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Waterjet Technology Improves Productivity

Booth S-2767: Ideal for processing large, complex components or multiple parts from various materials and thicknesses with unmatched speed and precision, the 80X JetMachining Center from OMAX uses an optional A-Jet® cutting head for complete 5-axis machining that cuts beveled edges, angled sides, 3D shapes, and countersinks while compensating for taper.
OMAX offers OMAX 80X and MAXIEM 1515 JetMachining Centers and the Intelli-MAX Software Suite.

Marking Round Parts for Traceability

Booth S-2335: New Tube & Pipe adaptors for MarkinBOX MB3315S and MB8020 Portable Electric Pin Markers from MB Metal Technologies are made to either nominal tube and pipe diameters or any custom diameter to improve productivity when marking for traceability. They transform MarkinBOX pin Markers from flat plate marking to axial or circumference marking on round parts.
MB Metal Technologies offers Tube & Pipe adaptors for their MarkinBOX MB3315S and MB8020 Portable Electric Pin Markers.

Sawing and Storage Technology for Metalworking Shops

Booth S-3938: Fully automated KASTOwin bandsaws from KASTO improve efficiency in the mass production of solid material, tube and profile through high cutting performance, combined with quick set-up and optimal material handling, to considerably reduce costs per cut. (view one)
KASTO features new, fully automated KASTOwin bandsaws and the UNITOWER tower storage system.

Affordable Automated Cross‐Cutting System for Non‐Ferrous Metal

The new TigerSaw 2000 from TigerStop provides an adjustable cutting envelope that can accommodate various saw blade sizes from 350 mm to 500 mm, pneumatic clamping for handling delicate material, an air over oil for improved cut quality, and a patent-pending lube misting system which follows the blade delivering lubrication at the cut point for increased blade life. 
The fully automated TigerSaw 2000 cross‐cutting saw system from TigerStop is ideal for cutting aluminum extrusions, solid and hollow tube and pipe, and pack sawing.

The Making of a Visual Workplace

In a visual workplace, floors do not exist simply to walk on or hold things up. They function: showing us where it is safe to walk, where materials are, and where we are supposed to work. Every section of the floor, every bench, work surface, hand tool, part, machine, rack, cabinet, and bin is equipped to make a contribution to the collective purpose that is beyond its mere existence, because now that item can visually communicate vital information to anyone and everyone who needs it as they need it. There are no exceptions.
One of the key components to 5S workplace organization and the war on waste – and one of the most misunderstood opportunities for huge improvement – is the use of visual devices that clearly and precisely explain how to perform error-free work safely, smoothly, reliably, and on time. 

How HVLS Fans and Curtain Walls Improve Indoor Air Quality

Flexible, easy-to-install fabric curtain walls effectively separate processing areas from clean/finishing areas. Curtain walls can easily be reconfigured to fit facility layout changes. They are less expensive to install than hard walls and create an enclosure seal just as or even more effective than a hard wall. Standalone, high-speed roll-up doors in the curtain wall allow efficient thoroughfare and minimize time the interior is open to the processing area.
The containment of dust and other air particulates generated by cutting, grinding and welding is one of the biggest quality and safety challenges in the metalworking industry. Problems caused by in-plant dust/particulates are a dangerous issue to ignore, so here are two cost effective ways to address them.

How to 3D Print Precision Drills

The new QTD insert drill from Mapal is manufactured by additive laser melting in diameters from 8 mm to 32.75 mm with a new steel tool body design that has spiral cooling channels not usually used for small diameters. The tool shank is machined conventionally and the drill is additive laser melted. (Photo courtesy of Mapal) (first view)
The days when precision tools and additive manufacturing strategies could not co-exist are history.

All Over the Mapp

Using the same control system to manage both the axes of the machine tools and those of the robots in perfectly integrated synchrony makes both machines more responsive and significantly increases the performance of an automated plant.
The next step in the Internet of Things is here. These robots and the machine tools they tend can use a single controller for automated interaction instead of separate units operated by different kinds of software that must communicate through a fieldbus. Now the same control system can manage both the machines and the robots of an automated plant.

Flexible Enclosure Welding

This Flexible Welding Enclosure was custom built for use during the manufacture of racing vehicles. Systems can be manufactured with numerous access locations for personnel gloves and gas/electrical entries. Large leak-tight zips afford easy access for components.
These new enclosures use advanced engineering polymers that are ideal for controlling particulate contamination in aerospace, automotive, biochemical, medical, food and beverage, semiconductor and nuclear welding applications.

Precision Plasma Cutting: Make a List, Check It Twice

A small investment of your time in a regular preventive maintenance routine is often all that is needed for your plasma cutting system to remain in good shape. This active approach, as opposed to a costly reactive approach, not only extends the life of your consumables, but also the life of your entire cutting machine.
The list of items needing regular maintenance in your shop is likely long. It probably seems there is always something to be done. Unfortunately, while most shops are great at inspecting equipment like cranes, forklifts, and air compressors, one machine …