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
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.