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After 44 years, WESTEC is still uniting buyers and sellers.

Entering its' 44th year as the largest annual North American machine tool and manufacturing event, WESTEC 2007 --March 26-29, 2007, in Los Angeles, CA--is sure to help your business. In addition to showcasing over 600 exhibitors, attendees can participate in special presentations on the show floor and at the technology, theater--Comparative Process Technology and Solutions for Small Business forums.

New this year will be the WESTEC Plant Tours and Sessions where attendees can choose to take a tour of a local plant focused on the technology of their choice. After the tout, you return to a classroom to hear from industry experts. Finally, you head to the show floor to see pre-planned demonstrations and take part in facilitated Q&A sessions.

Returning again to WESTEC will be the Student and Educator Programs featuring the Manufacturing Challenge, Manufacturing Career Days for Engineering and Academy Student, Educator Summit, and Student Summit. For more information on any events at WESTEC 2007 visit www.rsleads.com/703tp-155

Aerospace, automotive, medical, general machining demonstrations

Showcasing three models of the FX series of four-axis VMCs --2216F1, 3019FX, and 4020FX--as well as the 50-taper, high-torque VMC 6535HTX, Fadal will utilize the machines in industry-focused machining demonstrations. Features of the FX series include rigid box-way construction and a Fadal GE Fanuc Oi-MC Control with advanced software for programming, operation, and troubleshooting. The FX series will feature rapid-steel mold and general part-machining applications, including a guitar neck wood-cutting operation of a Taylor guitar.

The new 50-taper high-torque VMC 6535HTX optimizes aggressive cutting of titanium and hardened steel through the use of a 50-taper, 6,000rpm high-torque spindle and air/oil lubrication--making it idea for aerospace and more. Cutting rates up to 50fpm with rapid travel rates up to 75fpm can be achieved. In addition, the machine features Cool Power- a refrigerant cooling system that maintains the temperature of the ball screws and the spindle headstock, reducing the effects of thermal growth for consistent positioning accuracy and high repeatability.

The VMC 4525 with Fanuc 18i MB5 control will perform high-speed machining on a stainless steel medical part while the VMC 6030 will be machining a unique engine component for NHRA Funny Car champion John Force. BOOTH #3432--Fadal Machining Centers, www.rsleads.com/703tp-160

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Chuck and bar turning centers

The SR-Series is an extension to the line of turning centers --heavy-duty chuck-and-bar-turning centers that can be configured with many multitasking t capabilities to machine complex small- to medium-sized parts complete in a single setup. With up to 25 percent more torque and horsepower and 24 percent more speed than previous Hardinge turning centers, the SR-Series are true chuck-and-bar machines that will cut the toughest materials and handle deep interrupted cuts with ease while maintaining overall part accuracy.

Key attributes of the SR-Series machine are the Hardinge GE Fanuc i-Series SR control unit with high-speed milling capability and multi-axis functionality: Fanuc Manual Guide i conversational programming system: robust spindle horsepower and torque combination up to 30hp and torque up to 270ft/lb: and the capability of hard turning and milling. The Eppinger top plate option is designed for high accuracy, zero-clearance tool location, repeatability, and robust live tooling system.

The SR 150 and 200, along with the soon to be release 250 all feature superior vibration damping accomplished through the use of heavy-duty linear roller guides mounted to the cast-iron base. This platform allows the user to tackle the toughest work virtually vibration-tree while reducing expenditure on today's high-performance tooling by as much as 33 percent. BOOTH #3316--Hardinge Inc., www. rsleads.com/703tp-204

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Powerful, high-productivity horizontal machining center

EC-630 horizontal machining center is the largest-capacity, high-production machine yet produced by Haas. It features a 40"x33"x35" work envelope. 50-taper geared-head spindle, dual-pallet changer with 630mm pallets, 50-pocket side-mount tool changer, and a built-in I" pallet indexer--a full fourth axis is available.

The geared head couples the motor directly to the spindle through a Haas-built high-precision gearbox. The two-speed gearbox provides 450ft/lb of torque for heavy material removal and speeds to 6,000rpm for finished cuts. Each 630mm pallet handles a 2.6401b load while the servo-driven pallet-changer quickly swaps the pallets. A separate, protected load station allows the operator to safely load/unload parts or change fixtures on one pallet, while parts are being machines on the other.

