Platinum Tooling recently announced that it has an extensive line of Heimatec tooling available for the new Haas BMT turret.
Please welcome Tim Fugazi to our Next Generation Tooling team. Tim will be working in Northern California as Regional Manager for our principals.
Tim graduated from San Joaquin Delta College with a Certificate in Computer-Aided Drafting December in 1999 and finished up his Associate Degree in Machine Tool Technology in May 2010 at the same college.
Tim spent 7 years as a Auto CAD Technician and then added Laser programming to the mix. For the past 18 years Tim has worked as a Machinist, SolidWorks Technician & Lab Technician.
His experience with SolidWorks software was to provide mechanical drawings for production, fabrication and/or machining. He operated SolidWorks & HSMWorks software to produce “G” code for vertical mills and lathes as well as working in quality control and dealing with customer warranty issues.
Our principals and distributors will be excited to know that Tim has a great understanding of shipping procedures so he has a great understanding of your capabilities and expectations.
NTK Cutting Tools’ TFX front turning carbide inserts, designed for Swiss-type CNC applications, machines large depths of cut ranging to 0.197" (5 mm) in a single pass. The inserts incorporate a chip-breaker with a sharp cutting edge to optimize chip control and surface finishes. The inserts are available in DM4 (for titanium, cobalt chrome, heat resistant alloys and stainless steels) and ST4 (for stainless steels like 304 and 17-4PH).
TFX front turning carbide inserts (wiper style available) with up to 0.197" depth of cut in a single pass, incorporate a special chip-breaker with sharp cutting edge for chip control and surface finishes.
Pairing the inserts with a coolant-through holder can improve chip evacuation, surface finish, part tolerance and tool life, says the company. The company’s corresponding TFT series holders have rigid side screw clamping to ensure stable turning by preventing movement of the insert from Z directional cutting forces.
TFT series holders have rigid side screw clamping for stable turning, preventing insert movement from Z-directional cutting forces. Pair the TFX inserts with a coolant-through holder (TFT...-OH2) to improve chip evacuation, surface finish, part tolerance, and tool life. The -OH2 style holders are compatible with new coolant-through gangs (Citizen L20 & D25 CNC machines).
TFX inserts are available in DM4, for titanium, cobalt chrome, heat resistant alloys, stainless steels, and now in ST4, a super- tough PVD-coated carbide grade. The CrAlN coating provides high hardness and resists oxidation, solving issues related to machining materials such as 304SS, 17-4PH, and Nitinol.
In July 2019 the Next Generation Tooling team began representing Xebec Deburring Technologies in California and Nevada markets. Xebec is a leading manufacturer of ceramic fiber brushes used in deburring and headquartered just outside of Dayton, Ohio.
Our entire team is now fully trained and qualified service engineers for this very unique deburring system,
5th Axis- Roughing Grob G350 with RockLock Tombstone
Can you rough on 5th Axis RockLock Tombstone?
In the Video below check out the roughing tool steel on the Grob G350 5-Axis CNC machine. 3 parts per cycle utilizing the 5th Axis RockLock integrated RL52A-T31 Tombstone.
The Tombstone features the integrated RockLock 52mm 4 pull stud quick change system. Proudly made in San Diego, CA
Products used in the video:
Learn more about the RockLock quick change system : www.5thaxis.com
Article originally from California Manufacturing Network blog
written by Steven Brand
Manufacturing Day®, an initiative designed to inspire the next generation of manufacturers, arrives October 4, 2019. The annual MFG Day (which can be held anytime during the month) involves thousands of manufacturers across the country holding events, tours, activities, and more.
Last year, in California alone, more than 250 sites registered as event hosts and more than 330 manufacturers and support organizations participated in or sponsored events throughout the month of October.
One of the great benefits of participation in MFG Day is recruitment, which is vital to the survival of many of today’s small and medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs).
Why is recruitment so important? Because today, nearly 90% of these manufacturers can’t find the employees they so desperately need, according to new data from SCORE, a nonprofit resource partner and mentoring service associated with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
The State of Manufacturing
Nearly 99% of American manufacturing companies are small businesses with the majority employing fewer than 20 employees. These small manufacturers are responsible for nearly 12% of the total U.S. economic output and employ more than 8% of the country’s workforce, and their contributions to their respective industries cannot be denied. They produce:
Three Reasons Manufacturers Cannot Find Employees
1. Shifting Skill Sets
The Fourth Industrial Revolution has arrived, as manufacturers meld new technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT), additive manufacturing, advanced robotics, virtual reality, and artificial intelligence (AI) into their business strategies. While these advancements are exciting, they require people with the knowledge and expertise to program, manage, or operate them, and these skilled individuals may be looking outside the manufacturing industry.
2. Misperceptions About Manufacturing Jobs
Many forms of manufacturing have been around for centuries, and some manufacturers are as old as the United States itself. That leads younger generations to think of it as outdated or “dark, dirty, and dangerous” work involving repetitive tasks requiring little skill. Of course, as shifting skill sets demonstrate, this is no longer the case within many manufacturing industries and is a perception that must be quashed.
3. Retirement of Baby Boomers
By 2025, nearly 25% of the United States population is expected to be 60 years of age or older. With this demographic preparing to exit the workforce and enter retirement, their “tribal knowledge” must be captured and passed on to the next generation; of course, this requires finding employees to first take their place.
How Manufacturing Day Aids in Recruitment
MFG Day tackles all three of the challenges above at once. By inviting students, teachers, businesspeople, politicians, and the media to attend facility tours and participate in activities, it helps dispel long-held beliefs about manufacturing jobs and instead shows that careers in manufacturing offer some of the most exciting and innovative work environments around.
MFG Day already has those in the industry excited for the future. “We need to get kids excited about manufacturing,” says Gary Johnson, Vice President of Ace Clearwater Enterprises, headquartered in Torrance, California. “That's really what National Manufacturing Day is all about, to fertilize their curiosity.”
Teachers, professors, and career counselors are vital to recruiting the next generation of manufacturers—and that’s just why Max Lizarrago, an Industrial Design and Engineering Professor with Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, California, loves MFG Day. “I get all my students jobs,” says Lizarrago. “In order to get them jobs, I need to know what's out there.”
Ready to Get Involved in MFG Day?
Think MFG Day can aid in your recruitment initiatives? You can view events here, or register your own event. Your participation may consist of a tour of your manufacturing facility, office, innovation center, or other sites; holding a creative activity at a manufacturing or manufacturing-supporting site (e.g., design office, software company, etc.); attending a school event about manufacturing; or taking part in a manufacturing-related jobs fair, manufacturing-related career day event, or manufacturing product expo.
"Manufacturing businesses drive the U.S. economy," says SCORE CEO Ken Yancey. "They might be factories or bakeries, and they might utilize machine power or hand-make their products, but what they have in common is that the vast majority of manufacturers are small business owners." So, no matter how you decide to participate, you can be proud of the fact that you’re helping the industry as a whole!
"Manufacturing technology orders will be good but smaller than 2018, and we will see a significant move in the customer mix as large manufacturers shift capital liabilities down the supply chain or into the machine shop sector,” said Pat McGibbon, Chief Knowledge Officer for AMT.
“In the past four months, the share of total orders placed by machine shops increased more than 20 percent. This is typical of business cycles with disruptions rather than a decline in manufacturing activity."
Our blog section is written by several different people. Sometimes, it from our team here at Next Generation Tooling at other times it's by one of the wonderful manufacturer's we represent in California and Nevada