GF Machining Solutions Adds Eight to its U.S. Sales and Business Development Teams

21. December 2018

GF Machining Solutions has expanded its Business Development/Marketing and Sales teams. Additions to the teams are as follows:

  • Peter Eigenmann, head of sales in the Southeast Region, joins GF Machining Solutions in Huntersville, North Carolina, after serving as head of Project Management for the company in Schorndorf, Germany. Mr. Eigenmann brings experience in industrial manufacturing operations, machine tools, and the tool and die industry.
  • Philipp Hauser, director of sales, has taken on the responsibilities for the company's North American sales activities in addition to his role with the company's Turbine Group.
  • Rina Hoshino, market intelligence analyst, will design and manage research projects aimed at locating new markets and growing market share. She previously worked for GF’s Piping Solutions division in Irvine, California, for five years.
  • Richard Klein, sales manager, Advanced Manufacturing, joins the company after 18 years with OKK USA Corp. He will focus on machine sales development and performance in additive manufacturing, laser ablation and micromachining.
  • Melissa McCrossen, sales manager, Advanced Manufacturing, moves from Regional Sales Manager for the company’s Consumables group to her new role with the Advanced Manufacturing group. Ms. McCrossen previously served as Western Regional Sales Manager for Nordson March, gaining extensive sales experience with capital equipment.
  • Sean Smith, sales manager, Canada, previously served as a Product Manager with Machine Tool Systems, where he represented the GF Machining Solutions product line. Mr. Smith was also responsible for GF Machining Solutions products for Elliott Matsuura.
  • Andrew Stemler, sales manager, Milling, will assume sales and development responsibilities for GF Machining Solutions' Central Region after holding managerial roles with machine tool companies in Illinois and Wisconsin. With more than 25 years of industry experience, Mr. Stemler has managed sales, applications and service teams throughout his career.
  • Sean Szczygiel, regional sales manager in the Northeast, previously worked there as Territory Manager for Belmont Equipment and Technologies. That position focused on EDM consumables and machine tools.


Mark Albert Reflects on 39 Years of Writing about Metalworking Technology

19. December 2018

As Mark Albert retires from full-time writing with Modern Machine Shop magazine, Editor-in-Chief Peter Zelinski (who was chosen as Albert’s successor to lead the magazine) sits down with him to talk about what he has learned over his 39 years of covering machining technologies with the magazine—how the machining industry has changed since the 1980s, what technologies proved to be more significant than they let on at the time, and which ones didn’t pan out as expected.


New Specs: Machining Centers from Trevisan USA

30. November 2018
new specs Trevisan

We recently made a broad update to specs on a variety of machining centers from Trevisan USA LLC, including:

  • DS900/300C, a 900-mm machine with a U-axis contour head and two tool pocket positions on a 300-mm stroke slide
  • DS900/300C RAM, featuring a 250-mm ram with 700 mm of W-axis stroke, along with the heavy milling and drilling abilities
  • DS1200/450C RAM, a 50-hp traveling-column HMC with U-axis contouring head for all turning operations

Find more machine models to browse and compare soon on Trevisan’s company showroom here on Techspex.

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Methods Machine Tools Commits to Medical Manufacturing with a New Tech Center

Posted by: Matt Danford 26. November 2018

This news originally appeared on MMS Online.

Methods ribbon cutting

Jerry Rex, second from right, was appointed President and CEO of Methods Machine Tools earlier this year, the company’s 60th anniversary. The Memphis facility is the company’s eighth sales and technology center in North America. 


The opening of a new technology center in Memphis, Tennessee, is not only the latest milestone in a big year for Methods Machine Tools, but also a concrete indication of strong demand for CNC machined medical components.

The company has long serviced medical component manufacturers in the southern United States from another location in Charlottesville, North Carolina. Nonetheless, President and CEO Jerry Rex, who presided over a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new Memphis facility November 14, says it is worth being even closer to a strong base of prospective medical industry customers not only in Memphis, but also in neighboring Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi and the Florida Panhandle.

As for the strength of the medical market and those who serve it, recent survey data from Gardner Intelligence (the research arm of Modern Machine Shop publisher Gardner Business Media) show that medical manufacturers have experienced strong growth in new orders, production and supplier deliveries. Overall, this data suggest that medical manufacturers are highly likely to close out 2018 in very good condition.   

Methods, of course, serves more than just medical manufacturers, and the company’s experience this year—its 60th anniversary—also evidences a strong manufacturing market in general. Headquartered in Sudbury, Massachusetts, the company has expanded its already expansive product line, which ranges from vertical and horizontal machining centers (VMCs and HMCs) to multi-axis turn-mills to EDMs. Thanks to new partnerships, the line now includes EDM drilling machines from Ocean Technologies; HMCs and boring mills from Niigata; and Swiss-type lathes from Tornos.



Attendees gather around this FANUC Robodrill fitted with a robotic arm for transferring parts from the integrated storage unit to the worktable. To accommodate varied, low- and mid-volume lots of parts, the system interfaces with the pallet rather than the workpiece, transferring it from the storage unit to a hydraulic clamping station on the Haeberle two-axis rotary table.


Perhaps just as importantly, and just as indicative of broader trends, the company particularly emphasizes the automation systems that surround and augment these machines. One notable example of integrated automation can be seen in the picture gallery above. This FANUC Robodrill VMC features not only a two-axis worktable from Haeberle, but also a workpiece storage magazine from the same manufacturer and a FANUC robotic arm to transition parts from magazine to machine. As such, the system is designed to drop into place as a compact, efficient means of automating five-axis machining of small to medium lot sizes. Representatives noted that Methods also stands ready to help with automation beyond machine tending, particularly tedious, time-consuming tasks like deburring.


Video: What Can Force Analysis Tell You About Your Machining Process?

Posted by: Peter Zelinski 16. November 2018

This piece originally appeared as a blog post on MMS Online.


I recently had the chance to work with TechSolve, the machining consulting firm based in Cincinnati, Ohio, on filming some really ugly machining passes.

The point was cutting force analysis. Watching poorly performing cuts while also seeing the corresponding cutting force profiles illustrates what force measurement can reveal about the process. In many cases, force monitoring is limited to the machine’s spindle-load monitor, but TechSolve can bring more than this. It can measure forces more specifically and directly using a three-component dynamometer.

Force analysis can be useful for diagnosing the challenges of an application involving a difficult workpiece material and/or an unstable process. To the knowledgeable observer, force profiles can reveal the problem areas in a process—the shortcomings to address to make the process consistent and reliable enough for unattended machining.

In this video of machining 4140 steel, watch the cuts and see the force profiles corresponding to (1) gradual tool failure, (2) cutting with a rake angle that is too highly positive for the process and (3) the development of a built-up edge.

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