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GMTA Names Dan Thomas New Project Manager

Dan Thomas, GMTA Project ManagerAnn Arbor, Michigan – German Machine Tools of America (GMTA) today announces the appointment of Dan Thomas as Project Manager for this major supplier of various machine tools, lasers and parts washers to the North American automotive, off-highway, heavy equipment and other power transmission markets.

GMTA Vice President Scott Knoy comments, “We welcome Dan to our team. His role will be a vital part of our ongoing efforts to be more customer-centric, as we expand our machine offerings, penetrate new markets and expand existing ones.”

Thomas will be responsible for the end-to-end coordination of the project flow at GMTA, from initial contact through commissioning of machines and systems onsite.

GMTA is a major supplier of machining centers, integrated laser-based work cells, fully-automated parts washing lines and related tooling, focusing primarily on gear, spline and other power transmission components.

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GMTA (GERMAN MACHINE TOOLS OF AMERICA)
4630 Freedom Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Phone: 734-973-7800
Fax: 734-973-3053
Web: www.gmtamerica.com
Email: scott@gmtamerica.com
Attention: Scott Knoy, VP

 

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Samag Machine Tools Now Available in North America from GMTA

Provided by German Machine Tools of America (GMTA), Samag multi-spindle horizontal machining centers and deep hole drilling machines, used primarily for large block milling and deep hole drilling, now offered to the automotive powertrain, off-highway, moldmaking and other markets

Ann Arbor, Michigan – Now available from German Machine Tools of America (GMTA), a full line of Samag machining centers, including multi-spindle, horizontal machining centers, deep hole drilling machines and combination milling/drilling machines, is offered for the North American market.

Samag, based in Saalfeld, Germany, with offices worldwide, engineers and builds a variety of multi-spindle machines, including the MFZ Series for large workpieces, the smaller, modular WBM Series for up to six spindle deep drilling and the combination TFZ Series, which offers users the ability to bore and mill complex cubical workpieces on four sides with a single clamping. On the largest standard machine, large scale moldmaking is possible, with a maximum drilling depth of 2300mm (over 90”), 65mm (over 2-1/2”) bore and a 50-ton capacity work table.

The company also supplies complete turnkey operations, including robotic articulation, parts handlers and transfer mechanisms for high-production work such as connecting rods and complete machining of differential housings.

GMTA Vice President Scott Knoy comments, “This new partner dramatically expands our capability in the large block milling market. Plus, with deep drilling technology and the combination machine concepts, we will be able to offer significant advantages to our current and potential customer base. We’re excited to have the Samag name and reputation for quality machine tools added to our family.”

Videos of Samag machines in action may be seen on YouTube by visiting www.gmtamerica.com.    

 

For more information, please contact:

GMTA (GERMAN MACHINE TOOLS OF AMERICA)
4630 Freedom Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Phone: 734-973-7800
Fax: 734-973-3053
Web: www.gmtamerica.com
Email: scott@gmtamerica.com
Attention: Scott Knoy, VP

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GMTA News Of Note (Issue 2016-2)

Ann Arbor, Michigan – GMTA (German Machine Tools of America) represents various top-quality German and other metalworking machine builder companies, including Profilator GmbH, Praewema, K + G, Rasoma, FIMAT and BvL, as well as Arnold lasers and other equipment. These machines are sold to the North American market by GMTA, primarily for gear and spline production, as well as other power transmission and various metalworking applications. The company’s target markets include automotive, off-highway, energy and other heavy equipment manufacturing. Machines are provided for gear honing, gear grinding, the patented Scudding® and now the game-changing Hard Scudding® process for gearmaking, polygon milling, turning, gear tooth pointing and multi-task machining operations, as well as various laser operations or fully-engineered machine tool and laser line integration. This newsletter is provided to our friends in the media to keep you and your readers updated on “News of Note” at GMTA.

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GMTA Vice President Scott Knoy addresses the annual sales meeting of Star SU on April 8, 2016.

GMTA Vice President Scott Knoy addresses the annual sales meeting of Star SU on April 8, 2016.

