Articles by Kim Phelan
With an inch more in y-axis travel over other machines in its class, Kaast’s VF-Series vertical machining center gives one thermoform tooling maker a productivity pop in a compact footprint. Its Fanuc control proves reliable in harsh conditions.
BIG KAISER introduces its first BIG CAPTO rough boring tool, the Series 319 SW. Repeatability is high because its polygon taper is flush with the spindle.
New line of RADNOR welding helmets from Airgas combines the brand’s rugged reliability and value with the performance technology of the 3M Speedglas brand. The result is a professional grade helmet that keeps welders comfortable all day.
The IRB 1300 industrial robot from ABB features IP67, Foundry Plus 2 and cleanroom ISO 4 versions. It performs a range of tasks that includes material handling, machine tending, polishing, assembly and testing.
The first-of-its-kind solution will integrate shop floor data with data intelligence to orchestrate consistent quality from concept to part. Statistical process control combined with machine learning and artificial intelligence methods will mitigate waste and quality issues during design while improving AM repeatability.
Ecoclean Connect cloud solution for parts cleaning processes ensures you’re meeting customers’ quality and traceability requirements. Defined data from the cleaning system’s control unit is encrypted and securely transmitted to the cloud.
Fictiv’s 2021 State of Manufacturing Report finds manufacturing leaders focused on resilience, sustainability, and speed through digital transformation. But concerns about supply chain and workforce grow.
Mitutoyo America’s EJ Counters and LG100 Series Linear Gages are compact, high-speed, and easy to use. Even data management is simplified with a USB interface provided for easy connection with a computer.
The GN 2276 cross spirit levels and GN 2283 screw-on spirit levels from JW Winco are essential for achieving perfectly horizontal alignment of machines, mechanisms or instruments. A company conversion table helps customers identify which sensitivity is best for various applications.
Allied Machine’s T-A Pro is the machine shop’s and manufacturer’s spade drill that performs in tough conditions for about 25% less than the marketplace alternatives. Heavy equipment and aerospace part manufacturers get the hole quality, tool life and process security they demand.
A 110-ton 4-post compression molding machine will be used for R&D, and a 1650-ton compression molding press will be used in the production of UHMW sheets – the demand for which is rising in medical, aerospace, and defense sectors.
Used for Swiss Turning applications, Tecnicrafts collets, guide bushings, and bar feeder collets are available in standard and ultra-precision grades. Platinum Tooling carries and supports the full line with representatives throughout North America.
The secret to better tool life is great coolant flow, and AccuKool is the secret behind Accutek’s AccuGrip Shrink Fit tool holder. Its specially designed holes keep coolant flowing to and through cutting flutes.
According to PMA’s April 2021 Business Conditions Report, more than half of metalforming companies predict improved economic conditions for the next three months. Finding steel continues to be a problem.
Machining programmers using OPEN MIND’s hyperMILL 2021.1 can trim and remove sequences as needed after creating their initial toolpath. It also features a new 5-axis radial machining tool that helps users rapidly apply the most productive machining strategies.
GROB Systems’ G350 5-Axis universal machining center has a special axis concept enabling the full tool length to be employed in any axis position, even with maximum part size. That “tunnel” concept enables a swiveling for largest-possible components without collision.
Mitsui Seiki’s “J” series offers a positioning accuracy and repeatability of +/- 1µm. Combining machining center technology with jig borer precision in one machine, the “Jig” VMCs achieve precision boring, milling, drilling and tapping.
Attention mid-sized manufacturers: FactoryEye from Magic Software brings the digital world to you – with real-time intelligence – in an easy, affordable and flexible solution. No need to replace existing equipment or infrastructure.
ESPRIT CAM’s ESPRIT TNG enables offset-aware programming of spindle transfers and bar pulls to help manufacturers drive multichannel CNC machinery. The ‘next generation’ CAM provides an exact digital replica of every facet of the machining environment.
“Materials Performance” magazine recognized the new Sanicro 35 alloy in its MP Corrosion Innovation of the Year Awards 2021. Designed for extremely corrosive environments and seawater applications, the alloy is ideal for heat exchangers and hydraulic and instrumentation tubing.
Compact and lightweight, the KCI/KBI 1300 series of inductive rotary encoders from HEIDENHAIN offer contamination-resistant inductive circumferential scanning. The high-speed EnDat 2.2 interface enables more information to be communicated such as temperature or diagnostics.
The enhanced features of CAMBRIO’s SigmaNEST Version 21 are centered around ease of use and nesting options for every manufacturing need. The goal of the company’s Connected Shop concept is to bridge CRM, ordering, inventory, production, delivery, and accounting.
Palmgren’s versatile No. 9684504 bench engine lathe handles many turning operations in prototype, maintenance, tools, and fabrication shops. Constructed from heavy cast iron, it’s built to last.
Former Marine achieves 10-year milestone with the company, adding dependability and strength to its technical service team. Doug Johnson is the innovator behind the 20-minute FASTResponse telephone service initiative.
Ireland-based Combilift kicks off its new sponsorship of the local Monaghan Ladies Gaelic football team – watch players having fun with machines and a giant soccer ball in a fun video the company launched on social media to promote the team.
Early adoption of JM Performance Products’ High Torque retention knobs helped a titanium machining company overcome deficiencies at the spindle to advance its aerospace production trajectory.
Equipped with automatic tool-changing and multicoupling systems, Staubli’s HelMo moves itself from workstation to workstation, plugs itself in, and performs tasks without endangering its human coworkers.
ROEQ’s replaces Wi-Fi-dependent third-party setups with a sensor-based system that automatically lifts loads delivered by an autonomous mobile robot (AMR) to the proper height for delivery to a stationary conveyor.
The QM180 top module from Nord Modules increases the utility of autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) by connecting with a cobot-powered gate to create the first fully autonomous material-handling system. It also handles half pallets, plastic boxes, carton boxes, and carts without changing top modules.
Material-handling solutions developer Kivnon expands its mobile vehicles portfolio with two autonomous mobile robot (AMR) forklifts and an automated guided vehicle (AGV) lifting platform that rotates.
Jungheinrich’s dual-mode EZS 350a NA automated guided vehicle (AGV) provides all the benefits of an electric truck with a laser-based navigation platform that requires no floor work.
Comau adds safety features to the Racer-5 industrial robot to come up with the dual-mode Racer-5 Cobot: a fast automation solution for supporting multiple manufacturing processes that doesn’t sacrifice precision or employee health.
Sunrise Ironworkers’ U.S. distributor now warranties ironworkers and punching machine parts to three years and one year on labor.
The manufacturing economy continued its recovery in March, according to Institute for Supply Management’s March 2021 ‘Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.’ Backlogs are growing, as are raw materials inventories and exports and imports.
Totaling $377.6 million, February’s latest orders represent a 32.2% increase year over year, according to AMT’s report. Oil and gas surprised with an uptick, and medical equipment’s rise likely resulted from hospitals catching up on elective procedures.
Stäubli has set new benchmarks in dynamics, precision and cleanroom with its 4-axis line of Selective Compliance Assembly Robot Arms (SCARA) for highly sensitive environments. Judges of the 2021 Red Dot Design competition recognized its unique cylindrical working area when they gave it the “Product Design” award.
A Connecticut-based manufacturer has installed a Lucifer 7GT-H19 for heat treating in a nitrogen-based atmosphere. The energy-efficient unit heats to 2100 F and is regulated by a Honeywell digital controller.
A new Fastems automation guide and webinar demonstrate how to overcome the six main production bottlenecks and eliminate underutilization in any shop. Fastems reveals how to make production planning and execution intelligent, automate hardware to work stably 24/7, and make processes reproducible.
“The Job Shop’s Guide to Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms” is a free e-book from Paperless Parts created to make U.S. manufacturers aware of TAAF benefits that help them compete better in a market saturated with foreign imports … and walks you through the funding process.
KUKA’s KR 6 SCARA robot offers reach/radius options of 500 mm and 700 mm, and Z-axis stroke of 200 mm. Faster and lighter than smaller 6-axis models, it offers manufacturers ease of use while expediting production speed.
Renishaw’s multisensor REVO 5-axis measurement system provides highly accurate scanning, non-contact inspection and surface finish analysis at ultra-high speeds on one coordinate measuring machine (CMM).
The LEXT OLS5100 laser microscope from Olympus guarantees measurement accuracy that simplify experiment workflows. The software’s several smart features minimize error with push-button scanning and analysis.
Optical Gauging Products’ multisensor TeleStar Plus laser measures a wide range of materials and surface textures with extremely high accuracy. Its through-the-lens (TTL) design eliminates offset between the optical and laser sensors.
OmniSurf3D from Digital Metrology Solutions helps users understand and communicate about surface texture without requiring a great deal of mathematical interpretation or metrology knowledge. The software provides the ability to interact with data from virtually any surface measurement instrument.
Automated Precision’s portable vProbe performs CMM-style measurements on the shop floor and is more versatile than a portable-arm coordinate measuring machine (CMM).
Seco Tools’ Turbo 16 square shoulder cutter inserts are the company’s first products with data matrix tags. The scannable codes store product and batch information, and can be read by the Seco Assistant smartphone app.
Four-edged inserts help Sandvik Coromant’s CoroMill 415 face milling cutter reduce cost per component and increase productivity via a high metal removal rate. An E-M30 geometry complements M-M30 geometry assortment.
Two tips on Lach Diamond’s CBN-Duo-power inserts are finished with type B610 or type B600 cubic boron nitride (CBN) to increase productivity when turning automotive components out of materials such as case-hardened steels and powder-metal alloys.
Kennametal is leveraging its experience with polycrystalline diamond (PCD) tooling for the automotive industry to provide cost-competitive and highly productive drills, reamers, and end mills for aluminum machining.
Featuring square double-sided inserts with eight cutting edges, Iscar’s Neodo family of 90-degree indexable milling cutters enables face and shoulder milling in steel and cast iron as well as milling close to shoulders where there are workpiece or workholding fixture constraints.
The Hoffmann Group’s Garant Master Tap INOX taps are available in inch sizes as well as metric threads with a longer design for increased reach and for all thread standards.
The phase-hardened ceramic substrate on Greenleaf’s XSYTIN-360 end mills provides ultra-high strength and wear resistance at twice the feed rate of carbide end mills when slotting, pocketing, and profiling high-temperature alloys and other difficult-to-machine materials.
A Tier 2 automotive supplier wasn’t getting the most possible out of its vertical machining center until the shop tooled up with the TOP-Cut VAR end mill and FPC milling/drilling chuck from Emuge.
Featuring the greatest number of cutting edges available for positive inserts, Dormer Pramet’s S450E double-positive 45-degree milling cutter allows the same cutter body to be used with octagonal inserts for face milling and round inserts for face/copy milling.
In addition to a user-friendly design wizard, ANCA’s ToolRoom enables cutting tool manufacturers to expand into new markets with barrel shape ballnose (BSB) and large-radii double corner radius (DCR) endmill tool types that increase productivity.
Vollmer’s 5-axis VGrind 340S machines carbide drills and milling cutters with diameters from 0.3 mm to 12.7 mm, sizes increasingly in demand in the automotive, electronics and medical sectors. Automation options enable unattended production around the clock.
Owners who rebuild their Walter Helitronic Power machine can get the same speed, functionality, and ease of use as new models without the expense of buying a new machine with standard automation features.
United Grinding’s Studer S41 (universal) and S131R (radius internal) are designed to produce large, heavy canning and die-forming components from the extremely hard metals commonly used in the packaging industry.
Star Cutter’s NXT runs the latest NUM tool-grinding software, provides automated marking, accommodates denser pallet arrays, and produces multiple profiles for tools up to 10 inches in diameter in a single run.
Palmgren claims its line of heavy-duty bench grinders provides four to seven times longer duty cycle under load and eight times less speed degradation than competing products. Wheel diameters: 6 to 12 inches.
Automatic phase, notch-position and effective-diameter adjusters along with automatic wheel in-feed position adjustment ensure Mitsui Seiki’s GSH 200A thread grinder delivers consistently repeatable precision.
Featuring a longitudinal feed rate of 975 inches/minute and vertical feed of 17 inches/minute, Kaast’s F-Grind AH Series is equally capable of achieving a high-quality surface finish or critical dimensions on cutting and threading tools, punches and gauges.
Glebar’s PG-9DHD centerless form grinder accepts a 10-inch-wide work wheel to produce multiple parts per cycle in a single infeed motion. It shapes spherical and cylindrical components 0.050 to 4 inches in diameter.
Both a grinding and a turning machine, EMAG’s VLC 350 GT speeds transmission component production by enabling multiple machining processes of chucked parts in a single clamping operation.
Get more life out of virtually any brand of tooling for turret presses, ironworkers, and rooftop punches as well as progressive and other dies with DCM Tech’s turnkey punch and die grinder (PDG) with 18-inch rotary table.
Almost any operation that requires a combination of high accuracy and high force can be improved with the Eccentric Positioning System (EPS) from Coventry Associates. The grinder uses three circular rotary tables on top of each other instead of linear slide systems.
United Grinding’s Blohm Profimat XT relies on a 80 hp spindle and 20-inch-diameter grinding wheels to fashion workpieces weighing almost 1,800 pounds. Control interface customized to visualize machine monitoring data.
Marposs’ Merlin Plus isn’t just for Merlin hardware anymore – the industrial production analysis and control is available for PCs running Windows 7 or 10. Equipped for 250 different measurements, it also comes with a free add-on to create graphical pages.
Siemens’ PCBflow helps accelerate design-to-manufacturing handoff for printed circuit boards. The initial release includes instant Design for Manufacturability analysis.
AAG Tailored Cutting Solutions – AXYZ, WARDJet and CNCShop – is celebrating 30 years in business, and customers get the gifts. It all began in 1991 when two friends started doing router repair work.
The American Welding Society launches “Take the Torch” initiative to attract millennials and Gen Z into the welding community.
Designed to mount in four different ways, KUKA’s KR C5 micro is about 200% smaller than full-sized controllers, but storage capacity isn’t sacrificed. It’s equipped with the latest KUKA System Software – users can easily migrate in their programs from the previous version.
Tooling Tech Group can analyze incoming part files, fix clash and clearance violations, identify tool design changes, and make adjustments to achieve the highest strokes per minute (SPM) without going through trial and error on the stamping floor. This applies to servo, mechanical and hydraulic presses regardless of manufacturer.
Throw out your rubber bands and twist-wire! Superior Die Set’s Cage Saver retracts ball bearing retainer cages during die-handling and maintenance and protects the assembly from water and detergent during pressure washing.
Murata Machinery’s Motorum M2044TS turret punch press uses a servo-electric punch drive system that incorporates the latest ram drive design. Large turret provides more stations for greater flexibility and increased productivity, and its smaller table is sized to accommodate limited floor space.
LVD’s Strippit PL provides a fiber laser cutter and punch press in one machine. The combination enhances efficiency by reducing production time and material handling, and lowers cost per part in both small lot sizes and high-volume runs.
Powered by a servo drive instead of a flywheel, Karl Klink’s RT-HLKK1000 ball cage punching machine improves cut quality by increasing cutting speed. Two die stations and streamlined retooling process also help shorten cycle times from 10 to 7 seconds.
Offering 22 and 30 tons of force, the Q5 CNC is the largest of Haco’s three turret punching machines. Automatic tool changer that rotates at a speed of 122 milliseconds eliminates wear common to traditional turret punching machines.
Fabricators can easily integrate Boschert’s Compact EVO CNC punching machine into their networks via the machine’s interface. Operators can program complex CAD parts with the company’s BG Cut software.
Weld Systems Integrators’ next generation of capacitive discharge (CD) welders monitors force in real time to ensure consistent-quality results. Throat depth provides room for automation options such as end effectors and fastener feeders.
Taylor-Winfield Technologies’ linear friction welders use solid-state bond welding to join parts of the same or different material in various geometries. Operators can adjust frequency and amplitude during the process.
