Modern Machine Shop

DEC 2018

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SHOP TALK MMS DECEMBER 2018 52 mmsonline.com Industry News Machine Pricing Tool Improves Transparency for Small Shops CNC Machines LLC has launched cncmachines. com , a free price-guide tool aimed at small machine shops and machining startups. It works similarly to sites such as Zillow or Zestimate, the company says, giving manufacturers a price guide when buying or selling their used machines for a fair market value. The tool was tested with manufacturers at IMTS 2018, who provided feedback on its function and features and ideas for expansion. The site is said to provide free access to valua- tions for most CNC machine tools, from five-axis milling machines to waterjet systems. Buyers and sellers go to the site and follow three guided steps to determine pricing in a process the com- pany compares to how Kelley Blue Book provides used car valuations. The developers of the tool stress that the main goal of the tool is to help U.S. machinists and manufacturers grow through cost transpar- ency. They also say the tool will not only help manufacturers to get the most value for their used CNC machines, but over the long term will also help to grow the industry and provide more opportunities, jobs and ROI without unnec- essary overhead costs. The company's ratio- nale behind the site is to protect buyers and sell- ers, especially smaller shops and startups, when it comes to acquir- ing or getting rid of used machines on their own rather than through a dealer. According to CNC Machines LLC, small and mid-size machine shops with modest budgets often rely on pre-owned CNC machinery, which is frequently resold not because the machine is not functional, but rather because the owner's manufacturing needs have changed. | CNC Machines LLC cncmachines.com Study Finds Brass Has Profit Potential for High-Speed Machine Shops U.S. machine shops with current or pending investments in machine tool upgrades can ramp up production speeds on brass parts with no loss On-Site Training | Personalized Service | Lifetime Warranty FOCUSED ON FLEXIBILITY? WE HAVE THE MODULAR SOLUTIONS. View our complete line of solutions at bluco.com or call 800-535-0135 to speak with an Application Engineer today. Baseplate & Tombstone Configurations Reduce Setup Times Interchangeable Components Our system of modular fixturing for machining delivers the ultimate in flexibility and dramatically reduces the time it takes a machinist to set up a fixture in a CNC mill. With over 250 standard modular pieces to choose from, custom fixtures can be built for any size or shape part in a matter of minutes. • Modular Fixtures for Vertical & Horizontal Machining Centers • We can design modular fixturing for large or small parts • Our experienced team can help you get started by selecting the right package of tooling to fit your specific needs

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