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Digitalization in Machine Tool Manufacturing — infinite possibilities from infinite data

Siemens to present and demonstrate its SINUMERIK CNC family of CNCs and machine tool digitalization solutions at EASTEC 2021

By combining the real world with the digital world, Siemens will demonstrate how the full potential of data enables machine builders and end-users to be flexible and sustainable in their manufacturing.  

On display in the Siemens booth will be the SINUMERIK family of controls that includes SINUMERIK 828D, SINUMERIK 840D and the new SINUMERIK ONE, the first-ever digital-native CNC.

SINUMERIK 828D is a compact and advanced CNC designed to enable machine tool manufacturers to leverage the full productivity potential of the digital factory in a mid-range control.  With its panel-based design, the 828D can control up to 10 axes and spindles plus two auxiliary axes making it the perfect CNC system for job shop production.

Machine tool builders benefit from the Digital Twin by speeding up development and commissioning times to new levels of quality and efficiency

SINUMERIK 840D sl is the control of choice for modular machine tools used in serial production, 5-axis and multi-tasking machines. The drive-based 840D can control up to 31 axes and spindles, any number of PLC axes and up to 10 machining channels.  It works equally well in a job shop, mid-sized or large production facility. 

Developed from the ground up, the NEW SINUMERIK ONE is the first CNC system to master the challenges of digital transformation in the machine tool industry.  Real-world machining processes and machine tool behavior can now be simulated in the digital world thanks to the Digital Twin

Using Create MyVirtual Machine, machine tool builders can speed up their development and commissioning times to new levels of quality and efficiency.  Machine users can also benefit from a “digital first” strategy for their central processes during production when they use Run MyVirtual Machine.  Programming, production planning and process optimization can be simulated instead of performing them directly at the machine and non-productive times are eliminated.

Create MyVirtual Machine masters the challenges of digital transformation

In addition to the SINUMERIK family of controls, we will present our machine tool digitalization portfolio of software apps that increase the manufacturing productivity and accelerate the business of both machine tool builders and machine users. These include Manage MyMachines, Analyze MyMachine, Analyze MyPerformance, Analyze MyWorkpiece, Adaptive Control and Monitoring, and more.

Siemens technical experts will be in the booth for demonstrations and to answer all questions.  Editors are welcome to stop by. 

For specific product information and inquiries, send an e-mail to: cnc.marketing.us@siemens.com   


Siemens Digital Industries (DI) is an innovation leader in automation and digitalization. Closely collaborating with partners and customers, DI drives the digital transformation in the process and discrete industries. With its Digital Enterprise portfolio, DI provides companies of all sizes with an end-to-end set of products, solutions and services to integrate and digitalize the entire value chain. Optimized for the specific needs of each industry, DI’s unique portfolio supports customers to achieve greater productivity and flexibility. DI is constantly adding innovations to its portfolio to integrate cutting-edge future technologies. Siemens Digital Industries has its global headquarters in Nuremberg, Germany, and has around 75,000 employees internationally.

Siemens Corporation is a U.S. subsidiary of Siemens AG, a global powerhouse focusing on the areas of power generation and distribution, intelligent infrastructure for buildings and distributed energy systems, and automation and digitalization in the process and manufacturing industries. Through the separately managed company Siemens Mobility, a leading supplier of smart mobility solutions for rail and road transport, Siemens is shaping the world market for passenger and freight services. Due to its majority stakes in the publicly listed companies Siemens Healthineers AG and Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Siemens is also a world-leading supplier of medical technology and digital healthcare services as well as environmentally friendly solutions for onshore and offshore wind power generation. For more than 160 years, the company has innovated and invented technologies to support American industry spanning manufacturing, energy, healthcare and infrastructure. In fiscal 2018, Siemens USA reported revenue of $23.7 billion, including $5.0 billion in exports, and employs approximately 50,000 people throughout all 50 states and Puerto Rico.

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GMTA Presents Several Products at Motion + Power Show

German Machine Tools of America (GMTA) in Ann Arbor, Michigan, will showcase several of its machine tools and metal fabricating equipment at the Motion + Power Technology Expo.  The show will take place September 14-16, 2021 in St. Louis, Missouri and is produced by AGMA.  It connects top manufacturers, suppliers, buyers and experts in the mechanical and gear power, electric power and fluid industries.

The company represents several high quality, high performance lines including Arnold, BvL, K+G, Profilator, Rasoma, Samag and its latest addition, Stiefelmayer.  Arnold laser technology provides a complete line of laser welding machines for the automotive, aerospace and other markets. BvL offers parts washing systems, equally suited as a one-off station for large castings/forged products or as a continuous washing and drying line. K+G are high-tech machine tools for internal or external grooving, turning and milling.