To accommodate long production with minimal downtime, the EC-630 is equipped with a large-volume coolant tank and a high-capacity belt conveyor for efficient chip removal. Also standard are 710ipm rapids, a 15" color LCD monitor with USB port, 1MB of program memory, a flood and wash-down coolant system, and a programmable coolant nozzle. BOOTH #3200--Haas Automation Inc., www.rsleads.com/703tp-199

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HSM 400U prodMed is medical-machining Rx

Designed specifically for the medical-manufacturing industry, Mikron's high-speed, high-performance HSM 400U ProdMed will be shown in the GF AgieCharmilles booth. The HSM 400U ProdMed is capable of 24/7 unattended machining through the inclusion of a 20-pallet palletchanger as a standard feature. The machine also includes a Heidenhain iTNC 530 control system and Smart Machining Modules that allow for automated evaluation and inspection of tools and workpieces. The 400U provides excellent surface finishing and product detail, as well as a significant reduction in process times and increased spindle utilization. Its polymer concrete construction provides improved performance in dampening, thermal stability, and tool life while also achieving high precision by maintaining a high level of rigidity. BOOTH # 3228--Agie Charmilles Corp., www.rslealds.com/703tp-164

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Laser cutting features integrated automation, compact enclosures

Flat-sheet laser-cutting machines with integrated automation boasts a most noticeable enhancement as being that of the compact enclosure that is 75 percent smaller than a conventional enclosure.

In addition, new working range options abound. Key benefits of ergonomic design include faster installation, easier accessibility, and facilitated material exchange. Additionally, the machine now comes with an easy-to-use freestanding control--similar to the one sold with Trumpf's punching machines. In addition to the 4x10ft working range model, 5xl0ft and 4x8ft working range versions are available. BOOTH #2550; Trumpf Inc., www.rsleads.com/703tp-162

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Robotic cell maximizes productivity of EDMs

Dramatically increasing production capacity through automated loading and unloading is the Fanuc robotic EDM cell. It features a high-speed Fanuc six-axis robot and can be configured to serve either a single or multiple Fanuc iC Series Wire EDM machines making "lights out" manufacturing a reality.

The design of the Fanuc M-710iB/70 robot provides a large work envelope in a minimum of floor space. With a standard Joint 1 rotation of 360[degrees], a small Joint 2 interference zone, and the ability of Joint 3 to flip over and work behind itself, the robot can reach anywhere and offers precise positioning and unparalleled performance--permitting optimal floor space utilization by allowing the placement of storage racks for workpieces, tooling, and robot grippers in places where they would inaccessible to three-axis robots.

Robot motion is controlled by CellMaster cell-control software. After the robot picks up a workpiece from a designated loading zone, it places it on a storage rack, logging its location. Cell control software then matches the CNC program, cutting technology, robot gripper, and any tooling or fixturing with the part. The software then allows the user to schedule jobs, reprioritize them if necessary, and monitor individual job progress and/or machine status. Also being shown will be the RoboDrill E vertical machining center BOOTH #3032--Methods Machine Tools Inc., Methods EDM, www.rsleads.com/703tp-172

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Laser-cutting system offers compact size, affordability

The By Vention laser-cutting system offers users advantages of simplicity, in a compact size for standard-sized material up to 5x10ft--working footprint is 20x20ft, with a clever material flow concept. With the system's integrated safety system, the operating area is completely accessible without photoelectric barriers. Because of the machine's compact size, it allows for a short laser beam path, which is particularly ideal for high-precision cutting. The system is engineered to deliver a long life span and maximum reliability while serviceability and ease-of-use ensures reliable round-the-clock operation.

Also being shown will be the Byjet waterjet-cutting system that combines the available shuttle table and swing arm loader to deliver a significant increase in productivity over stand-along systems. BOOTH #3616--Bystronic Inc., www.rsleads.com/703tp-176

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Added features, functionality

Version 8 of PartMaker CAD/CAM software for CNC mills, lathes, wire EDM, turn-mill centers, and Swiss-type lathes features a wide range of improved functionality. Version 8 introduces the Full Machine Simulation module, which allows the user to view a photo realistic 3-D model of the machine for which they are programming the part. The simulation module will provide improved error-checking and collision detection to PartMaker users by allowing them to perform a robust machine simulation. The machine model being simulated incorporates machine specific toolholders and attachments to ensure that any possible collisions that could occur on the machine will be detected off-line on the user's PC.

