Nick Plourde has been promoted to fabrication division project specialist at MC Machinery Systems in Elk Grove Village, Ill.
Plourde joined MC Machinery as a laser applications engineer in Toronto in 2019. With a background in audio engineering, he also has worked with MC Machinery’s marketing team to develop product and case study videos.
In his new role, Plourde will continue to assist with marketing videos, along with collaborating on research and development and sales strategies for new software, five-axis lasers and laser automation. MC Machinery launched its first five-axis laser, the Mitsubishi FV fiber laser, at FABTECH 2023 in September. This new high-performance laser features the fastest processing in Mitsubishi Electric’s history.
“Nick has been a major part of our growth in Canada and success in the United States,” said MC Machinery Systems Fabrication Division Vice President of Sales Shane Herendeen. “He will now work even more closely with our sales team and factory on customer-focused software, automation and multi-axis laser solutions.”
MC Machinery Systems is a premier North American supplier and servicer of lasers, press brakes, wire EDMs, sinker EDMs, milling, high-speed VMC, automation equipment and consumable products. It is headquartered near Chicago and has technology centers in Canada, California, New Jersey, Texas, North Carolina and Mexico. A subsidiary of the Mitsubishi Corporation, MC Machinery serves industries including aerospace, mold and die, job shops, medical and energy.
Related Glossary Terms
Cone-shaped pins that support a workpiece by one or two ends during machining. The centers fit into holes drilled in the workpiece ends. Centers that turn with the workpiece are called “live” centers; those that do not are called “dead” centers.
- gang cutting ( milling)
gang cutting ( milling)
Machining with several cutters mounted on a single arbor, generally for simultaneous cutting.
Machining operation in which metal or other material is removed by applying power to a rotating cutter. In vertical milling, the cutting tool is mounted vertically on the spindle. In horizontal milling, the cutting tool is mounted horizontally, either directly on the spindle or on an arbor. Horizontal milling is further broken down into conventional milling, where the cutter rotates opposite the direction of feed, or “up” into the workpiece; and climb milling, where the cutter rotates in the direction of feed, or “down” into the workpiece. Milling operations include plane or surface milling, endmilling, facemilling, angle milling, form milling and profiling.