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Rattunde Expands Global Headquarters Substantially…by Good Luck!

Increase in plant and office capacity responds to global growth for tube & bar processing machine builder

Global manufacturer of tube and bar processing machinery Rattunde today announces a substantial increase in its plant and office capacity at the company’s global headquarters in Ludwigslust, Germany, near Hamburg.  The announcement was made by company president Ulrich Rattunde.

At a company gathering in early July, Mr. Rattunde announced that he had signed an agreement to purchase the entire facility of a neighboring company literally across the street from the existing Rattunde facility in Ludwigslust, namely Alstom, the multi-national rail transport and power generation firm.  This acquisition was completed on July 25, 2017.

The new 175,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility for Rattunde is more than double the current size, thus permitting substantial expansion in the production of machines for this builder of tube & bar processing equipment.  Rattunde markets globally to a variety of industrial OEM’s and contract manufacturers.  In tandem with its U.S. facility in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area, the company is now better positioned to serve its established install bases in Europe and North America, with the added capacity enabling continued growth and expansion into the emerging markets of Asia and South America.

In tandem with the larger manufacturing facility, Rattunde will now also enjoy 18% more office space for its design, engineering, sales and service personnel in Germany.

Rattunde Corporation president (North America) Rick Stadler observes, “Everyone in the company is excited by the potential of the new headquarters.  We will not only have greater capacity to respond to current customer delivery needs, but this development will enhance our competitive status around the world.  It’s a very exciting time for Rattunde.”

Stadler also mentioned the recently opened Rattunde facility in Mexico, where the company has substantial and expanding business engagements.


For more information on this development, please contact:

RATTUNDE CORPORATION
5080 Beltway Drive SE
Caledonia, MI 49316
Phone: 616-940-3340
Web: www.rattunde-corp.com
Email: r.stadler@rattunde-corp.com
Attention: Richard Stadler

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Siemens Partners with the University of South Carolina to Help South Carolina Strive to Become the Smartest Manufacturing State in the U.S.

Siemens has partnered with the University of South Carolina to help South Carolina become the smartest manufacturing state in the U.S.

Universities and technical schools trying to keep up with advances in digital manufacturing often find themselves behind industry. However, I was privileged to visit one university, the University South Carolina, which will now be an important exception. Founded in 1801, USC is one of the oldest universities in the US with a history of creating the most innovative learning programs dating back to its first curriculum obtained from Oxford University. Today, USC is establishing a one of a kind Digital Factory Lab that combines technology and coolness to inspire and educate its students.

This past week, Siemens announced a partnership to help the University of South Carolina to accomplish this goal with an in-kind grant of hardware and software.  “Welcome to Brain Power USA! Siemens is investing $628 million in high tech training for 4th industrial revolution jobs in South Carolina,” said Henry McMaster, South Carolina Governor. By providing students with this hands-on experience on software and hardware across USC’s engineering curriculum and in research programs, Siemens is helping prepare a highly-skilled STEM workforce for the advanced manufacturing industry, including the aerospace industry, which has experienced an 11.4% employment growth rate in South Carolina since 2010.

Ramy Harik is one of the professors at USC and he told me that these new resources will be put to good use. Already his students have been involved in working with composites, designing new ways of analyzing data for the helicopter AH-64 Apache airframe and developing insights into that aircraft’s mechanical operation for the Army.  More innovations are sure to come. For instance, beginning this fall students will also be able to pursue a major in aerospace engineering.

In recent years, the state of South Carolina has become a magnet for sophisticated manufacturing particularly in aerospace, automotive and tire. As a result of working with these companies to deploy high-tech manufacturing and by supporting vocational learning in the state through USC’s College of Engineering and Computing and the McNAIR Center for Aerospace Innovation and Research, USC has grown into a major research university. Specifically, the McNAIR Center is aligned with two dozen educational and government partners, and a group of industry partners that include The Boeing Company, Fokker Aerostructures, KUKA Robotics, Ingersoll Machine Tools, Gulfstream and more.

