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February 2020

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The American Society of Civil Engineers gives our bridges, oil-and-gas pipelines, energy grids, and water networks a D+ grade. More than 80% of Americans say repairing and rehabilitating these assets is more important than tariffs, tax reform, health care, and climate change. That’s good news for fabricators and metalworkers who make or supply equipment, assemblies, and/or parts for public construction projects.

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Bank on Better Abrasives

A 20% increase in consumable costs reduced an automotive component supplier’s cycle time by 30% and is saving almost $250,000 annually on machine operating costs.

A 20% increase in consumable costs reduced an automotive component supplier’s cycle...

Bank on Better Abrasives

A 20% increase in consumable costs reduced an automotive component supplier’s cycle time by 30% and is saving almost $250,000 annually on machine operating costs.

A 20% increase in consumable costs reduced an automotive component supplier’s cycle...

READING THE DROP CUT

Step-by-step instructions for perfecting your plasma cutting technique. Similar to how an archeologist can read the history of a canyon wall, an experienced plasma cutting operator can take one look at the surface and tell you what went right, what went wrong, and how to correct your mistakes.

Step-by-step instructions for perfecting your plasma cutting technique. Similar to how an...

INCREASE MILL AND LATHE PRODUCTIVITY

Tormach’s plug-and-play AF50 automatic-feed bandsaw increases profitability by freeing employees to work on more complex jobs than manually prepping stock. Pneumatic clamping system with adjustable soft squeeze safely holds material while hydraulic feed control helps keep blade cutting straight.

Tormach’s plug-and-play AF50 automatic-feed bandsaw increases profitability by freeing employees to work...

RECONFIGURED BANDSAW BLADE LINE

Simonds Saw has stopped making Dieband, Blockbuster, and Broadband, IC Enduro, and X51 bandsaw blades and is replacing them with four new bimetal products: the Epic GP (general purpose), two SBX (structural blade extreme) blades, and the SiClone XP, which replaces the X51.   

Simonds Saw has stopped making Dieband, Blockbuster, and Broadband, IC Enduro, and X51...

LARGE ABRASIVE CUTTER AND MEDIUM SECTIONING SAW 

An automatic saw and a tabletop saw from Buehler provide consistency and repeatability in cutting production samples, saving preparation time in the quality control or inspection laboratory. Confidently cut production samples including automotive drive trains, gears, crankshafts, and engine components. 

An automatic saw and a tabletop saw from Buehler provide consistency and...

TUBE-SAWING SYSTEM WITH AUTOMATIC CHANGEOVER

BLM Group USA’s TS72 universal cold sawing CNC system for cutting tubes, bars, and profiles features an axis-control function that enables automated changeover for nonstop, unattended production. Particularly well-suited to small batch sizes, all adjustments and cutting parameters – material, blade type, and tube dimensions – are automatic to eliminate downtime.  

BLM Group USA’s TS72 universal cold sawing CNC system for cutting tubes,...

TOOTH IMPROVEMENTS INCREASE BANDSAW BLADE EFFECTIVENESS

Less prone to chipping when used for interrupted cuts and less expensive than carbide, tools made from M42 molybdenum-series high-speed steel alloy with 8% cobalt shorten cycle times by facilitating higher cutting speeds. Featuring a powdered metal M42 edge for harder teeth, Bahco’s 3851 Sandflex Cobra bandsaw blade provides smooth, precise cuts for general-purpose and production-cutting applications.

Less prone to chipping when used for interrupted cuts and less expensive...

Gear Manufacturer Achieves Consistent Quality with Automated Robotic Cell

An adaptive-finishing solutions developer combined an ABB robot, Renishaw spindle probe with radio signal transmission, and a twin-pallet system into a system that machines one gear while another is loaded.

An adaptive-finishing solutions developer combined an ABB robot, Renishaw spindle probe with...

Vision System Simplifies Tool Detection and Alignment

Released by United Grinding North America and Walter Tool, a measurement system for advanced grinding/eroding machines helps manufacturers optimize production of small, high-precision parts by automatically detecting and aligning tools, blanks, and other workpieces.

Released by United Grinding North America and Walter Tool, a measurement system...

Two-in-One Machine Grinds and Erodes

One of the two spindles on Vollmer’s VHybrid 360 can be used to grind and erode while the other spindle grinds. Manufacturers save time by machining solid carbide or polycrystalline diamond (PCD) drills, milling cutters, and reamers in one set-up.

One of the two spindles on Vollmer’s VHybrid 360 can be used...

Quarter-Inch Right-Angle Die Grinder

Milwaukee Tool’s cordless M12 Fuel’s brushless motor is more powerful than pneumatic-powered ¼-in right-angle die grinders.

Milwaukee Tool’s cordless M12 Fuel’s brushless motor is more powerful than pneumatic-powered...

Bevel, Face & Bore Without Cutting Fluids

Hand-held Millhog bevelers from Esco Tool feature an extra-rigid blade-locking system, blades that incorporate a radical chip breaker that transfers heat so cutting fluids aren’t necessary, and a holder that enables the blade to get under the material to pull a thick chip.

