Officials at Steinmeyer Inc. announce that the company's main ball screw manufacturing facility located in Albstadt, Germany has completed another plant expansion project. In 2007 Steinmeyer had expanded its manufacturing operation by adding 20,000m2 to accommodate more production equipment. Due to further increased ball screw demand worldwide, it was necessary to add another 2,240m2 of space. This space is being used to accommodate more production equipment and to further stream line the production process to assist in reducing lead times.
Officials at Mazak Corp. announce the company's National Service Department and Training Department will move into the company’s expanded National Technology Center & Center for Multi-Tasking and Manufacturing Excellence in Florence, KY. All customer training courses will be conducted in the new larger facility beginning the week of January 7, 2013.
The National Technology Center marks the second of three major expansions that will add significantly to Mazak’s Kentucky manufacturing campus, ultimately increasing its total floor space to 800,000ft2 and positioning it as one of the largest machine tool factories in the country. The first of the three expansions was that of the company’s North American Parts Center and Spindle Repair Department, which allows Mazak to now stock over 52,000 unique part numbers valued at more than $65 million to provide customers with one of the industry’s most expansive spare parts inventories. The third and most significant expansion is that of Mazak’s manufacturing plant that will boost the company’s production capacity to as many as 200 machines per month to meet the needs of various types of machines and support.
“The expanded National Technology Center will provide customers with significantly enhanced applications support and customer’s learning opportunities,” says Brian Papke, president of Mazak. “We will also be able to demonstrate larger-size machines and automation systems to create increased opportunities for process and productivity solutions, including complete turnkey manufacturing systems.”
The National Technology Center, which opened in 1996, and was doubled in size as the result of a 2006 expansion, has now grown from 69,000ft2 to 100,183ft2 of space. Included is the addition of seven new high bay areas in the technology hall that was enlarged by 12,000ft2, making the entire building a total of 625ft in length. With an additional 18,750ft2 of office space, which includes a new second story, the Technology Center office area now houses six new dedicated customer-training classrooms and space for the company’s National Service Department and MAZATROL Control Support Group. The facility provides ample room for customer hands-on training courses as well as machine maintenance training classes.
Mazak’s National Technology Center is the hub for its eight Regional Technology Centers and, as such, enhances the company’s customer support capabilities throughout North America. Together, Mazak’s Technology Centers play a key role in the company’s comprehensive Optimum Plus service and support program. Each Technology Center offers full access to advanced Multi-Tasking and 5-axis machines, training courses, applications assistance, and seminars, parts support and leading-edge networking and manufacturing technologies, which collectively provide Mazak customers with the resources required to achieve lean, efficient manufacturing operations.
Officials at CAE Healthcare and Telos Corp. announce on the eve of the Special Operations Medical Association conference (SOMA) that the United States Air Force has chosen CAE Healthcare’s LearningSpace as its center management solution in 25 medical simulation centers worldwide. Prime contractor Telos Corp. will provide program management services, as well as information assurance and accreditation required for connection to the Air Force network under the NETCENTS task order.
“For the first time, the U.S. Air Force has chosen one learning management system to be used as a standard in its medical simulation centers,” says Michael Bernstein, president of CAE Healthcare. “We are excited to provide the U.S. Air Force this opportunity to manage, share and further develop medical simulation training on a global scale.” The contract was included in CAE Healthcare’s fiscal year 2013 second quarter results.
Telos Corporation CEO John B. Wood adds his enthusiasm. “In these times of belt tightening and heightened security, we have the opportunity to help the Air Force better train medical personnel safely and efficiently.”
The U.S. Air Force will install LearningSpace in Tier 1 and Tier 2 medical simulation centers in the United States, the United Kingdom, South Korea, and Japan. LearningSpace is a web-based learning management system that captures simulations and patient data on video for learner debrief and assessment.
Tier 1 medical simulation centers are the largest in the Air Force Medical Support Agency, responsible for curriculum development, mentoring and training instructors. Tier one sites that will be the first to install LearningSpace include U.S. Air Force Bases (AFB) Keesler in Biloxi, MS; Travis in Fairfield, CA; Elmendorf in Anchorage, AK, and Lakenheath AFB near Suffolk, England. Additional centers slated for the first phase of the LearningSpace installation include Lackland AFB in San Antonio, TX; Wright Patterson AFB in Dayton, OH,; Yakota AB outside Tokyo, Japan, and Osan AB in Osan, South Korea.
Telos serves as a prime contractor on the five-year NETCENTS contract vehicle, which was recently extended by the government for an additional two years. NETCENTS is an indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract that provides the Air Force, the Department of Defense and other federal agencies with a single vehicle through which to buy network-centric information technologies, networking equipment, and services, as well as voice, video and data communications hardware and software and telephony solutions from preferred contractors. NETCENTS provides a proven competitive edge for the federal government by reducing the time-to-market for critical networking and communications equipment and services.
Officials for Okuma America Corp. are calling the recent CNC Technology Showcase a success.
