Fabricating and Metalworking http://www.fabricatingandmetalworking.com The Business of Metal Manufacturing Thu, 29 Sep 2016 04:18:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6.1 Compact Belt-Driven Spindle Direct Couples with Any Motor http://www.fabricatingandmetalworking.com/2016/09/compact-belt-driven-spindle-direct-couples-motor/ http://www.fabricatingandmetalworking.com/2016/09/compact-belt-driven-spindle-direct-couples-motor/#respond Sat, 10 Sep 2016 17:40:14 +0000 http://www.fabricatingandmetalworking.com/?p=99619 The smaller size of the highly versatile InTronix Spindle from Gilman Precision leaves a smaller footprint that reduces the overall size and weight of any given machine.

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Gilman Precision (Grafton, WI) unveils their new, highly versatile InTronix Spindle that combines the affordability of a belt-driven spindle with the compact size of a motorized spindle without compromising precision. The smaller size leaves a smaller footprint as it reduces the overall size and weight of any given machine. In addition, it direct couples with any motor, allowing companies to more easily incorporate the spindle into a new build at a more affordable rate. These space-saving characteristics also benefit machines that simply have limited room for components.

“The adaptability that this new spindle offers is a game-changer for the industry,” said Doug Biggs, the vice president of sales and marketing at Gilman who believes this new product will have a huge impact on the manufacturing world. “It reduces weight and size without the added price, allowing companies to build machines with smaller footprints. We really are very excited to introduce this new product to current and future customers.”

This new spindle reaffirms the company’s place as a leader in customization for rotary motion capabilities. Gilman Precision develops customized slides and spindles for value-minded engineers with exacting needs and standards and provides expert service for virtually any manufacturer’s equipment. Serving a variety of industries and applications, these engineered solutions are advanced by a highly skilled, knowledgeable and experienced team that delivers on-time and within budget.

Gilman Precision,1230 Cheyenne Avenue, PO Box 5, Grafton, WI 53024, 800-445-6267, 262-377-2434, sales@gilmanprecision.comwww.gilmanprecision.com.

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Self-Locking Taps Provide Holding Power That Lasts http://www.fabricatingandmetalworking.com/2016/09/self-locking-taps-provide-holding-power-lasts/ http://www.fabricatingandmetalworking.com/2016/09/self-locking-taps-provide-holding-power-lasts/#respond Sat, 10 Sep 2016 16:36:24 +0000 http://www.fabricatingandmetalworking.com/?p=99610 Union Butterfield self-locking taps from Dormer Pramet are ideal for working with aluminum or other lightweight soft materials used in transportation, medical or industrial applications.

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Dormer Pramet (Elgin, IL) puts a lock on fastener costs with its Union Butterfield brand of self-locking taps. Utilizing specialized production equipment, this self-locking thread form can be produced on straight flute, spiral flute spiral point, roll form and even on the Union Butterfield line of high performance taps.

With improved holding power that lasts, the self-locking tap design eliminates time intensive disassembly and assembly procedures and costly fasteners, chemical bonds, nylon plugs or other devices to maintain tightness. In short, the company’s taps provide efficiency in operation and cost. A 30 deg wedge lock on the female thread creates a continuous spiral contact along the entire thread length for improved holding power versus standard thread forms.

Working with aluminum or other lightweight soft materials, the optimum load distribution provided by the self-locking thread form, eliminates thread stripping that is typical when clamping load is concentrated on fewer threads. Clamp load forces with the thread design are spread evenly across all threads as compared to a conventional 60 deg thread form that puts clamping force only on the first few threads, with the other threads receiving limited or no contact at all. Ideal for transportation, medical or industrial use, they can deliver holding power that lasts.

Dormer Pramet, 2511 Technology Drive Suite #113 / #114, Elgin, IL 60124, 847-783-5700, Fax: 847-783-5760, www.dormerpramet.com.

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Ramping Cutter for Aluminum Machining http://www.fabricatingandmetalworking.com/2016/09/ramping-cutter-aluminum-machining/ http://www.fabricatingandmetalworking.com/2016/09/ramping-cutter-aluminum-machining/#respond Fri, 09 Sep 2016 02:49:17 +0000 http://www.fabricatingandmetalworking.com/?p=99570 The M2131 Sky·tec from Walter is ideal for machining non-ferrous metals, such as the aluminum wrought alloys or aluminum lithium alloys often used in aircraft structural components.

