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May 2020

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Convenience: The New Manufacturing Service. Machine failures delay orders, scrap parts, and cause costly downtime. Traditional service calls require expensive, time-consuming on-site visits by the equipment maker's technicians. Enter remote monitoring, an Internet of Things (IoT)-enabled post-sale service that can predict and prevent breakdowns. Machines collect and transmit operational data to the equipment maker via the cloud, where technicians can see, understand, and quickly troubleshoot the customer's equipment issue in near real-time.

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5 Ways to Calculate Your Actual Welding Costs

welder making multiple trips between the joint and power source

Tracking equipment purchases, labor hours, filler metal, and consumables is obvious and relatively straightforward. If you’re like many fabricators, though, you’re probably also budgeting for expenses you shouldn’t have to incur.

Tracking equipment purchases, labor hours, filler metal, and consumables is obvious and...

Busted: 5 Myths About Metal-Cored Welding Wire

Metal-cored wire isn’t new, but there are often misconceptions about applications, cost, performance, strength, and workability compared to solid wire. Read on to learn how you might be missing opportunities to increase welding operation productivity for less cost.

Metal-cored wire isn’t new, but there are often misconceptions about applications, cost,...

How to Prevent Common Causes of Poor Weld Wire Feeding

Identifying the culprit can be complicated. Luckily, premature consumables failure, burnbacks, and bird-nesting are often easily resolved – so you’ll soon be welding again.

Identifying the culprit can be complicated. Luckily, premature consumables failure, burnbacks, and...

Wheel Manufacturer Uses Data to Maximize Preventive Maintenance

Predictronics Corp.’s PDX platform

A global automotive wheels manufacturer worked with two industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) companies — IoTco LLC and Predictronics Corp. – to design and deploy a data-monitoring application that pinpoints potential future failures.

A global automotive wheels manufacturer worked with two industrial Internet of Things...

Forging the Factory of the Future

ABB Ability IIoT

Manufacturer signs three-year service agreement that will transition the operation from fixing one robot at a time after a failure to monitoring the performance of 30 robots individually and as a fleet.

Manufacturer signs three-year service agreement that will transition the operation from fixing...

Augmented Reality Speeds Remote Troubleshooting

With Video
Trumpf Smart Glasses

Trumpf makes remote support easier with an app and hardware that enables customers to more easily explain machine and software issues they’re encountering. The Smart Glasses enable the two parties to share and annotate photos and videos.

Trumpf makes remote support easier with an app and hardware that enables...

Mitsubishi Electric Consolidates CNC After-Sale Services

Mitsubishi CNC Total Care

Tailored for the company’s M8, M7, and M6 Control Series, the CNC Total Care Package combines software backup, machine tuning, and preventive maintenance to minimize downtime. The goal is to make customers’ machines as productive as they were when new.

Tailored for the company’s M8, M7, and M6 Control Series, the CNC...

Cloud-Based Cutting Tool Configurator Saves Time and Money

Machining Cloud configurator

MachiningCloud fast-tracks a shop’s entire workflow by providing direct access to tooling data and speed-and-feed recommendations that can be read directly into CAM and simulation programs. In addition to enabling users to quickly configure the right tool for a job, the platform provides pricing and availability.

MachiningCloud fast-tracks a shop’s entire workflow by providing direct access to tooling...

Free Diagnostic Service Leverages Machine Data to Quickly Resolve Production Issues

LVD Strippit Teleservice

Standard on all new models of lasers, press brakes, and punch presses, LVD Strippit’s Teleservice is an Internet of Things (IoT)-enabled post-sale service that maximizes uptime by minimizing troubleshooting time. It’s also used to install control software and CADMAN software module updates.

Standard on all new models of lasers, press brakes, and punch presses,...

Buy a CNC Press Brake for Less than $100,000

Available in just one configuration, Trumpf’s TruBend 2100 is aimed at fabricators that don’t have enough volume to justify a high-end bending machine. Order the machine online directly from the company for $95,000.

Available in just one configuration, Trumpf’s TruBend 2100 is aimed at fabricators...