Georgia-based Standard Resistance Welder products include Models RS1 and RS2. Offering a wide range of standard and optional features, the heavy-duty rocker arm seam welders are built around welded steel bases.
Financing, lease, rental, and recondition-to-new programs are available for all Seedorff ACME rocker arm, pedestal, bench, press-type, seam, butt-and-tee and multispot resistance welders. Automation options available.
The actuator’s dual linear bearings and a digital load cell enable Emerson Industrial Automation’s Branson GMX-20MA ultrasonic spot welder to deliver consistent quality from weld to weld by maintaining energy levels.
Solid state and resistance welding use pressure and/or electric current to fuse dissimilar metals, nonferrous metals, and composites without generating defects, like gas porosity and hot cracking, seen in fusion welding. Think things like bus bars and switches in automotive electric systems and appliances and nuts and fittings on various parts.
Viking Blast & Wash Systems adds the model 48T shot blaster to its industrial line of table blasters. Airless blast cleaning is accomplished via one 15-horsepower VMax center-fed blast wheel.
Safechem’s Dualene 1601 S is the first pre-stabilized, pure and virgin-grade modified alcohol developed for a wide range of metal cleaning applications. Results are comparable to Dow Chemical’s Dowclene 1601.
Kyzen’s Metalnox M6314CP cleaner and corrosion inhibitor can be used in virtually any industrial cleaning system and process to remove manufacturing oils from machined and fabricated parts.
MAFAC machines from Jayco Cleaning Technologies can be programmed to rotate the basket with or against the spraying frame. Built-in oil separators and demisters eliminate the need for an external device and exhaust ducting.
Gosiger’s Kleen Power (KP) KP.HMA machines remove contaminants from hard-to-reach, small-diameter tapped holes, blind holes and deep counter bores. The energy-efficient vacuum washers increase productivity by continually separating, cleaning, and reusing solvent.
In multiple industry and OEM tests, Daubert Cromwell’s ClearPak 5000 earned the highest rating as a vapor corrosion inhibitor (VCI) for protecting aluminum, steel, and copper parts during storage and shipping.
Available as a bag or film, Cortec’s EcoSonic VpCI-125 guards against corrosion as well as damage from electrostatic discharge (ESD). Bonus: The vapor phase corrosion inhibitor (VpCI) product is recyclable.
By providing full immersion as well as spray cleaning, Ransohoff’s LeanDrum CF for high-volume cleaning and cold forming applications eliminates the heat loss common in traditional spray systems and lowers chemical consumption.
BHC’s one-product AquaVantage 3800 GD doesn’t contain any regulated ingredients. The mild formulation is safe and effective for cleaning steel, aluminum, and titanium parts for a wide range of manufacturing sectors.
Solvent-based vacuum degreasing is good for the environment, employees, and the bottom line. One machine cleans and dries parts by “sucking out” any remaining vapors before an operator touches them. Many systems also filter lubricant for reuse.
Orange peel – who knew? Nontoxic and nonflammable, EcoAir 422 from Cortec sprays on and rinses off with water. Technology that’s friendly to the environment, even the packaging is designed to protect nature while EcoAir protects metals from corrosion.
The Cell-U-Clean RTL washer is a stainless steel, energy-efficient blowoff unit with optional liquid stage for rinse or rust protection applications, as well as optional robotic loading. Cleaning parts up to 40 pounds, the RTL really hustles at 120 parts per hour.
Esco’s Rental Tools Program puts the full line of MILLHOG I.D., COHOG O.D., and Universal Air Powered Saw and track systems into users’ hands anywhere in the U.S. The tools bevel any degree on all types of alloys in diameters up to 36 inches.
Buehler’s Wilson RH2150 is easy to program and offers an intuitive software interface with Buehler’s DiaMet hardness testing software. Use the external footswitch with the actuator-mounted clamping device to clamp and activate either manual or automatic start, as well as to release manually or automatically after test.
Universal TC117 blind-hole and TC217 thru-hole taps from Walter just got more versatile with oversized extensions. Able to handle material ranging from steel and stainless to cast iron and non-ferrous materials, both taps use HSS-E substrate with cobalt enrichment, which enhances durability.
CNC Software’s user base of 280,000 can import the full line of GARR cutting tools directly into toolpath operations. The native, Mastercam 3D tool database is fully compatible with Mastercam 2019, 2020, 2021 versions.
Designed for high productivity and tool life, Kennametal’s versatile HARVI I TE ball nose end mill features a proprietary, rippled relief on the ball nose section that enables high feeds and speed. It also provides exceptional edge strength, geometric accuracy, and lower cutting forces.
The company’s CFO, Michael Buffamonti, steps into his new role on April 1. He’s been a valuable financial leader at Dynabrade who also worked closely with the company’s founder.
Thanks to its low-thrust drill point design, Kennametal’s HPR solid carbide drill can be used in imperfect clamping conditions or on thin-walled applications. It also features a patented corner radius that improves tool life and provides excellent hole quality.
Frustrated by losing count of how far the adjustment screw was turned when dialing in a tight bore? Kennametal’s eBore Fine Boring System keeps track of boring bar movement for you. End result: less scrap, less downtime, and faster setups.
Not only do shredders reduce labor and the safety risks of manually cutting scrap products in metal recycling – they also cut energy expense and maintenance costs. But how do you match the right shredder to the application? Amos Mfg. offers help.
GF Machining Solutions’ MILL P 500 vertical milling machine maintains positioning accuracy over extended machining times. Its Step-Tec spindle reduces secondary manual polishing – and it comes standard.
With a step-by-step assessment to gather data related to the use of abrasives, the Weiler Consumable Productivity Program weighs costs against output so users understand the best abrasives for their application.
The crisp new paint scheme on Methods Machine Tools’ KIWA KH-4100kai is just the beginning of design features its predecessor lacked. New componentry inside, including 0i-MF Plus FANUC controls, improve the planning, machining, and chip flow on this four-axis HMC.
Additive manufacturing, robotics, and machine tools are among the updates to MTConnect Institute’s 1.6.0 version released last fall. One unexpected but highly relevant term – humidity – is significant to AM processes and therefore included in the new version.
CNC expert Randy Pearson says memories of the industry’s great people will fill his thoughts while he’s enjoying all his favorite outdoor activities in retirement. He adds a word of exhortation to manufacturing: Don’t stop training the next generation.
ISOtunes’ satisfies individual user preferences for hearing protection with its new LINK Bluetooth earmuff headphones and the EXTRA 2.0 earbuds that are water-, dust- and sweat-proof. Affordable and built with long-lasting battery life, both products are OSHA and NIOSH compliant.
PMA’s March Business Conditions survey results show 60% of respondents say lead times have increased, up from 54% in February. Even so, half of respondents forecast improved economic activity for next three months.
The Quick and Simple Startup of Robotization (QSSR) from FANUC America enables FANUC CNCs to directly program robots through the G-code – special operator training in robotic programming language not required.
Veo Robotics’ FreeMove sensors-and-software system uses advanced computer vision and 3D sensing to safely turn a high-speed, heavy-load industrial robot arm into a collaborative robot (cobot) that’s faster – and thus more productive – than traditional cobots.
Eurostorage U.S. licensee Athena Manufacturing manufactures customized storage-and-retrieval systems that enable one employee to pull out a heavy drawer of sheet metal and profiles. The elegant and ergonomic designs are low maintenance as well.
Designed to support intermittent interaction between human and industrial robot, ABB Robotics’ 1100 Swifti CRB (for “collaborative robot”) automatically slows, stops, and restarts depending on an employee’s presence in preprogrammed safety zones.
Hardware product teams need not choose between speed and quality because Fictiv delivers both with the integration of new quality services into its digital thread. Customers who depend on precision parts in such industries as robotics, healthcare, aerospace, and automotive have the assurance of consistent manufacturing results at an unprecedented pace.
When used with any instrument in Zetec’s Topaz family, the ElbowFlex provides high-resolution C-scan images of corrosion and other damage. It saves significant inspection time compared to conventional ultrasonic testing (UT) and grid systems.
Volume Graphics integrates Q-DAS’ qs-STAT statistics software with computed tomography (CT) scan data analysis to provide the basis for a deep assessment and continuous improvement of industrial production processes.
The smallest and lightest handheld XRF analyzer available, Thermo Fisher Scientific’s Niton XL5 Plus enables manufacturing professionals to make informed decisions that impact workplace safety while improving productivity and mitigating user fatigue.
Starrett’s AVR-FOV 0.14X has a 0.14 magnification lens. When combined with “superimage” technology that stitches images together and a touch probe, operators on the shop floor see more of each part, no matter how complex, they inspect.
Designed from the ground up from metrology scan to manufacturable model, REcreate software from Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence aims to uncomplicate the reverse engineering digital workflow by reconciling incompatible data types and technologies.
A woman-owned Massachusetts company solved its feed and speed struggles with conventional side-lock and collet holders by turning to HAIMER shrink fit products. Short projection length with the Ultra Short Power Shrink creates more rigidity, and the Power Mini helps operators handle hard-to-reach areas.
Heidenhain’s Gage-Chek 2000 is an embedded plug-and-play system for the company’s encoders that supports measurement of 1D values. Two variants are ideal for positioning tasks on multiple applications.
Exact Metrology is representing Raytech Measuring Systems, an Iowa designer and manufacturer of shop floor metrology solutions for measuring sheet metal, fabricated and machined parts, and cut-to-length bar stock. SPC software for quality tracking and reporting reduces operator-to-operator variation.
Optoquick or Optoflash optical testing systems from Marposs build efficiency into the measuring process and archive all measurements so they’re easily retrievable. Both technologies feature software updates in five and four models, respectively.
An active jaw pull-down function enables Schunk’s Kontec KSX-C2 vise for 5-axis machining centers to securely hold the smallest of parts for machining of a sixth side. Quick-change system enables exchange of a large number of system jaws within seconds without tools.
Palmgren’s dual-force precision vises combine quality, high precision and a wide range of clamping capacities at an affordable price. They’re suitable for everything from high-volume production to prototyping.
Capable of lifting 44 pounds (20 kg), OnRobot’s electrically powered VGP20 vacuum gripper performs the same heavy-duty tasks as a pneumatic gripper for a fraction of the cost and complexity. Compatible with all major robot brands.
An increasingly popular alternative to standard mechanical workholders, magnetic chucks lower setup time and provide access to all sides of a workpiece. They’re particularly helpful for holding circular workpieces during hard turning and free state grinding.
Designed for MicroCentric, Northfield, and other precision workholding manufacturers’ air chucks, Dillon Manufacturing’s full-grip pin location jaws hold fragile components securely in place without marring their surface.
With modules featuring the same in-depth tooling training as Allied Machine’s three-day, in-person training events, the company’s new online platform enables distributors and product end users to learn on their own schedules. Ten courses are available now, comprising product overviews, demos and short quizzes, with more content to follow.
Unison’s upgraded Unibend software creates speed improvements, reduced pause time between process movements, and other time-saving features for its Breeze tube bending machines. Customers bending significant quantities of tube – such as those in the automotive sector – stand to benefit the most.
AMT reports over $322.5 million in January 2021 U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders, a decrease of 29% from December 2020, but a 12% increase over January 2020, and the third straight month of year-over-year gains.
OnRobot’s IP67-certified, collaborative 2FG7 parallel gripper is the latest addition to OnRobot’s range of no-fuss, all-electric gripper products. Deployed within minutes, it’s designed to handle demanding payloads, even where space is tight.
Department of Defense project will create AI-materials tools to design recipes for a new class of materials tailored to high-temperature applications.
That’s what General Electric Global Research said about Blue Arc, an EDM-like process it developed to rough aircraft engine components out of huge blocks of difficult-to-cut alloys. Mitsui Seiki has sold the first commercially available CNC machine that incorporates the technology.
With the updated JobShop Cell PRO, Methods Machine Tools offers manufacturers a multiaxis simultaneous vertical machining center with multiple end-of-arm and infeed/outfeed options. The efficiency-enhancing cell can be immediately shipped.
Automation options for DVF Series simultaneous 5-axis vertical machining centers from Doosan Machine Tools America save time and money by enabling shops to run production parts overnight and quickly switch over to prototype parts.
Suitable for outside diameters of 0.2 to 8 inches (5 to 200 mm) and maximum bead widths of 0.4-inch (10 mm), Xiris Automation’s WI-2200 weld inspection system incorporates a Class 2 laser that won’t injure employees.
Flexible and customizable WeldSight software for Olympus’ OmniScan X3 phased array flaw detector saves time and effort. In addition to advanced screening capabilities, the program enables inspectors to quickly optimize multiple tools for analyzing complex geometries.
Huntingdon Fusion Techniques’ updated PurgEye 500 Desk weld purge monitor is equipped with PurgeNet. The networking device connects to smart accessories including the drive system for automatic welders and orbital welders and a light accessory for visual warning.
Fronius has taken a simple, compact solution for cladding applications on smaller parts and developed it for larger tasks. The all-in-one cell’s controls support two processes: TIG hot wire and a two-wire SpeedClad Twin process that’s three times faster.
Attention, electric vehicle component manufacturers! According to Emerson Automation Solutions, the Branson GMX-20 MA’s dual linear bearing design makes the actuator the most rigid and precise actuator in the ultrasonic metal welding market.
The EXT at the end of these two Wellsaw model numbers stands for “extra.” The 1316S-EXT swivel-head miter bandsaw provides extra-wide capacity, and the V20F-24 EXT vertical bandsaw provides extra-tall capacity.
Although Viking Blast & Wash System is primarily a custom manufacturer, the company gets enough requests for a 48-inch table blaster that the one-wheel machine’s a standard offering. Add a second wheel to completely blast an intricate part or lower cycle time.
Featuring intuitive control software with an extensive material database and process simulation, Ipsen’s updated Turbo2Treater supports a wide range of hardening processes. Compact design fits in standard truck or shipping container.
Featuring gull wing doors on the front and back and side sliding windows, the fully enclosed FiberCELL fiber laser cutter from Kern Laser Systems enhances shop floor safety without compromising part loading and unloading. Available in six wattages.
Gema’s OptiCenter All-in-One combines electrostatic delivery and powder delivery into a single control unit. MagicControl 4.0 data management system enables complete automation that provides consistent-quality powder coating.
The maker of portable abrasive power tools for grinding, deburring, filing and sanding bids its president and CEO farewell on March 31.
Engineered Material Handling’s NOMAD XW, the latest in its modular, freestanding line of bridge cranes, assembles easily with bolts and most can be installed without footers, thanks to practical design details. Choose from options to suit 1- to 4-cell manufacturing systems, as well as optional travel speeds, and battery or rechargeable radio controller.
A Midwest company has put a new Red Devil unit into service to heat treat steel parts in-house. Cost effective and customized with safety features, the RD8-KHE18 furnace offers space-saving working dimensions of 12 x 14 x 18 inches in both chambers.
Brought up to date with the ISA-95 standard, Version 7 adds important new elements to B2MML including spatial locations, material and other resource testing information, standardized error message handling, and work calendars.
The VARIAXIS i-800 NEO from Mazak features optional proprietary technology that optimizes processing and facilitates more accurate configuration of machine programs. Easy automation helps less experienced operators quickly build confidence to run complex parts.
Mazak’s HCN-6800 NEO comes with upgraded standard features and numerous options, too. Its cycle times are faster, its footprint is smaller, and its range of part and tool capacities are wider.
A new Mitutoyo-Kitov agreement will lead to the integration of Kitov technologies in Mituoyo’s metrology solutions. Look for future development of more solutions to come from the new partners as they combine Mitutoyo’s measurement technologies with Kitov’s planning and inspection technologies.
The rebranded service program facilitates selection of the right maintenance solutions, and also offers additional services such as CAD modeling, component prototyping and process optimization. Customers can choose services ala-carte or in tailored, bundled agreements.
Paperless Search, a digital search tool enhancing the quoting platform from Paperless Parts, provides easy access to all formats of historical data, and it’s available now to Paperless Parts customers.