Profilator is a world-renowned brand of machines for gear pointing, cutting, rounding, deburring, polygon slot facing and the SCUDDING® process.  Rasoma is a builder of vertical turning centers and inverted spindle turning machines for milling, drilling and special machining. Samag machining centers and deep hole drilling machines are used in the automotive, off-highway and moldmaking industries. Stiefelmayer lasers cut products such as motor laminations, as well as laser hardening, fiber and diode types. Lastly, GMTA offers its own line of baskets, trolleys and lift tables.

Visit GMTA at booth 3513, co-located with STAR SU


For more information, please contact

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

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In-Place Machining Company Acquires Exact Metrology

Exact Metrology acquired by in-place machining

In-Place Machining Company, LLC (“IPM”), a globally recognized high acuity field machining company focused on providing highly technical, precision on-site machining, diamond wire cutting and measurement services to customers, announced today that it has acquired Exact Metrology as of July 2, 2021.  As part of the In-Place Machining Company long term growth strategy, this acquisition will expand In-Place Machining Company’s service offerings to include 3D scanning, Industrial CT scanning, metrology equipment sales, and software solutions.  This exciting addition provides In-Place Machining Company a strategic resource to bolster their growing measurement and alignment business. When talking about the benefits of acquiring Exact Metrology, President and CEO of IPM, Dean Flint said, “In-Place Machining could not be more excited about the strategic potential resulting from the combination of these two great organizations. Both have been built on solving their customer’s most challenging technical problems.”

Commenting on this new partnership, Dean Solberg, Vice President of Metrology Sales/Services, states This opportunity to join forces with In-Place Machining Company is exactly what we were looking for. The ability to combine our metrology expertise and IPM’s expertise with on-site machining will push barriers in every industry. We look forward to combining our collective synergy as one team and taking on high-precision projects together, anywhere in the world.

With Exact Metrology holding offices throughout the Midwest in states including Ohio, Illinois and Wisconsin, In-Place Machining company will expand their reach and provide the best possible service, sales and technical support across the country.

Dean Flint noted, “We look forward to our company’s customers, employees and their families, and stakeholders all enjoying the benefit of the bright future resulting from this strategic partnership.”


In-Place Machining Company: On-Site Machining Solutions In-Place, Any Place in the World.

In-Place Machining Company, with facilities in Wisconsin, Washington, Virginia, Ohio, and Ontario, Canada, is the premier provider of high-precision engineered on-site machining, metrology, and large scale cutting & drilling services for a wide range of renewable energy, aerospace, industrial, and military customers throughout the world.

Exact Metrology: A Division of In-Place Machining Company, is ISO9001, AS9100 Certified as well as ITAR Registered.

Exact Metrology: A Division of In-Place Machining Company, with facilities in Cincinnati, Ohio, Moline, Illinois and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, plus affiliated offices throughout the country, 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, please contact:

In-Place Machining Company
Dean Flint
3811 N. Holton St.
Milwaukee, WI 53212
Local: 414-562-2000
Toll Free: 800-833-3575
www.inplace.com
DFlint@inplace.com

Exact Metrology: A Division of In-Place Machining Company
Dean Solberg
20515 Industry Avenue
Brookfield, WI 53045
Local: 262-533-0800
www.exactmetrology.com
deans@exactmetrology.com

Exact Metrology: A Division of In-Place Machining Company
Steve Young
11575 Goldcoast Drive
Cincinnati, OH 45249
Local: 513-831-6620
Toll Free: 866-722-2600
www.exactmetrology.com
stevey@exactmetrology.com

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Exact Metrology’s new CMM

Exact Metrology Now Offers Large Scale CMM at Moline Facility

Exact Metrology, a comprehensive 3D metrology service provider and hardware sales company, is excited to announce that a large scale Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM) has been installed at their office location in Moline, Illinois.

Installing the CMM

This machine is a high-accuracy CNC coordinate measuring machine that guarantees a maximum permissible error of E0, MPE = (2.5+3L/1000)μm. With this machine, measurement uncertainty remains within one-fifth of the dimension tolerance up to 30.2” (766mm). The higher accuracy specification therefore gives it more than double the effective measuring range in terms of accuracy-guarantee capability.

In addition, the room the machine sits in is temperature controlled.  From sensors installed on each axis scale and working in conjunction with sensors placed on the workpiece, temperatures are obtained before outputting the measurement result to the controller. The combined axis scale/workpiece temperature compensation design used gives superior results compared to systems with sensors only on the axis scales.