PartMaker, being a knowledge-based-machining system, allows it to provide a substantial gain in programming efficiency by remembering the tools, material, and process information necessary to machine individual part features. It thus relieves the user from re-entering the same features information for subsequent parts. It also improves productivity by placing the emphasis on tool management functions. BOOTH #3275--PartMaker Inc., www.rsleads.com/703tp-166

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Five-axis VMC is ideal complex part geometries

NMV5000 DCG vertical machining center answers the growing demand that has come from the die/mold, medical, aerospace, and general high-precision machining industries as a result of the need for high added value and increasing complexity of part geometries. The NMV5000 DCG achieves accuracy by increasing machine rigidity with DCG technology and box-in-box construction. To further improve the machine's precision, NMV5000 DCG implements direct drive (DD) motors on the B- and C-axis.

MAPPS III, the latest iteration of Mori Seiki's standard control is included on the machine. MAPPS III maximizes user-friendliness and offers improved hardware specifications, operability, and shorter programming times. The control allows fast processing and is equipped with a collision prevention function that monitors machine movements in real time. MAPPS III also takes advantage of the ease and convenience of conversational input, providing high-speed canned cycles that lead to dramatic increases in programming speed. BOOTH #3300--Mori Seiki U.S.A. Inc., www.rsleads.com/703tp-178

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Speed, rigidity, and precision for aerospace, mold/die work

Hi-Net DMC-1500HN is a 33,0001b heavyweight bridge mill specifically engineering for high-speed net shape machining of complex 3-D parts. Solid machine construction is key to the Hi-Net DMC-1500HN's performance. It tackles a variety of materials at high feedrates and with a high degree of accuracy. It boasts heavy Meehanite castings that provide the strength and vibration dampening required for excellent surface finishes and exceptionally long cutting tool life.

Standard features on the Hi-Net DMC-1500HN are the Weiss integral spindles, the 15,00rpm HSK-100A spindle delivering 56hp and 300 ft/lb of torque at just 1,000rpm. For medium roughing and even finer finishing, a 24,000rpm HSK-63A spindle delivers 31hp and 53ft/lb of torque at 3,000rpm. Both spindles feature ceramic bearings and air-oil mist lubrication for best life.

The bridge mill delivers X, Y, and Z travels of 59"x35"x30", rapid rates in the X, Y, and Z of 944ipm, 944ipm, and 590ipm, and can handle table loads up to 10,120lb. BOOTH #4150--Absolute Machine Tools Inc., www.rsleads.com/703tp-170

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C[O.sub.2] laser systems

Computer-controlled C[O.sub.2] laser systems can accommodate a wide variety of materials including plastics, metals, glass, rubber, natural, and man-made stone, ceramics, acrylics, and more. Utilizing High Power Density Focusing Optics, the systems can permanently mark the surface of stainless steel and other metals without the metal marking compounds that are normally required with low-power C[O.sub.2] laser sources.

All of the laser systems are compatible with most Windows-based CAD and graphic programs. The systems are available in 16"x12" to 48"x24" table sizes and with laser power from 10W to 400W. Universal also manufacturers the X-650Y large field Nd:YAG laser system with an engraving area of 32"x18". BOOTH #2145--Universal Laser Systems Inc., www.rsleads.com/703tp-182

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Enhancing machine tool productivity solutions

Solutions and services for machine tool manufacturers and end users--innovations in CNC, motor, and drive technology as well as value-added services will be shown. SINUMERIK HT 8 Handheld Terminal integrates an operator panel and a machine control panel into one compact device that enables the user to visualize machine applications running on multiple SINUMERIK NCE/PCU operations without reconfiguration. The handheld unit automatically reads the configuration from the HMI main panel of the machine to which it is connected. HT 9 is compatible with all SINUMERIK operating panels.

SINUMERIK HT 8 features a fully graphical 7.5" TFT color touch display, machine control keys, traversing keys for axes, an emergency stop button, and two three-position enabling buttons for both left- and right-handed users. Also being shown ideal for the aerospace market will be the SINUMERIK 840D solution line--a universal and flexible CNC system featuring the SINAMICS S120 drives and can be used for up to 31 axes. BOOTH #2728--Siemens Energy and Automation Inc., www.rsleads.com/703tp-175

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Increase productivity, decrease setup time; reduce errors, waste

Advanced Feed System, coupled with a Scotchman circular cold saw, turns a semi-automatic machine into a fully automated production machine. The Advanced Feed System automatically moves your material to position, automatically clamps the material, and cycles the machine with [+ or -] 0.004" repeatable accuracy.

Operators can manually enter dimensions into the controller or pull a cut list from the controller, powered by TigerStop --it stores up to 99 programs. Another option is downloading cut list information directly from your PC--to speed production and reduce the chance of operator error.