  • Scott Knoy, our VP, spoke on April 8 to the national sales meeting of Star SU, partner to GMTA for tooling.
  • GMTA is entering the printed circuit assembly grinding arena with a new machine. Testing is currently under way.
  • GMTA is exploring the gundrilling market, with an eye on bringing such a line to the North American market.
  • GMTA has secured a booth in the South Hall at IMTS and will be presenting its full line to the global metalworking market at this event in September, 2016.
GMTA Mexico exhibited BvL parts cleaning technology and our full line of machine tool and laser offerings at ExpoMaq in Leon.

GMTA Mexico exhibited BvL parts cleaning technology and our full line of machine tool and laser offerings at ExpoMaq in Leon.

  • Our Mexican team exhibited at ExpoMaq with great success, showing a Bvl parts washer. We are now the exclusive representative for this line in Mexico. The new Queretaro facility of GMTA Mexico is already serving our considerable install base of machine tools and other equipment in-country with application engineering, sales and a full service operation.
  • Hard Scudding® continues to impress the industry. With this unique technology, green and hardened gears can be machined on the same equipment, with a programming software unmatched in the industry for accuracy and consistent performance.
  • Caterpillar selected our Rasoma machine line for a major insourcing on a bushing initiative.
  • GMTA Scudding technology was selected for development of ring gears by GM.
  • Likewise, GM has chosen GMTA to collaborate on super finishing and new gear honing projects.
  • The company website www.gmtamerica.com has been updated to reflect all the new lines of equipment we currently handle for the North American market, from our locations in Ann Arbor, Michigan and Mexico.
  • Magna selected GMTA for its Audi Heavy-Duty Flex Program.
  • GMTA continues its application on the 9-speed transmission work at Chrysler.
  • Arnold lasers are being used for cutting, cladding, welding and out-of-round part work, all with standard machines. The laser head articulates around the part, rather than the part being turned on a table.
  • Major automotive supplier GKN is utilizing our FIMAT machines at two facilities in North Carolina for grinding and milling of U-joints.
  • Ford has purchased a proprietary machine design for its gear lab in Livonia, Michigan.
  • GMTA was recently featured in Production Machining and other magazines for its customer successes and breakout technologies.
  • GMTA is a sponsor of the upcoming AGMA annual meeting on Amelia Island, Florida. We are very proud of our long association with this great group of gearheads!

For more information on any items in this announcement, please contact:

GMTA (GERMAN MACHINE TOOLS OF AMERICA)
4630 Freedom Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Phone: 734-973-7800
Fax: 734-973-3053
Web: www.gmtamerica.com
Email: scott@gmtamerica.com
Attention: Scott Knoy, VP

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GMTA News Of Note (Issue 2016-1)

Ann Arbor, Michigan – GMTA (German Machine Tools of America) represents various top-quality German and other metalworking machine builder companies, including Profilator GmbH, Praewema, K + G, Rasoma, FIMAT and BvL, as well as Arnold lasers and other equipment. These machines are sold to the North American market by GMTA, primarily for gear and spline production, as well as other power transmission and various metalworking applications. The company’s target markets include automotive, off-highway, energy and other heavy equipment manufacturing. Machines are provided for gear honing, gear grinding, the patented Scudding® and now the game-changing Hard Scudding® process for gearmaking, polygon milling, turning, gear tooth pointing and multi-task machining operations, as well as various laser operations or laser line integration. This newsletter is provided to our friends in the media to keep you and your readers updated on “News of Note” at GMTA.

In the news…

-General Motors has selected GMTA to partner on the CVT 250 project for gear hones.

-Ford Motor has selected GMTA as a supplier for Scudding® sun gears on its new transmission lines.

-Scudding and now the Hard Scudding process, in which hardened gears can be cut and finished on the same machine, using the company’s unique adaptive software, are fast gaining acceptance in the market. Already the leader in high-precision internal gear processing, the result of our unique Scudding® technology, which leaves skiving and other methods far behind, GMTA has taken another giant step forward in gear production with the development of Hard Scudding. 

The Scudding process provides excellent results on green or soft gears, while this new Hard Scudding advancement enables the re-machining of hardened gears on the same machine, with a tooth-to-tooth composite error and total composite error in the AGMA 11, DIN 6 range and a surface finish better than 1.5 Ra. This all happens due to the adaptive software developed by GMTA.