EOS NickelAlloy IN939 from German 3D metals printer company, EOS, combines high-temperature strength – at over 1500 degrees F – with crack and corrosion resistance. Its potential ranges from industrial gas turbine and microturbine parts to turbochargers, power industry parts and other extreme-conditions applications.
Available in many pipe sizes, HotPurge from Huntingdon Fusion Techniques HFT is an inflatable, specialty system designed to address the inherent challenges of keeping mechanical properties intact. Through continuous purging, it can maintain oxygen levels below 100 ppm.
Schwarze-Robitec’s CNC 60 DB Twin booster bending machine steps up to the uncompromising specifications of a major Russian boiler manufacturer. Boilers need maximum surface area to ensure highest heat transfer – the machine handles the required narrow bending and tight tolerances.
Unison’s 130-mm diameter tube bender is a robust, multiradius and multistack machine with the benefit of additional component length to give buyers an edge in the subcontractor marketplace. Users are able to achieve right-first-time manufacturing for repeat subcontract work.
Funded by an EU grant, a European consortium is treating metal with high-power lasers that texture the surface with microscopic spikes that prevent grease and bacteria from sticking. Rough micro-topography acts like a bed of nails to stop dirt or liquid from attaching.
Chiron Group’s flexible additive manufacturing machine – the Chiron AM Cube – is designed with laser metal deposition technology to work efficiently in the mechanical engineering, tool manufacturing, energy production, and aerospace sectors. Its three deposition heads can perform different functions on a single workpiece.
Bystronic Inc. and MSS Nitrogen Inc. partner to sell Bystronic’s Nitrocube nitrogen generation and NitrO2 gas mixing products, powered by MSS, in the North America market. Nitrocube’s nitrogen purity is 99.999%, while NitrO2 mixing can triple laser cutting speeds.
While a majority of manufacturers predict no change in economic activity in the coming three months, according to PMA’s February report, a shortage of metal supply is alarming, according to association’s president. Lead times for steel have more than tripled in five months.
Now under AIMS ownership, Measurement Specialties Inc. has supported CMM brands including Sheffield – as retrofitting and upgrading business has increased over the last year, AIMS is now poised to broaden its customer service offerings.
The acquisition marks expansion of Industrial Magnetics’ permanent, electromagnetic and electro-permanent magnetic technology and systems for industrial applications, the company says. Walker’s 125-year legacy carries considerable strength in the workholding segment.
GF Machining Solutions has launched Version 1.0 of the Open Platform Communications (OPC) Unified Architecture (UA) interface as a single connectivity solution for North American manufacturers. It will help reduce machine downtime, monitor performance across entire facilities, automate operations, and ensure manufacturing process compliance.
Signode’s StorFast is an automated storage and retrieval (ASRS) system that provides high-density, lights-out, 24/7-access to products and materials. Unlike cranes, the cart-based system allows for unlimited configurations.
Designed to automatically feed CNC machines, Kasto’s Unitower CNC is a smart material-handling system controlled by software that monitors production to optimize order handling and ensure necessary NC programs and tools are available.
Smaller and lighter than other laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) analyzers, Rigaku Analytical Devices’ KT-100S identifies difficult materials including low-alloy steels, stainless steels, high-temperature alloys and lithium.
The 38DL Plus with 38-Link wireless adaptor for connecting to the Olympus Scientific Cloud (OSC) saves time and money by minimizing human error and optimizing data management.
LMI Corp.’s LaserGage HS742 3D sensor is a 3D laser profiler and that uses blue-laser technology and application-specific algorithms to overcome the challenge of measuring countersinks on solid, translucent, shiny, and opaque surfaces with repeatable results.
Ametek’s Chatillon DFS II Series digital force gage with ForceTest 2.0 software gives the operator a highly flexible testing system while additional functionality. The operator also benefits from live test graphs and data analysis.
Strong Hand Tools’ universal vises quickly and securely clamp stock of different thicknesses at multiple angles into place. They can be removed from the base and used separately.
Schunk’s Tandem PGS3-LH 100 clamping force block for basic aluminum and plastics machining has an integrated flange and comes with a console plate for easy mounting to machining tables, dividing heads, and clamping stations.
Comprising self-centering vises, quick-change bases and mounting accessories, Mate Precision Technologies’ 52/96 zero-point product line can be used for inspection, CMM, cleaning, washing, assembly, and additive manufacturing as well as on 3-, 4- and 5-axis machining centers.
Kurt Workholding replaces HP-model vises with Precision Force (PF) MaxLock vises featuring a patented locking mechanism that holds parts securely, keeps them square with excellent repeatability, and are affordable.
The toolholder for Horn USA’s Supermini grooving and boring tools applies a tensioning wedge to the insert’s face rather than circumference, increasing rigidity and repeatability.
Dillon Manufacturing can manufacture soft or hard and full-grip special top jaws in a wide range of materials and configurations to ensure chucks provide maximum grip for an application.
Destaco combined the best features of pneumatic swing clamps and straight line action clamps to create a low-cost workholding option for fixture builders. The manually actuated swing clamps eliminate the need for air.
An economical option for small shops that need a second machine or additional spindle, all three models of Palmgren’s vertical machining centers (VMCs) have a 10-tool magazine with automatic changer and user-friendly portable handwheel.
Ideal for the demanding aircraft, automobile, power generator, mold-and-die, and semiconductor industries, Niigata’s 5-axis HN80E-5X horizontal machining center (HMC) produces 1.65-ton parts almost 50 inches in diameter and 40 inches high.
Engineered for tight-tolerance work for the mold and die, aerospace, and energy industries, Mitsui Seiki’s compact Vertex 100 provides a large workpiece capacity so operators can process a wider range of parts.
Mazak’s VC-Ez 20 is the first of three vertical machining centers (VMCs) that offer much the same functionality and performance as previous models, but in a more compact and more affordable package.
Thanks to a 75% increase in work envelope and high traverse rates, Matsuura USA’s MAM72-52V processes larger-diameter and heavier workpieces than its predecessor. Integrated tower pallet enables lights-out production.
With Quick and Simple Startup of Robotization (QSSR), Fanuc simplifies the process of connecting and programming a Fanuc robot or cobot. The all-in-one package enables operators to program the robot using the machine’s CNC.
Doosan’s DHF 8000ST is a single-table version of the company’s DHF 8000 5-axis horizontal machining center (HMC) that incorporates a turning function so manufacturers can save time by moving from roughing to finishing with one setup.
Available in 4- and 5-axis versions, Chiron’s dual-spindle DZ 22 has a fast spindle for machining aluminum and aluminum alloy workpieces and a strong spindle for machining hard materials and large tools.
Nick Spurrett joins the senior leadership team as vice president of GibbsCAM. He’s a sales veteran with 25 years of manufacturing software and CAD/CAM experience.
Available in two versions with varying levels of functionality, transfluid’s Windows-based t project software links geometry and material data to achieve precise bending results.
Two models – the 2.5 and 4.0 – from Kaast Machine Tools ensure consistently accurate strength-promoting beads in materials up to 0.15-inch (4mm) thick. Available with mechanically (ZSM) or hydraulically (ZSH) driven upper rolls.
IRMCO Advanced Metalforming Lubricant Technologies’ iNSIGHT enables metal stampers to track the rate of chemical consumption by part and process and compare the data to tool life to pinpoint the actual cost per part for each process in a facility.
Two standard models – the eRB80 TS and eRB150 TS – electric upcut tube saws from Innovative Engineered Solutions (iES) cut diameters up to 3.5 inches (90mm) and 5.9 inches (150mm), respectively.
HGG Profiling Equipment’s ProCutter900 RB increases throughput by continuously feeding, cutting and profiling, and moving pipe out. The small-footprint machine’s accuracy dramatically reduces post-cutting grinding, fitting and welding time.
An automated version of Glebar’s TF-9BHD infeed/thrufeed centerless grinder, the TF-9D features the widest work wheel on the market. Customizable interface designed for automation and 8-5/8-inch-wide work wheel combine to increase throughput.
Featuring a compact layout, integrated loading/unloading capability, and easy-to-use programming software, BLM Group’s Smart Bender enables an operator to go from design to part in one click and walk away.
The new invoicing platform enables manufacturers to provide payment terms to customers, accept credit cards, and receive job advances.
Tolomatic’s CSW and CSWX Compact ServoWeld welding gun actuators for robotic spot welding integrate a 3,507-lbf and 4,047-lbf, respectively, actuator into a hollow-core servo motor for faster resistant spot-weld cycles.
Requiring just 4 square feet of shop floor space, Novarc Technologies’ spool welding robot (SWR) enables inexperienced welders working on pipe spools up to 30 feet long to monitor and adjust parameters to pipe variations in real time.
Lincoln Electric’s Fab-Pak Cobot Cart enables small- and medium-sized fabricators to justify investing in automation by providing a mobile, easy-to-program, and safe robotic welding solution.
Koike Aronson Ransome’s pipe-welding package incorporates the Cricket-I manipulator. Providing 20-IPM lift speed and 150-pound load capacity, the manipulator ensures productivity increases without sacrificing floor space.
Fanuc adds 15- and 33-pound-payload welding cobots to the ARC Mate product line. The arc welding cobots’ easy-to-program interface supports both simple and complex applications using advanced features.
ESAB and Yaskawa have partnered to offer small-to-medium-sized manufacturers and fabricators a pre-engineered welding cell that’s easy to set up and operate: the XCellerator.
Bystronic is selling three robotic welding options – Micro Cell, Compact Cell and Compact System – in the U.S. They’re configured by the German manufacturer Cloos Robotic Welding, which handles installation, training, and service.
Delivering payloads ranging from 9 to 31 pounds and reach up to 4.25 feet, the TM5, TM12, and TM14 cobots from Techman Robot can “see” and automatically reposition objects using a smart user interface.
Designed for Universal Robots’ UR3e cobot arm, the Q-Span Workstation from New Scale Robotics comes with everything necessary to automate small-part measurement inspection. You can improve gage R&R and boost capacity without adding headcount.
Even though they have two arms, Kawasaki Robotics’ duAro cobots fit into a single-person space while providing enough room for an employee to safely work alongside. Two models provide 8.8- and 13-pound payloads.
The “A” in Hanwha’s HCR-3A, HCR-5A, and HCR-12A stands for “advanced.” Three cobot models improve on their predecessors by offering customizable solution packages that incorporate artificial intelligence and mobility technologies.
Delmia Robotics’ software from Dassault Systemes maximizes automation initiatives by enabling manufacturers to design and virtually test a drilling-and-riveting, arc welding, spot welding, and/or material handling line before rolling it out.
Do you own a Fanuc CRX cobot? Thinking of buying one? ATI Industrial Automation’s end-effector kits make the most of your investment by enabling applications including deburring, orbital sanding, tool changing, and force/torque sensing.
The company is moving to a wider focus on automation, as demonstrated by the introduction of Eppinger robotics, rotary tables and more. While continuing to offer the high-precision Eppinger tool holders and services it’s known for, EXSYS Automation says it will also roll out new Eppinger offerings designed to “revolutionize chip making.”
According to the latest monthly report from AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology, December orders increased nearly 40% over those in November. Pent up demand, depleted inventories, continued reshoring, several COVID vaccines, and a lot of cash on the sidelines are creating an environment for a good start to ’21.
Suitable for high-volume large, heavy part operations, Mazak’s HCN-5000 is a horizontal machining center that offers users the option of high-speed or high-torque integral motor spindle, so they can align proper speed and power for the job at hand.
Lincoln Electric now offers a standard 5-year factory limited warranty for Advanced Welding Equipment. Covering Power Wave Advanced Process Welders, PIPEFAB Welding Systems, AutoDrive Robotic Wire Feeders and more, it’s the most extensive warranty in the industry, the company says.
SMW Autoblok’s is reducing the price on numerous premium clamping products. They’re all Proofline sealed to protect against corrosion.
Combilift’s Aisle Master Order Picker – the AME-OP – has all the functionality of the conventional model, but it’s designed with a low, single-step floor on both sides of the truck. Made for navigating narrow aisles, it’s available in weights from 3300 to 6000 lbs. and can reach as high as 39 feet.
The maker of NeuBeam says the certification objectively affirms the quality of their innovation in metal AM for production applications, as well as the company’s commitment to customer satisfaction.
American Welding Society has introduced “AWS ARCademy,” a series designed to ‘make a positive impact on up-and-coming welders’ without overwhelming viewers with too much, too soon. New additions will continue to be added, giving students and other welding-wannabe’s a ‘crash course’ in welding basics.
Siemens extends Xcelerator portfolio with enterprise-wide quality management system. Teamcenter Quality provides an all-geographies collaboration platform that also enables engineers to establish their own parameters for excellence.
NIMS is partnering with e-learning platform developer Edge Factor to release ‘Experience’ toolkits to inspire students and equip those who influence them with videos and guide materials. In 2021, three themes will be released at no cost: “Women in Skilled Trades” (March through April), “Rock MFG DAY” (September through October) and “Apprenticeships” (November through December).
Linda Pilvelis has served at Dapra Corp. for over 45 years, the last 17 as its CEO. Shawn Lawlor from Bartell Machinery Systems has been appointed as her successor.
The site gives manufacturer employees a clear overview on setting up and programming a CRX collaborative robot. The online tutorials, as well as product and partner deep-dives, are available for free.
The company has announced 18 models have been delivered to bases around the country over the last year.
Annika Langéen, Allen Reid, Paul Myles, and Sara Lozano were installed during the last board meeting of 2020.
The new North American service center has larger capacity, new equipment, better organization and more staff. It’s key focus is the repair of spindles, multiple spindle heads, slides and live tooling.
Streamlining quality inspections just got easier with Olympus’ Vanta iX in-line XRF analyzer that automates material analysis and alloy ID. Metal fabricators get real-time process monitoring in their 24/7 operations.
And according to January’s PMA report comprising input from of 120 metalforming companies, more than half anticipate no change over the next three months.
For fleets or individual units, ABB’s condition-based service monitors functions like duty, speed, acceleration, and gearbox wear. Real-time data is used to predict potential failure, thereby reducing unplanned downtime.
Doosan Machine Tools’ Lynx 2600SY offers job shops a versatile solution for handling a wide range of projects. Its control is equipped with the Doosan EZ guide conversational programming feature but still retains the traditional G-code programming language.
Bilsing Automation’s PFG Series cups are suited for holding steel, aluminum or plastic parts. Their one-part body design parlay into less damage to metal sheets.
ESPRIT debuts an online, self-paced, learn-anywhere series of e-courses that guide users through numerous machine models and part models to introduce users to different machining processes in ESPRIT.
With 18 years of director and vice president roles invested in the U.S. operations, Kim has served at Dooson for a total of 37 years. He’s known for establishing trust and building authentic relationships.
Athena, launched by iTSpeeX, LLC, interacts with machine tool operators and responds to over 500 human commands to help make them more independent and productive. A driving purpose behind building the technology: To help solve the skilled labor problem.
Zoller’s modular toolBalancer optimizes high-speed cutting (HSC) by enabling individual adjustment of toolholders, grinding wheels, and rotors. Its measuring procedure is automatic.
Omega Tool Measuring Machines adds the Vue with 145x magnification and Vue Lite with 95x magnification to its portfolio of cutting-tool presetting and inspection systems.
Nordmann provides systems for tool monitoring and process control for all types of metal cutting operations. The SEM-Modul-e can be used to monitor tools, processes and machines.
The Artis GEMVM from Marposs is a stand-alone spindle-monitoring module that aids in predictive maintenance. Runs on Windows machine control panels or Siemens Linux systems and integrates with Marposs’ Genior Modular monitoring system.
Capable of measuring 400 millimeters of travel on both axes, Hoffmann Group’s Garant VG Basic features an intuitive program that makes the cutting-tool presetter easy to set up and operate. Use it at the machine or a production island.
In addition to a wider screen that allows for a split view, Gen 3 drives for Heidenhain’s TNC 640 control system allow for jig grinding and trochoidal milling capabilities on smaller machine tools.