One-off cuts are easy, too; just key in the desired cut length in inches, fractions, or metrics and push start. The automatic stop moves to position and the operators no longer need to use a tape measure or set and adjust manual stops. Advanced Feed System can be used as a programmable stop or a fully automatic programmable push-feed system with the optional material clamp. BOOTH #2332--Scotchman Industries, www.rsleads.com/703tp-168

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Machine simulation for multitasking, mill-turn

GibbsCAM Machine Simulation complements GibbsCAM Cut Part Rendering process simulation functionality allowing for entire machine tool motion of a CNC program to be validated in an accurate simulation. The updated version of GibbsCAM Machine Simulation adds support for turning, mill-turn, and multitask machine tools to the previous version that supported milling machine tools. Machine tools models can be built and setup like the real machine tool, then the CNC program is simulated to validate it prior to running the CNC program on the actual machine tool.

Multitask machine tools represent one of the fastest growing machine tool segments in the market--primarily because of their ability to fully machine a wide variety of parts entirely within their working space without human intervention. Gibbs and Associates has formed key partnerships with a number of machine tool vendors--those focusing on multitasking as part of their strategic market position--such as Index, Matsuura, Mazak, Mori Seiki, and Nakamura Tome. As machine tools become more and more complex, the need for an accurate simulation of the machine tool motion becomes more and more critical. Booth #3268--Gibbs and Associates, www.rsleads.com/703tp-180

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Metalworking coolant cleaning

The alfie 500 coolant-cleaning module is a mobile, plug-n-play system designed to remove contaminants from smaller metalworking systems. Based on high-speed centrifugal separation, it is dimensioned to handle volumes up to 1,500 gallons (5[m.sup.3]) operating either at standstill or during a production run, without interrupting the machining process.

alfie 500 separates tramp oil as well as metal fines and solid particles down to 1 [micro]m from the coolant. With top-ups, continuous cleaning extends the coolant lifetime up to 10 times the life of oil without a centrifuge. All functions are controlled by a PLC-based control system. Operating in bypass flow, the compact alfie 500 can be installed in any metalworking system. BOOTH #5328--Alfa Laval Inc., www.rsleads.com/703tp-186

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Off-center Y-axis cutting

Featuring advanced integral spindle/motor technology, spindle output on the Quick Turn Nexus 250-II MSY is 35hp and 4,000rpm on the main turning spindle--a 10" chuck--for heavy-duty metal removal, and high-speed cutting of aluminum and other non-ferrous materials. The second spindle has a 6" chuck size, 15-hp output, and 6,000-rpm maximum spindle speed. The additional rotary tool spindle for milling has 7.5hp output and 4,500-rpm maximum speed. Rotary tools and turning tools alike can be mounted at any position of the 12-station drum turret, and quick-change toolholders can be loaded or unloaded with a single turn of a wrench.

Rapid traverse in the X-axis is 1,181 ipm, 826ipm in Y-axis, and 1,299ipm in Zaxis. High-gain servo control makes acceleration/deceleration fast and virtually vibration-free. Single-step 12-tool position turret indexing time of 0.25sec per position minimizes idle time, which increases productivity.

High-speed data processing is readily accomplished by the Mazatrol Matrix Nexus CNC. Feedrates for machining complex curved surfaces are two times faster than the previous CNC and new servo control technology minimizes vibration. BOOTH #2900--Mazak Corp., www.rsleads.com/703tp-211

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Gang-tool lathe with standard C-axis

SNK's Prodigy GT-27 gang-tool lathe features C-Axis spindle as standard, a polymer base, and precision components for fast and accurate small parts turning. Prodigy GT-27's spindle speeds reach up to 6,000rpm. It uses three axes of motion that can be commanded in absolute or incremental modes. Prodigy's C-axis spindle allows for indexing and positioning as well as more advanced functions including interpolation and polar coordinate milling. Prodigy G-27 can index in 0.01[degrees] increments and the GE Fanuc controller contributes to ease of operations, as well as faster and more responsive performance. BOOTH #2249--SNK America Inc., www.rsleads.com/703tp-197

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Highly specialized part production

MD+PRO wire EDM machine is designed specifically to accommodate the medical field's need for 24/7 production work. MD+PRO delivers ultimate high-speed production and precision. The full-servo, B-axis-indexing option introduces two new EDM processes --indexing and turning and burning.

