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Gilman acquires Roller Precision Spindle Repair; FIT expands US activities, additive manufacturing; Management changes at Methods Machine Tools; UL listing for Beckwood Press’ electrical panels

June 1, 2017

A new engineering training department at Allied Machine & Engineering will provide education programs for new employees, users, and distributors. The 3,000ft2 facility in Dover, Ohio, includes two vertical machining centers (VMC) and one horizontal machining center (HMC), each with a dedicated camera and live feed to 60" monitors. Demonstrations feature Allied tools running in a wide variety of materials.

Two-and-a-half-day technical educational seminars are designed to keep participants current on the latest industry trends and technology feature classroom and metal cutting demonstrations.

For those unable to travel to the training facility, Allied sponsors open house events at machine tool manufacturers’ locations and with distributors, and it conducts on-site training programs for engineers and machinists.

Gilman acquires Roller Precision Spindle Repair

Gilman Precision has acquired Roller Precision Spindle Repair, owned by John Roller, who will join Gilman’s team as the spindle repair supervisor. The acquisition doubles the size of Gilman’s spindle repair services and provides knowledge, methods, and resources for repairing spindles quickly and efficiently.

FIT expands US activities, additive manufacturing

Albert Klein, CFO FIT AG (left) and Ken Gray, Chairman FIT America Inc.

German additive manufacturing group FIT has expanded its U.S. activities, relocating to Southborough, Massachusetts, and appointing Kenneth D. Gray as chairman of FIT America Inc. In addition, FIT America established a fully owned subsidiary, Boston Ceramics LLC, with Andrew Jeffery as president. Boston Ceramics also established a facility for additive manufacturing of ceramics, which started operations in April 2017. The company will focus on manufacturing high-value, quality ceramic objects.

Management changes at Methods Machine Tools

Jerry Rex

Former Chief Operating Officer (COO) Jerry Rex has been named president of Methods Machine Tools Inc. Long-time company President Bryon Deysher has accepted a new position as executive director of the board. Rex has assumed all operating functions of Methods Machine Tools, including its Sudbury, Massachusetts, headquarters and six other locations throughout the United States.

With a background that includes hands-on manufacturing, engineering, sales, and executive management, Rex’s relationship skills, international exposure, and broad network deliver a seamless transition of leadership. Rex has served for many years as a board member of AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology and served as chairman of the board of directors of AMT until April 1, 2016. He has carried the certified manufacturing technology sales engineer (CMTSE) designation since 1997 and remains an active board and committee member.

UL listing for Beckwood Press’ electrical panels

Beckwood Press Co.’s in-house electrical panel assembly shop has earned the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) certification in accordance with UL Standard 508A.

Beckwood’s electrical panel designs and assembly procedures comply with UL’s rigorous safety standards as well as national and local electrical codes. All sourced panel components are UL Listed and finger-safe to eliminate potential shock hazards. Additionally, Beckwood’s panel shop will be inspected quarterly to ensure compliance with the 508A standard.