American Machinist http://americanmachinist.com/rss.xml en Metal Service Center Activity Improved Slightly in March http://americanmachinist.com/news/metal-service-center-activity-improved-slightly-march <div class="node-body article-body">Service centers’ shipments picked up in March, but the year-to-date results are less impressive.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americanmachinist.com/news/metal-service-center-activity-improved-slightly-march" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americanmachinist.com/news/metal-service-center-activity-improved-slightly-march#comments News Fri, 17 Apr 2015 04:44:00 +0000 24521 at http://americanmachinist.com <p>U.S. service centers shipped 3.67 million tons of steel products during March, 10.2% more than during February but 0.1% less than during March 2014.</p> Two-in-One Mill Solves Shop’s Productivity Challenge http://americanmachinist.com/machining-cutting/two-one-mill-solves-shop-s-productivity-challenge <div class="node-body article-body">Designers at Bertsche Engineering developed a “two-in-one mill” to show how to increase output and maintain efficiency.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americanmachinist.com/machining-cutting/two-one-mill-solves-shop-s-productivity-challenge" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americanmachinist.com/machining-cutting/two-one-mill-solves-shop-s-productivity-challenge#comments Machining / Cutting Shop Operations Gold Thu, 16 Apr 2015 14:15:00 +0000 24511 at http://americanmachinist.com <p>Bertsche&rsquo;s Dual P5 Mill allows the shop to conduct dual work chamber manufacturing, independently or simultaneously, conserving floor space, labor, and operating resources.</p> Updated Suite Streamlines Inventory Management, Cuts Operating Cost http://americanmachinist.com/shop-operations/updated-suite-streamlines-inventory-management-cuts-operating-cost <div class="field-byline"> Ellen Baran and Robert Brooks </div> <div class="node-body gallery-body">CribMaster 10 helps distributors and manufacturers streamline inventory management, improve productivity, and reduce operational costs. </div> <div class="field-interstitial-ads-frequency"> <span>Interstitial Ads Frequency:&nbsp;</span> -1 </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americanmachinist.com/shop-operations/updated-suite-streamlines-inventory-management-cuts-operating-cost" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americanmachinist.com/shop-operations/updated-suite-streamlines-inventory-management-cuts-operating-cost#comments Shop Operations Thu, 16 Apr 2015 14:04:00 +0000 24501 at http://americanmachinist.com GE Aviation’s First AM Parts Now Taking Flight http://americanmachinist.com/news/ge-aviation-s-first-am-parts-now-taking-flight <div class="node-body article-body">GE Aviation’s GE90 will be its first of its jet engine incorporating an additive manufactured component, a sensor housing. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americanmachinist.com/news/ge-aviation-s-first-am-parts-now-taking-flight" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americanmachinist.com/news/ge-aviation-s-first-am-parts-now-taking-flight#comments News Thu, 16 Apr 2015 01:58:00 +0000 24491 at http://americanmachinist.com <p>The General Electric GE90 is a family of high-bypass turbofan aircraft engines, the largest produced by GE, and built for the Boeing 777 long-range wide-body aircraft. Reportedly, it is the world&rsquo;s largest turbofan engine.</p> U.S. Machine Tool Orders Fell 10.6% in February http://americanmachinist.com/machining-cutting/us-machine-tool-orders-fell-106-february <div class="node-body article-body">U.S. manufacturers ordered $304.74 million worth of machining equipment during February, -10.6% from January and -14.6% from February 2014. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americanmachinist.com/machining-cutting/us-machine-tool-orders-fell-106-february" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americanmachinist.com/machining-cutting/us-machine-tool-orders-fell-106-february#comments Machining / Cutting Tue, 14 Apr 2015 01:49:00 +0000 24471 at http://americanmachinist.com Cutting Tool Demand Drops, Despite Positive Signs http://americanmachinist.com/cutting-tools/cutting-tool-demand-drops-despite-positive-signs <div class="node-body article-body">U.S. manufacturers bought $179.3 million worth of cutting tools during February, -2.3% compared to January but +1.6% year compared to February 2014. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americanmachinist.com/cutting-tools/cutting-tool-demand-drops-despite-positive-signs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americanmachinist.com/cutting-tools/cutting-tool-demand-drops-despite-positive-signs#comments Cutting Tools News Fri, 10 Apr 2015 01:53:00 +0000 24461 at http://americanmachinist.com CAD/CAM Platform Saves Time in Moldmaking http://americanmachinist.com/cadcam-software/cadcam-platform-saves-time-moldmaking <div class="node-body article-body">PSA gained automated programming options with Open Mind Technologies’ hyperMILL CAD/CAM platform.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americanmachinist.com/cadcam-software/cadcam-platform-saves-time-moldmaking" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americanmachinist.com/cadcam-software/cadcam-platform-saves-time-moldmaking#comments Automation CAD/CAM Software Gold Thu, 09 Apr 2015 15:22:00 +0000 24451 at http://americanmachinist.com <p>Open Mind Technologies&rsquo; hyperMILL is a flexible CAD/CAM for 2D, 3D, HSC, mill/turn, and 5x machining.</p> High-Volume Versatility for Automotive Machining with Vertical Lathes http://americanmachinist.com/machining-cutting/high-volume-versatility-automotive-machining-vertical-lathes <div class="node-body article-body">Hwacheon Machinery is introducing two new CNC vertical lathes for high-volume automotive machining programs.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americanmachinist.com/machining-cutting/high-volume-versatility-automotive-machining-vertical-lathes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americanmachinist.com/machining-cutting/high-volume-versatility-automotive-machining-vertical-lathes#comments Machining / Cutting Gold Thu, 09 Apr 2015 14:44:00 +0000 24441 at http://americanmachinist.com New CAM Release Increases Productivity, Automation http://americanmachinist.com/cadcam-software/new-cam-release-increases-productivity-automation <div class="field-byline"> Ellen Baran and Robert Brooks </div> <div class="node-body gallery-body">A new version of ESPRIT CAM program generates more efficient toolpaths and saves production with improvements in CNC programming productivity. </div> <div class="field-interstitial-ads-frequency"> <span>Interstitial Ads Frequency:&nbsp;</span> -1 </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americanmachinist.com/cadcam-software/new-cam-release-increases-productivity-automation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americanmachinist.com/cadcam-software/new-cam-release-increases-productivity-automation#comments CAD/CAM Software Thu, 09 Apr 2015 02:54:00 +0000 24431 at http://americanmachinist.com $441 Million in New Funding for Lockheed’s LCS Team http://americanmachinist.com/news/441-million-new-funding-lockheed-s-lcs-team <div class="node-body article-body">The U.S. Navy issued $441 million to Lockheed Martin and its partners for two new Littoral Combat Ships. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americanmachinist.com/news/441-million-new-funding-lockheed-s-lcs-team" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americanmachinist.com/news/441-million-new-funding-lockheed-s-lcs-team#comments News Wed, 08 Apr 2015 00:51:00 +0000 24421 at http://americanmachinist.com <p>The U.S. Navy&rsquo;s Littoral Combat Ships are vessels designed for &ldquo;multi-mission support,&rdquo; including combat, near to shore. The first ship in the series was commissioned in 2008, and the Pentagon anticipates a total of 55 ships.</p> Boeing Shows Solid Q1 Delivery Increase http://americanmachinist.com/news/boeing-shows-solid-q1-delivery-increase <div class="node-body article-body">Boeing Co. reported first-quarter 2015 deliveries totaling 184 commercial jets, including 30 of its high-profile 787 Dreamliners.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americanmachinist.com/news/boeing-shows-solid-q1-delivery-increase" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americanmachinist.com/news/boeing-shows-solid-q1-delivery-increase#comments News Tue, 07 Apr 2015 02:14:00 +0000 24411 at http://americanmachinist.com <p>Ryanair will be the launch customer for the new 737 MAX jets, the forthcoming update of Boeing&rsquo;s 737 single-aisle aircraft, which will be introduced in 2017.</p> Pratt & Whitney Issues LTAs Worth Over $18 Billion http://americanmachinist.com/news/pratt-whitney-issues-ltas-worth-over-18-billion <div class="node-body article-body">Pratt & Whitney has almost 200 new long-term agreements with suppliers, for projected income of over $18 billion. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americanmachinist.com/news/pratt-whitney-issues-ltas-worth-over-18-billion" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americanmachinist.com/news/pratt-whitney-issues-ltas-worth-over-18-billion#comments News Fri, 03 Apr 2015 02:43:00 +0000 24391 at http://americanmachinist.com <p>Pratt &amp; Whitney&rsquo;s Middletown, Conn. plant was expanded recently as the engine builder prepares to increase output of large engines, including the PW1100G-JM and F135 engines.