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Cooling Chamber from Grieve

Grieve Cooling Chamber 807No. 807 is a cooling chamber from Grieve, currently used for cooling oven trucks of steel parts at the customer’s facility. Workspace dimensions of this cooling chamber measure 84” W x 96” D x 72” H. 7000 CFM, 7 1/2-HP remote mounted exhaust blower to pull room air through load and exhaust.

This Grieve cooling chamber has aluminized steel construction, ¼” plate floor and is sectioned to pass through a 72” wide doorway.

No. 807 has twelve (12) 24” x 24” x 6” thick HEPA filters installed at top of workspace to filter exhausted air.

For more information, please contact:
500 Hart Road
Round Lake, Illinois 60073-2835
Phone: (847) 546-8225
Fax: (847) 546-9210
Web: www.grievecorp.com
Email: sales@grievecorp.com
Attention: Frank Calabrese

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Kurt Machining Utilizes Live Tool Speed Increaser, Realizes 9x Tool Cost Savings in Less Than a Year

Minnesota CNC shop uses Heimatec speed increaser to up RPM and feed rate; significantly reduces cycle time on aluminum engraving application

Kurt Machining (Minneapolis, Minnesota) specializes in providing precision CNC machined parts, using state-of-the-art technologies and up to 5-axis machining.  Since 1952, this 110,000 sq. ft. shop has provided its customers in a variety of high-quality demand markets with components and welded assemblies.  These include aerospace, defense, semiconductor, energy, automotive and more.  A very flexible shop, Kurt produces parts ranging from micron-sized semiconductor components to 2000 lb. workpieces for the defense sector.

On a recent project, where 5000 pieces of 6060 aluminum were to be engraved on a Hwacheon horizontal turning center, Kurt Engineering Manager, Shawn Eisenshank, had concerns over the cycle times.  He turned to his local tooling distributor, Abrasive Specialists, Inc. (ASI) and their tooling partner, Platinum Tooling, for suggestions.  Leigh Kinnan of ASI worked with the local Platinum Tooling representative, Cody Papenfus, to test run a Heimatec speed increaser, with the goal of increasing RPM on the machine and decrease part cycle time, with a documentation of the potential savings.  After performing the calculations in consultation with Preben Hansen, president of Platinum Tooling and exclusive importer for Heimatec products in North America, it was determined a significant savings could be realized.

Detailing the application, ASI demonstrated that a 1:3 speeder, increased the spindle RPM enough that when coupled with the nearly 3X increase in the feed rate on the machine, would produce a significant improvement to the current machining cycle.  Calculating the reduction in machining cost per part and factoring the cost of the speed increaser, it was determined the use of the Heimatec product onboard the Hwacheon turning center would result in a 9X cost saving for the customer, in the first year’s production run on this engraved aluminum component.

As Shawn Eisenshank notes, “This is one of those classic scenarios, where the theoretical has proven out in practice, as we’ve seen exactly the results ASI and Platinum Tooling proposed in their test calculations.”

Cody Papenfus of Hexis in Plymouth, Minnesota, who is the area rep for Platinum Tooling adds, “We say we put our expertise to work at the spindle of the machine and, in this case, that’s exactly what happened.  The speed increaser performed as expected, the customer got the results promised and it was a win-win, for all.  We serve our customers for the long haul and successes like this one are the big reason.”

Kurt Machining performs both vertical and horizontal milling and turning, complex assemblies and weldments, delivering with rapid lead times.  CAD compatibility is offered for web-based communications and fully interactive manufacturing engagement for its customers.  The company performs contract manufacturing in high quantity as well as prototyping for new designs.  Kurt also performs impact extrusion, heat treating and cleanroom operations including ultrasonic cleaning of stainless steel and aluminum components and assemblies, with cleaning to Class 1000 with 100 protocol.  The company is ISO 9001:2015 and AS9100D plus NADCAP Certified.  Kurt Machining is quality certified by the U.S. Government to MIL-Q-9858 and MIL-I-45208.

