New West Coast Alliance Gives Methods Machine Tools a Higher Profile

Methods Machine Toolshas moved to a new office in Buena Park, California, office to better coordinate service for its customers on the US West Coast. The facility in Buena Park, 25 miles (40 km) southeast of Los Angeles, is part of a new marketing alliance between the Massachusetts-based supplier of precision machine tools and Selway Machine Tool Company, a major West Coast distributor and representative headquartered in Union City, California.

According to Method Machine Tools president Bryon Deysher, the alliance will be better for prospective buyers of machine tools as well as for longstanding Methods customers.

“Joining forces with Selway means we will have more engineers and service technicians to provide better response times, expert advice, training, and technical support,” says Deysher. “In addition to a larger sales force, this alliance also means larger inventories of machine tools and spare parts. With a larger showroom capacity, we’ll have even more machines on display.”

Notes Scott McIver, chairman of Methods, “This new arrangement makes both Methods and Selway stronger for the future.” And Bill Selway, president and CEO of Selway, says that “with the synergy of our combined operations, we are looking forward to a successful sales and support organization for southern California.”

Methods Machine Tools Inc., has been a supplier of precision machine tools and accessories for over 40 years. Methods is the exclusive North American source for Matsuura CNC machining centers, Nakamura-Tome CNC turning centers, and Fanuc RoboDrill CNC milling,drilling and tapping Centers. The Methods EDM division is the exclusive North American source for Fanuc Wire EDM machines, Exeron die sinker EDM machines, and HoleMaster high-speed hole driller EDM systems. The company provides installation, parts, service, and training through a nationwide network of dealers.

Surfware, Faro Team Up to Provide ‘Design-to-Reality’ Interface Solutions

Surfware Inc., developer of CAD/CAM systems under the SURFCAM brand, has announced an extensive collaboration with Faro Technologies, a leading provider of dimensional quality control products, to provide cutting-edge solutions in computer-aided manufacturing (CAM).

Among many new features in its latest service pack, the SURFCAM CAM software program now supports USB-enabled Faro portable measurement arms, marketed under the FaroARM name. Surfware actively pursued developing this specific enhancement to further augment what SURFCAM calls “design-to-reality” solutions.

“The SURFCAM and Faro alliance provides a seamless part digitizing to machining solution,” said Shaun Mymudes, Faro’s director of product management. “Using SURFCAM to capture dimensional data, Faro portable measurement arms provide our customers with a direct interface to a very high-end CAM program.”

The FaroARM interface for SURFCAM allows use of any Faro 6- or 7-axis portable digitizer as an auxiliary pointing device to input 3D coordinate data into an active SURFCAM session. It also allows SURFCAM users to freely intermix digitized input with all other input modes. This facilitates model creation, toolpath generation, and material removal simulation in a single environment, continuously displaying the FaroARM probe tip for graphical verification.

“Users can create, edit, generate and simulate toolpaths, then machine complex surface models all in a single setup without any file transfers,” said Don McKillop, president of CAM/CAD Technologies and the author of the FaroARM USB interface. “The SURFCAM FaroARM interface is uniquely suited for reverse engineering of complex 3D objects.”

This interface now supports both serial and USB connectivity, enabling the system to work with legacy and current Faro equipment. It includes a variety of convenient coordinate alignment techniques, probe calibration, probe changing within a session, system diagnostics, and a series of convenient digitizing modes. Digitizing modes include discrete point input, lock-plane input, streaming-coordinate mode input, and project-onto-plane input.

“We are proud to work with Faro Technologies to provide state-of-the-art ‘design-to-reality’ solutions,” commented Joe McChesney, product manager at Surfware. “We will strive to continue offering enhancements to SURFCAM that deliver the latest cutting-edge technologies to our customers.”

Granta Design Software to Include Portion of Moldflow Database

The recent 2003 International Moldflow User Conference was the occasion for Moldflow Corp. to announce a strategic partnership with Granta Design Ltd., known for its expertise in materials information technology. According to the agreement, portions of Moldflow’s proprietary plastics material database will be included in Granta’s CES4 Optimal Polymer Selector (OPS) product. OPS provides a systematic method for the selection of the most appropriate plastics material for a given application.

Granta customers will now be able to filter materials based on the availability of Moldflow material data, an important capability for customers using Moldflow analysis products in their product development processes.

