Dateline: February 4, 2009 Location: Ritto, Japan Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Sales Managers 3rom all regions o3 the world attended two intense days o3 meetings. The agenda was signi cant: to openly discuss the economic situation in the various regions and determine success3ul strategies to maintain a positive presence in markets throughout the world. It was made clear by the MHI executives that no ideas were o33 limits.
Managers were encouraged to table 3ree thought in a constructive environment, where each idea would be thoroughly discussed. A myriad o3 customer-3riendly ideas were set 3orth 3or dissection, ranging 3rom short-term discount incentives, low- interest leasing, extended payment terms, pay 3or use, delayed payments, 3ast-delivery turnaround, etc. As the options were discussed, those with the most merit began to rise to the top.
It was generally agreed that target selling should be a priority. This is to be accomplished by analyzing which industries remain buoyant and then 3ocusing on certain machine designs and options to suit those industries. Machines are to be placed into inventory to be ready 3or bene cial opportunities and in order to keep the customers 9 production lines going.
Naturally, the Machine Tool Division o3 Mitsubishi Heavy Industries is 3ortunate to be ... more. less.
part o3 a global corporate giant with divisions so diversi ed that weathering the current economic storm is less pain3ul. This o3 course is a com3ort 3or users o3 Mitsubishi 9s gear machines because they can rest assured knowing MHI is in it 3or the long haul. All who attended the meetings le3t with renewed energy and the single optimistic vision o3 continued success 3or Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and our customers through any challenges that come.<br><br> MHI Machine Tool Division: Global Sales Meeting Volume 9, Issue 1mitsubishigearcenter.comQ1 2009 Machine Tool Division Gear Technology Center 46992 Liberty Drive Wixom, MI 48393 248.669.6136 In This Issue& New Machines Debut at MHI Open House IMTEX Showcases CNC Dry Hobbing Machine GE20A PAGE 3 PAGE 4 COMPANY PROFILE: PAGE 2 Company Profle: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has been the gear-machine and cutting- tool supplier o3 choice 3or Mexico 9s TREMEC Transmissions since 1980. Now in its 30th year, the partnership is as strong as ever, as evidenced by TREMEC 9s recent purchase o3 3our new MHI machines. Founded in Querétaro, Mexico in 1964, TREMEC has been building light-duty manual transmissions 3or high-per3ormance sports cars and pickup trucks.<br><br> The TREMEC goal is to cprovide the smoothest- shi3ting, longest-lasting, most reliable transmissions d available. They also build transmissions and components 3or other markets, such as military applications, tractors, and scooters. A Kuo Group company, TREMEC is a Tier 1 and Tier 2 OE supplier to top automotive brands in America, the Asian Paci c and Europe.<br><br> They also produce a3termarket models 3or auto enthusiasts looking to boost per3ormance and 3uel economy, and participate heavily in motorsports worldwide. A3termarket products are sold primarily in the United States by licensed distributors; but TREMEC also has a network o3 distributors in Australia, Canada, and Mexico. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has installed nearly 100 machines 3or TREMEC over the years, including gear cutting and shaping machines, cylindrical machines, and machining centers.<br><br> Cutting tools round out their complement o3 MHI equipment. Recently TREMEC 3elt the time was right to update and increase their production capacity, which led them to consult MHI to discover the best t. As a result, 3our MHI SE25A dry cutting shaping machines with autoloaders were placed in their production line to make it more productive and cost-e33ective.<br><br> The Mitsubishi Heavy Industries solutions in place at TREMEC help them o33er vertically integrated manu3acturing processes including dry hobbing, shaping, broaching, shaving, grinding, and honing. Other in-house capabilities at TREMEC include 3ully automated manu3acturing cells, research and development 3acilities, and a prototype shop. TREMEC 9s success and continual e33orts to improve their workfow promise to keep MHI busy 3or quite some time, and they can take com3ort in knowing MHI will be there with new ideas and more e33ective machines 3or many years to come.<br><br> Tremec Transmissions Querétaro, Mexico Page 2Q1 2009 mitsubishigearcenter.com Dateline: February 5-6, 2009 With an assembly hall 3ull o3 new machine technology to show, and all the preparations in place, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries was ready to debut two brand-new machines. Invitations were sent out primarily to domestic Japanese customers, who eagerly accepted the opportunity to see one o3 the most e3 cient machine-tool assembly 3acilities in the world; and to learn more about the ground-breaking technology o3 the new products. Over 300 visitors attended the seminars and demonstrations over the two days.