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The new M2131 Sky·tec™ Ramping Cutter from Walter USA, LLC (Waukesha, WI) brings new, higher levels of process reliability to the machining of non-ferrous metals, such as the aluminum wrought alloys or aluminum lithium alloys often used in aircraft structural components. It allows shorter machining time due to its high metal removal rate and delivers long tool life thanks to the low build-up on the cutting edge. This new cutter boasts protection against centrifugal force at the insert contact surface to help ensure a high level of process reliability even at maximum speeds, and its V-shaped cutting edge for ramping promotes rough milling and semi-finishing of pockets with high chip volume.

This 90 deg shoulder milling cutter with ramping capability has a maximum cutting depth of 0.59 in or 0.78 in (15 mm or 20 mm), a diameter range of 0.98 in to 3.14 in (25 mm to 80 mm) and a high level of radial runout accuracy. The M2131 with integral cooling for MQL or emulsion has a finely balanced basic body with different interfaces, such as HSK, ScrewFit, cylindrical shank or shell mill mount. It has two sizes of indexable inserts with various corner radii and employs the new milling grade WNN15, which is known for its extremely long tool life.

Walter, a global leader in the metalworking industry with over 90 years of experience in precision cutting tools for milling, drilling, turning, boring and specialized tools, helps customers improve process reliability and increase productivity. With regional headquarters in Waukesha, WI, the company markets its competence brands Walter Valenite, Walter Titex, Walter Prototyp and Walter Multiply through a strong network of distributors and field engineers across subsidiaries in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Brazil and Argentina.

Walter USA, LLC, N22 W23855 Ridgeview Parkway West, Waukesha, WI 53188, 800-945-5554, 262-347-2501, www.walter-tools.com/us.

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Glove Features Complex Construction for Heavy Duty Work http://www.fabricatingandmetalworking.com/2016/09/glove-features-complex-construction-heavy-duty-work/ http://www.fabricatingandmetalworking.com/2016/09/glove-features-complex-construction-heavy-duty-work/#respond Fri, 09 Sep 2016 01:54:43 +0000 http://www.fabricatingandmetalworking.com/?p=99553 The high-end SmartShell BKCR4599 mechanic’s glove from Brass Knuckle delivers ANSI level 4 cut resistance in a very breathable, durable and flexible glove.

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Brass Knuckle® Safety Products (Alpharetta, GA) has introduced the SmartShell BKCR4599, a heavy-duty protective glove that offers wide-ranging protection for extreme jobs. This glove is a category jumper, providing heavy-duty cut resistance, light oil and moisture resistance, non-tacky slip resistance and shock-absorbing impact protection, all in an easy-wearing fit that defies comfort expectations. Providing a broad spectrum of protection, this high-end mechanic’s glove delivers ANSI level 4 cut resistance in a very breathable, durable and flexible glove.

On the palm and fingers, the glove offers three layers of protection.The liner is an ultra-high-performance polyethylene (HPPE) and spandex composite that delivers strong cut resistance without bulk. Bonded to that first layer is a gray polyurethane (PU) fabric topped with a grippy nitrile surface, a barrier to light oil or other light liquid penetration. In the critical areas of the palm, padding provides impact resistance. Finally, the back of the hand is loaded with sonically welded thermoplastic rubber (TPR) padding that easily counters workplace pounding and abrasion.

These gloves are made of strong construction that combines fit, form and function without sacrificing long-wearing comfort and excellent dexterity. The glove is well suited to work in a wide variety of industries, including metal handling in heavy equipment, machine tool operations and manufacturing.

Brass Knuckle Safety Products, 1355 Ridgeland Parkway, Suite 120, Alpharetta, GA 30004, 770-674-8930, www.brassknuckleprotection.com.

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Coldwater Machine Selected as Partner in New Welding Process http://www.fabricatingandmetalworking.com/2016/09/coldwater-machine-selected-partner-new-welding-process/ http://www.fabricatingandmetalworking.com/2016/09/coldwater-machine-selected-partner-new-welding-process/#respond Thu, 08 Sep 2016 19:01:19 +0000 http://www.fabricatingandmetalworking.com/?p=99530 They are working on Vaporizing Foil Actuator Welding technology with Ohio State University.

