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Swarfcast Ep. 36 – Ben York on Taking the Art Out of Machining

April 23, 2019 - 1:42pm -- Nijazi Kuksi
episode 36

In today’s podcast I interviewed Ben York, an inventor and consultant for machining companies. I met him at the 2019 Precision Machining Technology Show where his company, Theory 168, was presenting his Perfect Zero Alignment system. The system uses a camera installed in a CNC machine to set work coordinates and align and set tooling (see demonstration video below).

Swarfcast Ep. 31 – Ken Mandile, Employees Are Buying His Business

April 17, 2019 - 2:07pm -- Nijazi Kuksi
episode 31

On today’s podcast we interviewed Ken Mandile, founder of Swissturn, a successful CNC Swiss machine shop in Oxford, Massachusetts. Ken’s children are not interested in taking over Swissturn when he eventually retires, so five years ago Ken began restructuring his company into an employee stock ownership plan or ESOP, in which he will gradually transfer ownership and management to his employees.

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Swarfcast Ep. 30 – Developing a Machining Culture with Victor and Betty DaCruz

April 17, 2019 - 1:45pm -- Nijazi Kuksi
episode 30

On today’s podcast, we interviewed Victor and Betty DaCruz, owners of DaCruz Manufacturing in Bristol, Connecticut. Victor and Betty have transformed their company over the last three decades from a multi-spindle screw machine shop with ACMEs and New Britains into a high-tech CNC turning operation. While other companies complain about not being able to find quality employees, DaCruz has created a culture that attracts high level young people to work at the company.

Gildemeister Sprint 42/10 Linear - Graff-Pinkert's Video of the Week

April 17, 2019 - 11:40am -- Nijazi Kuksi

Gildemeister Sprint 42/10 Linear

Mfd. 2013
2-Spindle CNC Turning Automatic Lathe
Rapid traverses of 40 m/min and 1g acceleration for every axis
Turret tool holder capacity of 16 positions for machining on the main and sub-spindle
Glass scales on the 3 main axis for precision and reliability
DMG Slim Line Panel with TFT 15" Monitor

Swarfcast Ep. 33 – Aneesa Muthana, the Success of a Woman in the Machining

March 26, 2019 - 5:50pm -- Nijazi Kuksi
episode 33

On today’s podcast, we interviewed Aneesa Muthana, owner of Pioneer Service Inc., a CNC machine shop that features 26 Star CNC Swiss lathes. Aneesa shared her fond memories of being raised on the floor of a centerless grinding shop, M&M Quality Grinding, founded by her Yemeni immigrant parents.

Wickman 1-3/4" 6 Spindle - Graff-Pinkert's Video of the Week

March 11, 2019 - 10:49am -- Nijazi Kuksi

Wickman 1-3/4" 6 Spindle

Refurbished
SN: 16013
mfd. 1976
with motor and controls, stock reel and stand, chip conveyor.
Refurbished with new spindle bearings installed, toggles rebuilt, pins and bushings replaced
back end of machine rebuilt, electromagnetic clutch rebuilt, cross slides removed and refitted
machine cleaned and painted machine tool gray

Swarfcast Ep. 28 – Bryan Batten, Mechanical Pyschologist

February 11, 2019 - 2:50pm -- Nijazi Kuksi
Bryan Batten, Mechanical Pyschologist

On today’s podcast, I interviewed Bryan Batten, CEO of Palmetto Precision Machining, located in Anderson, South Carolina. Palmetto Machining is a precision machining/fabrication shop specializing in tooling and automation for the automotive industry. Bryan, who jokingly refers to himself as a mechanical psychologist, discusses the difference between working with automotive companies in different countries, his experience purchasing a machining company, and the manufacturing boom in the South.

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