Governor Henry McMaster, we are ready to help you build the workforce of tomorrow.The recent gift by Siemens to University of South Carolina will contribute to the state’s overall goal to become the smartest manufacturing state in the United States. I know this is not only important to the Governor of South Carolina, but also to the USC President Harris Pastides who said, “We’re proud that our researchers and students at the College of Engineering and Computing, McNAIR Aerospace Center and the entire USC system, will play a role in discovering new manufacturing technologies and will be better prepared to take on the jobs of tomorrow in South Carolina and beyond.”

To date, South Carolina’s business, education and state government partnerships have created jobs for more than 55,000 South Carolinians in the larger aerospace industry. As Raj Batra, President, Siemens Digital Factory Division, U.S., said, “Aerospace companies throughout South Carolina are heavily reliant on automation and digitalization as well as well-trained employees. Our partnership with the University of South Carolina will provide valuable experiential training with both software and hardware, providing the next generation workforce with the skills they need to be successful.”

Far from lagging, educators in South Carolina are working hard to stay out front. While I was at dinner, USC’s Hossein Haj-Hariri, Dean of the College of Engineering and Computing, told me “We are going to work very hard to make this the best investment that Siemens has ever made.” I am proud to be part of a company that will match that enthusiasm and make this a program known for enabling students to be competitive for jobs throughout the world.

Governor Henry McMaster, we are ready to help you build the workforce of tomorrow.


Siemens Industry, Inc.
Alisa Coffey
(678) 427-8319
alisa.coffey@siemens.com

 

About Siemens USA
Siemens Corporation is a U.S. subsidiary of Siemens AG, a global powerhouse focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization. One of the world’s largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, Siemens is a leading supplier of systems for power generation and transmission as well as medical diagnosis. With approximately 348,000 employees in more than 190 countries, Siemens reported worldwide revenue of $86.2 billion in fiscal 2015. Siemens in the USA reported revenue of $22.4 billion, including $5.5 billion in exports, and employs approximately 50,000 people throughout all 50 states and Puerto Rico.

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Siemens Introduces Nema 1 and Ul Type 1 Wall-Mounting Kits for Its G-Series Drive Platform

Low-cost kits allow easy-to-install, direct mounting of G120C Compact and G120 PM240-2 modular drive

Siemens announced today the availability of wall-mounting kits for its Sinamics G120C and G120 PM240-2 modular drives.  These low-cost kits allow easy, fast installation of the drives and conform to NEMA 1 and UL Type 1 standards for interior applications. These wall-mount kits are designed in accordance with UL 61800-5-1 standards for AC drives.

Available in power ranges from ½ to 200 hp and voltages from 230V to 690V, the kits offer streamlined, compact design for use with all drive frame sizes of the corresponding Siemens drive units.  Each kit provides best-in-class space-savings and direct access to the drive-mounted operator panel for simple commissioning, condition monitoring and even troubleshooting.

The new kits accommodate all G120C, PM240-2 and PM240P-2 power modules, control units and operator panels in the Sinamics drive family.  Standardized designs permit efficient side-by-side mounting with minimal clearance, while multiple conduit knockout holes allow separate power, motor, I/O and network cabling.

Seven kits are currently available to fit all drive units from AA to F frame sizes.

Siemens offers seven sizes of NEMA 1/UL Type 1 wall-mounting kits for its popular G120C and PM240-2 modular drives. The kits feature space-savings plus multiple knockouts for separate power, motor, I/O and network cabling.

 


For specific product information, please visit:  www.usa.siemens.com/sinamics-g120

Siemens Digital Factory (DF) offers a comprehensive portfolio of seamlessly integrated hardware, software and technology-based services in order to support manufacturing companies worldwide in enhancing the flexibility and efficiency of their manufacturing processes and reducing the time to market of their products. 

