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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. 

Building Objects of Desire

After the frame is finished, it moves into the fully automated second section where 86 robots (82 made by Comau) perform welding, part handling, riveting, Tucker stud installation, folding the flanges of the metal sheets and more. 
With articulated robots and advanced software applications that can simulate every stage of production, Maserati leverages innovative robotic solutions from Comau to build the Quattroporte and Ghibli, two of the most prestigious models of luxury, sporty lines and aggressive engines.

Common CNC Grinding Mistakes

Because a dull wheel generates more heat and more grinding forces, neither of which are good for productivity or quality, it is more productive to have a finer grit wheel with sharp abrasive grains.
Proper grinding process parameters can eliminate a lot of the “black art” of CNC grinding. One critical variable is the grinding wheel being used and the dressing of the grinding wheel.

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.

Under the Radar

For inline inspection, Laser Radar devices are mounted to 6-axis robot arms that are located on each side of the production line. They automatically reposition the devices to inspect areas that are hidden from the line of sight of a single device location. 
With a need to focus on monitoring process quality during the manufacturing process, this laser radar system provides a unique alternative to the shortcomings of the traditional inspection methods.

Proper Storage and Handling of Bearings

“Proper Bearing Handling and Storage with SKF Bearings” provides guidelines on how to get the most out of bearings before they are even installed. 
Motion Industries explains how to get the most out of your bearings before they are even installed.

Open Gate Alarm System Reduces Accidents

The EdgeAlert alarm is easy to operate and can be installed on new or existing swing gates, slide gates, tilt gates or scissor gates.  It includes a 120 VAC plug-in power supply and can also be powered by four long-life alkaline “D” cell batteries.  A Single-Pole, Single-Throw 30V, 2A, 60W Relay Output is provided to connect to other alarms or safety controls.  A dual-channel processor system is self-monitoring and will display a “fault” signal if a sensor or wiring problem is detected.   
This patent-pending safety device from Wildeck helps reduce accidents and OSHA violations by warning workers when elevated mezzanine platform gates are inadvertently left open.

Automated VRC for Conveyor Systems

The XpressLift Automated VRC meets ANSI/ASME B20.1 Safety Standards for Conveyors and quickly transfers material weighing up to 75 lb at speeds up to 350 fpm up distances to 18 ft high. Local vertical and horizontal jog control and lift diagnostics simplify troubleshooting and preventative maintenance. 
This innovative design from Wildeck incorporates vertical lifting capability into automated material handling conveyor systems.