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IWM CNC Waterjet Pipe Engraving Machine

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

water jet pipe cutting IWM CNC Waterjet Pipe Engraving Machine

The cutting table can rotate the pipe when cutting. The rotation speed is adjustable to suit various cutting speed needs due to different wall thickness and type of the materials. Position of the cutting head is also adjustable to fit different diameters of the pipe. The cutting head can slide along the length of the table to choose desired cutting position. There is an abrasive hopper mounted on the same rail of the cutting head for feeding abrasive to the cutting head. Customer should specify the weight of the pipe when order the machine.

pipe engraving IWM CNC Waterjet Pipe Engraving Machine

Special tracks can be ordered to cut different shapes of holes into the pipe wall instead of cutting off the pipe.

The waterjet pump is 50 hp and when cutting with abrasive, the max thickness of mild steel is 60mm. The pump requires 3 phase electricity power supply of 220V — 480V, 50 or 60 Hz, (specified by the customer). The pressurized water is fed to the cutting head through a high pressure whip tubing.

GMC Power Mills – So good we offer a 2 year Warranty

Friday, August 5th, 2011

manual mill GMC Power Mills   So good we offer a 2 year Warranty

We are pleased to offer  the following selection of manual mills.




Manufacturing sector grows for 23rd straight month

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

By Vicki Needham – 07/01/11 10:35 AM ET

Manufacturing activity picked up pace in June after falling off sharply in May amid high energy prices.

Axel Laser Manufacturing sector grows for 23rd straight month

The manufacturing index rose to 55.3 percent in June from 53.5 percent in May, the 23rd straight month of expansion as the sector drives the sluggish economic recovery, the Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing executives, reported on Friday.

A reading above 50 indicates that the manufacturing sector is expanding.   press brake Manufacturing sector grows for 23rd straight month

In June, new orders for goods and employment increased modestly, with employment showing continued strength with an increase of 1.7 percentage points to 59.9 percent, the ISM report showed.

wet type Manufacturing sector grows for 23rd straight month

The rate of increase in prices slowed for the second consecutive month, dropping 8.5 percentage points in June to 68 percent after a 9 percentage point drop in May the lowest figure since August 2010 when the index registered 61.5 percent.

“While the rate of price increases has slowed and the list of commodities up in price has shortened, commodity and input prices continue to be a concern across several industries,” the report said.

Of the 18 manufacturing industries, 12 reported growth in June, led by miscellaneous manufacturing, printing, computer and electronic products as well as paper products and textile mills.

Heading into the Independence Day weekend, the markets got a boost from the manufacturing data, which exceeded economists’ estimates.



Pro Turn Production Turning Centers

Monday, July 4th, 2011

Pro-Turn Production Turning Centersproturn logo Pro Turn Production Turning Centers

In addition to our line of KSI Swiss Screw Machines we have added a line of production turning centers.

Over the years, the Pro-Turn   series of precision production turning centers have evolved into three types of machines affording our customers the ability to select a specific style of machine for their manufacturing requirements:

P series Gang tools, dedicated to production tooling cutters are used to produce parts at the highest point of efficiency. Because the production tooling cutters are direct mounted to the axes there is no lost time due to turret positioning for indexing and then indexing to the next cutting tool. ProTurn VT 8 Pro Turn Production Turning Centers

PT series Gang tools plus turret combine the productivity of our P series with the increased tooling capacity of a static turret or static/dynamic turret to increase our customers manufacturing capability. Pro Turn VT 10 Pro Turn Production Turning Centers

TT series Turret plus Tailstock complements small parts production, these turret precision production centers offer the tooling management of either a static or static/dynamic turret and a heavy duty Tailstock for between centers operation.  TT Series Pro Turn Production Turning Centers


KSI Swiss School

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Staying Competitive is hard, we understand.  Which is why KSI Swiss has developed the KSI School for Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced training to allow your machinists the opportunity to take their skills to the next level.

Programming a CNC Swiss can be a daunting task.  Investing in your programming and setup could mean the difference between being down and out, or being pound for pound the best.

ksi school logo4 KSI Swiss School

With our proven experience, we will train you and your machining operators to make wise programming, and machine setup decisions that will result in less changeover time, and more efficient programming, which means more profits for your company.

Example of class:

Operator Training Class:

1. Swiss Theory
2. Machine Layout
3. Machine Operations
4. Adjusting Guide Bushings and Collets
5. Changing Tools
6. Adjusting Offsets
7. Barload Operations
8. Chip Control
9. Measurement Tools
10. Print Reading Introduction
11. Trouble Codes


Strippit Now Offering A P1525 Punch Press

Friday, June 24th, 2011

The P series has recently been enhanced, and we are now offering a P 1525 Punch Press machine.

