Emco Maier, DP Technology Enter into Software Agreement

Machine tool manufacturer Emco Maier GmbH of Hallein, Austria, near Salzburg, and DP Technology Corp., an international provider of computer-aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM) software to CNC programmers, recently launched a CNC programming agreement to market DP Technology’s Esprit programming system as specifically adapted to fit Emco’s range of lathes and milling machines. Esprit, in conjunction with Emco’s machines, will henceforward be available in all Emco demonstration centres, and will be sold through Emco’s worldwide distribution network.

Esprit is a high-performance CAM system for a full range of machine tool applications. It delivers powerful full-spectrum programming for 2- to 5-axis milling, 2- to 22-axis turning, 2- to 5-axis wire EDM, multitasking mill-turn machining, and b-axis machine tools.

Emco is currently offering all of its clients the opportunity to buy Esprit software when purchasing an Emco machine. The Esprit out-of-the-box CAM package now delivers complete preconfigured and factory-tested solutions for programming machine tools, providing postprocessors and machine simulation for all Emco equipment models.

Emco chose Esprit by DP Technology because the software provides comprehensive support for Emco’s entire product range. In addition, Emco valued Esprit’s 100% pure Windows interface, its ease of use, and its comprehensive machine tool simulation with collision detection.

SPE Announces Awards for Mold Maker, Mold Designer of the Year

The Society of Plastics Engineershas named Fred Steil of the D-M-E Company in Madison Heights, Michigan, as its 2004 Mold Maker of the Year, and Wayne Hertlein of Collins & Aikman Tooling Center in Troy, Michigan, as its 2004 Mold Designer of the Year.

The awards, which this year will be officially presented on June 23, are given annually to individuals who have exemplified the characteristics of leadership and adaptability in the field of mold building. This year’s awards were announced at SPE-ANTEC 2004 in May by Patricia Miller, the 2003-04 chair of the SPE’s Mold Making and Mold Design Division, and Scott Peters, the 2003-04 chair of SPE awards.

Steil is currently the mechanical engineering manager for D-M-E, where he has been employed for the past 20 years. He is a journey-level mold maker with an engineering degree from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. In addition, he has owned a plastic molding firm.

As a senior tooling engineer at Collins & Aikman, Hertlein is responsible for new tooling programs related to the automobile industry. He is a journey-level mold maker and a certified mold designer with an engineering degree from Kalamazoo Valley Community College. Hertlein owns one of the largest personal technical libraries on mold making and design in the United States, and has been featured in Detroit-area newspapers.

Surfware Grants Software License to Shanghai University of Engineering

A grant consisting of 40 licenses by Surfware Inc.for its SURFCAM software has been given to the Shanghai University of Engineering Sciences(SUES) in Shanghai, China. The grant is seen as a historic milestone for both Surfware and the university. Until now, Surfware has never issued an educational grant to a university in China. The grant was extremely important to the school as well, because it represented the first CAM software donation of its kind.

SUES has 45 different schools of education, including the School of Material Engineering, the School of Automobile Engineering, the Detection and Testing Center for Automobiles, the Center for Industrial Training, and the Computer Center.

Brian Kindilien, Surfware’s vice president of sales, and Dr. Wang Hong, president of SUES, met to discuss the importance of the grant to both Surfware and Shanghai University. The Surfware team, composed of Surfware staff and Surfware’s local reseller, Gallop Engineering, was given a tour of SUES’s facilities. Aside from Dr. Hong, the Surfware team met with Mr. Zihe Cen, vice president of the University; Hao Jian Ping, vice professor; and Li Peiyao, associate professor of the School of Material Engineering; and many other dignitaries.

Change at the Helm of Vollmer Werke Maschinenfabrik

After 30 years of service at Vollmer Werke Maschinenfabrik GmbH in Biberach, Germany, Josef Rieger has retired from operational responsibilities over the company. He will continue to work for the Vollmer Group on a consulting basis.

Vollmer is known for its leadership role in the field of sharpening machines for saw blades and eroding machines for precision tools. A large measure of this success is given to the strong commitment and entrepreneurial skills of Rieger.

With the retirement of Rieger, two new managing directors have been appointed. Siegfried Knüpfer has spent 20 years in international consulting and management positions in both mechanical and production engineering, and previously was managing director of Boehringer in Göppingen, a member of IWKA AG. Stefan Brand has held a number of high-responsibility industrial posts, lastly as head of product development at Gildemeister Lathes in Bielefeld.

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.”

Penn State Expands Center for Innovative Sintered Products

The Center for Innovative Sintered Products (CISP) at Penn State University has announced that it is expanding its focus, transforming itself from an educational department devoted only to education and research into a true partnership between universities, government agenices, industry and trade associations to develop cutting-edge technologies. CISP’s research program, which has centered on functionally designed structures, time-compression technologies, and complex precision structures, is now being broadened to encompass designer materials, micro-miniature device fabrication, and biomedical devices.

Earlier this year, CIPSP unveiled a new Development Center to serve many critical roles in the development of new technologies that will be available to industry.

Plastic Injection Molds

Plastic Injection Molds: Working with Technology

The fast changing technology has been affecting almost everything that surrounds us. It is the most inevitable part of our life that we can never control. Among the hundred changes that we have right now, the most affected are the machines that are being used by manufacturers or industrial companies. The continuous way of improving the machines used in these establishments will result into a more effective and efficient system. Plastic injection molds are just some of the hundreds of ways of the process that was developed to improve the quality of the plastic that we use nowadays.

The process of plastic injection molds has been the most effective way to enhance and fasten the procedure of creating plastic. Most of the companies that use this kind of system find it as a helpful process because of its different benefits.

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If you decide to purchase one of the plastic injection molds machine you can try your luck by starting to search online. There are a lot of suppliers available and choosing the one that will best suit your needs might be a difficult task but through the help of internet you will be able to compare its different prizes as well as features. Your first task in buying the plastic injection molds machine is to identify the type of machine that you need. Search for its price from the different suppliers and once you come up with the one that you need, make sure that the supplier has an established a well-respected name. Do not easily pay for the machine without checking it.

Plastic injection molds may be a simple process but it must be done accordingly to avoid any damage to the product. It requires the right temperature when it is being melted and when it is being cooled. This is important to give the product the quality that it needs.

Kennametal Expands Its Line of Solid Carbide End Mills


The line of solid carbide end mills from Kennametal now includes five new,
The line of solid carbide end mills from Kennametal now includes five new, high-performance milling grades that offer productivity gains in steels, tool steels, high temperature alloys and other materials. Existing end milling grades have also been improved with a new, fine grain carbide substrate.

The five new grades are KC633M, KC625M, KC635M, KP525M and KH110M.

The new line will also offer a series of cutters designed to deliver maximum performance for specific cutting tasks. For example, a new end mill offered in the KC633M grade features a special core design for increased rigidity in cutting die and mold steels up to 60 Rc hardness.