</p> Set-Up Flexibility with Modular HMC Concept http://americanmachinist.com/machining-cutting/set-flexibility-modular-hmc-concept <div class="node-body article-body">Heller Machine Tools’ new MC20 4- and 5-axis horizontal module has spindle drive options for flexible machining. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americanmachinist.com/machining-cutting/set-flexibility-modular-hmc-concept" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americanmachinist.com/machining-cutting/set-flexibility-modular-hmc-concept#comments Machining / Cutting Gold Thu, 02 Apr 2015 13:46:00 +0000 24381 at http://americanmachinist.com <p>Heller Machine Tools&rsquo; Vince Trampus said the MC20 module design &ldquo;matches machine speed and torque to material, provides easy access to work areas and tools, and creates a bed and frame that provide optimum rigidity even in heavy cutting over years of operation.&rdquo;</p> Pratt & Whitney to Deliver Industry’s First In-Service AM Parts http://americanmachinist.com/news/pratt-whitney-deliver-industry-s-first-service-am-parts <div class="node-body article-body">Pratt & Whitney’s PW1500G engines for Bombardier will be the first to feature entry-into-service jet engine parts produced by additive manufacturing. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americanmachinist.com/news/pratt-whitney-deliver-industry-s-first-service-am-parts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americanmachinist.com/news/pratt-whitney-deliver-industry-s-first-service-am-parts#comments News Shop Operations Thu, 02 Apr 2015 05:14:00 +0000 24371 at http://americanmachinist.com <p>The Pratt &amp; Whitney PW1500G turbofan engine will incorporate parts produced by laser powder bed additive manufacturing (including direct metal laser sintering), as well as metal injection molding and electron beam melting.</p> Revisiting 'Lean' in the New World of ERP Solutions http://americanmachinist.com/automation/revisiting-lean-new-world-erp-solutions <div class="field-byline"> Larry Korak </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Have new technologies made lean irrelevant? Manufacturers must reconcile lean efficiency and disruptive innovation.</div> <div class="field-content-focus"> <span>Content Classification:&nbsp;</span> Curated </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americanmachinist.com/automation/revisiting-lean-new-world-erp-solutions" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americanmachinist.com/automation/revisiting-lean-new-world-erp-solutions#comments Automation Shop Operations Gold Wed, 01 Apr 2015 21:55:00 +0000 24361 at http://americanmachinist.com KLM Orders Embraer Jets Worth Up to $1.5 Billion http://americanmachinist.com/news/klm-orders-embraer-jets-worth-15-billion <div class="node-body article-body">Embraer has an order from KLM Cityhopper for up to 34 regional aircraft, worth up to $1.5 billion based on Embraer’s current list prices.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americanmachinist.com/news/klm-orders-embraer-jets-worth-15-billion" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americanmachinist.com/news/klm-orders-embraer-jets-worth-15-billion#comments News Wed, 01 Apr 2015 00:49:00 +0000 24351 at http://americanmachinist.com <p>Embraer&rsquo;s E-Jet family is a series of narrow-body, twin-engine jets, widely used by regional carriers but also by major airlines for short and mid-distance routes. More than 1,560 E-Jets have been ordered since the series&rsquo; introduction in 1999, and more than 1,100 have been delivered to date.</p> Lockheed Buys 'Polysonic' Wind Tunnel, Will Update http://americanmachinist.com/news/lockheed-buys-polysonic-wind-tunnel-will-update <div class="node-body article-body">Lockheed Martin acquired a Texas wind tunnel and plans improvements there, for testing aeronautic conditions on its designs and systems. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americanmachinist.com/news/lockheed-buys-polysonic-wind-tunnel-will-update" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americanmachinist.com/news/lockheed-buys-polysonic-wind-tunnel-will-update#comments News Tue, 31 Mar 2015 03:22:00 +0000 24341 at http://americanmachinist.com Wabco’s New Plant Will Bring Brake Production to U.S. http://americanmachinist.com/news/wabco-s-new-plant-will-bring-brake-production-us <div class="node-body article-body">Wabco will expand North American manufacturing with a new plant in Charleston, S.C., producing air disc brakes, air compressors, and related systems. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americanmachinist.com/news/wabco-s-new-plant-will-bring-brake-production-us" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americanmachinist.com/news/wabco-s-new-plant-will-bring-brake-production-us#comments News Fri, 27 Mar 2015 01:30:00 +0000 24311 at http://americanmachinist.com <p>Wabco offers two families of air disc brakes: the lightweight, single-piston PAN series for commercial vehicles; and the new MAXX series (shown) that Wabco will launch for trailers, calling it &ldquo;the most optimized ADB system for trailer applications in the region.&rdquo;</p> Taking the Initiative on Five-Axis Advantages http://americanmachinist.com/machining-cutting/taking-initiative-five-axis-advantages <div class="field-byline"> Ellen Baran and Robert Brooks </div> <div class="node-body gallery-body">Hurco is introducing five new models of five-axis CNC machine tools, emphasizing five-sided machining for standard three-axis designs.</div> <div class="field-interstitial-ads-frequency"> <span>Interstitial Ads Frequency:&nbsp;</span> -1 </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americanmachinist.com/machining-cutting/taking-initiative-five-axis-advantages" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americanmachinist.com/machining-cutting/taking-initiative-five-axis-advantages#comments Machining / Cutting Thu, 26 Mar 2015 16:23:00 +0000 24301 at http://americanmachinist.com Ultra-Short Pulse Laser Raises Precision for Diamond Tool Cutting http://americanmachinist.com/machining-cutting/ultra-short-pulse-laser-raises-precision-diamond-tool-cutting <div class="node-body article-body">United Grinding’s five-axis Walter EWAG Laser Line Ultra machining center incorporates ultra-short pulse laser technology.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americanmachinist.com/machining-cutting/ultra-short-pulse-laser-raises-precision-diamond-tool-cutting" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americanmachinist.com/machining-cutting/ultra-short-pulse-laser-raises-precision-diamond-tool-cutting#comments Machining / Cutting Gold Thu, 26 Mar 2015 14:47:00 +0000 24291 at http://americanmachinist.com Cold is Hot Again for Cryo Machining/Programming Partners http://americanmachinist.com/machining-cutting/cold-hot-again-cryo-machiningprogramming-partners <div class="node-body article-body">5ME and Okuma have teamed to demonstrate the advantages of aerospace part processing via cryogenic machining.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americanmachinist.com/machining-cutting/cold-hot-again-cryo-machiningprogramming-partners" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americanmachinist.com/machining-cutting/cold-hot-again-cryo-machiningprogramming-partners#comments Cutting Tools Machining / Cutting Thu, 26 Mar 2015 04:46:00 +0000 24281 at http://americanmachinist.com <p>Liquid nitrogen is transmitted through the spindle/turret and tool body to the cutting edge to cool the surface, thereby allowing higher speeds/feeds.</p> Peterbilt Adds CNG-Powered Medium-Duty Trucks http://americanmachinist.com/news/peterbilt-adds-cng-powered-medium-duty-trucks <div class="node-body article-body">Peterbilt Motors is introducing two medium-duty trucks powered by compressed natural gas. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americanmachinist.com/news/peterbilt-adds-cng-powered-medium-duty-trucks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americanmachinist.com/news/peterbilt-adds-cng-powered-medium-duty-trucks#comments News Thu, 26 Mar 2015 03:26:00 +0000 24271 at http://americanmachinist.com Rolls Plans Center for Carbon-Fiber Composite Fan Blades, Cases http://americanmachinist.com/shop-operations/rolls-plans-center-carbon-fiber-composite-fan-blades-cases <div class="node-body article-body">Rolls-Royce is establishing a development center for carbon-fiber composite materials technologies for fan blades and fan cases.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americanmachinist.com/shop-operations/rolls-plans-center-carbon-fiber-composite-fan-blades-cases" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americanmachinist.com/shop-operations/rolls-plans-center-carbon-fiber-composite-fan-blades-cases#comments News Shop Operations Tue, 24 Mar 2015 04:03:00 +0000 24251 at http://americanmachinist.com Global Steel Output Slowed in February, Up Slightly YTD http://americanmachinist.com/news/global-steel-output-slowed-february-slightly-ytd <div class="node-body article-body">Global raw steel production fell nearly 5% during February 2015, to 127.6 million metric tons.