For further information on the application discussed in this story, please contact:

Shawn Eisenshank, Engineering Manager
5280 Main Street NE
Minneapolis, MN 55421
Phone:  763-572-1500
Fax:  763-572-9878
Web:  www.kurtmachining.com


Preben Hansen, President
16 E. Piper Lane
Suite 128
Prospect Heights, IL 60070
Phone:  847-749-0633
Fax:  847-749-2445
Web:  www.platinumtooling.com
Email:  phansen@platinumtooling.com



Platinum Tooling Technologies, Inc. is the exclusive importer for North America of quality tooling from around the globe.  The company currently represents Heimatec live tools and angle heads, Tecnicrafts collets and guide bushings for Swiss machines, Henninger spindle speed increasers for machining centers, AMF marking and cleaning tools plus Suzuki Swiss speed increasers.   In addition, Platinum Tooling engineers application-specific specialty tools at its location in the Chicago area.  The company is led by its president, Preben Hansen, a longtime veteran of the tooling industry and an acknowledged authority on machine tooling and accessories.

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Exact Metrology Introduces New Artec LEO 3D Scanner

With its ability to scan both expansive areas and fine details, Artec LEO can scan a variety of objects, from small mechanical parts to the human body, cars, boats or crime scenes.

Scanning mummyEffective immediately, Exact Metrology is proud to announce the availability of its Artec LEO 3D scanner, the first scanner to offer onboard automatic processing with an integrated touch panel viewer. This frees users from being tied to a computer for data capture.

The scanner has a 3D reconstruction rate of 80 frames per second, making it the fastest professional scanner on the market. With its large field of view, Artec LEO can scan and process large objects and scenes quickly and accurately.

It features data acquisition up to 4 million points/second, with a working range of .35-1.2 m. The 3D resolution on this scanner is up to .5 mm and 3D point accuracy up to .1mm. State-of-the-art technologies including the NVIDIA® JetsonTM platform, which is the scanner’s internal computer, featuring Quad-core ARM® Cortex® -A57 MPCore CPU and NVIDIA MaxwellTM 1 TFLOPS GPU with 256 NVIDIA® CUDA® Cores; a built-in 9 DoF inertial system- accelerometer, gyro and compass. This allows the scanner to understand its position and environment; and a two-in-one optical system designed to spec for the most exact texture to geometry mapping.

LEO has the ability to scan in sunlight, as well as capture dark and shiny objects. As will all Artec scanners, LEO uses advanced hybrid technology and texture tracking. Therefore, you can point at your object and shoot. There is no need to stick targets and remove them. The texture resolution is 2.3 mp.

This handheld scanner is equipped with a 4” LCD screen to capture images of the data. The 3D light source is provided by state-of-the-art VCSEL (Vertical-Cavity Surface-Emitting Laser) technology. With no need to connect to a computer or to plug in to a main power source, users can hold the scanner and walk around freely, scanning without worrying about wires or additional equipment. Artec LEO’s battery pack allows users to scan for 3.5 to 4 hours. Supplementary battery modules permit unlimited 3D scanning on expeditions or in remote areas. There are 2 cameras on this scanner. One is a range camera for 3D geometry and another is a color camera. The color camera captures color texture data. Besides built-in battery and wireless connectivity, Artec LEO can stream to a second device and upload the data.

  • Exact Metrology scanning crime scene
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  • Exact Metrology scanning human body
  • Exact Metrology scanning car

Exact Metrology, with facilities in Cincinnati and Milwaukee and affiliated offices throughout the Midwest, is a comprehensive metrology services provider, offering customers 3D scanning, reverse engineering, quality inspection, product development and 2D drawings. The company also provides turnkey metrology solutions, including equipment sales and lease/rental arrangements.