“Granta customers will now have the ability to quickly eliminate materials that have not been characterized for use with Moldflow software tools in the earliest stages of determining material candidates for a given application,” says Peter Rucinski, Moldflow’s director of product marketing. “This further underscores the importance of having the necessary data to use Moldflow software products to perform analyses in those early stages of product development, when the cost of change is minimal yet the impact is greatest.”

Pathtrace Sees Growth and Potential in East Asian Sales

Two new Pathtrace Engineering Systems sales operations in China and Japan are predicted to contribute more than £1 million (about $1.6 million) in sales of the company’s EdgeCAM off-line programming software this year. Pathtrace Engineering Systems is a division of Pathtrace plc.

According to managing director Brian Steatham: “With the massive global investment in manufacturing in China by existing users of EdgeCAM, the market potential even without adding new customers is enormous. When we add our business potential from our operations in Japan where we are scoring high levels of success due to our solids-based, high level programming interface to any CAD system, the future looks very positive.”

Pathtrace operations in China are largely focusing on mold and die applications, where the solid and surface machining capability of EdgeCAM is drawing considerable attention. EdgeCAM has already been translated into Chinese and six people have been recruited to focus sales initially in the Beijing area.

The Japanese operation, based in Nagoya, is described as a center of excellence for Asia and is focusing on production machining of more complex components.

Both sites are currently partnerships but will become fully owned by Pathtrace later this year.

Automation technology

Reko Automation & Machine Tool has signed a systems integrator agreement with ABB Inc. ABB is a market leader in automation technology, with over 100,000 robots placed in industry. Reko Automation & Machine Tool is one of five operating divisions of The Reko International Group, a global organization offering advanced manufacturing solutions, including injection/compression and foam molds, hydroforming robotic material handling, laser cutting systems and dies, assembly and test systems, robotic/machine vision systems, stamping dies, robotic press automation, machine tending, and fixtures and gages.

manufacture plastic molds for the robot project can save cost,

“As a robotic systems integrator, many of our existing and potential customers request that we quote on a specific robot that they have standardized on,” says Roger Awad, president of Reko Automation & Machine Tool. “Since ABB is requested over and over, it only makes sense that we partner with a robot manufacturer that wants to work with integrators and also has end users that are satisfied with their products and service. ABB will greatly enhance our robotic efforts.”

Says ABB vice president Stefan Nilsson: “We look forward to working with Reko Automation, because they provide robotic manufacturing solutions that help their customers automate a variety of processes. These automation solutions, including machine tending, material handling, inspection and RTV dispensing that Reko Automation has successfully installed, work well with the broad range of robots that ABB has developed.”

Motorcycle Mold and Part Design

Buell Chairman Outlines Industrial Design Vision
CAD Capabilities Enhance Quality of Motorcycle Designs
Cincinnati,OH—(PRNewswire)—Erik Buell, chairman and chief technical officer of Buell Motorcycle Company, recently described the unique challenges of designing motorcycles, and how he is implementing new design and technology applications. Buell delivered his remarks at a breakfast event hosted by think3 at the annual Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) National Conference, held in Washington, D.C., in August.

“At Buell Motorcycles, we’re dedicated to making the riding experience fun, and in unique ways, too,” said Buell. “We have dedicated teams focused on every component of what we refer to as ‘customer-driven design.’ We get into the customer’s head and focus on intangibles to ensure the customer/product identification early on in the design process.”

Buell’s design philosophy—“simplicity through invention”—is built on a design foundation he calls the “Trilogy of Tech.” This involves incorporating three fundamentals of design into every Buell motorcycle. These principles, as described by Buell, are:

Mass Centralization: Keeping everything in the motorcycle centralized as much as possible to maximize the rider’s control over the bike. It’s a matter of “taking the weight off the ends and making it compact right underneath you.”

Frame Rigidity: Making the wheels stay in line with each other, “so when the rider is tossing the bike around, it doesn’t flex. You want to flick the bike into the corners and have it stay exactly where you planted it.”

