BIG Kaiser Precision Tooling introduces a complete workholding solution in one simple Unilock Starter Kit. The Unilock kit allows users to plug the components immediately into their production cell, instantly eliminating setup time and increased productivity. The clamping chucks in the Unilock kits are mounted to universal adapter plates, allowing them to be directly mounted into the cell for immediate use. The kit also contains universal pallets that allow the user to quickly attach and detach the positioning and clamping components used to hold that which needs to be exchanged in and out of the production cell. Unilock can be used in virtually any process where change-time needs to be reduced. Unilock can be used to quickly and accurately exchange work pieces in excess of 5,000 lbs., however these kits are designed for use with small parts and fixtures that can easily beshuttled by hand or robot from one process to another. www.bigkaiser.com
Manufacturing Industry Invited to Take Reshoring Survey
AMT and the Reshoring Initiative will use the survey results to identify which processes, products and components face the most pressure from imports and which offer the biggest opportunities to reshore. Part of AMT’s “Rebuilding the Supply Chain” initiative, the survey is open to OEMs, job shops, technology suppliers and distributors through the end of February.
Year-Over-Year November U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders Up 1.4%
While November’s $330.3 million represent a decrease of 13.3% from October, AMT’s president says it’s clear ‘the sector did not fare as poorly as originally predicted.’