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M ANUFACTURING N EWS SOUTHEAST Serving Since 1997 Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee & Virginia Feature Editorial Finishing/ Grinding/Abrasives Flap Discs for Grinding All Metals Grinding discs developed for grinding stainless steel, aluminum, titanium and more. See Page 14 Vol. 21 No. 6 June 2017 See Online DIGITAL EDITIONS at www.mfgnewsweb.com Methods Machine Tools Launches Automation Center in Charlotte, NC Basic Mill End Mills HAIMER has introduced its newest line of end mills, the Basic Mill. “The Basic Mill is all the quality you would ex-pect from a Haimer end mill – reduced to the essentials,” said a company spokes-person. Basic Mill solid carbide end mills are created with H6 shank tolerances using cutting edge geometries with an unequal flute and helix design, which re-duces vibration while machining. The basic mill can be used in almost all mate-rial, including stainless steel, alloy steel, cast iron, aluminum and general steels. The end mill is capable of aggressive roughing machining strategies that in-clude slotting, trochoidal milling, steep Continued on Page 81 Aerospace/Defense Laser-Based Composite Manufacturing Laser projection software simplifies and accelerates manual composite lay-up for a variety of industries. See Page 32 To meet the growing demand for au-tomation and robotics in manufacturing, Methods Machine Tools, Inc., a supplier of precision machine tools, 3-D printing technology, automation and accessories, is expanding its automation capabilities by launching a new Automation and In-tegration Center in its Charlotte, NC, fa-cility. The center is staffed by systems integration engineers and will have a full range of equipment and capabilities, from customer consultation to building cells and performing run-offs. Mike Kierce, Systems Integration Manager, will manage the new Charlotte Automa-tion Center. “The 10,000 sq. ft. center will expand Methods’ existing automation program and provide innovative, state-of-the-art Continued on Page 81 ATI Industrial Automation Breaks Ground on New Headquarters ATI Industrial Automation recently broke ground on the expansion of its cor-porate and manufacturing headquarters in Apex, NC. This expansion–the largest in ATI’s 28-year history–will increase the size of its Apex facility to 185,000 square feet. “Global demand for our robotic end-effectors continues to grow,” said ATI Chairman Keith Morris. “This latest major expansion, our second in just four years, will help us to meet the growing Continued on Page 83 Applying Technology AM enhances part design, increases production efficiency. 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Methods Machine Tools Launches Automation Center In Charlotte, NC

To meet the growing demand for automation and robotics in manufacturing, Methods Machine Tools, Inc., a supplier of precision machine tools, 3-D printing technology, automation and accessories, is expanding its automation capabilities by launching a new Automation and Integration Center in its Charlotte, NC, facility. The center is staffed by systems integration engineers and will have a full range of equipment and capabilities, from customer consultation to building cells and performing run-offs. Mike Kierce, Systems Integration Manager, will manage the new Charlotte Automation Center.

“The 10,000 sq. ft. Center will expand Methods’ existing automation program and provide innovative, state-of-the-art systems for customers throughout the U. S.,” said a company spokesperson. “Automation is not a new concept at Methods. With existing automation centers in the company’s Sudbury, MA, headquarters and in Wixom, MI, Methods has been committed to automation for years, applying leading edge technology in a wide range of machine tool and robotic solutions, from small automated centers to large, complex multi-function machining cells.”

“Manufacturers are increasingly realizing that incorporating automation and robotics is key to their productivity, profitability and future,” said Bryon Deysher, Executive Director of the Board, Methods Machine Tools, Inc. “Our new Automation and Integration Center will provide expanded capability for all projects spanning the U.S. and enhance the value of our customer experience at every level. I envision the future need for expanding this model in other regions of the U.S. as well.”

Methods Automation, utilizing robotics and a full range of advanced machine tools via Productivity Partners FANUC, YASDA, Nakamura-Tome, KIWA and FEELER, designs, integrates and builds innovative, flexible automation solutions for customers throughout North America.

For more information contact:
John Lucier,
National Automation Manager
Methods Machine Tools, Inc.
978-443-5388
jlucier@methodsmachine.com
www.methodsmachine.com

Methods Machine Tools, Inc. -
Charlotte
13607 South Point Boulevard
Charlotte, NC 28273
704-587-0507

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Basic Mill End Mills

HAIMER has introduced its newest line of end mills, the Basic Mill. “The Basic Mill is all the quality you would expect from a Haimer end mill – reduced to the essentials,” said a company spokesperson. Basic Mill solid carbide end mills are created with H6 shank tolerances using cutting edge geometries with an unequal flute and helix design, which reduces vibration while machining. The basic mill can be used in almost all material, including stainless steel, alloy steel, cast iron, aluminum and general steels.

