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Remember this? Star Wars is a great example of  maximum creativity in the imagining and depicting of innovative, futuristic gadgets and concepts (meanwhile, creativity for costume design = minimal, pretty sure they all just wore potato sacks and bedsheets)



What’s even more impressive is that THIS IS HAPPENING.

Recently, Watry Industries, LLC exhibited at the AFS 118th Metalcasting Congress and handed out these cards at their booth:

Scan with actable™ for AWESOMENESS

Scan with actable™ for AWESOMENESS!


Download the actable™ app for Android, iPhone or iPad and hold the scanner up to the card. Yes – you can even hold it up to a computer screen or the screen of another phone or tablet and scan! Or, ff you’re stuck in the dark ages, you can print the card out and scan to play :)

See a quick video of the whole thing going down >>HERE<<.


Augmented reality is emerging full force and making big splashes (ex. Pepsi in London and Lego). Computer-generated sensory input (sight, sound, feel) can change and enhance the way we interact with just about anything!

Well done, Watry. We applaud this shiny new toy.

Watry is a permanent mold aluminum foundry in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. They take part design and do all of the following, all in-house.

That’s their single-source promise.

For more information about Watry Industries, please contact:

Dale Christel
Sales Manager
Watry Industries LLC
3312 Lakeshore Drive
Sheboygan, WI 53081
Office: 1-920-457-4886

During this year’s [MC]2 2014 MTConnect: Connecting Manufacturing Conference, Siemens announced today the appointment of TechSolve (Cincinnati) as a Solution Partner to offer solutions to customers with Sinumerik CNCs who are interested in or have already implemented MTConnect into their factories. Through this development, Siemens proactively responds to the growing demand in the market for MTConnect solutions among the end-user and machine builder sectors. TechSolve was a Founding Sponsor of the Institute and is a major supplier of MTConnect Adapters, translation products as well as support software and services that enable shops and production departments alike to more efficiently gather and analyze machine tool performance data, using the open-source communication standard of MTConnect.


This schematic illustrates the typical scenario for a machine tool control modification at an end-user, where the Siemens CNC is modified with TechSolve Adapter software, allowing machine data to be sent through an agent in MTConnect compatible language. This facilitates a significantly greater degree of information gathering and analysis by the customer, across the open-source standard of MTConnect for greater interoperability between devices and software applications. Machine builders can also make such modifications to their controls, to suit customer needs or respond to market conditions.

In a typical machine tool end-user scenario, TechSolve applies its Adapter software to an existing machine’s CNC, such as the Siemens Sinumerik 840D, which enables data transfer through an MTConnect Agent. For older controls and legacy devices that do not have native communication output, TechSolve can also supply additional hardware and communication software to facilitate this process. The data can then be stored locally or cloud-based for further access and evaluation in an overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) strategy.

Likewise, TechSolve provides Adapter software to machine tool builders for integration into their control schemes to suit particular applications or customer-mandated specifications for MTConnect compatibility.

Ryan Legg, product manager, Sinumerik CNC, Siemens Industry, Inc., explains, “In the U.S. market especially, we are seeing growing demand for MTConnect. This appointment of TechSolve as a Solution Partner to support requests for MTConnect represents our company’s commitment to bring practical solutions to our customers through an experienced and reliable source of both products and services. When MTConnect is written into the specification on any job, we now have an ideal resource to complement our capabilities.”

Noting the open architecture of the Siemens CNC allows easy integration of the TechSolve solutions; Legg further explained the cross-platform advantages of this new relationship. “TechSolve has written their MTConnect Adapter for the Sinumerik CNC
in a way which allows complete flexibility regardless if the system architecture of the Sinumerik employs a PCU or if it is running in an embedded architecture without a PCU. Ultimately, this allows for more customers to take advantage of this offering.”

Ron Pieper, manager, VizProducts Group at TechSolve, observes, “To be affiliated with Siemens is a compliment to both of our products and services as well as our engineering talents. We believe this relationship will be mutually beneficial, as it will further promote the acceptance of MTConnect in the machine tool market, plus being a Solution Partner to Siemens will open new doors for our company.”

Pieper further comments on the market need for these solutions. “When all the data from the shop or factory floor is available as it occurs, the customer learns the reality of their situation, then can make confident steps to improve their game, so to speak.

They see where the inefficiencies are, where and why the downtime is occurring and how they might improve or streamline production. All of these factors are crucial in today’s competitive machining market.”

