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INSIDE:
Volume 35, Number 5
September 2008
hits new heights with
Mazak machines
Noranco
by Jerry Cook
The Canadian publication for production, purchasing and management in metalworking
When Noranco Manufacturing Ltd., Pickering,
ON (noranco.com) decided in the late 1990s that
it wanted to move into CNC machining, it didnt
take the aerospace manufacturer long to determine
that the Mazak line of equipment met its needs.
Up until 10 years ago, Noranco focused primar-
ily on sheet metal fabrication, says John Nicholson,
director of new business development with Noran-
co. At that time, the company decided to move
into the machining side of the business. Initially, we
had four machines and they were all Mazak. From
1988 to 2007, we went from having four Mazak
machines to 23 Mazak machines, he says.
However, Norancos roster of Mazak equipment
increased significantly earlier this year, when the
firm acquired two Woodbridge, ON-based aero-
space manufacturers-MBM Tool and Machine
and Excentrotech. Both firms, which are now
divisions of Noranco, were also users of Mazak
equipment. Consequently, Noranco now has 59
Mazak machines including two Palletech systems
at the MBM division. Nicholson estimates that
Norancos investment in Mazak equipment is ap-
proximately $12 million.
Noranco, which has been in business for over
30 years, manufactures high precision machined
parts and fabricated sheet metal parts and assem-
blies for the aerospace industry. Including MBM
and Excentrotech, Noranco has 410 employees at
three facilities totalling 210,000 sq. ft.
When Noranco Manufacturing
PICKERING, ON
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When Noranco Manufacturing Ltd., Pickering,
ON decided in the late 1990s that it wanted
to move into CNC machining, it didnt take
the aerospace manufacturer long to determine
that the Mazak line of equipment met its needs.
Noranco hits new
heights with Mazak
machines
COVER STORY
FEATURES
DEPARTMENTS
5 Comment
Canada is a gifted country that
continues to underachieve in many
critical areas including the economy
and innovation, according to the
Conference Board of Canadas
recent annual benchmarking report.
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C
anada is a gifted country that
continues to underachieve in
many critical areas including
the economy and innovation, ac-
cording to the Conference Board of
Canadas recent annual benchmark-
ing report.
This years report card on Canada
tells the story of a gifted country un-
derperforming in almost all subjects.
For quite a few years, the Conference
Board has been sounding the alarm
that Canada is slipping to the back of
the gifted class, and that future pros-
perity is at risk.
Thats a hard argument to make
in a country enjoying low unemploy-
ment, a strong dollar, declining debt,
and a booming resource economy.
Canadians tend to be skeptical of an
argument that points to serious chal-
lenges ahead and makes an urgent
case for strategic investment today to
ensure sustainable prosperity tomor-
row, the board warns in its report.
Continues the report, Yet Canadi-
ans see the impact of the world econ-
omy on their quality of life in almost
every days headlines, and are acutely
conscious of developments abroad-
whether in the economy, innovation,
the environment, education and skills,
health, or society. For lessons in what
Canada might do better and what
should be avoided, it is necessary to
look out to the rest of the world.
The report entitled, How Canada
Performs 2008: A Report Card on
Canada, is published annually and
benchmarks Canadas performance
relative to that of 17 industrialized
countries in the Organization for
Economic Cooperation and Devel-
opment (OECD) in six major areas
including Innovation, Economy,
Environment, Education and Skills,
Health, and Society.
The news for Canada, however, isnt
good, notes the board. In the most re-
cent report card, Canada receives B
grades on its economic, education,
health, and social performance, but a
C on environmental performance
and a D on innovation. In almost
every major category of socio-eco-
nomic performance studied, Canadas
performance is slipping, causing it to
fall behind countries that are its peers,
partners, and competitors.
The rules of the game have
changed. In a global economy, with
global supply chains-where compa-
nies spread production around the
globe in search of higher efficiency
and lower costs for each component
of the final product, and compete vig-
orously for international investment
and trade-Canada needs to do better
not only in absolute terms but also
relative to others, the report states.
For example, the report points out
that in the 1970s, the Canadian econ-
omy ranked 3rd amongst the 17 peer
countries but the new report shows
Canada has slipped to 11th place.
Most troubling is that Canadas
ranking on income per capita-a mea-
sure often used as an indicator of a
countrys standard of living or pros-
perity-has dropped significantly.
In the early 1970s, Canadas stan-
dard of living was the envy of most
countries in the world, with its income
Canada underachieves in global classroom
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editor's COMMENT
Jerry Cook, Editor, MP&P
per capita ranking behind only Swit-
zerland, the U.S., and Sweden. The
latest benchmarking results show
that five additional countries have
moved ahead of Canada-Norway,
Ireland, the Netherlands, Austria,
and Denmark, the Conference
Board says.
According to the report, there are
three specific trends causing Canada
to lose ground. First, Canada is a
chronic laggard on several important
economic indicators, such as pro-
ductivity. Second, even in some areas
where Canadas performance has
improved, its peer countries are do-
ing better, thus raising the standard
for quality of life. Third, Canada has
failed to keep pace in the growing
competition for global investment.
Likewise, Canada continues to
lag behind global competitors when
it comes to innovation. Canada is
well supplied with good universities,
engineering schools, teaching hospi-
tals, and technical institutes. It pro-
duces science that is well respected
around the world. But, with some
exceptions, Canada does not take
the steps that other countries take
to ensure science can be successfully
commercialized and used as a source
of advantage for innovative compa-
nies seeking global market share.
Canadian companies are thus rarely
at the leading edge of new technol-
ogy and too often find themselves a
generation or more behind the pro-
ductivity growth achieved by global
industry leaders, the report says.
Although Canada is trailing some
of the other performers in the class,
we still have time to learn our les-
sons and bring home a better report
card next time.
For quite a few years, the Conference Board has been sounding the alarm
that Canada is slipping to the back of the gifted class, and that future
prosperity is at risk.
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feature COVER STORY
Continued from Page 1
The companys part runs range from prototypes up
to 25 to 30 pieces. Noranco manufactures a variety of
parts for the aerospace sector including stringers and
rails, brackets, components and assemblies, and more.
Typically, Noranco is working with a variety of ma-
terials including different aluminum grades, low and
high carbon alloys, titanium, Inconel, and more. In
general, the firm works to tolerances of plus or mi-
nus 0.005 in. and as close as plus or minus 0.0005 in.
Noranco quality system is certified to both the ISO
9001-2000 and SAE AS9100B standards. As well, the
company has NADCAP accreditation for special pro-
cesses such as fusion welding, torch brazing, resistance
welding, chemical film processing, and painting.
According to Nicholson, there were a number of
reasons behind Norancos initial decision to install
Mazak equipment and its subsequent decision to stay
with Mazak machine tools over the years. When
we bought new machinery over the years, we would
go out and get competitive quotes but we frequently
came back to Mazak primarily because we knew the
equipment and it satisfied our needs. The Mazak ma-
chines lent themselves to the product that we were
making, he says.
In addition, Norancos operators were familiar with
Mazak equipment which made training simple and
straightforward, he adds. We already were familiar
with Mazak machines from a cross-training perspec-
tive. As a result, most of our employees in the shop
could move from one machine to another. Also, be-
cause of the commonality in programming systems, it
gave us the ability to use any of the machines. For ex-
ample, if one machine was down for maintenance, we
wouldnt be stuck for a machine. We wouldnt have
to reprogram or retool (another machine) to put that
product on a different machine.
Nicholson was also impressed with the Mazak con-
trol package. The Mazak machines were user-friend-
ly from a programming perspective. At that time, we
didnt have the CAM system that we are currently us-
ing, which is Mastercam, and Mazaks Mazatrol con-
trol was very user-friendly which allowed our opera-
tors to program directly at the machine. The quality of
the Mazak machines was good for the price.
The firms most recent Mazak machine installations
include an Integrex 300-IV ST multi-tasking machine,
FH5800 horizontal machining center, and two Variax-
is five-axis machining centers. The Mazak equipment
was supplied by A.W. Miller Technical Sales Canada,
Mississauga, ON (awmiller.com). There were different
reasons that prompted each of Norancos most recent
Mazak machine installations, says Nicholson.
For instance, the installation of the new Integrex
300-IV machine actually grew out of Norancos ex-
perience with an earlier model of Integrex that the
firm installed approximately five years ago. We had
bought an Integrex machine without a subspindle ap-
proximately five years ago. We had bought this ma-
chine for one particular job but once we had that
machine we realized that it would lend itself to other
parts (that could be done) more efficiently. The natu-
ral progression was to install the newer version of the
Integrex with the subspindle and lower turret which
gives you even more capability, explains Nicholson.
According to Nicholson, the latest Integrex machine
was installed in order to be more cost effective in mak-
ing a part for a contract that the firm had recently
been awarded. Capacity was an issue. We had recent-
ly received work that we knew we could do more ef-
ficiently on the new Integrex with the subspindle than
we could on any of the other machines we had. The
new Integrex gives us the ability to almost complete a
part in one setup. That was a big driver.
We had received a package of work the customer
was making with a machine that employed a subspin-
dle and they had indicated to us the cycle times they
were achieving using the machine with a subspindle.
Consequently, we based our quote (for the work) on
using a similar machine with a subspindle. When we
decided to (install a machine with a subspindle), we
selected the Mazak Integrex which gave us the same
capabilities as the customers machine, he says.
The Integrex 300-IV multi-tasking machine is nine-
axis and offers main spindle speed of 4,000 rpm and
rotary spindle speed of 12,000 rpm. The main head-
stock features an integral spindle/motor designed for
a wide range of applications, from heavy duty cut-
ting at low speed to high speed cutting of aluminum
and other nonferrous materials at high spindle speeds.
