent addition to BIG KAISER’s existing micro cutting tool lineup of pilot/spotting, high performance, drill reamers, deep-hole and end mills from Sphinx.

BIG KAISER is a worldwide leader in high-precision tooling systems and solutions for the metalcutting industry that guarantee extreme accuracy and repeatability. Their products are of the utmost quality, manufactured with materials and craftsmanship that enable superior performance. As a member of the BIG DAISHOWA Group (Osaka, Japan), grown into a well-recognized global tooling provider, with manufacturing facilities in North America, Europe and Asia.

BIG KAISER 2600 Huntington Blvd, Hoffman Estates, IL, 224-770-2999, Fax: 224-770-2997, bigkaiser@us.bigkaiser.comwww.us.bigkaiser.com.

 

 

 

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Fives Cincinnati Names New President http://www.fabricatingandmetalworking.com/2016/06/fives-cincinnati-names-new-president/ http://www.fabricatingandmetalworking.com/2016/06/fives-cincinnati-names-new-president/#respond Sat, 25 Jun 2016 18:23:01 +0000 http://www.fabricatingandmetalworking.com/?p=94942 Steve Thiry now leads both Fives Cincinnati and their Global Services division.

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Steve Thiry has been named president of Fives Cincinnati (Hebron, KY) and its Global Services division. He brings over 30 years of international and domestic manufacturing experience, and most recently served as chief executive officer of Fives Landis Ltd. in the UK.

“The Fives’ brand defines who we are and at the same time captures our ambition for the years to come,” said Jean-Camille Uring, the chairman Fives Machining Systems Inc. “Steve Thiry has distinguished himself in manufacturing and is uniquely qualified to represent the Fives brand and lead us into the future.”

Thiry previously served as the director of business development at The Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT), where provided management consulting to American manufacturers seeking to expand into international markets. He established member support services in Eastern Europe and India and expanded existing services in China. His experience also includes serving as the director of market analysis and integration at Crane Co., an American industrial products company, where he led business acquisition and integration of multiple international and domestic companies and their global pump businesses.

He earlier served as the vice president for Europe at Ingersoll Rand, leading business in Western Europe, the Middle East, South Africa, and the CIS. As the general manager of their Asia Pacific business, he established new joint venture companies in China and India while leading existing operations in Australia, Japan, and Korea. Thiry earned his undergraduate degree in from St. Norbert College and received his Master’s degree in Business from Rutgers University. He will be based at Fives Cincinnati in Hebron and plans to relocate to the Cincinnati, OH, area.

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Sapa Opens French Fabrication Facility http://www.fabricatingandmetalworking.com/2016/06/sapa-opens-new-fabrication-facility/ http://www.fabricatingandmetalworking.com/2016/06/sapa-opens-new-fabrication-facility/#respond Sat, 25 Jun 2016 18:03:11 +0000 http://www.fabricatingandmetalworking.com/?p=94926 The 2,400 sq m machine shop in Le Garric helps them offer more complex parts to consolidate their position in the aluminium extrusion sector in France.

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Sapa Extrusion France opened their new 2,400 sq m machining workshop at the Le Garric site, north of Albi, that provides additional production capacity to expand its machining capabilities and enhance its product line. The capacity will allows the company to offer more complex parts to current and future customers.

The company is consolidating their position in the aluminium extrusion sector in France by investing in new value-added services in Le Garric and extending their ability to meet the growing needs of customers. “This new workshop will enable us to meet the growing needs of our customers,” says Gilles Le Bouquin, the managing director of Sapa Extrusion France. “Our key skills lie in providing aluminium solutions and state-of-the-art machining.”

Sapa began this project in 2010 and has invested approximately two million euros in the industrial facility, including new equipment. The increased machining activity also will allow the company to create some 27 new jobs. The Le Garric shop offers the following services:

  • Aluminium extrusion
  • Surface treatment (lacquering)
  • Machining
  • Logistics
  • Quality control laboratory
  • Technical center

Headquartered in Oslo, Norway, Sapa is a leader in innovative aluminum solutions and has 23,500 employees in more than 40 countries that deliver solutions to industries ranging from automotive and mass transportation to building and construction, electronics, offshore and maritime. The company is a 50/50 joint venture owned equally by the Norwegian companies Orkla and Norsk Hydro ASA.

www.sapagroup.com

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Heavy Duty Moveable Frame Press for Straightening Applications http://www.fabricatingandmetalworking.com/2016/06/heavy-duty-moveable-frame-press-straightening-applications/ http://www.fabricatingandmetalworking.com/2016/06/heavy-duty-moveable-frame-press-straightening-applications/#respond Sat, 25 Jun 2016 17:40:40 +0000 http://www.fabricatingandmetalworking.com/?p=94909 The PMM 200MD Movable Frame Press from Dake is ideal for assembly work and straightening applications.