Siemens Corporation is a U.S. subsidiary of Siemens AG, a global powerhouse focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization. One of the world’s largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, Siemens is a leading supplier of systems for power generation and transmission as well as medical diagnosis. With approximately 351,000 employees in 190 countries, Siemens reported worldwide revenue of $88.1 billion in fiscal 2016. Siemens in the USA reported revenue of $23.7 billion, including $5.4 billion in exports, and employs approximately 50,000 people throughout all 50 states and Puerto Rico.

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Heimatec Precision Tools Rolls Out New Website

Information-packed website features complete line of standard, machine brand specific and custom tooling

Heimatec, a market leader in live tooling for the North American machine tool industry, announced the rollout of its new website at www.heimatecinc.com.

The new site offers an in-depth look at the company’s extensive lines of standard and machine brand tooling, including the new Tecnicrafts line of collets and guide bushings, specifically designed for the Swiss machine tool market.

The site includes dozens of downloadable PDF catalogs, as well as an online tool search feature and videos of various live tool demonstrations. A “Contact” page offers customers the option to inquire directly from the site, and easy access to local manufacturer’s representative information. The site is easy-to-navigate and is mobile phone friendly.

Also included in the website is a dropdown section on custom designed tooling, which Heimatec offers in addition to its standard tooling and machine brand specific line. Tooling experts work directly with customers to design solutions to suit specific requirements for all CNC lathes, helping to solve the most challenging applications in multiple markets served by the company.

Heimatec tools offer the highest precision and most advanced technology available in the machine tool accessory market. The company is acknowledged as a world leader in live tools, angle heads and multi-spindle drill heads. With over 40,000 designs in its database, Heimatec offers the widest range of live tooling in the industry.

Heimatec North American distribution headquarters are located in Prospect Heights, Illinois (Chicagoland area) with world headquarters and all manufacturing based in Germany.  A team of manufacturers’ representatives covers the North American market for Heimatec.


For more information please contact:

Preben Hansen, President
Heimatec Inc.
16 East Piper lane, Suite 129,
Prospects Heights, IL 60070
USA
Tel: 847-749-0633
www.heimatecinc.com

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Exact Metrology Holds Open Houses at Both Its Locations

Product demonstrations and technical presentations from principals impress large crowds; 3D/CT scanners and NEW 3D printer line highlighted

On May 23, 2017, Exact Metrology held an open house at its facility in Cincinnati and the event was attended by over 100 local area companies, comprising quality assessment, design engineering and management personnel from many of the leading manufacturers in the region.   Hosted by company co-president Steve Young, the day included ongoing product demonstrations of the various metrology equipment brands offered for sale, lease and rental by Exact, as well as the testing procedures provided as a service by this unique metrology supplier.  Highlight of the event was the company’s new partner, EnvisionTEC, a builder of 3D printing equipment for myriad industries, for whom Exact was recently named Midwest dealer.  Also on display were a number of the other equipment lines represented by Exact, including Romer arms, GE CT scanning, Leica 3D imaging scanners and a variety of point cloud software advancements for the quality world.

Services on display at the Cincinnati open house included 3D scanning, reverse engineering, quality inspection, instant scan-to-CAD comparison and a full suite of PolyWorks software solutions.   Equipment shown at the event included Aicon 3D systems, Breuckmann 3D scanners, Leica Geosystems, Romer and Hexagon brands of scanning devices and related hardware, all of which were available for hands-on use by event attendees.  Company representatives from the various equipment lines, as well as Exact Metrology’s team of application engineering and testing specialists, were present for demonstrations and technical presentations, throughout the event.

The EnvisionTEC line drew particular attention and Steve Young commented, “This new partner was a natural extension of our service work.  We do 3D scanning and were using a 3D printer, so we had that light bulb moment and decided to connect with a 3D printer builder to expand our equipment offerings.”   Exact represents EnvisionTEC throughout the Midwest.  EnvisionTEC is a Detroit-based builder of various 3D printers for the medical, dental, jewelry and various industrial sectors, offering machines to produce parts up to 18” cube.

