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March 2015

What Lies Ahead in Real Time

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The Holy Grail in manufacturing automation lies in machine tool monitoring and the growing impact of network communications on equipment effectiveness for manufacturers.

The Holy Grail in manufacturing automation lies in machine tool monitoring and...

Before You Buy That VMC

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When investing in a new production vertical machining center, take time to evaluate these seven critical features that have the greatest impact on the productivity and profitability of that machine tool.

When investing in a new production vertical machining center, take time to...

Which is the Right MIG Gun?

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Here are some insightful tips on how to weigh out the pros and cons when selecting between air- or water-cooled guns and light- or heavy-duty models.

Here are some insightful tips on how to weigh out the pros...

Sawing by the Numbers

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On a cost per square foot of cutting basis, circular carbide saws come out on top.

On a cost per square foot of cutting basis, circular carbide saws...

Tell Them What You Saw

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A review of some of the newest sawing systems and related accessories now on the market.

A review of some of the newest sawing systems and related accessories...

The Ins and Outs of Laser Cutting Automation

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Advancements in laser cutting productivity are shifting the bottleneck away from cutting the material to handling it. This means automation should match specific needs for different production setups. 

Advancements in laser cutting productivity are shifting the bottleneck away from cutting...

Next Generation Parts Washer

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The flexible Ransohoff Lean-Jet RB-FLEX immersion cleaning system can be configured for a variety of parts and capacities, from camshafts to locomotive engine blocks weighing over 20,000 lb.

The flexible Ransohoff Lean-Jet RB-FLEX immersion cleaning system can be configured for...

Small, Light and Powerful Nibbler and Shears

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With a longer operating time and shorter battery charge time, compact Li-Ion cordless power tools from TRUMPF can be used for extended periods of time without fatigue.

With a longer operating time and shorter battery charge time, compact Li-Ion...

CAD/CAM Software Further Reduces Human Intervention

Release 2015 from Striker Systems recognizes part features requiring special tool operations, optimizes tool paths better when nesting, and uses automatic tool loading and re-punching of parts to handle moves between tool setups.

Release 2015 from Striker Systems recognizes part features requiring special tool operations,...

Quicker Nesting of Parts on Multiple Sheets

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SigmaNEST version 10.2 from SigmaTEK provides quick nesting of parts onto multiple sheets without having to select the layout from the list.

SigmaNEST version 10.2 from SigmaTEK provides quick nesting of parts onto multiple...

High-Production Hydroforming Press

Graebener-Reika offers a 4-column hydroforming press that doubles part output per stroke and reduces cycle time in half.

Graebener-Reika offers a 4-column hydroforming press that doubles part output per stroke...

Laser Cutting of Large Tube Diameters

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The flexible LT8 laser cutting system from BLM is ideal for 5-axis 3D cutting of 40 ft long, 8.625 in diameter stainless steel tube weighing up to 1,000 lb.

The flexible LT8 laser cutting system from BLM is ideal for 5-axis...

High Volume Tube & Pipe Cutting Services

Graebener-Reika can provide high volumes of heavy wall tube and pipe components for oil country, automotive and general industry applications.

Graebener-Reika can provide high volumes of heavy wall tube and pipe components...

Precision Bending of Thin-Walled Tubes

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CNC machine tools from Schwarze-Robitec achieve the most precise and repeatable bending accuracy in thin-walled tubes made of titanium, aluminum, copper or stainless steels. 

CNC machine tools from Schwarze-Robitec achieve the most precise and repeatable bending...

Tower of Strength

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Automated handling dilutes sheet metal fabrication costs in this shop with lights-out running and quick changes between jobs.

Automated handling dilutes sheet metal fabrication costs in this shop with lights-out...

Call to Arms

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Abrasive waterjet micro machining technology created 23 of the parts used in the fingers, hand, wrist, arm and shoulder of the first Modular Prosthetic Limbs worn and controlled by a bilateral shoulder-level amputee.

Abrasive waterjet micro machining technology created 23 of the parts used in...

VMCs Use Fast Interpolation for High Speed Machining

EM1620L, EM2033L and the EM2040L vertical machining centers from Chevalier are engineered to achieve cost savings in large quantity machining with limited floor space.

EM1620L, EM2033L and the EM2040L vertical machining centers from Chevalier are engineered...

What Lies Ahead in Real Time

With Video

The Holy Grail in manufacturing automation lies in machine tool monitoring and the growing impact of network communications on equipment effectiveness for manufacturers.

The Holy Grail in manufacturing automation lies in machine tool monitoring and...

Before You Buy That VMC

With Video

When investing in a new production vertical machining center, take time to evaluate these seven critical features that have the greatest impact on the productivity and profitability of that machine tool.

When investing in a new production vertical machining center, take time to...

Prime Time Player

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The advanced machining methods used by this shop deliver machining times that are two-three times quicker than previously possible for tough, complex aerospace components.