Also being shown is the FA20VS that provides automatic threading capabilities of wire sizes 0.004"-0.014" --fully utilizing the machines high-speed roughing as well as fine finishing abilities. The V500 Power Supply provides the proper combination of voltage and peak current for machining of PCD and CBN materials. The V500 combines with Power Master (PM4) to excel in poor flushing-type work, providing 20 percent faster machining compared with the FA-S Series. BOOTH #3532--Mitsubishi EDM/ Laser, MC Machinery Systems Inc., www.rsleads.com/703tp-202

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Integral drive spindle HMC

Makino's a81M horizontal machining center will be shown machining titanium during WESTEC. The a81M yields significant increases in tool life and greatly improved metal-removal rates when using the high-torque spindle. Featuring a significantly higher torque at low rotations per minute, the design combines the optimum blend of speed and rigidity necessary to make aggressive cuts.

Featuring rapid feedrate of 1.42ipm, the a81M is able to handle workloads up to 10,800lb. The integral drive spindle has an available 744ff/lb of torque from zero to 392rpm. To match that torque, the spindle employs 50hp from 2,000 to 5,000rpm--lending it to difficult cutting scenarios. The integral drive, high-torque spindle has no corresponding loss of acceleration and deceleration, and it ranges from 4.4sec to 3.8sec at 8,000rpm, ranging up to 10,000rpm.

a81M is well suited for large diameter rough boring and face milling on tough and hard metals--including tool steel, carbon steel, stainless steel, titanium, titanium alloys, Inconel, cast or ductile iron, and CGI. The high-toque, integral drive spindle employs a standard CAT 50-taper toolholder with an HSK-A100 as optional. BOOTH #3416--Makino, www.rsleads.com/703tp-205

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HMC with multilevel pallet storage system

Fast and powerful 40-taper HMC is the FH450-S with a multilevel pallet storage system, which is suitable for a variety of applications. It has a significantly larger work envelope than comparable machines, yet the streamlined enclosure required less floor space.

The FH450-S, available with the multilevel pallet storage system, automates loading and unloading--requiring minimal operator involvement, reducing setup and tear-down, and achieving spindle utilization of over 90 percent.

Also being displayed will be the SelectG economical universal grinder designed for flexible, precise, small-lot work and the BM-1200 vertical machining center that delivers superior performance for heavy-duty machining of ferrous materials. BOOTH #3232--Toyoda Machinery USA, www.rsleads.com/703tp-200

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Machining center with two work tables

Twin Table TT Series machining centers offer two separate work tables that shuttle outside the working envelope for convenient part loading while the opposite work table is inside the machining enclosure cutting parts. At the end of the machining operation, the individual work tables shuttle the completed parts out and the next table enters the work area for machining, creating a non-stop machining cycle.

The cast iron bridge design of the TT Series machines utilizes a single set of linear ball or roller ways with independent ballscrews and axis motors for table control providing superior accuracy and cutting performance. Further enhancement of the TT's cutting performance is provided through an Inline spindle, available standard at 10,000rpm or optional 15,000rpm. BOOTH #3944--Milltronics, www.rsleads. com/703tp-212

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High-productivity router cutters--Aeromaster --are designed for slotting, square shoulder milling, and pocketing operations in aluminum. Machined from a hardened state, these tools offer minimal axial and radial run-out, which is necessary for high-speed machining applications. The Aeromaster cutter body features a TiN coating and an open flute design to aid in chip evacuation and prevent buildup on the cutter body. Two styles to choose from are the existing High Productivity Router available with cylindrical shank--from 1.25" to 2", shell mill from 2" to 4"--or a two-piece flexible Combimaster style from 1.25" to 1.5". Accompanying inserts are from the Seco VPGX 2006 designation and allow a 0.395" maximum depth of cut. BOOTH #2564 --Seco Tools Inc., www.rsleads. com/703tp-198

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CNC Vise is designed to fit on a CNC machine's table without any overhang, while maintaining unobstructed handle use. Additionally, it mounts to a T-Slotted machine table with toe clamps, which can be located anywhere. CNC Vise has a ground steel face, devoid of openings, to eliminate chip and coolant traps found on traditional vises. It also features the QuickSlide moveable jaw, allowing the moveable jaw to slide into position, and simply tighten with the vise handle. BOOTH #4112--Chick Workholding Solutions Inc., www.rsleads.com/703tp-165

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HELIPLUS is an extension of the HELI2000 family of tools that currently use the HM90 APKT 1003 and HM90 ADKT 1505 inserts with 10mm and 15mm cutting edge lengths. Upgrades to the HELI2000 and HELIPLUS families include 19mm length cutting edge to accompany this family of tools. The 19mm insert features a high helix, positive rake angle, and sharp cutting edge. The design exerts a low force, thereby leaving a high surface finish along a 0.707" shoulder. As a result of this finish and insert length, the HELIPLUS 19mm can replace other extended flute milling cutters that use shorter inserts. BOOTH #2858--Iscar Metals Inc., www.rsleads.com/703tp-188

