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New VMC Toolroom and Training Partnership

TRAK Machine Tools-Southwestern Industries, Inc. and New Century Careers have formed a partnership designed to benefit Pittsburgh's regional manufacturing industry. TRAK Machine Tools' Pittsburgh Showroom has opened at NCC's Anselmo Innovation Training Center, 305 E. Carson Street, South Side.

"This unique, strategic public-nonprofit partnership launches the next iteration of regional post-COVID recovery for the industry," said Neil Ashbaugh, NCC president and CEO. "It will help to reframe NCC for a larger role in the industry as a whole. Additionally, because of the COVID-19 cancellation of IMTS, the showroom opening is expected to have heightened interest for companies in the market for new equipment."

At the Pittsburgh location, TRAK offers regional manufacturers and TRAK prospects and customers in central and western Pennsylvania, West Virginia and eastern Ohio demonstrations of TRAK machines and comprehensive support for TRAK and ProtoTRAK products performed by a factory direct personnel. Companies visiting the showroom also will be introduced to NCC training programs and Job Shop, which provides parts for prototype to small batch production runs.

"The partnership between TRAK Machine Tools and New Century Careers creates a unique opportunity and synergy that will equip the Southwestern Pennsylvania workforce with the advanced skills employers need for the challenges of Industry 4.0," said Steve Pinto, President and CEO, TRAK Machine Tools-Southwestern Industries, Inc. "We believe that our presence at NCC will expose more students, trainers and employers to transformative technology that will allow them to compete and be more productive."

The new showroom expands upon the TRAK equipment NCC currently utilizes for its onsite training programs, including the DPMRX3 Bed Mill, 1845RX Lathe, 2op-M11 Portable VMC and the new VMC5, introduced by TRAK in March of 2020.

The TRAK VMC5 is a full-featured 3-axis machining center to run low volume production while running in "Production Ops." "The machine delivers powerful capability with an easy-to-use interface," said the spokesperson. "With the flip of a keyed switch, the operator can enter into Toolroom Ops and the VMC works like a TRAK DPM, only with an enclosure that keeps chips and coolant contained."

"For manufacturers, this equipment offers a high level of flexibility, design and onsite maintenance capabilities to support maximum productivity. What is more, NCC trainees will gain confidence through experience on these machines, ideal for entry-level job readiness for dozens of open positions regionally," explained Ashbaugh.

The NCC training center floor plan was revamped to accommodate the additional TRAK milling and CNC turning equipment:

  • TRAK VMC5: ProtoTRAK RMX control; 8,000 RPM; Cat 40; 16 station tool changer; XYZ travel range of 20" x 16" x 20"
  • TRAK DPRMX3 Vertical Bed Mill: ProtoTRAK RMX control; Cat 40; 5,000 RPM; XYZ travels 31.5" x 17" x 25.812"
  • TRAK 2op M11 portable VMC: ProtoTRAK TMX control; 10,000 RPM; BT30; XYZ travels 14" x 12" x 17"
  • TRAK 1845RX lathe: ProtoTRAK RLX control; 8" 3-jaw chuck and 5C collet system; 8-station turret; 2,500 RPM.

To plan a showroom visit and equipment demonstration call Amanda at TRAK, 310-608-4422 x159. To schedule a TRAK Field Service Technician, call 800-367-3165.

NCC training is free and classes enroll year round. New trainees will be among the first to work on the new showroom machines. Interested candidates, including those unemployed or underemployed due to the COVID- 19 pandemic, can apply.

For more information contact:

Patrick Bendel

NCC Anselmo Innovation Training Center

305 E. Carson Street

Pittsburgh, PA 15219


TRAK Machine Tools

2615 Homestead Place

Rancho Dominguez, CA 90220

310-608-4422 / 800-421-6875

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