A perfect storm: One million veterans leave the service every five years as a projected two million manufacturing jobs go unfilled in the U.S. over the next decade due to lack of skilled labor. Guest columnist John Woolever of Donaldson explains how veterans are forging new careers in metalworking through Workshops for Warriors – and how manufacturers can put skin in the game with support.
As the oil and gas industry explores new technology to innovate, minimize costs, and help contribute to achieving a lower-emissions environment, equipment and parts suppliers must dig deep to find ways to reduce their costs, improve their delivery times and increase component quality. Here are some of the latest machine tools and other equipment that can help them get the job done.
Take a closer look at how these two British suppliers to the oil and gas industry are investing in advanced machining technologies to speed up production, reduce operating costs, ensure higher part quality, and future-proof their manufacturing capabilities to further increase the confidence of their customers.
This heavy duty lathe removes an amazing 600 kg of material from a 1,400 kg solid steel billet in less than 4.5 hours, leaving a finished and fully machined cylinder body weighing only 800 kg.
High precision hard turning techniques are enjoying ever greater popularity in the metal processing industry. By shortening cycle times and increasing flexibility, high precision hard turning has advantages over grinding in particular when it comes to processing complicated parts such as spindle nuts or threaded spindles in the hard state.
BEL Valves uses a variety of DMG MORI SEIKI machine tools to meet its paramount need for reliability during production.
They are granted certification by the Great Lakes Women’s Business Council.
Their advanced Dream Site 2 Parts factory in Japan shortens lead times for parts used in machine tool production and for stocking service inventory.
Tim Thiessen is their new vice president of sales and marketing, and Annette Carroll is their new director of marketing.
The newly redesigned SV-20R Swiss-type Automatic Lathe from Star CNC has improved functions, build in “B” axis for multiple tools, and an (8) station tool block for overlapping of back operations.
Ideal for drilling complex hole patterns in heat exchangers, manifolds and molds, the rugged DeHoff 2072TC gundrilling machine from Kays Engineering can also perform secondary milling and tapping operations.
Ideal for modeling and prototype shops, TML-5C toolroom lathes from Babin Machine Tool feature a proven Hardinge HLV-H style dovetail bedpate and high precision direct drive spindle to 3,500 rpm, an English/Metric gearbox and optional 5 hp spindle.