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In yet another sign that the manufacturing industry is in revival mode, 300 people attended an open house at Thomas Skinner's Vancouver, BC, branch, "the best turn-out in years," says Don Babineau, vice president of operations.

"I'm glad I came," said Patrick Schiess, of Focus Manufacturing. There were fancy machines on display running great demos. It's good to see what's new in the market."


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Left to right: Guillaume Moreau (Manager, Lordco Auto Parts) with Jerry Battley (Thomas Skinner Integrated Solutions Manager) in front of the CribMaster Hybrid AccuCab Tool Room Management System

Machines on display included Haas (DT-1 Drill/Tap Centre, MiniMill with IRB 120 machine tending robot, ST-20 CNC lathe with live tooling, and the VF-4 VMC) and Okuma (LB4000EXBB-MY/1500 CNC lathe with extended toolholder, and the MB4000H HMC equipped with the Shuttle pallet and ChipBlaster JV40 thru-spindle coolant system) machine tools, as well as the CribMaster Hybrid AccuCab tool management system. Other suppleirs on hand included ChipBlaster, dataZen Engineering, Dormer, Emuge, GibbsCAM, Kurt, Lenox, Mitutoyo, Remtech Systems, Sandvik Coromant and Schunk.

Thomas Skinner