The Integrex marries a high-powered turning center
and full-function machining center to deliver maxi-
mum versatility and throughput for complex parts,
allowing them to be done in one setup. Because of
the multi-tasking capabilities offered by the Integrex,
the user can be competitive on round parts with sec-
ondary operations, fully prismatic parts from solid or
castings, or sculptured parts such as aerospace com-
ponents and molds.
In the case of the Variaxis machines, it was a matter
of Noranco wanting to move into five-axis machining.
We hadnt been involved in five-axis machining pre-
viously and we felt that the next step in the evolution
of our machining cycle was to go to five-axis machin-
ing. The Variaxis machines fit (with the work) we are
doing right now. However, I would suggest that this is
just the beginning stage for us, states Nicholson.
The Variaxis machines have also brought benefits in
terms of setup reduction, he adds. Weve been able to
put parts that previously we were doing on three-axis
machines, with multi setups, on the Variaxis machines
and reduce the number of setups.
As well, the Integrex and Variaxis machines have
expanded the range of work that Noranco can handle
on a cost effective basis. I think the machines have
given us the ability to search for more complicated
work and be able to price the work at a price where
we have more chance of winning the product because
of the extra capabilities that the machines offer.
Noranco, which has installed 59 Mazak machine tools,
estimates that its total investment in Mazak equipment
amounts to $12 million.
At that time, the company decided to move into the machining
side of the business. Initially, we had four machines and they
were all Mazak. From 1988 to 2007, we went from having four
Mazak machines to 23 Mazak machines,
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platform that is engineered with electri-
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With maximum X-Y-Z travels of 1300
mm (51.2 in), 750 mm (29.5 in), and
700 mm (27.6 in), the versatile VMCs
handle parts up to 1750 kg (3,870 lbs)
in aerospace, die-mold, job-shop, and
high-production operations.
mag-ias.com
Clamp employs
positive down force
The Mitee-Bite Pitbull clamp is a revo-
lutionary new fixture clamp with pos-
itive down force and a low gripping
profile. High vertical and horizontal
clamping forces are generated, con-
sidering the size of the Pitbull clamps.
It uses a standard cap screw and an
oil resistant O-ring. The Pitbull clamp
is available in five sizes and several
styles, a tool steel knife edge for ag-
gressive stock removal, a tool steel
blunt edge for general purpose and a
brass version to help prevent marring
the workpiece.
miteebite.com
DillonManufacturing, Inc.
2115 Progress Drive
Springeld, Ohio 45505
Phone: 1-800-428-1133
Email: sales4@dillonmfg.com
www.dillonmfg.com
Available in Serrated, Acme
Key, Square Key, Tongue and
Groove styles
Option of either single or
two-step jaws
Reversible suitable
for OD & ID workholding
Accurate gripping and
locating serrations
Heat treated and
precision ground
Reversible
Hard Jaws
Reversible
Hard Jaws
Diamond shaped serrations
and black oxide nish
Made in the USA
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September 2008 10 Metalworking Production and Purchasing www.metalworkingcanada.com
feature
Sandvik opens head office/
Canadian Productivity Centre
S
andvik Coromant Canadas (coro-
mant.sandvik.com/ca) new head
office and Productivity Centre is
designed to help ensure the continuing
productivity and competitiveness of its
Canadian customer base.
We started our Productivity Centres
many years ago (in Sweden) to demon-
strate our products. However, not all of
our customers could come to Sweden so
we started to establish local Productivity
Centres. Today, the Canadian Productiv-
ity Centre is our 22nd centre, Kenneth
Sundh, president of Sandvik Coromant
globally, said in officially opening the
new facility.
Adds Sundh, I firmly believe that the
world has changed. For example, 10 or 15
years ago when a machine tool was sold,
the cutting tool manufacturers would be
happy that there was any budget left for
cutting tools. Since then weve built our
business and really concentrated on pro-
ductivity and cost savings (for our custom-
ers). Today, we are not just selling inserts
for machine tools anymore, we are selling
productivity. Sandviks recently opened
25,000 sq. ft. head office and Productiv-
ity Centre in Mississauga, ON will play a
critical role in providing companies train-
ing programs designed to maximize their
productivity and help them compete in the
global market.
The Productivity Centre is the ultimate
training facility for our customers and
provides the support needed to achieve
maximum performance from all Sand-
vik Coromant products, says Andrew
Kasper, communications manager with
Sandvik Coromant Canada.
Offering a wide range of theory-based
training courses, the Productivity Cen-
tre specializes in improving component
quality, minimizing downtime, increasing
throughput, and improving engineering
competence for customers.
The Productivity Centres training fa-
cilities comprise two conference rooms
including audio-visual aids; a Mazak In-
tegrex 200 IV-ST multi-tasking machine;
a Mori Seiki NL 2500 MC CNC lathe; an
Okuma MB56V vertical machining cen-
tre; and more. This Productivity Centre
will be a vital part in the added value we
offer for our customer base. Its first main
function will be to facilitate training for
our customers across Canada. The cen-
tre is also for our (distribution) channel
partners as well as our own sales force to
make sure that we bring new technologies
to our customers, says Alemur Swid-
erski, senior manager, training with
Sandvik Coromant Canada.
Continues Swiderski, The knowl-
edge that we need to bring to the table
of new cutting tool technologies and
new methods (will help ensure) our
customer base remains competitive and
profitable in the future thus ensuring a
strong Canadian engineering market.
Sandvik celebrated the opening of its
new Canadian head office and Produc-
tivity Centre with a ribbon cutting cere-
mony and tours of the facility. Approx-
imately 60 people attended the event
including Sandvik Coromant executives
from Sweden, the United States, and
Canada, officials from the firms vari-
ous Canadian channel distributors, and
Sandviks Canadian Productivity Cen-
tre partners including EMEC Machine
Tools Inc., Gross Machinery Group,
and A.W. Miller Technical Sales.
According to Swiderski, Sandviks
Canadian Productivity Centre will tai-
lor-make training packages for custom-
ers. Some of the training courses that
the new Canadian Productivity Centre
will offer include introduction to mod-
ern tooling; application of tool materi-
als and tool geometries; application of
turning and drilling tools; application
of milling and drilling tools; increasing
productivity in metal cutting; and ma-
chining economics.
The facility will also be used, when
practical, to assist the process develop-
ment team as far as proving-out some
of the techniques and processes for
our customers. This will save valuable
production time for our customers as
well, he notes.
Sandviks new Canadian head of-
fice and Productivity Centre incorpo-
rates Leadership in Energy and Envi-
ronmental Design (LEED) standards.
LEED provides a recognized standard
for the construction industry to assess
the environmental sustainability of
building designs.
According to Dave Thompson, presi-
dent of Sandvik Canada, the new facil-
ity will achieve 37% better building ef-
ficiency than the model national energy
code and will provide a 30% improve-
ment in water use efficiency over the US
EPA standard. The company says that
more than 70% of construction waste
was recycled, and recycled materials
were incorporated into the construc-
tion of the facility.
(Left to right): Rick Askin, president of Sandvik
USA; Kenneth Sundh, president of Sandvik Coro-
mant; and Dave Thompson, president of Sandvik
Canada officially open Sandviks new head office
and Productivity Centre in Mississauga, ON.
Sandviks recently opened 25,000 sq. ft. head office
and Productivity Centre in Mississauga, ON will
play a critical role in providing companies training
programs designed to maximize their productivity
and help them compete in the global market.
by Jerry Cook
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September 2008 12 Metalworking Production and Purchasing www.metalworkingcanada.com
products CUTTING TOOLS
Milling cutters ideal
for high speed machining
A new line of advanced 7075-T6 alu-
minum bodied milling cutters has been
engineered by Tyson Tool for high
speed machining of non-ferrous materi-
als. Offered in two separate configura-
tions (copy milling or face milling), the
CP90 cutters have been designed for
use with BECKER DIAMOND PCD in-
serts. The face milling version applies a
unique PCD wiper-radius for ultra pre-
cise finishes, that can be micro-adjusted
to within .0001 in. In the copy milling
configuration, full faced PCD inserts
(RDHX-1003MO) provide multiple in-
sert indexes and superior finishes. Avail-
able with through coolant for sizes 2
in. ,2-1/2 in., 3 in. and 4 in. and stan-
dard non coolant for 5 in. and 6 in.
tysontool.com
Indexable drills
handle larger diameters
ISCAR has expanded its line of DR in-
dexable twist drills to cover the 61 to
80 mm diameter range. Now the entire
family covers diameters from 14 to 80
mm. Key applications include automo-
tive and aerospace manufacturing and
die and moldmaking. All DR drills of-
fer numerous key features for versatil-
ity, fast penetration, process security
and long life including adjustable drill
shanks able to produce several diam-
eters with a single shank, reducing tool
inventories (in the new large-diameter
offering, just four shanks cover the 61
to 80 mm range); the ability to double
as boring tools and handle aspect ratios
(depth to diameter) up to 2.5 (on lathes,
DR drills can produce intermediate di-
ameters by offsetting the X-axis); insert
selections optimized for all steels, alloys
and cast iron; and more.
iscar.ca
Milling cutter system employs
unique clamping design
The ValMILL VFORCE milling cutter
system from Valenite LLC employs Side
Lok direct insert clamping design, a
tool configuration ideal for high-density
(larger number of inserts for any given
cutter diameter) yet compacted insert
mounting that presents more cutting
teeth per revolution, and enables feed
rates and material removal rates of up
to three times the speeds of tools with
traditional locking systems. The Side
Lok style mechanism design utilizes a
single-screw with no extraneous parts
required. It provides quick release of the
insert to minimize indexing/changeout
times, is easier to use than screw down
type or wedge systems, and permits the
use of a stronger, solid insert design.
valenite.com
Threading tools provide
increased productivity
Sandvik Coromant has introduced the
CoroThread 266, a new family of rigid,
high-precision threading tools that pro-
vide increased productivity and stabil-
ity. Offering superb value to the oil, gas
and mechanical engineering industries,
the new tool is available in 0.5 in. and
0.625 in. insert sizes. The CoroThread
266 achieves high levels of stabil-
ity through the innovative iLock insert
locking system. With this new design,
an insert contains a slot for each of its
three indexable cutting edges. When
locked into place, these slots correspond
to a raised guide rail on the actual tool,
providing a much more stable interface.