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Heavy-duty equipment is what every shop needs in manufacturing. There shouldn’t be a job that is too hard for your machine. The PMM 200MD Movable Frame Press from Dake Corporation (Grand Haven, MI) has been designed for just that. As the name suggests, it brings up to 200 tons of pressing power into the equation, making it an ideal machine for assembly work and straightening applications.

The PMM 200MD Movable Frame Press has a hydraulically-operated frame and cylinder that allows for a wide range of movement to accommodate even the largest pieces of metal. This press operates at 5.5 hp and has rapid advance ram speed of 47 ipm. The unit has 31 daylight inches, is 80 in wide between the uprights, has a 3 in thick table with a length of 98 in and a left-to-right work-head travel length of 57 in.

This movable frame press has a double-acting cylinder with five-piece premium piston seals precisely configured for a pressing operation that is smooth and effective. This system allows for more accurate pressing, facilitating a higher standard in production. Pressing pressure has been preset and is locked at the factory maximum for your safety. Rounding out this device is an externally accessed oil-filter that includes an internal filter system which can be cleaned and used repeatedly.

The press has many options: Turn this machine into a semi-automatic operation by adding a 180 deg rotation pendant control with emergency stop button. In addition to the pendant control, up and hydraulic cylinder stroke control is available. Add six hydraulic cylinders mounted beneath the table to allow even your heaviest pieces of metal to be lifted. Advances in technology have made the movable frame press more effective than ever before. This model offers unparalleled control over placement and exceptional safety measures.

The bottom line on this machine is a heavy duty design that takes on tough jobs and provides exactly the correct amount of pressure, whether assembling equipment or straightening a large piece of metal. This machine is built to sustain the load.

Dake Corporation, 724 Robbins Road, Grand Haven, MI 49417, 616-842-7110, www.dakecorp.com.

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Roll-Kraft Expands Organization http://www.fabricatingandmetalworking.com/2016/06/roll-kraft-expands-organization/ http://www.fabricatingandmetalworking.com/2016/06/roll-kraft-expands-organization/#respond Sat, 25 Jun 2016 16:05:11 +0000 http://www.fabricatingandmetalworking.com/?p=94902 The manufacturer of tooling for the tube and pipe and roll forming adds several positions across three of their locations.

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Roll-Kraft (Mentor, OH), a leading manufacturer of tooling for the tube and pipe and roll forming industry, is pleased to announce the addition of several positions across three of its locations:

Matthew Shuck has joined the company in the position of director of continuous improvement. He will focus on meeting the company’s performance goals and will oversee their rework facilities in Frankfort, IL, and Houston, TX. He comes to the company from Wahl Refractory Solutions, where he was their director of operations. Previous to that, he was operations manager at Resco Products and plant manager at Minteq International. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Ohio State University.

Chet Stanford has joined the organization in the position of shop supervisor at Roll-Kraft Texas in Houston. He previously worked for R&M Energy in the positions of CNC lead machinist and assistant supervisor. He has considerable experience in running several types of machines. The company welcomes Kevin Henry to the Maintenance department. In addition to his previous maintenance experience at Seacrist Maintenance, he has also worked in shipping and receiving at Gabriel Brothers and TPC Wire and Cable.

Larry Sansom is a new engine lathe operator. He is an experienced operator who formerly worked for National Acme. His experience includes ID/OD grinding and working with close tolerances. William “Bill” Sitarz joins the company as a CNC machinist at RKN in Frankfurt. He previously worked at Cummins Allison, Progressive Railway Services, and Suburban Machine. He has considerable experience in operating engine lathes, grinders, CNC mills, and CNC lathes.

Andrew Rebera now holds the position of performance support specialist. He works in inside sales and will look for efficiencies in reducing the time involved in the quoting process. Rebera has a Bachelor of Science degree from Gannon University and a working knowledge of AutoCad, which will benefit him in his efforts. Eric Remp comes to the company as an NC Soft machinist. He has completed the 620-hour Kennametal/Manufacturing program at Auburn Career Center (Concord Township, OH). He has also held previous positions as CNC machine operator at Quality Machine and at Kennametal Manufacturing.