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Coldwater Machine Company (Coldwater, OH), a leading engineering solutions company that manufactures and integrates assembly automation and special machinery for the automotive, appliance, energy and aerospace industries, announced that they have been selected as a manufacturing and collaboration partner to help commercialize Vaporizing Foil Actuator Welding (VFAW) technology with Ohio State University (OSU; Columbus, OH). This joining process, which can weld dissimilar metals, will complement their other solid state joining capabilities, including friction stir welding (FSW), refill friction stir spot welding (RFSSW) and laser welding solutions.

With the VFAW process, an aluminum foil actuator is electrically vaporized by means of a capacitor bank. This rapid vaporization generates a high pressure pulse that drives one metallic workpiece toward the other at extremely high speeds with the resulting impact causing the metals to weld together, forming an atomic bond upon contact. The technique uses less energy than resistance welding, yet creates stronger bonds. The process was invented and patented by OSU in 2012. To date, their engineers have successfully bonded different combinations of copper, aluminum, magnesium, iron, nickel and titanium.

“As with our SpinMeld™ (FSW) and SpotMeld™ (RFSSW) solutions, VFAW is aimed at helping to join advanced and dissimilar materials that are increasing in the marketplace as automakers strive to lightweight vehicles,” explained Tim McCaughey, the president of Coldwater Machine. “We are excited to partner with OSU.” Coldwater Machine will work with OSU to create a manufacture-ready system for VFAW, including development of two units in the fall of 2017. Other collaborators include Honda and its supplier Jefferson Industries, which are working to bring the technology into production as a head unit for robotic implementation, while Ashland will validate corrosion control methodologies.

The commercialization project is being funded by a grant from the Edison Advanced Manufacturing Program, through OSU’s Center for Design and Manufacturing Excellence. Additionally, The Department of Energy (DOE) is investing in the project to further develop it as a viable technology for creating multi-material, lightweight vehicles.

To see a video overview, please click here.

www.coldwatermachine.com

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Ci Metal Fabrication Hires Six Employees http://www.fabricatingandmetalworking.com/2016/09/ci-metal-fabrication-hires-six-employees/ http://www.fabricatingandmetalworking.com/2016/09/ci-metal-fabrication-hires-six-employees/#respond Thu, 08 Sep 2016 18:12:44 +0000 http://www.fabricatingandmetalworking.com/?p=99520 They add new fitters/welders in the shop to help increase their production capacity.

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Ci Metal Fabrication (Meridian, MS), a custom industrial metal fabricator, announced the hire of six new employees: Trevor Bunyard, Andrew Driver, Frank Davidson, Chris Winstead, Jack Weir and Taniko Kidd. The experienced workforce fills multiple positions as the company experiences an abundance of high-level projects. “We’re very excited to add these experienced individuals to our growing team,” said Steve Guisgond, the general manager of the company. “We’ve seen a growing number of project opportunities. As a result, we needed to increase our capacity in order to continue delivering high quality custom industrial metal fabrication to the end-user.”

Bunyard, Driver, Davidson, Winstead, and Weir are all fitters/welders responsible for positioning, aligning and welding fabricated parts of structural metal products in the shop, according to blueprints and layout specifications. Kidd is a laborer responsible for assisting various shop workers with day-to-day tasks. All six employees bring a combined 75 years of experience to the company. “We’re confident that these new employees will seamlessly fit in with our existing, long-standing team. Their work ethic, professionalism and skill level will continue to propel our company forward,” added Guisgond.

Ci Metal Fabrication is a nationally recognized leader in custom industrial metal fabrication, utilizing highly skilled craftsmen to work with metals while meeting precise specifications in presswork, power forming, welding, cutting, and shearing. With more than 40 years in business, they have extensive experience working with the power generation, pulp and paper, chemical and automotive industries. The company is a subsidiary of MHS Legacy Group, a St. Louis-based holding company with roots dating back to 1895.

www.cimetalfab.com

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Vertical Lift Reduces Picking Error Margin to Zero http://www.fabricatingandmetalworking.com/2016/09/vertical-lift-reduces-error-margin-zero/ http://www.fabricatingandmetalworking.com/2016/09/vertical-lift-reduces-error-margin-zero/#respond Thu, 08 Sep 2016 17:40:10 +0000 http://www.fabricatingandmetalworking.com/?p=99497 The flexible OnePick integrated system from Modula offers fully automated, accurate and secure picking and replenishing of products.

