Thursday, September 27, 2012

GMC 26" Precision Gap Bed Lathe with 4-1/8" Spindle Bore

GMC 26 

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GMC 26" Precision Gap Bed Lathe with 4-1/8" Spindle Bore

#GMC 26" #Precision #Gap #Bed #Lathe with 4-1/8" Spindle Bore


  • ISO 9001 certified
  • Large spindle bore 4-1/8”
  • Adjustable mechanical spindle clutch for spindle start Forward/reverse and brake, spindle brake without stop the spindle motor to longer motor 8 times life than most other Brand lathe with electrical start/stop.
  • 4-way rapid traverse on Longitudinal and cross ways
  • All dual inch/metric dials.
  • Solid cast iron machine base
  • Heavy Duty guideway width 15-1/2”
  • Heavy Duty main motor 15 HP
  • 12 spindle speeds from 36-1,600 rpm
  • Oil pump on apron for all ways and leadscrews
  • Threading and feeding rate change without changing gears
  • Spindle is balanced, hardened and precision ground
  • Spindle is supported at 3-point by high precision bearings
  • All gears and shafts are hardened and precision ground
  • Guideways induction hardened and precision ground
  • Automatic lubrication system in headstock and feed box
  • One year warranty for parts.   

Manufacturing May Be Coming Back to the U.S., Long-Term

This article is by Robert McCutcheon, the U.S. industrial products leader of PwC.

Manufacturing May Be Coming Back to the U.S., Long-Term

 LANSING, MI, - JULY 26:  A General Motors' wor...
Making Cadillacs in Lansing, Michigan. 
(Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife) 

A number of signs, beyond the current cyclical recovery in domestic manufacturing, suggest that the U.S. may be entering a longer-term manufacturing resurgence. People have long worried about the nation’s relatively high labor costs and challenges in competing with developing markets, particularly in Asia and Latin America, but after decades of manufacturing migration overseas, the tide may be turning.
That’s not only because of the nation’s improving labor cost competitiveness. Economists have noted that China’s labor costs are rising, affecting its manufacturing profits. Yet the overall cost premium, based on the difference in absolute wages between the U.S. and China, is actually expanding, so labor arbitrage involving China and other low labor cost markets will likely persist. The real news is that a range of structural changes are emerging that could drive a U.S. manufacturing renaissance. A sustained manufacturing rebound could lead to potentially improving investment, employment, production output and research and development.

PwC’s recent report A Homecoming for U.S. Manufacturing? evaluates the key factors that may lead to the U.S. becoming a more attractive manufacturing location. Many manufacturers are increasingly reevaluating their U.S. strategies, such as their separation of R&D and production, and their production abroad and importation back to U.S. buyers. Depending on the industry, they may find considerable benefits in establishing regionalized supply chains and R&D facilities in the U.S., including reducing costs, shortening lead  times, protecting intellectual property, and avoiding many of the risk factors of developing markets. Localizing production can help reduce supply chain disruptions that cost American industrial manufacturers $2.2 billion last year, according to the PwC report. Bringing manufacturing production back to the U.S. generally holds greater advantage for some industries than others. Taking into account labor, materials, transportation, and energy costs, the chemicals, primary metals, and heavy equipment manufacturing industries stand to benefit most from maintaining or expanding facilities in the U.S. Companies in wood, plastic, and rubber products could also benefit significantly, but their lower net imports might limit their benefits from on-shoring.
The bull market in energy commodities has driven up transportation costs for manufacturers with global supply chains, leading some machinery companies to produce more in the U.S. for sale in North America. If transportation costs remain elevated, perhaps because of growing global demand for energy, production closer to home may grow more attractive. Also, it can cut down on lead times, reduce inventory levels, diminish some currency risks, increase control over intellectual property, and reduce supply chain disruption risks. In addition, progress in extracting natural gas from shale has created new opportunities for manufacturers in several industries, particularly chemicals and metals, thanks to more affordable energy and greater downstream demand.
Also, manufacturers are increasingly concerned about currency fluctuations.  The depreciation of the dollar and rise of China’s currency has narrowed the cost gap between producing domestically and importing from China for domestic consumption. Moreover, the long-term decline in the dollar helps make the U.S. a potentially more competitive location for manufacturing for export, and there has been strong growth in the exports of goods since the end of the recession. The appreciation of the yuan relative to the U.S. dollar may continue longer-term as China’s economy grows, which could further help U.S. manufacturers.
U.S. demand remains supreme. Although China and other emerging markets are expected to keep having faster gross domestic product growth than the U.S., our advantage in wealth, in real GDP per capita, is expected to persist, dwarfing China and other emerging markets. This difference in  standard of living, as well as the size of the U.S. market, supports investment in the domestic production of goods targeted for U.S. consumption.  In addition, the U.S. labor force remains strong.
As for the availability of capital, although credit standards aren’t at the levels reached during the financial crisis, banks have resumed tightening their credit requirements. Borrowing in China and has become more difficult, too, though, so manufacturers may shy away from longer supply chains and the risks they carry, including getting inventory stuck in transit, particularly in industries with short product cycles or high spoilage.
The U.S. has the highest statutory corporate tax rate among developed countries. This has spurred talk of tax reform to boost economic growth and employment. Proposals include a lower statutory rate, tax incentives, and extending or making permanent the R&D tax credit. However, the tax and regulatory environments do bring uncertainty to the expansion of domestic manufacturing.
All these considerations, as well as labor costs, are affecting manufacturers’ decisions whether to establish production facilities in the U.S., closer to their domestic customers. Can we expect an increase in re-shoring as a result? Will “Made in USA” become more common? Only time will tell, but a wide range of signals now suggest a potential renaissance of the U.S. manufacturing sector.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Mahr Federal Digital Electronic Calipers

