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IMTS 2016 Show Daily

SMTCL in Motion

September 15, 2016 / , Associate Editor Production Machining

With a theme of “SMTCL On the Move,” the City of Industry, California, machine tool builder is showcasing its forward-thinking technologies in Booth S-8245, which also features a refreshment area with a video screen, and two conference rooms for private conversations with current and potential customers.

The “on the move” theme also refers to the fact that the company’s machine tools are used to manufacture precision parts for products such as ships, airplanes, automobiles, motorcycles and even spacecrafts. Parts on display in the booth include an automotive disc hub for Ford; a cylinder head for comedian and car afficionado Jay Leno’s classic Brough Superior motorcycle; a ship propulsion pod for General Dynamics; a railroad wheel from Progressive Rail; and an aircraft landing gear part for Boeing. There is also an aluminum wheel produced for a NASA Mars rover.

Machine tools from SMTCL, as well as its German division, Schiess, are demonstrating the actual machining of the parts on display. The new SMTCL i5 Control, which incorporates lights-out machining capabilities, is being shown on two large, 60-inch touchscreens that allow customer interaction. The new EVC160100s vertical turning lathe for machining large parts also is being introduced.

The company is raffling off prizes including a bicycle, a radial drill and a guitar signed by Kiss bassist Gene Simmons. A drawing also will be held for a trip to Los Angeles and a tour of television series “Jay Leno’s Garage.” Booth gifts include phone chargers, headphones and USB flash drives. 

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