The iLock system simplifies tool set-ups,
eliminates potential insert movement
during machining, and provides repeat-
ability with high levels of accuracy.
coromant.sandvik.com
Thread mills machine
difficult materials
A new series of miniature solid carbide
thread mills from Emuge is optimally
designed for easy machining of difficult
materials such as stainless steels, tita-
nium, K-monel, Hastelloy, and Inconel.
The line is suitable for a variety of ap-
plications including those in the medi-
cal, aerospace, defense, and computer
industries. Due to their size and design,
the new thread mills can increase pro-
ductivity in several ways. For maxi-
mum efficiency and cost savings, the
new thread mills eliminate the possibil-
ity and consequences of tap breakage.
Thread mills are available in both one-
flute and three-flute versions, with the
latter being ideal for high volume out-
put needs. The new thread mills remove
costly manual operations by eliminating
the need for hand tapping during full
bottom threading applications.
emuge.com
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Here today from Bystronic
for others still the future.
Bystronic Beyeler Xpert: The press brake for maximum
repetition accuracy and simplicity at the touch of a button.
Partnering your success: Bystronic.
www.bystronic.com
Visit us at Fabtech/AWS booth #4015 for continuous
product demonstrations and complementary refreshments.
products CUTTING TOOLS
Taps provide increased
cutting speeds
With a patented tool having an
innovative combination of de-
sign, solid carbide construction
and proprietary PVD coating,
Kennametals new KC7542 sol-
id-carbide taps for tapping steels
and irons, and KC7512 solid-
carbide taps for tapping alumi-
num and other non-ferrous ma-
terials, offer increased tapping
speeds and tool life up to four
times that of other tools. Ken-
nametal has developed a grade
of carbide KC7542 that when
used in steel (up to 32 HRC)
prevents chipping experienced
with conventional carbide taps.
Kennametals new patented
tool can be run up to two times
conventional tapping speeds in
aluminum and up to four times
tapping speed in steels and will
often produce four times the tap
life of standard HSS versions.
kennametal.com
Grade features
new coating technology
Featuring new coating technol-
ogy, Sumitomos AC410K grade
consists of two types of coating
layers-the Super FF Alumina lay-
er and the Super FF TiCN layer-
both of which provide excellent
peeling resistance and improved
overall insert stability. Its ultra-
thick, inner Super FF Alumina
layer provides exceptional ther-
mal resistance, while the outer
Super FF TiCN layer excels in
chipping resistance. The grade
combines these coatings with an
exceptionally hard carbide sub-
strate, resulting in excellent wear
resistance in continuous to light
interrupted machining of gray and
ductile cast iron. Additionally, the
excellent wear resistance and su-
perior toughness of the AC410K
have at least doubled the tool life
of conventional cast iron grades.
Consisting of a wider application
range, the AC410K is capable of
covering medium to high-speed
machining applications.
sumicarbide.com
Drills employ new features
Seco Tools Canada has an-
nounced new developments to its
Perfomax indexable insert drills,
including a changed helix for
improved productivity and chip
evacuation; a refined core for im-
proved strength and stability; and
an improved drill point to increase
tool life and achieve better toler-
ance. Additionally, a new coated
lathe drill (SD572) and coated
large diameter drill (SD542) that
incorporates a helix flute and a
range of 2.250-3.500 in., have
also been developed. When com-
pared to competitors, this genera-
tion of Perfomax drills
has offered 50% higher
tool life, 47% increased
productivity, lower noise
levels, and greater chip control due to bet-
ter chip breaking. Perfomax drills featuring
an optimized chip flute design, low friction
coated drill body and strong insets offer ex-
cellent productivity. This allows users to dra-
matically increase productivity and reduce
total cost by boosting speeds and feeds while
avoiding common problems of deflection,
poor tool life and quality, even with long
lengths and deep hole drilling applications.
secotools.com
Mills deliver
consistent
performance
The new WIDIA
M1200 face milling
program from Tyson
Tool has been specifi-
cally designed to deliver
consistent performance in
demanding face-milling applica-
tions. Ideally suited for rough face
milling applications in the general engi-
neering and automotive industries, the
new M1200 cutter has a 45 lead angle to
permit the highest feed rates possible, but
also offers 12 true cutting edges that lower
overall cost per edge. The milling program
is available in coarse or fine pitch, from a
diameter range of 2.000 to 6.000,
with through coolant capability.
Designed in conjunction with the
new 45 WIDIA HNGJ-535 in-
serts, the robust negative hex-
agonal inserts include a super
positive rake angle of up to
26, built into the chipbreaking
form to reduce cutting forces
by up to 30% over traditional
negative 45 cutters.
tysontool.com
September 2008
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Range of new tools introduced
Scientific Cutting Tools has introduced a number
of new products that are detailed in the firms
new 42-page catalog, Products highlighted in-
clude face grooving tools, engraving tools, pro-
file boring bars, BSPP/BSPT solid carbide thread
mills, external UNJ aerospace thread mills, and
back chamfer boring bars. Other products cov-
ered in the new literature include mini boring
from 0.015 in. minimum bore diameter and
Acme and Stub Acme internal threading tools
from 1/4-16 to 1.00 in. -5 tpi. All tools are avail-
able coated with TiALN.
sct-usa.com
Chipbreaker optimized
for turning of steels
Seco Tools Canada has introduced its new MR6
chipbreaker optimized for peak performance
in the medium-rough turning of steels. The
chipbreakers main advantage is the open and
highly positive design coupled with Secos Du-
ratomic coated grades, allowing
for the use of higher cutting speeds
when compared to traditionally
designed chipbreakers. Field tests
of the MR6 as compared to com-
petitive chipbreakers revealed that
it increased productivity by 30%-
55%. Benefits of the MR6 include
the fact that it generates lower cut-
ting forces within the main cutting
area allowing higher cutting speed,
depth of cut and feed, which in-
creases machine utilization and
productivity for the customer.
secotools.com
Milling tools
highly versatile
Sandvik Coromant
has announced the
expansion of its
CoroMill 490 fam-
ily of milling tools.
Perfect for face and
shoulder milling, the
new additions are de-
signed for applications in steel
and cast iron. The CoroMill 490
is a versatile tool, capable of of-
fering high performance for con-
touring, edging and slot, shoulder
and face milling. The tools design
is compatible with the latest insert
geometries and grades developed
by Sandvik Coromant. As the
first mill with a true 90 square
shoulder, the CoroMill 490 can
produce a finished piece with a
single pass, typically reducing ma-
chining costs by up to 25%. Ad-
ditionally, the tools flexibility al-
lows it to replace multiple cutting
tools, simplifying production and
increasing efficiency. The new ad-
ditions to the CoroMill 490 fam-
ily ensure that its higher cutting
data and increased productivity
are available for a much broader
array of applications.
coromant.sandvik.com
products CUTTING TOOLS
ge of new tools introduced
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HYPER QUADREX 150MSY
Its like running a double shift
Cut simultaneously on the same part with upper and lower
turrets
Cut simultaneously two different parts with 1st and 2nd spindles
Balancing on front and back machining operations
Y-axis on both tool turrets for off-center machining
2.65" bar work Done-in-One
Optimize throughput in less time
Continuous parts production with bar feeder and unloading arm
3D model simulations of workpiece and machining before cut
The Hyper Quadrex Multi-Tasking machine improves
productivity and cuts production costs. Find out more about
our new Hyper Quadrex at your nearest Mazak Technology
Center.
With Completed Parts in Less Time
New Hyper Quadrex 150MSY
www.mazakcanada.ca
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Mazak Corporation Canada
Mazak Canada Technology Centre
50 Commerce Court
Cambridge, Ontario
Canada N3C 4P7
1-800-668-5449
West Canada
Machine Toolworks, Inc.
4803 74th Avenue
Edmonton, AB T6B 2H5
(800) 426-2052
East Canada
A.W. Miller Technical Sales
5590 McAdam Rd.
Mississauga, Ontario L4Z 1P1
(905) 890-8686
A.W. Miller Equipment Technique
2685 Boul. Pitfield
St. Laurent, Quebec H4S 1T2
(514) 333-9174
products FABRICATING/FORMING
Slat cleaner features
new capacity plate
TRUMPF has introduced the TSC
2 slat cleaner, which quickly and
easily removes slag from the slats
of laser cutting machines. The
TSC 2 is the successor to the TSC
1 slat cleaner and can be used on
flatbed laser machines with pallet
changers from any manufacturer.
The three major differences in the
new machine include the new ca-
pacity plate, brush set and vent
holes. The steel brush set replaces
the stripper plate used on the TSC
1 resulting in longer tool life. In
addition, the tooling and pinion
shaft have been completely revised.
The new teeth from the rollers to
gear combined with vent holes for
roller lubrication help to extend
tool life. Additionally, the pinion
shaft is now made from one part
and the pin connection for torque
transmission has been eliminated.
