New Specs: Machines from APEC, CNC-Takang, Litz Hitech and Yong Ju Precision

17. April 2019
Techspex new specs announcement

Techspex has added a large number of updated machine specs to our database of machine tools distributed in the United States by J2 Machine Tool Group LLC. Among the original equipment manufacturers involved are: 

  • APEC (Asia Pacific Elite Corp.), which manufacturers five-axis gantry machines for heavy-duty machining
  • CNC-Takang, known for its heavy-duty lathes made specifically for the oil and gas industry, in addition to machining centers
  • Litz Hitech, which manufactures turning, milling, tapping and grinding machines
  • Yong Ju Precision Technology Co., which specializes in large gantry-style machines for milling and boring

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Gardner Business Index: Metalworking Extends Its Consistent Growth Pattern

Posted by: Michael Guckes 12. April 2019
GBI Metalworking

March’s data extended the trends witnessed in prior months. Supplier deliveries, production, new orders and employment continue to expand at slowing rates while backlogs and exports contract.


The Gardner Business Index (GBI): Metalworking was unchanged from the prior month, sustaining a reading of 53.6 in March. The latest data extend the recent trend of slower growth readings first experienced in November. Readings above 50 indicate business activity expansion while readings below 50 indicate business activity contraction. The latest reading is 10.4 percent lower than it was in March 2018, when the Index was near its all-time high.

Gardner Intelligence’s review of the underlying data for the month observed that the Index, which is calculated as an average of its components, was supported by supplier deliveries, new orders, production and employment. Export and backlogs lowered the Index for the second consecutive month, with backlogs contracting faster than exports.

New orders rebounded from February, when the component registered its lowest reading since late 2016. This coupled with a fourth consecutive month of contracting exports resulted in a significant draw down in backlogs. For the month, the backlog component further contracted to its lowest reading in more than two years.

GBI Metalworking details

Exports have contracted in six of the last seven months, however, new orders readings (which represent total metalworking manufacturing orders activity) have expanded every month since October of 2016. This indicates that domestic orders through March have more than offset weak foreign orders.


Moving counter to the weakness in exports and backlogs, supplier deliveries and production continued to register business activity at levels reminiscent of those experienced earlier in the business cycle. Employment activity also expanded at levels consistent with those reported earlier in the current cycle. Strong employment readings often indicate a positive mid- to long-range outlook for the industry due to the time and resources required to find and train talent.


Manufacturing News of Note: Rocket Engines, Employee Ownership and Events

Posted by: Jedd Cole 25. March 2019
rocket engine 

Orbex, a U.K.-based spaceflight company, has introduced what is being called the world’s largest metal rocket engine to be 3D printed in a single piece using the SLM Solutions SLM800. Orbex develops small satellite launch vehicles, and the 3D-printed engine part was produced specifically for Prime, a supposedly environmentally friendly rocket. The launcher uses only 100-percent renewable fuel to cut carbon emissions by 90 percent. A zero-shock staging and payload separation eliminates orbital debris. The launcher was design-optimized for selective laser melting, an additive manufacturing (AM) process, producing a structure 30 percent lighter and 20 percent more efficient than other launch vehicles in its category. Orbex aerospace engineers partnered closely with the applications engineering team at SLM Solutions headquarters in Lübeck, Germany, to ensure success transferring the design into selective laser melting production—a feat that required the partnership of the equipment provider due to the complexity and size of the component. Read More.

Here is some other news to note: 


New Specs: Turning Machines from Mazak

11. March 2019
new specs from Mazak

Techspex is in the midst of adding a host of updated machine specs to our database of Mazak machine tools. Among the additions so far are turning machines, such as:

  • The QT 350 HP universal turning center with a 20" swing for those processing medical devices, engine parts, electronic enclosures and more
  • The Megaturn 1600 vertical turning center, excelling in heavy-duty cutting of large and low- to medium-profile workpieces
  • The QT 100 MSY with multitasking capability and Y-axis functionality, in addition to a secondary turning spindle to process parts in one setup

This is only a sampling of the specs being added to Mazak’s list of turning machines, with more to come. Find more Mazak machine models to browse and compare on its company showroom here on Techspex.

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Want to Present at the 2019 Top Shops Conference? Now Is Your Chance

Posted by: Katelyn Arnold 1. March 2019

Modern Machine Shop’s Top Shops Conference is where leading shops and industry professionals connect to celebrate their contribution to the manufacturing community and to learn from their peers about the tools and technologies that will help them continue to lead and succeed. With the conference’s call for papers now open, you have the opportunity to share your industry and technology expertise on a broader scale.

The deadline for papers is May 17, 2019. Abstracts can be submitted here.

Taking place September 9-11 in Cincinnati, Ohio, the third annual conference is the only event developed by and for job shops and contract manufacturers.

“The goal of this conference is to present practical new technology, strategies and concepts that attendees—owners or managers of CNC machine shops—can quickly implement in their businesses to help them grow and become more efficient,” notes Derek Korn, executive editor of Modern Machine Shop. “The key word here is business, which is why the conference will include presentations about new machining technology and shopfloor practices as well as business strategies and workforce development.”

Suggested presentation topics include:

  • New machining technology
  • Data-driven manufacturing
  • Cutting tool strategies to reduce cycle times
  • Workholding techniques to shorten setup times
  • 3D printing applied in a machine shop setting
  • Robotics and other forms of shopfloor automation
  • Employee training and development
  • Succession planning strategies

Speakers receive a complimentary pass to the conference, access to the exhibit hall, download of the proceedings after the event and an invitation to all networking activities including the Top Shops awards reception.

Modern Machine Shop’s Top Shops Workshop is an extension of the Top Shops benchmarking program. It connects leading machining and metalworking professionals to the people, products and processes that are moving manufacturing forward.

Originally published on MMS Online.

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