This CMM offers a maximum drive speed of 693 mm/s and a maximum drive acceleration of 1,732 mm/s2 resulting in an increase of drive distance in one second. Combining high speed and high acceleration, this machine reduces measuring time. As the number of measuring points increases, measuring costs per point are reduced.

It will be used by Exact Metrology for precision machined parts and has a measuring volume of 47 inches by 78 inches.  Components, parts and finished durable products that are designed to maintain extreme tight tolerance margins, as well as a high degree of durability are essential and common drivers for the use of precision machining. Precision machined parts typically have intricate features and need precise specifications and measurements. Additionally, many of these parts have holes, grooves, tapers, and/or textures that require an exact fit into other components. Precision machining is used in numerous applications such as: aerospace, medical device components, electronics, oil and gas, etc. CMMs don’t need the “old school” method of calipers, measuring tapes, and/or rulers.

Commenting on this new arrival, Exact Metrology co-President, Dean Solberg, said, “We’re very happy to install this machine and we’ve even heightened our ceilings and reinforced our floors to make sure it fits inside our facility.  We look forward to using this CMM to further our customer service reach.”

Arrival of the new CMM in Moline

Exact Metrology is ISO, AS9100 Certified as well as FFL and ITAR Registered.

Exact Metrology, with facilities in Cincinnati, Ohio, Moline, Illinois and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, plus affiliated offices throughout the country, 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 information, please contact:

EXACT METROLOGY, INC. 
Dean Solberg
20515 Industry Avenue
Brookfield, WI 53045
Local: 262-533-0800
www.exactmetrology.com
deans@exactmetrology.com

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On your marks: ANCA’s laser marking options provide time and cost-saving benefits

Get set and go with automated laser marking for streamlined production

Traceability is a fast-emerging trend in the manufacturing industry. It is defined as the ability to retrieve the full history or location of an item or product by means of recorded identification. In the tool making industry, the requirement to trace an individual tool and the ability to determine its usage and/or re-grinding history has become an industry standard, allowing end users to maintain the highest tool quality and productivity. 

In the tool making production process, tool laser marking is a necessary step that not only serves the purpose of providing basic tool geometry information, but also includes information pertaining to tool provenance and regrinding history. A basic requirement of laser marking is to have identification that is clear, and easy to read and understand.

Laser is the technology of choice for tool marking for several reasons. Firstly, laser produces an indelible mark which is crucial for easy identification throughout the lifetime of the tool. The quality is consistently excellent with high contrast and minimal surface disturbance – both of which are important for cutting tool performance. Secondly, laser technology is very mature which ensures consistent high reliability over many years.

A challenge with using standard manual laser marking stations is that it is among the most labor-intensive activities of any company. Automating the laser marking task is a direct solution to address this, with multiple benefits. Automation saves on labor cost, eliminates human error and frees up staff to perform more value-adding activities. After the initial investment, this asset will perform long-term over many years with a very low level of maintenance required.

ANCA offers two automatic laser marking options for a range of applications and individual requirements.

RoboMate LaserEtch

RoboMate LaserEtch is an integrated laser system that can be added to the ANCA RoboMate loader for the TX and MX platforms, allowing laser marking of individual tools in-process. This is a convenient, compact and flexible solution.  After grinding, the tool is automatically laser marked, for example tool ID and graphics such as a company logo – all without any increase to tool takt time. This solution means:

  • No need for additional equipment on the factory floor
  • Reduction of Work in Progress thanks to smart utilization of robot loader idle cycle time
  • Easy to use, friendly software

AutoMarkX

An automatic stand-alone laser marking station, the AutoMarkX is the latest addition to ANCA’s family of tool production solutions. The operator simply loads up to two full pallets of tools and the robot performs the laser marking operations, freeing up staff to take care of other tasks in the factory. The unit can accommodate a wide range of tool sizes, making it a versatile proposition for many manufacturers. 

  • AutoMarkX accepts up to two full pallets of tools, which means you can mark a large batch of tools unmanned.
  • Flexible marking means the message could be etched on a single side of the shank or on opposite sides of the shank as well as at the end of tool. The last option is particularly useful for applications where a unique tool identification code (e.g. Datamatrix) needs to be etched on the tool. Codes like Datamatrix are usually etched on the shank where they risk the exposure to excessive surface wear, rendering them unreadable. The end of tool is the best location to etch this type of code to overcome this issue.
  • AutoMarkX accepts different pallet standards which means it can be easily integrated into your production process and currently used pallets.
  • It is ANCA Integrated Manufacturing System (AIMS) ready

ANCA’s laser marking systems can be integrated into the AIMS Server to become a part of a fully automated production cell. In this case, sequential tool production processes are fully automated right through to laser marking on the tool. AIMS also provides a platform for extended functionality including tool traceability and serialization. 


