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Robotic metal polishing; Mico Industries.
Thanks to SolidCAM iMachining, cycle times are down 50 percent, tool life is up 40 percent, and Mico Industries is creating dies, weld fixtures and check fixtures without compromise.

Pipeline Welding & Fabrication

The consistent and repeatable weld quality of new orbital welding systems reduces weld defects to achieve high productivity rates, and meets the harsh demands of environmental conditions to reduce field serviceability and downtime. (photo courtesy of Lincoln Electric) 
As the need for specialty steel pipe grows, higher steel grades and bigger wall thicknesses are introducing new challenges to pipe welding and fabrication shops. Here are some of the latest advances in welding equipment and fabrication tools that can help these shops gain and maintain a competitive advantage.

Machines and Automation to Make What Matters

One of the demonstrations planned by Makino is an automated 5-axis aerospace production cell featuring an a61nx-5E with a pallet pool system to help manage processing speed by keeping work flowing across the spindle quickly and efficiently.
This year at IMTS 2014, Makino will perform live cutting demonstrations on 20 machines, along with information-rich presentations that showcase the precision, speed, quality, productivity and competitiveness needed to Make What Matters.

Turn Digital Tool Knowledge Into Machining Productivity

NOVO defines machining features, reduces the tool set to the ones that can do the job (based on material, tolerance, and machining sequence constraints for single tools and multi-tools), then ranks the best suited tools for the application – all in a fraction of time.
Take a look at how NOVOTM from Kennametal expands machine shop capabilities by efficiently turning digital tool knowledge into real-world productivity improvement.

Getting to True Position in Six Degrees of Freedom

Figure 1a. Example of the ALIO HR2 hexapod model.
The new nanometer level of precision being achieved by next generation motion systems to meet the high precision demands of metrology, laser processing and micro-machining opens up a whole new realm of application possibilities. This white paper examines how it works.

Advanced Safety Upgrade for Stainless Steel Rolling Mill

An ABB AC500-S safety PLC is being used by Sandvik to add state-of-the-art safety to a stainless steel rolling mill at its Sandviken plant. The system provides independent control of six separate safety zones so that parts of the machine can remain operational while an operator gains safe access to some other zone – where safety is assured by disabling power. 
A new PLC and touchscreen operator panels create a networked control architecture of six safety zones, so that parts of a precision strip steel line can remain operational while an operator gains safe access to other zones under disabled power.

New Fall Protection Harnesses, Self-Retracting Lanyards and Shock Absorbing Lanyards

Defy™ Self-Retracting Lanyards have a sturdy, yet lightweight housing unit that doesn’t drag behind a worker or obstruct their movement. 
These high quality, user friendly products from Rigid Lifelines offer engineered fall protection at a cost effective price.

Conveyor Technology for Material Handling Builders, System Integrators, Users

Siemens brings a full complement of solutions and services with its value proposition to the 
North American conveyor sector of the material handling industry.  
Siemens Industry offers an integrated drive system with Siemens motion control and drives products, along with communication protocols, that spans the range of drives, motors, gear motors and automation technology, plus machine safety, power supply and circuit protection.
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Events Calendar
August 7, 2014, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Webinar Hosted by Global Shop Solutions, The Woodlands, TX
August 12 - 13, 2014
Sheraton Arlington Hotel -- Arlington, TX
August 13, 2014
TGS Facility -- Warren, MI
August 20, 2014
Wilson Tool International -- White Bear Lake, MN
September 8 - 13, 2014
McCormick Place -- Chicago, IL