Northwest Machine Tool Conference

May 8 & 9, 2019

Oregon Convention Center, Portland, OR

Wednesday, May 8


Session 1

8:40 a.m. – 9:40 a.m.

Smart Manufacturing – Where Does It Start?

Theodor Sprenger, BURKHARDT+WEBER LLC    

The transition to “Smart Manufacturing” is most often related to Industry 4.0 or virtualizing processes in real time and other software related methods of factory integration. At the end it targets more flexibility while attaining higher productivity. And that requires more than networking, realtime monitoring and such. It really starts with the right hardware on the factory floor. This presentation will point out today’s benefits from modern factory equipment and useful automation.


Session 2

9:50 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.

Mold-Making for the Modern 3D Era  


Ken Steury, Additive Manufacturing Manager, Selway Machine Tool


Injection mold-making is a complex and costly process. Current techniques require multiple setups, several iterations, and are time- and labor-intensive. This session will discuss how with today’s additive technologies - hybrid CNC/3D printing and direct 3D printing – there are many ways to help reduce the costs.


Session 3

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Making the Transition to Five-Axis Machining – Basics and Benefits


Michael Cope, Product Technical Specialist, Hurco Companies, Inc.


The speaker, author of the book “Power of Five,” will describe the benefits of both 3+2 and 5-axis simultaneous machining – the seminar is for anyone who wants to learn more about 5-axis technology in general. It begins with the most basic fundamentals of machine configuration, covers the benefits of 5-axis, real world 5-axis applications, workholding, programming, and includes some simple and easy-to-understand explanations of the terminology that is associated with all levels of 5-axis technology.


Session 4

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Machining and Manufacturing Training – a Look at Local Resources for Employee Skills Upgrading


Willie Fisher, Business and Workforce Solutions, and Paul Wanner, Machining and Customized Training Instructor, Clackamas Community College


This session will describe how local employers can work with colleges to upgrade their employees’ machining and manufacturing skills.  Among the topics discussed:  do the employers (manufacturing plants, job shops, etc.) know what skills they need in order to upgrade; when they approach a college, does the college tailor the training to the employer’s needs; is training always at the college or sometimes at the employer’s site; are there certification programs offered. Also discussed will be the several local college collaborations in the manufacturing environment: the Northwest Interstate College Collaboration (NICC) that is comprised of Clackamas Community College, Mt. Hood Community College, Portland Community College, Clark College and Lower Columbia Community College; and the Oregon Business and Industry Training Systems (OrBITS), which is comprised of all 17 Community Colleges in Oregon.


Session 5

2:10 p.m. – 3:10 p.m.

The Demands of Complex Machining Demand Complex Fluids


Mike Lyon, Fuchs Lubricants


Learn how the demands on tools for cutting exotic metals have made it all the more important to select the right fluids for your machines.  The speaker will break down the science behind cutting fluids and discuss the keys to a long sump life.


Thursday, May 9


Session 6

8:40 a.m. – 9:40 a.m.

Beyond Prototyping: 3D Printing Comes of Age


Chantelle Sims and Kenneth Christensen, Northwest Rapid Manufacturing


The speakers will present a broad overview of the additive manufacturing industry. Learn about the technologies, materials, and challenges – and how the adoption of AM is changing the manufacturing landscape.


Session 7

9:50 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.

Simulation Advancements in Industry 4.0


Bryan Jacobs, CGTech


Manufacturers are attempting to understand and implement the “digital twin.” With more NC manufacturing data available, choosing the best data, using it efficiently, and optimizing processes are key to reducing costs and improving efficiency.  Software interoperability connects CAD/CAM systems, PLM systems, tooling databases, cloud-based downloadable resources, and CNC machines, providing realistic and accurate data.  Learn how companies can make better business decisions by simulating CNC machines in a robust virtual environment (versus in reality).


Session 8

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Automation for CNC Machining


Derek Goodwin, Selway Machine Tool


Automation for high part mix manufacturing can have a positive impact not only on your bottom line but also your employees’ well-being. This session describes how the secret is to create a stable process and to utilize the verification functionality already in your CNC machine tool.


Session 9

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

The Real Cost of Cutting Tools


Garrett Dias, MCAM Northwest, Inc.


What are the most important factors when you consider the purchase of cutting tools?  What should you really be concerned with – tool price or tool cost?  The terms are only slightly different, yet their meaning can differ significantly when you are looking to increase profitability and productivity, as explained in this informative session.



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