10:45 am – 11:20 am
How Do Small Shops Break into the World of Automation
John Lucier, Methods Machine Tools Inc.
Reading the trade magazines it appears that everyone has automation except you. But where does one start? What do you need? Who do you call?
- What are the basic parts of a machine tool automation cell
- What information do you need before talking to someone about automation
- What to look for in a company to purchase your automation
1:30 pm – 2:05 pm
Single Point Diamond Turning & Ultra-precision Manufacturing
Dennis Keating CMfgE, Contour Fine Tooling
The presentation will provide:
- A high level overview to Single Point Diamond Turning and Ultra-precision manufacturing
- Examples of products by industry
- Types of machine platforms that are needed to optimize the diamond tool cutting edge
- Examples will be shown of part cutting surface accuracy and surface roughness which are possible for various materials.
Tool wear and surface defects are very unique to Single Point Diamond Turning and examples of these will also be provided.
Single Point Diamond Turning and/or the term Ultra-precision manufacturing is a process that has the capability to produce surfaces that are measured at the nanometer level scale (millionth of an inch) and surface roughness in Angstrom (1/10th of a nanometer). Another term may be applied, nanoscale which is defined as a billionth of a meter.
- Overview of single point diamond turning
- Products and industries that employ single point diamond turning and Uutra-precision manufacturing
- Single crystal diamond tool cutting edge accuracies
- Cost benefits of single crystal diamond tools
Bio: Dennis Keating CMfgE is the VP Sales & Marketing Contour Fine Tooling for the American Market with a Degree in Mechanical Engineering.
His career started with high production machines for automotive component manufacturing. 10 years Asian Sales manager for Precitech, Ultra-precision Machines for optics manufacturing. For the past 7 ½ years Denniw has held the position of Contour VP Sales & Marketing.
2:15 pm – 2:50 pm
Karl Almquist, Quality Manager, Sandvik Coromant
- The empowered innovative culture of Lean
- Meeting customer needs, wants and expectations through Lean Innovation
- Lean and the Deming Cycle – Fail Fast and Move
- Better is better than perfect
Bio: Karl Almquist is the Quality Manager for Sandvik Coromant Market Area Americas. Karl holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineer from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, as well as a Master of Science in the Management of Technology from Polytechnic, New York University. He has over 35 years’ experience in the manufacturing industry and has held various positions including; application engineer, project supervisor, engineering manager and business manager. He is accomplished in the fields of Quality Function Deployment, Design for Manufacture and Assembly, Concurrent Engineering, International Traffic in Arms Regulations and is currently working with Continuous Improvement and Lean.
3:00 pm – 3:35 pm
The Quick Change Evolution – Workholding
Richard Schonher, Hardinge Inc.
Transition from traditional multi-spindle arena to multi-functional lathes. This presentation discusses the transition from solid collets, master collets/pads to current quick change collets. All were innovative but the industry demanded continuous improvements to reduce set up and performance.
- What is quick change and why use it?
- Continuous improvements to reduce set-up
- Increasing performance
- Who can use quick change and what are the benefits
Bio: Rick’s career with Hardinge began in November 1978 as a 3rd generation employee. As was customary, he started in one of several entry level positions in manufacturing. Experience he learned opened an opportunity for him as an inside sales correspondent covering tooling, repair parts and standard collets with a focus on custom workholding. His next position was as a sales engineer and technical support to our customer base and inside sales team. Since 2009, Rick has been a Workholding Product Manager here at Hardinge.
3:45 pm – 4:20 pm
Building Capacity with Advanced CAM Tools
Owen Gilbert & Eric Wold, CCAT – Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, Inc.
- Overview of advanced toolpaths
- Overview of feedrate optimization
- Project examples
- How to get started
Bio: Owen’s background includes ten years of industry experience in the role of CNC Programmer and/or Manufacturing Engineer. This includes both small and large manufacturing companies from the Tooling and Aerospace Industries. While his primary function was CNC mill programming, he has been involved with fixture design, process planning, cutting tools, machine simulation, post processor development and machining optimization. Owen holds a B.S.I.T. degree in Manufacturing from Central Connecticut State University.
Owen is currently a Manufacturing Applications Engineer III at the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology. His primary focus is machining optimization projects utilizing advanced software. This includes NX CAD/CAM, Vericut Simulation, Third Wave Production Module and Volumill. He works directly with small and medium size manufacturing companies to add capacity and reduce their costs.
Bio: Eric joined the CCAT team with over 20 years of production manufacturing experience; from programming and running CNC machines to running day-to-day operations of manufacturing companies. Eric has been President and Vice President of manufacturing businesses, programmed and setup CNC machining centers, and has practiced lean techniques in a production manufacturing environment. Eric is currently attending Manchester Community College pursuing a Manufacturing Management B.S.
Eric is currently the Machining Applications Specialist for the Advanced Manufacturing Center (AMC) within Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology (CCAT). He is responsible for managing the Machining Applications Lab, conducting cycle time reduction projects for small to mid-sized aerospace manufactures and programming and operating CCAT’s CNC machines. Eric also programs and operates CCAT’s 3D plastic printer, the 3D Systems Projet 5500X.