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Modula Inc. (Lewiston, ME), one of the world’s leading manufacturers of automated storage and retrieval systems, introduces OnePick, a highly customizable edition of their original Lift. This innovative product combines the vertical lift module`s technology with a sophisticated automated system for the picking or replenishment of a single product at the time directly from the bay, reducing  the error margin to zero and guaranteeing the highest level of safety. When combined with a delivery and takeaway conveyor, this system also allows fully automated picking and replenishing of products via the introduction of a secure delivery interface window that ensures greater accuracy and precision.

At the operators request, the system retrieves the selected item and places it in a retrieval location in the secure delivery window. The unit’s design ensures that when the door opens automatically the operator has access to that requested item. With this feature, inventory is always safe and under control, making it the perfect storage solution for valuable items that need flawless and safe picking.

The OnePick’s added customization grants users the option of switching operation modes from standard Vertical Lift with access to SKUs from a full tray, to a restricted access single pick device. This offers users the advantages of two systems combined into the same dynamic machine. The versatile nature of the system also makes it stand out as the only machine in the market that features the flexibility of being integrated into a fully automated line and serving alongside human operators at the same time. Production of this system will start at the end of this year in Modula factories in Italy and the U.S.

“Shops are increasingly under pressure to close time gaps, keep employees safe, have products stored in a secure environment and avoid shipping mistakes,” explained Miguel Fabra, the chief executive officer of Modula. “This new tool breaches any lapses so that shops can gain a competitive advantage in their warehousing automation.” This new Lift incorporates customer requirements for greater accuracy, security and precision to meet the following challenges in the market:

  • An integrated solution for automated systems that does not require the use of external robots.
  • A picking system offering single access to the needed item eliminating the margin of human error.
  • A machine that selects one product at a time, allowing for secure and traceable “vending machine” capabilities in the factory.

The idea for the system came up while working on a picking solution for a shop where the use of an external robot was not possible and there was the clear need to offer protected access for only a product at a time. The first prototype was developed and additional consultation with other clients led to further improvements.

Modula Inc., 90 Alfred A. Plourde Parkway, Lewiston, ME 04240, 207-440-5100, Fax: 207-786-0271, www.modula.us.

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Next Generation of Tape Measures http://www.fabricatingandmetalworking.com/2016/09/next-generation-tape-measures/ http://www.fabricatingandmetalworking.com/2016/09/next-generation-tape-measures/#respond Wed, 07 Sep 2016 22:20:27 +0000 http://www.fabricatingandmetalworking.com/?p=99466 New Magnetic Tape Measures from Milwaukee Tool have an improved finger stop mechanism that protects the user's fingers during retraction while maximizing stability during layout applications.

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Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation (Milwaukee, WI) announces the next generation of tape measures: new Magnetic Tape Measures with Finger Stop that are designed with features that build upon the innovation that has made their tape measures an industry favorite among professionals, improving ergonomics and maximizing functionality.

Striving for continuous innovation and improvement, this new line of premium tape measures are more compact and ergonomic, providing a better fit in the user’s hand.  An improved finger stop mechanism protects users’ fingers during retraction while maximizing stability during layout applications. A more compact magnetic hook will allow users to get into smaller spaces while taking measurements. For added functionality, the tape measures also include an improved wire form belt clip that has been optimized for bag/belt storage and reducing pocket tearing.

Just like all their other tape measures, this new line will continue to deliver longer life  because of proprietary Nylon Bond Blade Protection and a five-point reinforced frame for drop protection. Together, these features make their tape measures some of the most durable tape measures in the industry. Dual-sided printing with blueprint scale on bottom side provides even more functionality while working overhead and with blueprints.

