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The Ins and Outs of Laser Cutting Automation

In a logistic center, software controls the entire process and the production plan of machines that are connected to both sides of a large storage system located in the center of the production that handles raw material and semi-finished goods automatically between various processing steps.
Advancements in laser cutting productivity are shifting the bottleneck away from cutting the material to handling it. This means automation should match specific needs for different production setups. 

Which is the Right MIG Gun?

Each MIG gun has its advantages and disadvantages. Water-cooled MIG guns are more expensive up-front and can require more maintenance and operational costs. However, water-cooled guns also are much smaller and lighter than air-cooled guns, so they can provide productivity advantages by reducing welding operator fatigue. Also, because water-cooled guns require more equipment, they can be impractical for applications that require portability.
Here are some insightful tips on how to weigh out the pros and cons when selecting between air- or water-cooled guns and light- or heavy-duty models.

What Lies Ahead in Real Time

The MERLIN system from Memex Automation is a manufacturing execution system (MES) that monitors a Mazak Slant Turn Nexus 600 big-bore turning center. The display screen at left shows real time data such as OEE, availability, performance and quality. (Photo courtesy of Mazak Corporation)
The Holy Grail in manufacturing automation lies in machine tool monitoring and the growing impact of network communications on equipment effectiveness for manufacturers.

Finishing Touch

For automated applications abrasive nylon brushes are densely bristled compositions of abrasive and flexible nylon filaments attached to a machine-mountable base. Each filament contains grit particles that provide machining actions such as deburring, cleaning, edge blending, polishing and other surface finishing functions.
New developments with in-line abrasive tooling used on machine tools allows shops to replace grinders, polishing heads, chamfering tools, hand deburring and other secondary operations.

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.

Keeping Temporary Workers Safe Isn’t Your Problem? Think Again

OSHA is taking a closer look at how employers ensure the safety of temporary workers, an emerging issue that will likely change the face of the temporary worker industry.
As OSHA increases its interest in enforcing the safety of temporary workers, manufacturers that hire temporary workers will find greater federal scrutiny that could make the practice less profitable than it once was.

Need a Lift?

The robust Uniton overhead crane from Konecranes can be tailored for unique heavy-duty lifting applications by using a rugged construction concept with multiple trolley configurations integrated with proven motor + gearbox + control system components.
Does your shop need to move heavy loads more effectively or position materials at work stations more efficiently? Here is a review of some of the latest equipment that can help you get the job done.