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For the New Giddings & Lewis V-Series VTL, the “V” Stands for “Value”

The new V-1600 vertical lathe from Fives Giddings & Lewis supports the company’s reputation for a solid machining platform and operational versatility.The company expects this model to be popular with jet engine manufacturers.

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Fives Giddings & Lewis has long had a sweet spot for vertical turning centers. Its VTC series of vertical machines established the company’s reputation for a solid machining platform and operational versatility, especially with shops that prefer to mount workpieces on a horizontal rotating table, which simplifies clamping and protects ring-shaped parts that might otherwise be distorted in a vertical chuck. For shops producing jet engine components, vertical turning represents an especially advantageous “sweet spot” among machining processes.

This week, Fives is introducing a Giddings & Lewis vertical lathe with a 1,600-mm table for its V series to complement the 800-, 1,000- and 1,250-mm models in this series. The rigidity and flexibility of these models make them popular with shops that must strongly consider value in machine purchases—that is, getting an affordable machine without compromising capability.

“In the last 10 years or so, we saw that the market for a larger turning center was growing, but we didn’t have a V-series model to match this segment,” says Peter Beyer, the company’s sales and application director. The new V-1600 is designed to hit this new “sweet spot” and fill a gap in the company’s vertical turning offerings.

At the booth, Fives has a demo intended to highlight the capabilities and features of the new Giddings & Lewis machine. “We looked hard at the customer base to see what they needed in this size machine. For example, we engineered a 50-hp table but made sure a shop could take advantage of the full power of this table by providing the appropriate features for heavy but highly accurate cutting applications,” Beyer says. These features include heavy-duty table bearings, dual scale feedback, a hydrostatic ram and adjustable crossrail to maximize rigidity for heavy, chatter-free cutting and improved part finish typical in jet engine machining and parts with hard metals such as Inconel. That is why the demo workpiece combines the most common and challenging features found in the typical jet engine component, he says. “None of the power in the table or the rigidity in the machine structure gets wasted or goes unused, because the entire configuration and construction of the machine are matched to this capability. We will put this machine up against any machine in its class.”

In addition, because value is important to job shops, the rigidity of the machine helps prolong the life of cutting tools, reduces tooling costs and minimizes tool changes. And the rigidity for roughing cuts can help them produce accuracies and finishes that eliminate or reduce semi-finishing steps, another important processing economy. In addition, using standard modular tooling such as Kennametal’s KM80 or Sandvik Coromant’s Capto C8 holders and accessories means that tooling up the V-1600 need not break the bank for a job shop.

The Giddings & Lewis V-1600 in Fives’ South Hall booth is the tall-column version, showing that workpieces requiring additional X-axis height have a place on a vertical machine. The show machine also has the milling spindle option, enabling this model to mill, drill and tap turned parts in one setup. Beyer sums it up aptly: “It’s a sweet machine, that’s the most I can say.”

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Another Bipartisan Buy America Bill Surfaces on Capitol Hill

Tammy Baldwin and Mike Braun in the Senate, John Garamendi in the House are sponsoring the Made in America Act.

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Tammy Baldwin and Mike Braun in the Senate, John Garamendi in the House are sponsoring the Made in America Act.

We’ve got some good news for people who like proposed bipartisan legislation that would expand coverage for the domestic procurement rules that govern federal spending on infrastructure!

Sen. Tammy Baldwin – from Wisconsin, a Democrat – and Sen. Mike Braun – from Indiana, a Republican – have reintroduced the Made in America Act, which would identify “federal programs that fund infrastructure projects not currently subject to Buy America standards” and ensure “that materials used in these federal programs are domestically produced.” The bill would also require that the U.S. Department of Commerce, while setting the standards on which construction materials will be considered American-made, to ensure that their manufacturing processes support American jobs.

It has a sponsor in the House, too – Rep. John Garamendi (D-CA) – who is a longtime advocate for domestic manufacturing.

Garamendi has a long record of supporting legislation that would help generate more domestic manufacturing activity and the jobs that go with it, and this isn’t the first time this year that Baldwin and Braun have found themselves cosponsoring legislation like this. They were among a group of senators in January with their names on a bill that would tighten waiver requirements for projects subjected to Buy America rules.

Regarding today’s Made in America Act? It’s good legislation that will create more manufacturing jobs in the United States, which is why the Alliance for American Manufacturing has officially endorsed it.

You can find the Senate bill’s text here.

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Anything I can do about my late order?

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Firstly, I know it’s a long shot. The manufacturer is in Sailkot, Pakistan. There are no contracts in place and the only type of documents I’ve received from this manufacturer are invoices. It’s a mistake I will never make again but I stupidly assumed that I could trust this guy after making a successful order with him in the past but it was a much smaller order.

I made an order for clothing roughly around 6 to 7 months ago and everything was going smoothly for around 1 to 2 months before he started taking days to reply and being very vague with his replies.

I know the clothes are being made because I will get the odd bad quality picture to show work is being done but the excuses this man has come out with is unbelievable. In this space of time some of his excuses have ranged from having family issues which have resulted in a divorce, having covid twice and even a middle man who was transporting my clothing from one vendor to another, just disappearing and stealing all of my clothes.

The ETA given at the start of the order was 7 to 10 days. After 7 months I’m nearly pulling my hair and feel completely helpless whilst my business fades away. There is a Chamber Of Commerce in Sailkot, Pakistan which is seems to be some form of authority over Manufacturers in that city. I’ve been in touch with them about my situation and they are willing to help but the manufacturer doesn’t seem fazed by this and actually told me I can get in touch with them but it’s not going to speed up my order.

I can’t go through the bank either because I paid through an app called Azimo.

Is there anything else I can do or am I just completely stuck here?

Thanks in advance.

Edit: I’m in England.

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Anything I can do about my late order?

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Firstly, I know it's a long shot. The manufacturer is in Sailkot, Pakistan. There are no contracts in place and the only type of documents I've received from this manufacturer are invoices. It's a mistake I will never make again but I stupidly assumed that I could trust this guy after making a successful order with him in the past but it was a much smaller order.

I made an order for clothing roughly around 6 to 7 months ago and everything was going smoothly for around 1 to 2 months before he started taking days to reply and being very vague with his replies.

I know the clothes are being made because I will get the odd bad quality picture to show work is being done but the excuses this man has come out with is unbelievable. In this space of time some of his excuses have ranged from having family issues which have resulted in a divorce, having covid twice and even a middle man who was transporting my clothing from one vendor to another, just disappearing and stealing all of my clothes.

The ETA given at the start of the order was 7 to 10 days. After 7 months I'm nearly pulling my hair and feel completely helpless whilst my business fades away. There is a Chamber Of Commerce in Sailkot, Pakistan which is seems to be some form of authority over Manufacturers in that city. I've been in touch with them about my situation and they are willing to help but the manufacturer doesn't seem fazed by this and actually told me I can get in touch with them but it's not going to speed up my order.

I can't go through the bank either because I paid through an app called Azimo.

Is there anything else I can do or am I just completely stuck here?

Thanks in advance.

Edit: I'm in England.

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