American Machinist

Highlight: new machining centers. (free-standing machine tools displayed at Western Metal and Tool Exposition and Conference trade show)

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WESTEC'91 WILL BE HELD March 18-21 at the Los Angeles Convention Center with attendance expected to be 34,500, the same as last year. The area for exhibits of machine tools and manufacturing technology, however, is down about 2500 sq ft from last year, although the number of exhibitors will remain about the same: 575.

Westec is the largest western US regional manufacturing show sponsored by The Soc of Mfg Engrgs, ASM Int'l, The American Machine Tool Distributors' Assn and the NMTBA-The Assn of Mfg Technology. Westec draws its attendance from all the Western states, but Californians make up 90%. Attendance has been slipping since levels approaching 50,000 were achieved in the early 1980S.

Machining centers are the category of major machine tools that attract the most attention at Westec. Those on hand will include a flurry of lower-cost machines, including some verticals in the near-$50,000 price bracket, some high-speed spindle machines aimed at airframe builders and others machining aluminum, and some with enhanced 32-bit NC controls for faster operation and increased user-friendliness.

Toyoda Machinery USA (Arlington Heights, Ill) will introduce the first of a family of new vertical machining centers designed to hold their accuracy during long production runs. …

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