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M ANUFACTURING N EWS SOUTHEAST Serving Since 1997 Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee & Virginia Feature Editorial Energy Manufacturing Turbomachinery Solution A new software platform provides a streamlined approach to turbomachinery design, development and manufacturing. See Page 14 Vol. 21 No. 9 September 2017 See Online DIGITAL EDITIONS at www.mfgnewsweb.com Heimatec Named North American Distributor for Tecnicrafts plant in south India with state-of-the-art machine tools and 115 technicians. Tecni-crafts collets and guide bushings are used for Swiss turn-ing applications on Citizen-Cincom, Tsugami, Star, Tornos, H a n w h a , Tr a u b , Hardinge, Manurhin-Kmx, Miyano, No-mura and other machine brands and are recognized and ac-cepted by customers in Europe and Asia. Rolls-Royce Supplier Establishes Manufacturing Center in the Richmond Region The Greater Richmond Partnership has announced that Erodex Ltd., a graphite products maker, has estab-lished an office and manufacturing center in Henrico County. “We are very happy to call the Rich-mond region home,” said John Rolinson, Co-Director of Erodex. “Rolls Royce Group announced that it was opening a Continued on Page 77 Quality Control & Measurement Monitoring Surface Cleanliness A non-destructive surface analyzer measures the top 2-3 molecular layers. See Page 30 Heimatec now offers the complete line of Tecnicrafts collets and guide bushings for Swiss turning machines and bar feeders. Effective immediately, Heimatec Inc. will be selling products from Tecn-icrafts Industries, a manufacturer of collets and guide bushings for Swiss type CNC lathes. Tecnicrafts is an ISO 9001:2015 certi-fied company, with its manufacturing 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 and Continued on Page 77 Company Expands CMM Sales with New Distributor Crotts & Saunders LLC is the exclu-sive distributor for AIMS Metrology’s co-ordinate measuring machines (CMMs) for the territories of West Virginia, Vir-ginia and North and South Carolina. The AIMS CMM product line-up includes its laboratory-grade Revolution Series LM equipped with Renishaw’s 5-axis REVO 2 scanning head, and the industry’s only mobile 5-axis CMM on the market—the Revolution HB, designed and built with Renishaw’s PH20 5-axis touch trigger system. Continued on Page 78 Applying Technology Lightweight, flexible finishing products keep Royal Engineering productive. See Page 40 Greater Tool Flexibility Results in Improved Workflow End-to-End Material Flow Solutions Construction work is under way on a new production plant for Mercedes-Benz Vans in Charleston, SC. A new body shop and paint shop are being built and the existing assembly department significantly ex-panded. Eisenmann is provid-ing end-to-end material flow solutions. Eisenmann is supplying skid conveyors that will link the paint shop with the assembly department, plus an automated high-bay warehouse that will serve as a decoupling and se-quencing buffer for painted ve-hicle bodies. An engine pre-assembly line and a powertrain installation line will be added to Vehicle bodies are transferred through final assembly by an electrified monorail system for heavy loads. Continued on Page 77 Welding CMT Upgrade U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders Continue to Gain Strength The U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders report for May 2017 showed gains for the month and year over year, according to AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. May orders were up 3.1% over April, and 21.8% over May 2016. Automotive customers made some significant orders in the month, and continued investment from ma-chine shops indicates that manufac-turers are seeking additional capacity. Continued on Page 78 Robotics power source can now be equipped with Cold Metal Transfer welding process. See Page 48 Workholding New adapters provide the ability to change between various collet systems in a single set-up. See Page 66 Adapters Provide Workholding Flexibility 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. SOUTHEAST MANUFACTURING NEWS P.O. Box 847 Grapevine, Texas 76099-0847 U.S.A. DALLAS, TX PERMIT 4245 Advertiser Index Page 61 PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID

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 used for Swiss turning applications on Citizen - Cincom , Tsugami, Star, Tornos, Hanwha , Traub , Hardinge, Manurhin- Kmx, Miyano, Nomura and other machine brands and are 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 and 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 include 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 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.