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Mill chucks featuring a full-flange stop prevents over tightening the nut and increases rigidity, for improved cutting. There is no need to use a torque wrench to properly tighten the nut. Simply turn the nut with the provided hook wrench until it seats against the stop and it's ready to use. it can be run with either shower coolant or coolant-thru-tool and feeds and speeds can be increased while maintaining even cutting. Reduction sleeves are available to fit inch shank sizes from 1/8" to 1" and metric from 6mm to 25mm for CAT or BT spindles. BOOTH #2545--Techniks Inc., www.rsleads.com/703tp-161

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Direct-Drive, Super-Precision Rotary systems feature positioning and repeatability with no gearboxes or worm gear drives. The direct-drive design eliminates backlash, which results in high servo stiffness and extremely rapid and accurate bi-directional response with repeatability of 0.01 arc/sec. Also shown will be the Quick-Change Rotary Systems that incorporate a direct-drive, rare-earth permanent-magnet torque motor that wraps around the spindle--eliminating the need for a separate motor extension resulting in a much smaller footprint. BOOTH #2700--Hardinge Inc., Workholding Div., www.rsleads. com/703tp-189

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Darex sharpeners work for high-tech mass production, or creative custom fabrication. A wide range of sharpeners available are the V390, the XT-3000, and the XPS-16--a fully automated four-axis CNC sharpener, designed to be operated by virtually any production personnel. Also being shown is the SPX-16DL for production facilities that demand the ultimate in precision, simplicity, and productivity. BOOTH #2400 --Darex, www.rsleads.com/703tp-185

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CNC drill and tap center, the MDT-510 is capable of high-speed processing and high production. It has the rigidity of a 40 taper as well as the flexibility and speed of a 30 taper. The reliable Fanuc control makes MDT-510 easy to operate while the machine also includes features such as work-processor editing, one-button features, multi-function job handle, and manual guide programming. X, Y, Z travel is 20"x15.7"x17.7" while table size is 23.6"x14.1". BOOTH #2116; Sharp CNC, www.rsleads.com/703tp-169

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Through stressless coating technologies, the GC4230 offers improved edge line toughness, boosting cutting speeds and metal-removal rates while providing versatility and high performance in light to heavy milling of alloyed and unalloyed steels. Also being shown will be GC4235 for both steels and stainless steels; CC6060 and CC6065 grades of round ceramic inserts, and CB7025 for light to heavy interrupted cuts of case hardened steel. BOOTH #3250--Sandvik Coromant, www.rsleads.com/703tp-177

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Vascomill 10--liquid tool for high-pressure oil applications--is suited for cutting-oil applications in Swiss-style CNC lathes. Its low viscosity levels allow for maximum air escape making Vascomill 10 resistant to foaming even in long cycle times when high pressure is engaged more than 50 percent of the time. Vascomill 10, a renewable vegetable ester-based cutting oil, has a low viscosity paired with a high flashpoint when compared with mineral oils of the same viscosity. BOOTH #2023--Blaser Swisslube Inc., www.rsleads.com/703tp-191

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End mills designed for challenging cutting applications will be shown. The end mills are produced from select sub-micro grain carbide and include: Hard Cut for material ranging from construction steels and tool steels to cast iron; S-Hard-Cut for milling hardened steels and cast irons; and N-Cut which cuts everything from construction, alloyed, tool, and hardened steels to aluminum, alloys, and synthetics. BOOTH #4233--Emuge Corp., www.rsleads.com/703tp-192

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Jet-Stream--high pressure air or liquid coolant thru toolholder and boring bar system--provides the ability to turn the workpiece at higher speeds and feed. Designed for use in all general turning applications--from heavy roughing to high-speed finishing--the Dor-Lock clamping system provides holding security and precisely controls the velocity of the air or liquid coolant flow in one system. BOOTH #3750--Dorian Tool International, www.rsleads.com/703tp-207

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Version 10 of Exact JobBOSS offers enhancements that include compatibility to Microsoft Vista as well as greater localization capabilities that support organizations working in the global economy. JobBOSS version 10 also includes enhancements regarding product ease of use--making it faster for uses to enter data, whether its quotes, orders, shipments, or invoices. BOOTH #3283--Exact Software, www.rsleads.com/703tp206

