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"The Pulse of Manufacturing" is theme of annual show.

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Over 600 exhibitors are expected at the WESTEC advanced productivity exposition March 30-April 2 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. They will be showing the latest in advanced " machine tools, cutting tools and accessories, applications, emerging technologies, and business resources.

WESTEC also brings back its Back-to-Basics program offering pathways to manufacturing careers. This program aims to attract and engage a diversified audience composed of women, new immigrants, displaced workers, non-college bound youth, and the existing workforce searching for retraining opportunities.

This year's theme is "The Pulse of Manufacturing."

CNC honing machine

Sunnen's new SV-1000 Series vertical CNC honing machine is based on a modular design, engineered to scale up from a single-spindle machine to a fully automated multi-spindle unit for ultra-precise bore sizing and finishing. Designed for part diameters of 3mm-65mm (0.120"-2.56"), the machines can size bores to accuracies of 0.25 [micro]m (0.00001"). Sunnen Products Co., Booth 2916, www.rsleads. com/903tp-174

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High-speed HMC

Makinos a51 horizontal machining center offers performance and reliability. The a51 features a fast spindle response that shortens machining times for parts and components made of light alloys and cast iron. The support system enhances cutting capabilities in the uppermost region of the machining range. Rigid machine construction supports high acceleration performance. Makino, Booth 3416, www.rsleads.com/903tp-175

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Extra-large VMC

Haas Automation's new VF-12 vertical machining center accommodates large-volume machining found in the aerospace, automotive, and mold and die industries. The VMC features travels of 150" x 32" x 30" (xyz) and has a 150" x 28" T-slot table. It is available in both 40- and 50-taper configuration, with spindle speeds to 10,000rpm. Haas Automation, Booth 3200, www.rsleads.com/903tp-182

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Multi-tasking 2-spindle turning center

The Johnford HT-30-2SD is a high-precision CNC turning center built for industries two-spindle turning center productivity. The 16,500lb turning center is cast from Meehanite iron, and offers a 45-degree slant bed machine, with a 30hp high-torque, double-wound main spindle as well as a 15hp double-wound sub-spindle. Absolute Machine Tools Inc., Booth 3250, www.rsleads.com/903tp-176

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Swiss turning line

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Tornos has launched the new Delta product line to be cost-effective for machining parts with simple geometries. The Delta can be customized to work with or without a guide bush and utilize rotating tools. It is available with four or five axes, for parts up to 0.78" inches (20mm) in diameter and 81/4" (210mm) long. Tornos US, Booth 2510, www.rsleads.com/903tp-177

Solutions for aerospace

For the aerospace market, the new Sinumerik 840D solution line is the latest in CNC technology that increases performance and user productivity. The line is a universal and flexible CNC system featuring the Sinamics $120 drives that can be used for up to 31 axes. It offers functions for milling, drilling, turning, grinding, and handling technologies. Siemens Energy and Automation Inc., Booth 3837, www.rsleads.com/903tp-184

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Modular workholding

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The Amflex S.A.F.E. (Self-Aligning Fixture Elements) Modular workholding components from Advanced Machine and Engineering are designed to clamp parts with the least possible distortion using ball pads to support the workpiece. The ball pads are flexible and align themselves to the contour of the workpiece; distortion of the part is practically eliminated. Advanced Machine and Engineering, Booth 4443, www.rsleads.com/903tp-209

Work support series

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Fixtureworks offers a series of spring-loaded work support components from Imao. The series includes three styles of work supports, where each is suited for the accurate positioning and orientation of workpieces in machining, fabrication, and assembly inspection layouts. The supports are offered in four sizes of block-type units, five cylinder-style sizes, and three miniature sizes. Fixtureworks, Booth 4019, www.rsleads.com/903tp-179

5-axis machining

GF AgieCharmilles' Mikron HSM 400U provides 5-axis simultaneous high-speed machining in a compact footprint. The HSM uses the latest liquid-cooled, direct-drive motor technology to achieve speeds up to 250rpm on the rotational axis and up to 150rpm on the swivel axis, with a swivel range of +100 degrees/-30 degrees. GF AgieCharmilles, Booth 2900, www.rsleads.com/903tp-178

