Machining / Cutting en EU Machine Tool Builders See Growth, Seek ‘Freer’ Data <div class="node-body article-body">CECIMO issued a generally positive forecast for 2017 machine tool demand, and made a direct appeal for EU regulators to encourage the growth of a data-exchanging digital manufacturing economy. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Machining / Cutting News Shop Operations Fri, 23 Jun 2017 02:38:00 +0000 64811 at <p>European machine tool exports are likely to grow to $21.2 million in 2017, due to &ldquo;digitization&rdquo; and a reputation for high-quality standards, according to Starrag AG&rsquo;s vice chairman Dr. Frank Brinken, who also is chairman of the CECIMO Economic Committee.</p> Bevels and Hypoids and Cycloids: A Roadmap to Gearboxes <div class="node-body article-body">Gear ratios measure input speed against the output speed, and are a critical indicator of what type of gearbox is appropriate in a given application. Low gear ratios tend to transmit power more efficiently, while high gear ratios maximize torque outputs.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Machining / Cutting Thu, 22 Jun 2017 02:49:00 +0000 64671 at <p>Within every gearbox is a set of individual gears ground to very tight tolerances, to engage with other gears continuously without slipping. In this way, power is transmitted smoothly from one gear to the next, conserving energy within a system and significantly reducing noise.</p> US Machine Tool Orders Fell in April, But Up YTD <div class="node-body article-body">U.S. manufacturers’ new orders for machine tools in April totaled $324.46 million, a drop of 21.0% from the March result and yet a 12.3% improvement over the April 2016 total. The latest results brought the year-to-date total for manufacturing technology orders to $1.29 billion, or 2.1% higher than the comparable figure for January-April 2016.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Machining / Cutting News Wed, 21 Jun 2017 02:41:00 +0000 64551 at Rolls-Royce Ships First Trent 7000 Engines for A330neo <div class="node-body article-body">Rolls-Royce plc shipped two Trent 7000 engines that will power the first flight of the Airbus A330neo — the wide-body aircraft being positioned as a competitor to the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The commercial debut of the A330neo has been delayed, reportedly owing to delays in the engines’ availability, but earlier this month Airbus Commercial Aircraft program head Didier Evrard reported the OEM has two prototype aircraft assembled, and expects the Trent 7000 engines to be available this month.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Machining / Cutting News Sun, 18 Jun 2017 17:24:00 +0000 64341 at <p>Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engine at the Derby, England, manufacturing center, prior to delivery to Airbus in Toulouse, France<em>.</em></p> Metals Service Center Shipments Rose Again in May <div class="node-body article-body">Deliveries of steel and aluminum products by North American metal service centers rose by double digits from April to May, largely reversing a similar decline during the previous month, and also maintaining a solid lead over the May 2016 levels. Also, service centers’ inventories of steel and aluminum products measured steady declines. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Machining / Cutting News Fri, 16 Jun 2017 03:16:00 +0000 64241 at <p>Service centers supply a significant volume of steel and aluminum products consumed by machine shops and fabricators, whose activities reflect overall industrial activity in North America.</p> GE Aviation Buys Robotics Developer <div class="node-body article-body">GE Aviation acquired OC Robotics for an undisclosed price, explaining the British automation systems designer would enhance its ground-based engine repair and service programs. OC Robotics is 20-year-old developer noted for manufacturing commercial snake-arm robots and software for confined and hazardous environments.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Automation Machining / Cutting QC and Inspection Shop Operations Tue, 13 Jun 2017 00:53:00 +0000 63811 at <p>OC Robotics develops snake-arm robots for working in confined and hazardous spaces. They are guided by wire ropes, and controlled by proprietary software, to traverse cluttered environments and conduct activities such as inspection, fastening, and cleaning.</p> Tougher Tooling Handles Hard Forgings <div class="node-body article-body">At a Houston machine shop, switching from an Ingersoll face mill to an indexable high-feed mill achieves deep cuts on dense, hard forgings, with speed and reliability.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cutting Tools Machining / Cutting Shop Operations Thu, 08 Jun 2017 13:01:00 +0000 63461 at <p>A 4-in. Ingersoll Hi-QuadXXX facemill takes off more than 0.300 in. per pass to fully penetrate the heavy oxide crust in a 4140 steel forging. As a result, the tool edges last through a complete roughing sequence for a part, involving 6-8 passes. A previously selected tool needed indexing before completing even one pass.</p> Ingersoll Cutting Tools CECIMO Voices Support for Expanding EU R&D <div class="node-body article-body">CECIMO, the European Assn. of the Machine Tool Industries, joined 22 other EU trade associations in declaring support for increased commitment to industrial research and “innovation,” as outlined in the EU’s Research & Innovation Framework Programme (FP9.)</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Machining / Cutting News Shop Operations Thu, 08 Jun 2017 04:23:00 +0000 63451 at <p>CECIMO has consistently emphasized the need for the EU&rsquo;s public and private authorities to define and support competitive industrial strategies, to accelerate industrialization of emerging technologies, and to improve skills training.</p> Steel Consumers Warn Trump of 'Unilateral' Action on Imports <div class="node-body article-body">The National Tooling and Machining Assn. and the Precision Metalforming Assn., both trade groups representing steel-consuming segments of U.S. manufacturing, are urging the Trump administration to "take a deliberative approach" in the Section 232 investigation of unfair trade for steel products. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Machining / Cutting News Mon, 05 Jun 2017 14:59:00 +0000 63141 at <p>&ldquo;Our highest operating expense is often purchasing raw materials &ndash; steel or other flat-rolled metal, which amounts to 50-70% of costs,&rdquo; NTMA president Dave Tilstone and PMA president Roy Hardy wrote, in a statement to the U.S. Commerce Dept.</p> Boeing Contracts CFRP Parts for Chinooks to Cotesa <div class="node-body article-body">Boeing Defense, Space & Security awarded a five-year contract to a German company, Cotesa GmbH, to manufacture carbon fiber-reinforced composite (CFRP) exterior components for the H-47 Chinook helicopter, a heavy-lift military transport aircraft </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Machining / Cutting Fri, 02 Jun 2017 01:50:00 +0000 63031 at <p>Cotesa&rsquo;s composite components include CFRP profiles, stiffeners and frames; multidimensional GFRP sandwich structures, and hybrid parts like CFRP-transmission shafts.</p>