Energy-Efficient Hydraulic Press Brakes

Touted as the “E-standard of the future” for heavy-duty hydraulic press brakes, SafanDarley’s H-Brakes hydraulic press brakes range from 175 tons to 1250 tons in capacity and provide bending lengths from 3,100 mm to 6,220 mm.

Touted as the “E-standard of the future” for heavy-duty hydraulic press brakes,...

MC Machinery Systems Adds Hydraulic Press Brake Line

MC Machinery Systems and Portuguese manufacturer Adira have formed a sales-and-service partnership to deliver press brakes with capacities ranging from 100 tons to more than 2,000 tons throughout North America.

MC Machinery Systems and Portuguese manufacturer Adira have formed a sales-and-service partnership...

Small-Footprint Electric Press Brake

With its 25-inch bending length and 30-inch table length, MC Machinery Systems’ 28-ton BB306 press brake fits just about any facility. AC servomotor and ball screw drive ensure high-speed productivity and repeatability.

With its 25-inch bending length and 30-inch table length, MC Machinery Systems’...

40-Ton Electric Press Brake

LVD Strippit expands its Dyna-Press Series with the 40/15 Pro. The 40-ton press brake can be combined with an industrial robot to create an automatic Dyna-Cell bending cell.

LVD Strippit expands its Dyna-Press Series with the 40/15 Pro. The 40-ton...

Plug-and-Play Press Brake Automation

Bystronic’s Xpert 40 press brake lets users automatically process large lots or manually bend small lots and individual parts. With a few simple steps, the Mobile Bending Cell’s robot aligns itself with the machine.

Bystronic’s Xpert 40 press brake lets users automatically process large lots or...

Compact Automation Solution Extends Press Brake Scope and Precision

Bystronic’s Xpert 150-ton-to-320-ton press brakes automatically swap tools using a space-saving integrated tool changer. Users won’t bend a part using the wrong tool and tools aren’t incorrectly inserted into the machine’s upper or lower beam.

Bystronic’s Xpert 150-ton-to-320-ton press brakes automatically swap tools using a space-saving integrated...

Press Brake with Modular Power Package

Available in three models with capacities ranging from 110 tons to 350 tons and numerous options, Bystronic’s Xpert Pro press brake offers a solution for virtually any sheet metal processing application.

Available in three models with capacities ranging from 110 tons to 350...

Automation-Ready 5-Axis Vertical Machining Center

Mazak VARIAXIS C-600

Featuring the newest CNC in Mazak’s Smooth Technology platform, the Variaxis C-600 simultaneous 5-axis VMC can optimize cutting via functions ranging from digital synchronization to artificial intelligence-powered machining modules. Optional robot interface enables automatic loading/unloading of parts.

Featuring the newest CNC in Mazak’s Smooth Technology platform, the Variaxis C-600...

Forging the Factory of the Future

ABB Ability IIoT

Manufacturer signs three-year service agreement that will transition the operation from fixing one robot at a time after a failure to monitoring the performance of 30 robots individually and as a fleet.

Manufacturer signs three-year service agreement that will transition the operation from fixing...

Have We Achieved Lights-Out Electrical Discharge Machining (EDM)?

GF Machining Solutions Live Remote Assistance

In line with Industry 4.0, the rConnect central communications platform from GF Machining Solutions is one step closer to elimination of process downtime, improved machine performance, and fully predictive manufacturing process and product quality.

In line with Industry 4.0, the rConnect central communications platform from GF...

Mitsubishi Electric Consolidates CNC After-Sale Services

Mitsubishi CNC Total Care

Tailored for the company’s M8, M7, and M6 Control Series, the CNC Total Care Package combines software backup, machine tuning, and preventive maintenance to minimize downtime. The goal is to make customers’ machines as productive as they were when new.

Tailored for the company’s M8, M7, and M6 Control Series, the CNC...

Artificial Intelligence Powers Spindle Health Monitoring

Mazak Spindle Health Monitoring

Predictive analytics diagnose pre-failure conditions before downtime occurs. Mazak’s Spindle Health Monitoring System uses edge computing and algorithms to model a spindle’s baseline signature against which anomalies that indicate developing alignment or balance issues are readily identifiable.

