"The Pulse of Manufacturing" is theme of annual show.

Position:WESTEC 2009


Over 600 exhibitors are expected at the WESTEC advanced productivity exposition March 30-April 2 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. They will be showing the latest in advanced " machine tools, cutting tools and accessories, applications, emerging technologies, and business resources.

WESTEC also brings back its Back-to-Basics program offering pathways to manufacturing careers. This program aims to attract and engage a diversified audience composed of women, new immigrants, displaced workers, non-college bound youth, and the existing workforce searching for retraining opportunities.

This year's theme is "The Pulse of Manufacturing."

CNC honing machine

Sunnen's new SV-1000 Series vertical CNC honing machine is based on a modular design, engineered to scale up from a single-spindle machine to a fully automated multi-spindle unit for ultra-precise bore sizing and finishing. Designed for part diameters of 3mm-65mm (0.120"-2.56"), the machines can size bores to accuracies of 0.25 [micro]m (0.00001"). Sunnen Products Co., Booth 2916, www.rsleads. com/903tp-174


High-speed HMC

Makinos a51 horizontal machining center offers performance and reliability. The a51 features a fast spindle response that shortens machining times for parts and components made of light alloys and cast iron. The support system enhances cutting capabilities in the uppermost region of the machining range. Rigid machine construction supports high acceleration performance. Makino, Booth 3416, www.rsleads.com/903tp-175


Extra-large VMC

Haas Automation's new VF-12 vertical machining center accommodates large-volume machining found in the aerospace, automotive, and mold and die industries. The VMC features travels of 150" x 32" x 30" (xyz) and has a 150" x 28" T-slot table. It is available in both 40- and 50-taper configuration, with spindle speeds to 10,000rpm. Haas Automation, Booth 3200, www.rsleads.com/903tp-182


Multi-tasking 2-spindle turning center

The Johnford HT-30-2SD is a high-precision CNC turning center built for industries two-spindle turning center productivity. The 16,500lb turning center is cast from Meehanite iron, and offers a 45-degree slant bed machine, with a 30hp high-torque, double-wound main spindle as well as a 15hp double-wound sub-spindle. Absolute Machine Tools Inc., Booth 3250, www.rsleads.com/903tp-176


Swiss turning line


Tornos has launched the new Delta product line to be cost-effective for machining parts with simple geometries. The Delta can be customized to work with or without a guide bush and utilize rotating tools. It is available with four or five axes, for parts up to 0.78" inches (20mm) in diameter and 81/4" (210mm) long. Tornos US, Booth 2510, www.rsleads.com/903tp-177

Solutions for aerospace

For the aerospace market, the new Sinumerik 840D solution line is the latest in CNC technology that increases performance and user productivity. The line is a universal and flexible CNC system featuring the Sinamics $120 drives that can be used for up to 31 axes. It offers...

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