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Mahr Federal Digital Electronic Calipers

Mahr Federal Digital Electronic Calipers

  • Only MarCal have lapped guide way surfaces, these guarantee an even and sensitive run of the slide. Additionally, the service life of the caliper increases compared to a ground guide way due to the greater contact area on the guideway surface.
  • On/Off, Reset (Set display to zero), mm/inch, Reference-Lock/Unlock, Auto-On/Off.
  • MarConnect data output, choose alternatively: USB, OPTP RS232C or Digimatic.
  • Immediate measurement due to the Reference system.
  • Life of the battery up to 3 years.
  • High contrast Liquid Crystal Display with 8.5mm high digits.
  • Beam and crossbeam are made of hardened stainless steel.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Air Turbine Tools®

Air Turbine Tools

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#Air Turbine Tools® patented governor control system delivers constant high speed and torqueunder variable load for increased production, super accuracy and extended cutting tool life. The peripheral speed, not power or pressure, does the work faster with an improved finished surface. Light and powerful air turbine tools® reduce vibration, fatigue and RSI / MSK injury for operators and are nearly silent.

The oil free mechanism eliminates workplace pollution. In addition noise levels are greatly reduced to as low as 65dBa. Fewer moving parts and less friction in our governed turbine motor means fewer repairs too. No maintenance is required. There are no vanes or gears or brushes to burn up or to wear out or lubricate.

With power up to 1.4HP (1.04KW) and governed high speeds ranging from 20,000RPM to 90,000RPM Direct Drive Air Turbine Tools® offer a wide range of compact, reliable tools which save on compressed air consumption and give you longer tool life. air turbine tools® are the proven, precise, reliable tools of a new generation™ available today.

Now a patent pending autochanger lets you automate the spindle loading for your carousel on almost any CNC to retrofit for high speed and faster production.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

#Air #Turbine #Tools 650BT40 High Speed Spindle

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Air Turbine Tools 650BT40 High Speed Spindle

Air Turbine Tools 650BT40 High Speed Spindle

Integration of the popular BT40 toolholder into the 650 spindle housing delivers constant high speed with ultra low vibration and improves accuracy and rigidity. Rigid steel construction in one piece with the toolholder also cuts the height of the unit. The 650BT40 is a workhorse with up to 0.88HP / 0.66KW at 25,000rpm, 30,000rpm or 40,000 rpm. Super precision at 0.0002” / 0.00508mm.with H6 Shank Tolerance. In 24 hour operation the patented governed high speed 650BT40 delivers constant high speed and torque under load with high reliabilty and accuracy as a result of its low friction power unit with few moving parts. Plenty of power to speed up your inches cut per minute. High cutting speeds are maintained at the periphery of your end mill or burrusing the the 650’s unique governed performance to achieve a faster cycle time.

Standard Equipment:
Spindle, combo filter extractor, collet, wrenches, plug (for alternate air inlet not in use) and carrying case. ER11 collet system standard (1/4" or 6mm collet standard - other sizes optional). Oil free 90PSI / 6.2BAR, clean, dry air supply. 

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Manufacturing Renaissance? Hardly