For information, please contact:

Dean Solberg
20515 Industry Avenue
Brookfield, WI 53045
Phone: 262-533-0800
Local: 866-722-2600


Steve Young
Exact Metrology, Inc.
11575 Goldcoast Drive
Cincinnati, OH 45249
Phone: 614-264-8587
Local: 513-831-6620

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Schuler Focuses on New Markets and Digital Business Models

  • Incoming orders increased by ten percent in 2018
  • Continued pressure to implement adjustments in Germany negatively impacted sales
  • Joint venture with Porsche to be launched in 2019

Schuler intends to gain new market share through consistent digitalization.

In the 2018 fiscal year, Schuler increased its order intake by ten percent with successful sales in new markets and digitized applications. However, ongoing pressure to make business adjustments in Germany, international trade conflicts and special effects had a significant negative impact on the Göppingen-based press manufacturer’s sales. “We will consistently focus Schuler on new markets, digital business models and profitable core businesses,” said CEO Domenico Iacovelli, in office since April 2018, when speaking to journalists on Wednesday, March 6. In mid-2019, Schuler and Porsche plan to start building their joint high-tech press plant, which has now finally been approved for construction.


Order rise but 2018 sales down slightly compared to previous year

Schuler’s incoming orders rose to € 1,255 billion in 2018 (previous year: € 1,141 billion). Despite the rather low order backlog at the end of 2017, Group sales remained virtually unchanged at € 1,212 billion (previous year: € 1,220 billion). The regions of Europe and China grew, while business in North America suffered some losses.

Sales margins were subject to multiple burdens. The challenges posed by the new WLTP test procedure for automobile manufacturers led, particularly in Germany, both to the abandonment of new capacities and to the postponement of already agreed projects. At the same time, costs rose due to the collective wage agreements from recent years. Customer business in China suffered from the trade conflict between China and the USA.

In 2018, Schuler had extraordinary expenses in the low double-digit million Euro range due to capacity adjustments within the Group and write-downs on the capitalized goodwill of the die manufacturing subsidiary AWEBA. EBITA fell to € 45.3 (111.9) million. Schuler achieved consolidated earnings after tax of € 13.5 (67.4) million.


Cautious optimism for 2019 and beyond


The corporate headquarters in Göppingen, Germany.

At the end of 2018, Schuler’s equity capital ratio of 40.1 (38.1) percent of the balance sheet total was still above average in the German mechanical and plant engineering sector. The company employed 6,575 (6,570) people worldwide, 4,195 (4,237) of them in Germany – which is barely any fewer than in the previous year.

CFO Norbert Broger said, “2018 was a very challenging year in terms of operation and strategy. This is why it was all the more important that we were able to reverse the negative trend in incoming orders and achieve an increase of ten percent for the first time. We therefore entered the new year with a decent order backlog of € 926 million. Therefore, and thanks to the cost reduction measures already initiated, we are confident that we will be able to show medium-term earnings improvements.”


Concentration on the profitable core business

Irrespective of the positive order development, the pressure to adapt remains high, especially in Germany, said CEO Iacovelli. “In 2018, we therefore began making Schuler more dynamic and bringing customer-driven innovations to market more quickly. The aim is to concentrate on the Group’s profitable core business and increase profitability in the coming years. This includes the consistent segregation of loss-making business areas, wherever necessary.”

In recent months, Schuler has developed new product strategies for each business division. Expensive “over-engineering” needs to be a thing of the past. Schuler has already decided to withdraw from the unprofitable production of packaging machines and lines for the production of large-diameter pipes in 2019.


Expansion of service business and value creation in China

Cost benefits in production in China and Brazil are to be exploited to a greater extent and the global service network is also to be expanded in Germany. The locations in China will receive additional engineering positions. 


“Smart Press Shop” with Porsche sets new standards

new press shop

The new press shop as part of the joint venture with Porsche will set new standards for the automotive industry both in terms of performance in industrial manufacturing and in the digital networking of data streams in the production process.

Beginning in 2019, Schuler and Porsche will build what is said to be the world’s most modern press plant for the digitized automobile production of the future in Germany. Operation is scheduled to go on line in 2021. “The establishment of the corresponding joint venture between the two companies under the name ‘Smart Press Shop’ is perfect,” said Schuler CEO Iacovelli. “The new press shop will set globally high standards for the automotive industry, both in terms of performance in industrial manufacturing and in the digital networking of data streams in the production process,” he explained.

