American Machinist en GE Building $165-Million Plant in Ontario <div class="node-body article-body">General Electric staged a groundbreaking event to mark the start of construction for a new industrial gas-engine plant in Welland, Ont., a project it stated represents a first-phase investment of $165 million. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Mon, 29 Aug 2016 01:53:00 +0000 34251 at <p>GE&#39;s Distributed Power business designs and produces engines, and power equipment for industrial power generation and gas compression at or near the point of use.</p> Showing the Cooler, More Customizable Side of Cryogenic Machining <div class="node-body article-body">5ME is developing new resources and applications to show users how its cryogenic machining technology can make their high-value production programs more profitable and efficient.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> IMTS 2016 Cutting Tools Machining / Cutting Gold Thu, 25 Aug 2016 14:31:00 +0000 34241 at <p>The 5ME cryogenic machining technology transmits liquid nitrogen through a spindle/turret and directly to the cutting edge, at -321&deg;F.</p> Rolls-Royce Draws $1.5-Billion Engine Contract <div class="node-body article-body">Rolls-Royce Plc. has a new order to deliver a series of Trent 700 engines to power 15 Airbus A330 jets for China Eastern Airlines, a contract it reported is worth $1.5 billion. The order also includes long-term maintenance and support services through Rolls-Royce’s TotalCare program.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Thu, 25 Aug 2016 01:25:00 +0000 34231 at <p>Rolls-Royce has more than 1,600 engines on Airbus A330 jets worldwide, and nearly 90% market share for jets serving China&rsquo;s commercial aviation sector.</p> U.S. Army Seeks New Helicopter Engine Designs from ATEC, GE <div class="node-body article-body">The U.S. Army awarded contracts to Advanced Turbine Engine Co. and GE Aviation for new turboshaft engine designs to power its Black Hawk and Apache helicopters, the next stage of its Improved Turbine Engine program.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Wed, 24 Aug 2016 01:25:00 +0000 34221 at <p>The Army&rsquo;s objective is to replace the twin GE T700 engines powering an estimated 3,000 AH-64 Apache attack helicopters (shown) and UH-60 Black Hawk utility helicopters with a more powerful and fuel-efficient design.</p> Global Steel Tonnage Still Falling <div class="node-body article-body">Global raw steel production totaled 133.7 million metric tons during July, -1.8% from the June tonnage and -1.36% from the July 2015 figure. Through seven months of activity for 2016, steelmakers worldwide have produced 929.6 million metric tons or raw steel, which -1.24% from the 2015 pace.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Tue, 23 Aug 2016 04:52:00 +0000 34211 at New, Higher Profile for Hybrid and Additive Manufacturing, at IMTS 2016 <div class="node-body gallery-body">IMTS visitors are in touch with manufacturing technology processes and capabilities, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t in search of new developments with the potential to alter the direction of their operations or enterprise. Technologies like hybrid manufacturing and 3D printing.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> IMTS 2016 Shop Operations Mon, 22 Aug 2016 15:42:00 +0000 34201 at Caterpillar Downsizing Mining Equipment Portfolio <div class="node-body article-body">Caterpillar Inc. is seeking “strategic alternatives, including possible divestiture” for its room-and-pillar mining equipment products, and it will divest its track drill product line. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Sun, 21 Aug 2016 02:28:00 +0000 34191 at <p>Caterpillar will divest its track-drill product line, which involves mining equipment used in surface exploration of ore and mineral deposits. Forty jobs will be eliminated at the Denison, Tex. plant where track drills are produced.</p> Better Toolpaths Make Manufacturers More Globally Competitive <div class="field-byline"> Jim McMahon </div> <div class="node-body article-body">VoluMill CAM software permits companies to manufacture goods faster, more efficiently, and at a lower cost, by simplifying and streamlining the toolpath generation process.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> CAD/CAM Software Fri, 19 Aug 2016 18:21:00 +0000 34181 at Boeing Wins $2.8-Billion Order for USAF Tankers <div class="node-body article-body">Boeing Defense, Space & Security has a new, $2.8-billion U.S. Air Force contract to start low-rate initial production for two “production lots” of the KC-46A tanker aircraft. The first lot involves seven aircraft, while the second covers 12 aircraft. Including future options, Boeing expects to build 179 of these refueling and strategic airlift aircraft for the USAF.