The clutch has been reinforced
with a bearing disc which results
in better clutch guidance due to a
bigger bearing dimension.
us.trumpf.com
Laser designed for
high throughput
The Cincinnati
CL-850 laser
cutting center
makes fast work
of thick and thin
material with
powerful 5,000
W GE Fanuc
laser resonator,
advanced cutting head, innovative
optics and third-generation linear-
motor-drive system. Designed for
high throughput, all-around mate-
rial versatility, and cutting preci-
sion, the CL-850 delivers 1,000
ipm cutting on 18 ga. steel, and
up to 1 1/8 in. processing range on
mild steel. The CL-850 is available
in 5 ft. x 10 ft. and 6 ft. x 12 ft. cut-
ting table models, each featuring
dual quick-change pallets. Pallets
move simultaneously, so changes
take just seconds and cutting is vir-
tually continuous. Full guarding
and frame-mounted resonator save
shop space over other lasers.
e-ci.com
System delivers
punching versatility
The MultiPunch linear rail (MLR)
system from Multicyl is the ideal
machine for punching applications
that involve a variety of parts and
multiple set ups. The most
important feature of MLR is
punching versatility; different
part lengths, hole sizes, hole
positions, end stop positions,
and even part profiles can all
be punched on a single MLR
machine with only minimal
set up time. MLR systems are
available in standard rail lengths
from 2 to 10 ft. and use standard
7.5 and 12.5 ton Multicyl punch-
ing stations.
multicyl.com
Flexible automation
enhances productivity
FINN-POWER has recently intro-
duced the FINN-POWER C6 LST,
a 20-station, 33-ton C6 servo hy-
draulic turret punch press which
allows 60 in. x 120 in. sheet pro-
cessing without repositioning.
The modular LST construction
consists of a loading device with
integrated sheet separation and
double sheet detection, stacking
device for component removal
and stacking and an unloading
device for skeleton removal. Mul-
tiple loading and unloading table
configurations are available to
tailor to individual production
needs. The LST 6 is a compact
automatic sheet loading and part
sorting system. LST loads sheets
to the machine, picks up the parts
from the machine and stacks them
to the programmed coordinate on
the stacking table. Loading capac-
ity is 6,614 lbs.
finnpower.com
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The Leader In
LASER TECHNOLOGY
The TruLaser 2030 combines an integral load and unload device with a high-speed laser
cutting machine, resulting in a compact and productive flexible manufacturing cell. These
unique machines were engineered as automated machines from the very start, and represent
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TruLaser 2030
TruCoax 2000 laser combined
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Forms, threads, extrusions,
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TruLaser Series 3000
Available with 5,000 or 6,000 watts
Cuts from thin sheet to thick plate
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products FABRICATING/FORMING
Cutting head increases
waterjet flexibility
Bystronic has introduced a new manu-
al bevel angle cutting head option for
Byjet waterjet cutting systems. This
option increases the flexibility of the
system by allowing cutting at up to a
45 angle. In conjunction with the in-
tegrated height control and collision
protection, the bevel head can be used
for weld preparation or the cutting of
holes that must be at an angle to the
plate. The manual bevel head option is
available on new Byjets or can be ret-
rofit to existing machines.
bystronicusa.com
Ironworker offers
many features
Scotchman has introduced
the improved fully inte-
grated 85-ton ironwork-
er. This fully integrat-
ed ironworker has an
85-ton punch capac-
ity, which can punch
a 1-1/16 in. hole in
one in. material. The
FI 8510-20M offers
many standard features
that include: 6 in. x 6 in. x 1/2 in. angle
shear, rod shear that will shear 1-1/2 in.
round and 1-1/4 in. square rod, and a
rectangular notcher that can notch 3 in.
x 5 in. x 1/2 in. The 20 in. flat bar shear
features a low rake angle with the abil-
ity to shear up to 1 in. x 12 in. and 3/4
in. x 20 in. material.
scotchman.com
Saw blade cuts
difficult to machine materials
LENOX has introduced the new TRI-
TECH CT band saw blade designed for
cutting large cross-sections or difficult
to machine metals. The TRI-TECH CT
blade is extremely versatile in its ability
to cut a wide range of materials from
high strength steels to nickel-based al-
loys. The TRI-TECH CT blade has a
set style tooth pattern that is specifi-
cally designed to cut straight and elimi-
nate the pinching that can occur when
cutting high stress metals like Inconel
and other super alloys. The high grade
carbide tips are precision ground for
efficient cutting while maintaining a
balanced work load between the teeth.
lenoxtools.com
Angle roll highly versatile
Ercolinas CE40MR3 angle roll is ca-
pable of bending a wide range of tube,
pipe and profiles to a CLR as small as
four times diameter of the work piece.
The angle roll offers capacity to 2 in.
schedule 40 pipe or 2 in. angle iron at
bending speeds 20% faster than compet-
itive machines. The machine is designed
to operate in vertical or horizontal posi-
tion and includes foot pedal for hands-
free operation. Standard universal tooling
set, included with each machine, adjusts
easily to most material profiles. Program-
mable touchpad controls with digital cen-
ter roll positioning increases repeatability.
Threaded drive shafts allow fine adjust-
ment of tooling without spacers and side
roller system adjusts as necessary to create
helix effect in workpiece.
ercolina-usa.com
Drill provides
improved productivity
MG Systems has introduced a new heavy-
duty drill as an option for its workhorse
cutting machine, the TMC4500 ST. The
drill improves productivity by allowing
more work to be done in a single han-
dling. This new heavy-duty drill makes
holes up to 2 1/8 in. in diameter and has
a 20 hp motor and tool storage for 12
tools. Also available for the TMC4500
ST cutting machine is the Rotator Infin-
ity, which provides precision contour
bevel plasma cutting. This heavy-duty
torch cuts various angles for welding
preparation.
mg-systems-welding.com
Kit upgrades readouts
For customers with early model ROUNDO
angle and plate bending rolls with dial in-
dicators (clock scales) or tape scales, which
show the position of the bending rolls,
COMEQ has assembled a kit to upgrade
the outdated and possibly in-accurate me-
chanical readouts to the more reliable and
more accurate digital readouts. The digi-
tal readout kit consists of all the necessary
components including transducers, indus-
trial-grade mounting box with magnetic
base (housing the readouts), junction box,
all the wiring, schematic drawing (which
shows how to wire the kit into the existing
electric cabinet) and the complete installa-
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products FABRICATING/FORMING
tion instructions for installing the trans-
ducers onto the machine.
comeq.com
Cutting machine features
high positioning accuracy
Koike Aronson/Ransome has intro-
duced its Versagraph Millennium cut-
ting machine which features positioning
accuracy of plus or minus .005 in. for
reduced secondary operations, and dual
3D link plasma contour bevel heads for
outstanding production. Digital servos
on the machine gantry and 3D link bevel
units improve dependability while the
sensor-THC height control maintains
consistent torch-to-work distance. The
Versagraph Millennium also features
360, continuous rotation without dam-
age to the torch leads; arc maintenance
within .1 arc volts; and magnetic torch
breakaway collision detection. Control
is provided by a Voyager-III multi-axis
CNC with integrated height control.
Two auto gas plasma systems are avail-
able: Kaliburn Spirit 275A High Current
Density, or New Kaliburn 400A High
Current Density.
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Abrasive jet ideal
for accurate cutting
The 60120 JetMachining Center from
OMAX is a large format machine that is
ideal for quick and accurate cutting of
larger or multiple parts from stock up to
5 ft. x 10 ft. OMAX equipped the ma-
chine with an innovative traction drive,
making it one of the most accurate large
format machines in the companys exten-
sive line of JetMachining Centers. The
traction drive achieves its high accuracy
by closing a positioning loop with linear
encoders in the same manner as a linear
motor. The result is a robust and reli-
able system that is well suited to harsh
environments and requires little mainte-
nance. In addition, the traction drive of
the 60120 enables faster traverse speeds,
which can greatly reduce the through-
put times when machining multiple and
nested parts.
omax.com
Cutting system delivers
high quality
The Falcon Cutting System from
ESAB Canada is designed for plas-
ma, oxy-fuel or combined plasma
and oxy-fuel cutting with a cutting
capacity of up to 5.85 in. All pro-
cesses are controlled from an ESAB
CNC system like the Vision 51. Ex-
tensive control functions, interfaces
and an integrated cutting database
with 65 fixed programs deliver a
high degree of reliable, reproduc-
ible quality of cut-parts. The Fal-
con operates with a 100-200 amp
plasma power source (ESP-101,
ESP-150 or ESP-200) for plasma
cutting. The precise setting of the
cutting torch height is achieved
automatically with initial height
sensing and maintained by an arc
voltage height control during the
cutting process ensuring optimum
cutting quality at all times. The
Falcon can also be fitted with up
to two oxy-fuel cutting torches for
cutting mild steel plates. Each tool
carriage is provided with a reliable
automatic ignition device.
esab.ca
Staged bending tooling
reduces setup time
New European-style staged bending
tooling from Wilson Tool offers an
innovative way to drastically trim
setup time from multi-stage bends
on press brakes. The European-
style staged bending tooling allows
one press brake operator to easily
carry out a complex series of bends
in a single machine setup, free-
ing up more time, employees and
press brakes for other jobs. Com-
pleting multiple bends in one press
brake setup by conventional means
requires the time and skill to use
special risers and shims to achieve
a common shut height (the total
height of the punch and die when
they come together) across all punch
and die sets. But Wilsons staged
bending tooling has common shut
heights built in, eliminating these
complicated setups. Thirty-degree,
offset, gooseneck and other tools
are installed in succession in one
press brake without fear of punches
and dies colliding.
wilsontool.com
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feature
EBM meets growing work volume with
Bystronic laser
by Jerry Cook
A
rapidly growing volume of work recently prompt-
ed EBM Laser, Saint-Augustin-de-Demaures, QC
to install a new Bystronic laser cutting system.