The new Smart Press Shop will supply the Porsche plant in Leipzig in particular with body parts at low logistical cost and with the lowest possible ecological impact. For Schuler, this joint venture is an example of close cooperation with the world’s leading automobile manufacturers. “At the same time, we are focusing on new markets and digital business models,” said CEO Iacovelli. Schuler intends to gain additional market shares in 2019 with new mechanical presses in the mid-price segment and consistent digitization of the main product lines. “For Schuler and our customers, digitization is not a vision, but a reality. And it is, above all, a great opportunity for all of us – not a risk,” explained the Schuler CEO.

For further information on Schuler Inc., North America, please contact:

Guido Broder, VP
Schuler Incorporated
7145 Commerce Blvd.
Canton, MI 48187 USA


About the Schuler Group – www.schulergroup.com

Schuler offers customer-specific cutting-edge technology in all areas of forming technology – from networked presses to press shop planning. In addition to presses, the product portfolio also includes automation and software solutions, dies, process know-how and service for the entire metalworking industry. Its customers include automobile manufacturers and automotive suppliers, as well as companies from the forging, household appliance and electronics industries. Presses from the Schuler Group also mint coins for more than 180 countries. As a provider of innovative system solutions, we support our customers worldwide in the digital transformation of forming technology. In the 2018 fiscal year, Schuler generated sales of € 1,212 billion. Schuler AG, founded in 1839 at its headquarters in Göppingen (Germany), has approx. 6,600 employees at production sites in Europe, China and America, as well as service companies in over 40 countries. The company is majority-owned by the Austrian ANDRITZ Group.

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Platinum Tooling: A new beginning for Preben Hansen

The following interview was conducted with Platinum Tooling’s President, Preben Hansen, at the company’s headquarters in Prospect Heights, Illinois. Hansen discusses the beginnings of Platinum Tooling, the transition period, changes, product lines and the future.  

preben hansenWhen asked what motivated him to start the company, Hansen said that it was a natural progression and that “As we added additional machine tool accessory lines to our offering, it made sense to have a name that encompassed more than just Heimatec.”  He added “In our industry, it is common to have one importer representing multiple product lines.”  Hansen was very pleased with the transition from Heimatec Inc., to Platinum Tooling.  “As always, our main concern is the customer; their understanding of our continued presence and new image in the marketplace was essential to our success.” Furthermore, he was grateful for the acceptance of their customers during this transition period.

Regarding future changes at Platinum Tooling, Hansen isn’t going to change his main goal: making sure customer needs are met. He explained “As always, I will continue to look for new products to complement our current product offering in an effort to satisfy the growing needs of our customers.  Since the transition to Platinum Tooling, we have done our best to assure our customers that we will continue to promote and support the Heimatec tooling lines as we did in the past.”  Hansen clarified by saying “Heimatec tooling will always be our core business.  We have several other complimentary lines including Tecnicrafts collets & guide bushings for the Swiss market, Henninger spindle speed increasers for machining centers, AMF marking tools, cleaners, and radio sensors plus Suzuki IB spindle speeders for Swiss machines.”

As for custom tooling, Hansen assures customers that Platinum Tooling will continue offering this service. “Our current manufacturers are all excellent at engineering solutions for special applications.”

Lastly, Hansen expressed excitement about the future of Platinum Tooling, saying “We are eager to see how the company will grow and evolve.”

For more information, please contact:
Preben Hansen, President
Platinum Tooling Technologies, Inc.
16 East Piper Lane, Suite 128
Prospect Heights, IL 60070

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500°F Vertical Airflow Cabinet Oven from Grieve

Grieve Cabinet Oven 828No. 828 is a 500°F (260°C), cabinet oven from Grieve, currently used to finish batch loads of metal parts at the customer’s facility. Workspace dimensions of this oven measure 26” W x 26” D x 38” H. 6.6 KW are installed in Nichrome wire heating elements, while a 700 CFM, 1/2-HP recirculating blower provides vertical upward airflow to the workload.

