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Chad Morrison

Publisher at Fabricating & Metalworking Magazine Helena, Alabama USA

Articles by Chad Morrison

Shaft Collars and Mounts Adjust Quickly Without Tools

Stafford Manufacturing Corp.’s Quick-adjust Products, Flip-Lok, Staff-Lok Lever-actuated shaft collar, Python™ Flange Mounting Collar, SlipKnot

Stafford Manufacturing Corp.’s Quick-adjust Products feature the Flip-Lok with a split hub and an integral adjustable clamp, the Staff-Lok Lever-actuated shaft collar, and the Python Flange Mounting Collar with a six-hole bolt pattern and keyway.

The New Benchmark Grade for Thread Milling

Walter Tiger·tec Gold grade WSM37G, inserts, thread mills, multiple layer coating, indexable inserts

Walter’s Tiger·tec Gold grade WSM37G is for indexable insert thread mills. The indexable inserts feature a unique, one-of-a-kind, physical vapor deposition aluminum oxide (Al2O3) coating technology.

Collet Pads and Jaws Enhance Job Shop Capabilities and Efficiencies

Dillon collet pads and jaws allow job shops to expand their machining capabilities, with thru-hole chucks that hold small bar stock for Swiss-type machining, and tube stock. Dillon’s unique Carbinite coating securely grips parts with varied geometries and allows more…

New Quick Zero Setting Devices Enhance Efficiency

Fixtureworks Quick Zero Setting Devices, clamp, mounting plate

These new innovative and practical devices from Fixtureworks help reduce downtime and improve quality. The easy-to-use and easy-to-install devices are used to locate and clamp workpieces to further ensure stability and precise location.

New Subscription Service for 3D Fixture Modelling Software

FixtureBuilder 8.1, Renishaw, advanced CAD-based metrology fixturing, software, modelling software, fixturing components

Renishaw’s FixtureBuilder allows quick creation and documentation of advanced CAD-based metrology fixturing setups for repeatable and productive part inspection. Full CAD compatibility, custom libraries, and a “Build It” function that automates set ups and simplifies purchasing of components.

SigmaNEST 24 Suite Connects CAD/CAM, Shop Floor and Business Systems

SigmaNEST 24 Suite Connects CAD/CAM, Shop Floor and Business Systems, SigmaNEST 24 Suite, Connected Shop workflow, ERP system, Connected Shop, SigmaBEND AP, SigmaTUBE 24, SOLIDWORKS, SigmaNEST platform, SigmaNEST/SimTrans environment, SimTrans 24, SigmaQUOTE, SigmaMRP, Sandvik, Sandvik SMF, Kevin Ramirez

SigmaNEST, is pleased to announce version 24 of the software suite. The new release gives fabricators the tools to reach higher productivity throughout the shop, while being easy and intuitive to use. SigmaNEST 24 suite helps users in three ways: Deeper software integration, a more effective UI, and CAD/CAM enhancements that drive predictably high-quality output at the machine.

Wintriss Expands U.S. Sales and Service Representation

Brandon Robbins, Director, Southern Press Solutions, Midwest Press and Automation, LLC, Wintriss, sales and service

Wintriss distributor Midwest Press and Automation, LLC has broadened its coverage to include southern Ohio and Kentucky after successfully covering Michigan, North Carolina and South Carolina, Virginia and Illinois. Wintriss has also added a new distributor partner, Southern Press Solutions (Blairsville, GA), covering Alabama and Georgia.

Seco Partners With Instagram Influencer Swemachinist

At Seco, this opportunity has entailed working out completely new strategies and approaches, the goal being to provide added value to customers and other stakeholders, as well as the Swemachinist followers.

Hunter Precision Tool Builds Foundation on Precision Ground Saw Blades

Hunter Precision Tool, Vollmer Vpuluse 500 wire EDM machine, CNC grinding, PCD tools, carbide, and HSS tools, drilling tools, boring tools, inserts, machining centers, VOLLMER CHD270 with an ND230 automation system, Johnny Migedt, Ron Migedt

The cornerstone for Hunter Precision Tool is the sales, re-grinding and servicing of circular saw blades – a business division that continues to grow. At the core of this department is the VOLLMER CHD270 with an ND230 automation system. The company has recently invested in the VOLLMER VPulse 500 wire EDM machine.

