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March 2021

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Perfecting the Partnership: Optimizing the Human/Cobot Interference. Collaborative robots (cobots) are easier to integrate into manufacturing operations because their ability to see and learn makes them easier to program than industrial robots. Pairing humans and machines adds a personal touch to opportunities in manufacturing. They'll boost throughput more by communicating directly with their human coworkers on welding, assembling, and other processes.

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By Doubling Down on People, Mold Maker Doubles Down on Sales 

Westminster Tool

Connecticut mold maker Ray Coombs put capital investment on hold for five years to work with the local educational and manufacturing communities to solve his labor problems once and for all. Then he added three new machines that are helping to cross-train employees for record sales.

Connecticut mold maker Ray Coombs put capital investment on hold for five...

When (and How) to Automate Sheet Metal Welding

TRUMPF TruArc Weld 1000

Cobotic welding systems occupy the gap between fast and heavy  industrial robots and manual welding. They also challenge the paradigm that welding automation is strictly a high-volume game.

Cobotic welding systems occupy the gap between fast and heavy  industrial robots...

The Rise of Trochoidal Milling: More Accessible Than Ever

Heidenhain Trochoidal milling

Circular machining with low radial engagement and constant feed per tooth extends tool life by minimizing heat and vibration when machining extremely hard materials. CAM and control developers are making it easier for any size shop to add this technique to their capabilities.

Circular machining with low radial engagement and constant feed per tooth extends...

By Doubling Down on People, Mold Maker Doubles Down on Sales 

Westminster Tool

Connecticut mold maker Ray Coombs put capital investment on hold for five years to work with the local educational and manufacturing communities to solve his labor problems once and for all. Then he added three new machines that are helping to cross-train employees for record sales.

Connecticut mold maker Ray Coombs put capital investment on hold for five...

End Formers for Aerospace, Tank, and HVAC Components

Kaast Machine Tools

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.

Two models – the 2.5 and 4.0 – from Kaast Machine Tools...

Track and Control Stamping Operations in Real Time From Wherever You Are

IRMCO Advanced Metalforming Lubricant Technologies’

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.

IRMCO Advanced Metalforming Lubricant Technologies’ iNSIGHT enables metal stampers to track the rate...

Two Electric Upcut Tube Saws

Innovative Engineered Solutions eRB80 TS and eRB150 TS electric upcut tube saws

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.  

Two standard models – the eRB80 TS and eRB150 TS – electric...

Fully Integrated System Automates Pipe Cutting From Start to Finish

With Video
HGG Profiling Equipment ProCutter900 RB

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.

HGG Profiling Equipment’s ProCutter900 RB increases throughput by continuously feeding, cutting and...

Automated Centerless Tube Grinder

With Video
Glebar’s TF-9DHD infeed/thrufeed centerless grinder

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.

An automated version of Glebar’s TF-9BHD infeed/thrufeed centerless grinder, the TF-9D features...

Autonomous Tube/Wire Bender Enables Lights-Out Production

BLM Group’s CNC Smart Bender

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.

Featuring a compact layout, integrated loading/unloading capability, and easy-to-use programming software, BLM...

Two-Arm Cobot Doubles Efficiency Without Sacrificing Safety

With Video
Kawasaki duAro dual-arm collaborative SCARA cobot

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.

Even though they have two arms, Kawasaki Robotics’ duAro cobots fit into...

Three Updated Cobot Models Offer Greater Connectivity

With Video
Hanwha HCR Advanced cobots

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.

The “A” in Hanwha’s HCR-3A, HCR-5A, and HCR-12A stands for “advanced.” Three...

Design the Ideal Floor Layout for Cobotic Production and/or Assembly

With Video
Delmia Robotics software from Dassault Systemes

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.

Delmia Robotics’ software from Dassault Systemes maximizes automation initiatives by enabling manufacturers...

End-Effector Kits Increase Cobot Flexibility

With Video
ATI Industrial Automation end-effector kits

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.

Do you own a Fanuc CRX cobot? Thinking of buying one? ATI...

We’re Closer Than Ever to First-Time-Right 3D Metal Printing

Siemens Digital Industries Software’s AM Build Optimizer

In its drive to develop an end-to-end solution for additive manufacturing, Siemens Digital Industries Software offers tools that simulate the printing process at various levels. To minimize the expensive quality-refinement process, modules identify and correct areas of malformation and shrinkage.

In its drive to develop an end-to-end solution for additive manufacturing, Siemens...

Extended-Reach Cobot

With Video
Productive Robotics OB7 Reach

The OB7-Stretch from Productive Robotics extends 1.25 meters, but with a payload of 4kg, it offers an affordable alternative to bigger-payload, long-reach cobots. Its seven axes design gives it a dexterity with which to circumvent obstacles.

The OB7-Stretch from Productive Robotics extends 1.25 meters, but with a payload...

Small-Footprint Vertical Machining Centers (VMCs) for Small Part Production

Palmgren’s 10-x-31-inch vertical machining center (VMC)

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.