As Steve Young further noted commented, “We constantly seek to find the optimum combination of equipment and services to suit the applications and challenges presented by our customers.  In some cases, it’s a matter of matching the right standard equipment to the job, while at other times we bring custom solutions and services to our customers, whether they buy, lease or rent equipment or use our services to achieve the desired results on their metrology projects.”   Young credited his staff of metrology engineers, technicians and customer service personnel for their hard work, dedication and adaptability in seeking the correct solution to all customer challenges.

During the day, two big screen TV’s were raffled off to attendees, who also enjoyed a tasty pig roast luncheon.

Exact serves both industrial and commercial concerns, ranging from heavy equipment, automotive and appliance companies to nuclear test facilities and even museums, who routinely use metrology to examine artwork such as paintings and sculpture.

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Subsequently, on May 25, Exact held an open house at its Brookfield, Wisconsin (outside Milwaukee) location.

Attended by 70 companies in the area, the event was hosted by Exact Metrology co-president Dean Solberg in conjunction with Exact partners EnvisionTEC, Hexagon Metrology, PolyWorks, 3DSystems and ETI.

A variety of scanning equipment was demonstrated throughout two rooms in the facility. One highlight of the open house was the new Leica BLK360 Imaging Laser Scanner, a 360-degree scanner that allows high resolution scans for a full-dome in less than three minutes. Other devices showcased included the Hexagon Metrology Romer Absolute Arm, several Artec3D scanners, the Surphaser 100HSX, several Leica long range scanners and the ProCon CT scanner. While demonstration pieces were available to scan, attendees were able to bring in their own parts to show live 3D scanning on the screen.

Also present at the open house was Exact Metrology’s new 3D printer partner, EnvisionTEC, Inc. High-precision, high-detailed models illustrated the 3D printing capabilities of the Detroit-based manufacturer.

The Brookfield open house’s agenda consisted of four breakout sessions with experts in 3D metrology and scanning technology demonstrating their wealth of knowledge on the industry. The breakout sessions happened simultaneously during the day. During one presentation, Jason Reno of PolyWorks talked about what to expect in the industry for 2017. Another session was given by Dave Meyers, a Professor affiliated with Effective Training Inc. He instructed the audience on the use of GD&T Training (Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing). Greg George, Corey Mayeda and Mike Tsand from 3DSystems gave a discussion on 3DSystems Software: DesignX and Geomagic.

The guests enjoyed a full spread of delicious food for lunch and were given keepsakes such as mouse pads, pens, coffee mugs, and m&m’s, all with the Exact Metrology logo on them.

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Exact Metrology is an ISO 9001:2008 and AS9100 Certified Company and is also ITAR Registered.

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.  

For more information on this event or to arrange a demonstration, please contact:

EXACT METROLOGY, INC.
Steve Young
11575 Goldcoast Drive
Cincinnati, OH 45249
Phone: 513-831-6620
www.exactmetrology.com
stevey@exactmetrology.com

 

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A Not-So New Face Adds Value

My name is Ioana and I’ve been a part of the Bernard & Company team for almost three years. My activities as a marketing information specialist help our clients increase their profits and become better-known within their industries.

One of my primary duties is to read magazines for our clients’ PR. Once identified, the appearances are scanned and archived online. When one of our clients meets with us to talk about the results of their PR campaign, they are presented with magazine clippings and online access to PR that appeared both online and in print. This benefits our clients in two ways. First, clients like Grieve and Suhner, who sell their products in many markets, see which magazines are most responsive to their PR. Secondly, it is very helpful for them to see their ROI. Some clients consistently realize ROI in the 15-20:1 range, depending on the quantity of releases, the occasion of success stories, and the breadth of their master media list.  We have clients who sell to very limited markets such as forge, foundry, tire and rubber molding, while others sell power tools, electric motors and industrial heat processing equipment to almost every industry.