For more information contact:
Preben Hansen
President
Heimatec Inc.
16 East Piper Lane, Suite 129
Prospects Heights, IL 60070
847-749-0633
www.heimatecinc.com

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End-To-End Material Flow Solutions

Construction work is under way on a new production plant for Mercedes-Benz Vans in Charleston, SC. A new body shop and paint shop are being built and the existing assembly department significantly expanded. Eisenmann is providing end-to-end material flow solutions.

Eisenmann is supplying skid conveyors that will link the paint shop with the assembly department, plus an automated high-bay warehouse that will serve as a decoupling and sequencing buffer for painted vehicle bodies. An engine preassembly line and a powertrain installation line will be added to the assembly department. A key element within the facility is an Eisenmann electrified monorail system used to transfer vehicle bodies. This conveyor for heavy loads has been in operation since 2006, and will be enlarged from 17 to 57 hangers. Eisenmann is assuming complete responsibility for implementing the project. This will include both the conveyor equipment and all components for final assembly.

Until now, Mercedes Sprinter and Metris (Vito) vans have been produced in Germany, shipped to the U.S. in a dismantled state, and then reassembled in Charleston. “Daimler sees the U.S. as one of the world’s fastest-growing markets for light commercial vehicles, so it is now expanding the existing plant to create a full-fledged manufacturing facility,” said a Daimler spokesperson.

Eisenmann is a global industrial solutions provider for surface finishing, material flow automation, thermal process technology and environmental engineering.

For more information contact:
Eisenmann Corporation USA
150 East Dartmoor Drive
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
815-455-4100
www.eisenmann.com

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Rolls-Royce Supplier Establishes Manufacturing Center In The Richmond Region

The Greater Richmond Partnership has announced that Erodex Ltd., a graphite products maker, has established an office and manufacturing center in Henrico County.

“We are very happy to call the Richmond region home,” said John Rolinson, Co-Director of Erodex. “Rolls Royce Group announced that it was opening a new turbine blade facility in Virginia and Erodex was asked to support that as a result of our long-term working relationship with them.”

Erodex recently signed a five-year agreement with Rolls-Royce to supply goods to the Crosspointe campus in Prince George, VA. The company invested $2 million and hired four to ramp up production for its client.

“This started off with us supplying graphite electrodes from the UK, however as its Virginia operation grew, we entered conversations about starting a tool room there so that we could offer the same fixture care and repair as well as inspection/ trialling of tools in Virginia that we would do in the UK,” said Rolinson.

“In addition to its comprehensive range of electrical discharge machining (EDM) consumables, Erodex has what is widely accepted as the very finest graphite machine shop in the UK,” said the company spokesperson. “The stock levels of carbons and graphites, and of continuous wire for EDM electrode applications, support the company’s position as market leader.”

“It is always a pleasure to welcome a new company to Henrico County,” said Patricia S. O’Bannon, Vice-Chairman of the Henrico County Board of Supervisors. “The flex space offered at the Byrd Corporate Park provides a strategic location for Erodex to serve its key customer, Rolls-Royce, and to hire the highlyskilled labor it requires to manufacture its products.”

“We are very happy to include Erodex and Pryor Marking Technology as Rolls-Royce suppliers in the Richmond Region, adding two new UK firms to the 41 already in the area,” said Partnership CEO Barry Matherly. “International companies continue to grow our economy, with the Partnership successfully managing 20 new foreign direct investment projects during the last three years.”

We are so happy that Erodex is already expanding after just establishing itself in Henrico in March of 2016,” said Felicia Ainsa, Existing Business Manager for the Henrico Economic Development Authority. “It found an eager market for its services when it first got here and has since identified a new service line to further meet regional demand. This expansion roughly doubles its space and workforce.”