Caron Engineering’s browser-based TMAC 3.0 enables real-time monitoring and system control from any network-connected device for any machine tool brand. It’s ideal for unattended CNC machining because no operator intervention is required.
Allora International’s PCS-100 sensor kicks in only when a drill, tap, reamer, or end mill breaks, not when chips are accumulating; and ignores common tool-to-tool diameter differences. Speeds exceed 80 cycles/minute to keep up with the fastest machines.
AMT and the Reshoring Initiative will use the survey results to identify which processes, products and components face the most pressure from imports and which offer the biggest opportunities to reshore. Part of AMT’s “Rebuilding the Supply Chain” initiative, the survey is open to OEMs, job shops, technology suppliers and distributors through the end of February.
The seat, backrest, and arms of the American-made Vyper Chair are adjustable. Additional features such as a footrest increase welder and fabricator comfort and productivity by correcting posture and reducing back strain.
Zoneworks EZ Employee Separation Barriers from Rite-Hite protect employees who can’t work more than 6 feet apart. Lightweight panels made of clear PVC are easily wiped down to further mitigate exposure to airborne viruses.
Palmer Wahl’s portable HSB50 Heat Spy can be used to verify the reading of hand-held infrared thermometers and thermal cameras and/or provide greater-accuracy measurements for thermal imaging temperature scanning systems.
MicroCare’s Stereze products are formulated using a high-purity alcohol-based solution which is focused on high-performance cleaning. They’re safe to use on metal tools and machinery and stand up to rigorous scrubbing on rough surfaces.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, back pain is the top work-related health problem. The Apex from HeroWear minimizes the potential for injury by making loads 50 pounds lighter when an employee lifts and bends.
ANSI- and CSA-rated for high impact, Pyramex Safety’s Carhartt Braswell Readers are available in three magnification levels. Hard-wearing frame and lens are made from virtually shatter-resistant polycarbonate.
The lightweight SmartCut BKCR2403 glove from Brass Knuckle Safety Products provides abrasion- and cut-resistance protection for employees performing metal assembly, fabrication, and manufacturing work requiring fine motor dexterity and tactile sensitivity.
While November’s $330.3 million represent a decrease of 13.3% from October, AMT’s president says it’s clear ‘the sector did not fare as poorly as originally predicted.’
Tests are livestreamed through Zoom, and customers can provide immediate feedback – then their requested alterations are made in real-time.
The RV36 Gripper from Kurt Workholding saves space and money while improving efficiency with quick-change, customizable jaws and custom accessories. Its double-acting piston allows for maximum clamping and un-clamping force.
The partnership has resulted in a validated workflow that provides end users with dedicated additive toolpath planning and programming, as well as robot programming, simulation, verification, collision detection, and code generation. Engineers can also use the technology to achieve the above functions for subtractive finishing.
ESAB’s Savage A40 PAPR has a two-stage replaceable filtration cartridge that meets NIOSH certification and removes 99.9 percent of airborne particles. Providing comfort, performance and value, this helmet will be available at the end of January 2021.
Miller Electric’s Metal Matrix and Gear Box helmets have the graphical identity that resonate with welders while giving them the protection they need. The Digital Elite and Classic Series helmets have built-in technology that automatically activates for optimal optical safety.
Weldcote introduces high-definition technology for passive-style welding helmets designed to reduce eye fatigue. Offering a view area of 5.15 square inches, the filters come in four choices of shade.
The companies invite the industry to visit tregakiss.com to find helpful customer service, technical support and welding distributors for personal assistance, along with answers to frequently asked questions about product manuals, replacement parts and product maintenance.
Mazak Optonics’ Optiplex Nexus 3015 Fiber S7 is a 7kW 2D flying optics fiber laser-cutting system with beam-shaping capability that enables operators to select beam size and shape according to material thickness.
Director of Cloud & Technology George Thuo is best known for finding a way to solve customer challenges. He’s a team leader who oversees all things cloud, including uptime, security, software updates and more.
Shawn Luschei will be responsible for daily operations at the North American headquarters near Chicago. He’s been a sales professional with the company for many years and has deep workholding and tooling product experience.
LVD North America is the new moniker for the company’s sales & service division for this region of the world, replacing the LVD Strippit brand.
Please join Publisher Chad Morrison in welcoming Art Mazzone. Our newest sales representative is new to us, but not to the metal industry.
Weldcote’s A-Prime Plus line of cutting wheels lasts longer because they’re manufactured via a multistep granulation process that evenly distributes each individually coated aluminum oxide grain.
Shur-Brite finishing wheels from Superior Abrasives produce a satin finish without the visible transition lines often caused by traditional flap brushes. Their seamless design ensures conformability by providing superior cushioning at low speeds.
Sugino’s Superoll burnishing tools provide 0.1-to-0.8-micron finishing in one pass. They integrate into machining centers to improve productivity by eliminating secondary processes, such as grinding and honing, without removing additional material.
The entire working section of Rex-Cut Abrasives’ Aluminator grinding wheel can be used without sacrificing productivity or finish. Its cotton fiber breaks down to continually expose new grit, providing consistent metal removal for the wheel’s entire life.
The distinctive pink abrasive grain makes Palmgren’s mounted stones exceptionally durable while providing cooler cutting.
OnRobot’s random orbital sander is an out-of-the-box automated sanding and polishing solution that works with virtually any collaborative robot (cobot) brand. Brushless electric motor costs less than traditional pneumatically powered sanding systems.
The core of Norton Winter Aeon electroplated grinding wheels from Saint-Gobain Abrasives can be re-plated with new diamond or cBN grain in a continuous re-plating cycle for increased efficiency and long life.
Lawson Products’ nonloading Blue-Kote flap disc incorporates aluminum oxide grain for excellent grinding and smooth, scratch-free finishing. The long-lasting disc reduces costs by saving process time and eliminating the need for product changeover.
All an operator needs to change the grinding head on the BG448 from Kalamazoo Industries from vertical to horizontal (or any position between) is an Allen wrench. Insert wrench in holes on the contact wheel, loosen the socket head cap screws slightly, tilt head, and re-secure.
To enable high-volume gear production, Horn USA will develop a carbide milling tool and machining program to produce defined chamfers based on material and gear tooth geometry. The service quickly pays for itself and doesn’t require special workholding.
Dynabrade’s replacement pads fit the company’s Dynorbital Extreme and Dynorbital-Spirit random orbital sanders as well as most competitive brands. Co-branding and private label opportunities are available.
ATI Industrial Automation’s electric RCE-710 has built-in radial compliance with single-axis lockout to facilitate robot programming. Available as a complete end-effector package, the robust tool handles a wide range of material-removal tasks.
Walter expands its line of cutting tools with two product offerings that complement its high-end metalworking products. Both acquired companies will continue to operate under their respective brands.
In addition to Swiss-style speed and accuracy, Tsugami’s SS327-III-5AX cuts contoured shapes using a servo-driven B-axis that turns the CNC lathe into a multitasking turning center that can drill, tap, and end mill any angle.
Tormach’s 8L lathe provides operators with everything they need to face, turn, bore, groove, and thread 1-inch-diameter materials including stainless steel and titanium. They can add a 3- or 4-jaw chuck to cut the stock for workpieces up to 8 inches in diameter.
Designed around the BTA deep-hole drilling process in cylindrical parts, Sunnen’s heavy-duty SHDD Series performs similar processes including counterboring, pull boring, trepanning, bottom forming, and skiving/roller burnishing.
Palmgren offers a deluxe model of its vibration-free vertical-turret mill that provides the same quality and durability but with digital features including a two-axis readout.
Featuring a large machining area envelope and short tool spindle, the highly efficient Nakamura-Tome JX-250 mill/turn machining center from Methods Machine Tools allows maximum part length and performs left and right simultaneous machining.
Mazak’s QT-Ez Series turning centers introduce a new machine with new control technology to the North American market. Four configurations offer a wide range of size, automation, and programming options in an easier-to-operate-and-maintain machine.
Like the company’s other combination mills, Kent Industrial’s KTM-VH500EVS enhances efficiency by enabling operators to perform horizontal and vertical milling with the same machine. Operators can make heavier, deeper cuts without extra setup time.
The geared drive system and electronic variable speed (EVS) motor on JPW Industries’ 20-inch Powermatic PM2820EVS enable the drill press to easily pre-drill and drill for assembly, spindle sanding, fixturing, and countersinking.
The Auto Drill 30 station for ESAB’s Suprarex HDX and Numorex cutting machines increases productivity by combining multiple processes. Operators can produce finished, or nearly finished, parts using one automation system.
Datron Dynamic’s compact MXCube was designed from the ground up as a high-speed milling solution that improves and accelerates workflow through simple and clean operation that virtually eliminates post-processing.
Featuring an all-aluminum power distribution panel, lift eyes, fork pockets, and heavy-duty casters, Trystar’s 9 kVA weld rack provides an integrated and portable solution for welding applications.
Mix and match Flexturs welding tables, Gridlok mount systems, and fixture accessories as needed to increase efficiency by eliminating costly and time-consuming jigs. The wheeled workstations are quickly and easily reconfigured and relocated as needed.
Pemamek’s PEMA Skymaster PRO welding positioner enables the operator to preprogram work cycles and handling positions for workpieces weighing up to 39 tons. The control dashboard is managed via any Wi-Fi device.
Three Tweco-brand welding guns from ESAB offer comfortable high-performance operation when working with large-diameter cored, solid, and aluminum wire and long-reach applications.
CenterLine introduces two SoftMount inverted-nut gun configurations for a high-speed fastener welding system that streamlines the process from operator load to finished part, providing higher throughput than standard welding solutions.
Tormach’s xsTECH is a tabletop CNC ready for students to learn fundamentals. When it’s combined with Tormach’s PathPilot HUB free software tool, teachers and students can do anything they could on an actual machine, but digitally.
ESAB’s Victor brand introduces the Medalist Classic Outfit for oxy-fuel cutting and welding. Its handle is time-tested for safety, and its G350 regulator lets operators use more gas in the cylinder without sacrificing cutting or welding performance.
ESAB Welding & Cutting Products offers maximum safety and high productivity with its AutoRex system – essentially a cutting system inside its own confined cabin. A shuttle table with dual pallets keeps a new plate always ready for exchange and cutting.
The 1300PL has become the most-used machine at Tormach’s facility. The 65-amp plasma cutter cuts 4-foot-by-4-foot sheets of metal up to 1 inch thick and holds up to 750 pounds, and comes with or without a torch.
Soitaab’s two-in-one Dualine performs both low-cost, high-speed plasma cutting and versatile, accurate waterjet cutting. Users can perform both processes on the same workpiece or use the machine solely as a waterjet or solely as a plasma cutter.
With a cutting area of 10 feet by 5 feet, 2 inches and a multiaxis cutting head that automatically removes the taper, Omax’s Maxiem 1530 produces clean, precise cuts in common sheet metal plate sizes with room to spare. The waterjet system includes pump and software.
Fiber lasers provide excellent cutting power and speed, but also produce high volumes of very fine particulate that can quickly overwhelm traditional dust collectors. RoboVent’s plug-and-play Senturion is designed specifically for fiber laser cutting.
Prima Power Laserdyne replaces the Laserdyne 780 with the Laserdyne 811, a high-speed fiber laser for cutting, drilling, DED additive manufacturing, and 2D and 3D welding. Extremely compact rotary and tilt axes laser head comes with two-year, unlimited-hour warranty.
VZ10 and VZ20 laser cutters from MC Machinery feature intuitive CNC control with one-touch teach functions that greatly reduce keystrokes, cutting onboarding time for new operators virtually in half.
The bed on LVD Strippit’s gantry-style Taurus FL can be expanded in 6.5-foot increments from 39 feet to 131 feet for extra-large sheet metal cutting. Large parts can be cut without repositioning and higher volumes of smaller workpieces can be processed without interruption.
The Torchmate 4510 is Lincoln Electric’s third Torchmate 4000 series product. When equipped with optional FlexCut 125 power supply, the plasma cutter accommodates 5×10 sheet metal up to 1 inch thick.
Available in three models featuring 4-by-4, 4-by-8, and 5-by-10-foot cutting areas, Koike Aronson Ransome’s ShopJet can be shipped on a standard 8-foot truck to fit into any size shop. Get 2,200 pounds of free abrasive with every machine order.
The semi-automatic control system on Kaast’s Plasmasonic switches quickly between plasma and oxy-fuel cutting. Add a pipe cutter or bevel cutter for welding preparation to configure an all-in-one machine that cuts metal sheets and pipes, chamfers, marks, and perforates.
Hypertherm’s MAXPRO200 operates with air, oxygen, or nitrogen plasma gas, combining fast cutting speeds and quick process changes to maximize productivity. LongLife technology significantly increases consumable life to lower cost per part.
German Machine Tools of America (GMTA) buttresses its line of machines for U.S. power train manufacturing by representing Stiefelmayer GmbH fiber and diode laser machines for cutting and hardening. The machines are particularly well-suited for the thin components required for electric vehicles.
Seattle-based Fairmont Machinery is importing, distributing, and servicing Power-Tech’s Eagle laser cutting systems. The Polish machine tool builder’s products are available with 6, 12, 15, and 20kW of power.
ESAB’s Hydrocut HDX combines waterjet’s precision with plasma’s speed in a work area that’s 18 feet wide and 56 feet long. Combining technologies cuts per-part cost in half and enhances workplace safety by reducing handling needs.
With 15kW of power, Bystronic’s ByStar Fiber 3015 and ByStar Fiber 4020 cut steel, aluminum, and stainless steel from 20 gauge to 1.5 inch thick as well as brass and copper up to 0.750 inch.
Wrapper Tornado manufacturer TAB Industries saves $250,000 annually after expanding in-house capabilities to include laser cutting as well as CNC and traditional machining, MIG/TIG welding, stamping, deburring, and powder coating.
The company is going to begin directly supporting manufacturers in 12 states that have been previously handled by Ellison Technologies. A phased approach will ensure seamless transition for customers.
Mark your calendar for Oct. 5-7, 2021, for the in-person, go-to show to find problem-solving technologies and to add manufacturing capabilities in a rapidly evolving environment.
PMA’s December manufacturing survey finds the majority of companies expecting stability for the next three months, but over a third anticipate improvement.
The cooperation agreement featuring Sigma Lab’s PrintRite3D will provide DMG MORI customers with a quality assurance solution for LASERTEC SLM Machines. The companies’ first joint customer is IN4.OS.
As the new sales manager, Vortex sales veteran Dan Jones will lead the sales efforts of the newly branded Spectrum Metal Craft, a full production metal fabrication shop in Kansas.
New features enhance visitors’ ability to choose products, find a sales rep, and order parts and service. A new members-only area offers technical support, a parts library, equipment manuals, machine schematics, and more.
Luxembourg company is recognized for the additive manufacturing of carbide parts, providing solution for small volumes and high component complexity.
The new customer service feature connects website visitors with live, instant assistance and answers to myriad questions.
AMT reports $383.8 million in orders for October, an increase of 3.7% from September 2020, but the month’s comparison to 2019 far outshines YOYs from May.
At the new facility, current and prospective customers can schedule in-person visits to see and discuss ACU-RITE products and tap into the company’s expertise through training sessions.
The 30-year manufacturing veteran takes the association’s helm Jan. 1. Willig has held multiple leadership positions for global divisions within major manufacturing companies, most recently at Stoneridge Inc. where he was president of the Control Devices Division.
Meanwhile, Association for Advancing Automation says it will host the ‘Automate Forward’ virtual show in March 2021.
MxD receives funding through the FDA Office of Counterterrorism and Emerging Threats to identify benefits and barriers to adoption of smart manufacturing technology in medical product manufacturing. Participation from medical manufacturing industry is urged by Dec. 18.
MC Machinery’s new 16,000-square-foot facility in North Carolina offers local customers sales, service, training and more. The company plans to host a grand opening celebration in 2021.
The makers of the original Instant Thumb Screw Knob make it easy to get the precise parts, pricing and availability information customers need fast.