Predictive analytics diagnose pre-failure conditions before downtime occurs. Mazak’s Spindle Health Monitoring...

Cloud-Based Cutting Tool Configurator Saves Time and Money

Machining Cloud configurator

MachiningCloud fast-tracks a shop’s entire workflow by providing direct access to tooling data and speed-and-feed recommendations that can be read directly into CAM and simulation programs. In addition to enabling users to quickly configure the right tool for a job, the platform provides pricing and availability.

MachiningCloud fast-tracks a shop’s entire workflow by providing direct access to tooling...

Updated Centering Vice for Vertical Machining Centers

Hoffman Group’s Garant Xtric is available with a center jaw, gripper mounting holes, endutec automation interface, and four additional base lengths. The vice provides 25 kN of clamping force.

Hoffman Group’s Garant Xtric is available with a center jaw, gripper mounting...

Vertical Machining Center for Small Parts

Palmgren’s 8.5-inch-by-27-inch vertical machining center (VMC) is an economical way to manufacture small parts. An automatic tool changer and 8-tool magazine make the machine suited for prototyping and short run shops.

Palmgren’s 8.5-inch-by-27-inch vertical machining center (VMC) is an economical way to manufacture...

Methods Machine Tools Introduces Its Own Line of VMCs

Methods Machine Tools is offering four 3-axis vertical machining centers (VMCs) and a 5-axis bridge-type machining center made by Taiwanese tool builder Litz Hitech. Equipped with Fanuc controls, they provide an accurate and reliable mid-range machining solution.

Methods Machine Tools is offering four 3-axis vertical machining centers (VMCs) and...

How Profitable Can You Be With Brass?

Find out using a free machine tool payback calculator created by the Copper Development Association Inc. (CDA). Visit https://highspeedmachiningbrass.com/profit/.

Find out using a free machine tool payback calculator created by the...

Vertical Machining Center Series for Large Components

Designed for large-volume production of complex structural components for the automotive and aerospace industries, the FZ/DZ 25 series of two-spindle vertical machining centers (VMCs) from Chiron Group delivers 20,000 rpm in a small footprint.

Designed for large-volume production of complex structural components for the automotive and...

Affordable, Compact Drilling and Tapping Centers

The Tongtai VTX series from Absolute Machine Tools provide speeds up to 2,362 ipm in all axes and acceleration of 1.2 g. Two types of high-speed automatic tool-changing systems are available.

The Tongtai VTX series from Absolute Machine Tools provide speeds up to...

Forging the Factory of the Future

ABB Ability IIoT

Manufacturer signs three-year service agreement that will transition the operation from fixing one robot at a time after a failure to monitoring the performance of 30 robots individually and as a fleet.

Manufacturer signs three-year service agreement that will transition the operation from fixing...

5 Ways to Calculate Your Actual Welding Costs

welder making multiple trips between the joint and power source

Tracking equipment purchases, labor hours, filler metal, and consumables is obvious and relatively straightforward. If you’re like many fabricators, though, you’re probably also budgeting for expenses you shouldn’t have to incur.

Tracking equipment purchases, labor hours, filler metal, and consumables is obvious and...

Busted: 5 Myths About Metal-Cored Welding Wire

Metal-cored wire isn’t new, but there are often misconceptions about applications, cost, performance, strength, and workability compared to solid wire. Read on to learn how you might be missing opportunities to increase welding operation productivity for less cost.

Metal-cored wire isn’t new, but there are often misconceptions about applications, cost,...

Two in One: Hybrid Milling/Friction Stir Welding Machine 

Mazak expands its line of multitasking machining centers with the VTC-300C FSW, a milling machine with friction stir welding (FSW) package for joining alloys with low melting points. Machine also features full traveling-column design, automatic tool changer, and 40-taper spindle.

Mazak expands its line of multitasking machining centers with the VTC-300C FSW,...

