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In Taiwan’s Machine-Tool Industry, Contract Workers Do More than Scrape By

Michael C. Anderson, Senior Editor


Contract workers in many businesses in many countries are lower in the pecking order than the full-timers, with lower pay, fewer or no benefits. Not so in Taiwan's "golden circle of manufacturing." In Greater Taichung, skilled—but aging—hand scrapers have become too valuable to be tied to a single company. Dah Lih’s Tim Wen explains.

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Rohm Expands in US, Sees North America as Key to Growth

Editor in Chief Sarah A. Webster


German workholding technology company Rohm has opened a new North American Headquarters and Manufacturing facility in Suwanee, GA, as the North American market continues to be a brighter spot in the global economy. Dr. Joachim Hummler, CEO of the Rohm Group, said the privately held company intends to triple its sales over the next five years and that the North American market will be critical in that development. “We are proud of this facility and what it represents for our customers,” he said, calling the facility “a milestone” for Rohm. Full Article

Picking the Right Toolholder for the Toughest Jobs

Senior Editor Jim Lorincz


When sizing up an application for a milling toolholder, it is necessary to consider the materials being machined, how aggressively metal is going to be removed, and any machining conditions that are likely to present a challenge to tooling security. By now, the pros and cons of hydraulic, mechanical, and heat-assisted shrink-fit systems are well known and results well documented. Full Article

Jim Kyper named Secretary and General Counsel for Greenleaf Corporation

PRESS RELEASE-- Greenleaf Corp


Greenleaf Corporation, a leading developer of cutting tool technology and ceramic materials, has appointed Jim Kyper to the position of Secretary and General Counsel. Mr. Kyper comes to Greenleaf from K&L Gates LLP, where he was a partner with a practice focusing on intellectual property matters. During his nearly 38 years with K&L Gates, Mr. Kyper represented Greenleaf among many other clients regarding intellectual property and other commercial matters. Full Article

Bernie McConnell Named Executive Vice President-Commercial for Greenleaf Corporation

PRESS RELEASE-- Greenleaf Corp


Greenleaf Corporation, a leading developer of cutting tool technology and ceramic materials, has appointed Bernie McConnell to the position of Executive Vice President-Commercial. Mr. McConnell comes to Greenleaf from Kennametal Corporation where he managed that company’s WIDIA business. Full Article

Shop Solutions: Drop-In Retooling Puts Rush into Titanium Turning

Edited by Senior Editor Jim Lorincz


It goes without saying that we should never let tooling hold back a good machine. That truism holds as much for short-run work on difficult superalloys as for high-volume machining of commodity steels and aluminums. Because of its reputation for handling the tough jobs, Micor Industries (Decatur, AL) is a very busy place. The 70-man contract machine shop runs 80 hours a week on average, dealing with titanium, Inconel, 2507 stainless steel and similar high chrome and nickel alloys. Full Article

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