More information on the above-mentioned solutions will be available at the upcoming MTConnect Conference in Orlando, April 8-10, 2014, organized by the MTConnect Institute.

For more information about this announcement, please visit:  

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Siemens Industry Sector is the world’s leading supplier of innovative and environmentally friendly products, solutions and services for industrial customers. With end-to-end automation technology and industrial software, solid vertical-market expertise, and technology-based services, the sector enhances its customers’ productivity, efficiency and flexibility. With a global workforce of more than 100,000 employees, the Industry Sector comprises the Industry Automation, Drive Technologies and Customer Services Divisions as well as the Metals Technologies Business Unit. For more information, visit

The Siemens Drive Technologies Division is the world’s leading supplier of products, systems, applications, solutions and services for the entire drive train, with electrical and mechanical components. Drive Technologies serves all vertical markets in the production and process industries as well as the infrastructure/energy segment. With its products and solutions, the division enables its customers to achieve productivity, energy efficiency and reliability. For more information, visit

TechSolve is a consulting firm that has helped organizations of all sizes leverage process improvement, machining expertise and innovation to enhance their competitive edge across ever-changing markets. We understand engineering and manufacturing, so we developed an array of machine monitoring software under the umbrella of VizProductsTM.
Our custom-tailored machine-monitoring and data-gathering solutions enable shops and production departments alike to more efficiently gather and analyze machine tool performance data, TechSolve can help manufacturers eliminate extraneous costs, increase productivity, and maximize profits. For more information please visit

No. 910 is a 1000ºF, gas-fired, high-temperature walk-in oven from Grieve, currently used for heat cleaning large valve bodies at the customer’s facility. Workspace dimensions of this oven measure 60” W x 120” D x 78” H.   880,000 BTU are installed in a modulating natural gas burner to heat the oven chamber, while a 12,500 CFM, 10 HP recirculating blower provides combination airflow to the workload.


This Grieve oven features 8” thick insulated walls made from 2” of 1900ºF block and 6” of 10 lb/cf density rockwool; top-mounted heat chamber; 16 ga aluminized steel oven interior, 16 ga stainless steel heat chamber interior and 16 ga aluminized steel exterior.  Inner and outer door gaskets are provided, with the inner gasket sealing directly against the door plug and the outer gasket sealing directly against the face of the oven.  The 6” insulated oven floor features truck wheel guide tracks and Grieve also furnished the customer an 8000 lb capacity flatbed loading truck with this walk-in oven.

All safety equipment required by IRI, FM and NFPA Standard 86 for gas-heated equipment are provided on the oven, including a 1500 CFM, 2 HP powered forced exhauster.

Controls on No. 910 include a digital programming temperature controller.

For more information, please contact:

500 Hart Road
Round Lake, IL  60073-2898
Phone:  (847) 546-8225
Fax:  (847) 546-9210
Attention:  Frank Calabrese, VP


Ann Arbor, Michigan – GMTA (German Machine Tools of America) represents various top-quality German metalworking machine builders, including Wera Profilator, Pittler, Praewema and WMZ.  These machines are sold to the North American market by GMTA primarily for gear and spline production, as well as other power transmission applications.  The company’s target markets include automotive, off-highway, energy and other heavy equipment manufacturing.  Machines are provided for gear honing, gear grinding, the patented Scudding® process for gearmaking, polygon milling, turning, gear tooth pointing and multi-task machining operations.  This newsletter is provided to our friends in the media to keep you and your readers updated on News of Note at GMTA.

In the news…

- GMTA proudly announces the addition of Stefan Kloos as Product Manager.  Stefan will handle the Pittler vertical turning lathes and WMZ centerdrive lathes.  He will be based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, North American Headquarters for GMTA.

New GMTA Product Manager Stefan Kloos

New GMTA Product Manager Stefan Kloos

- German Language and International Careers (LIC) students from Eastern Michigan University visited GMTA on March 12, 2014. Students were given a tour of GMTA facilities and a presentation in German by GMTA President, Walter Friedrich. As EMU Department of World Languages Professor Margrit Zinggeler Ph.D. pointed out, “Eastern Michigan was one of the first universities to combine foreign language with a practical business component. The EMU major in language and international careers (LIC) is designed to integrate the study of modern foreign languages and cultures with preparation for an international business career. The major objective of the program is to provide students with the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to function in a foreign environment and in professional dealings with people and clients who speak a foreign language. It is a very useful course of study in today’s global economy, especially with so many foreign companies setting up shop in the U.S.” After the presentation and questions, students were invited to a typical German “Brotzeit” (evening meal of German bread and coldcuts) and, of course, ample quantities of German beer Reissdorf Koelsch!  GMTA is proud to support young people in the community and help provide them with (German) language opportunities in a business environment.