We decided to install a new laser because we
wanted to add production capacity to keep up with
a growing volume of work, says Gatan St.-Jean,
owner of EBM Laser.
To say that EBM Lasers sales are growing quickly
is an understatement. In fact, according to St.-Jean,
the companys sales will have grown from $950,000
in 2001, when EBM began operations, to approxi-
mately $9 million by the end of this year.
EBM, which has 50 employees at its 22,500 sq. ft.
plant, specializes in sheetmetal fabrication ranging
from laser cutting to mechanical assembly for various
customers including the automotive sector, agricultur-
al, general industrial, and more. The companys sales
are 100% domestic.
In addition to laser cutting, EBM Laser provides a vari-
ety of other services including bending, rolling, welding,
CNC machining, and more. The company also builds
mechanical assemblies. Typically, EBM Laser, which is a
low to high volume manufacturer, is working with sheet
steel, stainless steel, and aluminum. With laser cutting,
the company is working to tolerances of plus or minus
0.005 in. For other manufacturing operations, EBM is
working to general shop tolerances.
EBM Laser is currently in the process of attaining
ISO 9001:2000 certification. The firm anticipates be-
coming ISO certified in early 2009.
According to St.-Jean, in order to keep up with its
growing customer base and volume of work, EBM
recently installed a Bystronic BySpeed 3015 laser cut-
ting system. The BySpeed 3015 laser is 4,400 watts
and features a table size of 5 ft. x 10 ft. The BySpeed
provides a number of features and benefits includ-
ing acceleration up to 3G which
reduces production times and in-
creases throughput; and low wear
on the drive due to Bystronics
dynamic Direct Helical Motor
(DHM) drive. The BySpeed 3015
laser cutting system was supplied
by Bystronic Inc., Hauppauge, NY
(bystronic.com).
The new BySpeed 3015 laser sys-
tem employs Bystronics ByCell au-
tomated storage system and ByTrans
material handling system. Working
together with the laser system, the
ByCell and ByTrans are designed
to enhance flexibility, optimize ma-
chine utilization, and reduce mate-
rial handling and downtime.
In addition to the BySpeed 3015
laser, other Bystronic equipment that
EBM Laser has installed includes a
second 4,000 watt BySpeed 3015
laser system, one Beyeler PR-150
press brake with extended open
height and stroke and one standard
PR-150 press brake.
It was EBM Lasers previous ex-
perience with Bystronic equipment
that influenced the firms decision
to install the latest Byspeed laser
system, says St.-Jean. We already
had a Bystronic laser cutting ma-
chine and a Bystronic bending ma-
chine. Since we were satisfied with
the performances we were getting
from both of these machines, we
decided to continue our relation-
ship with Bystronic by buying the
new laser cutting machine.
Since EBM previously had ex-
perience using Bystronic laser cut-
ting systems, training on the new
3015 laser was a relatively simple
and straightforward process, says
St.-Jean. Bystronic provided the
company with specialized training
for programmers, machine opera-
tors and maintenance personnel.
Those training sessions were ex-
tremely helpful and dynamic. The
machines are user friendly and easy
to become familiar with.
St.-Jean says that the new BySpeed
laser cutting system has provided
EBM Laser with a variety of ben-
efits including increased productiv-
ity, enhanced quality, improved de-
livery, and overall cost reductions.
The new Bystronic laser cutting
system is definitely meeting expec-
tations in terms of performance.
EBMs new Bystronic laser cutting system has provided
the firm with a variety of benefits including increased
productivity and enhanced quality.
LH600D Features
Package includes 24 x 36 Granite Plate,
Inspection Grade A
-World class accuracy and repeatability
-Pneumatic full/semi oating system allows
adjustment of air-cushion height
-One-key operation for running semi-automatic
measurement
-Data entry from a digimatic tool
-Automatic stand-by in Repeat
Measurement mode - probe automatically moves to
the next measurement start position
Linear Height Specials
QM-Height Features
Includes Calibration Block
-High accuracy and high resolution ABSOLUTE
linear encoder for position detection
-Easy reference icon keys
-Possible to measure inside/outside diameter via
unique process (detect the circle apex and process by
tracing measurement)
-GO/NG judgment with Red/Green backlit display
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Includes:
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Choice of many display
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Robot designed for harsh environments
FANUC Robotics America recently introduced its M-
710iC/50 SE FoundryPRO robot designed for super
harsh environments. The new M-710iC/50 SE Found-
ryPRO robot is IP67 protected for operation in the
harshest environments. The entire robot is coated with
a special epoxy, and the wrist has protective covers to
withstand high-pressure washing. In addition, the base
of the robot purges air to avoid vapor entrance. The
six-axis M-710iC/50 SE is the latest member of the
M-710iC robot series, which offers payloads ranging
from 20 kg to 70 kg, and a reach of 1360 mm to 3110
mm. Multiple mounting methods including floor, ceil-
ing, angle and wall, make it possible
for users to have better access to un-
usual work pieces.
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Robot
designed
for optimum
freedom of
movement
Motomans new
SIA20 (slim, individual
arm) robot features a
revolutionary seven-ax-
is design with best-in-
class wrist performance
characteristics that
enables amazing free-
dom of movement,
coupled with the ability
to maneuver in very tight areas. The
compact SIA20 has a 16% smaller
footprint than the previous IA20
model, as well as five times faster ac-
celeration for improved cycle times.
The agile, versatile SIA20 opens up a
wide range of industrial applications
to robots and is ideal for assembly,
injection molding, inspection, ma-
chine tending and a host of other
operations. The SIA20 robot fea-
tures a 44.1 lb payload, 59 in. verti-
cal reach, 35.8 in. horizontal reach
and a repeatability of plus or minus
0.004 in.
motoman.com
Milling cell provides
five-face machining
Featuring four-axis
(X/Y/Z and
C) simul-
t a n e o u s
control, the
HM- 3000
milling cell
from Fuji is
capable of five-
face machining in one chucking for
processing flanges, hubs, differen-
tial cases and more. Equipped with
Fujis own high-speed gantry robot,
the HM-3000 provides workpiece
loading and unloading efficiency.
For faster and smoother simulta-
neous multi-axis movement to ac-
cess the front, back, left and right
of the traverse axis, the HM-3000
comes with Fujis SP1 Max robot
controller. A Fanuc 210i-MB CNC
control is also included. The tools
are mounted in a circular arrangement. Axial and ra-
dial holders can be freely attached anywhere on the
turret of the HM-3000. Attaching an axial holder di-
agonally creates a B-axis on the machining center for
machining angular holes.
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Paint robot
extremely compact
The new IRB 52 paint robot from ABB is compact and
capable of floor, inverted, tilted or wall mounting. De-
spite its size, it has a large working envelope and great
ability. The IRB 52 is suitable for a variety of paint
applications including 1k, 2k, and water borne paints.
The 7 kg payload meets most requirements for single-,
dual-, or triple-gun solutions.
It can work in different op-
eration modes-automatic line
with conveyor tracking, manual
operating with a shuttle table, or
turntable. The mounting options,
combined with the slim forearm
and small offset, mean that the
robot is ideal when it comes to
operating in narrow spaces.
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T
he 2008 FABTECH Interna-
tional and AWS Welding Show
promises to be a comprehen-
sive showcase of the latest technolo-
gies in metalforming and metalfab-
ricating.
The show, which is being held
October 6-8 at the Las Vegas Con-
vention Center, Las Vegas, NV, is
the largest event in North America
dedicated to exhibiting a full spec-
trum of metal forming, fabricat-
ing, stamping, tube and pipe, and
welding equipment and technology.
FABTECH is cosponsored by the
American Welding Society (AWS),
Fabricators & Manufacturers Asso-
ciation Intl (FMA) and the Society
of Manufacturing Engineers (SME)
and supported by industry partner
the National Association of Manu-
facturers (NAM).
This years event marks the first
time that FABTECH will be held in
Las Vegas.
The Las Vegas venue offers ex-
hibitors the opportunity to reach
new and expanded markets locat-
ed in one of the strongest manu-
facturing regions of the country,
says John Catalano, show man-
ager for SME.
Top West Coast industries
include aerospace, automotive,
consumer products, computers
and electronics, fabricated met-
als and defense. The West also
employs the largest number of
workers in the welding repair in-
dustry, giving companies an oppor-
tunity to reach a significant number
of potential new customers and con-
tacts, adds Catalano.
The 2008 FABTECH show is
expected to bring in an estimated
20,000 attendees and feature more
than 800 exhibitors.
The 2008 show also will include
a METALFORM Pavilion that will
display innovations in stamping
technology.
This pavilion was added as a re-
sult of the recently announced new
strategic alliance with the Precision
Metalforming Association (PMA).
FABTECH show hours are Monday,
October 6, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.;
Tuesday, October 7, 9:00 a.m. to
5:00 p.m.; and Wednesday, October
8, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
For further information on the
show telephone the Fabricators &
Manufacturers Association at 800-
432-2832 or to register online visit
www.fmafabtech.com.
FABTECH 2008 showcases latest forming, fabricating technologies
FABTECH 2008 will feature over 800 exhibitors and is
expected to attract an estimated 20,000 attendees.
METALWORKINGS
NEWS BRIEF in
Iscar Tools Inc., Oakville, ON has introduced a cost
savings program in which they will be donating tool-
ing vouchers to Ontario tool, die, mould and machining
companies that receive support through the CTMA-MEDT
Software Training Fund Program. The vouchers will assist
these companies to advance their metal removal technol-
ogies using the new Iscar 3P SUMO TEC line of products.