When coupled with an MPiec controller, machine tool builders and experienced CNC programmers can use Yaskawa Compass graphical user software to design HMI hybrid machines as well as 3D printing, shape cutting, and robotics.
Unlike electron beam and laser powder bed fusion (PBF), Wayland Additive’s Calibur 3 uses NeuBeam technology, which focuses heat on the part instead of the process bed. As a result, the machine is able to process refractory metals and highly reflective alloys.
Featuring a build volume of 600 mm x 550 mm, VELO3D’s extra-capacity Sapphire XC uses Flow print-preparation software and Assure quality assurance software to manufacture high-quality parts without using support structures.
Featuring two 300-watt lasers, melt pool and process monitoring, and end-to-end documentation that corroborates quality, Trumpf’s TruPrint 2000 requires fewer add-ons, making the entry-level investment lower for companies that want to get into additive manufacturing.
With a build envelope of 11 by 11 by 14 inches, SLM Solutions’ SLM 280 2.0 is ideal for medium-to-high-volume additive manufacturing. With its build envelope of almost 2 square feet, the 12-laser NXG XII is designed for peak production.
Hexagon’s Simufact Additive powerful and scalable process simulation environment for first-time-right optimization of metal binder jetting (MBJ) predicts and automatically corrects for final distortion and residual stresses of 3D-printed parts.
DP Technology’s Esprit Additive for Powder Bed is compatible with any file supported by SolidWorks. The add-on application streamlines production by eliminating the need to repeatedly define manufacturing information.
Live Sinter enables inexperienced 3D-printer operators to consistently produce accurate parts using Desktop Metal’s Shop System and Production System machines. The software automatically overcorrects for the shrinkage and distortion inherent in sintering.
A partnership with Northwestern University expands in-process quality assurance technology across a broad array of 3d printing processes.
Long-range measurement functionality in Carto 4.2 operating software enables Renishaw’s XM-60 multiaxis calibrator to capture and analyze data from a linear axis regardless of how long it is. The program also facilitates Heidenhain linear compensation.
All Mitutoyo America FormTracer Avant models can be retrofitted with detectors that convert a contour measuring unit or surface roughness tester to a high-precision system that measures both attributes without closing down the software or switching off the controller.
Hitachi High-Tech Analytical Science adds SpArcfire operating software to its mobile optical emission spectrometer (OES) analyzer product line. The intuitive interface makes metals analysis easy, eliminating the need for extensive training or highly experienced operators.
In addition to eliminating paperwork, High QA’s Inspection Manager (IM) Version 5.1 further streamlines collaboration and compliance on the shop floor. Upgrades speed the process of collecting and managing data, from planning through reporting, by five to 10 times.
Exact Metrology offers the RS6 laser scanner, which collects data at full speed regardless of part geometry, for use with the Absolute Arm cobot. The scanner is easily removed from the arm while probing and can be remounted in seconds with no time-wasting recalibration.
For shops that use shrink fit holders, duplicate assemblies or multispindle machines, Haimer’s VIO linear toolshrink provides fully automated presetting with incorporated shrink fit technology for precise length adjustment on the μm scale that can reduce setup times up to 70%.
The balanced four-insert design of Walter’s D4120 helps deliver process reliability, enhanced surface finishes, and hole tolerances. Balancing cutting forces between the center and peripheral insert ensures hole-diameter precision.
Unpredictable tool life and slow rough-machining speeds hinder heat-resistant super alloy (HRSA) component productivity. New Secomax CW100 silicon carbide whisker-reinforced ceramic insert formats and geometries successfully tackle materials such as Inconel 718 and Hastelloy.
Sandvik Coromant uses a second-generation chemical vapor deposition (CVD) alumina coating to produce two turning grades – GC4415 and GC4425 – that withstand the extreme temperatures of P25 cutting zones during continuous operations.
CNC Software partners with Kyocera SGS Precision Tools to add 10 tool libraries to Mastercam CAD/CAM software. Products include ferrous and non-ferrous cutting tools ranging from end mills, routers, micro tools, and drills to reamers and countersinks.
Kennametal’s KCFM 45 is a flexible, cost-effective, and user-friendly face mill for gray cast iron, CGI applications, semi-finishing and fine-finishing operations on any type of CNC machining center. Produces surface finishes of 0.8µm Ra (32 µin.) or better, and waviness lower than 10µm Wt (400 µin.).
Hoffmann Group’s Garant Master Steel Deep for deep hole drilling improves process reliability at higher cutting speeds. A design that reduces cutting forces and drill guidance that reduces vibration greatly improves hole quality in various machining applications.
Ceratizit’s FreeTurn tools enhance milling machine productivity by combining multiple-propertied inserts with variable approach angles. The spindle rotates the cutting surface 360 degrees to perform roughing, finishing, contour turning, facing, and longitudinal turning with one tool.
Big Kaiser’s Noventa from Sphinx is ideal for 90-degree front and back chamfering, and deburring holes up to 4xD. The milling cutter’s design also delivers a surface that feels like a finished product that’s safe to handle.
Based in Ohio, JM Performance Products offers a Made-in-the-USA alternative to imported coupling bolts for Mazak lathes using live tooling. The bolts meet all Mazak specifications and are made from 9310H alloy steel.
The latest iteration of Index Corp.’s 6-axis MS32-6 automatic lathe is even more flexible. Twelve tool slides and patented toolholder locating system speed setups for off-center drilling, threading, contouring, hobbing, and polygonal turning as well as grooving and drilling.
Haas Automation’s UMC-1600-H provides the 50-taper cutting, heavy-duty rotary axes, and large work envelope required to machine large parts for customers in the oil-and-gas, alternative energy, and other heavy industries.
Both a grinding and a turning machine, EMAG’s VLC 350 GT speeds transmission component production by enabling multiple machining processes of chucked parts in a single clamping operation. The flexible machine handles diameters up to 14 inches.
Patent-pending artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities enable DP Technology’s Esprit CAM program to create optimized, edit-free G-code for multiple machine types and setups. The result is highly efficient manufacturing that doesn’t sacrifice safety for speed.
Award-winning Combilift and award-winning author, Emer Conlon, have produced a children’s storybook that features forklift heroes and teaches important values. The ‘combi-nation’ has the added benefit of educating young kids and their parents about the company’s equipment and the material handling industry.
A complex, multifunctional tool measuring an inch in diameter with a long functional cutting length, the ARCH tool checked every box to win the prestigious ANCA Tool of the Year 2020.
Yaskawa Motoman’s explosion-proof MHP45L handling robot easily moves 100-pound workpieces without interfering with peripheral equipment in a booth, streamlining automated paint line layouts by eliminating the need for dedicated part transfer.
Igus all-in-one linear actuator adapter kits contain everything necessary to enable a robot to move vertically, horizontally, or overhead. Kits are available for Universal Robots and Robolink robots.
Offering a payload of 26.45 pounds each, Halter CNC Automation’s three Compact robot models save on factory floor space, making it easier for manufacturers to automate part loading and unloading of lathes and mills.
ABB Robotics’ IRB 760PT is the basis of two configurations – the FX and the TRX – that optimize speed and minimize die interference in press-tending applications. The robot provides a flexible automation solution that’s easily repurposed to handle changing requirements.
Reshoring is up in 2020 despite COVID, and reshoring is now outpacing foreign direct investment in job creation, the report finds.
The addition of a CNC electric rolling device on BLM Group’s E-Form machine offers repeatability in part production. With punches reaching up to 10 tons of force, E-FORM molds tubes of various materials up to 30 mm in diameter.
The new Cass Rapid Proto-Machining (C-RPM) is a service aimed at quickly providing customers with all phases of the prototyping process. The wide range of materials handled includes includes alloys, carbon, stainless steel, titanium, aluminum, brass, and bronze.
Universal Robots becomes the first collaborative robot manufacturer accredited to issue Continuing Education Units. The accreditation enables the cobot maker to provide a comprehensive collaborative robot curriculum for students and industry professionals as part of the Universal Robots Education Program package.
Lincoln Electric’s NEXTime preventative maintenance app for Ranger welder/generators monitors critical functions to ensure field workers are working instead of troubleshooting productivity-sapping machine-operation issues.
Huntingdon Fusion Techniques HFT’s HotPurge minimizes the potential for cracking when welding the high-strength steel pipes used in power generation projects. The inflatable purging system is reusable.
Fronius increases seam quality without slowing cycle time with robotic assistance systems by making the wire electrode a sensor as well as filler metal. This eliminates the time and expense of maintaining sensor hardware and doesn’t restrict component accessibility.
Coldwater Machine’s free “Will it Meld” calculator enables manufacturers to easily determine if two dissimilar materials can be joined using the company’s SpinMeld rotary friction welding systems.
“Manufacturing is ramping back up,” according to AMT president, but aerospace and oil & gas will take years to return to pre-COVID levels.
IPG Photonics launches simple, flexible LightWELD, which welding novices can use within a few hours. Experienced MIG and TIG welders benefit from rapid processing capabilities to weld thick, thin and reflective metals with minimal distortion.
CloudNC partners with DMG MORI to develop AI-driven manufacturing technology toward goal of ‘perfect parts delivered in any quantity in a matter of days, on-time and to-spec every time, at half of today’s price.’
Businesses join Battery-owned SigmaTEK under new corporate umbrella called CAMBRIO to be led by SigmaTEK CEO Robbie Payne.
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The new facility will expand the company’s current research and development capabilities to design, test, and manufacture innovative and high-performing cutting tools.
The deal enhances Hexagon’s CAM market position, especially with regards to CNC manufacturing processes.
Campro USA introduces its second-generation 5-axis machining center, the NU550, which delivers big versatility in a small area –– incorporate it in a manufacturing cell with automatic loading, machine transfer robotics or AGV transfers.
Nancy Westcott, president of GoatThroat Pumps, offers advice and observations on how the tide is turning for women in manufacturing.
The acquisition of STF Precision enhances the GWS product portfolio and capabilities in the area of PCD and CBN solutions and further expands the GWS manufacturing presence into the Carolinas.
ACE Ceiling Products in the UK uses Lantek Expert to nest parts and auto-tool punching operations on its Amada punch presses, resulting in 90% less CNC programming.
SMW Autoblok’s versatile four-in-one Centco4 2+2 self-centering and compensating chuck minimizes downtime by reducing changeouts and minimizes waste by reducing part deformation.
The producer of high-precision tooling solutions introduces a drill for low cutting speeds, dual-purpose milling cutter, jet-through hydraulic chuck line for 5-axis machining, and new EWA fine boring heads and EWE digital boring heads.
Sandvik Coromant -RM inserts for CoroCut QD for Y-axis parting enables profiling with long overhangs in narrow grooves, external profiling, the generation of recesses and undercuts, and the potential to use nonlinear turning and grooving with a full radial bottom.
U.S and Canadian incoming orders expected to remain steady, according to the latest barometer reading from the Precision Metalforming Association.
The Institute for Supply Management reports that among the six biggest industries, food, beverage & tobacco remains the best-performing sector, with fabricated metal and chemical products growing strongly.
As of Oct 2., Seaberg Industries, a manufacturer of metal fabricated and precision machined parts, components, and assemblies, will operate as part of Crawford Co.’s fabrication division.
On Oct. 20-23, Mitutoyo America Corp., together with some of its U.S. Solution Centers, will combine live demos, education and interactive tools to engage customers and distributors. Titan Gilroy, CEO of the industrial and corporate education platform, Titans of CNC, kicks off the event.
According to the latest reporting from the Association For Manufacturing Technology, U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $297.8 million in August 2020, a 21.7% decrease year over year. However, between spring and fall 2020, the average value of units increased about $30,000.
Wintriss Controls Group creates a new-product resource to share press automation and controller updates and OEE software demonstrations the company would have featured at this year’s FABTECH trade show.
Transfluid’s K series machines are robust and easier to operate, thanks to control changes that require minimal operator input and different options for sharing bending data. Reliability and durability are the priority.
With ODB++Process, Siemens expands its ODB++ data exchange format to that include process engineering as well as design and manufacturing. The ability to create an end-to-end digital thread produces a comprehensive digital twin that accelerates new product introductions and first-time-right manufacturing.
Available in two compact models, Yaskawa Motoman’s horizontally articulated SG-Series SCARA robots are highly repeatable and offer a wide variety of fieldbus connectivity options. They easily integrate with existing robotic automation and are easily redeployed.
Sciaky’s wire-based electron beam additive manufacturing (EBAM) 3D printing technology is faster, less expensive, and safer than other direct energy deposition (DED) options. Closed-loop adaptive control system ensures precision and repeatability.
NUM’s NUMcut for CNC water jet, laser, and plasma beam cutting machines increases efficiency by incorporating CAD/CAM postprocessor computing resources. Real-time analytical functions for water jets improve quality by automating cutting speed and path.
ModuleWorks’ 2020.08 CAD/CAM software includes performance- and quality- enhancing features for rotary machining, additive manufacturing, 3-axis machining, simulation, and the ModuleWorks multiaxis post processor (MultiXPost).
Jetcam’s Jetcam Orders Controller (JOC) PA simplifies order creation for single components or component assemblies stored in the company’s Expert CADCAM system. Version 3.57 brings further automation to nesting and NC code generation.
Hypertherm’s Robotmaster Version 7.3 software further streamlines offline programming by adding support for more CAD file types, additive manufacturing simulation, and post-processor enhancements for robot brands including ABB, Fanuc, and Kuka.
HGG Profiling Equipment’s UPC 450 increases prefabrication productivity by eliminating the need to cut profiles and spools by hand. The universal profiler combines stiffener cutting and 3D profile cutting with optional tube cutting in the first affordably priced machine of its kind.
Designed for drying, preheating, or any other application where a dependable source of heated air is required, Grieve’s 550-degree truck loading oven features temperature controllers with heat-sensing technology and built-in floor-level guide tracks that make truck loading easy.
Greenerd Press & Machine provides customized hydraulic presses that are flexible, productive, and reliable. As a Fanuc America system integrator, the company also configures turnkey robotic product-handling solutions.
Fictiv features enable designers and supply chain managers to see, communicate, and track progress of work by their manufacturing partners. This gives them complete confidence in quality outcomes, delivery times, and costs.
DP Technology’s Esprit CAM software program supports 3-, 4-, and 5-axis directed energy deposition (DED), a form of 3D printing that uses a focused energy source such as a laser or electron beam to melt material.
Its rack-and-pinion design gives Kalamazoo Machine Tool’s C370 cold saw the ability to effortlessly saw through heavy pieces without vibration. Ideal for applications that don’t require semiautomatic or automatic operation.
Compatible with all press brake makes and models, Cincinnati Inc.’s CI Load Calc enables operators to figure out the tonnage required to air-bend a piece of metal. The easy-to-use app provides results in both imperial or metric measurement units.
Automatic Feed’s heavy-gauge straightener processes coiled steel up to 78 inches wide and a half-inch thick at speeds of up to 150 feet per minute. The machine’s performance results in consistent quality, reliability, and accuracy.
Amada Miyachi America’s WL-300A laser workstation is a larger version of the company’s LMWS laser marker workstation. Add an optional motorized rotary axis to configure a hybrid machine that marks and welds cylindrical parts.
ABB offers the IRB 1100 robot and OmniCore controller in IP67- and IP54-rated versions featuring extra protection against water and dust. Applications include 3C polishing, wet grinding, buffing, and deburring.
Undaunted by Covid, manufacturer of profile cutting machines adds a new Houston facility plus several new hires.
By next spring, the company will have more than 20,000 additional square feet from which to serve customers and further its research and development in advanced laser-cutting and automation system solutions.
Sintavia will provide Siemens with software testing and technical feedback in exchange for access to pre-released additive manufacturing software.
Kays Engineering Inc., which makes the DeHoff, Eldorado, and TechniDrill brands of gundrilling machines, has grown from small welding and repair shop to a 60-employee leader serving customers in 30 countries across five continents.
After serving at an East Coast GE plant since 1928 plus another decade on the West Coast, an SIP high precision machine has retired with honors and is on display at Starrag’s North American headquarters in Kentucky.