For further information, please contact:
Johanna Boland
PR and Communications Manager, ANCA
M: +61 407 799 779
Johanna.Boland@anca.com

ANCA is a market leading manufacturer of CNC grinding machines. It was founded in 1974 in Melbourne, Australia where the company still has its global headquarters. ANCA has offices in the UK, Germany, China, Thailand, India, Japan, Brazil and the USA as well as a comprehensive network of representatives and agents worldwide. ANCA CNC grinders are used for manufacturing.

ANCA CNC grinders are used for manufacturing precision cutting tools and components across a diverse range of competitive industries including cutting tool manufacture, automotive, aerospace, electronics and medical.

ANCA website: www.anca.com

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Scanning with the Leica RTC360

Exact Metrology Showcases Its Long Range Scanning Capabilities

Company highlights equipment and tools used, applications and the Leica RTC360

Exact Metrology, a comprehensive 3D metrology service provider and hardware sales company, offers a variety of long range (20 feet to entire facilities) high-definition technologies.  The company uses high quality equipment from Leica, a Hexagon Metrology company, and Surphaser®.

The tool of choice for long range scanning is LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) scanners. It’s a remote sensing method used to detect objects in 3D space similar to the technology used in autonomous self-driving vehicles. A highly accurate and effective surveying method, it uses light in the form of a pulsated laser to measure variable distances.

Leica RTC360

Long range scanners are typically set up in multiple locations to collect very large data sets. The data set from each location generates a point cloud and each of the point clouds are stitched together to create a 3D space. The stitched point cloud data is then sent directly to the customer or 3D models of the areas are generated to work in any CAD environment. The ability to implement CAD modeling allows tasks to be completed in a fraction of the time as opposed to manual drafting. It also eliminates the need to revisit the area to get that dreaded forgotten measurement or extra detail.

Generally, the CAD models are used for factory/shop floor layout plans, power plant equipment change outs, proof dimensioning and much more. The same data set can also be reused for multiple purposes.  It is ideal for large scale interior or exterior buildings, statues and historic architecture preservation.

In addition to the 3D model, full spherical HDR imagining is attached directly to the point cloud giving a photo realistic effect of the data and allowing for virtual walkthroughs of the areas, shareable markups, geo-referencing and meta-tagging. This data can be shared with an unlimited user base via a freeware software.

The Leica RTC360 3D reality capture solution can be controlled through the Leica Cyclone FIELD 360, app, allowing a real time visual of all the customer’s setups and the ability to optimize links of each  individual scan to all the setups.

Known for its unsurpassed accuracy and scan quality, long range scanning is ideal for use in reverse engineering, dimensional control, historical preservation, architecture and forensics.


Exact Metrology is ISO, AS9100 Certified as well as FFL and ITAR Registered.

Exact Metrology, with facilities in Cincinnati, Ohio, Moline, Illinois and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, plus affiliated offices throughout the country, 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, please contact:

EXACT METROLOGY, INC. 
Dean Solberg
20515 Industry Avenue
Brookfield, WI 53045
Local: 262-533-0800
www.exactmetrology.com
deans@exactmetrology.com

EXACT METROLOGY, INC. 
Steve Young
11575 Goldcoast Drive
Cincinnati, OH 45249
Local: 513.831.6620
Toll Free: 866.722.2600
www.exactmetrology.com
stevey@exactmetrology.com

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New SIMOTICS SD200 Frame Size 440 low-voltage, severe-duty AC motors now with 75-800 hp output

Cast-iron motors meet or exceed NEMA Premium® efficiency standards for oil-and-gas/petrochemical, pulp-and-paper, grain and rock processing, other harsh environments

At this year’s annual EASA Convention and Solutions Expo in Fort Worth, TX, Siemens announces the immediate availability of the SIMOTICS SD200 severe-duty motor in frame size 440 as its latest offering in the low-voltage SIMOTICS motor family.   

Providing high productivity and energy-efficient operation in all torque ranges, these new cast-iron NEMA motors are built to power pumps, fans, compressors, hoists, winders and similar equipment in harsh environments.  With a three-year warranty, the SD200 motors offer 75-800 hp output and feature 444-5013 cast-iron frames for operation in 460V and 575V ranges.  They meet or exceed NEMA Premium® MG1 Table 12-12 efficiencies.  A wide selection of options is offered, including IP56 ingress protection, encoders, brakes, and blowers plus others to suit the applications presented. 

