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Swarfcast Ep. 62 – Small but Profitable Swiss Shop with Travis Erickson

December 2, 2019 - 11:32am -- Nijazi Kuksi
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Today’s podcast guest is Travis Erickson of Precision Components of Oxnard, California. Precision Components runs Tornos CNC Swiss lathes, specializing in producing custom mil-spec contacts primarily for the aerospace industry. Travis and his father handle all of the company’s machining and quality duties and employ only three people in their shop.

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Swarfcast Ep. 60 – Alec Mandis, Machining in New Zealand Part 2

November 19, 2019 - 9:57am -- Nijazi Kuksi
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Today’s podcast is part 2 of an interview we did with Alec Mandis, Chief Executive of Accord Precision, the largest machined component manufacturer in New Zealand. Over the years Accord has strived to set itself apart by developing a diverse group of niche products. One example is a stainless steel diving helmet made from an investment casting which took the company three years of R&D to produce successfully.

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Swarfcast Ep. 59 – Alec Mandis on Machining in New Zealand

November 7, 2019 - 7:08pm -- Nijazi Kuksi
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Today’s podcast is part 1 of a two part interview with Alec Mandis, Chief Executive of Accord Precision, the largest machined component manufacturer in New Zealand. Accord exports precision products around the world, with 30% going to the United States. Alec described to us what it’s like to run a machine shop in a country of 5 million people, more associated with rugby and sheep than manufacturing. After the interview we started scheming how we could get down there for a sales call.

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Swarfcast Ep. 58 – Romas Juodvalkis, Centered on Centerless Grinding

November 7, 2019 - 6:54pm -- Nijazi Kuksi
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On today’s podcast we delve into the world of centerless grinding, a vital process in precision machining that some less informed folks label as a dirty, dark art. Our guest is Romas Juodvalkis, founder of Allways Precision, one of the largest Cincinnati centerless grinder rebuilders in the United States. 

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Swarfcast Ep. 57 – Jerry Gates on Running Well Oiled Machines

November 7, 2019 - 6:52pm -- Nijazi Kuksi
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Today’s podcast is about reducing friction in our machining and our lives. Our guest is Jerry Gates, founder of Gates Engineered Lubricants, a company near Houston, Texas, which produces metal working fluids, industrial lubricants, and rust inhibitors for a variety of applications.

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NEW ARRIVAL - Schutte WU 305 5-Axis CNC Grinder

August 14, 2019 - 10:26am -- Nijazi Kuksi
Schutte WU 305

Schutte WU 305
CNC Universal Tool and Cutter Grinder

Mfd. 2006 
Type: WU305 "Trend" 
Series: 2 
Control: Siemens 840D
Axis: 5 
Power: 480V 60Hz 
Control: Sinumerik 840 D 
Software: SIGS Conversational w/ Vericut 
Schunk Workholding 
Chain Loader 
3-wheel Change Pack 
Very Low Hours, Used for Prototyping Tools 

Grinding Spindle: 15kW (20HP)
Universal Rotary Axis with Spindle Speeds: 0 to +/- 25000 rpm
Center of Grinding Wheel is close to center of rotational C-axis

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