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Cryogenic Machining Process Garners Manufacturing Leadership 100 Award

Cryogenic Machining

Higher cutting speeds and longer tool life are benefits of a process that enables aggressive cutting of difficult-to-machine materials

ERLANGER, Ky.—Machine tool manufacturer MAG IAS, LLC has been named to Frost & Sullivan's 2013 Manufacturing Leadership 100 list for its role in the development of a multi- patented cryogenic machining process that enables aggressive cutting of difficult-to-machine materials. Recognized in the "Game-Changing Technologies" category, the cryogenic machining process is reported to enable higher cutting speeds for increased removal of material during machining. It is also said to lengthen tool life by transmitting liquid nitrogen at -321°F through a tool body, direct to the cutting edge.

The award, presented by Frost & Sullivan's Manufacturing Leadership Council, places MAG in the company of 100 companies and individual leaders from around the world that are "shaping the future of global manufacturing," according to a press release from MAG. Judged by an expert panel of industry executives and government leaders, the global awards competition recognizes companies and individuals "who have distinguished themselves by pursuing breakthrough innovation," according to the release.

MAG's cryogenic machining process is particularly well suited for applications that involve aggressive cutting in difficult-to-machine materials, such as titanium, composites, nickel- based alloys, and nodular or compacted graphite iron (CGI). The process has already been approved by the U.S. government for roughing titanium components for the F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter, and is now available exclusively on new MAG machines or as a retrofit on MAG's legacy-brand machines.

"We have always believed cryogenic machining would be a transformative technology for our industry, and this award validates our investment and the hard work of dozens of engineers to bring a viable, cost-effective process to the commercial market," said MAG President Bill Horwarth, in the press release. "In accepting this award, we must also acknowledge the work and guidance of our partners in the development process: the U.S. Navy, Creare, NavAir, and Lockheed Martin."

MAG ( introduced the cryogenic machining technology at IMTS 2010, before making it commercially available two years later at IMTS 2012.

"Cryogenic machining's productivity increases are immediately recognized as a good return on investment," Horwarth added. "In addition, customers also see a significant ROI from the reduction of post-machining finishing operations, as well as the elimination of water-soluble coolants and reduction in machine maintenance. Cryogenic technology makes new installations less expensive and provides an improved working environment, benefitting worker health and safety."

According to the ML100 category description for the Game-Changing Technologies Award, "winners in this category will have improved their competitiveness and efficiency by becoming aggressive early adapters of emerging technologies … projects may also demonstrate the successful application of new tools and basic materials in the production process...and will also serve as examples of how these game-changing technologies will evolve and contribute in the future."

MAG and award recipients from seven other countries will be honored at the Manufacturing Leadership Summit on May 15, 2013, in Palm Beach, Florida. For more information on cryogenic machining, visit or email

MAG serves the durable goods industry worldwide, providing machine tools and systems for metal cutting and composites applications. Key industrial markets served by the company include aerospace, automotive and truck, heavy equipment, oil and gas, rail, solar energy, wind turbine production, and general machining.

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