The P 1525 will be almost identical to the P 1225, with the exception that a larger throat will allow for a 60″ wide sheet. We recently accepted an order from a door manufacturer on Long Island, NY and the machine has been launched into production.

p series 1525 300x240 Strippit Now Offering A P1525 Punch Press

Many OEM’s, like our first P 1525 at the door manufacturer, have parts that are wider than 48″. In years past, we offered an FC 1000 R style machine so that the customer could rotate the sheet around to punch wider blanks. A new P 1525 allows for wider blanks without rotation of the blank

Many manufacturers have purchased 5′ X 10′ laser systems in the last decade. They typically buy all materials in 5′ wide blanks to match their laser, so a new P 1525 may be a logical choice for handling jobs with forming or other jobs where punching makes sense.

This is a unique offering as no other manufacturer provides a 60″ wide machine in the entry level market.

You Can’t Afford to Wait! Order Your Machine in 2011

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

If you have been in the market looking for equipment you may have been surprised to find that out that some  delivery dates can be four to six months from the time you place the order.  While that is definitely a problem it is only the beginning as  our good friend Uncle Sam will dramatically reduce the tax benefits available on equipment after 12/31/11.

A)   The Section 179 deduction will drop from $500,000 in 2011 to an estimated $125,000 in 2012 and the total capital acquisition cap will drop from $2,000,000 in 2011  to $500,000 in 2012.

B)   The 100% Bonus Deprecation in 2011 will drop to 50% in 2012

Below is an example of the effect these changes could have on you company!

2011 vs 20121 You Cant Afford to Wait! Order Your Machine in 2011



Manufacturing in U.S. Expands at Close to Seven-Year High

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

Manufacturing in the U.S. expanded in March at close to the fastest pace in almost seven years, reinforcing signs the industry will propel growth in the world’s largest economy.

The Institute for Supply Management’s manufacturing index was little changed at 61.2, after February’s 61.4 reading that was the highest since May 2004, the Tempe, Arizona-based group’s report showed today. Figures greater than 50 signal expansion.

Companies like Caterpillar Inc. (CAT) and United Technologies Corp. (UTX) are benefiting as production, fueled by inventory rebuilding at the start of the recovery, gets an added boost from rising demand in the U.S. and overseas. The strength in manufacturing is also generating job gains, a necessary ingredient to a sustained expansion.

“Manufacturing is doing very well,” said Nigel Gault, chief U.S. economist at IHS Global Insight Inc. in Lexington, Massachusetts. “It’s the leading sector in the economy.”

Stocks extended gains after the figures, with the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index rising 0.7 percent to 1,334.69 at 10:47 a.m. in New York. Treasuries were little changed from late yesterday, with the yield on the benchmark 10-year note at 3.47 percent.

The median forecast of 79 economists surveyed by Bloomberg News was 61.1. Estimates ranged from 59 to 63.

A gauge of factories in the euro region dropped to 57.5 last month from February’s 59, London-based Markit Economics said. Manufacturing in ChinaIndia and Russia also expanded.

China Manufacturing

China’s manufacturing growth accelerated for the first time in four months with the index rising to 53.4 from 52.2, while India’s manufacturing grew for a 24th straight month and the index remained at 57.9. Russia’s factory output gauge increased to 55.6, the highest in almost five years, from 55.2.

Earlier, the Labor Department reported that the U.S. economy added 216,000 jobs in March, while the unemployment rate declined to 8.8 percent, signs the labor-market recovery is gathering speed.

The ISM’s production index increased to 69, the highest since January 2004, from 66.3. The new orders measure fell to 63.3 from 68, and the gauge of export orders decreased to 56 from 62.5.

The employment gauge slipped to 63 from 64.5 in the prior month.

The index of prices paid jumped to 85, the highest since July 2008, from 82. A measure of supplier deliveries increased to a one-year high of 63.1 in March, indicating longer lead times.

Order Backlogs

The measure of orders waiting to be filled fell to 52.5 from 59. The inventory index eased to 47.4 from 48.8, while a gauge of customer stockpiles was little changed at 39.5 from 40. A figure lower than 50 means manufacturers are reducing stockpiles.

Recent regional factory reports underscore the resilience of the manufacturing industry, which accounts for about 11 percent of the economy. The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia’s index indicated factories expanded in March at the fastest pace since 1984, while the New York Fed’s measure rose to a nine-month high.

United Technologies, the maker of Pratt & Whitney jet- engines and Otis elevators, is among companies benefiting from growth in the so-called BRIC countries that include Brazil, Russia, India and China. The Hartford, Connecticut-based company in March boosted the low end of its 2011 earnings forecast amid improving markets across its divisions.

Peoria, Illinois-based Caterpillar, the world’s largest maker of construction equipment, is seeing a “slow, steady increase” in demand in North America, Chief Executive Officer Doug Oberhelman said at an industry conference on March 23. “Business is booming outside the U.S.,” Oberhelman said.