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Gehring 2017 Honing Conference & Workshops…Big Success

New technologies in honing, coatings, coolants, 3D measurement and digital factory solutions were presented by panel of industry experts; attracted 80 attendees

June 7, 2017 – Gehring held its 2017 Honing Conference and Workshops event on May 10-11, 2017 at the Inn of St. John’s in Plymouth, Michigan.  The conference and workshops brought together experts from the global industry to discuss and propose solutions to advanced manufacturing challenges in surface finish technology applications.  A total of 80 attendees, most from the automotive primes and Tier One suppliers, were treated to two days of learning, networking and fun.

President of Gehring in the USA, Roger Cope, gave the opening remarks to kick off the event.  He noted this was the 91-year anniversary of Gehring in Germany and that the company has had a manufacturing footprint in the USA for 41 years.  An R&D facility in Livonia, Michigan was established several years ago to meet the demand for specialized honing process development, consulting and the rapid rise in demand for Gehring contract and prototype honing services.  He further mentioned that Gehring has diversified its market focus in the last several years to include the defense sector and, in that arena, Livonia serves as an ITAR-compliant facility.  The “One Gehring” theme codifies the global focus of the company, as it seeks to serve a global customer base, Cope said.

Dr. Wolfram Lohse, CTO of the Gehring Group then took the floor and observed, “Part of our new business mission and focus globally is our desire to enhance customer and industry knowledge through the Gehring Academy for honing education, training, consulting and support in helping manufacturers implement and use our advanced honing technologies to their advantage, specifically to meet impending CAFE emissions regulations.  We seek a partnership focus with key clients while retaining the highest level of integrity in handling confidential projects.”  He discussed the drive to sustainability – another Gehring focus for the future.  Partnerships with other key market specialists at this event, such as Oerlikon Metco AG, Nanofocus and Siemens, have been developed to produce a comprehensive resource for the market, with multiple sources of expertise relevant to surface finish technology.

Cope concluded his remarks by noting that Gehring is now a “one-stop shop” for all elements of the honing process – machines, tools, gauging, automation, rework, abrasives, R&D – with global support for global production platforms.

Gehring’s Director of R&D, Michael Schaefer, commented, “Gehring was honored to host this first unique conference, dedicated to Advanced Honing and Surface Finish technology, in the USA and to provide a high level technical and networking platform for professionals in this field with the leading manufacturers in the automotive and other industry sectors.”

During the conference, these presentations and workshops were conducted by industry experts:

-Gehring L.P. and Gehring Technologies GmbH, Michael Schaefer and Dr. Wolfram Lohse, “Advanced Honing Technologies Presentations”
-Oerlikon Metco AG, Wohlen, Dr. Peter Ernst, “Surface Enhancement with Thermal Spray Coatings”
-NanoFocus, Dr. Christian M. Wichern, “3D Surface Measurement of Cylinder Bore and Liners – Advantages and Challenges”
-Quaker Chemical, Frank A. Robinson Jr., “Chemistry and Functions of Honing and Coolant Applications”
-Gehring Technologies GmbH, Marcell Wardin, “Form Honing Cylinder Bores – from Development to Mass Production”
-Gehring Technologies GmbH, Dr. Wolfram Lohse, “Digital Solutions at Gehring”
-Siemens Digital Factory, Dr. Stephan Ihmels, “Mindsphere Application in Large Scale Automotive Production Scenarios”

80 process and manufacturing engineering personnel responsible for surface finishing in automotive, hydraulics, aerospace & defense part applications, including plant managers, production managers and R&D specialists attended this Gehring conference.

The technical program was supplemented by  networking events such as the pre-conference “Infinity “chartered dinner cruise with entertainment on the Detroit River and  post conference golf, all of which were enjoyed by the attendees.


