31. October 2014
Gardner Business Media President Rick Kline Sr. announced the launch of Modern Machine Shop MEXICO, a print magazine and integrated media platform. The intent is to connect buyers and sellers of metalworking technology in Mexico to help them maintain world-class competitiveness in the global marketplace. Rick Kline Sr. said of the launch, “Mexico is a natural area of interest to us. It is our next door neighbor. It is a member of NAFTA. Mexico is a gateway to key markets to the south and a vital supplier to those in the north. Mexico has a strong manufacturing base and is experiencing some of the fastest growth in the world. We are developing a brand that will give metalworking professionals in Mexico a new source of insights into mainstream and advanced manufacturing technology.” Kline added that the new publication will also report on successes of local shops and plants that can be emulated by others in the country. The new business represents an international extension of Modern Machine Shop, which has served the metalworking industry in North America since 1928.
The first issue of Modern Machine Shop MEXICO will appear as a January/February edition that will be distributed in January 2015. Its reach will include a dedicated audience of selected production managers, engineers and manufacturing technicians engaged in the major manufacturing sectors of Mexico such as automotive, aerospace and medical.
Modern Machine Shop MEXICO is led by Gardner Business Media Metalworking Group Publisher Travis Egan, who formed a team of experienced media professionals united by their passion for and expertise in the metalworking market to develop and launch the new venture. The team includes Claude Mas (of MoldMaking Technology), who has been appointed as Publisher, and Eduardo Tovar, (formerly of Metalmecanica) who has been named as Editor-In-Chief. This pair represents more than 30 years of experience in the metalworking marketplace. Commenting on the brand, Egan said, “At Gardner Business Media, we are constantly pushing ourselves to develop the best product and process related content in the most effective format. Modern Machine Shop MEXICO is born from these efforts and is squarely aimed at promoting the strength and competitiveness of the metalworking market in Mexico.”
Claude Mas, Publisher
Modern Machine Shop MEXICO
Eduardo Tovar, Editor-in-Chief
Modern Machine Shop MEXICO
Raymond Coombs is not only president of Westminster Tool, Inc. of Plainfeld, Connecticut, he also serves as the president of the Eastern Advanced Manufacturing Alliance (EAMA), established to help beat the labor crunch by investing in the future manufacturing workforce.
EAMA is an aggregate of 34 manufacturers from three states (Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts) that work closely with two local community colleges: Three Rivers Community College and Quinebaug Valley Community College (QVCC) to provide direction for curriculums that will benefit the future of manufacturing. For example, QVCC offered its first Advanced Manufacturing certificate program in the fall of 2013, from which two Westminster Tool employees graduated, and in which two more employees are currently enrolled.
And now, QVCC and TRCC were awarded funds from the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant.
It was no surprise to me after working with Industrial Molds on several editorial projects, including the 2012 Leadtime Leader Awards, amerimold and several case studies and features, that this mold manufacturer continues to grow. So much so that its current level of business prompted them to slow down and analyze how they can improve work flow to meet lead times.
According to Industrial Molds' Production Supervisor Andrew Peterson, a lot of planning went into their machinery purchases and building renovations. An investment of $1.7 million was made in new machinery as well as another $300,000 in a complete renovation of its 43,000-square-foot facility with the goal of making a more efficient shop layout, work flow and floor space for the new, larger machinery.
Some of the equipment includes a Mikron HSM 400 U LP five-axis electrode cutting machine that will double electrode production; an OKK HM1000S (a four-axis horizontal mill with a 40”x 40” dual table) installed in the mold base department to replace an older machine; three new Haas CNC milling machines (a V4 and two V2) in the prepping departmen, which are forecasted to increase capacity in that department by 33 percent.
Industrial notes that the decision to create a specific department for preparing cavities and cores, which then get moved to the high-speed machining department, helps them keep a more efficient work flow.
Industrial Molds also purchased two grinders for finishing after heat treat.