Low Unsprung Weight: Keeping the weight not supported by springs as light as possible. The front wheels on the Ulysses™ XB12X, Buell’s newest sportbike, are a perfect example. “With the inside-out rotor, they’re incredibly light. The wheels follow the bumps in the road and won’t come off when you’re riding on the bumpy streets. It really clings to the road and acts predictably.”

think3’s industrial design tools were used in developing the Buell Ulysses XB12X, which was unveiled in July. The Ulysses is designed to perform off- and on-road. To achieve this versatility, design requirements included long-travel suspension, specialized tires, an upright seating position, and Triple Tail luggage and passenger accommodations. The bike weighs just 425 pounds, and the design centralizes mass and lowers the center of gravity to help the Ulysses be more responsive on paved/unpaved roads.

think3 facilitated the design process by enabling work to be done in a multi-CAD environment. Key parts of the Ulysses were designed and engineered from start to finish using think3 CAD capabilities, and every new component of the bike was solid-modelled using think3 technology. According to Buell, the key benefits of using think3 technology included the ability to read any legacy data; hybrid surface and solid modeling capabilities, and improved design for manufacturability. Buell had the flexibility of doing iterative designs without losing data, time, or design intent through manufacturing.

“We’re pleased that our partnership with Buell has paid off not only in enabling Erik and his company to improve the quality of their bike designs and bottom line, but also in a fun and exciting riding experience for their customers,” said Craig Lewis, vice president of worldwide sales, think3. “Buell has been using think3 technology since the late 1990s, and all the bikes designed and manufactured since that time have used think3 technology in some fashion to improve design and performance.”

think3 supplies product development solutions to mid-sized manufacturers worldwide. Customers include BMW, Audi, Maytag, Alessi and GE Medical Devices.

Redesigned Archery Display Reduces Injection molding Cost
St. Cloud, MN—A major sporting goods retailer recently partnered with Northern Wire Products to redesign a simpler and more cost cost-effective bow hook display. Utilizing the latest design software, Northern Wire worked with the company’s design team to produce prototype renderings that gave the retailer realistic-looking options to evaluate and modify. Prior to manufacturing, changes were made quickly and inexpensively to achieve the “desired look.”

Designed with permanent fixed-position hooks, the new display is efficiently constructed with a high-quality tube, sheet metal brackets, wire-formed hook, and slip-on protective hook covers. It is clear powder-coat painted to match the design scheme of other fixtures in the archery product line. According to Northern Wire Products, the redesign eliminated product positioning problems experienced with previous displays, allowing for greatly improved showcasing of the new bows while generating increased attention. Equally important, the in-store setup is fast and trouble-free because the new display design requires no complicated and time-consuming assembly.

A culture that is built around lean Motorcycle Mold manufacturing principles allows Northern Wire Products to take costs out of customers’ displays through product/component redesign, streamlined manufacturing, and efficient assembly and distribution. The total per unit cost of the new bow hook display is reported to be 51% less than previous bow hook display designs. It is said to meet the sporting goods retailer’s criteria for increasing sales velocity and turn rates while reducing display costs.

United Grinding Technologies Announces Plans to Buy Ewag USA

At IMTS, the huge manufacturing trade fair held September 4–11 in Chicago, United Grinding Technologies (UGT) announced that it will acquire Ewag USA of North Kingstown, Rhode Island, and merge its operations into UGT. The merger is scheduled to be complete by January 1, 2003.

Ewag USA was founded in 1946 and now makes tool grinding machines and tool grinding centers for the production of rotary tools and high-quality indexable inserts of tungsten carbide, PCD and PCBN. Ewag will be a UGT product division specializing in tool and cutter grinding machines.

The company’s headquarters will continue to be in UGT’s facility at Miamisburg, Ohio

The Molding Company

Plastic Mold China & Co. KG, which specializes in inspection and measuring technology, will show off two new state-of-the-art tooling systems at an open house to be held at Zoller’s parent company in Freiberg/Neckar, Germany, October 22–25, and then at Zoller North in Hanover, Germany, November 12–15.

The Redomatic (top photo)consists of a Zoller Venturion/Saturn 2 device equipped with automatic longitudinal stop, tool turret and water cooling. Tools are shrunk within an accuracy of ± 0.01 mm.

The Redomatic Auto (bottom), a fully automatic shrinking, presetting, measuring, and cooling centre, could be the first system able to shrink, preset, measure, and cool 16 tools within 30 minutes. This is performed without intervention of an operator.

Zoller will also show off products for tool balancing in addition to its entire product line ranging from presetting and measuring technology to the universal measuring machine, Genius 3.

