Hey everyone, I just wanted to inform you of the upcoming online seminars being hosted by Makino starting January 15th. These online seminars will give you a look into some new technologies that can help you increase your shop efficiency.
Each webinar consists of a 20-45 minute presentation and a Q&A session with the speaker. Registration is required to attend, but all webinars are presented free of charge. A full schedule of webinars is available at www.makino.com/events. The list of quarter one webinars can be found below.
Q1 2009 Schedule
Jan. 15 – Utilizing Vision Systems With Machine Automation – This webinar discusses the use of vision systems with robot automation for part pallet or basket loading and unloading. Part identification, feature location and measurement and pattern matching, even the use of bar codes by robot vision systems for automating horizontal machining centers will also be covered. Register
Jan. 22 - New Titanium Booster Technology for Ram EDM - At the request of a top tier aerospace manufacturer, Makino has developed specific Titanium booster technology for its sinker EDMs. When it comes to machining extreme L: D ratios or rough and finish machining of large 3-D shapes in titanium alloys, Makino has developed new technology that is both cost and time effective. Register
Jan. 29 – Selecting the “Right” VMC Can Dramatically Impact Your Die/Mold Shop Profitability - Some shops focus on the purchase price of a Vertical Machining Center and overlook critical performance issues that can increase operational costs. This webinar utilizes data from several die/mold work pieces produced on various VMC’s, to help you determine the “right” machine for your die mold business. Register
Feb. 19 – New Sinker EDM Technologies - In the past, making an electrode burn faster meant risky, aggressive burn settings by tweaking amperage and on-time settings, shortening off-times, or programming a higher servo value. See how new EDM technologies can reduce machining times and electrode wear across a wide range of applications, without taking risks. Register
Feb. 26 – Unique 5-Axis Machining Techniques for Mold Lifters, Inserts and Cavities - Both 3+2 and simultaneous 5 axis machining will be discussed using a unique pyramid fixture equipped to handle four parts simultaneously, maximizing spindle utilization and minimizing the setup time required per part. Makino’s new D500 5-axis vertical machining center will be utilized to machine both Die and Mold cavities as well as lifters and inserts. Reduction in tool overhangs and improved performance will be illustrated. Register
March 19 – Faster Burning, Lower Wire Consumption With 0.012-inch Wire - Trying to burn faster on a WEDM has always been a trade off--push the burn and risk accuracy and finish problems, or spend more money for larger diameter wire. New 0.012-inch diameter wire technologies provide the significantly faster burning speed while using the same or lower poundage of wire as if the job were done with standard 0.010-inch diameter wire. Add to this a new technologies for wire tensioning and you have the speed and accuracy to satisfy the most demanding customers, while still reducing wire costs. Register
March 26 – PX5, Modified P20, the High Performance Alternative – This webinar will introduce the mold shop to a new steel, PX5, from International Mold Steel, a modified P20. Makino will demonstrate and discuss the machine ability, material characteristics, physical properties of this new steel using various cutting demonstrations. Register
April 16 - Profitable Machining Strategies for Machining Deep Pockets In Dies and Molds With Over 10:1 Length to Diameter Ratio Tooling - This webinar will cover 3-axis machining with over 10:1 length to diameter ratio tooling, including roughing and finishing. We will discuss cutting strategies, standard tooling and tool holding systems and how to minimize vibration and tool run-out. Learn how to further minimize EDM time, improve your profitability, shorten lead times and increase your competitiveness. Register
All Makino webinars are archived for later viewing at www.makino.com/library. There are over 80 webinars available on topics such as micromachining, moldmaking, EDM, aerospace, automation, production machining and new webinars are added the week after they are broadcast. Tran*script*s are also available.
It looks like the seminar occurring on Feb 26 has been moved to April 9. The time of 11am EST will remain the same. Hopefully this reply catches those who wanted to attend. Thanks!