<br><br> The proceedings commenced with seminars by: " Dr. Y. Ariura Pro3essor at Kyushu University " Mr.<br><br> M. Nabekura o3 the MHI Machine Tool Division engineering department " Mr. T.<br><br> Oobora GM, Tool Manu3acturing and Engineering, o3 AISIN AW These detailed presentations were 3ollowed by a tour o3 the showroom and the gear-machine assembly hall. Among the array o3 completed and partially assembled machines were several standouts, like the impressive SC200CNC gear shaper. This 2.0-meter diameter capable (80 d) machine is unique thanks to its cbridge d type technology and automatic tool changer.<br><br> It dwar3ed the other machines in the showroom, including the equally impressive new ZG1000CNC gear-3orm grinder with an onboard measuring system. This machine sat alongside the MHI one-meter (40 d) shaper SC100CNC and the one-meter hobbing machine GB100CNC. The large machines had a supporting cast including GE15A, GE20A and GD30CNC hobbers, all with varying degrees o3 automation.<br><br> SE25A shapers with automated workfows were also to be 3ound alongside the perennial 3avorite ST40CNC programmable lead-guide shaper. The ST40CNC was tted with a new Fanuc CNC system, o33ering greater fexibility and download speeds 4thus completing its phase one upgrade. Stay tuned, though, because there is more to come 3or this best-in- category machine.<br><br> However, this report would be incomplete without mentioning the two stars o3 the show. The new PD23-B35 production angle-head cylindrical grinder, with 30% less foor space required than its PD32 brother and with sur3ace grinding speeds up to 80M/second, is sure to be a success in this very competitive category. The other star was the new ZI20A internal- gear grinder.<br><br> By itsel3 the name cinternal-gear grinder d belies the special nature o3 this machine. There will be more on this machine in the coming weeks and months but su3 ce it to say that the challenge and targets laid down by a well known Japanese transmission builder have been met and even surpassed with the ZI20A. The capabilities o3 Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Machine Tool Division never 3ail to impress anyone who has the chance to visit the modern Ritto 3acilities.<br><br> Open House attendees agreed the sessions and displays were very interesting and in3ormative. They le3t with lots to think about in terms o3 how the technology they saw can help improve their own production 3acilities. New Machines Debut at MHI Open House Page 3 Q1 2009 mitsubishigearcenter.com Page 4Q1 2009 mitsubishigearcenter.com Machine Tool Division Gear Technology Center 46992 Liberty Drive Wixom, MI 48393 PRESORTED FIRST-CLASS MAIL U.S.<br><br> POSTAGE PAID AOG The Indian Machine Tool Manu3acturers 9 Association (IMTMA) organizes International Machine Tool Exhibition (IMTEX) every two years in Bangalore, India. This is a specialized show, 3eaturing machine tools and manu3acturing solutions, involving not only the entire Indian industry but also a large segment o3 manu3acturers 3rom all over the world. The recent IMTEX 2009 Exhibition, held in Bangalore 3rom January 22 328, was the comprehensive display o3 the latest metal-cutting machine tools, cutting tools, tooling systems, accessories, metrology and CAD/ CAM.<br><br> The exhibition showcased the emergence o3 new technologies such as dry machining, high-speed machining, versatile and multi- 3unctional machines, and machines with smaller 3ootprints. A complete array o3 manu3acturing solutions represented the leading edge o3 the changing manu3acturing industry. India 9s Voltas Ltd., a Tata Group company, has been associated with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries 3or over 10 years.<br><br> The relationship includes sales, service and application engineering o3 gear-cutting machines. Mitsubishi and Voltas partnered on a joint exhibition at IMTEX, and displayed Mitsubishi 9s Model GE20A 4a CNC dry cut gear hobbing machine 4integrated with a Voltas auto loader at Voltas Technology Center in Pune. The auto loader was developed by Voltas in conjunction with Mitsubishi Japan.<br><br> The machine per3ormed automotive gear- cutting and 3eatured the dry cutting technology with a 20-station auto loader. The 3unctionality o33ered by Mitsubishi equipment is well received by customers and the industry as a whole: over 200 gear machines are in use around India. Mitsubishi 9s Indian subsidiary MHI- IPTL manu3actures gear-cutting tools like gear hobs, shaving cutters, shaping cutters, broaches, and master gears.<br><br> The wide range o3 tools includes dry hobs 3or use on dry hobbing machines. Other product lines like large millers-MVR and horizontal borers were also a hot topic. MHI Machine Tool Division was proud to share the exhibit with Voltas.<br><br> IMTEX Showcases CNC Dry Hobbing Machine GE20A