ProCAM Software Suite Developed for Profilers by Profilers

HGG Profiling Equipment, pipes, profiling machines, software, ProCAM, ProCAM Lite, 3D profiling, Weibe Wiersma, CAD/CAM

HGG Profiling Equipment recently partnered with SDS/2 to create a plugin that directly links to ProCAM. The plugin enables direct definition of cutting information in the SDS/2 CAD model, including detection of holes and pipe notches.

Mazak Brings Speed and Precision Machining to PRI 2023

Mazak, Mazak’s QT-Ez 8MSY Turning Machine, PRI 2023, VC-Ez 20X Vertical Machining Center, SYNCREX 38/9X Swiss-style Turning Machine, Performance Racing Industry, MAZATROL SmoothEz5 CNC

Mazak will demonstrate three automation-ready machines designed with motorsports part production in mind, including the VC-Ez 20X Vertical Machining Center that provides accurate and cost-effective processing of complex parts via 3+2 or full 5-axis machining.

Online Exclusive: Klöckner & Co.’s Acquisition of U.S. Metal Components Fabricator Expands Its Offerings in North America

Klöckner & Co., Kloeckner Metals Corp., expansion, John Ganem, heavy machinery OEMs, steel fabrication market, metal fabrication, steel and metal products, distribution, Industrial Manufacturing Services, fabrication business, National Material of Mexico, CO2-reduced steel and metal products, machinists

The Kloeckner Metals Corp.’s addition of Industrial Manufacturing Services marks a significant step up the value chain by creating a growth platform for the company. Kloeckner’s ability to offer a fully integrated supply chain solution for fabricated parts and components creates value by simultaneously increasing efficiency and reducing complexity for its OEM customers.

TRUMPF’s Leibinger Receives the Schawlow Award

Peter Leibinger, TRUMPF Supervisory Board Chairman, Laser Institute of America, Schawlow Award

The award recognizes outstanding achievements leading to a fundamental understanding of laser technology and its applications. The award is named after Nobel Prize winner Arthur L. Schawlow and has been presented since 1982.

Powerfully Simple, Simply Powerful: GibbsCAM 2024

Tobias Unosson, GibbsCAM 2024, GibbsCAM, Sandvik Coromant, CoroPlus Tool Library, cutting tool software, ISO 13399, cloud-based tool library, digital connectivity, CAM, CAD, Sandvik Coromant’s PrimeTurning, inserts, milling, Thorsten Strauß, Marc Freebrey, machining centers

GibbsCAM announces the release of GibbsCAM 2024, which continues to boost end-user productivity for programming advanced machining centers, underpinning the GibbsCAM promise of Powerfully Simple, Simply Powerful.

Versatile Parting and Grooving to Stay on Track

Sandvik Coromant, CoroCut 1-2, CoroCut 2, parting, grooving, Jenny Claus, internal coolant, clamping finger design, parting blades, inserts, Fredrik Selin, CoroCut QD, CoroCut QF

Cutting tool and tooling system specialist Sandvik Coromant has upgraded its long-established CoroCut® 1-2 parting and grooving concept. Improved stability, even greater flexibility and significant productivity gains are just some of the benefits offered by the new CoroCut® 2 system.

A Drill to Trust for Nickel-based HRSA Components

CoroDrill 860 with -SD geometry, Sandvik Coromant, Robert Smith, HRSA materials, fine-grained cemented carbide substrate, PVD coating, aerospace industry, aircraft engine parts

Global metal cutting leader Sandvik Coromant has introduced a new solid carbide drill optimized for drilling in nickel-based heat-resistant super alloy (HRSA) materials, with a standard drilling depth capability of up to 8 × D.

Smart, Self-programming Robot that Sets Its Own Weld Path

TRUMPF, Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA, arc welding robot, Sven Klingschat, smart seam tracking function, TruArc Weld 1000 arc-welding machines, cold metal transfer

TRUMPF’s new arc-welding robot that programs its own weld path is now available in North America. The smart sensor enables the robot to determine weld spots automatically, and the technology helps tackle the shortage of skilled workers.