Hand-held Millhog bevelers from Esco Tool feature an extra-rigid blade-locking system, blades...

United Grinding Offers Full Range of Internal Cylindrical Grinders

A portfolio of 10 Studer machines includes several universal-type models as well as those designed for high production and for radii grinding operations. Control software enables capabilities such as in-process monitoring and the ability to string various cycle times into ISO code.

A portfolio of 10 Studer machines includes several universal-type models as well...

Small-Footprint Grinder with Large Work Zone

Star SU’s easily configurable NXT 5-axis grinding machine gives manufacturers the ability to run small- and large-diameter wheels to sharpen straight and spiral gash hob designs as well as disk-, shank-, and helical-type shaper cutters, Scudding cutters, and a wide range of round tools.

Star SU’s easily configurable NXT 5-axis grinding machine gives manufacturers the ability...

Increase Productivity with a Five-in-One Machine

The Elb-Schliff millGrind BL10 from Precision Surfacing Solutions (PSS): grinding, drilling, and milling in one clamping; deep grinding and, with an optional laser head, deposition welding in the other. A complete machining solution for aerospace manufacturers.

The Elb-Schliff millGrind BL10 from Precision Surfacing Solutions (PSS): grinding, drilling, and...

Compact Automatic Jig Grinder

Mitsui Seiki’s new-and-improved J350G grinds small- and large-diameter holes as well as multiple features using a single wheel in a continuous, automatic mode. The machine is 50% smaller than the previous model, giving manufacturers more options for shop floor usage.

Mitsui Seiki’s new-and-improved J350G grinds small- and large-diameter holes as well as...

Power Skiving and Gear Shaping in One Machine

A hydraulic chuck combined with a changeable back stop and slotted collet, the Mytec Hydraclamp paves the way for power skiving by enabling users to clamp different diameters and components with one hydraulic chuck.

A hydraulic chuck combined with a changeable back stop and slotted collet,...

Chamfer Cutting of Interfering Contours & Internal Gears

Apart from milling pins, there haven’t been many solutions for chamfering internal gears – a severe limitation given that roughly half the gears and shafts in a gearbox have interfering contours. Liebherr Gear Technology’s ChamferCut collision gear technology addresses this problem.

Apart from milling pins, there haven’t been many solutions for chamfering internal...

Designing a Solution for Thrufeeding Metal Tubes

Process-improvement company helps customer reduce lead times and costs by configuring an infeed/thrufeed centerless grinding machine with custom software that enabled the customer to vertically integrate.

Process-improvement company helps customer reduce lead times and costs by configuring an...

Nine New Grinders & Sanders

Chicago Pneumatic’s CP3550 product lineup of 17 compatible finishing models allows perfect matching of applications and tools. Greater torque increases material removal rates and operator comfort while deburring, contouring, chamfering, fettling, removing seam welds, preparing surfaces, cleaning, polishing, and finishing.

Chicago Pneumatic’s CP3550 product lineup of 17 compatible finishing models allows perfect...

Opportunity Knocks: Modernizing U.S. Infrastructure

We have few more pressing needs than updating roads, bridges, pipelines, and energy grids – a potential goldmine for suppliers of heavy equipment, off-road machinery, assemblies, parts and services used in construction projects. The trick is breaking into the market.

We have few more pressing needs than updating roads, bridges, pipelines, and...

Coming in Loud and Clear

This Kentucky communication tower fabricator got its start a century ago by maintaining water infrastructure assets. Now it’s cashing in on the market for telecommunications infrastructure.

This Kentucky communication tower fabricator got its start a century ago by...

Welding Tools for Repairing Agricultural Equipment Under the Open Sky

Three robust, powerful, and portable Fronius USA power sources enable technicians to efficiently repair tractors, combines, and other agricultural equipment. Digital controls make all three intuitive and enable a stable arc and reproducible welding results.

Three robust, powerful, and portable Fronius USA power sources enable technicians to...

Multiprocess Welding Workhorse

Pulse welding, increased duty cycle, and operator-oriented, easy-to-use interface make the Power MIG 360MP from Lincoln Electric ideal for metal fabrication, maintenance and repair, auto body, and light industrial applications.

Pulse welding, increased duty cycle, and operator-oriented, easy-to-use interface make the Power MIG...

Upskilling Your Workforce

Retraining strategies for a robotically automated world.

Retraining strategies for a robotically automated world.

ALL-IN-ONE SPINDLE-BEARING LUBRICANT

Metworx Spindle Oil 2 is designed to meet the demanding service requirements of bearings in extremely high-precision, tight-clearance applications.

Metworx Spindle Oil 2 is designed to meet the demanding service requirements...

A FORMULA FOR VIRTUALLY EVERY APPLICATION

DiaGrind 535 is recommended by machine manufacturers for gear grinding, hobbing, honing, and cutting.

DiaGrind 535 is recommended by machine manufacturers for gear grinding, hobbing, honing,...

LITERATURE DETAILS ABRASIVE LAPPING SOLUTIONS

Products developed by metalworking specialists and chemists for manufacturers of all sizes and volumes.

Products developed by metalworking specialists and chemists for manufacturers of all sizes...