More than 500 people attended the showcase held at the American headquarters of the machine tool builder. The event featured 26 CNC machines, 38 members of Partners in THINC, five seminars, hands-on Try It stations for the THINC-OSP control, three racing showcars, two guest speakers, and countless opportunities to learn how to improve productivity using CNC technology.
Cutting demonstrations were held on most of the CNC machines, including the MCR-BIII double-column machining center performing heavy milling on A36 steel, the new MU-10000H 5-axis horizontal machining center cutting an aircraft part, a butterfly valve and a rotary engine block. The GENOS M-460 vertical machining center cut parts from titanium 6AL4V and composite materials and the MB-4000H horizontal machining center, connected to an AMPS flexible manufacturing system, cut a variety of parts, including Inconel (using a ceramic end mill), steel and aluminum.
Other Okuma CNC machines on display included:
o GENOS L200M horizontal lathe – 2-axis turning center with live tooling
o LB2000 EX and LB3000 EX – horizontal lathes
o LT2000 EX and LT3000 EX – 3-turret horizontal lathes with live tooling
o LU300-2M and LU3000-M – 4-axis lathes with live tooling
o Multus B200 – multi-function lathe featuring blisk cutting
o Multus B750 horizontal lathe
o VTM-80YB, VTM200YB & VTM-1200YB – vertical turning lathes
• Machining Centers
• MA-600HII – featuring Turn-Cut functionality
• Millac 33TU – vertical lathe/5-axis machining center
• 5-Axis Machines
• Grinder – GC-34 Cam Grinder
• Wheel Cell – MB-56-W & LAW-V24 with robot
Attendees had an opportunity to win one of three iPads by completing any of the user-friendly, self-directed “Try It” demonstrations of the new Okuma THINC-OSP-P300 control. Users could try a number of applications including the Collision Avoidance System, One-Touch IGF, 3D Virtual Monitor, Caron Engineering’s TMAC and dataZen’s Mira.
Thirty-eight members of Partners in THINC were on hand, representing tooling, gaging, software and other machine tool accessory equipment. The Partners also facilitated a session titled “Bring Your Problems, We’ll Supply Solutions”, where experts answered questions to solve attendees’ CNC technology challenges.
Special guest speakers included Richard Childress Racing driver Jeff Burton and Director of Market Intelligence for Gardner Business Media, Steve Kline. Jeff Burton took the opportunity to meet customers, sign autographs and pose for pictures with the #31 CAT racing showcar.
Kevin Harvick’s #29 Okuma Chevy was also on display along with a cut-away Indy Car, painted in an Okuma paint scheme, provided by Target Chip Ganassi Racing.
The event also featured behind-the-scenes tours of the Okuma America Corp. headquarters where visitors were able to see service areas, including the mechanical and electrical exchange departments, and talk with the Okuma service providers and customer service and call center representatives. Okuma’s senior management staff, including president and COO, Jim King and CEO, Tad Yamamoto, were on hand to talk and meet with customers.
Next year’s Technology Showcase will be held December 3-5, 2013.
Officials for Bimba Manufacturing, a forward-thinking innovator of actuation technology, and CADENAS ARTsolutions, a global provider of 3D parts catalogs and online configurators for manufacturers, announce the addition of 3D functionality to Bimba’s online CAD models.
Tom Wood, director, Marketing for Bimba, says, “We continue to enhance our CAD model experience for our customers, both online and in-person, at tradeshows and events. This 3D capability now gives our customers an even more realistic way to experience our products so they can incorporate them into their overall design.”
The CAD configurator allows all configured and generated CAD models to be viewed by Bimba customers in 3D. Once the model has been generated in the online configurator, users will see a 3D glasses icon in the upper left hand corner.
Clicking on the 3D glasses icon activates the 3D, which is shown in the screenshot on the right. Users, who have traditional 3D glasses, can see the difference below. If not, they can request a pair by clicking the “Get Your 3D CAD Glasses” button in the right hand column on the web page, fill out the form, and receive a pair of Bimba 3D glasses.
In addition to the online capability, Bimba incorporated CADENAS PARTsolutions 3D Tradeshow Entertainment package, which uses 3D to create a unique customer experience at events. The 3D package was introduced at the Semicon West tradeshow in San Francisco CA, with significant results.
“By combining Bimba’s 3D glasses and CAD models, coupled with large screen monitors and an Xbox Kinect, the system really builds interest and drives tradeshow traffic in a relevant way,” says Rob Zesch, president of CADENAS PARTsolutions. “Manufacturers are always looking for ways to build awareness and get more visitors to their booth. When your CAD models become a fun and exciting experience for tradeshow attendees, it really helps you stand out from the crowd and draw more and more visitors.”
The experience helps bring the event interaction full-circle. Bimba gave away thousands of pairs of branded 3D glasses, giving customers another reason to visit Bimba.com when they return to their home or office, to see the 3D models again and again.