An economical option for small shops that need a second machine or...

VERY Heavy-Duty Horizontal Machining Center (HMC)

Niigata’s 5-axis HN80E-5X horizontal machining center

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.

Ideal for the demanding aircraft, automobile, power generator, mold-and-die, and semiconductor industries,...

Smaller-Footprint, Easier-to-Use Vertical Machining Center (VMC)

Mazak’s VC-Ez 20

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.

Mazak’s VC-Ez 20 is the first of three vertical machining centers (VMCs)...

High-Speed, Large-Capacity 5-Axis Vertical Machining Center (VMC)

Matsuura USA’s MAM72-52V

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.

Thanks to a 75% increase in work envelope and high traverse rates,...

How to Easily Automate Vertical Machining Center (VMC) Tending

With Video
Fanuc’s standard Quick and Simple Startup of Robotization (QSSR) package

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.

With Quick and Simple Startup of Robotization (QSSR), Fanuc simplifies the process...

Machine and Turn 2-Ton Workpieces in A Single Setup

Doosan’s DHF 8000ST horizontal machining center

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.

Doosan’s DHF 8000ST is a single-table version of the company’s DHF 8000...

Twin Spindles Machine Large Components With Great Precision

With Video
Chiron’s dual-spindle DZ 22

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.

Available in 4- and 5-axis versions, Chiron’s dual-spindle DZ 22 has a...

End-Effector Kits Increase Cobot Flexibility

With Video
ATI Industrial Automation end-effector kits

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.

Do you own a Fanuc CRX cobot? Thinking of buying one? ATI...

The Rise of Trochoidal Milling: More Accessible Than Ever

Heidenhain Trochoidal milling

Circular machining with low radial engagement and constant feed per tooth extends tool life by minimizing heat and vibration when machining extremely hard materials. CAM and control developers are making it easier for any size shop to add this technique to their capabilities.

Circular machining with low radial engagement and constant feed per tooth extends...

Extended-Reach Cobot

With Video
Productive Robotics OB7 Reach

The OB7-Stretch from Productive Robotics extends 1.25 meters, but with a payload of 4kg, it offers an affordable alternative to bigger-payload, long-reach cobots. Its seven axes design gives it a dexterity with which to circumvent obstacles.

The OB7-Stretch from Productive Robotics extends 1.25 meters, but with a payload...

High-Force Actuators Support Robotic Sheet-Metal Welding

Tolomatic’s two Compact ServoWeld actuators

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.

Tolomatic’s CSW and CSWX Compact ServoWeld welding gun actuators for robotic spot...

Cobot Simplifies and Improves Large-Pipe Welding

With Video
Novarc Technologies spool welding

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.

Requiring just 4 square feet of shop floor space, Novarc Technologies’ spool...

Portable and Easily Adaptable Welding-Automation Solution

With Video
Lincoln Electric’s wheeled Fab-Pak Cobot

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.

Lincoln Electric’s Fab-Pak Cobot Cart enables small- and medium-sized fabricators to justify...

Space-Saving Automated Welding Package for Pipe Fabricators

Wel-Handy Multi Next, WU-3 weaver, and Cricket-I manipulator from Koike Aronson Ransome

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.

Koike Aronson Ransome’s pipe-welding package incorporates the Cricket-I manipulator. Providing 20-IPM lift...

6-Axis Welding Cobots Provide Maximum Flexibility

Fanuc CR-7iA/L and CR-15iA arc welding

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.

Fanuc adds 15- and 33-pound-payload welding cobots to the ARC Mate product...

Pre-Engineered Cell Eases Transition to Automated Welding

ESAB and Yaskawa develop XCellerator

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.

ESAB and Yaskawa have partnered to offer small-to-medium-sized manufacturers and fabricators a...

Bystronic Enters Automated Welding Market

Bystronic’s selling three Cloos Robotic Welding robotic welding cells

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.

Bystronic is selling three robotic welding options – Micro Cell, Compact Cell...

Two-Arm Cobot Doubles Efficiency Without Sacrificing Safety

With Video
Kawasaki duAro dual-arm collaborative SCARA cobot

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.

Even though they have two arms, Kawasaki Robotics’ duAro cobots fit into...

Three Updated Cobot Models Offer Greater Connectivity

With Video
Hanwha HCR Advanced cobots

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.

The “A” in Hanwha’s HCR-3A, HCR-5A, and HCR-12A stands for “advanced.” Three...

Design the Ideal Floor Layout for Cobotic Production and/or Assembly

With Video
Delmia Robotics software from Dassault Systemes

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.

Delmia Robotics’ software from Dassault Systemes maximizes automation initiatives by enabling manufacturers...

When (and How) to Automate Sheet Metal Welding

TRUMPF TruArc Weld 1000

Cobotic welding systems occupy the gap between fast and heavy  industrial robots and manual welding. They also challenge the paradigm that welding automation is strictly a high-volume game.

Cobotic welding systems occupy the gap between fast and heavy  industrial robots...

