Meet Colossus: An Inside Look at One of the Largest Five-Axis Machining Centers in the U.S. : Modern Machine Shop

My behind-the-scenes tour on the shop floor of Baker Industries began and ended with its Emco Mecof PowerMill, one of the biggest five-axis machining centers in the United States. The tour also shed light on the company’s highly aggressive approach to new equipment purchases. The Emco Mecof PowerMill represents a $3.4 million investment by Baker Industries to expand its capacity to serve OEM and Tier-One customers’ largest machining projects, typically for the aerospace and automotive sectors. The entire installation took more than two years. Installation of the PowerMill began with the removal of 1.2 million pounds of concrete and earth to excavate this 45-by-75-by-7-foot pit. Each truckload of the nearly 2 million pounds of crushed stone and concrete had to be individually sampled by inspectors to ensure it was the right consistency — an extra precaution for a reinforced foundation that has to remain stable beneath an overhead gantry that alone weighs more than 100,000 pounds. The PowerMill’s table has a load capacity of 2.6 million pounds. Four different interchangeable cutting heads powered by spindle motors that reach up to 18,000 rpm enable the machine to handle operations...

Got plans? A sampling of entertainment events for January – Entertainment & Life – The Ledger

HOPPIN JOHN’S MUSIC FESTIVAL AND MEET & GREET: Noon to 5 p.m. Jan. 1, Florida Wildflower Studios, 12 E. Wall St., Frostproof, free, 863-206-9691, 863-258-7229, www.floridawildflowerstudios.com. Meet and greet with artist Guy LaBree’s widow Pat. Carol Mahler will also be signing her book “Guy LaBree, Barefoot Artist of the Seminoles.” LaBree’s art and the book will be for sale. NEW YEAR’S DAY CARILLON CONCERT: 1 and 3 p.m. Jan. 1, Bok Tower Gardens, 1151 Tower Blvd., Lake Wales, included with general admission, 863-676-1408, boktowergardens.org. OPEN MIC NIGHT WITH WILEY CHRISTOPHER WIDNER: 6 to 9 p.m. Jan. 1, Swan Brewing, 115 W. Pine St., Lakeland, free, 863-703-0472, www.swanbrewing.com. FROSTPROOF JAMBOREE: 7 p.m. Tuesdays, 2 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 1 through March 28, City Hall Complex Auditorium, 111 W. First St., Frostproof, $5 at the door, free parking, concessions available for purchase, www.facebook.com/infrostpoofflorida, frostproofjamboree@gmail.com. With country, comedy, bluegrass, blues and gospel. NEW YEAR’S HIKE: 9 a.m. Jan. 1, Loyce E. Harpe Park, Se7en Wetlands Gopher Tortoise Gate, 300 W. Carter Road, Mulberry, free, D...