MANUAL AND POWER CHUCK BOUNDARY LUBRICANT

Environmentally friendly grease provides exceptional mechanical stability, very high load carrying capacity, and excellent water- and moisture-resistance.

Environmentally friendly grease provides exceptional mechanical stability, very high load carrying capacity,...

REMOVES ULTRAFINE MISTS & FUMES

Modular filtration solution can be easily expanded and comes with no-leak guarantee.

Modular filtration solution can be easily expanded and comes with no-leak guarantee.

HOLE IN ONE

Solid and indexable cutting tools that increase productivity (and profitability) by more efficiently boring, drilling, reaming, tapping, threading, and finishing.

Solid and indexable cutting tools that increase productivity (and profitability) by more...

Universal Indexable Thread Mill and Insert

Newest addition to Walter’s product lineup delivers cost, reliability, and quality benefits by combining thread milling’s advantages with tapping’s efficiency.

Newest addition to Walter’s product lineup delivers cost, reliability, and quality benefits...

Automation-Ready Gundrilling Machine

Unisig’s feature-rich solution simplifies operation for anyone involved in manufacturing products for the firearms, automotive, medical, energy, defense, and/or aerospace industries.

Unisig’s feature-rich solution simplifies operation for anyone involved in manufacturing products for...

Deep-Cut Hole Saws

New tooth pattern and pitch produce more cuts in less time.

New tooth pattern and pitch produce more cuts in less time.

Sandvik Updates CoroBore 825 Tool

Silent Tools dampening technology and lighter, shorter head enhance performance.

Silent Tools dampening technology and lighter, shorter head enhance performance.

Red Helix Cobalt Drill Bits

Twist-drilling accessories that last up to 15 times longer than black oxide drill bits.

Twist-drilling accessories that last up to 15 times longer than black oxide...

21-Tool Drill

Methods Machine Tools’ high-speed milling, drilling, tapping, deburring, and chamfering machining center expands capabilities.

Methods Machine Tools’ high-speed milling, drilling, tapping, deburring, and chamfering machining center...

Five Solid-in-Steel Drills

Mapal tools for making holes faster and more cost-effectively.

Mapal tools for making holes faster and more cost-effectively.

Tooling for Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Components

Lightweight reamer meets accuracy, roundness, and surface finish requirements for aluminum motor body boring.

Lightweight reamer meets accuracy, roundness, and surface finish requirements for aluminum motor...

New Control Interface for Gundrilling Machine

User-friendly improvements empower operators to write their own programs for Kays Engineering’s Eldorado.

User-friendly improvements empower operators to write their own programs for Kays Engineering’s...

Bank on Better Abrasives

A 20% increase in consumable costs reduced an automotive component supplier’s cycle time by 30% and is saving almost $250,000 annually on machine operating costs.

A 20% increase in consumable costs reduced an automotive component supplier’s cycle...

READING THE DROP CUT

Step-by-step instructions for perfecting your plasma cutting technique. Similar to how an archeologist can read the history of a canyon wall, an experienced plasma cutting operator can take one look at the surface and tell you what went right, what went wrong, and how to correct your mistakes.

Step-by-step instructions for perfecting your plasma cutting technique. Similar to how an...

INCREASE MILL AND LATHE PRODUCTIVITY

Tormach’s plug-and-play AF50 automatic-feed bandsaw increases profitability by freeing employees to work on more complex jobs than manually prepping stock. Pneumatic clamping system with adjustable soft squeeze safely holds material while hydraulic feed control helps keep blade cutting straight.

Tormach’s plug-and-play AF50 automatic-feed bandsaw increases profitability by freeing employees to work...

RECONFIGURED BANDSAW BLADE LINE

Simonds Saw has stopped making Dieband, Blockbuster, and Broadband, IC Enduro, and X51 bandsaw blades and is replacing them with four new bimetal products: the Epic GP (general purpose), two SBX (structural blade extreme) blades, and the SiClone XP, which replaces the X51.   

Simonds Saw has stopped making Dieband, Blockbuster, and Broadband, IC Enduro, and X51...

AUTOMATING MISSION-CRITICAL INSPECTION

Camera-equipped cobot enables contract manufacturer to market itself as supplier of high-quality automotive engine subassemblies.

Camera-equipped cobot enables contract manufacturer to market itself as supplier of high-quality...

Upskilling Your Workforce

Retraining strategies for a robotically automated world.

Retraining strategies for a robotically automated world.
Calendar & Events
Southeast Design-2-Part Show
June 17 - 18, 2020
Cobb Galleria Centre – Atlanta, GA
AmCon Cincinnati
June 24 - 25, 2020
Duke Energy Convention Center – Cincinnati, OH
AmCon Seattle (Tacoma)
August 18 - 19, 2020
Tacoma Convention Center – Seattle (Tacoma), WA
AmCon Orlando
September 2 - 3, 2020
Orange County Convention Center – Orlando, FL
IMTS 2020
September 14 - 19, 2020
McCormick Place – Chicago, IL
FABTECH 2020
November 18 - 20, 2020
Las Vegas Convention Center – Las Vegas, NV
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