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Fri, 19 Aug 2016 00:41:00 +0000 34171 at <p>The KC-46A Pegasus tanker is a reconfiguration of the Boeing 767 twin-engine wide-body passenger jet that can refuel all U.S., allied and coalition military aircraft, and carry passengers, cargo, and patients.</p> Photo by Paul Weatherman, for Boeing Truck Body Builder Planning New Assembly Plant <div class="node-body article-body">Morgan Corporation, a Pennsylvania-based manufacturer of medium-duty truck bodies, plans to expand its manufacturing footprint with a new plant to be built in the Midwest and opening early in 2017. A site-selection process is in progress, considering locations in Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, and Ohio. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Thu, 18 Aug 2016 13:40:00 +0000 34161 at <p>Morgan produces truck and van bodies for Class 3 through Class 7 vehicles, for a wide range of cargo, freight, and service delivery functions.</p> High Productivity, Intelligent CNC Gear Hobbing <div class="node-body article-body">NUM Corp.’s Flexium+ CNC modular control platform is the basis of a new, high-efficiency gear-hobbing machine with an electronic gearbox that “completely eliminates” the time necessary to change mechanical gears, as is required on standard machine tools. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Automation Machining / Cutting Gold Thu, 18 Aug 2016 03:50:00 +0000 34151 at <p>The gear hobbing machine uses a NUM FS152i operator panel, with a custom-developed HMI.</p> Double-Digit Declines in Metal Service Centers’ Shipments <div class="node-body article-body">North American metals service centers continued to report declining shipment volumes for steel and aluminum during July, with double-digit reductions in steel and aluminum from June and July 2015.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Wed, 17 Aug 2016 03:20:00 +0000 34141 at <p>Service center shipments represent a substantial volume of the metals consumed by machine shops and fabricators, and the activities at those operations are a reflection of industrial activity in the North America.</p> Cooper Standard Adds Fuel/Brake Product Line <div class="node-body article-body">Cooper Standard, an automotive systems and components supplier, is buying the automotive fuel and brake business of AMI Industries, with operations in North America and China. Terms were undisclosed. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Tue, 16 Aug 2016 01:12:00 +0000 34121 at Seven New Technologies Integrate Design and Automation, at IMTS 2016 <div class="node-body gallery-body">For tool, die, and mold production – or for any advanced machining operation – production technology must match the complexity that advanced product design is able to accomplish. New machining concepts aim to fulfill part designers’ vision for complexity through the production sequence and into the finished part.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Automation IMTS 2016 CAD/CAM Software Machining / Cutting Mon, 15 Aug 2016 20:08:00 +0000 34111 at New Centerless Grinding Concept Targets Fuel-Injection Valves <div class="node-body article-body">Glebar Co. released details of a centerless grinding process it has devised for its GT 610 CNC machine, intending it as a tool for automotive parts manufacturers to expedite design and production of fuel injector nozzle valves.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Machining / Cutting Shop Operations Thu, 11 Aug 2016 15:02:00 +0000 34101 at Cutting Tool Consumption Rose in June, Still Down YTD <div class="node-body article-body">U.S. manufacturers’ consumpton of cutting tools rose 5.8% from May to June, but the overall market conditions continue to be difficult. The results are down 7.1% year-on-year, and -8.8% YTD.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cutting Tools News Thu, 11 Aug 2016 01:24:00 +0000 34091 at Who Wants To Replace US’s Aging Nuclear ICBMs? <div class="node-body gallery-body">The request for proposals is the first programmatic step toward delivering the first nuclear-tipped ICBM since the Cold War, replacing the Minuteman III weapon system that has stood sentinel since the 1970s. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Wed, 10 Aug 2016 17:21:00 +0000 34081 at Lockheed, NASA Agree on Lunar Imaging Project <div class="node-body article-body">Lockheed Martin was awarded a new NASA contract to launch a low-mass satellite with imaging capability on a lunar mission with Orion EM-1, in 2018. Lockheed will gain access for the satellite to the Orion Exploratory Mission; and NASA will receive data that SkyFire gathers during the mission. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Wed, 10 Aug 2016 05:15:00 +0000 34071 at <p>The SkyFire mission will deploy a new infrared technology to help NASA document the lunar surface.</p> Motorcar Parts of America Expanding Aftermarket Portfolio <div class="node-body article-body">Motorcar Parts of America completed its purchase of ZOR Industries, a remanufacturer of turbochargers, adding those parts and brake power boosters to its offerings. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Tue, 09 Aug 2016 00:49:00 +0000 34061 at <p>ZOR Industries remanufactures automotive, heavy-duty truck, agricultural and industrial turbochargers&nbsp; -- which are growing in demand due to fuel-saving initiatives.</p> U.S. Machine Tool Orders Up, but Growth is Not Sustainable <div class="node-body article-body">U.S. machine shops and similar manufacturers ordered $323.74 million worth of new machine tools and related manufacturing technology during June, 17.5% more than the May summary, though it is 15.8% lower than the June 2015 order total. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Machining / Cutting News Mon, 08 Aug 2016 05:03:00 +0000 34051 at More CAM Speed, Automation, Precision Functions Debuting at IMTS 2016 <div class="node-body gallery-body">Computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) software is as much a part of a machine shop business as the CNC machines and tooling that execute the work. Numerous CAM and CAD/CAM developers plan to exhibit their progress at IMTS 2016.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> IMTS 2016 CAD/CAM Software Sun, 07 Aug 2016 14:03:00 +0000 34041 at New Initiatives in the Taiwan Machine Tool Industry <div class="node-body event-body"><p>Leaders of Taiwan’s machine tool industry will unveil new initiatives in areas ranging from aircraft part machining to smart manufacturing.</p> </div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">Conference Room S402-A</span> <div class="street-address"> McCormick Place - South Building </div> <span class="locality">Chicago</span>, <span class="region">IL</span> <span class="postal-code">60616</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="41.849688">41° 50' 58.8768" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-87.615553">87° 36' 55.9908" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p>Leaders of Taiwan&rsquo;s machine tool industry will unveil new initiatives in areas ranging from aircraft part machining to smart manufacturing at the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) running Sept. 12-17 at Chicago&rsquo;s McCormick Place. Some of the country&rsquo;s leading machine tools and accessories builders will discuss the latest developments at a press conference on Wednesday, Sept. 14.</p> <p>The event &ndash; &ldquo;New Initiatives in the Taiwan Machine Tool Industry&quot; - is scheduled from 1:30-3 pm in the South Building-Level 4, Conference Room S402-A. More than 80 Taiwanese companies will also be exhibiting their latest products and innovations at the show, reflecting the country&rsquo;s status as the world&rsquo;s fith largest exporter of machine tools and components driven by more than 1,000 precision machinery manufacturers and 10,000-plus downstream suppliers.</p> <p>Major projects already announced include an alliance of 11 Taiwanese tool makers that are working with the government-supported Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) to expand the country&rsquo;s business in aircraft parts manufacturing, and new &lsquo;Industry 4.0&rsquo; product development efforts to supply sensors and other components in support of advanced factory automation including Internet of Things (IoT) applications. The press conference will address progress in these and other areas.</p> <p>The event is organized by the Bureau of Foreign Trade and implemented by the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (<a href="" title=""></a>). Founded in 1970 to help promote foreign trade, TAITRA is the foremost non-profit trade promotion organization in Taiwan. Jointly sponsored by the government, industry associations, and several commercial organizations, TAITRA assists Taiwan businesses and manufacturers with reinforcing their international competitiveness and in coping with the challenges they face in foreign markets.</p> </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> 41.849688 -87.615553 Fri, 05 Aug 2016 20:45:00 +0000 34031 at Boeing Forecasts Russian Market Demand at $140B <div class="node-body article-body">Boeing Commercial Airplanes issued a 20-year regional market forecast for aircraft demand in Russia and the CIS region, predicting a need for 1,170 new aircraft by 2035 – a total pegged at $140 billion. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Fri, 05 Aug 2016 01:57:00 +0000 34011 at <p>The Russian airline sector will require 810 new single-aisle aircraft over the next 20 years, including Boeing&rsquo;s new 737 MAX -- the latest iteration of its best-selling 737 series. Russia&#39;s Aviation Capital Services, an aircraft leasing agency, has committed to buy 35 Boeing 737 MAX jets.</p> How Important Are Ceramics in Aerospace Design? <div class="node-body article-body">Advanced ceramic materials have been established in multiple, viable applications in aerospace and aviation design and manufacturing. Their value will continue to grow.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Machining / Cutting Thu, 04 Aug 2016 15:10:00 +0000 34001 at <p>Advanced ceramics are critical in the development of aerospace engines, as designers and manufacturers like GE Aviation and Rolls-Royce apply new materials capable of enduring the high-temperatures and high-pressure that prevail in modern turbofan designs.&nbsp; Properties like heat and corrosion-resistance, as well as lightweight and insulation from electrical charge, are significant performance advantages, and the lower material costs add advantages in production and maintenance.</p> Kennametal Cutting 1,000 Jobs in Continuing Restructuring <div class="node-body article-body">Kennametal Inc. reported a Q4 2015 loss of $66.5 million, capping a fiscal year in which it posted revenues of $2.1 billion and losses of $226 million. And now, the toolmaker plans to cut 1,000 jobs and increase cost-cutting “substantially.” </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cutting Tools News Wed, 03 Aug 2016 03:48:00 +0000 33991 at <p>New orders for cutting tools have been in decline more than a year, as buyers have managed their own declining orders for machined parts, all of this stemming from declining manufacturing output.</p> Focus on Precision and Flexibility in 8 New Technologies, at IMTS 2016 <div class="node-body gallery-body">Adopting more precision in machining capabilities as well as flexibility for setting up and executing operations: these are simultaneous design goals for developers of machines, tooling, and other devices and systems for machine shops. IMTS 2016 will be a platform for these new technologies.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> IMTS 2016 Cutting Tools Machining / Cutting QC and Inspection Tue, 02 Aug 2016 15:58:00 +0000 33981 at New Orders for Machine Tools Solid, Improving, VDW Reports <div class="node-body article-body">Major economic indicators are positive and prospects for continued growth are solid, according to the second-quarter 2016 report by the German Machine Tool Builders’ Association (VDW.) </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Machining / Cutting News Tue, 02 Aug 2016 01:58:00 +0000 33971 at Global Steel Production is Flat, Off-Pace with 2015 <div class="node-body article-body">Global steel production remained flat in June, as 2016 reached its midpoint. Total raw steel production for 66 countries was 135.7 million metric tons, -2.7% from May and +0.1% from June 2015. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Mon, 01 Aug 2016 03:55:00 +0000 33961 at 6 Ways to Increase Engineering Productivity in 5 Minutes a Day <div class="field-byline"> Tony Glockler, CEO / SolidProfessor </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Staying productive during an eight-hour workday can be a challenge. Distractions and poor task planning are a few problems that can lower engineers’ efficiency. These six tips focus on better work habits, and will improve decision-making routines.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Enterprise Software QC and Inspection Shop Operations Thu, 28 Jul 2016 12:47:00 +0000 33941 at <p><strong>&ldquo;</strong>Many people think that multitasking is an important skill for increasing productivity and efficiency. However, it&#39;s not the case, especially in engineering. Studies show that attempting to complete several tasks at once proves to be slower.&rdquo;</p> Malaysia Airlines Order Worth Up to $5.5B to Boeing <div class="node-body article-body">Boeing Commercial Airplanes will supply up to 50 737 MAX aircraft to Malaysia Airlines, a contract that may be worth $5.5 billion at current list prices if all options are fulfilled. The jet builder noted that the order had been attributed previously to an unidentified buyer. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Thu, 28 Jul 2016 03:06:00 +0000 33931 at <p>Boeing Commercial Airplanes and Malaysia Airlines announced an order for 25 737 MAX 8 airplanes, valued at $2.75 billion dollars at current list prices. The order also includes purchase options for 25 additional 737 MAX 8 and 737 MAX 9 aircraft.</p>