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Pre-assembled, modular tool crib cabinet solutions are for safe and efficient storage of perishable tools. Perfectly suited for machining centers and metalworking shops of all sizes, Lista's tool crib cabinets are available in two heights. TCC 900 cabinets offer high-density storage and a convenient counter-height work surface. TCC 1350 cabinets stand at eye level and provide more storage in the same footprint of the TCC 900. BOOTH #2316--Lista Int'l Corp., www.rsleads.com/703tp-174

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MCV 4000 laser calibration system is designed to maintain high accuracy and repeatability of three-- and five-axis machine tools and CMMs. MCV 4000 enables manual, automatic, or on-the-fly data collection, as well as simultaneous linear and angular data collection with NIST-traceable laser accuracy. The system features a dual-beam-laser head, dual-channel processor, and squareness optics for running linear, angular, and squareness calibration. BOOTH #2849--Optodyne Inc., www.rsleads.com/703tp-184

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Precision TIG 225 is a technologically advanced widest amperage square-wave TIG welding power source. It features both AC and DC output, increased welding output, and new auxiliary power. Its wide operating range allows for flexibility--as low as 5A on both AC and DC for thin materials and up to a maximum of 230A for heavier TIG and stick welding applications. BOOTH #3955--The Lincoln Electric Co., www.rsleads. com/703tp-179

Pocket Surf PSI portable surface finish gage weighs in at just 14oz and can measure more than 24 surface finish parameters with its high-resolution inductive probe. The PS1 offers a host of new features, including memory, USB connectivity, option PC software, and a large measuring range that enhances the instrument's versatility for a wide range of applications. BOOTH#2416--Mahr Federal, www.rsleads. com/703tp-181

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Fixtureworks will exhibit products of leading North American and worldwide manufacturers. Included will be grippers, rest pads, Swivots swivel/pivoting rest pads, Quick Release ball-lock pins, rollers, and bumpers from Fairlane; pull, swing, side, push, and strap clamps from Imao; positioning components from Kipp, single and double wedge clamp designs from OK-Vise; as well as Mitee-Bite clamps. BOOTH #4019--Fixtureworks, www.rsleads.com/703tp-183

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GEN3SYS advanced drilling system offers patent-pending geometry that is engineered to provide improved chip formation, increased penetration rates, and a longer tool life. Offered in two types of carbides and coated with AM200 ensures optimum tool performance. GEN3SYS holders are available with straight and helical flutes while both styles are equipped with flanged shanks. BOOTH #3850--Allied Machine & Engineering Corp., www.rsleads.com/703tp-196

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Calypso 4.4, VAST navigator offers several new functions that optimize the measurement process and permits measurements on malleable parts such as sheet metal or plastic. Furthermore, additional graphic-supported functions make measuring easier and more reliable. An advantage for the user is VAST navigator selects the optimum scanning speed for each feature, depending on the stylus geometry and the specified exceeded. BOOTH #3300--Carl Zeiss Industrial Measuring Technology (IMT), www.rsleads.com/703tp-187

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PowerMILL latest release includes new and improved functionality for roughing and finishing with both three-axis and five-axis machines. The enhancements include a wider range of five-axis strategies for both roughing and finishing--including the ability to generate a five-axis toolpath from any three-axis toolpath; three-axis swarf machining; parametric surface finishing; faster calculation times; improved point distribution; and easier data management. BOOTH #3368 & 3275--Delcam, www.rsleads.com/703tp-194

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Multiple sensors are now available for the SmartScope Flash 500 dimensional measuring system. The small-footprint floor stand system can be equipped with optional touch-trigger probes and a four-position change rack, for tactile measurement of hard-to-image part features. It can also be configured with an optional Digital Range Sensor (DRS) laser for non-contact surface contouring. In addition, Smart-Scope Flash 500 is also configurable with unique micro-probe sensors, such as Feather Probe or Rainbow Probe. BOOTH #2440--Optical Gaging Products Inc., www.rsleads.com/703tp-193

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Fullcut Mill FCR extremely sharp cutting edges, with both high-radial and axial-rake angles, achieve smooth and quiet end milling in all materials. The sharp cutting edges of the indexable insert retain high strength and toughness because of optimized eccentric relief angle for each cutter diameter. The cutter is available in diameters 5/8", 3/4", 1", and 1-1/4" in various length configurations with BIG PLUS integral shanks CAT40, BT30, and BT40 as well as HSK-A50 and A63 versions. BOOTH #2632--Big Kaiser Precision Tooling Inc., www.rsleads.com/703tp-195