The end mill is capable of aggressive roughing machining strategies that include slotting, trochoidal milling, steep ramping and even plunging. “Available in inch and metric, a full complement of radii and flute lengths, and with or without Safe-Lock shanks, the Basic Mill series is designed to be the do-it-all end mill for the shop,” said the spokesperson.

A video is available at:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v= iGOcGgBG2_w&t=3s.

For more information contact:
HAIMER USA
134 E. Hill Street
Villa Park, IL 60181
630-833-1500
haimer@haimer-usa.com
www.haimer-usa.com

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Power-Operated Chucks Deliver Secure Holding For Gear Grinding

RÖHM Products of America now offers a powered external clamping chuck for gear surface face grinding. The KZF-S collet chuck is especially well suited for clamping gears/workpieces that have an external plane or gear teeth geometries accessible from the outside. Additionally, the chuck allows face and I. D. diameters to be turned or ground concentric to outer gear pitch diameters.

The compact KZF-S chuck provides high clamping forces, optimal workpiece stability and maximum axial accuracy achieved via axial draw-in of the workpiece against a rigid work stop. The company reports the chuck maintains its centrifugal force for extremely smooth rotation of less than 0.01 mm.

KZF-S chucks have modular designs that feature case-hardened components for maximum versatility and low maintenance. The workholding system features a grommet for the integration of air or coolant and a sealed lubrication channel to eliminate chip penetration.

Available in three sizes, the KZF-S chucks accommodate diameters ranging from 30 mm to 180 mm. A simple bayonet connector enables users to quickly retrofit clamping sleeves to different diameters, and an intermediate adaptor with adjustment screws enables DIN55026 or optional A5-A8 mounting.

For more information contact:
RÖHM Products of America
2500 Northlake Drive
Suwanee, GA 30024
800-445-7646
rohmusa@roehm.biz
www.rohm-products.com

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ATI Industrial Automation Breaks Ground On New Headquarters

ATI Industrial Automation recently broke ground on the expansion of its corporate and manufacturing headquarters in Apex, NC. This expansion–the largest in ATI’s 28-year history–will increase the size of its Apex facility to 185,000 square feet. “Global demand for our robotic end-effectors continues to grow,” said ATI Chairman Keith Morris. “This latest major expansion, our second in just four years, will help us to meet the growing needs of our worldwide client base.”

ATI formed in 1989 as the brainchild of engineers Keith Morris, Chairman; Robert Little, CEO; and Dwayne Perry, Chief Sensor Technologist. The firm has grown from a small team with a tiny office in Garner, NC, to a global work force of 300 employee-owners. Corporate and manufacturing headquarters are located in Apex, NC, but ATI has added business offices in Michigan, China, Mexico and Brazil to better serve its ever-growing customer network.

“The new addition will increase the size of the engineering, warehouse and production floor areas, and will be staffed by 275 new employees,” said a company spokesperson. “For ATI customers, the expansion means quicker turnaround of new designs, increased production capacities to keep lead times short and even more of the exceptional service and support they depend on. The expansion gives way to a new engineering and robotic lab for creative development of end effectors. Continuous improvement and on-time delivery are key aspects of ATI’s business philosophy; the new expansion is simply the next step in anticipating customer needs.”

ATI’s robotic end-effector products optimize industrial applications in fields such as robotics, aerospace, biomedical, automotive, electronics, applied research, academics, nuclear and government. CEO Robert Little credits the company’s strong growth to the array of unique customer applications that ATI serves. Little explains, “This diversity in our customer base, coupled with our focus on engineering innovation and customer service, has allowed us to succeed despite a fluctuating global economy and lower-cost overseas competition. In fact, nearly 50 percent of our sales are exported to world markets. We have created 150 new jobs since 2012, and this new expansion will create an additional 275.”

For more information contact:
ATI Industrial Automation
1031 Goodworth Drive
Apex, NC 27539
919-772-0115
www.ati-ia.com

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New Offset Angle Heads

Koma Precision has introduced a new series of offset angle heads from Alberti. The new series of offset heads feature a combination of high pressure coolant through the main spindle up to 100 bar with increased RPM and a high speed option. “Another big advantage is the possibility of dry running during machining, something that was not available in the past,” said a company spokesperson. “The new TOP LINE range heads are a result of Alberti’s research and development and attempt to deliver continuous improvement.”

All Alberti angle head spindles are manufactured from one solid piece of hardened steel that increases resistance to bending stress by 25%. “This also enables the tools to reach higher RPM without vibrations, thus resulting in higher speed and precision,” said the spokesperson. “The unique angular contact bearings ensure perfect concentricity and stability required to achieve higher performance of machining operations. The mechanical seals and gears are researched and developed at the Alberti Engineering and Technology Center.”

For more information contact:
Koma Precision, Inc.
20 Thompson Road
East Windsor, CT 06088
800-249-KOMA (5662)
info@komaprecision.com
www.komaprecision.com

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