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Jedd Cole

Jedd Cole joined Modern Machine Shop as Assistant Editor after graduating with a B.A. in Rhetoric and Professional Writing from the University of Cincinnati in 2015, and after working as an intern with the magazine in 2014. He manages the blog of Techspex.com and also assists with the editing of Modern Machine Shop's sister publications, Modern Machine Shop MéxicoPlastics Technology México and Products Finishing México.

Posted by: Jedd Cole 30. October 2019

Methods Machine Tools Represents OKK Corp. in North America

OKK machines

Methods Machine Tools Inc. is now representing OKK Corp. in North America. OKK manufactures horizontal, vertical and five-axis machining centers.

“We are very pleased to announce our new partnership with OKK to import, distribute and provide service and support for its broad range of high-quality machine tools,” says Mark Wright, president and CEO of Methods Machine Tools.

“We are delighted to partner with Methods, whose reputation for service and machine integration is unsurpassed, and we look forward to a long, mutually rewarding partnership,” says Takahiro Kawano, president of OKK USA. “Methods' established distribution organization, vast network of technology centers and dealers, and first-class applications expertise will help increase OKK presence in North America.”

The distributor agreement for North America does not include Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Wisconsin and Virginia. 

Posted by: Jedd Cole 28. October 2019

Marcus Machinery Has Become a Distributor for MAG and Saginaw Machine Systems

representatives of Saginaw, MAG and Marcus

MAG and Saginaw Machine Systems (SMS) have named Marcus Machinery a strategic sales and service channel partner for the states of Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Both MAG and SMS are members of FFG, a global group of machine tool builders. 

“As we’ve strategically expanded our geographical coverage this past year, we’ve been looking to partner with a high-quality builder of horizontal machining centers and vertical lathes,” says Mark Henne, president of Marcus Machinery. “We’re excited to partner with MAG and Saginaw Machine Systems, and provide our customers with innovative solutions for their horizontal machining and vertical turning needs.” He goes on to say, “We feel the development of their exciting new MMH horizontal machining center will be a great fit in the Mid-Atlantic territory and is an excellent compliment to the other lines we represent.”

Posted by: Jedd Cole 10. October 2019

GF Machining Solutions Introduces Updated Look to Its Machines

Ahead of EMO Hannover 2019, GF Machining Solutions announced a new modular design for its machines. Nearly two years in the making, the redesign is expected to improve the appearance of machines and be more immediately recognizable. 

“This machine design update will bring a cohesive appearance to all of our many products across all of these technologies,” says Fabio Ferraro, machine design and standardization manager. “We want customers to see our machines and immediately know they are looking at a GF Machining Solutions product.”

Products with the new design fully applied will have the LED-lit logo and technology identifier as well as additional features. These include:

  • Cohesive machine colors in white, gray and black
  • A cubic shape and a winged black design element at the top of the machine whenever possible
  • A black handle on a gray operator door
  • Horizontal orange unifying stripes above and below the machine panels
  • A homogenous approach to the design of the operator console and its supporting arm

For products developed with partners and dedicated products, the design includes a white operator door with unifying orange stripes running vertically along each side as well as the LED-lit GF logo, the partner’s logo in white LED lighting and the technology identifier.

“This is an ambitious undertaking because we have so many different technologies, products, and production sites around the world,” says Mr. Ferraro. “As our new machine design becomes visible, customers will recognize all machines across our portfolio as coming from one source: GF Machining Solutions.”

Posted by: Jedd Cole 21. May 2019

What Happens When Machine Shops Pick Up Swiss-Type Turning

As an entry point to Techspex, a free machine specification directory designed to help users do the research they need to more easily and effectively acquire new machine tools, we thought that 2019 was a good time to provide readers of the Techspex supplement, Machine/Shop, with stories of shops getting into new machine technologies successfully.

The feature in the May 2019 edition of Machine/Shop highlights the story of a shop whose owner took it upon himself to learn how to use a Swiss-type lathe, having had only traditional lathe experience. The writers of Modern Machine Shop (where this story comes from) and Production Machining have written several stories over the past few years about machine shops adopting and finding success with Swiss-type lathes. 

Here are a few stories to look at in addition to the one republished in Machine/Shop:

1. New to Swiss-Type Turning

What are some nuances to training a person to effectively operate a Swiss-type lathe? Vallorbs, a shop in Pennsylvania, offers some advice: understanding the sliding-headstock concept, learning the difference between a headstock collet and a guide bushing, and taking care when offsetting tools are a few of the nuggets of wisdom this shop provides to those new to Swiss-type lathes. Read more at gbm.media/swiss1.

2. Adding Swiss to the Machining Mix

Augmenting Advance CNC Machining’s machining center based-business with Swiss-type turning capability speaks to recent trends within the metalworking industry. Like many who adopt Swiss-type machining, the owner of this shop found benefit in the OEM’s training services to get his staff prepared to use the machines. Read more at gbm.media/swiss2.

3. Why Shops Are Looking More to Swiss-Types

These days, more traditional job shops are installing—or at least eyeing—Swiss-types. Some reasons include the availability of Swiss-types in “tiered” price points and sophistication, the ability to turn parts with or without the guide bushing, and quick change-overs, among other reasons. Read more at gbm.media/swiss3.

If you are thinking about diving deeper into Swiss-type turning, give these articles a read and be sure to register for a free Techspex account, where you can search and compare Swiss-type lathe specs to find the best one to start with.

Posted by: Jedd Cole 25. March 2019

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

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: 

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