Innovation on a Larger Scale

Siemens, Ingersoll Machine Tools, digital twin, robotic fiber replacement, additive manufacturing, automation, Sinumerik 840D sl CNC to include Run MyRobot, Robotic FP, Siemens Virtual NC Controller Kernel (VNCK) simulation software, MasterPrint, Jason Melcher, 3D printing, CNCs

Robotic fiber placement and 3D printing enable disruptive breakthroughs in today’s manufacturing processes. See what Siemens and Ingersoll Machine Tools are up to.

New Audio AI and Solutions for Welding Quality Control

New Audio AI and Solutions for Welding Quality Control, Xiris Automation, camera-based solutions, quality control in the metal fabrication industry, groundbreaking artificial intelligence (AI) audio tool for welding, Audio AI tool, Xiris’ WeldMic™, Xiris’ WeldStudio™ 3 Pro software, Cameron Serles

Xiris Automation’s showcase at FABTECH is the release of its AI tool designed to process welding audio signals. With the Audio AI tool, fabricators can now establish an acceptable range of audio signals for welding processes and receive real-time alarms for anomalies such as burn-through and wire feed skips that could indicate welding defects.

New Medical Product Sales Manager for Star SU

James Doughty, Star SU, product sales manager, medical sales, NXT 5-axis tool grinder

James Doughty is the new product sales manager responsible for national medical sales for Star SU, part of the Star Cutter Co. He will be responsible for expanding the use of the company’s NXT 5-axis tool grinder.

Sandvik Coromant’s Mills-Hendrix to Speak at Women in Manufacturing SUMMIT

Aisha Mills-Hendrix, Sandvik Coromant, Women in Manufacturing SUMMIT

Aisha Mills-Hendrix, a regional sales manager for Sandvik Coromant, will present “Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Advancement, Self-Advocacy, and Resilience” on Tuesday, Sept. 26, from 1 to 1:45 p.m. She will discuss how women can overcome challenges while also offering best practices and strategies to support the advancement of women in the manufacturing industry workplace.

10 Tips for Purchasing Tools on a Budget

David Zagar, Paula Bass, KBC Tools & Machinery, machinists, tool and die makers, millwrights, CNC operators, Digital Read Out, KBC Brand, drilling tools, band saws, threading tools, abrasives, metalworking fluids

“Anticipating problems and equipping your teams, with hard-to-acquire products, is more important than ever. Having the right items “on-hand” eliminates time and problems — even better at a discount.”

ANCA Launches Inaugural Female Machinist Award

Female Machinist Award, CNC grinding machines, ANCA, tool and cutter grinding, Johanna Boland

The new award will celebrate women’s achievements in the tool and cutter grinding industry. The winner will be rewarded with a fully funded ticket to attend a prominent trade show where ANCA is exhibiting, providing an invaluable opportunity for the winner to connect with industry professionals.

Air Powered Abrasive Belt Machine Converts to a Die Grinder or Drill

Work Smarter to Achieve Consistent and Higher Surface Quality, Air Powered Abrasive Belt Machine Converts to a Die Grinder or Drill, Dynabrade, Inc., Dynafile II air powered abrasive belt machine, grinding head that pivots 360°, 20,000 rpm direct-drive air motor, powers abrasive belts 1/4"-to-3/4" x 18" long, trouble-free belt tracking, cold air transmission, reducing tool vibration, 1/4" collet, abrasive power tools

40320 Dynafile® II offers ergonomic 7° offset design. The tool’s grinding
head pivots a full 360° for securing in most efficient position. Application
shows Dynafile® II fitted with optional 11204 Contact Arm, allowing
slack of abrasive belt to efficiently polish radiused areas.

Sneak Preview: FABTECH 2023

Speed to Market Matters: Manufacturer Shares how to get There Faster, Bluco® Corp., Brian Dodsworth, 100% square welding application, manufactures positioning, robotic and machining applications

Foremost metal fabrication event returns to Chicago with live product demonstrations, a comprehensive conference portion, unique events and much more.

New Rigid Industrial-grade Micro Fiberscopes

Titan Tool Supply, micro fiberscopes, visual inspections, L-Series Rigid Industrial Micro Fiberscopes

Titan Tool Supply Inc.’s L-Series is designed to perform accurate and reliable remote visual inspections and diagnostics in hard-to-reach, remote areas without the need for machinery and equipment disassembly or disruption.

