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Monthly Archives: March 2016

25 MarchNikken Brings Innovation to the United Kingdom

Last month Nikken UK opened a new innovation center. It is the first of its kind for the Nikken brand in the United Kingdom. The Nikken subsidiary offers customers a wide variety of technological advancements. Including, CNC machines and Nikken products; such as rotary tables and tooling solutions. The 3-day grand opening allowed customers to get a close and in-depth look at the facility sprawling over 15,000 square ft. The new building was completed in December and will be the launching pad for the new Nikken marketing approach.

LN UK Office - inside machines

Tony Bowlett, the Group Managing Director of Nikken Europe said, “Customers are unlikely to buy our machine accessories from us if we just hand them a catalogue”.   Bowkett explains, “They want to know how our products can make their processes stronger, better and more efficient by seeing how they work on a machine platform they might have in their factory, machining the materials they use, making the same components, with the same cutting tools.

Being a part of the Nikken family, we are very proud of our parent company’s engineering heritage. Since being founded in 1958 by Masakazu Matsumoto, Nikken is famed for developing milling chucks and carbide worm gear designed specifically for our CNC rotary tables to reduce friction. Currently, holding 369 patents, Nikken places particular importance on the heat treatments and material technologies used in our chucks and other products to ensure constant, stable and reliable operation. From machines in automotive production lines to medical manufacturing, we try to make sure the Nikken name is synonymous with high-speed and reliability.

LN UK Office - Leadership Team

We at Lyndex-Nikken, welcome the opening of the Nikken UK Innovation Center and look forward to seeing this model replicated globally to attract more potential customers from around the world.

11 March4 Tips on How to Improve your Social Media

Have you fallen in love with a brand? You use their products all the time, you love the way it performs and you purchase more. You keep this love affair going by finding their brand’s social pages. Naturally, you go to follow them but you notice they haven’t posted since 2011. Insert sad face here______. There is nothing worse than seeing your favorite brand not keeping up with the times. I don’t wish that deflated feeling on anyone. Truly, with the demographic of consumers becoming younger, it’s imperative to keep your social sites updated. To help, here are 4 tips on how to improve your social media.

 

Social Staffing

The purpose of being on social media is to engage with your followers. Having one post per year on your Facebook page may not seem like much to you. However, your followers may see this as uncool or even lazy. Especially, if they are using it to ask questions and waiting on a response. To solve this issue, some companies have dedicated an employee who can set aside a sizable portion of their time to managing the company’s social media pages. Running a social media campaign is easily a full-time job requiring research, content creation and graphic design, while responding to comments/tweets. This is truly the best option to keeping your social media channels updated and your voice consistent. Here at Lyndex Nikken, we strive to engage with our customers not only to provide a helping hand with any questions or concerns about service for live tools, rotary tables, right angle heads or toolholders, but also to give high fives for customers that post application pictures using Lyndex Nikken products.

 

Find Your Customers

It seems like every day there is a new social media site emerging. The thought of having to manage 20 different social pages sounds like a nightmare to most. Besides hiring a social media manager (see above) one thing you can do is narrow the list of social sites down. You do this by finding out where your customers are. Are your customers more on Twitter than Facebook? If they are, it may be time to beef up your tweets with some engaging content. Finding which platform best suits your business is tricky, but a crucial step in the right direction. Social Media has been a true blessing for Lyndex Nikken. It’s a great platform for us to listen to customers, launch new products, and market to customers that are geared specifically to certain products.

 

Hashtag It

Piggybacking off finding your customers, some of you may be wondering “how do I know which social site my customers frequent?” The answer can be found in the hashtag. Some of you may remember it as the pound sign; it had a make-over. People use the hashtag as a locater for others to find their posts about a specific topic. For instance, if we wanted to find out what people were saying about our rotary tables, we would search twitter with the hashtag #nikkenrotarytable. There, we would find a community of customers talking about their Lyndex-Nikken Rotary Table. You can do it too. Search your brand in the hashtags and see what you find.

 

Make it Personal

One of the biggest mistakes for companies is making their social media presence too corporate. Some of your followers may find it to be cold and unfriendly. Others will just find it boring. Stop this before it starts by taking the personal approach. Use simple and engaging language to deliver your message and display your brand essence to your followers. As much as Lyndex Nikken appreciates the following and support for live tools, rotary tables, toolholders and angle heads we provide for the manufacturing industry, our goal is for customers to see the people behind the products. We hope the sincerity and professionalism we provide will further earn your business.

3 March4-Skills You Need to Become a Machinist

 

Have you ever found yourself taking a product apart, looking at the components, mentally thinking of ways to improve the design and putting it back together again? If so, you may be a Machinist in the making. Mobile devices, cars, watches and airplanes are all products which are designed and produced by machinists. Believe it or not, everyone does not have a desire to know how things are designed or made. However, if you are a person who is curious about how products are created, here are 4 skills you need to become a Machinist.

Blue Print Reading

Geometric dimensioning and tolerancing, also known as GD&T, is a system for defining and communicating engineering tolerances. It uses a symbolic language on engineering drawings and computer-generated three-dimensional solid models that explicitly describes nominal geometry and its allowable variation. Knowing how to read GD&T properly is a crucial skill of being a machinist. It is literally the blue print to the job. If you cannot read the dimensions and symbols on a blue print, how can you machine the part?

Reading Calipers and Micrometers

In addition to being able to read blue prints, knowing how to read the measuring devices used in machining is just as important to becoming a Machinist. Calipers and micrometers are commonly used devices to measurer parts accurately. Currently, knowing how to read vernier caliper gage vs. the modern digital gage is vital in most shops. Having a knowledge of how to read manual gages, will also aid in learning digital gages.

Base 10 Math

All machining dimensions go at least three decimal places past zero. Knowing how to convert fractions to decimal and doing simple decimal math is important to a machinist. All interactions with manual or CNC machines with a blue print will require a machinist to use Base 10 Math.

How to use a Coordinate Plane

Understanding a coordinate plane and its quadrants is the equivalent to understanding how to read a blue print for the machine. If a machinist does not understand the Coordinate Plane then they will not understand how a machine thinks or moves.   All movements of the machine and measuring equipment machines (CMM and Optical Comparators) will base all movements off of a coordinate plane quadrant and grid system.