Students from Eastern Michigan University’s Language and International Careers (LIC) program visited GMTA for a detailed explanation in German from the company president, Walter Friedrich, right.  Leading the group was Professor Margrit Zinggeler, Ph.D., third from the right

Students from Eastern Michigan University’s Language and International Careers (LIC) program visited GMTA for a detailed explanation in German from the company president, Walter Friedrich, right. Leading the group was Professor Margrit Zinggeler, Ph.D., third from the right

- A definitive explanation on the trademarked Profilator Scudding® process for advanced gearmaking is now available from GMTA.  Please contact Scott Knoy below for details.

- GMTA supports the Judson Center, a charity that serves the needs of individuals with life challenges such as autism.  Every year, the Center tries to provide the youngsters served with a life-changing event.  This year, the Center is providing 150 bicycles.  GMTA is part of a group of companies supplying the bikes, along with GM Warren Transmission and local radio station, 95.5 WYCD Detroit Country. Claudia Hambleton coordinated the effort for GMTA.

For more information on this announcement, please contact:

4630 Freedom Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Phone:  734-973-7800
Fax:  734-973-3053
Attention:  Scott Knoy
Facebook: GMTA
Twitter: @GMTA_US

See Rattunde in Hall 6, Stand E-40 at Tube Fair in Dusseldorf, April 7-11, 2014!

Major German supplier of finished length tube and solid bar processing equipment offers dual tube cutting and finishing in one setup; produces up to 5000 pieces per hour with up to 40% energy savings


Rattunde ACS + CFMtwin machine for simultaneous dual tube processing; can produce up to 5000 parts per hour

Rattunde Corporation, a German-based manufacturer of finished length tube and solid bar production, today announces the introduction of the ACS® + CFMtwin machine, the newest member in the company’s family of tube production systems.  Equipped with a specially-designed twin machining head that fits onto the standard head, this new machine can cut two tube or bar sections simultaneously, then machines both ends of both workpieces, also simultaneously.   This new Rattunde machine can produce up to 5000 finished pieces per hour.  The option also exists for single tube or bar production on the same machine.

The ACS® + CFMtwin machine, when in twin mode, can process two workpieces of 10mm to 41.5mm OD each into finished lengths from 10mm to 1500mm.  Example:  21mm OD x 3.5mm wall x 45mm length cut from a 6.5 meter mill length of stock material, based on carbon steel.  When the twin head is removed, the standard machining head can process a single workpiece up to 105mm OD.


Close-up of twin cutting head; machine cuts two workpieces simultaneously

In addition to the twin workpiece processing, this new Rattunde machine offers the OEM or production house all the capabilities found on Rattunde’s ACS® family of tube and bar production systems, including secondary brush deburring, end machining (chamfering and facing), inspection, washing, drying and robotic packaging.  The entire machine and all auxiliary workstations are motion-controlled by CNC from a single operator station for maximum efficiency.  The ACS® + CFMtwin is built on the same platform as the existing and popular Rattunde ACS® + CFM and ACS + CFMcurve systems.

Even when processing in twin mode, the setup time for a new job can be under 15 minutes, according to Rattunde engineering.  Other standard features on this new Rattunde machine include data management on all workpiece parameters (approx. 10,000 workpieces), data logging of every part produced for full part traceability, material lead and end edge detection for minimized crop cut and tag end.  All operating limits are set from the control panel, with continuous tool break monitoring for the saw blade and all cutting tools.


Each end of the two workpieces is simultaneously chamfered before automated transfer to the cleaning and final packaging stations

Alec Banish, director of business development at the company, states, “This new machine clearly gives us a decided advantage in the market for high-production requirements.  Plus, with the standard machining head still in place on the machine, the ACS® + CFMtwin can be a highly flexible, adaptable production system for many types of manufacturing operations as well as a wide variety of end product producers.”  

Because the machine offers essentially double the production in the same machine footprint, up to 40% energy savings have been documented on a 25mm OD x 3mm wall x 42mm long piece from a stock length of 6 meters in a typical batch count of 45,000.

For more information on this development, please contact:
4980 Kendrick Street SE
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49512
Phone:  616-940-3340
Fax:  616-940-2771
Attention:  Richard Stadler or Alec Banish