Closeup Scudding

-A new series of operational videos on Arnold lasers in action is now viewable on the GMTA website, www.gmtamerica.com.   The website is currently undergoing substantial upgrades, but remains visible to all.

-The new Mexican office of GMTA, located in Queretaro, is reporting brisk activity, owing to the substantial procurement authority in-country now. According to VP Scott Knoy, “This contrasts with bygone days, when the decision-making and purchasing were largely centered in America and specifically (here) in Detroit. It’s a whole new ballgame with the Mexican market today and we believe our new location (Queretaro) is well positioned to serve this dynamic manufacturing environment.”   GMTA already has a substantial installed base of machines in Mexico with all their partner companies.   At the new facility, machines are in place for demo and test run, plus the facility is fully staffed with application engineering, technical support, after-sale service and parts inventory.

-Sales continue to be brisk on the 9- and 10-speed transmission projects in the automotive market. Scott Knoy, GMTA VP, comments, “We’re seeing a lot of activity here in the States and especially in Mexico, so we know our timing was right with the opening of our new facility there.”

-GMTA attendance at Gear Expo in Detroit was highly productive, as we saw old friends and made many new ones! The demonstration of Hard Scudding was given and we met with all the top editors from the gear market media during the show. The Motor City is still the place to be for us gearheads!

-GMTA is now representing Rasoma machining centers, used primarily in the gear and spline markets, as well as FIMAT, an Italian builder of machining centers. These agreements cover full sales engagement for North America. Meanwhile, an agreement has been signed by GMTA to represent BvL parts washers exclusively in Mexico. The BvL line now means GMTA can be a single integrating source for machining, part cleaning and laser joining of power transmission products.

-Our Claudia Hambleton again braved the elements and brought a class of German language students from Saline, Michigan to Chicago for Christkindlmarket, as well as tours of the Museum of Science & Industry and the new Maggie Daley ice rink! A good time was had by all…and everyone made it back on the bus! She assures us all the gluwein consumed was strictly non-alcoholic!

-Our Christmas party was a good time to connect with our GMTA family and exchange presents. Some of the guys, who are themselves brilliant mechanical techs and machine tool engineers, tried to wrap their own presents and failed miserably, according to Claudia! “It takes a talent these guys clearly do not possess,” she mused.

GMTA Christmas Party

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GMTA (GERMAN MACHINE TOOLS OF AMERICA)
4630 Freedom Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Phone: 734-973-7800
Fax: 734-973-3053
Web: www.gmtamerica.com
Email: scott@gmtamerica.com
Attention: Scott Knoy, VP

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GMTA News Of Note (Issue 2015-3)

Ann Arbor, Michigan – GMTA (German Machine Tools of America) represents various top-quality German metalworking machine builders companies, including Wera Profilator, K + G, Pittler, Praewema and WMZ, as well as Arnold lasers. These machines are sold to the North American market by GMTA, primarily for gear and spline production, as well as other power transmission and various metalworking applications. The company’s target markets include automotive, off-highway, energy and other heavy equipment manufacturing. Machines are provided for gear honing, gear grinding, the patented Scudding® process for gearmaking, polygon milling, turning, gear tooth pointing and multi-task machining operations, as well as various laser operations or laser line integration. This newsletter is provided to our friends in the media to keep you and your readers updated on News of Note at GMTA.

In the news…

Scudding

Hard Scudding™ will change the face (pun intended) of gearmaking!

-GMTA will exhibit at several shows upcoming, including EMO in Milan and Gear Expo in Detroit.   At the latter, the company will show its latest development for gearmaking, namely, the Hard Scudding process. Just a few years ago, the concept of Scudding®, developed by GMTA and its partner company Wera in Germany, left the traditional skiving method in the dust, so to speak, for internal gear production used primarily in the powertrain buildup. This process, 5-10 times faster than gear shaping, formed the surface of the workpiece through several, small enveloping cuts, providing a surface finish and part quality level that was far superior to hobbing, shaping or broaching. Scudding is a continuous generating process, meaning no idle strokes on the machine tool, as when shaping gears.   Ring gears, sliding sleeves and annulus gearing, whether internal helical or spur, external helical or spur or blind spline, synchronizer parts with block tooth features and synchronizer hubs remain among the popular products in the market, made with Scudding technology.

