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The SGX can accept up to two oxy-fuel torches for oxy-fuel cutting of materials up to 4 in thick. Piercing of thicker materials is optimized using ease-on cutting oxygen.  
The SGX automated plasma and oxy-fuel cutting machine is ideal for the small fabricator needing to cut high volumes of mild steel parts with a minimal investment in capital and floor space. 

How Induction Heating Minimizes Hydrogen in the Welding Process

While oxy-fuel or propane torches are commonly used for pre-weld and interpass heating, they are not ideal for ensuring uniform heating throughout the weld area, leading to areas that can heat and cool at uncontrolled or inconsistent rates. This image shows hydrogen seeping out after torch pre-heating. In comparison, induction heating helps maintain critical interpass temperature control, removing moisture and hydrogen between passes, further reducing cracking and improving weld quality. 
Low-hydrogen welding practices require attention to detail. Induction heating offers a consistent and reliable heating option that can save time and money by heating jobs in only minutes that would typically require hours to heat.

Before You Buy That VMC

A vertical machining center should have a robust spindle design with exceptional horsepower, superior torque and wide-ranging spindle speed that cuts a wide variety of materials in reduced cycle times.
When investing in a new production vertical machining center, take time to evaluate these seven critical features that have the greatest impact on the productivity and profitability of that machine tool.

Using Adaptive Grippers as Flexible Fixturing For Robotic Welding

The goal was to use a 3-Finger Adaptive Gripper as flexible fixturing instead of traditional jigs inside a complete robotic welding cell. Several tests were conducted to position a piece on a structure at ± 1 mm accuracy and weld it. Each step had to be reproduced numerous times with the same accuracy.
Using a traditional jig for every type of piece and assembly is complicated and expensive when welding small volumes or high mixes of parts. Why not use a robot with an adaptive gripper to feed a welding robot? This could replace most of the templates currently used by adapting to any part size and shape and holding them firmly while welding.

Never Too Dense

With full CT automation, click and measure capability and dual tube technology, the Phoenix v|tome|x m system can perform analyses on an extremely wide range of samples, from high-resolution nano CT of low-absorbing samples to the high-power micro CT applications, such as engine turbine blades.
Advanced scanning technology can now perform 3D analysis of a scanned turbine blade, automatic pour porosity volume analysis on an aluminum casting, 3D measurements with nominal-actual CAD comparisons on a machined aluminum cylinder head – and more.

Machines That Can Feel

Strain gauges are now being placed into the bottom of the grooves inside the machine tool components themselves, where stresses are highest and where stress gauges can make the most precise measurements. (Photo courtesy of Springside Industries)
Structural components of a machine tool now contain gauges that allow the machine itself to measure process stress and vibration. Here’s a review of this and other new developments in conditioning monitoring and predictive maintenance systems.

Control Plant Safety Functions from a PC

You configure the virtual I/O in the usual manner in the software tool, PNOZmulti Configurator. Instead of wiring, you simply configure your safety circuit on a PC. 
The PNOZmulti 2 open configurable control system from Pilz can be used for stand-alone or modular expansion of multiple safety functions throughout the plant, on machine tools and other equipment.

Shop Vending of MRO Items

The VLM180 Vertical Lift Modules can reach a height of up to 40 ft with the option to ascend in 6 in increments, within the elevated racking systems. It lifts and stores parts, equipment and supplies up to 500 lb per tray. 
The TX750, AutoLocker FX and Vertical Lift Modules from AutoCrib deliver never-before-seen capabilities to store, track and manage MRO inventory.