Auto dealers are also seeing improved demand. Car sales in February rose to a 13.38 million unit pace, the highest since the government’s cash-for-clunkers program in August 2009, according to industry data.


To contact the reporter on this story: Shobhana Chandra in Washington


LVD Strippit Open House – Machine Demonstration

Monday, March 21st, 2011

April 19, 20117 24 2010 11 52 18 AM LVD Strippit Open House   Machine Demonstration
9 am to 3 pm
LVD Strippit Demonstration Center
Akron, New York

Our new Akron demonstration facility expansion is well underway and we anticipate a large group of customers to attend the April 19 Open House.   If the number of attendees is large enough, we may consider extending the Open House for a second day, April 20.  The following machines will be on display:

  • Orion 3015 Plus 4kW with Load/Unload
  • Axel Linear 3015 S 4kW
  • PPS 50/20
  • PPEC 80/25 7-axis
  • PPEB 135/30 EFL
  • CS 06/31
  • Strippit VX-1225 (intended for integration with 6-Shelf Compact Tower due to arrive after Open House date)
  • Strippit V30-1225LVD Strippit VX Series Punch Press 300x240 LVD Strippit Open House   Machine Demonstration
  • Strippit P-1212
  • Strippit LP-1225

Although not expected to be completed in time for the April Open House, a Strippit M-1212 or Strippit M-1225 will be moved into the demonstration center, as will a Pullmax 720.

February 2011 Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

February 2011 Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®

PMI at 61.4%

DO NOT CONFUSE THIS NATIONAL REPORT with the various regional purchasing reports released across the country. The national report’s information reflects the entire United States, while the regional reports contain primarily regional data from their local vicinities. Also, the information in the regional reports is not used in calculating the results of the national report. The information compiled in this report is for the month of February 2011.


New Orders, Production and Employment Growing
Supplier Deliveries Slower
Inventories Contracting


(Tempe, Arizona) — Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in February for the 19th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 21st consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®.

The report was issued today by Norbert J. Ore, CPSM, C.P.M., chair of the Institute for Supply Management™ Manufacturing Business Survey Committee. “February’s report from the manufacturing sector indicates continuing strong performance as the PMI registered 61.4 percent, a level last achieved in May 2004. New orders and production, driven by strength in exports in particular, continue to drive the composite index (PMI). New orders are growing significantly faster than inventories, and the Customers’ Inventories Index indicates supply chain inventories will require continuing replenishment. The Employment Index is above 60 percent for only the third time in the last decade. While there are many positive indicators, there is also concern as industries related to housing continue to struggle and the Prices Index indicates significant inflation of raw material costs across many commodities.”


Of the 18 manufacturing industries, 14 are reporting growth in February, in the following order: Apparel, Leather & Allied Products; Petroleum & Coal Products; Transportation Equipment; Electrical Equipment, Appliances & Components; Machinery; Chemical Products; Fabricated Metal Products; Computer & Electronic Products; Textile Mills; Food, Beverage & Tobacco Products; Printing & Related Support Activities; Paper Products; Wood Products; and Miscellaneous Manufacturing. The four industries reporting contraction in February are: Plastics & Rubber Products; Primary Metals; Nonmetallic Mineral Products; and Furniture & Related Products.

  • “A continued weak dollar is increasing the cost of components purchased overseas. It is going to force us to increase our selling prices to our customers.” (Transportation Equipment)
  • “We continue to see significant inflation across nearly every type of chemical raw material we purchase.” (Chemical Products)
  • “Our plants are working 24/7 to meet production demands.” (Fabricated Metal Products)
  • “Prices continue to rise, while business limps along at last year’s pace.” (Nonmetallic Mineral Products)
  • “Overall demand is off 10 percent.” (Plastics & Rubber Products)
Index Series
Direction Rate
PMI 61.4 60.8 +0.6 Growing Faster 19
New Orders 68.0 67.8 +0.2 Growing Faster 20
Production 66.3 63.5 +2.8 Growing Faster 21
Employment 64.5 61.7 +2.8 Growing Faster 17
Supplier Deliveries 59.4 58.6 +0.8 Slowing Faster 21
Inventories 48.8 52.4 -3.6 Contracting From Growing 1
Customers’ Inventories 40.0 45.5 -5.5 Too Low Faster 23
Prices 82.0 81.5 +0.5 Increasing Faster 20
Backlog of Orders 59.0 58.0 +1.0 Growing Faster 2
Exports 62.5 62.0 +0.5 Growing Faster 20
Imports 55.0 55.0 0.0 Growing Unchanged 18
OVERALL ECONOMY Growing Faster 21
Manufacturing Sector Growing Faster 19

*Number of months moving in current direction.


Published by on the first of each month.

Contact: Rose Marie Goupil
ISM, ROB Media Relations
Tempe, Arizona
800/888-6276, Ext. 3015