New Chicago-Area Program
Focuses on Business Planning

A new course called The Certificate in Strategic Management will help manufacturers in the Chicago, Illinois, USA area compete in the global marketplace. The accredited program is a strategic partnership between the Illinois Institute of Technology, the mold company & Manufacturing Association, and LBL Strategies.

The program begins in January 2003 and will be offered at the TMA Training Center in Park Ridge, Illinois, and also on site at a local company. The central theme of the program is to help manufacturers focus, make better business decisions, and grow. Participants will also conduct research and help assemble the information business needs to refine their business strategies.

Plastic Industry

Missler Software Customized to
Complement Mikron Machining Centers

High-speed processing requires perfect interaction of machining centers, CNC control units, and CAM software for quick and precise milling for precision metal part machining. This has been the primary motivation behind the cooperative efforts now underway between machine manufacturer Mikron and the French software company Missler.

In early October, Mikron introduced three new, ultra-high-speed machining centers and a continuous process chain for high-speed machining using various machines and 3D programming tools. The company also introduced the XSM 400 CNC control, equipped with the “Cyclone” expert system for ultra-high-speed processing, which was specially developed for Mikron and allows users to easily optimize all technical parameters for certain operations. Missler’s experts have customized the postprocessors of the TopCam CAM software to complement Mikron’s machines.

TopCam supports ultra-high-speed milling by letting a user select the functions needed for processing certain parts at a given time already at the programming level. The CAM system proposes a machining method that maintains the machining direction. In addition, the user is provided with tools with small cutting depths and large radial passes for high-speed milling.

Positive Outlook for Major
Italian Plastics Show Next May

The outlook for next spring’s PLAST Industry trade fair in Milan, Italy, is highly favorable, with the show management organization Enfiplast expecting a net exhibit space of 75,000 mm². PLAST Industry will run May 6–10 at the Fieramilano fairground. This triennial event is expected to be second only to the K Show in Düsseldorf. The previous PLAST show, in 2000, attracted 1,660 exhibitors, including 693 exhibitors from 47 countries.

As an international event, PLAST Industry is supported by Euromap (the European Committee of Machinery Manufacturers for the Plastics and Rubber Industries) as well as by Assocomaplast. Once again, there will be a comprehensive program of seminars.

The PLAST Industry wbite by https://plastic-industry.com/, they offer further details on the show, and exhibitors can use it to verify the allocation of all booths. For visitors, there is a preregistration option.

 

 

Bar Stool Moulds

Many concerning the grownup men and ladies choose to possess the bar at home. But loads of space needs to acquire sacrificed for this. Once the home is relatively huge then it will not come going to be considered a problem. When each of the furnishings is made the decision then the turn arrives to the Bar Stool Moulds. Best suited after a stressful evening a relatively small cup of beer may nicely soothe. Some choose to stay in your own home to relieve the stress. So once the Bar Stool Moulds are selected they need to acquire careful. This small area concerning the bar can be to acquire decorated to game the surroundings. The lights, stools and relatively several other small factors need to acquire concentrated to game the option concerning the grownup men and ladies who will use it.

Stool Moulds
Stool Moulds

There are relatively several products present inside the Bar Stool Moulds. There is leather, metal and wooden also. The Bar Stool Moulds are comparatively of the bigger height. The products utilized should game using the decor inside the room. This could give a brilliant ambience as well as a visual element to the room. It is consistently preferred to take advantage of the stools which could tolerate the liquids. If some delicate substance is utilized then it is relatively challenging to clean up the mess if one thing spills out. The stools may nicely be relatively plain and backless. But some stools could have back again to help he individual getting sitting on it. The colors as well as the styles are relatively decent in these stools as they are able to be us only for decoration.

The  are for the most part height adjustable type. The individual getting sitting on these stools may nicely be tall or short. To create the table reachable to the proper dimension these adjustments is relatively necessary. These Bar Stool Moulds will help the grownup men and ladies to sit within of just one corner to appreciate their beverages and snacks. The quantity of Bar Stool Moulds needed as well as the design and design is particular choice. Each and every individual getting has their individual option in designs. The dimension concerning the measurement concerning the stools is taken. This could help the individual getting to select what sort of stool and what measurement needs to acquire taken. Some bars may nicely be near to the swimming pool side. Then the products concerning the stool need to acquire decided.