EMO Milano Attracts More Visitors from Italy, Europe, and Worldwide

The world machine tool show EMO returned to Milan, Italy, in October after an eight-year absence. Sponsored by CECIMO, the Committee for European Cooperation of the Machine Tool Industries, the event was organized by the operating structures of UCIMU-Sistemi per Produrre, the association of Italian machine tool, robots, and automation manufacturers. More than half of the 1,648-plus exhibitors were designated as “foreign.”

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EMO Milano 2003 saw more than 155,000 visitors from 104 countries, 6.9% more than the 1995 show in Milan. Some 60,000 foreign visitors, from Europe, Asia, North and South America, Africa, and Oceania filled the fairgrounds. In addition, EMO saw considerably higher domestic attendance from Italy—85,000 versus 76,000 from Italy for the 1995 event.

In 2005 and 2007 EMO will be held in Hanover, Germany. In 2009 it will return to Milan.

Haas Technical Centers Help Train Machinist Workforce of the Future

The continued shortage of skilled labor is an ongoing problem facing the manufacturing industry. As part of its commitment to training machinists, Haas Automation has opened a network of Haas Technical Centers (HTCs) throughout North America. These HTCs provide an environment where students can take theory out of the classroom and apply it in a modern manufacturing environment. Students learn machining and metalworking skills through a hands-on approach. They use the types of CNC machine tools they will encounter when they enter the workforce. More than 25 HTCs have been established over the past three years in the United States and Canada.

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“The Haas Technical Centers are a self-fulfilling prophecy,” says Peter Hall, director of HTCs. “By providing training for students, we are guaranteeing a labor pool for the future, and continued growth for the manufacturing industry.”

To oversee the growing network of HTCs, Haas has established the Haas Technical Education Council (HTEC), a group that consists of instructors and administrators from the different learning institutions housing the HTCs. The mission of the HTEC is to promote and advance manufacturing productivity through excellence in manufacturing education. The vision of the council is to develop, deliver and disseminate the best educational methods and techniques for advanced manufacturing education and research in the world.

“The council is great, because it brings together a diverse group of world class educators, all with a common goal-to serve our students and the CNC machining community,” says Chris Brown, chairman of the HTEC and the Saint-Gobain professor of mechanical engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts. “We want to work together to meet a wide variety of industry needs relating to CNC machining. There has never been a group like this before, and now Haas has put one together.”

Through this unique alliance, Haas Automation and the national network of Haas Factory Outlets are able to partner with industry, learning institutions and professional societies to provide students with the tools they need to succeed. “Together we can speed the evolution of CNC machining education to promote healthy, sustainable industrial growth,” said Brown, who directs the Manufacturing Engineering program at WPI.

Agie Cements Ties with Mikron, Moves into Shared UK Facility

Leading manufacturer and supplier of EDM equipment Agie has completed the first phase of a major change to its operations in the United Kingdom. The company moved in February to its new base at Chelmsley Wood, West Midlands, which it shares with the HSM specialist brand Mikron, a recent acquisition to the Agie Charmilles Group.

The move from its former British headquarters at Coleshill, Birmingham, heralds growing co-operation between the Agie and Mikron brands, two major names in their respective markets.

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The second phase of Agie’s relocation will come in 2003, when both brands move to a new purpose-built site in Coventry, adjacent to the facility of Agie Charmilles’ Swiss parent company, Georg Fischer.

While Agie and Mikron will continue to operate independently, the relocation will enable both brands to harness the complementary potential of EDM and HSM technologies to offer turnkey solutions for toolmakers and high-value part makers.

It will also allow the brands to pool support services for Agie and Mikron customers in areas such as consultancy, customer training, and project management.

Agie Charmilles’ UK managing director, Glynn Fletcher, says the move strengthens Agie’s and Mikron’s position as a total system solutions business for a growing range of industries and applications. “This will help us to further build on our position as a total solutions provider,” he says, “and really hit the ground running with the best infrastructure and support available to back our equipment.”