Custom Manufacturing

Walter Meier Introduces New JET Machine Tools to Grinding Market

Walter Meier has introduced two machines to solve industrial grinding operation applications, according to a recent announcement. The JET-brand 3 x 79" belt grinder is designed for a variety of grinding and finishing operations, allowing it to shape, rough and contour a diverse range of work pieces. Product manager Peggy McGann described the grinder as "ideal for grinding castings or removing...

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MMS Survey Shows Machine Shops Are Eager to Buy

More shop owners are eager to invest in capital equipment in the next 12 months, according to the bimonthly 30-Second Survey of random manufacturing companies by Modern Machine Shop (MMS). In the survey, released this month, 24.2 percent of respondents described themselves as "very likely" to buy capital equipment in the next 12 months. This was up from 22.7 percent in July. Meanwhile, 33 percent...

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Engineering & Design

Japanese Diaphragm Valve Maker Creates Quick-Release Mechanism

A quick-release diaphragm valve can be opened merely by rotating a lever 90 degrees rather than tedious rotation of a hand wheel, says its developer Nippon Daiya Valve. "The valve is handy for use in constricted areas around tanks, for example, where access to rotate a hand wheel is limited," says Takeshi Nasu, manager of international sales for Nippon Daiya Valve. Nippon Daiva has developed an...

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A First-Timer's Reflections on IMTS Buying Culture

At one point, still early in the show, I traversed the complex from west to east, and along the way I overheard two job offers and four confirmed machine tool orders. This 15 minute period, taken as a snapshot of the weeklong event, pretty much sums up my experience at the show. This is the summary of IMTS 2012 from Industry Week's Travis Hessman, who attended the show for the first time and was...

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Top Gear: Gleason Introduces New Power Skiving Process and 5-Axis Machine for Large Bevel Gears

Specialty machining systems were a big feature at IMTS 2012 earlier this month. Two interesting technologies were on display by Gleason Corp., of Rochester, NY: a 5-axis system for machining large bevel gears and a new power skiving process for workpieces with modules of up to 2 mm (0.07 in). The Gleason Heller CT 8000 5-axis machine was developed with input by Heller Maschinenfabrik, a German...

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Machining Companies Laud SEO, Eschew Social Media in Marketing

We are still seeing lots of amazing round-up coverage from the IMTS 2012 trade show in Chicago, but none has made more of an impression on me than this survey of machinists and their web presence. Sage Lewis of Clickz.com, which provides content on marketing matters, recently reported on a survey he took of 58 machining companies on the trade show floor of McCormick Place. In talking to these...

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Manufacturing Stakeholders Gearing Up for Manufacturing Day

Two weeks from today, manufacturing professionals around the country will be throwing open their shop doors to celebrate Manufacturing Day, a National Association of Manufacturers-sponsored effort to inform the general public about the value of manufacturing and manufacturing careers in the United States. As the Manufacturing Day website says, the event is "for students, parents, educators,...

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EMO 2013 in Hannover, Germany, to Present 'Intelligence' on Metalworking, Manufacturing

Fresh off the wrap-up of IMTS 2012 in Chicago, it will be another two years until the next IMTS. But alternating in tandem with that big show is EMO Hannover, which is now less than a year away. The 2013 edition of the European-based metalworking fair will be held Sept. 16-21 next year in Hannover, Germany. EMO Hannover 2013 is expected to have 2,000 equipment exhibitors, and the show's theme has...

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3-D Printing Races into the Cycling World

The veritable boom in additive manufacturing has turned many industries on their heads, as manufacturers serving from medical to aerospace have found applications with the technology. Manufacturing professionals across the board have learned that 3-D printing is a versatile new tool for producing reliable, robust products out of a variety of materials and have slowly implemented it in their...

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Houston Community College Focuses on Filling the Skills Gap

The skills gap remained one of the dominant issues in conversations and educational seminars at IMTS 2012. The increasing focus on the lack of skilled workers to fill open manufacturing jobs has caused a spate of media coverage about how to get students - or those who may not even be thinking of vocational school as an option - more interested in the opportunities manufacturing jobs can offer. A...

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