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Swarfcast Ep. 14 – Scott Livingston on Combining Cycling and Citizens in His Machining Business

October 22, 2018 - 11:07am -- Noah Graff

Scott Livingston’s Grandfather Horst, after whom Horst Engineering Company in Connecticut was named, often talked about bicycles with Scott during his childhood.  Cycling was part of Horst’s life in Germany before he fled from the Nazis in 1938 and came to America.

Horst started his machining company in 1946, and Scott and his family run it today.  While the core business is now aerospace products made on Swiss screw machines and thread-rolled parts, a growing piece of the business is a niche product for bikers, toe spikes.

Swarfcast Ep. 5 -- Esben Østergaard of Universal Robots

August 6, 2018 - 10:55am -- Noah Graff
Esben Østergaard, of Universal Robots

Noah and Lloyd Graff recently interviewed Esben Østergaard, founder and Chief Technology Officer of Universal Robots. Universal Robots produces what it calls "cobots," low cost but powerful robotic arms meant to aid workers on the factory floor, rather than replace them. Most people can learn to program the robots in a free 88-minute online course.

Listen at https://todaysmachiningworld.com/?powerpress_pinw=25506-podcast

Tariff Talk

June 19, 2018 - 1:57pm -- Noah Graff

Noah Graff recently interviewed Miles Free, the Precision Machined Products Association’s Director of Industry Research and Technology. He’s a guru of machining industry world politics and one of the world’s foremost experts on the steel trade.

In March when President Trump tweeted his intentions to implement a 25% tariff on steel and a 10% tariff on aluminum coming into the United States, Free was bombarded from news outlets around the globe for his analysis—he really knows his steel. 

He compared the tariffs to the economic sanctions on imports that the United States would inflict on an enemy like Russia or Iran. “Nobody would have dreamed that the White House would ever use an entire industry as a negotiating technique” Free said.

Graff-Pinkert Helps Companies Buy and Sell Machining Businesses

August 30, 2016 - 4:12pm -- Noah Graff

For many years Graff-Pinkert has been matching buyers and sellers of machining companies. With its extensive contacts around the world and rich knowledge of the machining industry gleaned from 75 years in the business Graff-Pinkert is in a unique position to help machining companies looking to grow as well as help owners who want to retire or capitalize on their assets.

If you are interested in buying or selling a machining company contact Graff-Pinkert for a consultation today.

Chip Breaking Logan Clutch at Graff-Pinkert's Seminar

January 7, 2015 - 6:01pm -- Noah Graff
Graff-Pinkert held a seminar at its facility in which we showcased a solution to the age old problem of long stringy chips that clog up screw machines when working with materials such as aluminum and copper. Graff-Pinkert's salesman Rex Magagnotti suggested that Logan Clutch could program an automated high/low clutch for a Wickman multi-spindle that would automatically execute intermittent cuts to break the chips. It was an adaptation of an old school approach of notching a cam that could peck drill to break chips. Logan Clutch's engineers successfully accomplished this feat and presented the product on a Wickman 1-3/4" at Graff-Pinkert's Screw Machine Innovations Seminar.
 
 

It's a Wonderful Business

December 20, 2013 - 12:18pm -- Lloyd Graff

Yesterday was an emotional day for me. I gave out end of the year bonus checks to the employees of my used machinery company, Graff-Pinkert, holding impromptu talks with each person after delivering each envelope. I thanked each person for their contribution, asked them how they could improve next year and how I could help them. Paternalistic, very old school.I found myself holding back my tears during some of the sessions. I scurried to an empty shop office to pull myself together — and wept. Some context. As I drove to work yesterday, I was wallowing in a sense of futility.

Buy a Screw Machine for 179

December 10, 2013 - 10:18am -- Lloyd Graff
Matthew Lesko, That crazy guy on TV advertising "Free Money" form the Government

I normally deal in subtleties — close calls on whether to buy a machine, take a gamble, hire a new person, eat a piece of pie. But occasionally a deal comes along that is so breathtakingly clear you just shake your head and say YES! We are in one of those odd moments. When the handwriting on the wall is so clear even a blind man can read it. The investment incentive, Section 179 of the Federal Tax Code, can bring savings of more than a million dollars in taxes in the right situation, and is most likely ending in three weeks.

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