Industry News

For the fifth consecutive season, igus is a sponsor for Botball, an educational robotics program produced by the KISS Institute for Practical Robotics. The Botball Educational Robotics Program provides STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) skills that are immediately applicable in college and demanding industries.
Affiliated Distributors' Industrial Supply Division recently named Seco Tools its 2013 Supplier of the Year for Marketing Excellence. The accolade is part of Affiliated Distributors' annual Spirit of Independence Awards Ceremony that recognizes individual affiliates and suppliers that demonstrate consistent excellence in marketing, performance and/or leadership. 
Tool Alliance, a manufacturer of solid and indexable carbide cutting tools, has announced that the updated Ultra-Tool 2014 catalog is now available. The new catalog can be downloaded under the "Downloads" tab at "We are thrilled about the updated and expanded catalog," said David Povich, president of Tool Alliance. "Ultra-Tool has taken the very best of all our technologies and  consolidated them within our Monolith end mills."
Okuma America Corp holds the 2013 Technology Showcase event on Dec. 10-12, 2013, in Charlotte N.C. The event gives attendees the opportunity to witness the latest technology via hands-on demonstrations, and allows them to learn how this new technology can be applied to their specific manufacturing challenges.
E. Zoller GmbH & Co. KG, Pleidelsheim, Germany, has partnered with Machining Cloud GmbH, Stans, Switzerland, on the new Machining Cloud Intelligent Manufacturing application, a platform that offers applications, resources, services and information from a centralized database. Machining Cloud can advise parts manufacturers regarding best practices specific to each manufacturing process, according to the company.
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration launched two new Web resources to assist companies with keeping their workers safe from exposure to hazardous chemicals. While many chemicals are suspected of being harmful, OSHA's exposure standards are out-of-date and inadequately protective for the small number of chemicals that are regulated in the workplace. The first resource OSHA has created is a toolkit to identify safer chemicals that can be used in place of more hazardous ones.
OMAX Corp. has integrated a company-wide custom-designed automated management system. This system, developed in house by OMAX, helps eliminate bottlenecks, provides active real-time measurable data and makes it possible to quickly adjust to fluctuating production schedules.
CGTech, Irvine, Calif., the developer of VERICUT CNC verification and simulation software, and ZOLLER Inc., Ann Arbor, Mich. , a leading presetting and measuring machine manufacturer and expert in the field of tool management, have announced a new product to better serve the customer base of the two companies.
Heule Tool Corp., Cincinnati, is celebrating 25 years in North America as the sales-and-support arm of its parent company, Heule AG, Balgach, Switzerland. Heule manufactures combination drills and chamfering and automated back-boring tools. 
RuMo Group LLC, Madison, Wis., has acquired CECOR, a Verona, Wis.-based manufacturer of coolant sump cleaners and material-handling carts. CECOR will continue to be headquartered in Verona, Wis. and do business under the CECOR brand.   
Darex LLC, Ashland, Ore., is celebrating its 40th year in business in October. Darex brands include: Darex industrial sharpeners, Drill Doctor professional and home shop drill bit sharpeners and Work Sharp knife and tool sharpeners.
Control Gaging recently broke ground on a new Ann Arbor, Mich., facility, where the company will engineer and manufacture precision measurement systems for the machining industry. The company, which has outgrown its current location, is building a new 24,500-sq.-ft. facility.
Miyachi Unitek Corp., a Monrovia, Calif. manufacturer of welding equipment and laser processing systems, has changed its corporate name to Miyachi America Corp. The name change aligns Miyachi Unitek with other Miyachi Corp. companies around the world. The company will continue to use the Miyachi Unitek brand name.
What is run-out? Run out is differences or variations in the diameter of a cutting tool at certain points along the outside edge while the tool is rotating. When an end mill is in rotation it is important that each tooth hits at the exact same spot along the work piece.  If one tooth is hitting the work piece more than the others then that tooth is doing the bulk of the work.  This will cause the end mill to wear and breakdown more quickly. 
Kennametal Extrude Hone, Irwin, Pa., and Hydro, Chicago,  have entered into a strategic alliance to provide pump customers in the power generation industry with one global service and support unit. The primary benefits for customers include improved efficiency and performance, longer service intervals and engineered upgrade options, according to the companies.
Three related manufacturing companies have launched new Web sites. Contour Precision Group, a manufacturer of complex prismatic parts; Huffman LLC, a builder of profile grinding machines, laser powder fusion cladding and welding machines and waterjet machines; and Springfield Manufacturing LLC, a provider of advanced manufacturing solutions, are all based in Clover, S.C.  
MSC Industrial Supply Co., a distributor of metalworking and maintenance, repair and operations solutions, services and supplies to industrial customers throughout the United States and Canada, announced the grand opening of its co-headquarters in Davidson, N.C. MSC celebrated the occasion on Sept. 24 with a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by elected officials, business partners, associates and community representatives. 
Bowling Green, Kentucky, Sept. 11, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce on Sept. 11 launched the On Track motorsports education initiative in conjunction with the Warren County Area Technology Center, Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College, Western Kentucky University and Holley Performance Products.
While the October 2015 Manufacturing ISM Report on Business showed continued growth, the report's overall PMI registered 50.1 percent, a slowdown from September's reading of 50.2 percent, reported the Institute for Supply Management (ISM).