On these motors, the frame, end-shields, fan guard and easy-access, diagonally split, oversized terminal box are all cast-iron.  Complementing this construction are zinc-plated hardware, epoxy paint and stainless-steel nameplates for long life and easy identification in the field.  A unique offset rotor bar provides improved efficiency, while larger bars and end rings reduce resistance.  Each die-cast aluminum rotor assembly is dynamically balanced for extended bearing life and includes a high-strength C1045 carbon steel shaft for maximum performance.  Premium C5-grade steel laminations and copper magnet wire are standard. 

For insulation, the Class-H non-hygroscopic system with NEMA Class B temperature rise provides an extra margin of thermal life.  The insulation system meets or exceeds NEMA MG1 2014 Part 31, making these motors suitable for variable speed drives in constant torque (4:1) and variable torque (20:1).  All windings are tested for Corona Inception Voltage (CIV). 

The Siemens Product Manager for Low-Voltage NEMA Motors, Oscar Palafox, explains, “One of the features of the SD200 is its flexibility in the field, as the motor can be switched from F1 to F2 and F3 orientation with ease.  Plus, the safety features on this new line are unmatched by competition.  Full H-Class conformity provides winding protection, while the swivel hooks are a significant improvement over eyehooks for handling of these heavy units.  In addition, the unique Siemens composite insulation on the SD200 is a cost-saver over the ceramic bearing alternative with ten times the resistance of other solutions in the market.  Finally, the NEMA Premium® efficiency is a guarantee of long performance life with very tight deviation of losses.  Shaft current remains more consistent for better uptime.”  Palafox further notes this new line affords users Division II, Class 1 (gas) and Class 2 (dust) protection. 

Siemens SIMOTICS SD200 frame size 440 low-voltage, severe-duty AC motors will be introduced at EASA 2021.  They are designed for use in the harsh environments of oil-and-gas / petrochemical, grain, rock product, plus food-and-beverage and other markets with Division II, Class 1 and 2 conditions present. 

For more information regarding SIMOTICS SD200 motors, please visit: http://usa.siemens.com/simotics-sd200

Siemens Digital Industries (DI) is an innovation leader in automation and digitalization. Closely collaborating with partners and customers, DI drives the digital transformation in the process and discrete industries. With its Digital Enterprise portfolio, DI provides companies of all sizes with an end-to-end set of products, solutions and services to integrate and digitalize the entire value chain. Optimized for the specific needs of each industry, DI’s unique portfolio supports customers to achieve greater productivity and flexibility. DI is constantly adding innovations to its portfolio to integrate cutting-edge future technologies. Siemens Digital Industries has its global headquarters in Nuremberg, Germany, and has around 75,000 employees internationally.

Siemens Corporation is a U.S. subsidiary of Siemens AG, a global powerhouse focusing on the areas of power generation and distribution, intelligent infrastructure for buildings and distributed energy systems, and automation and digitalization in the process and manufacturing industries. Through the separately managed company Siemens Mobility, a leading supplier of smart mobility solutions for rail and road transport, Siemens is shaping the world market for passenger and freight services. Due to its majority stakes in the publicly listed companies Siemens Healthineers AG and Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Siemens is also a world-leading supplier of medical technology and digital healthcare services as well as environmentally friendly solutions for onshore and offshore wind power generation. For more than 160 years, the company has innovated and invented technologies to support American industry spanning manufacturing, energy, healthcare and infrastructure. In fiscal 2018, Siemens USA reported revenue of $23.7 billion, including $5.0 billion in exports, and employs approximately 50,000 people throughout all 50 states and Puerto Rico.

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FEF Alumni Shares Her Experiences in Metalcasting

Emily Shedlarski, a graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, discussed her interest in metalcasting, involvement with FEF, career path and the importance of participating in FEF

Emily Shedlarski, FEF alumni

On her first day of class at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Shedlarski was given the choice of either writing a paper or working in the foundry as punishment for disrupting class. Although she didn’t know what a foundry was, Emily quickly fell in love with it, especially after seeing her first metal pour. She went on to graduate from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, with a degree in Materials Engineering and later, a Masters in Information Engineering Management.

Emily’s involvement with FEF started during her sophomore year, thanks to FEF Key Professor Charlie Monroe. She went on to participate in casting competitions, toured foundries and steel mills. Needing to pay her living expenses, Emily started working at steel mills in Birmingham, while also working on the on-campus foundry with Dr. Robin Foley. Emily received several FEF scholarships that helped her pay for summer classes. After attending an FEF College Industry Conference (CIC) in 2013, she knew that she couldn’t see herself working in the steel industry anymore. Emily commented, “FEF activities really helped me develop a strong baseline, so when I started to look for a job in the competitive market it was easy for me to get my first job as a foundry manufacturing engineer.”

