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Manufacturing News from Arch Cutting Tools, API Inc., Unison and Siemens

13. December 2019

Arch Cutting Tools Hires Arch Specials Business Development Coordinator

Charlie Novak Jr. previously spent seven years with Fives Landis – Citgo Diamond as a product manager.

Arch Cutting Tools has hired Charlie Novak Jr. as business development coordinator for the company’s Arch Specials business. In this role, he will develop the cooperative efforts of cutting tool business units supporting Arch Specials, put to work his applications and sales skills filtering Arch Specials RFQs, provide gatekeeping to internal quotation routings, and support sales staff. 

Mr. Novak has experience in design and production of tools as well as customer-facing roles with applications and products. He comes to Arch from Fives Landis – Citgo Diamond, where he most recently spent seven years as product manager of PCD/CBN cutting tools and grinding wheel and wheel dressing products, as well as overseeing R&D and new product development. 

Prior to Fives Landis, Mr. Novak spent seven years with Competitive Carbide (Arch-Mentor) as a custom cutting tool CAD designer, and then in manufacturing in CAM/CNC Programming.

 
 

API Launches Recertified Laser Tracker Platform

The website enables users to buy pre-owned laser trackers at a discount. The trackers are nevertheless rigorously tested for precision.

API laser tracker

API Services, provider of on-site metrology and laser tracker rental services, has launched a Recertified Laser Tracker platform. API Services is a wholly owned division of Automated Precision Inc. (API) whose CEO, Kam Lau, invented the laser tracker. Laser trackers are said to perform CMM-style measurements quickly and accurately without the part logistics associated with transporting parts to a centralized quality laboratory.

A recertified laser tracker is said to enable first-time tracker users to receive the benefits of the technology at a significant discount compared to buying new. According to API, recent market surveys estimate that the use of laser trackers by the manufacturing industry will increase by 13% per year (CAGR) over the next five years.

All API Recertified Laser Trackers undergo a rigorous factory inspection process and are recertified to the B89.4.19 standard at the API Services IS0 17015-certified facility. Each tracker comes standard with a 12-month full parts and labor warranty. Recertified laser trackers can be supplied with metrology software such as Verisurf, Polyworks and Spatial Analyzer. Trackers are supplied with an initial Spherically Mounted Retroreflector (SMR). Additional tracker accessories are available to customize the laser tracker to customer specific measurement applications.

The comprehensive inventory of pre-owned trackers can be found at used-lasertrackers.com.

 
 

Unison Corp. Promotes General Manager

Robert Baker has 25 years of company experience in various areas, and will take over manufacturing operations for the firm. 

Robert Baker of Unison Corp.

Unison Corp. (Ferndale, Michigan), a builder of precision grinding equipment, has promoted Robert Baker to its Senior Management Team. As general manager, Mr. Baker will be responsible for the company’s manufacturing operations. He will also assist in sales and service of the company’s grinding machines. 

Mr. Baker has worked for Unison for over 25 years, having gained experience in various areas of the company. “I am looking forward to my new leadership responsibilities at Unison, given the tremendous growth opportunities for the company,” he says. 

 
 

Siemens Launches Additive Manufacturing Network

The Siemens AM Network is designed for enterprises, suppliers and partners that are looking to accelerate the adoption of AM for industrial processes and applications.

Siemens announced today the official launch and general availability of the Siemens Additive Manufacturing (AM) Network following successful pilot implementations with customers and partners, including Decathlon, Siemens Gas & Power, Siemens Mobility, HP and Materialise. The Siemens AM Network provides a cloud-based platform designed to foster collaboration and process orchestration between engineers, procurement and suppliers of 3D printed parts. Providing an end-to-end digital process that connects the demand for parts with a supplier network is expected to enable globally distributed manufacturing. 

The Siemens AM Network is designed for enterprises, suppliers and partners that are looking to accelerate the adoption of AM for industrial processes and applications. It digitalizes the order-to-delivery process by aligning the engineering and commercial processes for high-quality AM functional prototypes and serial production parts, Siemens says. The system connects buyers with a global supplier network which streamlines the process, fosters collaboration and engagement, and orchestrates the workflow to increase throughput and reduce operational costs. As part of the Siemens’ suite of Software as a Service (SaaS) products, the AM Network meets the most stringent requirements for security, availability and regulatory compliance, the company says.

“Siemens’ additive manufacturing experts and industry veterans have developed the additive manufacturing network based on a clear understanding of the complexities and needs of the industry, fostered by a sincere passion to promote the adoption of AM in the industrial domain,” says Zvi Feuer, senior vice president of manufacturing engineering at Siemens Digital Industries Software. “As buyers, sellers and partners continue to plug into the ecosystem, they will find a streamlined, modular solution that can grow with each company’s individual needs.”

Earlier in 2019, Siemens and HP introduced a joint additive manufacturing solution targeting the automotive industry and other key industrial markets. That partnership is expanding with the integration of HP’s 3D printing technology and Digital Manufacturing Network partners with the Siemens AM Network. The HP Digital Manufacturing Network is a global community of digital manufacturing service providers with the capabilities to help design, produce and deliver high-quality plastic and metal final parts at scale using HP‘s Multi Jet Fusion and Metal Jet 3D printing products.

The Siemens AM Network is now open for registration at additive-manufacturing-network.sws.siemens.com.

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