West Manufacturing News January 2018 : Page 1

M ANUFACTURING N EWS WEST Vol. 7 No. 1 January 2018 Serving Since 2012 Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington & Wyoming Feature Editorial Machinery: Metalcutting HMC for 5-Axis Production Three linear axes in XYZ are equipped with absolute measuring systems and two direct driven dynamic rotary axes in A & B are integrated into a swivel rotary table. See Page 10 See Online DIGITAL EDITIONS at www.mfgnewsweb.com The IFH Group West Installs Prima Laser/Punch System Laser Metal Deposition Technology Enables NASA Rocket Nozzle Demonstrator Development Formalloy, LLC has delivered the latest nozzle demonstrator to NASA-Marshall, as part of a series of R&D projects to assist the space agency’s ad-ditive development efforts. NASA completed tensile and quality testing on Formalloy-printed samples built on the company’s A-222 machine model. With virtually no material porosity and sufficient tensile strength, NASA is continuing R&D feasibility studies Continued on Page 76 Digital Readouts Optical Incremental Encoder The IFH Group West, Arlington, WA, has enhanced production capabil-ities by installing an integrated Prima LPe6f 4,000-watt fiber laser with a 30-ton punch. Replacing a standalone laser cutting system and three metal punches, the new system has already shown to reduce project set-up times while increasing capacity and technical capabilities. The IFH Group West, LLC fabri-cates an array of custom electrical en-closures and precision sheet metal parts. The IFH Group West is a sub-sidiary of The IFH Group (Rock Falls, IL), the originator of industrial fluid storage and handling systems and a fabricator of custom hydraulic reser-voirs and fuel tanks. “The Prima Laser/Punch is a sig-nificant improvement to our manufac-turing process,” said Ryan McCarty, Vice President of Sales & Marketing at The IFH Group. “With this in place, we can now deliver prototypes and 1-off or 2-off projects with very quick turn-around; much shorter than a typical Continued on Page 76 Wildeck Announces Full Integration of Ladder Industries Wildeck, Inc., a manufacturer of mezzanine, vertical material lift and safety guarding products headquar-tered in Waukesha, WI, has announced the full integration of its Goodyear, AZ, subsidiary, Ladder Industries. “For more than 55 years, Ladder Industries has been recognized as the oldest and most dedicated designer and manufacturer of industrial stairs, customized work platforms and rolling ladder products in the Western region,” said a company spokesperson. Continued on Page 76 The VIONiC design combines all necessary interpolation and signal processing inside the readhead. See Page 36 Applying Technology Speed and Precision Lead to Success Hudson Tool Steel Installs Amada Plate Band Saw Hudson Tool Steel Corporation has an-nounced the installation of its seventh Amada Plate Saw, the NC con-trolled VM3800, in its California facility. This is the seventh Amada saw purchased by Hudson over the past 10 months for its three processing and distribution facili-ties. Including the VM3800, Hudson has in-stalled three HA250Ws, New Amada VM3800 NC controlled plate o n e H A 4 0 0 W, o n e band saw installed at Hudson Tool Steel. PC430X and one VM2500, bringing the total number of New Hampshire. “The Amada VM3800 can cut up to premium saws to 29 spread over facili-Continued on Page 76 ties in California, North Carolina and Richard Childress Racing relies on cutting-edge technology to continuously improve race car performance. See Page 40 BLM GROUP USA Becomes a Corporate Sponsor of Workshops for Warriors BLM GROUP USA, a manufac-turer of tube processing solutions, has announced its corporate involvement with Workshops for Warriors. Workshops for Warriors is a state-licensed, board governed, fully audited 501(c)(3) nonprofit school that trains, certifies and helps place Veterans, wounded warriors and transitioning service members into advanced manu-facturing careers such as welding, Continued on Page 76 Special Machinery The new Eclipse 12-100 is a ground-up redesign of the Hydromat concept. See Page 60 Larger, More Powerful Rotary Transfer Machine Subscription Changes: To make name, address subscription changes contact: • Phone: 800-375-8488 • Fax: 817-488-7813 • E-mail: info@mfgnewsweb.com • www.mfgnewsweb.com CHANGE SERVICE REQUESTED Gross Publications, Inc. WEST MANUFACTURING NEWS P.O. Box 847 Grapevine, Texas 76099-0847 U.S.A. DALLAS, TX PERMIT 4245 Read about new personnel appointments in metalworking manufacturing companies throughout the United States. See Page 54 People in the News Advertiser Index Page 51 PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID

The IFH Group West Installs Prima Laser/Punch System

The IFH Group West, Arlington, WA, has enhanced production capabilities by installing an integrated Prima LPe6f 4,000-watt fiber laser with a 30- ton punch. Replacing a standalone laser cutting system and three metal punches, the new system has already shown to reduce project set-up times while increasing capacity and technical capabilities.

The IFH Group West, LLC fabricates an array of custom electrical enclosures and precision sheet metal parts. The IFH Group West is a subsidiary of The IFH Group (Rock Falls, IL), the originator of industrial fluid storage and handling systems and a fabricator of custom hydraulic reservoirs and fuel tanks.

“The Prima Laser/Punch is a significant improvement to our manufacturing process,” said Ryan McCarty, Vice President of Sales & Marketing at The IFH Group. “With this in place, we can now deliver prototypes and 1-off or 2-off projects with very quick turnaround; much shorter than a typical 3- or 4-week lead time.”

The Prima LPe6f is a 61-station, 30- ton servo-electric turret punch press with a 4,000-watt IPG fiber laser. The system will process a 60” x 120” sheet of material, up to 0.315” thick. The turret features an up-forming station for processing high-formed features, and can cut 16 ga. (0.0598” thick) mild steel at approximately 590 IPM. The servoelectric punch press can stroke 1,000 times per minute.

Connected to the Prima LPe6f is a new LSR (loading and stacking robot) that retrieves and stacks parts on a pallet, and loads new sheets into the machine for processing. Attached to the LSR is a two-sided combo tower that holds raw sheet metal, parts and material skeletons, currently outfitted with 21 shelves, each having a capacity of 6,600 lbs. or 100 mm (3.937”) of material.

For more information contact:
The IFH Group, Inc.
3300 East Route 30
Rock Falls, IL 61071
800-435-7003
info@ifhgroup.com.
www.ifhgroup.com

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Laser Metal Deposition Technology Enables NASA Rocket Nozzle Demonstrator Development

Formalloy, LLC has delivered the latest nozzle demonstrator to NASAMarshall, as part of a series of R&D projects to assist the space agency’s additive development efforts. NASA completed tensile and quality testing on Formalloy-printed samples built on the company’s A-222 machine model. With virtually no material porosity and sufficient tensile strength, NASA is continuing R&D feasibility studies with Formalloy.

Additive manufacturing (AM) is being used to reduce weight, build time and material cost when producing high value parts such as rocket engine components. Formalloy’s AM machines, which utilize laser metal deposition technology, can scale from build volumes in millimeters to meters. “NASA is leveraging Formalloy’s laser metal deposition technology for development and feasibility studies to investigate scalability of AM for large, high value components. Laser metal deposition technology is being explored as an alternative to powder bed technology for key components such as rocket nozzles,” said Paul Gradl, NASA Senior Propulsion Engineer.

Headquartered in San Diego, CA, Formalloy is an advanced manufacturing technology company that is principally engaged in the design, research, development, manufacture and integration of AM systems, products and services. Formalloy’s laser metal deposition process provides an innovative, cost-effective solution for 3-D metal part production, repair and coatings to a diverse set of industries.

For more information contact:
Formalloy
2810 Via Orange Way, Suite A
Spring Valley, CA 91978
619-377-9101
info@formalloy.com
www.formalloy.com

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Wildeck Announces Full Integration Of Ladder Industries

Wildeck, Inc., a manufacturer of mezzanine, vertical material lift and safety guarding products headquartered in Waukesha, WI, has announced the full integration of its Goodyear, AZ, subsidiary, Ladder Industries.

“For more than 55 years, Ladder Industries has been recognized as the oldest and most dedicated designer and manufacturer of industrial stairs, customized work platforms and rolling ladder products in the Western region,” said a company spokesperson.“Moving forward, Goodyear, AZ, operations will be identified as Wildeck West and its products will be supplied through a growing number of Wildeck material handling dealers and systems integrators across the U.S., ensuring continued growth.”

