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For Mike Truic, CNC grinding operator at Northstar Aerospace, the grinding seminar hosted by United Grinding and its Canadian distributor Machine Tool Systems Inc., is a must-attend event.

This is his fifth consecutive year attending the "Latest Advances in Grinding Technology" seminar that was held this year October 5 & 6 at The Country Club in Woodbride, ON, just north of Toronto.

"I came to see the new technologies for abrasive tools and also to sit in on sessions about cylindrical grinding that could address some problems. This is a good event; it is my fifth year coming and I come because there's good technical information that I can use in the shop."

John Manley, president of Machine Tool Systems, Toronto, says the intent is to provide manufacturers with information.

"We didn't want to put on a marketing event, but a true technical session. We don't see this as a seminar. It's more of an interactive event where engineers and machinists can meet one-on-one with technical experts from United Grinding and also attend the presentations that are intended to provide attendees with information on the latest trends in grinding and grinding accessories."

The growing numbers of attendees is evidence that they're getting the information they need. Manley says each year attendees are asked to fill in a survey after the event to see what they liked, what they didn't like and what kind of information they would like for future sessions.

"One of the top things that people told us is that they didn't want a marketing event that talks about our machines. They all said they wanted technical information to help them solve grinding problems in their shops and optimize their processes," says Manley.

Check out Machine Tool Systems web site for future grinding events.

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