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Home / Issues / March 2014

March 2014

Robotic Integration

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CNC allows the full and scalable integration of a robot into any machining operation, allowing shops and large production departments alike to do so much more.

CNC allows the full and scalable integration of a robot into any...

Less Is More

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As automation and multi-axis robot applications sweep through the shop floor, the functions of cable and hoses become critical to overall equipment performance. At first glance, managing cables and hoses may seem simple. But in reality, underestimating cable management can be a big time mistake. Guest columnist Don Nester of igus explains why this has become such an important part of any well-functioning robot.

As automation and multi-axis robot applications sweep through the shop floor, the...

Stick Welding Still Has a Place in the Fabrication Industry

Many applications in the fabrication industry still require stick welding. Like other filler metals, stick electrodes are available in many types, each of which provide different mechanical properties and operate with a specific type of welding power source. Before you power up your machine and pick up your stick electrode holder, consider these basic guidelines to help simplify your stick welding experience. 

Many applications in the fabrication industry still require stick welding. Like other...

The Shop Floor Goes Mobile

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Integrating mobile device technology into your manufacturing operations can boost your company’s productivity — but only if you create the right strategy.

Integrating mobile device technology into your manufacturing operations can boost your company’s...

Waterjet Manufacturer Meets Growing Demand With Company-Wide Automation System

The in-house system developed by OMAX helps eliminate bottlenecks, provides active real-time measurable data, makes it possible to quickly adjust to fluctuating production schedules, streamlines processes and shortens manufacturing lead times to get machines on customers’ shop floors faster.

The in-house system developed by OMAX helps eliminate bottlenecks, provides active real-time...

Monitor CNCs Remotely with Tablet-Type Devices

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For advanced smooth and accurate simultaneous 5-axis high-speed machining, remote operated 30i-B/31i-B5 CNCs from FANUC FA America boast the new High-Speed Smooth TCP with new fairing technology.  

For advanced smooth and accurate simultaneous 5-axis high-speed machining, remote operated 30i-B/31i-B5...

Game-Changing Machine Tool Operation with Smart Phone Convenience

The ProNumeric OP 50 M hand-held operating device from Schleicher Electronic represents one of the first times that a machine tool can be controlled with smart-phone convenience.

The ProNumeric OP 50 M hand-held operating device from Schleicher Electronic represents...

Keeping Pace With Production: Automating Your Solid-State Laser

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When a laser system is waiting for material handling, it is not making money. Automated systems must be able to cope with the common differences between laser types. The process of selecting the best choice becomes increasingly involved when the system uses solid state laser cutting machines. Here are some important points to consider.

When a laser system is waiting for material handling, it is not...

Robotic Integration

With Video

CNC allows the full and scalable integration of a robot into any machining operation, allowing shops and large production departments alike to do so much more.

CNC allows the full and scalable integration of a robot into any...

How Hard Thread Turning Shortens The Process Chain

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High precision hard turning techniques are enjoying ever greater popularity in the metal processing industry. By shortening cycle times and increasing flexibility, high precision hard turning has advantages over grinding in particular when it comes to processing complicated parts such as spindle nuts or threaded spindles in the hard state.

High precision hard turning techniques are enjoying ever greater popularity in the...

More Ways to Increase Spindle Utilization

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To minimize costs while achieving required production volumes in shorter periods of time, shops are finding new ways to increase their spindle utilization by doing more processes between changeovers on their machine tools.

To minimize costs while achieving required production volumes in shorter periods of...

High Power Diode Laser Cladding

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Here is a brief overview of high power diode laser cladding that can offer improved process throughput, superior overall clad quality, very low dilution levels, reduced heat input, minimal part distortion and better clad deposition control than most traditional technologies.

Here is a brief overview of high power diode laser cladding that...

Other Advances in Laser Welding and Cutting

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Here are some of the latest advances that combine laser flexibility with its increasing power, improved cutting speeds and better edge quality that lower operating costs and help shops reduce their need for secondary operations.