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Mida E83 proving system with optical transmission for CNC machining centers and milling machines enables full 360[degrees] data transmission and eliminates the need for line-of-sight mounting of transmitter and receiver. The E83WA (wide angle) transmitter may be used in multi-spindle applications. Also being shown will be the MI Wave electronic bore gage with Bluetooth wireless technology, 3D Shape Inspector software for on-machine measurement applications, and Merlin compact gage computer for machine tools. BOOTH #2519--Marposs Corp., www.rsleads.com/703tp-173

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Vericut 6.1 is now integrated in Vericut's main desktop. An icon button in the NC program window switched modes between the Info display and the Review display. When in Review mode, the user can navigate backwards from the last NC program line simulated. Error messages and NC program text is highlighted when a collision on the stock or fixture is selected. Entering Review modes adds Step Backward and Play Backward buttons to Vericut's other VCR buttons. The existing Step, Play, Rewind, and Reset buttons also change to interact in Review mode, providing easy navigation through the NC program. BOOTH #2628--CGTech, www.rsleads.com/703tp-209

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Pro2 Series product line of press brakes offer a variety of sizes and tonnage choices. Pro2 brakes are capable of most general purpose fabricating from precision thin gage to heavy plate. Features include two vertically mounted hydraulic cylinders; linear feedback devices on each side; high-speed rapid approach and return; several back gage options; multiple safety options; models from 65 tons to 500 tons; and a variety of CNC full-featured control options. BOOTH #2644--Piranha, www.rsleads.com/703tp-201

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Aluminum, mechanical twin vises allow jaw changes in a few seconds, without the need for additional tools, bolts, or pins. System Bock TV 100 and 150 twin vises are designed for workpieces with complex clamping and contact contours. The aluminum soft jaws can be completely milled out to suit the required workpiece contour, and a down-thrust effect is created in the movable jaws. Available in two sizes--100mm and 150mm. BOOTH #3600; Carr Lane Roemheld Mfg., www.rsleads.com/703tp-163

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Model C-230 DGSA semi-automation miter cutting saw can cut rounds up to 9" diameter and rectangles up to 11"x6-1/2" at 90[degrees] and the head swivels 45[degrees] left or 60[degrees]] right for greater versatility. A dual output band motor drives the 1" blade at 115fpm using a 1-1/2hp output, and at speeds of 230fpm with 2hp output. Other features include an adjustable hydraulic head feed control, band brush, double tapered bearings on the swivel support, a manual quick-lock vise, and a built-in coolant system. BOOTH #4316--DoALL Sawing Products, www.rsleads. com/703tp-208

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StarLite GX compact non-contact measurement system features an ergonomic design, motorized zoom optics, color camera, and ample 6"x3"x5" X-Y-Z capacity. StarLite GX is small enough to fit on any workbench, yet large enough for routine inspection and measurement. Built for precision measurement, it has a sturdy cast aluminum base and column, precise coarse/ fine manual stage positioning, and one-micron resolution linear scales. BOOTH #2208--RAM Optical Instrumentation Inc., www.rsleads.com/703tp-210

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FlexHone Tool is a resilient, flexible honing tool with a soft cutting action. Used for cross-hole deburring, surface finishing, and edge blending, FlexHone Tool provides a superior surface finish bringing increased product performance, a non-directional or cross-hatched patterned finish for oil retention, longer product life, and less product reject. BOOTH #4149--Brush Research Mfg. Co. Inc., www.rsleads.com/703tp-167

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TNW-3500R automated lathe--providing turning, drilling, and milling operations all in one machine --features easy change over for high-mix, high-volume production. Twin spindles, a gantry robot, a slant bed are among the features. A live tool turret performs secondary operations. For built-in automation, the TNW3500R features a FUJI gantry loader with a 221b capacity and dual 10-tool turret. The A2-6 spindle turns with a 15/20hp spindle motor and operates at a maximum of 4,2000rpm. BOOTH #2036--FUJI Machine America Corp., www.rsleads.com/703tp-171

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Ultra ZV5500 vertical machining center is a 50-taper design while the ZV5400 is a 40-taper design--both highly rind, highly-accurate machining centers designed to maximize productivity. The ZV5500 and the ZV5400 have maximum spindle speeds of 8,000rpm, travels are 44"x22"x22" with rapid traverse rates of 2,362ipm (X, Y), and 1,654ipm (Z). Table size is 51.7"x24.4" while the spindle motor for the 50-taper-version is 35/30hp and 25/20hp for the 40-taper version. BOOTH #3700--NTC America Corp., www.rsleads.com/703tp-190

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