This Grieve cabinet oven has 4” insulated walls, an aluminized steel exterior and Type 430 stainless steel interior.

Controls on the No. 828 include a digital indicating temperature controller, manual reset excess temperature with separate contactors and a recirculating blower airflow safety switch.

For more information, please contact:
500 Hart Road
Round Lake, Illinois 60073-2835
Phone: (847) 546-8225
Fax: (847) 546-9210
Web: www.grievecorp.com
Email: sales@grievecorp.com
Attention: Frank Calabrese

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Suhner Has a New Location

Exterior View of New Suhner Building LocationSuhner is excited to announce that they have moved to a new marketing and sales office. Originally located in Buffalo Grove, the company’s new office is in Barrington, Illinois.

This new office has sample models of Suhner’s products such as their tapping and drilling units. In addition, they have real-world examples on the walls that show where the tapping and drilling units can be used and what they’re used in.

Mike Ricketts, the regional manager of the machining division, feels that the new office offers a more professional environment. He believes that “Customers can come into my office or sit down in the conference room and we can go through a presentation showing them what Suhner offers. Likewise, they can come in with their own presentation and let us know what their needs are.” This setup promotes open communication between the company and its customers.

In this location, Suhner runs two divisions. These are the machining division led by Mike Ricketts and the transmission division, led by Tom Dunn, the company’s national account representative. Dunn is a specialist in the field of orthopedic surgical tools. Suhner’s flex shafts have particular advances in the medical industry, as they do in the company’s primary automotive market for power windows, seats, side view mirrors and roof retraction.

The new office is only 30 minute away from O’Hare International Airport, a central location that allows Suhner to better serve its current and future customers.

For more information, please contact:

Mike Ricketts
Suhner Industrial Products
Regional Manager – Machining Division
777 Lake Zurich Road
Suite 110G
Barrington, IL 60010
Mobile: 224-545-2014
Email: mike.ricketts@suhner.com

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GMTA Names Scott Knoy President

Walter Friedrich

Walter Friedrich

After 27 years as President of GMTA (German Machine Tools of America), formerly American Wera, Walter Friedrich appoints Scott Knoy as his successor to the presidency of GMTA.

Friedrich was one of the first three employees when GMTA (American Wera at the time) started in January of 1991. Previously, he worked as a project manager for Liebherr Machine Tool for 4 years and completed vocational training in toolmaking and NC programming while working for 12 years at PITTLER (now DVS Group) in Germany with whom he moved to the USA in 1983.  On January 30 of this year, he spoke with the company’s board of directors and decided to step down. The change was effective on February 8, 2019.

Scott Knoy, President

Scott Knoy, President

Since joining GMTA on July 1st, 2005 Scott Knoy has contributed greatly to the growth of the organization. GMTA is a leading supplier of machine tools, laser welding systems and parts washers to the automotive power transmission, gear and other markets in North America. Friedrich is confident that Knoy is fully prepared to handle all his new responsibilities. “From day one, Scott has proven his commitment, determination, and knowledge of the automotive and gear industries. I’m sure he will continue the company’s expansion.”

Scott Knoy is grateful for this opportunity saying, “I am honored and excited to begin this new chapter as GMTA’s president. My objective is to make sure that GMTA continues to serve our customers’ needs, while looking for new opportunities.”  Knoy is a graduate of the University of Michigan and has a master’s degree from Lawrence Technological University.

Walter Friedrich will maintain an active role in the company as Senior Advisor and board member.

For more information, please contact:

Scott Knoy
4630 Freedom Drive
Ann Arbor, MI  48108
(248) 921-0122


GMTA is the exclusive distributor for a number of top-quality German and other metalworking machine builders companies including  BvL, Fimat, WEMA Glauchau, Samag, Profilator GmbH, Praewema,  K+G and Arnold. The company’s headquarters is located in Ann Arbor, Michigan with a subsidiary in Queretaro, Mexico.