The Premium Magnetic Tape Measures confirm the company’s unrelenting commitment to constantly improving upon solutions, and increasing jobsite productivity. All are backed by the company’s limited lifetime warranty. Premium Magnetic Tape Measure Models:

  • 16 ft Magnetic Tape Measure with Finger Stop (48-22-7116)
  • 25 ft Magnetic Tape Measure with Finger Stop (48-22-7125)
  • 30 ft Magnetic Tape Measure with Finger Stop (48-22-7130)
  • 35 ft Tape Measure with Finger Stop (48-22-7216)
  • 8m (26 ft) Magnetic Tape  Measure with Finger Stop (48-22-7225)
  • MSRP: $19.99 to $34.99

Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation, 13135 West Lisbon Road, Brookfield, WI 53005, www.milwaukeetool.com.

 

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Dake Redesigns Website http://www.fabricatingandmetalworking.com/2016/09/dake-redesigns-website/ http://www.fabricatingandmetalworking.com/2016/09/dake-redesigns-website/#respond Wed, 07 Sep 2016 20:36:58 +0000 http://www.fabricatingandmetalworking.com/?p=99458 Customers can now view the specifications, features and videos of each type of machine tool.

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Machine tool manufacturer Dake Corporation (Grand Haven, MI), a 120-year-old company with proven industry leadership, is pleased to announce the release of their newly redesigned website with a sleek, modern design that is extremely easy to use. The new site takes into account some of the most commonly asked questions and provides a solution to them. Customers can now view the specifications, features and standard equipment for each type of machine, as well as look at a high-quality example image of each type of product. They have also included a range of videos to show how the products work. Nearly every product listed has a downloadable PDF manual and parts list to easily learn more about them.

This redesign also makes it easy for customers to get in touch with the company. Nearly every page has some sort of link to contact information to receive the best response from a representative quickly and conveniently. Customers will never have to go without the guidance needed. Despite the updated look, Dake still has the same customer-centered priorities. This new interface is designed with one thing in mind: providing a superior metalworking machine tool shopping and research experience.

www.dakecorp.com

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Yaskawa Motoman is Reaccredited by IACET http://www.fabricatingandmetalworking.com/2016/09/yaskawa-motoman-receives-reaccreditation-iacet/ http://www.fabricatingandmetalworking.com/2016/09/yaskawa-motoman-receives-reaccreditation-iacet/#respond Wed, 07 Sep 2016 17:48:56 +0000 http://www.fabricatingandmetalworking.com/?p=99433 The accreditation period for Yaskawa Academy extends for five years on all programs offered or created during that time.

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The International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET; Reston, VA) has awarded reaccreditation status to Yaskawa Academy (formerly known as Motoman Technical Education Center – MTEC) of the Motoman Robotics Division of Yaskawa America, Inc. (Dayton, OH), which has been an Accredited Provider since 1993. IACET Accredited Providers are the only organizations approved to offer Continuing Education Units (CEUs). The accreditation period extends for five years and includes all programs offered or created during that time.

“We are proud of our educational programs, which train hundreds of engineers and manufacturing personnel each year in important robotics skills,” said Doug Burnside, the vice president of customer satisfaction for Yaskawa Motoman. “Our renewed partnership with IACET is a demonstration of our commitment to lifelong learning and high standards for all of our programs, and we are very pleased to be recognized by such a prestigious organization.” Yaskawa Academy offers:

  • Robots in classrooms for hands-on learning
  • Application-specific classrooms
  • A large, well-equipped welding lab for hands-on learning
  • Comprehensive training curriculum with over 75 different courses including Basic Programming, Advanced Programming, Maintenance, Concurrent I/O, purchasable options and customized training

“We are pleased to continue our relationship with them as an Accredited Provider,” noted Lori Schnaider, the president of IACET. “They join nearly 600 organizations around the globe that have had their programs audited by third-party continuing education experts to ensure the highest possible standards are met.”

Yaskawa Motoman completed a rigorous application process, including a review by an IACET site visitor, to achieve its Accredited Provider accreditation. The organization successfully demonstrated adherence to the ANSI/IACET 1-2013 Standard addressing the design, development, administration and evaluation of its programs. The company has pledged its continued compliance with the standard, and it is authorized to use the IACET name and Accredited Provider logo on promotional course material.

www.motoman.com, www.iacet.org

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