Today, this continuous gear cutting process is widely used in production environments for internal, external, helical and spur gears, as well as splines and other components in the powertrain world. The machining can be done without the need for an undercut or groove (clearance) and lead of the gear can be manipulated via axial motions (crown/taper).   It is a demonstrably superior technology and automotive suppliers have embraced its advantages for many years now.

Impressive a technology as it is, the industry took another step forward recently with our new process known as Hard Scudding™. The conventional Scudding process provides excellent results on green or soft gears, while this new advancement enables the re-machining of hardened gears with a tooth-to-tooth composite error and total composite error in the AGMA 12, DIN 5 range and a surface finish better than 1.5 Ra.

The capital investment is minimal for shops and production departments already doing Scudding, because the same gear can be run on the same CNC machine, using a solid carbide tool to do the work. Recent testing done on various internal automotive powertrain and agricultural machinery ring gears is showing extremely positive results.   Stock division calculations on the tooth position are standard technology for GMTA and Profilator, so re-cutting is quick and easy. Using the latest CNC technology to control the machine kinematics, users are able to transfer this technology to Scudding machinery that is already deployed in the field. Thus, the same part can be cut on different machines at different times, allowing for more flexibility in scheduling. With today’s portable programming, onscreen or offline tool path and cutting condition simulation, plus the immediacy of call-up onscreen for all values and tolerances in real time, the busy machine shop or large production department stays flexible and demand responsive, using this Hard Scudding technology. In some cases, this new technology is applicable on near net, pre-hardened gear blanks, allowing significant step reductions in the manufacturing process.

In operation, cutting 60-100 thousandths per flank on a tooth, the Hard Scudding process can be used on a carburized or through-hardened parts; nitriding generally does not provide enough case depth to ensure sufficient stock for “clean-up”.   An automotive ring gear, for example, which requires 40-50 seconds for Scudding can be produced with Hard Scudding in 25-30 seconds.   This process development stands as a viable and very cost-effective alternative to conventional grind-and-hone operations, yielding a highly attractive cost per piece and extended tool life scenario.   The added benefits of reduced capital outlay and a significantly more consistent end product bode well for the automotive powertrain and other gear market segments.

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-GMTA management will be attending EMO in Milan with its partners, then exhibiting at Gear Expo, being held this year in Detroit, October 20-22.

-GMTA is running at “light speed” with their new Arnold laser work cells. Available as single or double work cells, the Arnold systems are offered as CO2 or fiber lasers, with full integration into a machining line, either by means of robotic part articulation or other automated transfer mechanisms, most of which are being supplied to customers by GMTA engineering.   Leads from the last IMTS and the company’s aggressive ad program are already being developed into serious opportunities for the company, often in tandem with other machine tool lines and auxiliary equipment now offered by GMTA, according to company President Walter Friedrich.   The most recent development is laser cladding, a process of simultaneous metal deposition and fusion, with an extremely high degree of control on the geometry.   This technology has considerable application in the aerospace, medical, power gen and oil & gas market segments, in addition to the GMTA home base of automotive.

-The new Mexican office of GMTA, located in Queretaro, is reporting brisk activity, owing to the substantial procurement authority in-country now. According to VP Scott Knoy, “This contrasts with bygone days, when the decision-making and purchasing were largely centered in America and specifically in Detroit. It’s a whole new ballgame with the Mexican market today and we believe our new location (Queretaro) there is well positioned to serve this dynamic manufacturing environment.” GMTA already has a substantial installed base of machines in Mexico from all their partner companies. At the new facility, machines are in place for demo and test runs, plus the facility is fully staffed with application engineering, technical support, after-sale service and parts inventory.

-Sales continue to be brisk on the 9- and 10-speed transmission projects in the automotive market. Scott Knoy, GMTA VP, comments, “We’re seeing a lot of activity here in the States and in Mexico, so we know our timing was right with the opening of our new facility there.”

