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October 2014

3D, Robots, Big Data and a Few Memories

Looking back at IMTS 2014, we all got a peek into the future of additive manufacturing and process chains, plus a few exciting concepts that are going to find their way into the operation of your shop very soon.

Looking back at IMTS 2014, we all got a peek into the...

Safety in the Digital Age: Regulating Worker Use of Distracting Devices

The dangers of distraction while working have garnered a great deal of attention. Distraction increases the risk of injury, but taking the appropriate steps to reduce distraction are neither easy nor simple. Much thought must be given to the consequences, fairness, and practicality of any regulations aimed at reducing the risks associated with worker distraction.

The dangers of distraction while working have garnered a great deal of...

Breaking Down Automated Bending

With Video

Here are five basic areas to evaluate when considering whether it is right to invest in an automated bending solution, and if so, which type of system to choose.

Here are five basic areas to evaluate when considering whether it is...

Flat Metal Doesn’t Always Mean Stress Relieved Metal

With Video

Parts leveling can’t free a shop from the stress caused by a missed shipping date, but it CAN relieve those production frustrations caused by metal components loaded with internal stresses that are released during welding, laser cutting, punching or bending. 

Parts leveling can't free a shop from the stress caused by a...

Ultra-High Pressure Direct-Drive Pump

This 100 hp direct-drive pump from OMAX uses EnduroMAX® technology to improve reliability and lower operating costs by delivering JetPower at the nozzle that is equal to 135 hp intensifier designs.

This 100 hp direct-drive pump from OMAX uses EnduroMAX® technology to improve...

More Productivity, Less Power

With Video

For this family-run sheet metal fabricator, moving to Ex-Series servo-electric punch presses solved its power consumption problems and improved productivity at a stroke. 

For this family-run sheet metal fabricator, moving to Ex-Series servo-electric punch presses...

From Days to Minutes

To dramatically shorten design-to-manufacture time, this advanced 3D simulator unveils powerful real-time visualization with collision detection that speeds tube bending program development so that shops can optimize their computer-controlled bending machines.

To dramatically shorten design-to-manufacture time, this advanced 3D simulator unveils powerful real-time...

Revolutionary Downhole Casing and Pipe Cutting System

With Video

Designed especially for oil, gas and mining applications, the CenJet 90® cutting system developed by Centura Oil uses Jet Edge equipment to cut up to 300 ft under the surface at any angle: horizontal, vertical and even overhead. 

Designed especially for oil, gas and mining applications, the CenJet 90® cutting...

3D, Robots, Big Data and a Few Memories

Looking back at IMTS 2014, we all got a peek into the future of additive manufacturing and process chains, plus a few exciting concepts that are going to find their way into the operation of your shop very soon.

Looking back at IMTS 2014, we all got a peek into the...

A New Realm of 5-Axis Machining and Multitasking

Smooth Technology from Mazak is a complete process performance platform that spans the entire part-production landscape from programming and setup to metal removal operations to automation to monitoring/data collection and transfer.

Smooth Technology from Mazak is a complete process performance platform that spans...

High Speed Mill-Turn Multitasking of Complex Parts

With Video

The Puma SMX 3100 S Mill-Turn Multitasking Machine from Doosan offers a rigid 90 deg vertical axis and forward positioned automatic tool changer for improved milling capabilities and enhanced operator ergonomics.

The Puma SMX 3100 S Mill-Turn Multitasking Machine from Doosan offers a...

Grind Two Eccentric Areas in the Same Chucking

GPES-30 CNC Eccentric Pin / Polygon Grinders from Shigiya grind two different eccentric areas within the same chucking to eliminate or drastically reduce setup time.

GPES-30 CNC Eccentric Pin / Polygon Grinders from Shigiya grind two different eccentric...

Part Marking Made Easy

With Video

ROBERT I. ROBOTICS makes part marking easy with the RMU standard controller for Microdot and Scribe series systems and the ECO easy to use station for basic marking requirements.

ROBERT I. ROBOTICS makes part marking easy with the RMU standard controller...

Adaptive Machining, Real Time Vibration Monitoring

With Video

Software-based systems for adaptive machining, real time vibration monitoring and shop floor production management from Omative is now available to both shops and machine tool builders.