Sandvik Coromant’s CoroDrill 860 – with GM geometry – drills a greater range of materials and applications and lasts much longer than its predecessor, the R840. Suitable for the automotive, general machinery, and oil-and-gas industries, where hole quality is critical.
The Seco Assistant app by Seco Tools features a machining calculator that provides turning, milling, and hole making data, including feeds, speeds, and material-removal rates, for any brand to help you identify the appropriate tooling option and cutting strategy for a job.
Equipped with a sensor, battery, and transmitting unit, Schunk’s iTENDO toolholder is a closed-loop data acquisition tool that securely gathers and shares process data that operators can immediately react to.
Andreas Maier AMF marking and cleaning tools are available from Platinum Tooling Technologies. Both are mounted directly onto the machine’s spindle and can function with or without rotation.
NUM launches form compensation option for Numroto tool grinding software. Compared to most competitive products on the market, the software provides a much more direct and efficient path between tool design, manufacture, and verification. NUM’s new form compensation option is compatible with Numroto version 4.1.2 or later.
Kennametal’s flat-bottom FEG insert for the KenTIP FS modular drill series eliminates end milling operations and completes a task in a single operation, saving time and tooling costs. Applicable in steel, cast iron, and stainless steels.
Use Dynabrade’s Dynastraight hand-held abrasive tools for removal and finishing tasks on a wide variety of materials. A muffler reduces noise levels in the workplace.
Reaching tough weldments on a homemade fixture can force welders to climb ladders, crawl around on the floor, manually move heavy parts, or engineer other risky access solutions. Bluco’s modular fixturing provides the flexibility they need to safely solve difficult welding challenges.
Bilsing Automation’s lightweight but extremely strong carbon fiber (CF) T-beams for high-speed tandem presses increase productivity by enabling automotive manufacturers to handle multiple parts from a single stamping die. They adapt to any robotic application.
The only end-to-end inspection software dedicated to model-based definition (MBD) and built on a CAD/CAM platform, Verisurf 2020 enhances reverse engineering with a surface modeling option and other practical features.
The 733.1 outside micrometer is one of more than 100 new hand-held measuring tools from L.S. Starrett. The products feature enhanced electronics, ergonomic design, larger readout display, and longer battery life thanks to auto-shutoff.
The latest version of Renishaw’s 3D fixture-modelling software creates a metrology setup around a CAD model of an inspected part. With FixtureBuilder 8.0, users don’t need a coordinate measuring machine or other inspection device to confirm accuracy.
OnRobot’s updated Eyes robot vision system sorts, inspects, and picks-and-places parts using color and contour – what the company calls one-shot detection – instead of workpiece teaching, greatly reducing cycle times and easing the programming process.
Mitutoyo America’s HR-600 does both Rockwell hardness testing and Light Force Brinell testing, expanding the range of available measurements. It’s the company’s first hardness tester with a moving head.
The 4.3-inch IPC4 operator panel for Marposs’ Artis Genior monitoring systems is preconfigured with visualization software to serve as a user interface for the Artis GEMCMS02 for collision detection or the Gemtmuro for monitoring toolholder runout.
Mahr’s portable MarSurf M 310 offers features that were previously available only in PC-based systems. Features including automatic creation of measuring reports in PDF format, integration of a barcode or data matrix scanner, and printing reports to letter size paper are all standard.
Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence’s TubeShaper v2 software is available via an offline license that enables engineers and designers to work on projects separately from operators measuring tubes on the shop floor. More tasks can run concurrently, saving time and averting bottlenecks.
Two Open Mind Technologies software products have been integrated into Tech Soft 3D’s Hoops Exchange. As a result, users can share any CAD file type without compromising product and manufacturing information (PMI) data.
NUM enhances its Flexium+ CNC software by adding noncircular grinding functionality to NUMgrind. A graphical interface backed by a comprehensive library of predefined shapes simplifies production of camshafts, punches, cams, eccentric shafts, etc.
MachineMetrics HF collects data at 1 kHz directly from a CNC machine’s controls without using sensors. The data can immediately be used as inputs to time-series or machine learning models to predict machine and tooling failures.
Heidenhain’s StateMonitor 1.3.0 software connects CNC control and PC systems, enabling manufacturers to remotely monitor equipment performance in real-time regardless of brand without having to access the cloud.
CGTech incorporated hundreds of customer-requested improvements into Version 9.1 of its Vericut CNC software. Enhancements include advancements in graphics and display controls, streamlined controls, and new visibility options.
Bourn & Koch’s MT3 increases productivity and quality. The one-and-done machine can perform grinding, milling, turning, and drilling/tapping machining operations on a workpiece in one setup.
BobCAD-CAM V33 offers more functionality than ever before. This version has 36 upgrades and enhancements affecting general CAD; BobART; general, mill, and lathe CAM; and simulation.
Although a wide variety of sectors were positive in July –– including automotive and medical equipment –– AMT reports the 2020 orders to date of $2 billion is about a quarter down year over year.
FMA has released a report that details salaries and benefits for practically every position in a fabricating or manufacturing company, from CEO to janitor and everything in between. The survey results also provide insight into several HR policies and procedures.
Designed for MIG, TIG and stick welding, Weldcote’s MIG 200 Striker multipurpose unit increases efficiency via a power factor corrector and digital readouts that automatically adjust operation to the power grid’s voltage.
The 28-mm PRO28 modular fixturing system from Strong Hand Tools is the only heavy-duty metric table with individual, positionable plates for unlimited vertical and horizontal welding possibilities.
Simple and efficient enough to be used by one operator, the AxSEAM semiautomated scanner for longitudinal seam weld inspection minimizes the number of adjustments required to change pipe diameters, probe separation, or scan orientation.
Miller Electric’s Trailblazer and Big Blue welder/generators are available with Wireless Interface Control. The option gives operators the power to control the units remotely from the palm of their hands.
Delivering 9.5 kW of consistent current via its AC generator, Lincoln Electric’s Ranger 260MPX welder/generator reliably powers auxiliary tools and equipment including sensitive electronics like laptops.
Koike Aronson’s multifunctional IK-12 NEXT is capable of plasma and oxy-fuel cutting as well as general welding and pendulum weave welding. Even inexperienced operators can achieve consistent high-quality results.
Multiple workers and Fronius equipment can be monitored singly and in the aggregate when networked with the company’s WeldCube Premium software. The program provides easily accessible data documentation and analysis via a central database.
As ESAB consolidates products into four major categories, the company opens a Configuration Center to provide build-to-order services for its line of Gas Control Equipment (GCE) products.
According to testing by a heavy equipment manufacturer, Daubert Cromwell’s ready-to-use Nox-Rust 5400 rust-prevention coating doesn’t compromise weld quality or contribute to hydrogen-induced cracking.
Inverter technology with pulse-width modulation (PWM) enables Amada Weld Tech’s MIB-300A and MIB-600A power sources to provide better control than standard AC welders.
Conventional handling systems often cause contamination or surface damage. ZS-Handling’s system featuring the MicroLevi gripper avoids both problems by using negative pressure and a patented ultrasound bearing.
Gotta move heavy stuff fast? Yaskawa Motoman’s powerful PL500 robot efficiently enables a variety of palletizing applications, order picking and other logistical tasks for end-of-line or distribution automation. Payload: 1,102 pounds (500 kg).
Save time and simplify scrap separation with Wisconsin Metal Parts’ customizable Mini-Hopper. Developed in-house for its own use, the company’s product is safer and more convenient than using the industry-standard garbage can.
KASTO’s plate handler significantly reduces the amount of manual labor involved in unpacking and storing heavy plates. The machine also provides processors of sheet metal an attractive way to automate storage of heavy sheet metal stacks.
Now is a challenging time for companies to recover fast and get production back up to speed to stay competitive. Pre-engineered for delivery in just eight weeks, Acieta’s FastLOAD DR2000 pays for itself in 24 or fewer months.
New installations have been down in the U.S., Europe, and China, due to slowdowns in automotive and electrical/electronic sectors, and Covid isn’t helping –– nevertheless, the number of industrial robots operating today has never been higher.
Zeller + Gmelin’s Zubora 30 FD provides excellent drainage with minimal copper release, making the cooling lubricant ideal for machining sensitive copper and aluminum alloys.
Water-, solvent-, and chemical-resistant Walk-A-Sured Water Clear Heavyduty 20 from Wooster Products contains polymer grit that adds long-lasting traction to concrete and other floor surfaces in machining and other liquid-prone areas.
WD-40’s Specialist line of more than 20 rust-management solutions includes Gel Lube. The no-drip formula is designed to stick to moving metal surfaces such as gears, bearings, cables, chains, and rollers.
Transor Filter USA shipped a specially designed V-18 Series modular filter to a prominent aerospace contractor. The V-18 unit will furnish multiple EDMs with a continuous supply of chilled, temperature-controlled oil required for intricate and precision applications.
Cortec’s EcoShield VpCI-226 film and bags replace conventional rust preventatives such as oil and desiccants. The vapor phase corrosion inhibitor (VpCI) saves time and hassle by eliminating degreasing and/or coating removal.
Siemens’ Simatic real-time locating systems (RTLS) combine wireless communications with digital twinning software to simulate and manage employee exposure risks while promoting productivity. Most manufacturers see results in one to two weeks.
Rite-Hite’s global wheel chock (GWC) combines ultrasonic sensors with a safe and dependable communication system to keep employees safe. Manually positioned extra-long footbed maintains continuous downward force on tires to reduce the potential for movement during loading and unloading.
At 452 square feet, Kemper’s WallMaster offers the largest filter surface in entry-level wall-mounted units. The fume extraction unit is easy to combine with collection devices from various manufacturers, and can be retrofit in existing extraction technology.
More than 1.7 billion people – 80% of the world’s workforce – have jobs that don’t involve sitting at a desk. The Beekeeper platform ensures companies effectively communicate with employees who aren’t otherwise connected on email or company devices.
The company’s robotics simulations draw winning accolades in NAM’s Engineering and Production Technology category.
Now available from IMI, the FXE uses almost no energy and performs in rapid cycles with the push of a button. Operators have clear visibility and need never touch the load.
The National Metalworking Reshoring Award is given to two outstanding U.S. companies that brought manufacturing back to America, overcoming obstacles of high wages and complex processes to effectively compete in the global contest for business.
A September Business Conditions Report from the Precision Metalforming Association shows 40% of manufacturers surveyed anticipate an improved economy in the final quarter of 2020.
ASM International’s new reference, in print and at the ASM Digital Library, covers all the current knowledge in AM materials, processes, and applications.
On Oct. 8, a virtual tour at Machine Repair & Design, plus presentations from OMAX management will underscore the versatility of abrasive waterjet technology.
SME and Plataine industrial IoT study reveals a 3x increase in Industry 4.0 adoption.
Company expands value proposition by offering equipment financing solutions for its customers.
A ‘Chief Executive’ magazine survey of more than 600 CEOs from diverse industries showed four out of five are forecasting a positive business environment by this time next year — if a vaccine is found and the presidential election goes off smoothly.
Certification at Sandvik’s new powder plant in Sweden will enable medical manufacturers to 3D print implants.
With life online during the global pandemic, this year there is a second competition category for virtual tools – valuing inventive ideas that push the limits of imagination and technology.
Improvements include an updated interface and new software features that offer a more robust experience for welding instructors and students.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) maintains a list of disinfectants that kill SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Madison Chemical’s Madisan 75 kills a wide range of pathogens in addition to SARS-CoV-2.
Graphic Products’ PathFinder floor-marking tape is an easy and inexpensive way to reinforce best practices for minimizing the spread of infection on the shop floor and common areas. Unlike paint or permanent barriers, tape is applied within minutes and removed when needed.
The ANT-FR-Q9 from Antlia Systems combines facial recognition technology with no-contact temperature detection to provide a complete access-control health security system. It’s just one in the company’s suite of out-of-the-box screening systems.
LENS technology using DED process will enable production repair of titanium turbine blades at cost savings up to 70%.
Dynabrade’s line of random orbital sanding pads are designed as a single piece, which creates a smooth, efficient sanding experience. They also fit most competitors’ sanders.
Responding to customer demand, the full-service steel components and assemblies manufacturer has invested in grid-welding equipment to serve material handling, security screen and equipment safety barrier industries.
Under its new corporate name, Mate Precision Technologies looks toward expansion into precision machining. Watch for a major new product release arriving in 2021.
A ground-breaking report focuses on training tomorrow’s workforce today, specifically highlighting three job positions in cybersecurity.
NADCA’s event takes place Oct. 20-22, with options to virtually attend more than 25 sessions and 50+ exhibits or exhibits only.
Burr King’s VibraKing 200c 20-quart bowl includes a patent-pending chute plug with double seals that guard against leaks during operation. Use for deburring and more in both wet and dry processing.
TC/American Crane’s enclosed-track Spanmaster has articulating and pivoting end trucks that provide a range of motion not possible with the rigid end trucks found on many workstation cranes.
RUD’s Tool Mover safely turns over tools and machine components weighing up to 64 tons in less than a minute. The most recent version provides a much larger working surface at the lowest possible working height for maximum technician comfort.
Syclone ATTCO Service’s lightweight, infinitely configurable Sky Hook fills the gap between a chain hoist and an overhead or portable gantry crane. The company has waived expedite charges; cleanroom modifications meet wide variety of work environment needs.
Why buy a new machine when you can convert an existing piece of equipment for much less money? Somex MAX spindles and accessories can be added to transfer machines, special-purpose machines, and turning machines to perform deep hole drilling.
VFD and VFD Plus kits from Servo Products convert older step pulley mills and worn-out variable-speed mills to smooth, electronic speed control. Unlike early VFD kits, these provide full torque at the lowest RPM.
A line of machines from 101-year-old tool builder and workholding manufacturer Palmgren features Fagor Automation controls that make programming easy for any level of operator producing any size batch.
With its powerful performance, lightweight size, small footprint, and hole capacity, the HMD904 is the most popular model in Hougen Manufacturing’s line of magnetic drills. Upgrade improve safety and lower maintenance requirements.
Designed for turning machine tools with up to two axes, TURNPWR control by Heidenhain’s Acu-Rite brand of digital readouts, linear scales, and controls gives machinists the option to program via a conversational format or use G-code.
The MC025 Advance and MD025 Supreme cutters from Walter feature high cutting speeds, exceptional reliability, and universal applicability.
With Solid Edge 2021, Siemens furthers expands the functionality of its product development software suite. Enhancements include new tools for cloud-based collaboration.
Improve roughing operations and achieve superior surface finishes without high machine power consumption with Seco Tools’ Double Turbo line of cutters. Double-sided inserts and superior milling grades significantly lower finishing cycle times.
Sandvik Coromant’s M5C90 milling cutter resolves the challenges of machining lightweight aluminium by roughing and finishing in one pass cylinder heads, cylinder blocks, and other automotive components formerly made from heavier cast iron alloys.
Armed with a special coating and proprietary sputtering technology, Kennametal’s KCS10B overcomes the most common challenges of machining superalloys — cratering and depth-of-cut notching — that often cause unexpected and even catastrophic tool failure.
Hoffmann Group expands its family of high-feed-rate milling tools with the Garant Power Q Double all-round system. Three-part cutting edge increases reliability and productivity by reducing cutting forces and optimizing chip evacuation.
The dual-contact grip of Big Kaiser’s fullcut mill contact grip is a threaded coupling system that achieves machining capacity close to that of integrated types. The taper and flange face make close contact for solid connection, and one holder allows selection from multiple heads.
OmniScan phased array ultrasonic testing (PAUT) instruments are known for power, reliability, and ease of use. Whether inspecting pipes, welds, pressure vessels, or composites, the OmniScan X3 flaw detector from Olympus enables users to complete their work efficiently and interpret flaws with confidence.
Two NVision Inc. projects demonstrate the growing role of noncontact scanning/measurement technologies in the race to create new products that minimize exposure to the novel coronavirus.