Roll-Kraft is encouraged by the increased interest in manufacturing positions, shown by the upcoming generation. The company continues to list career opportunities on its website and is always looking for exemplary talent.

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Cost Effective Robotic Automation for the Small Shop http://www.fabricatingandmetalworking.com/2016/06/cost-effective-robotic-automation-small-shop/ http://www.fabricatingandmetalworking.com/2016/06/cost-effective-robotic-automation-small-shop/#respond Sat, 25 Jun 2016 15:50:50 +0000 http://www.fabricatingandmetalworking.com/?p=94891 The lightweight, powerful, high-speed 6-axis Racer3 articulated robot from Comau features a payload of 3 kg and reach of 630 mm that can be mounted on benches, walls, ceilings or inclined supports.

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Racer3 is a powerful, high-speed, 6-axis articulated robot featuring a payload of 3 kg and a reach of just 630 mm. Built from high-strength aluminum, the newest innovation in robotics from Comau SpA Robotics (Grugliasco, Italy) is lightweight and can be easily mounted on benches, walls, ceilings or on inclined supports. The third robot within the award-winning Racer family, it is the company’s response to the growing demand for fast, cost-effective robotic automation within small to medium-sized enterprises and emerging countries.

Racer3 is intended for general industry use to increase productivity and reduce overall costs by automating industrial applications. It combines field-proven technology and enhanced dexterity with a keen focus on safety, design and product aesthetics. With a streamlined design and brushed metal exterior, the new powerhouse of a robot combines beauty and speed together with absolute precision and repeatability. Primary applications include assembly, material handling, machine tending, dispensing and pick and place.

Comau SpA Robotics, Via Rivalta, 30 10095 Grugliasco (TO) Italy, +39 011 004 9111, www.robotics.comau.com.

 

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Mayfran Names New COO http://www.fabricatingandmetalworking.com/2016/06/mayfran-names-new-coo/ http://www.fabricatingandmetalworking.com/2016/06/mayfran-names-new-coo/#respond Sat, 25 Jun 2016 15:49:19 +0000 http://www.fabricatingandmetalworking.com/?p=94895 Frank Sraj is tasked with expanding their market share in the machine tool industry.

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Mayfran International (Cleveland, OH), a global leader in manufacturing conveying systems for a variety of industries, announces the appointment of Frank Sraj to chief operating officer. In this role, Sraj will report directly to the chief executive officer of Mayfran’s parent company, Tsubaki Group, and will be responsible for the pursuit of opportunities that meet and grow the company’s revenue and profit goals.

Mayfran has a vision to expand their market share in the machine tool industry as well as to
strengthen their position as a leading supplier to the solid waste and material handling industries for conveying systems. Sraj will play an instrumental role in meeting their goals of serving more shops while enhancing the customer experience. He previously served as their vice president of sales and marketing for less than ten months before being promoted to his new role. He is a proven executive with a successful record spanning more than 30 years in manufacturing and customer relations who has amassed a wealth of leadership and
management experience from companies both within and outside the chip and coolant management and material handling industries.

Sraj holds a BS in Engineering from Cleveland State University and an MBA from Xavier University. He and his wife Maureen have been married for 37 years, have four
grown children and three grandchild.

Established in 1933 in Cleveland, Mayfran engineered products convey, filter, separate, shred and process materials and fluids for the automotive, aerospace, consumer products, oil and gas, steel processing, solid waste, pulp and paper, medical products, heavy equipment, recycling and other related industries.

www.mayfran.com

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Inexpensive But Powerful CAM for DIY http://www.fabricatingandmetalworking.com/2016/06/inexpensive-powerful-cam-diy/ http://www.fabricatingandmetalworking.com/2016/06/inexpensive-powerful-cam-diy/#respond Sat, 25 Jun 2016 14:54:29 +0000 http://www.fabricatingandmetalworking.com/?p=94887 MILL-Xpress from MecSoft is tailored for the growing community of DIY makers and tinkerers who need easy to use, inexpensive but powerful software for programming CNC mills.

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MecSoft Corporation (Irvine, CA), a developer of industry-leading CAD/CAM software solutions, has announced the launch of a new configuration to the Milling module of their popular CAM software product line, called Xpress. This configuration is tailored for the growing community of makers, tinkerers, and DIY’ers who are looking for an easy to use, inexpensive but powerful software solution for programming CNC mills.