Shedlarski’s career in metal casting started with the help of Dr. Berry Andrews. He helped her find her first job at Nucor Steel in Birmingham, Alabama as a Metallurgical Engineer. She started in the melt department, working in the laboratory, then moved over to the QA lab. When moving to the company’s Memphis, Tennessee plant, Emily worked in claims with an SEM and destructive testing/analysis.  

Upon graduation with her bachelors, she joined Hubbell Power Systems in Leeds, Alabama as a foundry Manufacturing Engineer. Working there for 3.5 years, she was the Project Manager for a multi-million dollar foundry replacement project. This project gave her the opportunity to expand her skill set, since she worked closely with the lawyers of the company to develop the quotation and legal contractual agreements between companies, international shipping, safety and corporate finances. She was also the Project Manager for smaller projects such as: rebuilding core machines, crucible furnaces and an antiqued  sand/metallurgical lab.

Her next career move took her to Mueller Water Products in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where she worked as a Process Engineer. In her role, Emily worked with different departments to engineer solutions for production concerns and other objectives that were negatively impacting the process and the bottom line. While there, she was promoted to Project Engineer and she managed a metal recovery project that recovered over a million pounds of iron in 7 months. Another project, worth approximately one million dollars, involved Shedlarski replacing the furnace controls in a customer’s plant. Lastly, she acted as a technical liaison, going to different facilities to troubleshoot problems and managed cost savings projects to achieve corporate objectives.

In November of 2019, Emily presented at CIC, where the CEO of Simpson Technologies Corporation saw her and offered her a position as Regional Account Manager for the Southeast. The company is based in Aurora, Illinois and Shedlarski lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She does marketing, account management, makes sure the customers get the parts they need and helps them with updates to their machines. She’s also heavily involved in growing the customer base and increasing sales. In the next six months, Emily will make the transition to Product Manager. This means she will be responsible for all US customers, as well as international ones.

Besides being on the FEF board, Emily is a member of the Fund Enhancement Committee, helping to organize the FEF Fitness Challenge. The challenge involved FEF students, alumni and friends forming teams and raising funds by logging in miles. Prizes included cast iron skillets and socks. She is passionate about this, believing it is important to continue to fund FEF schools and help students who don’t have the financial means to complete their degree. Regarding student engagement, Emily is involved in student chapters and frequently drops by FEF schools. In addition, she gives presentations as requested by different schools.

When discussing student involvement with FEF, Shedlarski pointed out that FEF program accreditation carries a lot of weight in the industry and these programs supply students with basic skill sets that allow them to grow in their career. The biggest benefit Emily got from FEF was attending CIC because it changed her life.  She credits it with students making friends with others who share their passion and becoming a big family.  “They have the opportunity to see how invested the industry is in the future, which really is the students.” Furthermore, she mentioned the endless possibilities that metal casting offers people from various backgrounds.   That’s why it’s imperative for students to become involved and meet people who are going to lead the industry. 

Emily concluded, “Arguably, FEF has done more for me than I could ever imagine. Even to this day, I am so grateful for it because I have a job I love in an industry I’m passionate about and I’m surrounded now by lifelong friends.”

For more information, please contact:

Brian Lewis
Executive Director
Foundry Educational Foundation
Office: (847) 490-9200
brian@fefinc.com
www.fefinc.org

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2021 ANCA Tool of the Year winners announced live at EMO Milano

#ANCATooloftheYear2021 offers thousands in prize money and global recognition; celebrating the magic of the cutting tool and the experts who create them

ANCA Tool of the Year Contest

ANCA’s industry-first competition is back with the 2021 winners to be announced live at EMO, Milano; a major global trade fair that recognizes the magic world of metalworking. Last year the industry welcomed the opportunity to show off their skills with almost 30 entries received from across the world being seen by over 80,000 fans generating over 200,000 engagement on social media.

Patrick Boland, Co-Founder at ANCA comments: “Our industry thrives thanks to grinders’ expertise. Much of what people use and enjoy in everyday life is due to the hard work and ever increasing technical acumen of these cutting tool makers and as a result we are seeing the complexity of cutting tools increase, improving productivity, tool life and functionality.”

“Now in its fourth year, ANCA Tool of the Year has gained significant coverage – raising the profile of cutting tools and those companies who make them. I encourage all cutting tool makers to enter our competition and be recognized on a global stage for your craftmanship and contributions to our industry,” he concluded.