Confirm tolerances without gauge remastering with the Aeroel MECLAB.T40 from Marposs. The benchtop laser measurement system doesn’t require a PC, so it’s ideal for use on the shop floor.
Equipped with a 16-bit high-dynamic-range (HDR) camera, Mahr’s updated MarSurf CM mobile optical surface metrology tool offers the highest-speed, highest-resolution confocal measurements on the shop floor and in the field.
The developer claims its Inspekto S70 is the first truly autonomous inspection system. Driven by artificial intelligence engines that use good samples to identify noncompliant parts, the Inspekto S70 installs in minutes and is about one-tenth the cost of traditional machine vision solutions.
As micro-processing quality requirements become more demanding, legacy systems don’t always meet accuracy and repeatability specifications. Built around ALIO’s 5-axis laser gimbal, 6D Laser’s integrated infinite field of view (IFOV) system increases processing speed while eliminating errors from field stitching.
The scalable 3D quality inspection (3DQI) joins the FlexArc and FlexLoader in ABB’s growing portfolio of smart and flexible solutions. Designed to accelerate testing of automotive, aerospace, heavy machinery, and construction workpieces, the hardware/software solution also enhances quality and reduces waste.
Unlike conventional grinding, wire EDM, and lasers, Tridex Technology’s SG-1645 and SG-2060 electrochemical grinders quickly provide a burr-free cut in one pass with no heat-affected zone, recast layer, or work hardening of the material. Arthroscopic shaver teeth are commonly produced by conventional abrasive grinding, wire EDM, or laser cutting, but each method has disadvantages.
With its 9-inch-wide footprint, Midwest Automation’s Mighty 9 finishing machine fits virtually anywhere on a shop floor. Fixed belt (FB), adjustable belt (AB), and top brush (TB) abrasive head assemblies provide flexibility by allowing multiple combinations.
Helios Gear Products adds CNC capability to Tecnomacchine (TM) deburring and chamfering machines to improve repeatability, programmability, and ease of use. The TM 1000-CNC’s 8 axes and two spindles handle parts up to 40 inches (1 meter) in diameter.
Combining high-pressure water jet deburring with low-pressure part cleaning and drying processes, the EcoCvelox from Ecoclean Inc. is a one-stop finishing solution. Highly configurable equipment enables highly flexible process design.
By rotating media instead of parts, Bel Air Finishing’s AutoHone robotic deburring machine eliminates scrapes and chips that occur when parts collide with each other in tumblers and centrifugal disk finishers. Parts are secured for deburring and polishing in an automated process.
Compatible with numerous power sources, Yaskawa-Motoman’s HC10XP shifts between collaborative speed in power and force limiting (PFL) mode or full speed in industrial mode so you can optimize cycle times based on risk assessment and process requirements.
Designed for use with submerged arc, TIG and MIG welding applications, Koike Aronson’s Cricket-II manipulator features a load capacity of 500 pounds, CAM roller guidance, and through-the-boom cable management.
The latest Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Business Conditions Report sees 38% of member companies predicting improved economic activity over the next three months.
Consortium’s metrology standards are aimed at reducing costs for advanced manufacturers and providing a common format for product measurement results.
Sena’s product line offers custom solutions for safe and distanced worksite communication.
A wide range of tailored services for measurement and inspection technologies are available through nine U.S. centers. A five-step process keeps the manufacturer and the Custom Solutions engineer on target to achieve the customer’s objectives.
Family-owned, Wisconsin-based manufacturer has installed an automated conventional coil feed line that’s rated for materials up to 20,000 lb.
With a CE model and 20 additional languages, Lincoln Electric’s PIPEFAB welding system can be used anywhere in the world. Software enhancements including HyperFill mode expand utility and usability for operators and shop managers tracking overall performance.
Huntingdon Fusion Techniques HFT’s blue-tipped MultiStrike tungsten electrodes eliminate the health risk related to radiotoxic thoriated tungsten electrodes without compromising welding performance. They also last longer and offer better arc-striking characteristics.
Amada Weld Tech’s MM-L300A laser weld monitor improves weld performance by giving operators real-time feedback on production errors such as gaps between parts, missing parts, over-penetration, incorrect focus, and cover gas absence. The unit’s software simplifies setup and analysis.
Nine C Series flatbed CNC lathes from Romi Machine Tools are designed for heavy applications in the mining, aerospace, steel mill, and oil-and-gas industries. All key components are manufactured in-house to ensure quality.
Platinum Tooling Technologies expands its product line with Heimatec live and static tools for most Citizen lathes. Designed to optimize the machine’s parameters, the precision tools are efficient and cost-effective.
Available in 5- and 8-inch models, Palmgren’s CNC slant bed lathe offers helpful features and top performance at an attractive price. The turning center’s small footprint makes it an excellent option for shops that need a second-operation machine or additional chuck.
Methods Machine Tools, the exclusive U.S. importer of Nakamura-Tome multitasking turning centers, introduces the Nakamura-Tome MX-100 with multiple ‘smart’ functions that ease programming and operation. Design eliminates need for positioning fixtures and clamping devices.
The Quick Turn 250SMY with GR100 gantry robot is one example of how Mazak’s flexible Quick Turn 200/250 Series of CNC turning centers can be configured to achieve high throughput. Main turning spindle serves as a full-functioning C-axis.
Polycrystalline cubic boron nitride (PcBN) mini-tipped inserts are a great way to lower per-part cost when turning hardened steel components. Kennametal´s two grades of double-sided PcBN inserts increase productivity and extend tool life when machining materials up to 65 HRC.
With its precision interface for fast tool changeover and direct drive for high-power milling of complex workpieces, Emco’s Hyperturn 45 G3 with two Turn/Mill-Assist automation options provides a flexible drilling and milling solution for a wide range of workpiece geometries and weights.
Soft- or hard-machine a bevel gear in 25 to 40 seconds with EMAG’s VL 1 Twin, a pick-up turning machine that simultaneously machines two identical bevel gears at high speed within the same machining area. Automating the loading process lowers cycle time to 4.5 seconds.
Dormer Pramet targets turning center and lathe applications with an insert, two geometries, a grade, blades, and tooling that support parting-off and grooving. Double-edged insert supports 60% capacity over the LCMF16 insert.
DMG MORI and igus spent two years developing the Multisprint, the first machine to combine the efficiency and precision of a turning machine with the complexity of a universal turning machine.
Dapra Marking Systems introduces the part-marking technology of Spanish manufacturer Datamark Systems to North America. Headlining the new offerings is a series of truly portable dot peen markers.
Schunk’s extremely small, extremely lightweight Vero-S NSR coupling enables automated machine loading via extremely small robots. Integrated cleaning function ensures a chip-free flat work surface between pallet and robot coupling.
This remote-controlled omnidirectional material handler developed by Conceptual Innovations moves and precisely positions large but delicate workpieces. Fits on a flatbed truck for convenient cross-country shipment and delivery.
Designed to overcome challenges related to production fastener welding, the latest addition to CenterLine’s configured-product family feeds parts into robotic lines and cells.
Anver Corp. configures large-capacity vacuum lifters for customers in a wide range of industries. This mill-duty model uses 12 suction pads to move 15 tons without damaging the material’s surface.
A legacy continue: Thirty-six-year-old Technidrill is a gundrilling machine manufacturer whose products complement Kays’ DeHoff and Eldorado product lines and will now be made at its Missouri plant.
Reaching the highest monthly total of 2020 at $346.7 million, new tech machine orders are only 6% behind those of June 2019.
SigmaNEST Version 20 Service Pack 2 from SigmaTek Systems brings you ergonomic and efficiency benefits by integrating Business Systems into the latest release, alongside CAD/CAM and Shop Floor Control. Resulting user experience is actually enjoyable.
Navy veteran Aaron Evans is IMI’s new Western U.S regional manager.
Walter Helicheck Plus and Helicheck Pro machines from United Grinding North America use robotics to increase the speed and efficiency of cutting tool production and inspection.
SIC Marking’s extremely compact i-speed with pneumatically integrable system uses continuous vibrating dot peen technology to mark up to 10 characters per second in extremely high-speed production environments.
The control unit for the all-in-one Markator FlyMarker mini-Station dot peen marking system from Rocklin Manufacturing is integrated in the housing. Electromagnetic-driven marking pin eliminates need for compressed air supply.
In addition to greater data-processing capability, Pryor Technology’s updated 4000 series embedded controller integrates security features that allow different levels of access and use.
Kwik Mark’s X Series markers improve overall operation and streamline every aspect of product marking. Smarter design boasts high performance for the most demanding applications.
The low-volume Handy Andy X part-marking machine from Columbia Marking Tools (CMT) features wide-ranging advances. Just hook the system up to a PC, load the software, connect an air line, and you’re ready to go.
In addition to faster cycle times and easier setup, Columbia Marking Tools (CMT) bottle- and cylinder-marking machines reduce the need for secondary marking of serial numbers or tare weights. New design also allows more complex operations.
Less expensive than dot peen and laser marking systems, Columbia Marking Tools’ Mite-E-Mark plug-and-play air impact stations come with all required valves, marker mounts, and a part rest to facilitate automated production.
Coherent’s EasyMark XL has a small footprint (770 mm by 540 mm by 750 mm), but a large marking field (240 mm by 240 mm). Beam-delivery optics with 120-mm range of motion on a precision rail for focus adjustment.
A report from Fictiv shows a nearly universal trend among senior decision makers in healthcare, robotics and other industries prioritizing digital transformation and emphasizing supply chain stability.
MHI’s latest publication in a series about U.S. material handling and logistics trends, suggests COVID-19 will accelerate adoption of digital and automated solutions.
Respondents from the National Tooling & Machining Association and Precision Metalforming Association indicate more federal loan programs are needed.
Developed to support both Fanuc and Siemens CNC systems, Marposs Corp.’s software package improves machining operations by automating measurement processes and reporting for the company’s optical and radio touch probes.
Marposs Corp.’s C-THRU4.0 software collects, processes, and integrates data from a fleet of machine tools via a single hub that integrates with manufacturing execution system (MES) and enterprise resource planning (ERP) software.
Install Marposs Corp.’s Artis GEMGP in electrical cabinets, robots, and handling systems to prevent damage to machines, reduce scrap, and improve productivity by detecting process anomalies during metal cutting.
Hexagon’s cloud-ready HxGN SFx | Asset Management software provides easy-to-understand views of real-time data from coordinate measuring machines (CMMs) with intuitive navigation and a customizable alert system.
The latest version of Faro’s flagship software, BuildIT Metrology, is brand-agnostic to streamline manual and automated workflows regardless of what arms, trackers, scanners, imagers, and/or projectors your shop uses.
First welding program addresses details of aluminum welding.
Featuring a compact outer diameter and shorter than conventional compensating chucks, MicroCentric’s chuck has a collet with a floating seat that enables the holder to compensate up to 0.060-inch (1.5 mm).
Available in sizes ER25 through ER40 with thread sizes ranging from M08 through M16, new turret-adapted clamping units (TACU) and solid ER collets give live tool lathes machining center-like capabilities.
EXSYS expands the Eppinger Preci-Flex modular tooling system with a chuck that doubles the machining capability of Mazak’s Quick Turn turning centers. For instance, a tap-and-drill or spot-and-drill combination is easy to set up.
Emuge addresses the increasing complexity of workpieces with a line of FPC Slim Line mill/drill chucks that provide easier access, especially in confined areas and for challenging angles, to maximize machining productivity.
Dillon Manufacturing’s chuck jaws provide multiple radiuses for both inside and outside clamping, making them ideal for any size run. Four jaw and/or accessory options lower tooling costs by increasing productivity and extending service life.
Participants in the free Universal Robots expo can gain everything they need to problem-solve and advance robotics within their operations, including product news and demonstrations, 30 different booths, insightful keynotes, interactive QAs, and live chats with automation experts.
The work between Honeywell and SLM Solutions, announced in 2019, aims to reduce manufacturing times and costs to produce 3D printed aircraft components that meet the high requirements of the aerospace industry.
The maker of factory automation, robots and ROBOMACHINES has now been a GM Supplier of the Year 16 times.
Siemens will offer SAP Intelligent Asset Management solutions and SAP Project and Portfolio Management applications to maximize business value for customers over the entire product and service lifecycle and enable new collaborative processes between manufacturers and operators.
Industry economic forecasters look to fourth quarter for soonest rebound – but employment data is a bright spot to celebrate for the present, signals AMT President Douglas Woods.
Along with new Smart Standards, Smart Training Principles, and Smart Performance Measures –– the three main pillars of its framework –– NIMS has a free evaluation survey on its website to help employers assess their own on the job training programs.
Commended by judges for its compact design and safety features, the Combi-CS Pedestrian Stacker was recognized in the Warehouse Truck Lowlifter category.
With continual investments in its facilities, Mazak is targeting faster, more effective turnarounds for its U.S. manufacturing customers in medical, aerospace, automotive, construction and agriculture industries. Its latest expansion resets the bar for efficiency and quality in OEM-factory-certified machine tool spindle rebuild services.
A new process enables the industrial gas turbines market to print components it couldn’t before, including those that must withstand extreme high temperatures.
A milestone in safety, SHUNCK’s EGL-C long-stroke grippers feature an algorithm that protects employees as they work beside the robots–robots that happen to have 300% more gripping force than most of their peers.
HAIMER brings its German ingenuity and quality to the business of getting back to business. Its new Face Shield protects people from infection while protecting the environment, too.
Armed with application-specific software and a controller that coordinates operation of the robot and painting devices, the three machines that comprise Yaskawa Motoman’s MPX Series precisely dispense paint on components of virtually any size.
The latest version of ShopFloorConnect OEE and Shop Floor Data Collection Software from Wintriss Controls Group makes customization easier and offers flexible scheduling capabilities as well as machine interface enhancements.
Tridex Technology’s CS1-E electrochemical machine cuts multiple tubes simultaneously. Long wheel life and fast, precise cuts make it essential for manufacturing products for the aerospace, automotive, energy, and medical markets.
Weighing in at just under a pound and less than 5 inches long, SP Air’s SP-7252F mini-beveler cleans up welds and steel and aluminum edges in hard-to-reach automotive, motorcycle, marine, and aircraft applications.
Like Renishaw’s other additive manufacturing (AM) systems, the laser-based AM 400 powder bed fusion printer builds complex components directly from digital CAD files. This came in handy for a Michigan engine developer trying to optimize drone performance.
Featuring application-specific control software that comes preinstalled on a laptop and a small footprint that fits through most standard doorways, the ProtoMAX from OMAX is easy to set up and start using.
MB Metal Technologies’ quick-change base plate for two models of dot peen marking machines comes with round and square jaws to quickly and easily register parts so customers achieve a clean and clear mark.
In addition to providing the longest reach in the high-payload category and featuring a slimmer profile, KUKA’s updated KR Quantec robot offers three software plug-ins to maximize performance, path, and cycle times.
Developed so design and manufacturing teams can quickly and easily import and analyze all file types, Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence’s updated Workxplore software enhances assembly-related capabilities.
By enabling its Radan CAD/CAM design software to connect seamlessly with the 2021 release of Workplan MES software, Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence is enabling sheet metal fabricators to establish a complete digital thread from start to finish.
As the North American representative of China’s oldest and largest hydraulic press manufacturer, Greenerd Press & Machine can configure a solution, often incorporating automation, for virtually any application.
Convenience is key when there’s need for a chemical label or OHSA/ANSI sign related to a metal forming, fabrication, or other production process. Create, replace, or update critical safety information quickly and easily with Graphic Products’ DuraLabel Kodiak industrial sign and label printer.
Bel Air Finishing Supply’s two-in-one centrifugal disc finishers save time and money while increasing quality by polishing and deburring. The design produces 10 times the g-force of a vibratory bowl finisher.
Behringer Saws’ safely enclosed HBE Series band saws are equally effective for automatic high-production cutting jobs and one-off cuts. Seven models handle round capacities from 10.2 inches to 41.7 inches.