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Micro drill line

BIG Kaiser Precision Tooling Inc. has Launched its newest addition to its Sphinx micro drill line. The new drill, made of fine-grained solid carbide, delivers tool life and process reliability. The solid carbide micro drills are available in diameters from 0.30mm-1.50mm, in steps of 0.01 mm, with a 3mm reinforced shank. BIG Kaiser Precision Tooling, Booth 2632, www.rsleads.com/903tp-183

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Carbide thread mills

Emuge Corp. offers its Shur-Thread GFI Series of solid carbide thread mills, now available with internal coolant supply. ShurThread offers up to 2xD length of cut and other technologically advanced features. The thread mill series features premium micro-grain carbide and is TiCN-coated for exceptionally longer tool life, with multiple spiral flutes to eliminate chatter. Emuge, Booth 4233, www. rsleads.com/903tp-188

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Chuck torque wrench

Haimer's new ER Collet Chuck Torque Wrench clamps all standard ER collet chucks without over-tightening, which improves run-out and limits damages to small collets. Its two-arm construction avoids any shear over-tightening damage by pulling and pushing at the same time. Additionally, the torque wrench provides a dial gauge, allowing for consistent run-out accuracy. Haimer USA, Booth 3744, www.rsleads.com/903tp-180

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New toolholder

Kaiser Tool Co. announces an expansion to its selection of Thinbit internal Groove 'n Turn toolholders. The holder is available in 1/2", 5/8", 3/4", and 1" diameters. The toolholder has a 1.250" minimum bore and holds inserts with cutting depths to 0.500". Toolholders can be used on conventional, Swiss and CNC machines. Kaiser Tool Co., Booth 3557, www. rsleads.com/903tp-181

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Hydraulic chuck

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The Conform-A-Chuck from Hydra-Lock is designed to adapt to an out-of-round OD or ID and securely grip that diameter to enable boring, honing, grinding, or other machining operations without changing the original free state shape of the part. Conform-A-Chucks can be developed in any size to meet the application with either a direct pressure or a self-contained hydraulic system. Hydra-Lock Corp., Booth 3749, www.rsleads.com/903tp-187

Ring-groove cuffer

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Greenleaf Corp.'s Ring Max ring-groove cutters are engineered to cut machining time of API ring grooves. Combined with the company's whisker-reinforced ceramic inserts, Ring Max tools can help reduce cutting time from 30 minutes or more to less than one minute. They are also available for grooving in stainless and alloy steel. Greenleaf Corp., Booth 3808, www.rsleads. com/903tp-207

New GUI display

Esprit 2009 from DP Technology takes the previous redesign of the software's Operation Manager further with a new graphical user interface for the Esprit Cutting Tool Manager. The tool manager also has better integration with the cutting tool database. The new GUI displays more accurate images of the tools to aid in more easily defining tool geometry. DP Technology Corp., Booth 3382, www.rsleads.com/903tp-201

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Cartridge design drill

Allied's new Revolution Drill features a cartridge design for adjustability of up to 0.200" (5.1mm) on diameter, eliminating the need for specials and/or subsequent boring operations. Available in diameters from 1.875" to 4.0", and lengths up to 4.5X diameter, the Revolution Drill is designed to outperform competitive tooling, saving both time and money. Allied Machine & Engineering Corp., Booth 3850, www.rsleads.com/903tp-186

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Saw blades tipped with carbide

The L.S. Starrett Co. has introduced a new line of carbide-tipped band saw blades named Advanz with a special tooth tip cylinder of sub-micron grain carbide with a triple-chip grind, welded to a ductile back. These new blades also feature carbide-to-back bonding and offer fatigue, shock, wear, and strip resistance when cutting. L.S. Starrett Co., Booth 3664, www.rsleads.com/903tp-189

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Flexible tool cribs

Lista International Corp. tool cribs con become part of an integrated CNC parts storage and transport system to accommodate a wide array of tooling. Available in a variety of sizes and heights, these tool cribs can be configured to suit the user's available space and items. This storage system offers organization, inventory control, and fast retrieval. Lista International Corp., Booth 2450, www.rsleads.com/903tp-193