The highlight of the 3P product introduction is SUMO TEC
which features a new series of premium tungsten carbide
grades to meet the contemporary machining challenges
of the metal cutting industry.
A recent Technical Demonstration day at Haas Factory Out-
let, a division of Sirco Machinery Co. Ltd.s Toronto facility
showcased a variety of equipment including an upgraded
control package recently introduced by Haas.The one-day
event, which attracted nearly 200 attendees, was very
successful, says Dan Ferko, president of Sirco. We had
several equipment sales as a result of the event. The
Technical Demonstration day featured a number of ma-
chines working under power. For example, one machine
on display was the Haas VF 4 vertical machining center
which offers 20 hp and 10,000 rpm spindle and travels
of 50 in. x 20 in. x 25 in.
One highlight of the event was the unveiling of the
upgraded Haas control package which features a new
user interface. The upgraded control package offers us-
ers more interactive capabilities, says Ferko. The new
three-screen system gives users access to every control
feature needed in each mode, without having to leave the
current display screen. The Technical event also featured
displays of equipment and supplies by a number of ancil-
lary suppliers including major tooling, workholding, and
CAD/CAM manufacturers.
T
he Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT),
Edmonton, AB recently opened the Sandvik Coromant
Centre for Machinist Technology.
The new centre was named in recognition of a $2-million
donation from Sandvik Coromant Canada, Mississauga,
ON. Sandvik, headquartered in Sweden, is NAITs first Eu-
ropean-based funding partner.Sandvik Coromants invest-
ment, which includes in-kind equipment donations and
support of student awards, helps ensure NAIT machinist
apprentices are learning on the most technologically ad-
vanced tools available. The Sandvik Coromant Centre for
Machinist Technology has increased the institutes capacity
to train apprentices by 50%. Sandvik Coromants business
philosophy is a good fit with NAITs approach to learning,
says NAIT President and CEO Dr. Sam Shaw. The open-
ing of the new Sandvik machinist centre also marked the
creation of a Haas Tech-
nical Educational Centre
showroom (HTEC) with-
in the Sandvik machin-
ist centre. To say this
showroom is impressive is
an understatement says
Paul Krainer, president of
Thomas Skinner & Son
Ltd., Richmond, BC, the
Western Canadian dis-
tributor for Haas. With
36 Haas machines for
students to train on, this
HTEC will help provide Canada with the skilled workers
so desperately needed by our economy."
Mike Rows
NAIT opens machinist centre
MC Machinery Systems Canada, Richmond Hill, ON has announced the appointment of Mike Rows
as regional manager. Rows joins MC Machinery with nine years of industry sales experience. He will
be responsible for continuing to grow Mitsubishis presence and customer base in Canada. In his pre-
vious position at Spark & Co., Rows was in machine sales for EDM, waterjet, milling and turning
equipment.
From left to right: Patrick Machacek,
associate vice-president, Advancement
& Communications with NAIT, Bob
Skodzinsky, manager, North American
Haas Technical Education Centre Program
with Haas Automation, Paul Krainer, presi-
dent, Thomas Skinner & Son, Stewart Cook,
chair, Machinist Program, NAIT, and George
Andrew, vice-president, External Relations
& CDO, NAIT.
The recent Technical Demonstration day held at the Haas Factory
Outlet, a division of Sirco Machinerys Toronto office attracted
nearly 200 attendees.
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SOFTWARE SOLUTIONS
Enhancement introduces new
milling functionality
Gibbs and Associates re-
cently showcased the new
Advanced 3D with HSM
enhancement for Gibb-
sCAM SolidSurfacer at
IMTS 2008. The enhance-
ment introduces a complete
range of advanced three-
axis milling functionality with support for high-speed
machining (HSM). Advanced 3D with HSM enhance-
ment for SolidSurfacer includes support for 3D material
only; support for more advanced tool shapes (tapered
tools); new types of finishing processes (such as surface
step-over cut and steep/shallow combination; improved
toolpath quality; options to provide toolpath that better
supports HSM; improved use of boundaries; enhanced
entry/exit control; and more.
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Add-in runs seamlessly in SolidWorks
Mastercam in Solid-
Works from CNC Soft-
ware is fully integrated
CAM that runs seam-
lessly in SolidWorks.
SolidWorks users can
now program their
parts for machining directly within SolidWorks us-
ing Mastercams toolpaths and machining strategies.
Mastercam in SolidWorks will be available after the
release of Mastercam X3.
mastercam.com
System provides weld monitoring, reporting
The WeldHound from Mo-
toman is a hardware and
software package that pro-
vides comprehensive moni-
toring and reporting on
critical aspects of the weld-
ing process and also auto-
mates recordkeeping for
Motoman robotic welding
cells. WeldHound is simple,
easy to use and economical.
WeldHound is designed to
aid plant personnel in applying welding fundamentals
required to produce good welds. WeldHound provides a
simple learn mode to record welding parameters, then
automatically generates a procedure qualification record
(PQR), assuming weld acceptance.
motoman.com
Data integration program
enhances compatibility
Zontec Inc. has announced the release of the Synergy
2000 multi-function Toolbox, a data integration pro-
gram that interfaces its sta-
tistical process control
software with a variety of
multi-vendor hardware
platforms and manu-
facturing systems. Us-
ing the Toolbox, Syn-
ergy 2000 users can
achieve compatibility
with previously isolated
systems, enabling them to
easily perform SPC charting,
analysis, traceability and reporting on any data regard-
less of its origin. It is a complete plug-and-play module
that requires no additional programming or software
customization of the Toolbox code.
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Software features
several enhancements
CGTech has introduced VERICUT 6.2, the
latest version of VERICUT CNC machine simu-
lation and optimization software. VERICUT
6.2 features several enhancements that increase
the ability of manufacturing engineers to de-
velop, analyze, inspect and document the CNC
programming and machining process. Some of
the new innovations included in VERICUT 6.2
include a new NC Program Preview which offers
an option to process an NC program in VERI-
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removed; new Tool Setup Wizards; and more.
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products EDM
Hybrid machine fast, accurate
The Hybrid Wire EDM machine is a combina-
tion of Sodicks wire EDM and Flow Interna-
tional waterjet technology. Wire EDMs have
limited cutting speed due to the size of wire
electrode while waterjet machines have limited
cutting accuracy due to the waterjet itself. Sod-
icks Hybrid Wire overcome these limitations
by combining the strength of the waterjets cut-
ting speed and the wire EDMs cutting accu-
racy. The machines cutting speed and accuracy
is further increased with Sodicks linear motor
axis drives. Linear motor drives enhance the
waterjets cutting speed since they have higher
axis speed (1,440 in./min) and ac-
celeration (1.2G) when compared
to a ballscrew driven machine.
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Wire EDM employs
new control
The new Mitsubishi FA20S Ad-
vance wire EDM from MC Ma-
chinery Systems Canada features a
new M700 Series Mitsubishi con-
trol. The Windows-based system
with 15 in. LCD touch screen
display provides
a simple menu
configuration
allowing for
easy naviga-
tion. The ma-
chine has the
worlds first 3D
adaptive EDM
control, which can analyze 3D data
and recognize shape characteristics
virtually eliminating transition lines
in stepped workpiece areas.
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Wire cut EDM
easy to use
GF Ag- ieCharmilles CUT 20
wire EDM combines outstanding
EDM performance with remark-
able ease of use. The new and
intuitive HMI (human-machine
interface) is built on a Windows
XP platform, and is designed with
non-EDM experts in mind. Add-
ing to the smart design of control
is the proven performance of the
Swiss-made IPG-V generator. The
generators tried, tested and reli-
able electronics makes extremely
fast removal rates possible, even
with economical brass wire. The
low energy consumption and the
long working life of the wear parts
reduce operating costs and ensure
profitability.
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Hyperthermmechanized plasma systems. Delivering the highest cut speed and the least
downtime. Cutting virtually any metal in any condition, thick to thin, with nearly dross-free
and scrap-free cut quality. Producing far more parts per hour with 50% lower operating
costs while using longer-lasting consumables. Tackling high-duty cycles with maximum reliability.
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EDMs provide
enhanced performance
Makinos next-generation wire EDMs, the DUO
Series, provide enhanced performance, accuracy,
speed, ease of operation and maintenance with
features such as dual wire guide options, a dual
spark generator, dual anchored ball screws, and
dual high pressure flush pumps. The DUO Series
features two models, the DUO43 and DUO64.
Both models feature a 20% re-
duction in footprint size
compared to their
Makino SP Series
count erpart s.
The sizes for the
DUO43 and 64
are 74.8 in. x 102.3 in.
and 82.7 in. x 122 in.
with X, Y, and Z axis
travels of 17.7 in., 12.0
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department BUSINESS SURVIVAL STRATEGIES
by Ross Peacock
SR&ED program
helps small businesses
innovate
S
mall businesses must adapt and innovate to
prosper. But, few business owners know that
innovation investment can qualify for R&D
tax credits and actual refunds. They are missing out
on major refunds that are available to just about any
business.
Aurora, ON-based Balsam Tool and Machine Ltd.
may seem an unlikely pacesetter in scientific research,
yet they have found new ways to innovate and to serve
more customers through R&D projects. Balsam has
also received tax refunds by means of the Scientific
Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED)
program facilitated by the Canada Revenue Agency.
Now a second generation company, Balsams
strengths come from more than 30 years in tool
and die development and in stamping, primarily
for the automotive sector. Changing customer re-
quirements created an opportunity to step up to
higher value cold forging products. But, as with
any new process, the opportunity also came with
costs in development.