For more information contact:
Erodex (UK) Ltd.
44 (0)1384 892011
sales@erodex.com
www.erodex.com

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Company Expands CMM Sales With New Distributor

Crotts & Saunders LLC is the exclusive distributor for AIMS Metrology’s coordinate measuring machines (CMMs) for the territories of West Virginia, Virginia and North and South Carolina. The AIMS CMM product line-up includes its laboratory-grade Revolution Series LM equipped with Renishaw’s 5-axis REVO 2 scanning head, and the industry’s only mobile 5-axis CMM on the market—the Revolution HB, designed and built with Renishaw’s PH20 5-axis touch trigger system.

Crotts & Saunders, a Winston-Salem, NC-based machine tool sales and metrology products distributor, provides installation, contract inspection services, customer support and training. “We were looking for a CMM OEM that would complement our role as a value-added service and applications provider,” said Vice President and General Manager Chris Miller. “Renishaw’s open architecture for its MODUS software and 5-axis PH20 and REVO 2 measurement technology made AIMS and its CMM products an attractive choice for us.”

Metrology has been Crotts & Saunders’ life blood since the company launched in 1956. “Today’s CMM sales are driven by software and customer service,” said Miller. “With some companies, the smaller job shop can get pushed to the bottom when it comes to response times and then find itself charged for post-sales support. Our metrology customers, whether it is a five-man shop or a Tier 1 supplier, find us very responsive.”

Crotts & Saunders’ 25,000 sq. ft. facility features two training rooms and two laboratory environments equipped with metrology machines. Application and service technician roles are exclusive to both sides of the Crotts & Saunders house—machine tools and measurement equipment. Dedicated territory managers and metrology sales representatives ensure customers get what they need when they need it. In addition to facility or on-site training, the distributor provides an automated service hotline.

For more information contact:
Crotts & Saunders LLC
2709 Boulder Park Ct
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
877-909-5544 / 336-765-7250
sales@crottsandsaunders.com
www.crottsandsaunders.com

AIMS Metrology
2580 Kohnle Drive
Miamisburg, OH 45342
937-320-4930
www.aimsmetrology.com

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U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders Continue To Gain Strength

The U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders report for May 2017 showed gains for the month and year over year, according to AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. May orders were up 3.1% over April, and 21.8% over May 2016.

Automotive customers made some significant orders in the month, and continued investment from machine shops indicates that manufacturers are seeking additional capacity.

The gains in manufacturing technology orders are in line with other positive economic indicators for the manufacturing industry: industrial production, rising exports, continued industry expansion as indicated by the PMI and strong consumer sentiment.

“As we have now seen year-overyear growth for four consecutive months, and with that growth acceleration, all signs indicate a continued trend of strength for the manufacturing technology industry,” said AMT Vice President – Strategic Analytics Pat McGibbon. “With activity growing in many geographic regions and continued strengthening in key industries like job shops, auto and aerospace, all of this suggests the market will continue to grow and stay strong for the coming months.”

Orders for May 2017 totaled $351.85 million, compared to $341.33 million in April and $288.93 million in May 2016. Year to date, orders are valued at $1,667.18 million, compared to $1,552.37 million for the same point in 2016. USMTO is a reliable economic indicator as manufacturing companies invest in capital metalworking equipment to increase capacity and improve productivity.

The U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders (USMTO) Report

These numbers and all data in this report are based on the totals of actual data reported by companies participating in the USMTO program. This report, compiled by The Association For Manufacturing Technology (AMT), provides regional and national U.S. orders data of domestic and imported machine tools and related equipment. Analysis of manufacturing technology orders provides a reliable leading economic indicator as manufacturing industries invest in capital metalworking equipment to increase capacity and improve productivity.

For more information contact:
AMT
7901 Jones Branch Drive, Suite 900
McLean, VA 22102
703-893-2900
amt@amtonline.org
www.amtonline.org

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