Cost-Effective Alternative to Thoriated Tungsten Electrodes

Comprised of three scientifically balanced oxides that promote migration and evaporation rates, Diamond Ground Products’ thorium-free Tri-Mix tungsten electrodes are a cost-effective and safe alternative to Wolfram Industries’ 2% thoriated tungsten electrodes.

Comprised of three scientifically balanced oxides that promote migration and evaporation rates,...

Purge Unit Protects Electrical Equipment in Class I Hazardous Areas

When used with the company’s PV-2 spark-arresting vent, the YZ102 from Best Purging Systems expedites purging by supplying, regulating, and monitoring gas supply to an enclosure. Available in three mounting positions.

When used with the company’s PV-2 spark-arresting vent, the YZ102 from Best...

Robotic Welding Station Increases Strength by Ensuring Consistency

The biggest challenge to achieving a strong bond when welding thick walls are discrepancies between the CAD drawing and the in-process weld. Pemamek’s laser scan-driven control system overcomes this difficulty by automatically correcting weld path based on groove geometry.

The biggest challenge to achieving a strong bond when welding thick walls...

How to Prevent Common Causes of Poor Weld Wire Feeding

Identifying the culprit can be complicated. Luckily, premature consumables failure, burnbacks, and bird-nesting are often easily resolved – so you’ll soon be welding again.

Identifying the culprit can be complicated. Luckily, premature consumables failure, burnbacks, and...

Artificial Intelligence Powers Spindle Health Monitoring

Mazak Spindle Health Monitoring

Predictive analytics diagnose pre-failure conditions before downtime occurs. Mazak’s Spindle Health Monitoring System uses edge computing and algorithms to model a spindle’s baseline signature against which anomalies that indicate developing alignment or balance issues are readily identifiable.

Predictive analytics diagnose pre-failure conditions before downtime occurs. Mazak’s Spindle Health Monitoring...

Wheel Manufacturer Uses Data to Maximize Preventive Maintenance

Predictronics Corp.’s PDX platform

A global automotive wheels manufacturer worked with two industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) companies — IoTco LLC and Predictronics Corp. – to design and deploy a data-monitoring application that pinpoints potential future failures.

A global automotive wheels manufacturer worked with two industrial Internet of Things...

Rougher/Finisher Combo Is Up To 300% More Efficient Than Drill/Reamer Combinations

Unlike boring tools that involve time-consuming benchwork and complicated measuring for proper part repositioning, Seco Tool’s JC898 rougher and JC899 hybrid stacker simplify CFRP-titanium and CFRP-aluminum hybrid material holemaking and milling operations by eliminating post-machining work.

Unlike boring tools that involve time-consuming benchwork and complicated measuring for proper...

Four Settings for High, Consistent Clamping Force

Samchully power vises feature a mechanical multiplier booster system to provide high force with minimal input at the handle. Set the clamping force with the one-touch preset dial and the key stops turning when desired torque is reached.

Samchully power vises feature a mechanical multiplier booster system to provide high...

Zero-Point Clamping Clamps Down on Idle Times

Rohm’s Easylock system offers repeatability of less than 5 µm. Its draw bolt system creates a precision interface between the receiver unit and pallet carrier, which can be fitted with vises, stationary lathe chucks, collet chucks and customized fixturing solutions.

Rohm’s Easylock system offers repeatability of less than 5 µm. Its draw...

Solid Carbide Drill with SGL-Point Geometry

Kennametal’s chip-friendly fluke design keeps stainless steel, nickel, and cobalt-based alloys from sticking to the cutting tool in aerospace and energy applications. The B21*SGL’s low thrust level enables productive drilling in delicate workpiece geometries.

Kennametal’s chip-friendly fluke design keeps stainless steel, nickel, and cobalt-based alloys from...

Indexing Plunger’s Position Signal Automates Status Checks

A sensor on JW Winco’s GN 817.6 indexing plunger reports visual and audible alerts when the plunger pin passes two-thirds of the plunger distance. A three-wire electrical signal is transmitted by cable, which integrates more easily than a wireless connection.

A sensor on JW Winco’s GN 817.6 indexing plunger reports visual and...