Claudia Hambleton volunteering

Claudia Hambleton

-As part of the company’s ongoing commitment to education, GMTA Corporate Treasurer Claudia Hambleton volunteers for the Junior Achievement program in Saline, Michigan for educating K-12 students about jobs, entrepreneurship, financial literacy and work readiness in today’s competitive and changing market. She is active in the recruitment of local business people in the area to assist the program.

-The alliance with Star SU, through which GMTA is sourcing tooling locally, continues to prosper and mutually benefit both companies.

– We are proud to announce a business transaction between the Profilator Group and the Dr. Dieter Murmann Beteiligungsgesellschaft, in which Dr. Dieter Murmann Beteiligungsgesellschaft has acquired all shares of the Profilator Group, consisting of Profilator GmbH & Co. KG and the U.S. affiliate company GMTA (German Machine Tools of America Inc.). The Murmann family has long term plans with the Profilator Group to act as an autonomous business, striving for future success and ongoing technical developments. The current management team of the entire Profilator Group will remain the same, including Thomas Buchholz as Managing Director of Profilator in Wuppertal, Germany and Walter Friedrich as President of GMTA.

-GMTA is a corporate sponsor of the Smart Factory Industry Forum, being sponsored by the German American Chamber of Commerce and held at the Digital Manufacturing & Design Innovation Institute in Chicago on October 9.

For more information on this announcement, please contact:

GMTA (German Machine Tools of America)
4630 Freedom Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Phone: 734-973-7800
Fax: 734-973-3053
Web: www.gmtamerica.com
Email: scott@gmtamerica.com
Attention: Scott Knoy, VP
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GMTA News Of Note (Issue 2015-2)

Ann Arbor, Michigan – GMTA (German Machine Tools of America) represents various top-quality German metalworking machine builders, including Wera Profilator, K + G, Pittler, Praewema and WMZ, as well as Arnold lasers. These machines are sold to the North American market exclusively by GMTA, primarily for gear and spline production, as well as other power transmission and various metalworking applications. The company’s target markets include automotive, off-highway, energy and other heavy equipment manufacturing. Machines are provided for gear honing, gear grinding, the patented Scudding® process for gearmaking, polygon milling, turning, gear tooth pointing and multi-task machining operations, as well as various laser operations or laser line integration and parts washing. This newsletter is provided to our friends in the media to keep you and your readers updated on News of Note at GMTA.

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ShannonLynch-GMTA continues their relationship with Eastern Michigan University (EMU), recently accepting Shannon Lynch, from the Masters in German and International Trade program, as an intern. Shannon’s mentor at GMTA and herself an MBA holder from EMU, the corporate treasurer Claudia Hambleton, remarked, “It’s the first time we’ve ever done anything like this. I feel really strongly about corporate responsibility for young people coming up into the industry…everybody needs experience, but how do you get it? I think this is a really good opportunity for Shannon.” The two shared several German classes at EMU, so the partnership was a natural fit. Shannon is responsible for assisting Claudia with daily office duties including receiving, invoices and translations, in communications with the company’s German partner firms. During her internship, Shannon has also had the opportunity to engage in industry-related educational and technical sessions such as the Economic Forum of the German American Chamber of Commerce, an Advanced Excel Workshop for data analysis and the recent North American International Auto Show Charity Preview, a very prestigious event and a great networking opportunity for the leaders in automotive manufacturing.

-GMTA participated in the annual Auto Show Charity Preview in Detroit and a good time was had by all.

-GMTA is running at “light speed” with their new Arnold laser work cells. Available as single or double work cells, the Arnold systems are offered as CO2 or fiber lasers, with full integration into a machining line, either by means of robotic part articulation or other automated transfer mechanisms, most of which are being supplied to customers by GMTA engineering. Leads from IMTS and the company’s aggressive ad program are already being developed into serious opportunities for the company, often in tandem with other machine tool lines and the Rosink parts washers now offered by GMTA.

-Recently, a Diskus vertical double-disc grinder was sold to Hoergiger Fine Stamping in Canada. The DDS 600 machine feature two vertically arranged motor spindles, each equipped with 600mm grinding wheels used for simultaneous two-sided grinding of shims. The machine has a rotary through-feed system and an integral post-process measuring system, all developed by Diskus engineering and provided to the customer by the GMTA teams from Ann Arbor.

