Hardinge Hosts Highly Attended Machine Technology Show

Hardinge welcomed over 750 attendees during their Machine Technology Show in Elmira, New York on June 6th and 7th. Turning, milling, grinding, automation, rotary and workholding applications were in motion in over 50,000 square feet of displays. Customer feedback included appreciation and praise of productivity seminars, plant tours and the size of the show itself.

Twenty machines were on display including Hardinge and their brands – Bridgeport, Kellenberger and Jones & Shipman. Plant tours included eleven stops throughout the manufacturing facility, with presentations made by manufacturing team members, providing customers an insight on recent changes involving reorganization using lean initiatives and right-sizing of the facility.

Turning highlights included eight different part processes including small part manufacturing on the Hardinge® QUEST GT 27 SUPER-PRECISION® turning center, super-precision hard turning on a Hardinge T42 SP SUPER-PRECISION® turning center, and high production automation featuring a Fanuc M-10iA robot provided by Gosiger Automation, and Renishaw’s new “Equator” comparative gauge used in the post process gauging of the hydraulic spool valve components used in the application on the Hardinge T51 SUPER-PRECISION® turning center.

Bridgeport® vertical machining centers, ranging in table sizes from 300 x 400mm up to 1600 x 700mm, demonstrated small to large part production with versatility to include automatic pallet changers, fourth-axis capability and multiple part processing in a single set up.

Hardinge rotary tables and indexers were included in machining and grinding applications and on several freestanding displays. Highlights included the Hardinge GD-5AX-210 dual-axis, tilting rotary trunnion and their direct-drive, zero-backlash rotary tables.

Grinding highlights included Kellenberger® Kel-Vista and Kel-Varia universal OD/ID cylindrical grinding, Jones & Shipman TechMaster Easy surface and profile grinding, and SUPREMA 650 external grinding applications.

An abundance of workholding products were on display including spindle tooling for all makes and models of machine tools. Custom workholding engineers were on hand to discuss individual gripping requirements for special applications.  Also present were Hardinge experts for custom machine solutions.

The HMTS show attracted over forty of Hardinge’s industry partners that participated in industry-related product and technology. Hardinge’s three major distributors, Gosiger, Hartwig and Morris, brought regional customers in by the busload. According to Andy McNamara, director of sales and marketing North America, the tremendous support and efforts from our distribution partners brought in twice as many customers and industry partners, while increasing show space by four times over last year’s event.

About Hardinge Inc.

Hardinge is a global designer, manufacturer and distributor of machine tools, specializing inSUPER- PRECISION(TM) and precision CNC Lathes, high performance Machining Centers, high-end cylindrical and jig Grinding Machines, and technologically advanced Workholding &Rotary Products. The Company's products are distributed to most of the industrialized markets around the world with approximately 74% of the 2011 sales outside of North America. Hardinge has a very diverse international customer base and serves a wide variety of end-user markets. This customer base includes metalworking manufacturers which make parts for a variety of industries, as well as a wide range of end users in the aerospace, agricultural, transportation, basic consumer goods, communications and electronics, construction, defense, energy, pharmaceutical and medical equipment, and recreation industries, among others. The Company has manufacturing operations in the United States, Switzerland, Taiwan, and China. Hardinge's common stock trades on NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol, "HDNG." For more information, please visit http://www.hardinge.com

Hardinge Inc., One Hardinge Drive, PO Box 1507, Elmira, New York 14902-1507 USA. Phone: 800-843-8801; Fax: 607-734-8819; E-mail: info@hardinge.com ###