Modular System Expedites Lathe Tooling Changeovers

Offering flexibility and cost savings, the Preci-Flex modular toolholding system from Exsys Canada enables shops to capitalize on the ER collet pocket concept. Compact design enables maximum torque transmission for better machining accuracy.

Offering flexibility and cost savings, the Preci-Flex modular toolholding system from Exsys...

Updated Centering Vice for Vertical Machining Centers

Hoffman Group’s Garant Xtric is available with a center jaw, gripper mounting holes, endutec automation interface, and four additional base lengths. The vice provides 25 kN of clamping force.

Hoffman Group’s Garant Xtric is available with a center jaw, gripper mounting...

Force Multiplier: How Dual Contact Improves Tool Rigidity

A conventional toolholder is supported only by the connection between toolholder taper and spindle taper. Adding a second connection – between the spindle face and toolholder’s larger-diameter flange face – resists deflection up to 40% in long toolholders.

A conventional toolholder is supported only by the connection between toolholder taper...

Control and Optimize Rotary Axes Performance in Real Time

Marposs AxiCheck software

Parallelism of the axis of rotation and accuracy of its center are fundamental characteristics for a machine tool with rotary axes to properly function. AxiCheck software from Marposs enables users to quickly correct errors that could impact the workpiece and conduct proactive maintenance.

Parallelism of the axis of rotation and accuracy of its center are...

Automated EMC Test System for Both 5G Frequency Ranges

The TS8996 RSE from Rohde & Schwarz uses the company’s Elektra EMC test software, which has been upgraded with measurement and calibration routines for 5G development and compliance tests. The system enables fully automatic emission measurements on wireless communication equipment.

The TS8996 RSE from Rohde & Schwarz uses the company’s Elektra EMC...

Prevents Machine Damage by Monitoring Spindle Elongation

With four monitoring modules, the Artis GEMDS system from Marposs provides real-time feedback on spindle characteristics that’s critical to avoiding out-of-tolerance parts. The system easily integrates into existing controls, network environments, and Industry 4.0 solutions.

With four monitoring modules, the Artis GEMDS system from Marposs provides real-time...

Spindle Optimization to Prevent Drawbar Failure and Downtime

Monitoring drawbar force is fast and easy with JM Performance Products’ ClampForce gage. With gage heads available in four ft/lb configurations, the gage is sold as a complete kit in a heavy-duty toolbox.

Monitoring drawbar force is fast and easy with JM Performance Products’ ClampForce...

High-Accuracy Ring Encoder Resists Contamination

The Heidenhain ERM 2203 is ideal for contaminated environments and applications that don’t require an optical encoder’s accuracy level. The magnetic ring encoder retains the 200 µm signal period, but with approximately 30% less graduation error. 

The Heidenhain ERM 2203 is ideal for contaminated environments and applications that don’t...

CT Scanner Produces 3D Data, Fine Details of Light Metal Parts

With Video

Exact Metrology is distributing the German-made GOM CT scanner in the U.S. In addition to controlling the device, the scanner’s software analyzes and provides high-resolution internal as well as external component geometries in 3D.

Exact Metrology is distributing the German-made GOM CT scanner in the U.S....

Measuring Offline Takes 1 Minute, Not 15

Big Kaiser’s entry-level Speroni STP Essentia tool presetting system is efficient and easy to use. Operators measure and match cutting edges of tools to the job right next to the machine tool.

Big Kaiser’s entry-level Speroni STP Essentia tool presetting system is efficient and...

Measure 48-Inch Components on the Shop Floor

American Precision Gauge solves an age-old measuring limitation for shafting, piping, tubing, and other long components. Use the digital caliper for quality control or build it in as a setup gauge or touch-off.

American Precision Gauge solves an age-old measuring limitation for shafting, piping, tubing,...

Bringing Flexibility to 100% Inspection of Precision Turned Parts

A Michigan automotive component supplier finds the ideal tool for quickly and confidently ensuring 600 active parts meet zero-defects requirements. Two Resec Systems ShadowGage Sorters paid for themselves within six months.

A Michigan automotive component supplier finds the ideal tool for quickly and...
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