Introduced for Machining Centers
Renishaw Inc.‘s new OMP40 probe is a significant development
that brings the benefits of automated part set-up and in-cycle gaging to small
machining centers and high-speed cutting machines. With the OMP40, you can
realize the benefits of probing, including reductions in set-up times of up to
90%, reduced scrap due to setting errors, reduced fixture costs, and improved
The OMP40 uses miniaturized electronics that allow an
ultra-compact probe that is 40 mm (diameter) by 50 mm (length), while
still delivering a metrology performance of 1µm repeatability.
The OMP40 operates with Renishaw’s optical signal transmission
system and is a further development in the company’s extensive range of
products for machining centers. It was designed to meet a demand for probing on
small machining centers and an expanding family of high-speed machines fitted
with small HSK and small-taper spindles.
The OMP40 features a 360° optical transmission system with a range
of up to 3 m, allowing probe operation in any spindle orientation. The
result is simplified system installation and set-up on small machine tools,
making the OMP40 suitable for retrofitting to machines without probing.
of Handbook on
Machine Tool Resources Now Available
The latest version of a
valuable resource on the world machine tool industry is now available
from The Association for Manufacturing Technology. The 2002-2003
Economic Handbook of the Machine Tool Industry offers the latest information
on the US and global machine tool industries. It covers employment, machine
tool shipments, machine tools in use, and the financial condition of the
industry by location.
The handbook contains approximately 300 pages including written
overviews and an explanation of terms. Both product-specific and
country-specific data are included. Information on capital equipment purchases
is broken out for several major consuming industries.
New Chapter for
Northern Ohio; 22 Firms Sign On
One of the more extensive
association for the mold industry and one dedicated to mold makers is the American
Mold Builders Association which has announced the organization of its
12th chapter, the Northern Ohio Chapter. In a summer meeting, 36 individuals
from 22 companies throughout Ohio agreed to the formation of an official
chapter. Dave Hunt, vice president of Hunt Machine & Manufacturing Co. in
Tallmadge, Ohio, will serve as chapter president. Hunt is the third generation
of his family to operate the 50-year-old mold making business. Assisting Hunt
on the steering committee to select officers and committee members are Tom
Nahodil and Dave Kuhary of Industrial Mold & Machine in Twinsburg, Ohio.
AMBA has grown from its original roots as a Chicago-based group to
a national trade association with over 400 member companies with 9,000 employees
and representing in excess of $2 billion in annual tooling sales. AMBA has
chapters in Arizona, the Carolinas, California, Chicago, Milwaukee, Indiana,
Minnesota, Upstate New York, and three chapters in Michigan.