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CAD/CAM revamped

PartMaker Version 9.2 includes a revamped and more productive user-interface, improved capabilities for programming directly on solid models, and the ability to automatically generate descriptive and visual HTML-based set-up sheets. With Version 9, a solid model can be directly integrated into the programming window and tool paths can be assigned directly to the solid model. PartMaker Inc., Booth 3368, www. rsleads.com/903tp-194

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Multi-axis focus

NCCS offers the latest version of its NCL V9.7 software with dozens of enhancements that speed the creation of efficient multi-axis tool paths. These include enhancements in auto-roughing, performance, and application libraries for aerospace and turbo-machinery. Large complex models load up to 25 percent faster than in previous versions. Numerical Control Computer Sciences, Booth 3282, www.rsleads.com/903tp-199

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CAM enhancements

Delcam's new release of FeatureCAM 2009 increases support for mill-turn equipment. With FeatureTurn/Mill, both turning features and milling features can be programmed together to reduce programming and machining time. PowerMILL CAM now offers more complex machining operations for high-speed operations and 5-axis machining. The new versions of PartMaker and SwissCAM feature improvements in 3D simulation and handling of solid models. Delcam, Booth 3368, www.rsleads.com/903tp-203

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Measuring instrument

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The Linear 100 from Mahr Federal is a precision, universal length measuring instrument for rapid, accurate internal and external measurements. With a direct measuring range of up to 50mm (2") and an application range of up to 100ram (4"), the Linear 100 makes it possible to do tasks such as measuring the dimension over two balls on gear ODs. Mahr Federal Inc., Booth 2416, www.rsleads.com/903tp-192

New features added

The latest version of GibbsCAM 2009 adds machining methods for multi-surface hard milling and high-speed machining in SolidSurfacer to provide high quality surface finishes that reduce or eliminate polishing. New lathe features offer greater efficiency through tool control, and take advantage of newer high-tech cutting tools to turn harder materials and machine smoother surfaces. Gibbs & Associates, Booth 3268, www.rsleads.com/903tp-197

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Simulation process

The latest version of CGTech's Vericut 7 features performance-improving enhancements that reduce the time required for manufacturing engineers to develop, analyze, inspect, and document the CNC programming and machining process. Instead of focusing on new features or add-on modules, CGTech has focused resources on improving simulation ease-of-use, speed, accuracy, and customer-driven enhancements. CGTech, Booth 2628, www.rsleads.com/903tp-200

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Probe programming

Renishaw s hardware and software solutions are designed for streamlined probe programming, part set-up, and in-process inspection. Hardware includes the company's new ultra-compact OMP400 machine tool probe, 40mm in diameter and 50mm in length. The new version of Productivity+ Active Editor Pro software allows probing routines to be programmed and simulated on CAD/CAM systems during toolpath generation. Renishaw Inc., Booth 4016, www.rsleads.com/903tp-191

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Laser calibration

Optodyne Inc. offers the MCV-5002 laser system for the calibration and 3D volumetric error compensation of CNC machine tools, CMMs, and large 5-axis gantry-type machines. The LICS-100A is a compact laser calibration system for the calibration and compensation of pitch errors or displacement errors of machining centers, CNC machine tools, CMMs, and other machines. Optodyne Inc., Booth 2420, www.rsleads.com/903tp-195

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Twin probe system

Marposs Corp. has launched a new system that enables the installation of both tool setting and part inspection probes onto machine tools using a single wireless interface unit. The Mida Optical Twin Probe System facilitates the measurement of tool length, diameter and breakage detection, together with part set-up and inspection, in one package. Marposs Corp., Booth 2519, www.rsleads.com/903tp-196

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Battery-free probe

The newest in Heidenhain touch probes includes the TS 444 battery-free probe, with its built-in air turbine generator and capacitor using the same burst of air that cleans the part. The TS 740 probe is coupled with the use of a low-force triggering method, increasing its accuracy. Heidenhain Corp., Booth 2612, www.rsleads.com/903tp-198

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