We were aware that there was the possibility of
government support, says Laura Woodruff, Bal-
sams vice-president, but we also believed that get-
ting it was difficult and expensive. As it turned out,
we didnt need to do any extra work and we are
getting substantial credits that really help to justify
the cost of innovating.
Not that getting the SR&ED tax credit is auto-
matic. Expert help makes all the difference. Michael
Horne, president of Horne & Associates Consult-
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sultant that works with SR&ED applicants, has
produced results for his clients.
SR&ED is about much more than a tax refund,
he says. The use of this program has changed the
way my clients think about innovation, by foster-
ing a proactive commitment to developing new
processes and new products. As a result, they can
kick-start growth that pays off to the bottom-line
far beyond the SR&ED claim. Although ideally
suited to manufacturing, Hornes other successful
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tion sector innovators.
In 2007, the Finance Department asked for indus-
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arc.gc.ca/) is complex is an understatement.
For example, one requirement outlined under the
SR&ED program states that, Qualified scientific,
engineering or technology personnel must conduct a
systematic investigation through experimentation.
Whereas translating this cryptic phrase into simple
English results in, Your capable staff must plan
and keep track of what they are doing.
Like Balsam, most business owners are wary
of engaging the taxman on their own in a highly
technical application process where there is no
SR&ED is about much more than a tax refund. The use of this
program has changed the way my clients think about innovation, by
fostering a proactive commitment to developing new processes and
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guarantee of success and where the word
audit pops up frequently.
The SR&ED categories include engineer-
ing, design, operations, analysis, computer
programming, data collection, testing and
even behavioral research. Just about every-
thing done in the development lab or on
the engineering desk could qualify. Other
day-to-day activities can also count includ-
ing developing a custom product solution
on the shop floor; coming up with a new
way of doing things to save money or to
enter a new market; field testing and trial-
ing of customer solutions; adapting stan-
dard software to better meet your needs;
and developing unique ways to track and
analyze information.
When accounting for development expen-
ditures, everything from employee or con-
tractor time to scrap material and sample
costs can count as part of the claim. And,
good news, audit in this case means
review-only of the costs related to the ap-
plication. Its usually quick and painless.
The real key is that the adaptation or im-
provement must come from new
development activity. Buying a
machine or installing an appli-
cation doesnt usually qualify on
its own, because someone else
created it. What you do with it
is whats unique to your busi-
ness. So the competitive need to
differentiate pays off twice-with
innovative products or services
and with a tax credit!
Balsam is now a fully commit-
ted SR&ED advocate. We need
to diversify beyond our core au-
tomotive customers and there is
a constant cost-reduction chal-
lenge for export opportunities,
says Woodruff. Ongoing inno-
vation is a critical strategy and
SR&ED gives us the confidence
to commit new investment.
Of course, there are forms
to fill and a review process to
go through. Fortunately, there
are experienced consultants
like Horne and Associates,
who not only fully understand
the process, but also deal with
the government assessors. Mi-
chael Horne noted, Particu-
larly for first time applicants,
our assistance gives an up-
front assessment of expected
benefits and speeds up the en-
tire process.
Canadian-Controlled Private
Corporations (CCPC) get the
best return, with a credit of up
to 35% of development spend-
ing. These are Canadian-owned
companies that are not listed
on a public stock exchange. For
these companies, which includes
most independent small busi-
nesses, the program provides
a refund of spending against
taxes, or if no taxes are payable,
a cash refund. Other Canadian
corporations qualify at the 20%
refund level. There may also be
extra provincial credits.
Ross Peacock is a business
writer and researcher. He was
Associate-Director of Research
at York University and cur-
rently teaches marketing and
business technology at Geor-
gian College and Ryerson Uni-
versity. He can be reached at
ross@peacockmc.com
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Lifting magnets easily
handle difficult
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SafeHold permanent lift-
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Turning center offers
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Hardinge has introduced the SR 200
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speed, power, accuracy and durability.
This heavy-duty turning center features
a Hardinge Sure-Grip lever type 10 in.
three -jaw chuck as standard equipment.
The SR 200 BB can be configured with
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The new heavy-duty FANUC RoboDrill
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Volume 35, Number 5
September 2008
hits new heights with
Mazak machines
hits new heights with
Noranco
by Jerry Cook
The Canadian publication for production, purchasing and management in metalworking
When Noranco Manufacturing Ltd., Pickering,
ON (noranco.com) decided in the late 1990s that
it wanted to move into CNC machining, it didnt
take the aerospace manufacturer long to determine
that the Mazak line of equipment met its needs.
Up until 10 years ago, Noranco focused primar-
ily on sheet metal fabrication, says John Nicholson,
director of new business development with Noran-
co. At that time, the company decided to move
into the machining side of the business. Initially, we
had four machines and they were all Mazak. From
1988 to 2007, we went from having four Mazak
machines to 23 Mazak machines, he says.
However, Norancos roster of Mazak equipment
increased significantly earlier this year, when the
firm acquired two Woodbridge, ON-based aero-
space manufacturers-MBM Tool and Machine
and Excentrotech. Both firms, which are now
divisions of Noranco, were also users of Mazak
equipment. Consequently, Noranco now has 59
Mazak machines including two Palletech systems
at the MBM division. Nicholson estimates that
Norancos investment in Mazak equipment is ap-
proximately $12 million.
Noranco, which has been in business for over
30 years, manufactures high precision machined
parts and fabricated sheet metal parts and assem-
blies for the aerospace industry. Including MBM
and Excentrotech, Noranco has 410 employees at
three facilities totalling 210,000 sq. ft.
PICKERING, ON
Continued on Page 6
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Inserts improve small-scale
face grooving
ISCAR Tools
Inc., Oakville,
ON (iscar.ca)
has introduced
a new family
of small face
grooving and
turning tools
that stand up to high machining rates in applica-
tions prone to high tool failure rates. ISCARs
MINCUT MIFR comprises eight inserts and
tools which incorporate a unique design and
clamping system that prolongs tool life. The in-
serts are screw clamped very rigidly into a long
pocket in the toolbar.
Laser offers high axes speed
PRIMA North America (prima-na.com) has in-
troduced the next generation in its DOMINO
laser cutting series. The system has the highest
axes speed available in its category with high
acceleration on the X and Y axis for high speed
2D/3D cutting. The system incorporates sev-
eral key features that guarantee high machine
accuracy and result in significantly improved
cut quality.
Control technology simplifies bending
LVD Strippit, Akron,
NY (lvdgroup.com) has
introduced CADMAN
Touch, the firms latest
development in press
brake control technol-
ogy. CADMAN Touch
has been designed to
simplify the Art to
Part process and mini-
mize operator input
in order to achieve the
correct bent part. CADMAN Touch will be
used on all PPEB and Easy-Form Series press
brakes. CADMAN Touch employs the latest in
infrared touch screen technology running on a
WindowsXP embedded PC based control unit.
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Machining center handles
complex geometries
Mori Seikis NMV5000 DCG ma-
chine answers the growing demand
that has come from the die/mold,
medical, aerospace and general
high precision machining indus-
tries as a result of the need for
high added value and increasing
complexity of part geometries. The
NMV5000 DCG achieves superb
accuracy by increasing machine
rigidity with DCG technology and
a box-in-box construction. To fur-
ther improve the machines preci-
sion, the NMV5000 DCG imple-
ments DDM (Direct Drive Motor)
on the B and C axes.
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Machining center offers
extended travels
Haas has introduced the Mini Mill
2, a versatile CNC machining center
with all the features of the original
Haas Mini Mill, but with extended
travels of 20 in. x 16 in. x 14 in.
(XYZ)-a 4 in. increase on each axis.
The Mini Mill 2 features a standard
40-taper spindle that spins to 6,000
rpm. It is powered by a 7.5-hp vec-
tor drive system. The 40 in. x 14 in.
T-slot table provides plenty of room
for multiple fixtures or a single- or
dual-axis rotary table. Rapids are
600 ipm, with 500 ipm cutting feeds.
Standard equipment includes a 15 in.
color LCD monitor with USB port, a
10-pocket carousel-style tool chang-
er and 1 MB of program memory.
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Marking station
features compact design
The TruMark Station 5000 from
TRUMPF offers exceptionally
compact design in a small foot-
print and is available with differ-
ent variants. While the standard model is
equipped for most requirements, the laser
workstation can also be configured to suit
specific tasks. The motorized door to the
processing area opens and closes quickly
to ensure optimal safety and maximum
productivity. Apart from the laser head
and the control unit, the sturdy steel plate
design also integrates the power supply,
air-cooling unit, and exhaust system. In
addition, it features a numerically con-
trolled Z-axis and a motorized lifting
door, which ensures laser class 1 protec-
tion. The single-phase 115/230 V power
connection lets you set up the laser work-
station wherever it is required. The Tru-
Mark Station makes marking easy. The
preconfigured list of commands in the
operating software helps to program au-
tomated workflow.
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Adaptation chucks increase
machining capabilities
Hardinge collet adaptation chucks (HCAC)
will adapt any spindle to accept C-series
collets, 3J collets, B42/ B65 collets, #22/
#11 B and S collets, style-S master collets
and dead-length collets. It is possible to
increase machining capabilities by substi-
tuting a collet chuck for a jaw chuck for
part diameters up to four in. depending on
the spindle size. The benefits of using col-
let chucks in place of jaw chucks include:
lighter weight, no
hoist required to
mount on spindle;
faster job setup
time than a jaw
chuck; faster accel-
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eration times due
to less weight and
smaller diameter; higher spindle speeds
for reduced cycle times; and optimum
gripping with higher precision capabil-
ity. Hardinge OD Sure-Grip dead-length
collet chucks feature a parallel gripping,
four-split collet head for maximum grip-
ping and instant centering.