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BCN Offers Press Parts, Repairs, and Rebuilds to OEMs

Brands of the Schuler Group provide customers with a wide range of products and services to meet their needs

BCN BrochurePart of the Schuler Group, a technological and global market leader in forming technology, BCN stands for machine brands Bliss, Clearing, and Niagara. BCN’s parts and products are available at the company’s 180,000 sq. foot facility in Hastings, Michigan. At this ISO 9001 certified facility, 150 skilled technicians and engineers manufacture quality parts for various pieces of equipment. These include face bridge mills, CNC lathes, CNC boring mills, surface grinders, rotary grinders, turret lathes, and many others.

Bliss Clearing Niagara technical services offer a complete range of related products — including spare parts, repair, inspections, remanufacturing, rebuilds, and modernizations.

Modernization services include complete press teardown and analysis, engineering analysis, repair or manufacture of parts and assembly that shows the original OEM specs. Also available are field service, on-site repair, trouble shooting, press relocations and press inspections.

BCN Brochure InsidePress rebuilds and upgrades are available for clutch and brake systems, overload systems, speed changes, automated die changes, can machinery and electrical controls.

Remanufacturing is offered on all brands of mechanical presses/hydraulic presses and some forging presses.

OEM users can quickly receive their needed parts, thanks to a unique parts record that contains over 300,000 parts. These include clutches, brakes, gears, bearings, conversions/upgrades, perishable parts, frames, and connections. In addition to the brands that make up BCN, they also carry USI, Toledo, Consolidated Press, Wilkins and Mitchell and Warco.

No matter the age of your part, BCN can provide you with timely and high quality retrofits, repairs, modernizations, replacements and services. Interested parties can contact Tony DeMerle, BCN’s Director of Sales.

For further information, please contact:

Tony DeMerle, Director of Sales
Bliss Press Systems
1004 East State Street
Hastings, MI 49058 USA


About the Schuler Group – www.schulergroup.com

Schuler is the technology and global market leader in the field of forming technology. The company provides presses, automation solutions, dies, process expertise and service for the entire metalworking industry and lightweight automobile construction. Its customers include automobile manufacturers and automotive suppliers, as well as companies from the forging, household appliance, packaging, energy and electronics industries. Schuler is a leader in coin minting presses and implements system solutions for the aerospace, rail transport and large-dimension pipe manufacturing sectors. In the 2016 fiscal year, Schuler generated sales of 1.174 billion euros. After acquiring toolmaker AWEBA and a majority stake in Chinese press manufacturer Yadon, Schuler has a presence in 40 countries with roughly 6,600 employees. Schuler is majority-owned by the Austrian ANDRITZ Group.

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Exact Metrology Scans Bobblehead for Museum

Finished Exact Metrology "Bobby Boy" Statue from ScanExact Metrology was hired by the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to scan their “Classic Bobble Boy” bobblehead. The bobblehead was scanned with the Hexagon Romer absolute arm. The portable measuring arm allows users to measure on the machine or the shop floor. The Hexagon Romer features no honing procedures, simplicity of operation and reliable 3D measurements.  Articulated arms can be equipped with probes of different lengths and scan heads that measure even difficult-to-reach points either optically or by touch.

The entire process of scanning and data processing was done in a couple of hours. The captured data was used to create a six foot statue replica. At present, the statue is being painted and will be displayed in front of the museum.



"Bobby Boy" Computer Scan from Exact Metrology"Bobby Boy" Scanning Process at Exact Metrology

For more information, please contact:

Dean Solberg
Exact Metrology, Inc.
20515 Industry Avenue
Brookfield WI, 53045


Exact Metrology, with facilities in Cincinnati and Milwaukee and affiliated offices throughout the Midwest, is a comprehensive metrology services provider, offering customers 3D and CT scanning, reverse engineering, quality inspection, product development and 2D drawings. The company also provides turnkey metrology solutions, including equipment sales and lease/rental arrangements.  

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