How to Become a Multipass Welding Master

Multipass welds are often required in pipeline, ship, heavy-duty structural and pressure vessel construction. Selecting the proper abrasives and cleaning properly between each pass can help optimize results, saving the operation time and money.

Multipass welds are often required in pipeline, ship, heavy-duty structural and pressure...

Maximize Your Investment in a Welding Cobot

Yaskawa America Inc., Motoman Robotics, collaborative robot, cobot

A collaborative robot (cobot) welds more efficiently, more consistently, and has a longer reach than its human counterparts. Here’s what to consider as you shop for a model that will boost your operation’s throughput and quality.

A collaborative robot (cobot) welds more efficiently, more consistently, and has a...

Mobile Plug-and-Play Cobotic Welding Cart Runs Off Wall Outlet

With Video

Powered by a UR10e collaborative robot from Universal Robots, the Vectis Cobot Welding Tool from Vectis Automation is a low-risk, low-cost, easy-to-use system that boosts productivity by reducing the learning curve, deployment time and cost of robotic welding.

Powered by a UR10e collaborative robot from Universal Robots, the Vectis Cobot...

Track and Control Stamping Operations in Real Time From Wherever You Are

IRMCO Advanced Metalforming Lubricant Technologies’

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.

IRMCO Advanced Metalforming Lubricant Technologies’ iNSIGHT enables metal stampers to track the rate...

Metalworking Fluid Isn’t Just Another Consumable

Formulators spend significant resources to develop coolant that optimizes a machining process based on what materials, machine, and tooling a manufacturer is using. Don’t miss out on the product’s strategic value by being pennywise and pound-foolish.   

Formulators spend significant resources to develop coolant that optimizes a machining process...

Multiconfiguration Welding Workholder

WAS100 single vise and WAV200 duo universal welding vises from Strong Hand Tools

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.

Strong Hand Tools’ universal vises quickly and securely clamp stock of different...

Vise Kit Makes Automating Much Easier

Schunk’s Tandem PGS3-LH 100 vise

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.

Schunk’s Tandem PGS3-LH 100 clamping force block for basic aluminum and plastics...

Workholders Enhance Productivity for More Than CNC Machining

Mate Precision Technologies 52/96 zero-point product line

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.

Comprising self-centering vises, quick-change bases and mounting accessories, Mate Precision Technologies’ 52/96...

Three Robot-Ready 5-Axis Vises

Kurt Workholding Precision Force (PF) MaxLock vises

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.

Kurt Workholding replaces HP-model vises with Precision Force (PF) MaxLock vises featuring...

Redesigned Insert Clamp Improves Rigidity

Horn USA’s Supermini

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.

The toolholder for Horn USA’s Supermini grooving and boring tools applies a...

Manual Swing Clamps Provide the Best of Both Worlds

Destaco’s manually actuated swing clamp

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.

Destaco combined the best features of pneumatic swing clamps and straight line...

End-Effector Kits Increase Cobot Flexibility

With Video
ATI Industrial Automation end-effector kits

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.

Do you own a Fanuc CRX cobot? Thinking of buying one? ATI...

How to Become a Multipass Welding Master

Multipass welds are often required in pipeline, ship, heavy-duty structural and pressure vessel construction. Selecting the proper abrasives and cleaning properly between each pass can help optimize results, saving the operation time and money.

Multipass welds are often required in pipeline, ship, heavy-duty structural and pressure...

Handheld Analyzer For Metal Alloy Analysis

, Rigaku Analytical Devices’ KT-100S

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.

Smaller and lighter than other laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) analyzers, Rigaku Analytical...

Ultrasonic Thickness Gage with Temperature Compensation

38DL Plus ultrasonic thickness gage from Olympus Scientific Solutions Americas

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.

The 38DL Plus with 38-Link wireless adaptor for connecting to the Olympus...

Handheld Sensor Reliably Measures Countersinks on Various Surfaces

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LMI’s 27-ounce LaserGage HS742

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.

LMI Corp.’s LaserGage HS742 3D sensor is a 3D laser profiler and...

Updated Software Expands Force Gage Versatility

Ametek’s Chatillon DF II Series digital force gage

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.

Ametek’s Chatillon DFS II Series digital force gage with ForceTest 2.0 software...

Why You WANT Variable Gage Analysis (GR&R) Results

Some manufacturers shy away from conducting gage repeatability and reproducibility (GR&R) studies because the results are inconsistent. But because variability is unavoidable, your goal is to calibrate that measuring device to consistently return an acceptable range of results.

Some manufacturers shy away from conducting gage repeatability and reproducibility (GR&R) studies...
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Wisconsin Manufacturing & Technology Show
October 5 - 7, 2021
West Allis, WI
HOUSTEX
October 5 - 7, 2021
Houston, TX
EASTEC
October 19 - 21, 2021
West Springfield, Massachusetts
SOUTHTEC
October 26 - 28, 2021
Greenville, SC
The Assembly Show
October 26 - 28, 2021
Rosemont, IL
The Quality Show
October 26 - 28, 2021
Rosemont, IL
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