Präwema SynchroFine gear honing machines from GMTA

Präwema SynchroFine gear honing machines from GMTA

-The Mexico office of GMTA is reporting brisk activity, owing to the substantial procurement authority in-country now. According to VP Scott Knoy, “This contrasts with bygone days, when the decision-making and purchasing were largely centered in America and specifically in Detroit. It’s a whole new ballgame with the Mexican market today and we believe our new location (Queretaro) there is well positioned to serve this dynamic manufacturing environment.” GMTA already has a substantial installed base of machines in Mexico from all their partner companies.

-GMTA management will be attending EMO in Milan with its partners, then exhibiting at Gear Expo, being held this year in Detroit, October 20-22.

-The alliance with Star, through which GMTA is sourcing tooling locally, continues to prosper and mutually benefit both companies.

-GMTA was featured prominently in a recent article in Manufacturing Engineering magazine, covering the subject of gear making for the energy sector.

-Now available from GMTA, the Präwema SynchroFine 205 HS gear honing machine features direct-driven, digitally controlled spindles for the tool and the workpiece, enabling precise, rigid synchronization. The Präwema Honing gear finishing process produces quality comparable to grinding results for spur and helical gears, as well as shafts. The machine’s software checks the stock allowance and workpiece runout and then optimizes the X-axis approach distance. Measuring the workpiece does not affect the cycle time and the process can reduce overall cycle times by 3 to 5 sec.

For more information on this announcement, please contact:

GMTA (German Machine Tools of America)
4630 Freedom Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Phone: 734-973-7800
Fax: 734-973-3053
Web: www.gmtamerica.com
Email: scott@gmtamerica.com
Attention: Scott Knoy, VP
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Honing Machine Optimizes Gear Finishing

Available from German Machine Tools of America, the Präwema SynchroFine 205 HS gear honing machine features direct-driven, digitally controlled spindles for the tool and the workpiece, enabling precise, rigid synchronization

Ann Arbor, Michigan – Now available from German Machine Tools of America (GMTA), the Präwema SynchroFine 205 HS gear honing machine features direct-driven, digitally controlled spindles for the tool and the workpiece, enabling precise, rigid synchronization. The Präwema Honing gear finishing process produces quality comparable to grinding results for spur and helical gears, as well as shafts. The machine’s software checks the stock allowance and workpiece runout and then optimizes the X-axis approach distance. Measuring the workpiece does not affect the cycle time and the process can reduce cycle times by 3 to 5 sec.
The machine features a pick-up design to enable automation. The workpieces and dressing tools are loaded and unloaded by the workpiece spindle. The large X-axis travel enables placement of additional stations adjacent to the loading/unloading station inside the machine, such as a two-flank roll-checking device. External robots and conveyor systems can also be integrated by GMTA engineering.

The honing machine is constructed on a natural granite bed to promote stability and control thermal fluctuations. The X and Z axes are equipped with linear motor drives. The cutting tool is clamped with a hydraulically operated system and the tool spindle can be swiveled into a vertical position, enabling easy access. Additional options are available for machining over-sized drive shafts as long as 850 mm and the Präwema SynchroFine 205 HS-D model, equipped with two spindles, is offered for further reduction of cycle times.

For more information on this announcement, please contact:

GMTA (German Machine Tools of America)
4630 Freedom Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Phone: 734-973-7800
Fax: 734-973-3053
Web: www.gmtamerica.com
Email: scott@gmtamerica.com
Attention: Scott Knoy, VP
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GMTA News Of Note (Issue 2015-1)

Ann Arbor, Michigan – GMTA (German Machine Tools of America) represents various top-quality German metalworking machine builders, including Wera Profilator, K + G, Pittler, Praewema and WMZ, as well as Arnold lasers and Rosink parts washers.  These machines are sold to the North American market exclusively by GMTA, primarily for gear and spline production, as well as other power transmission and various metalworking applications.  The company’s target markets include automotive, off-highway, energy and other heavy equipment manufacturing.  Machines are provided for gear honing, gear grinding, the patented Scudding® process for gearmaking, polygon milling, turning, gear tooth pointing and multi-task machining operations, as well as various laser operations or laser line integration and parts washing.  This newsletter is provided to our friends in the media to keep you and your readers updated on News of Note at GMTA.