MILL-Xpress will be available for VisualCAD/CAM, RhinoCAM and VisualCAM for SOLIDWORKS. Features of this configuration include:

  • 2½-axis methods such as Facing, Pocketing, Profiling, and Drilling
  • 3-axis methods such as Z-level roughing and Parallel Finishing
  • Standard tools such as Ball, Flat, Corner Radius, V and Drill tools
  • Free post processors
  • Ability to step up to more advanced configurations as the need arises

“The launch of this MILL-Xpress configuration will give the growing community of makers a very capable and inexpensive solution to enable them in their pursuit of learning and utilizing CNC technology. Even though our products are currently being used by many in this movement, we feel that with the launch of this configuration, we are making it even easier for makers to participate in the utilization of advanced CNC technology, stated Joe Anand, the president of MecSoft.

Headquartered in Irvine, MecSoft Corporation is a worldwide leader in computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) software that addresses both additive and subtractive manufacturing technologies for small to mid-market segments with products that include VisualCAD/CAM/3DPRINT®, VisualCAM for SOLIDWORKS®, RhinoCAM™ and Rhino3DPRINT. These software products deliver powerful, easy-to-use and affordable solutions for users in the custom manufacturing, rapid prototyping, rapid tooling, moldmaking, aerospace, automotive, tool and die, woodworking, and education industries.

MecSoft Corporation, 8019 Sky Park Circle # K, Irvine, CA 92614, 949-654-8163, mecsoft.com.

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GTI Spindle Technology Opens New Facility http://www.fabricatingandmetalworking.com/2016/06/gti-spindle-technology-opens-new-facility/ http://www.fabricatingandmetalworking.com/2016/06/gti-spindle-technology-opens-new-facility/#respond Sat, 25 Jun 2016 14:20:38 +0000 http://www.fabricatingandmetalworking.com/?p=94882 The North Carolina plant repairs and rebuilds spindles from Makino, Mazak, Kessler, Gamfior, Enshu, OKK and others.

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GTI Spindle Technology (Manchester, NH) is proud to announce our newly opened North Carolina facility is now fully operational. The state-of-the-art facility is now staffed with industry leading technicians that are capable of repairing and rebuilding the highest precision spindles including those made by Makino, Mazak, Kessler, Gamfior, Enshu, and OKK. “Now that we are fully operational we are excited to be able to meet the high demand we’ve already seen since opening the facility,” explains Lisa Bailey-Beavers, the GTI Spindle vice president of sales.

The newly constructed facility is hosting an open house in August. Those in attendance will see first hand the state-of-the-art facilities and meet our leading technicians that work on spindles repaired at this new facility. Those that wish to attend should contact GTI Spindle Technology by calling 888-473-9675.

www.gtispindle.com

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Sealed Quick Jaw Change Chucks http://www.fabricatingandmetalworking.com/2016/06/sealed-quick-jaw-change-chucks/ http://www.fabricatingandmetalworking.com/2016/06/sealed-quick-jaw-change-chucks/#respond Sat, 25 Jun 2016 02:00:30 +0000 http://www.fabricatingandmetalworking.com/?p=94877 Ideal for mass production operations, KNCS-2G next generation of quick jaw change chucks from SMW Autoblok provide extra defense against chips, lubricant and other debris, and only require lubrication every third shift.

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In Booth W-1400, SMW Autoblok (Wheeling, IL) will be featuring their KNCS-2G next generation of quick jaw change chucks. The KNCS-2G offers the same superior flexibility, minimal set up times, and high repeatability as the original KNCS-N, but with added protection and efficiency, making it ideal for mass production applications. With its optimized lubrication system, the KNCS-2G is designed to save time and money in maintenance and upkeep. The original KNCS-N needed lubrication every shift, but the optimized jaw guide ways of the 2G make lubrication necessary only every third shift. Additional channels and grease pockets in the jaw guide ways help the chuck operate for longer, while seals in the chuck body and base jaws of the KNCS-2G provide an extra defense against chips, lubricant and other debris.

The chamfered guide ways of the KNCS-2G allows for jaws to be changed in less than 60 seconds, making this chuck ideal for machines that require frequent setup changes. The ability to interchange jaw with the standard KNCS-N offers added flexibility by allowing existing master jaws to be used without sealing. These features, in combination with a low loss of grip force due to centrifugal force, make this chuck well suited for high-speed applications.

SMW Autoblok, 285 Egidi Drive, Wheeling, IL 60090, 847-215-0591, Fax: 847-251-0594, lrobbins@smwautoblok.com, www.smwautoblok.com.

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