The advanced machining methods used by this shop deliver machining times that...

Guitar Hero

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How CNC machining takes center stage in high-quality guitar craftsmanship.

How CNC machining takes center stage in high-quality guitar craftsmanship.

Catch the Wave(form)

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Waveform turning, multiple machining sequence support, ribbon bar and interface updates, and the inclusion of Wire EDM are the newest CAD/CAM game changers that machine shops need to compete in a global economy.

Waveform turning, multiple machining sequence support, ribbon bar and interface updates, and...

Trends in Robotic Welding Guns

Robotic MIG guns may seem like a small part of the whole automated system, but the evolution of their design and functionality is having a significant impact on the cost, productivity and quality of an application.

Robotic MIG guns may seem like a small part of the whole...

Automated Friction Stir Welding

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Because its low heat input and high strength provide opportunities to redesign structures with increased tensile strength, outstanding fatigue properties, improved corrosion resistance and minimal distortion and shrinkage, FSW could change the way trains, trucks, cars, aircraft and aerospace components, and other common aluminum structures are built.

Because its low heat input and high strength provide opportunities to redesign...

Using Adaptive Grippers as Flexible Fixturing For Robotic Welding

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Using a traditional jig for every type of piece and assembly is complicated and expensive when welding small volumes or high mixes of parts. Why not use a robot with an adaptive gripper to feed a welding robot? This could replace most of the templates currently used by adapting to any part size and shape and holding them firmly while welding.

Using a traditional jig for every type of piece and assembly is...

Welding Automation

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Here are some of the new automation solutions that are helping shops make their welding operations more productive and profitable.

Here are some of the new automation solutions that are helping shops...

Which is the Right MIG Gun?

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Here are some insightful tips on how to weigh out the pros and cons when selecting between air- or water-cooled guns and light- or heavy-duty models.

Here are some insightful tips on how to weigh out the pros...

The Passion Inside Out Back

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A father-son boat repair and fabrication shop finds power, flexibility and quality with a TIG welder that can deal with the unique challenges of their business.

A father-son boat repair and fabrication shop finds power, flexibility and quality...

Indoor Air Quality

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A shop with good quality air is a more productive and healthy workplace. Here is some equipment that can help ensure your shop has cleaner air.

A shop with good quality air is a more productive and healthy...

Open Gate Alarm System Reduces Accidents

This patent-pending safety device from Wildeck helps reduce accidents and OSHA violations by warning workers when elevated mezzanine platform gates are inadvertently left open.

This patent-pending safety device from Wildeck helps reduce accidents and OSHA violations...

Control Plant Safety Functions from a PC

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The PNOZmulti 2 open configurable control system from Pilz can be used for stand-alone or modular expansion of multiple safety functions throughout the plant, on machine tools and other equipment.

The PNOZmulti 2 open configurable control system from Pilz can be used...

Using Adaptive Grippers as Flexible Fixturing For Robotic Welding

With Video

Using a traditional jig for every type of piece and assembly is complicated and expensive when welding small volumes or high mixes of parts. Why not use a robot with an adaptive gripper to feed a welding robot? This could replace most of the templates currently used by adapting to any part size and shape and holding them firmly while welding.

Using a traditional jig for every type of piece and assembly is...

Best Practices for Surface Preparation and Cleaning in Pipeline Applications

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Surface preparation and cleaning is just one part of the large process of oil and gas pipeline welding, but it’s a step that can have a significant impact on the productivity, quality and efficiency of the job. Proper preparation and cleaning in pipeline welding applications can help extend tool life, benefit operator safety and improve productivity and efficiency.

Surface preparation and cleaning is just one part of the large process...

Grind It Out

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Grinding represents a major part of shop costs. Take a look at the latest generation of flap discs, wheels, brushes and other tools that can help save time, reduce costs and improve the efficiency of your metal finishing operations.

Grinding represents a major part of shop costs. Take a look at...

Put On Hold

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The increase in higher precision machining is creating demand for stronger, more durable, faster acting, closer tolerance chucks and collets that can grip and hold the parts and the tools being used. Here is a review of some of the latest chuck and collet solutions that meet that demand.

The increase in higher precision machining is creating demand for stronger, more...

Finishing Touch

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New developments with in-line abrasive tooling used on machine tools allows shops to replace grinders, polishing heads, chamfering tools, hand deburring and other secondary operations.

New developments with in-line abrasive tooling used on machine tools allows shops...

The Future of Dimensional Inspection

Emerging production techniques like additive manufacturing produce small and highly complex components that cannot be inspected using touch probes or optical sensors. The fusion of metrology and X-ray computed tomography makes it possible to measure and analyze these components for porosity, among other issues, in a single non-destructive operation.

Emerging production techniques like additive manufacturing produce small and highly complex components...
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