Modern Machine Shop Industry News: Mar. 20, 2020

The postponement of the Spanish trade show also applies to the ADDIT3D, BeDigital, IMIC and Workinn events, which were planned to be held in parallel with BIEMH. 

The International Machine Tool Exhibition, or BIEMH, has been potsponed from its original dates in May to November 23-27, 2020. The decision to postpone the Spanish event was in response to the World Health Organization’s declaration of a public health emergency with the spread of the coronavirus internationally. The postponement also applies to the ADDIT3D, BeDigital, IMIC and Workinn events, which were planned to be held in parallel with BIEMH. 

The organizing committee of BIEMH includes the Bilbao Exhibition Centre, Advanced Manufacturing Technologies (AFM) and the Machine Tool Importers Association of Spain (AIMHE).

“By taking this difficult decision, Bilbao Exhibition Centre has adopted the principle of responsibility required by the current situation, in which the containment of the disease is a priority objective and the conditions required to hold an event of this nature with the required safety are not in place,” organizers report. “As a result, the priority of the team organizing BIEMH is to offer the machine tool and advanced manufacturing sector an appealing event from a commercial and economic perspective, but an event that is also safe from a health point of view. For this reason, BIEMH will intensify its efforts to fulfill the commitment made to its customers with a successful 31st edition in November, where companies can showcase and learn about the most advanced technology and services and do business.”


Dr. Stephan Biller is vice president of Watson IoT at IBM, while Dr. Tom Kurfess is chief manufacturing officer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

MTConnect Institute board of trustee members Stephan Biller, Ph.D., and Tom Kurfess, Ph.D., have been elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) in recognition of professional excellence in engineering. Members of NAE are elected by their peers for outstanding contributions to research, practice, education, technology, advancing engineering, innovative approaches to engineering and outstanding leadership. 

Dr. Biller serves as the vice president of Watson IoT at IBM Corp. He was elected to NAE for leadership and advancement of manufacturing technologies and innovations based on the internet of things (IoT) and digital data. 

Dr. Kurfess serves as chief manufacturing officer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He was elected to NAE for development and implementation of innovative digital manufacturing technologies and system architectures. 

“The harmonization of standards is a critical step in the advancement of IoT in the manufacturing industry, and Dr. Biller has contributed significantly to our strategic vision of open, standards-based solutions,” says Tim Shinbara, MTConnect Institute board officer. “Dr. Biller has been instrumental in the development and advancement of a model-based MTConnect standard. Dr. Kurfess has contributed to the interoperability of the standard and leveraging digital technologies to advance manufacturing.”

“The National Academy of Engineering sets the absolute highest standards for technical leadership in the U.S., and it is a great honor to be elected to this esteemed institution,” says Dr. Kurfess. “My election citation relates directly to work happening at the MTConnect Institute and highlights the importance and timeliness of all of our efforts in the digital manufacturing area.”


In addition to growing concerns and the European travel ban instituted by the White House, the cancelation also complies with the local county’s ban on mass gatherings. 

AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology has canceled its MT360 conference, which was planned for May 12-14, 2020, due to concerns over the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). The trade association has been monitoring the situation as well as guidelines and recommendations set by the World Health Organization (WHO), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department, which led it to the decision to cancel the event. 

“The WHO declared the global COVID-19 outbreak to be a pandemic, the White House announced a restriction on travel from affected European countries, and Santa Clara Public Health Department ordered a ban on mass gatherings,” AMT reports. “Due to these escalating concerns and with the safety and health of the community as our top priority, we have made the decision to cancel the MT360 conference.”

The association continues: “The purpose of MT360 has always been to build a community that connects manufacturing and technology, and to facilitate partnerships and new business opportunities. In the months leading up to the conference, we have hosted and sponsored meetups and events in Silicon Valley and on the East Coast and facilitated connections between the manufacturing, tech, and investment communities. Going forward, AMT will continue our work to create connections between manufacturing and tech, through events, meetups, and the launch of our San Francisco Tech Lab, which will serve as a co-location and collaboration space for both manufacturing and technology companies in the Bay Area.”


The Connecticut end mill manufacturer was founded some 30 years ago. 

Precision Cutting Technologies Inc., holding company of Bourn & Koch, has acquired Supermill LLC, a Connecticut manufacturer of high-performance carbide end mills. 

“We are excited to partner with Tom Hale, founder and president of Supermill, as well as his talented and experienced team of associates,” says Terry Derrico, president of Precision Cutting Technologies. “The acquisition of Supermill enhances Precision Cutting Technologies’ portfolio of cutting consumables and strengthens its position in the Northeastern United States.  As in our past acquisitions and reflective of our strategic partnership approach, Tom will continue to lead the company post-transaction, and Supermill’s day-to-day operations will not be impacted. However, we believe that Supermill will now be able to take advantage of the infrastructure and national sales reach of the Precision Cutting Technologies platform.”

“After 30 years of growth, I am happy to have found a long-term home for the company and our loyal employees,” says Mr. Hale. “I look forward to what we will build together with the team at Precision Cutting Technologies in the coming years, staying true to Supermill’s reputation for reliability, innovation and customer service.”