Ivan Cuscov, Plant Director at Cerin SpA and first time Judge said: “Continuous developments in tool technology have shown us that standard products have become easier and easier to make and the challenge is to create something new, putting creativity into the grinding process. Grinding technology can still be surprising for expert people who work in the field every day given turning new ideas into reality is enhanced by an open, flexible software such as ANCA’s iGrind.” Cerin SpA began operating in 1971 and is one of the most reputable Italian manufacturers of carbide precision tools.

ANCA will also showcase the much anticipated AutoMarkX for the first time at EMO. AutoMarkX is an automatic stand-alone laser marking station replacing manual and labor-intensive processes. Find out more about what is at ANCA’s stand on our EMO​ page.

ANCA Tool of the Year 2020 Award

ANCA Tool of the Year 2021 – Complexity through simplicity: ANCA makes it simple to design and grind complex tools

To find the Tool of the Year customers can submit their favorite tool with the winners being judged and announced live at EMO. There will be two competition categories to recognize both the functionality and creativity of cutting tool manufacturers.

  • The main prize goes to #MadeonANCA tools and entrants will be judged on the form and performance of their cutting tool.
  • The second category is for virtual tools as the “Most innovative tool design – 2021.” Entrants are encouraged to be creative and use ANCA tool design software to push ideas to their limits. 

The winner of #MadeonANCA receives $10,000 AUD worth of ANCA innovations for parts, accessories or software that fit your grinding needs and the winner of the most innovative virtual tool will receive the full CIM software package.

Submissions open from 15th June – 15th August.

2020’s #MadeonANCA competition winner, ARCH Cutting Tools’ entry demonstrated excellent use of multiple iGrind operations with several complex profiles. Jeff Cederstrom, President of ARCH Cutting Tools said: “It is a humbling experience to be involved in a friendly competition with some of the world’s most innovative and technically advanced cutting tool manufacturers. We will use the recognition to further motivate us to push the limits of cutting tool design to meet our ultimate goal of meeting our customers’ needs and the challenges they have in their applications every day.” 

Patrick Boland continued: “For the winners of Virtual Tool Category, JG Group from Poland took a creative approach using an Australian theme of the Sydney Opera House reproduced in a profile tool, looking as impressive as a tool as it does in real life. (Joint virtual winner) Turcar’s tool amazed me in how they achieved their tool design. I had no idea our software could produce something as beautiful and as well executed as their entry.”

The competition will be based on the passion and the craft of tool making and celebrate our highly skilled tool grinding community. 

Judging panel

  • Pat Boland, Co-Founder and Managing Director at ANCA
  • Ivan Cuscov, Plant Director at Cerin SpA, Italy
  • Thomson Mathew, Product Manager at ANCA
  • Zoller – measure profile and diameter 

At EMO the top five finalist tools will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Best surface finish in Ra (roughness average) value on the flute or gash surface
  • The tool the that is closest to the nominal tolerance as stated on the drawing in terms of diameter and profile (i.e. if the tolerance on diameter is +/- 0.010mm and the tool is measured to 0.005 then this will rank favourably)
  • Tool that has been ground to the tightest tolerance as per the drawing (i.e. the tool with the lowest tolerance will rank favourably)
  • Level of complexity (i.e. in terms of the number of steps, profiles will rank favourably)

For further information, please contact:

Johanna Boland
Group Strategy and Communications Manager, ANCA
M: +61 407799779
Johanna.Boland@anca.com

ANCA is a market leading manufacturer of CNC grinding machines. It was founded in 1974 in Melbourne, Australia where the company still has its global headquarters. ANCA has offices in the UK, Germany, China, Thailand, India, Japan, Brazil and the USA as well as a comprehensive network of representatives and agents worldwide.

ANCA CNC grinders are used for manufacturing precision cutting tools and components across a diverse range of competitive industries including cutting tool manufacture, automotive, aerospace, electronics and medical.

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Large machining parts (inside Strohwig)

Exact Metrology Provides Scanning and Training to a Forging Company and a Machine Shop

Strohwig Industries is a large, family-owned tool and die, injection mold and custom machining shop that helps turn the ideas of engineers into reality.   The company was founded in 1978 by Mr. Wolfgang Strohwig and his brother-in-law Larry Glass in Polk, Wisconsin. The initial location had only 600 square feet of space and a single Lucas Boring Bar. Located today in Richfield, Wisconsin, Strohwig Industries has 180 employees with a 225,000 square foot facility. With 56 horizontal and vertical CNC machines and the ability to handle over 100 tons, Strohwig is well equipped to handle large machining.