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feature
EBM meets growing work volume with
Bystronic laser
by Jerry Cook
A
rapidly growing volume of work recently prompt-
ed EBM Laser, Saint-Augustin-de-Demaures, QC
to install a new Bystronic laser cutting system.
We decided to install a new laser because we
wanted to add production capacity to keep up with
a growing volume of work, says Gatan St.-Jean,
owner of EBM Laser. To say that EBM Lasers sales are growing quickly
is an understatement. In fact, according to St.-Jean,
the companys sales will have grown from $950,000
in 2001, when EBM began operations, to approxi-
mately $9 million by the end of this year.
EBM, which has 50 employees at its 22,500 sq. ft.
plant, specializes in sheetmetal fabrication ranging
from laser cutting to mechanical assembly for various
customers including the automotive sector, agricultur-
al, general industrial, and more. The companys sales
are 100% domestic.
In addition to laser cutting, EBM Laser provides a vari-
ety of other services including bending, rolling, welding,
CNC machining, and more. The company also builds
mechanical assemblies. Typically, EBM Laser, which is a
low to high volume manufacturer, is working with sheet
steel, stainless steel, and aluminum. With laser cutting,
the company is working to tolerances of plus or minus
0.005 in. For other manufacturing operations, EBM is
working to general shop tolerances.
EBM Laser is currently in the process of attaining
ISO 9001:2000 certification. The firm anticipates be-
coming ISO certified in early 2009.
According to St.-Jean, in order to keep up with its
growing customer base and volume of work, EBM
recently installed a Bystronic BySpeed 3015 laser cut-
ting system. The BySpeed 3015 laser is 4,400 watts
and features a table size of 5 ft. x 10 ft. The BySpeed
provides a number of features and benefits includ-
ing acceleration up to 3G which
reduces production times and in-
creases throughput; and low wear
on the drive due to Bystronics
dynamic Direct Helical Motor
(DHM) drive. The BySpeed 3015
laser cutting system was supplied
by Bystronic Inc., Hauppauge, NY
(bystronic.com). The new BySpeed 3015 laser sys-
tem employs Bystronics ByCell au-
tomated storage system and ByTrans
material handling system. Working
together with the laser system, the
ByCell and ByTrans are designed
to enhance flexibility, optimize ma-
chine utilization, and reduce mate-
rial handling and downtime. In addition to the BySpeed 3015
laser, other Bystronic equipment that
EBM Laser has installed includes a
second 4,000 watt BySpeed 3015
laser system, one Beyeler PR-150
press brake with extended open
height and stroke and one standard
PR-150 press brake. It was EBM Lasers previous ex-
perience with Bystronic equipment
that influenced the firms decision
to install the latest Byspeed laser
system, says St.-Jean. We already
had a Bystronic laser cutting ma-
chine and a Bystronic bending ma-
chine. Since we were satisfied with
the performances we were getting
from both of these machines, we
decided to continue our relation-
ship with Bystronic by buying the
new laser cutting machine.
Since EBM previously had ex-
perience using Bystronic laser cut-
ting systems, training on the new
3015 laser was a relatively simple
and straightforward process, says
St.-Jean. Bystronic provided the
company with specialized training
for programmers, machine opera-
tors and maintenance personnel.
Those training sessions were ex-
tremely helpful and dynamic. The
machines are user friendly and easy
to become familiar with. St.-Jean says that the new BySpeed
laser cutting system has provided
EBM Laser with a variety of ben-
efits including increased productiv-
ity, enhanced quality, improved de-
livery, and overall cost reductions.
The new Bystronic laser cutting
system is definitely meeting expec-
tations in terms of performance.
EBMs new Bystronic laser cutting system has provided
the firm with a variety of benefits including increased
productivity and enhanced quality.
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September 2008 28 Metalworking Production and Purchasing www.metalworkingcanada.com
Flux ideal for critical applications
The Lincoln Electric Company of Canada Ltd., Toronto,
ON has introduced its reengineered Lincolnweld 888
flux for excellent operation in critical multi-arc welding
applications typical of the offshore, pressure vessel, and
shipbuilding. The flux is designed for low
alloy and mild steel as-welded and stress
relieved applications. It is engineered to
handle up to five welding arcs and has op-
timal slag removal from deep grooves and
narrow gaps. It is classified to meet
AWS H4 requirements for
low diffusible hydrogen lev-
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Flux ideal for critic
zone
Inverter provides immediate
productivity increase
Appleton, WI-based Miller Electric Mfg.
Co.s Invision 350 MPa MIG/Pulsed MIG
inverter features built-in pulsed MIG pro-
grams with excellent out-of-the-box perfor-
mance for immediate productivity, especial-
ly in high-volume applications. The Invision
350 MPa is designed to solve distortion,
burn through and spatter issues commonly
associated with welding light gauge mate-
rial. When combined with the S-74 MPa
wire feeder, the two create a synergic system
with easy-to-use one-
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ing the operator
from setting mul-
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achieve optimal
results and virtu-
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Product outfit offers
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Thermadyne Industries Inc., St. Louis, MO
recently launched the Victor Contender, a
new heavy duty professional grade outfit
from the Victor Professional series. This is
a value packaged outfit that includes: a CA
2460 cutting attach-
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with gauge guards,
25 ft. T grade hose,
1-1-101 cutting tip,
#6 MFA, striker
and professional
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and a commitment
to safety. The Contender features a five-year
warranty and safety features, such as gauge
guards, built-in check valves and built-in
flashback arrestors.
Thermadyne.com
Trackers improve weld integrity
Newmarket, ON-based Gullco International
Ltd.s Kat Trackers are precise, dependable
and highly versatile, providing improved
weld integrity in a wide range of weld-
ing operations. The efficiency and quality
achieved with todays automated welding
systems can be impaired by material war-
page, irregular edge fit-up, misalignment,
different material thickness and
other conditions that cause vari-
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gullco.com
Power source provides improved accuracy
The new Pipemaster Model 515 from Magnatech Lim-
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and is half the size and weight of previous models. The
unit features digital technology which
provides improved accuracy, and
reliability. The remote pendant
incorporates a sealed silicone
rubber keypad and color LCD.
Autoprogram allows inexpe-
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Metalworking Production and Purchasing 29 www.metalworkingcanada.com September 2008
by Jerry Cook
feature INSTALLATION SPOTLIGHT
New equipment helps Precimax
meet growing demand
T
he need to keep up with a rapidly growing volume
of work and the desire to upgrade older equipment
recently prompted Precimax Manufacturing Ltd., Ed-
monton, AB to install several new machines.
Business has been very steady for us in the last few
years, says Peter Kool, general manager of Precimax. Our
sales have increased 15% each year from 2005. Weve had
a steady growth line for the past three years. However, you
cant really plan for growth like this. Sometimes it is just
thrust upon you.
As a result, Precimax recently installed several new ma-
chines including a Haas VF-5 machining center, a VDF
Boehringer DUS 560ti flat bed lathe, and two Sodick
AQ55L ram-type EDMs.
Precimax, which started operations in 1976, has 32
employees at its 25,000 sq. ft. facility. The company
manufactures complex, precision components primarily
for the oil and gas sector, nanotechnology companies,
and more. Approximately 40% of the firms sales are
into export markets, says Kool. In general, (our ex-
ports) would be prototype work rather than (high vol-
ume) production, says Kool.
The firms part runs typically range from prototypes and
one-offs up to 100 pieces. In general, Precimax is machining
a variety of materials including aluminum, carbon steels, al-
loy steels, plastics, and more. The company provides a range
of services including CNC milling, CNC turning, conven-
tional milling and turning, wire and die sink EDM, rapid
prototyping services, and more.
Precimax is capable working to
close tolerances of plus or minus
0.0002 in.
According to Kool, there were
various reasons behind the firms
most recent machine installations.
For example, Precimax installed
the VDF flat bed lathe in order to
upgrade older equipment.
We installed the new VDF
lathe to replace older equip-
ment. We wanted to replace
the previous lathes with some-
thing comparable and the
VDF machine was the logical
choice. The VDF offered direct
horsepower and it is a very re-
liable machine, he notes.
The VDF DUS 560ti flat bed lathe features
an automatically indexing turret in combination with a sec-
ond chip production door, which allows full CNC machin-
ing enhancing the use of the machine in medium batch sizes
as an alternative to CNC lathes.
Due to the machines heavy, rigid box-type bed, parts of
nearly all lengths, diameters, weights, and materials can be
machined. The VDF DUS 560ti was supplied by Akhurst
Machinery Ltd., Edmonton, AB (akhurst.com).
In the case of the Haas VF5 machining center, it was a
matter of the machine being an ideal choice for the firms
production needs. We installed the Haas mill because we
had a job that fit perfectly on that machine, says Kool.
The Haas VF5 machining centre offers 10,000 rpm,
40 tools, and 30 hp. The VF-5 has a 40-taper cartridge
spindle driven by a 20 hp vector dual-drive (Y-Delta) mo-
tor. The VF-5 produces either 75 ft.-lb. of torque at a low
1,400 rpm, or 250 ft.-lb. at 450 rpm with the optional
two-speed gearbox. It will also run up to 7,500 rpm in 1.2
seconds for finishing aluminum. The Haas machine was
supplied by Thomas Skinner & Son Ltd., Richmond, BC
(thomasskinner.com).
The two Sodick ram-type EDMs, continues Kool, were
installed in order to expand the firms already extensive
EDM capabilities. The Sodick EDMs were supplied by
Spectra Machine Tool Ltd., Edmonton, AB (spectrama-
chines.com).
Operator training on all the new equipment was relative-
ly simple and straightforward, says Kool.
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