Wildeck President Greg Larson said, “As we integrate Ladder Industries to become Wildeck West, customers can be assured that we will continue to service their needs with creative and cost-competitive access solutions.”

“Introduced at ProMat 2017 in Chicago, new Wildeck West products - LadderLink Modular Access System, new NetGate Pick Module Safety Gate and other access products - continue to serve the expanding safety and access needs of industrial and commercial customers,” said the spokesperson. “With the introduction of Wildeck’s access products to the company’s nationwide dealer and system integrator sales network, Wildeck continues to expand its lineup of quality material handling and safety products to a diverse range of customers and markets.”

Larson said, “Since we acquired Ladder Industries in 2011 , we have focused on strengthening and streamlining operations and providing better service to customers. With improvements that have been made and the dedication of our employee-owners in Goodyear, business has more than doubled in size.”

The acquisition of Ladder Industries in 2011 has complemented Wildeck’s offering of material handling products, including structural steel mezzanine platforms, automated vertical lifts (VRCs), rideable material lifts (RMLs), safety guarding products and facility access solutions.

For more information contact:
Wildeck
405 Commerce St.
Waukesha, WI 53186
800-325-6939
info@wildeck.com
www.wildeck.com

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Hudson Tool Steel Installs Amada Plate Band Saw

Hudson Tool Steel Corporation has announced the installation of its seventh Amada Plate Saw, the NC controlled VM3800, in its California facility. This is the seventh Amada saw purchased by Hudson over the past 10 months for its three processing and distribution facilit i e s . Including the VM3800, Hudson has installed three HA250Ws, one HA400W, one PC430X and one VM2500, bringing the total number of premium saws to 29 spread over facilities in California, North Carolina and New Hampshire.

“The Amada VM3800 can cut up to 150 inches long x 24 inches wide, all with NC precision,” said a company spokesperson. “With a work-load capacity of 26,450 lbs., material can be stacked for further efficiency, passing the value on to Hudson Tool Steel customers through shorter lead-times and competitive pricing.”

“Tool steel customers need quick deliveries,” said Rick Resner, President of Hudson Tool Steel. “Sawing technology continues to advance, bringing greater speed and tighter cutting tolerances that gives Hudson the ability to give customers the highest quality cut product in a hurry. Hudson Tool Steel has aggressive plans to continue adding new saws, as well as grinding and boring equipment throughout 2018 and 2019.”

Hudson Tool Steel delivers material cut-to-order, on-size or oversize, including precision ground flat stock, standard flat or round bar stock and drill rod, with most orders shipping same day or next day from centrally located distribution centers.

For more information contact:
Hudson Tool Steel
2198 S. DuPont Drive
Anaheim, CA 92806
800-996-0411
sales@hudsontoolsteel.com
www.hudsontoolsteel.com

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BLM GROUP USA Becomes A Corporate Sponsor Of Workshops For Warriors

BLM GROUP USA, a manufacturer of tube processing solutions, has announced its corporate involvement with Workshops for Warriors.

Workshops for Warriors is a statelicensed, board governed, fully audited 501(c)(3) nonprofit school that trains, certifies and helps place Veterans, wounded warriors and transitioning service members into advanced manufacturing careers such as welding,CAD/CAM programming and machining.

BLM GROUP USA has committed to sponsoring a student who is currently enrolled in the Machining for Warriors program, with the intent to hire that individual as a field service technician upon course completion.

Dr. Jeffrey Ahrstrom, President and COO of BLM GROUP USA said, “It is an honor for our company to be involved with Workshops for Warriors. The sacrifices and abilities of our veteran population are nothing short of remarkable. The training is rigorous and comprehensive; graduates are immediately employable as welders, machinists, service engineers or CNC programmers. As a marine, I am proud to work for a company supporting our veterans and this program. As a business leader, I am eager to support the next generation of engineers, machinists and business executives.”

For more information contact:
BLM Group USA
46850 Cartier Dr.
Novi, MI 48377-4117
248-560-0080
sales@blmgroupusa.com
www.blmgroup.com

Workshops for Warriors
www.wfwusa.org

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