Here are some of the latest advances that combine laser flexibility with...

Stick Welding Still Has a Place in the Fabrication Industry

Many applications in the fabrication industry still require stick welding. Like other filler metals, stick electrodes are available in many types, each of which provide different mechanical properties and operate with a specific type of welding power source. Before you power up your machine and pick up your stick electrode holder, consider these basic guidelines to help simplify your stick welding experience. 

Many applications in the fabrication industry still require stick welding. Like other...

Clearing the Air in Gas Delivery

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MIG and TIG welding, plasma cutting, laser cutting or welding all require compressed gases. How these gases are stored, handled and used will determine the extent that the overall cost of these gas products impacts your bottom line. The correct gas delivery system will provide the most economical and efficient results to complement any of these applications – and the normal starting point for all of them is a cylinder of gas and a regulator. 

MIG and TIG welding, plasma cutting, laser cutting or welding all require...

Next Generation OEE: Better Information = Better Shop Floor Control

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Too often management invests in wiring machines to a central server for uptime and downtime reporting on the machines. These systems are relatively inexpensive and produce colorful dash boards, but may not reveal the reason for the downtime. Knowing the “who, what, why” is more important than just the “where and when.”  

Too often management invests in wiring machines to a central server for...

Connectivity from the Sensor Level to the Business Intelligence Level

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The e-F@ctory Alliance Program from Mitsubishi Electric Automation is a third-party referencing program with other automation hardware and software vendors that allows customers to select solutions that best solve their automation challenges. 

The e-F@ctory Alliance Program from Mitsubishi Electric Automation is a third-party referencing program...

Slow Off the Mark: LED Technology in the Factory

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While LED technology has been available for a number of years and is more efficient than other light offerings, it has not caught on as quickly as advocates hoped. This new LED fixture from Big Ass Fans addresses the issues that have caused industrial and commercial spaces to be slow in adopting the lighting technology.

While LED technology has been available for a number of years and...

Less Is More

With Video

As automation and multi-axis robot applications sweep through the shop floor, the functions of cable and hoses become critical to overall equipment performance. At first glance, managing cables and hoses may seem simple. But in reality, underestimating cable management can be a big time mistake. Guest columnist Don Nester of igus explains why this has become such an important part of any well-functioning robot.

As automation and multi-axis robot applications sweep through the shop floor, the...

What’s New In Welding Safety Equipment

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Here are some ways to help your shop reduce the risk of injury and health-related overhead costs by making your welding processes safer for your employees.

Here are some ways to help your shop reduce the risk of...

More Safety At Your Fingertips

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Compatible with iPhones, iPods; and iPads, the Walter Safety App from Walter Surface Technologies provides metalworkers around the world with easy access to essential safety information when working on factory floors, job sites, etc.

Compatible with iPhones, iPods; and iPads, the Walter Safety App from Walter...

The Injury Continuum

When a worker screws up and gets hurt, organizations tend to react in one of two ways: Either they rush head long to the conclusion that the errant employee needs more training or they are resolute in the belief that the worker knew (or should have known) that what he or she did was wrong and did it anyway. While these circumstances are sometimes the case, they are far from the only possibility.

When a worker screws up and gets hurt, organizations tend to react...

The Shrinking World of Medical Component Devices

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As miniaturization pushes the envelope of medical device components, new micro machining technologies and fabrication systems are being developed to address sub-micron tolerances and other related manufacturing issues. 

As miniaturization pushes the envelope of medical device components, new micro machining...

Direct Load Position Sensing with Secondary Feedback Encoders

To help verify machine tool accuracy in closed-loop motion control systems, direct load monitoring using secondary feedback encoders eliminates common sources of position error — mechanical backlash, non-linearity, and hysteresis — and saves money along the way.

To help verify machine tool accuracy in closed-loop motion control systems, direct...
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