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americanmachinist.com/news/global-steel-output-slowed-february-slightly-ytd" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americanmachinist.com/news/global-steel-output-slowed-february-slightly-ytd#comments Machining / Cutting News Mon, 23 Mar 2015 05:13:00 +0000 24241 at http://americanmachinist.com Master Negotiations in 7 Steps http://americanmachinist.com/shop-operations/master-negotiations-7-steps <div class="node-body gallery-body">Life is about compromises, but if you are prepared to compromise, to negotiate, you can achieve the goals you set for yourself. </div> <div class="field-interstitial-ads-frequency"> <span>Interstitial Ads Frequency:&nbsp;</span> -1 </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americanmachinist.com/shop-operations/master-negotiations-7-steps" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americanmachinist.com/shop-operations/master-negotiations-7-steps#comments Shop Operations Thu, 19 Mar 2015 15:43:00 +0000 24231 at http://americanmachinist.com Asymmetry Advances Boring Options with Precision and Productivity http://americanmachinist.com/cutting-tools/asymmetry-advances-boring-options-precision-and-productivity <div class="node-body article-body">Precision bores in engineered components are essential to critical performance metrics.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americanmachinist.com/cutting-tools/asymmetry-advances-boring-options-precision-and-productivity" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americanmachinist.com/cutting-tools/asymmetry-advances-boring-options-precision-and-productivity#comments Cutting Tools Machining / Cutting Thu, 19 Mar 2015 14:54:00 +0000 24221 at http://americanmachinist.com <p>Kennametal&rsquo;s asymmetric line-boring system increases machining robustness, process speeds, and bore quality, and reduces tool maintenance and handling.</p> Five-Axis Grinder Plus Options Add Up to Much More http://americanmachinist.com/machining-cutting/five-axis-grinder-plus-options-add-much-more <div class="node-body article-body">The Schütte 325linear five-axis CNC grinder has extended X- and Y-axis movement and two auxiliary slides for better clamping and wheel guidance over the entire machining envelope. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americanmachinist.com/machining-cutting/five-axis-grinder-plus-options-add-much-more" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americanmachinist.com/machining-cutting/five-axis-grinder-plus-options-add-much-more#comments Automation Machining / Cutting Thu, 19 Mar 2015 13:34:00 +0000 24211 at http://americanmachinist.com Service Center Shipments Still Sluggish in February http://americanmachinist.com/news/service-center-shipments-still-sluggish-february <div class="node-body article-body">Service center steel and aluminum shipments maintained a lackluster pace in February, though the year-over-year results were more positive situation.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americanmachinist.com/news/service-center-shipments-still-sluggish-february" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americanmachinist.com/news/service-center-shipments-still-sluggish-february#comments News Shop Operations Thu, 19 Mar 2015 02:49:00 +0000 24201 at http://americanmachinist.com <p>Service centers steel shipments fell 5.4% from January to February in the U.S., and 4.9% over the same period for Canadian service centers. &nbsp;</p> Machinists Seek Unionization Vote at Boeing’s SC Plant http://americanmachinist.com/news/machinists-seek-unionization-vote-boeing-s-sc-plant <div class="node-body article-body">The International Association of Machinists petitioned the NLRB to authorize a union organizing election for workers at Boeing’s North Charleston, S.C., plant.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americanmachinist.com/news/machinists-seek-unionization-vote-boeing-s-sc-plant" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americanmachinist.com/news/machinists-seek-unionization-vote-boeing-s-sc-plant#comments Machining / Cutting News Tue, 17 Mar 2015 01:18:00 +0000 24191 at http://americanmachinist.com <p>The OEM has over 7,700 employees in total at Boeing South Carolina, the operation it began to develop in 2008 as a second site for its 787 Dreamliner production.</p> Cutting Tools Consumption Declined in January http://americanmachinist.com/cutting-tools/cutting-tools-consumption-declined-january <div class="node-body article-body">Manufacturers’ consumption of cutting tools slipped 1.8% from December to January, to $181.9 million. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americanmachinist.com/cutting-tools/cutting-tools-consumption-declined-january" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americanmachinist.com/cutting-tools/cutting-tools-consumption-declined-january#comments Cutting Tools News Mon, 16 Mar 2015 13:01:00 +0000 24181 at http://americanmachinist.com