BIG Kaiser Precision Tooling Inc. (Hoffmann Estates, IL) has donated a one-of-a-kind Speroni tool management system to the Precision Machining program at Plymouth Community Schools in Plymouth, IN. The Speroni MAGIS tool presetting and measuring system was donated after being replaced with newer equipment at Andretti Autosport in Indianapolis. The machine was embellished with the race team logo and signed by racing legend Michael Andretti as well as current team drivers Marco Andretti and Ryan Hunter-Reay.
“BIG Kaiser is a strong supporter of manufacturing education and workforce development, and we needed a home for this presetter,” explains Doug Sumner, product manager for Tool Measuring Systems (TMS) at BIG Kaiser. “It was great that we could donate the machine in Indiana, support the kids at Plymouth High School, and get the team branding from our partners at Andretti Autosport.”
The Plymouth Community Schools program is the result of a public-private consortium supported by ITAMCO (Indiana Technology and Manufacturing Co.), Ivy Tech Community College, NCAVC (North Central Area Vocational Cooperative) and Plymouth Community Schools. The group’s mission is to better prepare students for the demands of today’s technology-driven jobs.
Kitagawa NorthTech Opens New Facility in Mexico
Workholding provider Kitagawa NorthTech Inc. (Schaumburg, IL) has opened a new facility in Queretaro, Mexico. The new office and warehouse facility will initially house local sales and support staff. In the future, the new Kitagawa NorthTech Mexico facility will also warehouse and stock inventory of Kitagawa chucks and other workholding products. The company will offer its custom engineered workholding services and solutions to local customers from the new location, while engineering and manufacturing for custom products will remain at the company’s North American corporate headquarters and manufacturing location in Schaumburg.
Mazak, Muratec develop New Smart Automation System
Mazak (Florence, KY), through a collaborative effort with Murata Machinery Ltd. (Muratec), has developed the MAZATEC SMS (Smart Manufacturing System), which provides unmanned, lights-out manufacturing and high output, as well as IIoT connectivity. The new system combines Mazak’s machining, automation and Smart technologies with Muratec’s automated, high-density storage and retrieval system. It pairs multiple Mazak horizontal machining centers and/or multitasking machines with a Muratec vertically orientated, stocker-type system that has pallets, a material bucket and a high-speed stocker crane.
Mazak’s SmartBox IIoT technology and Smooth PMC production management software, along with Muratec’s automated system control, interconnect and synchronize with manufacturers’ ERP/MRP (enterprise resource planning/material requirements planning) host and MES (manufacturing execution systems). The MAZATEC SMS can include different machine tools in the same automated manufacturing system.