Advanced Machine & Engineering’s line of AMSAW-WAGNER heavy-duty miter bandsaws can be equipped with linear transducers to verify dimension and adjust miter position accordingly to avoid secondary operations.
Walter’s Helitronic Raptor and two-in-one Helitronic Raptor Diamond (grinding/EDM) are aimed at shops that don’t require features like automatic tool support systems or automatic wheel/electrode changers, but want a high degree of flexibility for diverse tool types.
Offering operational flexibility, improved performance, and effortless operation, UNISIG’s next-generation UNE Series deep-hole drilling systems are equally effective in high-volume/low-mix and low-volume/high-mix production environments.
Developed specifically for manufacturers, the SYSPRO enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform automates and integrates business processes to improve production, inventory control, and reporting. Recent enhancements improve security, compliance, traceability, and tax reporting.
An AC inverter drive on the BEX 15 high-speed block spindle from Suhner Industrial Products increases spindle speed to 23,000 rpm at 87 Hz. Two slide-assembly mounting options enable multiple operations.
Used by almost every major CNC machine manufacturer in Germany, the SP ProTwist differential-measurement system distributed by Centric International can be an essential part of any quality management process by simplifying machine tool realignment.
A thousand times more accurate than a typical handheld refractometer, Quaker Houghton’s self-contained continuous concentration monitor is an easy-to-use, low-maintenance way to maintain appropriate metalworking fluid levels.
The latest versions of the hyperMILL CAD/CAM software suite from Open Mind Technologies AG encompasses a wide range of user-friendly enhancements and new machining strategies to advance the capabilities for accurate, efficient 3D and 5-axis machining.
NSK America’s electric i-Speed5 spindle system eliminates the need for motor cables or air tubing. Variable-speed system integrates with control system for complete tool changeability.
Distributed in North America by Helios Gear Products, YG Tech’s NEOPS 200 and NEOPS 400 NEO combine an affordable power skiving solution for profitably producing gears with domestic technical and engineering support.
Global Shop Solutions’ Cloud ERP combines maintenance-free software and speed with quick and simple, automatic cloud-based data backups. Files and data are never lost; updates and maintenance are done in-house so users always work with the most up-to-date version.
GF Machining Solutions developed three model machining cells to showcase highly productive turnkey manufacturing systems. They demonstrate everything from simple pairs of machines and robots to mixed-machine configurations for advanced hybridized additive/subtractive machining strategies.
To help develop the next-generation manufacturing workforce, FANUC’s Machining Simulation for Workforce Development software teaches users how to set up and operate three common 5-axis milling machines.
Four models of EMCO’s Maxxturn 45 lathe offer various tailstock, counter spindle, axis, and tool options for producing complex turned and milled parts 4.72 inches (120 mm) long that weigh up to 4.4 pounds (2 kg).
Mastercam 2021 from CNC Software increases machining productivity and lowers overall production costs with improvements in multi-axis capabilities, turning and turning-related applications, and safety.
The latest version of ANCA’s CIMulator3D streamlines tool development with time-saving and user-friendly offline tool path simulation and a hub that automatically analyzes cutting tool design to avoid costly collisions and missed calculations.
A memorandum of agreement, originating from an executive order, gives U.S. International Development Finance Corp. authority to extend $100 million in loans for projects that help re-shore or strengthen domestic supply chains for COVID-19-related equipment and supplies.
DP Technology, parent company of ESPRIT CAM, has created a streamlined machining experience with ESPRIT’s digital twin inside the CNC. Users can preview the entire machining process virtually on the CNC before executing their program it.
Manufacturing Expert Lisa Anderson says technologies and innovations sparked by COVID-19 are key contributors to the coming rebound.
Online quote tool gives dealers 24/7 access to quotes and drawings. Considering the high demand for H.I.S.’s NikoRail enclosed track cranes, fast turnaround and well as expedited bill of materials to the shop floor will prove valuable to the company and the marketplace.
New division specializes in products to meet the demands of Industry 4.0. Chief among its offerings: Non-contact inductive couplers, sensors and measuring systems, and electro-mechanical clamping systems.
SMW Autoblok’s HFKs-2g high-precision power chuck delivers twice the grip force than standard 3-jaw chucks. Use it for high volume lathe and mill turn center applications including heavy-duty precision machining of easily deformed workpieces.
Watch the informational videos on PolyWorks Inspector and Hexagon Romer Absolute Arm on YouTube. The multi-piece editing function added to PolyWorks Inspector is described, and an online tutorial shows how to make sure the Hexagon Romer Absolute Arm is still in calibration.
pwc offers practical steps for responding to the coronavirus crisis. The financial institution also shows results of a U.S. Pulse Survey asking CFOs for their top 3 concerns with respect to COVID-19?
Special pie jaws from Dillon Manufacturing are designed to reduce part distortion by distributing gripping pressure across the workpiece. Customized to your specs for height, diameters, materials and configuration, they’re offered in a choice of four serrated designs.
Renegade’s model Fl 9000 7048 HD is a heavy-duty, front loading aqueous parts washer ready designed for wide ranging industrial operations. With convenient automated features, it’ll clean the grease, oil and lubricants off large parts and equipment components.
FANUC’s CNC GUIDE allows users to learn how to operate controls, create part programs and test designs in a virtual environment on a PC. FANUC’s U.S. customers can take advantage of the offer till the end of September.
Companies with local supply chains fared better during the pandemic than those that did not. Meanwhile, COVID-19 has caused chaos in tightly interconnected global supply chains, and now companies are rethinking, shifting, shortening and reshoring them.
Designed with a unique round storage filter, KEMPER’s SmartFil offers long service life and a winning combo of price and performance. Featuring a 360-degree rotating exhaust hood, the compact system filters more than 99.5 percent of alveolar dust particles.
The full line of WEMA grinding machines is now available through German Machine Tools of America. The line includes internal, universal, external, roller bearing, and customized solutions.
Walter USA’s TC470 Supreme thread former combines a new geometry with more forming edges than comparable formers. Coating and surface treatment increase tool life, productivity, and process reliability in high-volume machining.
Speedgrip Chuck Company’s standard external collet chuck system combines the benefits of high-precision workholding with in-stock availability to increase precision and productivity.
SMW Autoblok’s CCS adapter increases operator productivity by providing automatic push-off and easy mounting to traditional or custom workholding including 2-jaw chucks, 3-jaw chucks, collet chucks, mandrels, and manual fixtures.
Available in a wide variety of toolholder lengths and diameters for optimal rigidity and clearance, Samchully Workholding’s SK series provide 1 micron runout accuracy as well as three times better runout repeatability and double the gripping force of a comparable ER collet chuck.
Rex-Cut Abrasives is improving the daily grind for customers worldwide by manufacturing three types of Type 27 depressed-center grinding and blending wheels in a 6-inch version.
Rego-Fix reCool systems are an affordable, low-maintenance way to retrofit static or driven tooling systems with internal coolant capabilities, enabling substantial improvements in tool life and productivity.
With the full lineup of Elliott Tool Technologies tools that produce a surface finish of 4 Ra to 8 Ra, Monaghan Tooling Group has the capability to handle virtually any burnishing project.
Mate Precision Tooling supplements its extensive range of standard hardened and precision-ground press brake tools with modified standard and custom designs for special bending challenges.
The U.S. arm of the German firm LACH-Form GmbH & Co. Diamond Engineering KG, Lach Diamond has manufactured polycrystalline diamond (PCD) and cubic boron nitride (CBN) tooling for metalworking since 1973.
OnRobot’s Screwdriver can be deployed and redeployed for different applications in minutes. Its built-in smart features – including precise torque and embedded axis control – simplify programming and drive productivity.
Take a look at Siemens’ solutions and services for the fabrication and additive manufacturing industries. Noteworthy in the lineup: Sinumerik Motion Control (MC) system, an open, industrial PC-based controller with embedded CNC and PLC.
Machine tool manufacturer elevates customer experience with robust ‘All Axes LIVE’ online events, plus 360 Kentucky campus tour and Virtual Technology Center. Tune in free on Aug. 11.
The Minnesota manufacturer will complete the facility before the end of 2020. As plans for increased capacity there take shape, the company will reconfigure layout at its current campus where Pole and Airfield Ground Lighting business units will continue.
Dynabrade’s DYNA-FAST – Foot Activated Screening Thermometer – is a fast, easy way for every person to self-screen before heading into your building. They tap their foot on a button to activate and see their temperature in a mirror.
By automatically calculating the user’s orientation relative to the robot, Yaskawa Motoman’s tablet-based Smart Pendant eliminates the need to use conventional X, Y, Z coordinates. No hard copy manuals required, either.
Yaskawa Motoman’s turnkey MotoSight 3D BinPick handling system uses just one camera to identify randomly placed parts. Three camera models are available to cover a range of part and bin sizes.
The strongest and most recent addition to the LD Series of autonomous mobile robots from Omron Automation Americas moves 550 pounds (250 kg) while enabling manufacturers to control a fleet of 100 robots using a single system.
Armed with torque sensors in all 7 axes that detect and immediately react to contact with a human coworker, KUKA’s LBR iiwa eliminates the need for safety fences for true human-robot collaboration (HRC).
With a maximum reach of almost 9.5 feet, 33-pound payload, and 7 axes, Kawasaki Robotics’ automotive-industry BU015X robot is ideal for sealing tasks through windows and inside vehicle bodies.
KASTO’s manipulator for automated sheet metal handling saves time and provides cost advantages by seamlessly connecting the company’s fully automatic storage systems with laser cutting machines made by a range of manufacturers.
Move heavy parts, components and material quickly and confidently with two Harrington Hoists models: the TCK Series and lube-free TCL Series. Cast iron housing ensures strength and durability; adjustable limiter automatically blocks air flow when an overload is detected.
Gorbel’s G-Force and Easy Arm intelligent lifting devices (ILDs) bridge the gap between traditional lifting solutions and completely automated robotic solutions. They provide a combination of pinpoint precision and speed that hoists and air balancers can’t achieve.
Deemed essential businesses, structural steel mills not only didn’t close up during the pandemic but aren’t experiencing shortages in steel supply, one producer says.
Available with three plan options, Freedom IOT’s Smart Manufacturing Platform provides real-time data collection and custom solutions for any size shop, any machine type, any brand. The software helps you get the most out of shop-floor assets and maximize profitability.
Siemens’ NX Sketch software offers unconstrained concept design sketching within the 3D environment to help increase productivity. Remarkably, NX can recognize tangents and other design relationships to adjust on the fly.
The growing U.S. manufacturing trend toward reshoring means many companies are seeking domestic-made products. On the investment casting front, Franklin Bronze Precision Components says it can shorten supply chains and offer fast part delivery for manufacturers.
Magnetic V-Pad clamps from Industrial Magnetics, Inc. use dual pivoting magnetic heads to hold workpieces at up to 180 degrees. Use them for repetitive applications because set-up and positioning are quick and easy.
Vac-U-Max’s recovery system for additive manufacturing extracts unused metal powder from the printing bed and filters it to be reused. The closed system provides a safer work environment because the operator never comes in contact with the powder.
Attach Parker Hannifin’s self-contained SmogHog SHM Machine Mount (MM) onto equipment to collect coolant mists from CNC machining, cold forming, sawing, lathes, and stamping. Easily integrates with machine tool controls for automated operation.
The award-winning ToolMat from Master Magnetics sticks to any flat or curved ferrous metal surface to organize and hold tools and small parts whether you’re working in the shop or on a jobsite.
Does your shop use Lincoln Electric or Miller power sources? If so, Yaskawa Motoman’s universal weldcom interface (UWI) enables welders to easily control any process or parameter including amperage, voltage, and wire feed speed.
Yaskawa America’s ArcWorld 6000 pre-engineered workcells featuring Motoman AR-series arc welding robots come with virtually everything you need to get up and running quickly and safely. Available in one-, two-, or three-robot configurations.
Lincoln Electric’s Lincore 420HC-S metal-cored wire for submerged-arc welding (SAW) may be used where higher hardness is required and on work rolls and backup rolls when water spray causes pitting on tool steel deposits.
With loading capacity up to 20,000 pounds, Bluco’s high-tolerance 3D welding tables are hardened to protect against spatter buildup, provide a corrosion-resistant surface, and come with a lifetime warranty.
The Model 317 from Arc Machines features the first orbital welding controller that manages data. The system improves performance and increases production efficiency by gathering and presenting information that enables pipe fabricators to better control the weld.
Cortec Corp. provides expert guidance and a broad range of solutions to corrosion. Here are some scenarios that offer a glimpse at where to start minimizing loss.
Big Kaiser’s HDC jet-through hydraulic chuck line is designed for high-precision 5-axis machining. It’ll fit practically any application in the automotive, aerospace, medical, and die and mold industries.
Ultra-Cut 130 is the high-precision system from Thermal Dynamics Automation with 30% more power than its predecessor. With a compelling price point, it’s got the 3/4-inch market covered.
Walter delivers high precision and productivity with the Supreme DB133, a solid carbide micro drill that prolongs tool life in steel, cast iron and nonferrous materials. They’re available in diameter range from 1/32-5/64 in. and 0.5 to 2.95 mm
Methods Machine Tools has introduced the OKK VB53a vertical machining center to the North American market, giving operators 50% more accessibility than conventional machines. They’re designed for less vibration to improve final surface finishes.
With a compact design that consumes 40% less space, Flexlink’s RI20 can be relocated in a few hours and used in multiple lines in a single day. Meanwhile, operators and robots can safely coexist on the production floor.
The increased demand in the cut-to-size sheet segment was making storage space tight at AMCO Metal Service GmbH’s premises in Germany – then they discovered KASTO’s Unigrip 3.0 storage system that increased productivity and fast access to materials and finished parts.
Mark your calendar for Oct. 20-22 – registration opens in July. The association will offer tutorials to familiarize all participants and presenters with the event’s digital platform.
But manufacturing industry respondents in Harbour Results’ second COVID-19 Study predict a 25% drop in revenue. A third of production shops are increasing North American sourcing, and nearly all say they applied for federal funding to support the retention of staff.
All its U.S. customers are being give a $50 credit to use for making parts with any Xometry process. The credits are good through Aug. 31.
Amada Machinery America’s Marvel Series vertical tilt-frame band saws for cutting structural steels include the high-speed VT5063SW. The machine’s graphics-based control software with material selection chart and customizable material library enables operators to easily program and store 500 jobs.
ADDere’s laser hybrid wire welding system achieves single-pass welding for thick plate fabrication – on material up to 25 mm. But speed is far from compromised at 60 inches per minute.
RIA Robotics Week announced as trade group moves fall conferences online.
Keep your manufacturing ‘tribal knowledge’ intact and face workforce deficiencies with confidence using VKS’ upgraded ToolConnect loT. Employees like receiving digital work instructions in real time .
Lincoln Electric’s Excalibur 7018 XMR exceeds AWS requirement for low moisture content by 15 hours. Use it where hydrogen cracking is likely, such as fabrication in structural, pipeline, chemical processing and ship building industries.
Founded just four years ago, the milestone demonstrates 3DEO is realizing its mission in the metal additive manufacturing market.
Housing offices, a parts warehouse and a showroom, the Greenville, S.C. facility will help strengthen the company’s local service. It will be staffed with personnel who received intensive product training at transfluid’s headquarters in Germany.
Klingspor’s Titan flap discs are designed to provide a cooler grind. You’ll be able to use more of the disc thanks to backing plates you can trim – and trim costs at the same time.
Customize the MOVit series of TAS and WAS from LVD Strippit for your LVD Phoeniz and Electra laster cutting machines. Both systems offer the option for unloading directly on the machine.
Displaying values on a bright LED screen, Pressure Sensing Digital Flowmeters from EXAIR come with everything you need for installation. You can add another layer of protection for equipment with an optional low-pressure alarm.
The industry’s first IP67-rated collaborative robot, Yaskawa Motoman’s HC20XP is particularly well-suited for use in damp and splash-prone environments such as food processing. Two speeds optimize cycle time based on risk assessment and process requirements.