For more information on this event, please contact:

Rita Conroy-Martin
Director of Marketing
GEHRING L.P.
24800 Drake Road
Farmington Hill, MI 48335
734-926-7538
rconroy@gehringlp.com
www.gehring.de/en

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850°F High Temperature Walk-In Oven from Grieve

Grieve Oven 852No. 852 is an 850°F (454°C), high temperature walk-in oven from Grieve, currently used for heat treating and baking varnish at the customer’s facility. Workspace dimensions of this oven measure 60” W x 96” D x 72” H. 120 KW are installed in Incoloy-sheathed tubular heating elements, while a 7800 CFM, 5-HP recirculating blower provides combination airflow to the workload.

This Grieve oven has 8” insulated walls and a 4” insulated floor. Additional features include an aluminized steel interior and exterior and safety equipment for handling flammable solvents, including explosion venting door hardware.

Controls on the No. 852 include a digital indicating temperature controller & manual reset excess temperature controller with separate contactors.


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

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Heimatec Named North American Distributor for Tecnicrafts

Effective immediately, Heimatec Inc., will be selling products from Tecnicrafts Industries, a manufacturer of collets and guide bushings for Swiss Type CNC Lathes.

Tecnicrafts is an ISO 9001:2015 Certified company, with its manufacturing plant in South India with state of the art machine tools and 115 technicians. Tecnicrafts collets and guide bushings are exclusively used for Swiss Turning applications on Citizen-Cincom, Tsugami, Star, Tornos, Hanwha, Traub, Hardinge, Manurhin-Kmx, Miyano, Nomura and other popular machine brands and are widely recognized and accepted by customers in Europe and Asia.

COLLETS: The collets are offered in Steel and Carbide lined versions with Grooved, Smooth, Serrated Bores in Standard and Long Nose Types. Tecnicrafts produces special collets such as V-Line, U-Line, Over-grip Collets, for positive gripping of delicate parts without marks.  The Ultra Precision (XP) W-Type collets are available for tool grinding applications on machines like Rollomatic, Anca, Ewag  and others.   Other collets offered includes 5C and 16C types.


GUIDE BUSHINGS: Tecnicrafts Guide Bushings are generally offered in carbide lining having Super Finish bore with roughness value of less than 0.4 micron. These special guide bushings include U-Line, Extended Nose and Long Carbide Bores (Max Land) for special turning applications.

BAR FEEDER COLLETS: The Bar feeder collets are available for various bar feeders like Fedek, LNS, Ikura-seiki, Iemca, Citizen, FMB and other popular brands.

All Collets and Guide Bushings are offered in Standard and Ultra-Precision grades. The bore profile includes Round, Square, Hexagon, Rectangular and Profile bores as per customer drawings.


Heimatec Inc., with its expertise in precision tooling and having customer representatives throughout North America, is ready to meet the work holding tool needs for Swiss Turning applications with this new Tecnicrafts product line on its roster of quality tooling.


For more information please contact:

Preben Hansen, President
Heimatec Inc.
16 East Piper lane, Suite 129,
Prospects Heights, IL 60070
USA
Tel: 847-749-0633
www.heimatecinc.com

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Tim’s Take on the Industry

From time to time…

After 43 years in the agency business, always as a copywriter, I’ve seen many “evolutions” in the agency business.  I started in a world of print, when direct mail was the sizzle product and bingo cards were the “proof of performance” metric…a word we never used, as we said yardstick.  Funny.  New ads and PR took 30-45 days to appear, now we have our PR online in 30 minutes or less.

Today, the emergence of the internet and social media have radically altered the face of industrial marcom, which remains a lap behind the consumer world, but not because our business lacks the talent or foresight to implement the changes in technology.

Rather, the fundamental driver in our business…and yours, as captains of industry…is one that hasn’t changed a bit, over time.  It’s the fact that all 33 of our clients sell to only a small slice of the viewing public.  We have several clients with less than 1000 prospects in all North America, including one who sells tiremaking machinery.  Talk about a limited head count.  At the opposite end, we have a client who sells every market you can name with a piece of discretionary capital equipment, as I call it.  Requires a very different approach.

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