Made to Measure

Metrologic Group, 3D measurement software, Sandvik, 3D metrology, 3D metrology, Metrologic’s software, Bertrand Gili, Industrial Metrology Technology, ZeroTouch® Flexible Metrology Platform, DWFritz, Sandvik Group, Metrologic Group’s Metrolog X4® software, DWFritz laser-based machine, Metrologic’s 3D point cloud computation, ZeroTouch solution, ZeroTouch

Modern 3D metrology is becoming the eyes and ears of the production floor, bringing multiple advantages to the manufacturing world.

BLM GROUP at FABTECH Mexico 2023

BLM GROUP, FABTECH México, AST8-VE, E-FLEX, ELECT40, LS7, SMART, laser cutting, bending machine, electric tube bending machine, all-electric vertical tube end-forming machine, wire bending machine, BLMelements, software, BLManalytics, production data

This international event is the ideal venue to present BLM’s LS7 together with its broad portfolio of technological innovations.

Siemens creates new vertical market dedicated to Intralogistics in the U.S

Siemens, Intralogistics, best-in-class material handling, hardware automation, digital transformation, cybersecurity, safety, Joel Thomas, Intralogistics vertical, intralogistics industry, Siemens TIA Portal, Siemens software portfolio, Supply Chain Suite (SCS), data-driven analysis, simulation and optimization of logistical processes

Although the industry is evolving to facilitate the market’s demands, businesses continue to struggle with both traditional and new challenges. Either it is growing inventory, turnover rates, small order quantities with fast delivery times or increasing need to save energy and to be sustainable. With the reliable technology for material handling equipment, we help you overcome these challenges.

Tool Tech, LLC. Acquires Cameron Tool Corp.

Tool Tech LLC, Cameron Tool Corp., tool and die manufacturing, stamping manufacturing

Cameron Tool houses a well-known customer base of automotive OEMs, tier 1 suppliers, and numerous customers in industries ranging from aerospace to alternative energy and to the military.

Next Level Sawing

Richard Childress Racing Reaps Major Benefits from Band Saws, WIKUS Saw Technology Corp., carbide band saw blades, Rocky Helms, WIKUS’ FUTURA, carbide tip band saw blades, MARATHON® M42, Randy Goss, WIKUS saw blades, band saw blades, increase in blade life

Breakthroughs in the development of robust sawing systems ensures your shop will exceed your customers’ most challenging and unique demands.

KAAST Machine Tools Offers VF-Mill Vertical Machining Centers

VF-MILL VERTICAL MACHINING CENTERS, KAAST MACHINE TOOLS OFFERs VF-MILL VERTICAL MACHINING CENTERS, KAAST Machine Tools, Inc., VERTICAL MACHINING CENTERS, VF-Mill series, VF-Mill, VF Series machines, C3 ballscrews, Alpha Center, 24 pocket tool changer, 10,000 rpm CAT 40 spindle, automatic lubrication system, VF-Mini, 12-position umbrella tool changer, 10,000 rpm BT40 spindle, Fanuc Series 0i control systems, Series 0i

The way a machine is built affects the way it performs. With premium quality components, high accuracy, and attractive price points, the VF-Mill series is setting the standards for how to build vertical machining centers. With machines installed in more than 20 countries, the VF-Mill series has become the go-to machining center for the KAAST family of corporations.

Nucor Receives new 6” Coil Processing Line from COE

COE Press Equipment, Nucor, 6” Series 1 Servo Roll Feed, Series 250 (2.5” x 6”) Power Straightener, 4,000 # X 12” capacity Coil Reel

COE Press Equipment shipped and installed a 6” Series 1 Servo Roll Feed, a Series 250 (2.5” x 6”) Power Straightener and a 4,000 # X 12” capacity Coil Reel, which will be feeding a newly installed SEYI press.

New Clean Room Rated Static Eliminator

EXAIR, Intellistat Ion Air Nozzle, Intellistat Ion Air Gun, clean room, static eliminator, UL and CE compliant

EXAIR’s new Intellistat Ion Air Nozzle neutralizes static in processes such as scientific and electronic testing, cleaning medical or pharma products and more.