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Scudding® tools to be produced by Star SU LLC for the North American market, in cooperation with GMTA.

-GMTA has formed an alliance with Star SU LLC in Hoffman Estates, Illinois to manufacture Scudding® tools for the North American market.  Scudding® is the radical improvement on traditional power skiving technology for gear production, long proven in the market to be faster, more accurate and versatile in use.  Often thought to be limited to internals only, Scudding is fast beginning to compete in certain applications with hobbing on external gears and splines, as well.   David Goodfellow of Star SU signed the agreement with GMTA president Walter Friedrich and VP Scott Knoy.

-GMTA continues to expand its representation of K + G (Kristen + Gormann), a tooling manufacturer in Germany that supplies the industry with products for inside grooving, turning, profile milling, facemilling, geartooth milling, chamfering and back angling.   K + G became the third line added in 2014 to the family of manufacturers currently represented by GMTA, joining Arnold lasers and Rosink parts washers.

-GMTA now offers a full integration service for production lines on gears, splines and other powertrain components. Bringing the various machine tool, laser and parts washer lines together, along with robotics, transfer mechanisms and other high-end automation, GMTA engineering has the ability to provide nearly end-to-end capability to many shops and production departments at major OEM’s and Tier vendors. As VP Scott Knoy explains, “We now offer our customers a comprehensive package of equipment, application engineering, tooling support, commissioning and after-sales service.”

-GMTA will be exhibiting at Gear Expo and EMO, this year, the latter in conjunction with partner companies in Europe.

-GMTA is supplying Magna Powertrain a variety of machine tools and systems for its Audi Flex program, both in Muncie, Indiana and Mexico.

-Both Ford and General Motors plants have purchased additional Praewema honing machines for various transmission programs.

-Jernberg Industries, Inc. in Bolingbrook, Illinois has added its fifth Profilator machine for ring gear production.

-GMTA hosted a field trip for the students in the German Clubs at two local schools to the famous Kristkindlmarkt at Daley Plaza in downtown Chicago. The festival is a recreation of the classic German street markets set up for the Christmas season, featuring artisans and craftsmen selling their wares, plus music, food and drink for the season, including gluhwein! The students and their leaders had a good time. Froeliche Weihnachten…that’s Merry Christmas in German. Leading the event for GMTA was the corporate treasurer, Claudia Hambleton. A good time and much gemütlichkeit were had by all!

For more information on this announcement, please contact:

GMTA (German Machine Tools of America)
4630 Freedom Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Phone: 734-973-7800
Fax: 734-973-3053
Web: www.gmtamerica.com
Email: scott@gmtamerica.com
Attention: Scott Knoy, VP
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GMTA News Of Note (Issue 2014-4)

Press conference at IMTS 2014

Press conference at IMTS 2014

Ann Arbor, Michigan – GMTA (German Machine Tools of America) represents various top-quality German metalworking machine builders, including Wera Profilator, Pittler, Praewema and WMZ, as well as Arnold lasers and Rosink parts washers.  These machines are sold to the North American market exclusively by GMTA, primarily for gear and spline production, as well as other power transmission and various metalworking applications.  The company’s target markets include automotive, off-highway, energy and other heavy equipment manufacturing.  Machines are provided for gear honing, gear grinding, the patented Scudding® process for gearmaking, polygon milling, turning, gear tooth pointing and multi-task machining operations.  This newsletter is provided to our friends in the media to keep you and your readers updated on News of Note at GMTA.

In the news…

GMTA-IMTS-PressConference6-GMTA had an extremely successful IMTS, running a media event, highlighted by the introduction of the Moduline® machining center.  This unique machine, built for high-production runs of various end products, offers customers an unmatched flexibility in their manufacturing.  In single work envelope, a wide variety of machining operations can be performed on a workpiece in single setup.  Of greatest significance is the fact those machining operations can be adapted, changed out, re-sequenced and completely reconfigured, all on the same machine.  The result is highly flexible production in a small footprint, with a single CNC controlling the overall machine and individual PLC’s running each optimized machine function per part.