Brad Bucholtz, the company Quality Technician, explained Strohwig’s mission as, “The design, manufacture and repair of medium to large forging dies, plastic injection molds and metal die casts, as well as the manufacture of custom contract parts and/or components.” They machine a variety of steel (H-13, stainless steel, castings, forgings) and aluminum components. The company serves various markets including aerospace, automotive, mining, defense, building assembly, oil and gas, energy, marine, etc. This is why they decided to use Exact Metrology equipment for their inspection needs.

Brad said they’ve worked with Exact Metrology for over ten years. Initially, the company provided metrology services. He added that before 2010, there was no need for metrology as company employees manually inspected jobs that needed it. Working with Exact Metrology, Strohwig bought a Hexagon Romer Arm in 2016 and Leica Tracker in 2019. When the Romer RS6 scanner was released Exact Metrology offered a trade in on the older Romer arm. The productivity increase was so great it was easy to justify the investment of the new arm/scanner. This equipment came in handy when Strohwig received a request from a major Midwestern forge that has a long-standing relationship with them.  

This metal forging company in Illinois has a 126-year history and specializes in open die forging and rolled ring forging. The company was using Coordinate Measuring Machines (CMM) but needed to upgrade their equipment. A new job required precise measurability of a large forged part with complex geometry. Dean Solberg, Exact Metrology co-president suggested that they invest in scanning technology. Thus, the company purchased a Leica tracker, as well as PolyWorks software. Leica Absolute Tracker AT960 features an all-in-one integrated design, single-box probing system and smart connectivity. Additional features include continuous measurement, entry-level probing with T-probe and 2 Handheld laser scanners. One is an 8” line scan and another is a 24” line scan to capture huge amounts of data quickly.   The System is IP54 Certified for protection against dust and other contaminants.  PolyWorks|Inspectorwas used to verify the quality of the part through the use of high-density point clouds and contact-probe datasets. The scan was performed in a working environment, not a traditional lab, which meant that personnel were doing this while forging occurred. In the past, Strohwig machined various parts for them.  Now, this forge had Strohwig test for compliance vs. non-compliance in one of their forged parts.  

To do this, Strohwig used the Hexagon Romer Arm and the Leica Absolute Tracker. The portable measuring arms allowed company personnel the flexibility to measure on the machine shop or the floor. It featured no honing procedures, simplicity of operation and reliable 3D measurements. The Absolute Arm 7-axis delivers tactile probing and laser scanning in a uniquely ergonomic package. Once this was completed, they used PolyWorks|Inspectorto verify the quality of the part by using a color map. In the future, the company is looking to purchase additional Exact Metrology products.

Leica
Leica Absolute Tracker

Strohwig was able to coordinate with the company as they use common platforms to communicate and shared daily emails and PowerPoint presentations with their results. Brad Bucholtz used data mergers to combine the Romer and Leica data sets into one report.

Since using Exact Metrology, Brad said, “We are able to provide detailed reports to our customers. Also, we’re able to perform in-process inspections to validate specific processes.”  He further commented that Exact Metrology allowed them to supply a superior product and their deliverable to the customer has greatly improved.

When referring to the benefits of working with Exact Metrology, Brad noted, “Training only goes so far. After initial training, there are many stumbles and Exact is always there to make sure we get the knowledge we need. Onsite or offsite, they go above and beyond the call to make sure we can provide our customers with the data they need.”

Exact Metrology is ISO, AS9100 Certified as well as FFL and ITAR Registered.

Exact Metrology, with facilities in Cincinnati, Ohio, Moline, Illinois and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, plus affiliated offices throughout the country, 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 technical information regarding these companies, please contact:

Strohwig Industries
Brad Bucholoz
Quality Technician
3285 Industrial Rd.
Richfield, WI 53076
Phone: 262-628-4477
www.strohwig.com
bbucholz@strohwig.com

EXACT METROLOGY, INC. 
Dean Solberg
20515 Industry Avenue
Brookfield, WI 53045
Local: 262-533-0800
www.exactmetrology.com
deans@exactmetrology.com

SIDEBAR:  In a short video, Brad Bucholoz, Strohwig Quality Technician, describes Strohwig as company in business for 43 years that specializes in plastics and die cast molds and large contract machining parts. Tasked to test for compliance vs. non-compliance of a forged part by a Midwestern metal forging customer, Bucholoz highlighted that Strohwig uses the same hardware and software as their customer to communicate more accurately with them.  This included the use of  PolyWorks|Inspector™  Leica Absolute Tracker AT960MR and the Hexagon Romer Arm. The Absolute Tracker was used in conjunction with the Leica Absolute Scanner LAS-XL and T-probe.  Bucholoz mentioned that Exact President, Dean Solberg and the Exact team have always been to help and that he sees this relationship continuing into the foreseeable future.

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