Alfredo Contreras, manager of new GMTA office in Queretaro, Mexico

Alfredo Contreras, manager of new GMTA office in Queretaro, Mexico

-During the IMTS press event, presentations were given by GMTA   President Walter Friedrich, VP of Sales Scott Knoy, GMTA Product Manager for lathe technology Stefan Kloos and, visiting the show from Germany, DVS group VP for Sales & Marketing Bernd Rothenberger.   Highlighting the presentation was the announcement of the new GMTA facility in Queretaro, Mexico, recently opened by Regional Sales Manager Alfredo Contreras, who will be responsible for company sales and service in the fast-growing Mexican market for the company. See VIDEO of the press event here and an interview during IMTS with Walter and Scott, here.

-GMTA now represents K + G tooling in North America, including the company’s complete line of products for inside grooving, turning, milling, profiling, bit production, facemilling, gear tooth milling, chamfering, back angling and more.

-A definitive explanation on the trademarked Profilator Scudding® process for advanced gearmaking is now available from GMTA.  Please contact Scott Knoy at GMTA (below) for details.

-GMTA recently sponsored Eastern Michigan University’s German American Day, held for the 10th year at EMU’s Student Center for the dual purpose of cultural heritage celebration and business recruitment.  This year’s event happened on October 6.   GMTA has an ongoing relationship with EMU, supporting various degree programs in the graduate and business schools to help prepare students enter careers with enhanced technical and language skills.

For more information on this announcement, please contact:

GMTA (German Machine Tools of America)
4630 Freedom Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Phone: 734-973-7800
Fax: 734-973-3053
Web: www.gmtamerica.com
Email: scott@gmtamerica.com
Attention: Scott Knoy, VP
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GMTA News Of Note (Issue 2014-3)

Ann Arbor, Michigan – GMTA (German Machine Tools of America) represents various top-quality German metalworking machine builders, including Profilator, Pittler, Praewema and WMZ.  These machines are sold to the North American market by GMTA primarily for gear and spline production, as well as other power transmission applications.  The company’s target markets include automotive, off-highway, OCTG and other heavy equipment manufacturing.  Machines are provided for gear honing, gear grinding, the patented Scudding® process for gearmaking, polygon milling, turning, gear tooth pointing and multi-task machining operations.

In the news…

-Effective immediately for North America, GMTA now represents two additional lines of quality German machines.  Agreements have been finalized for GMTA to handle the Rosink line of parts washers plus the Arnold line of laser welding machines. According to Scott Knoy, VP at GMTA, “These are natural complements to our existing lines and will strengthen our value proposition in current and also new market segments, going forward.” A Rosink parts washer will be on display in the GMTA booth during the upcoming IMTS in Chicago.

-GMTA proudly announces the sale of multiple Profilator Scudding® machines to General Motors for gear production. It is estimated this purchase saved GM over $4 million in capital expenditures, compared with acquiring the multiple machines that would have been necessary to achieve the same production levels.

-GMTA also announces the sale of Profilator Scudding® and gear pointing machines to Magna Mexico, plus machines to Magna Canada for polygon generation.

-GMTA has sold nine (9) Praewema honing machines to Ford.

Claudia Hambleton, GMTA administrative manager and corporate treasurer, at her MBA graduation ceremony at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti

Claudia Hambleton, GMTA administrative manager and corporate treasurer, at her MBA graduation ceremony at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti

-Last but not least, by any means, GMTA proudly announces Claudia Hambleton, corporate treasurer and administrative manager, received her MBA from Eastern Michigan University (EMU) on April 27, 2014. Claudia has been a GMTA associate since the company opened its doors in January, 1991. As Claudia notes, “I am very grateful to GMTA for supporting my efforts to acquire an MBA. I look forward to using my new skills to further enhance the business at our company. It was also very rewarding to network with the business school students and staff at EMU, where GMTA now has a working relationship with their German business development track.” GMTA routinely hosts a program in German for students in the EMU business school who plan to work for or with German companies as a career path.

For more information on this announcement, please contact:

GMTA (GERMAN MACHINE TOOLS OF AMERICA)
4630 Freedom Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Phone: 734-973-7800
Fax: 734-973-3053
Web: www.gmtamerica.com
Email: scott@gmtamerica.com
Attention: Scott Knoy
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