Software-based systems for adaptive machining, real time vibration monitoring and shop floor...

5-Axis Machining Center for Complex Parts

With Video

The FM 200/5AX Linear from Doosan performs simultaneous 5-axis contouring on medical devices, automotive turbo chargers and other precision parts.

The FM 200/5AX Linear from Doosan performs simultaneous 5-axis contouring on medical...

Advanced Robotics, Automation for Manufacturing Cells

With Video

ABB Robotics offers the new IRB1200 robot family, the FlexMT machine tending cell, and part handling with the higher payload FlexPicker delta robot for job shops of varying sizes serving different industry sectors.

ABB Robotics offers the new IRB1200 robot family, the FlexMT machine tending...

Competitively Priced Line of Accurate CNC Lathes

VivaTurn slant bed CNC lathes from SMTCL-Americas come in a simple 2-axis configuration with standard FANUC 0i-TD control, NSK Bearings, and a hydraulic tailstock.

VivaTurn slant bed CNC lathes from SMTCL-Americas come in a simple 2-axis...

Milling Control Offers Optional Turning Functions

The TNC 640 milling machine control from Heidenhain allows the operator to transition from milling to turning cycles in the same program.

The TNC 640 milling machine control from Heidenhain allows the operator to...

Vertical Turning Centers for Large, Heavy Parts

With Video

GV-1200M and GV-1600M vertical turning centers from Yama Seiki use highly rigid construction to easily overcome horizontal turning centers’ problems when machining large diameter, heavy weighted and non-symmetrical work pieces.

GV-1200M and GV-1600M vertical turning centers from Yama Seiki use highly rigid...

High Speed Horizontal Machining of Largest Parts in Class

The HMC500 from OKK is built for speed and faster cycle times, with exceptionally fast automatic pallet and tool changers and the ability to complete deep boring operations without rotating the pallet.

The HMC500 from OKK is built for speed and faster cycle times,...

Shoot from the Hip

With Video

This orthopedics manufacturer achieves one hit machining in an automated lights-out environment using advanced turn-mill machines that take their custom implants for coated hip replacement to a whole new efficiency.

This orthopedics manufacturer achieves one hit machining in an automated lights-out environment...

Gear Hobbers and Control Migration

With Video

This is the story of how Bourn & Koch upgraded its older gear hobbers to advanced CNC systems to machine large bull and cluster gears, worms, shafts, splines and pinions for the defense and aerospace, oil/gas drilling, mining, heavy equipment and power generation industries.

This is the story of how Bourn & Koch upgraded its older...

A Chip Off the Old Block

With Video

Dart masters the “peaks and valleys” of custom engine block production with an advanced American-made Sunnen SV-20 flexible honing system that uses programmable control to replicate “best” engine parameters and produce expert results with minimal operator expertise.

Dart masters the "peaks and valleys" of custom engine block production with...

FABTECH 2014: Welding

With Video

Here are some reviews of the welding equipment and other systems being exhibited at this year’s show.

Here are some reviews of the welding equipment and other systems being...

Advanced Welding Automation and CNC Cutting

With Video

ESAB offers the Swift Arc SL side-load robotic cell with new tandem Swift Arc Transfer MIG welding and the Hydrocut LX combination waterjet and plasma cutting system.

ESAB offers the Swift Arc SL side-load robotic cell with new tandem...

Characteristics of Heat Treatable vs. Non Heat Treatable Aluminum Alloys

With Video

There are certainly differences in strengths for aluminum alloys, whether they are heat-treatable or not. These different characteristics impact the final strength of the weld because these alloys differ in their chemical and metallurgical structure and in how they react during the welding process.

There are certainly differences in strengths for aluminum alloys, whether they are...

Advancements for Welding Galvanized Steel in Automotive Applications

Galvanized steel, with its protective layer of zinc oxide on the surface, offers excellent corrosion resistance and high strength, even at thinner gauges. These features make it an increasingly popular material in automotive applications, because it allows manufacturers to build lighter-weight vehicles capable of greater gas mileage, while still maintaining safety and quality.

Galvanized steel, with its protective layer of zinc oxide on the surface,...

Servo Gearheads for Demanding Automation Applications

Planetary gearboxes and matching stepper motors from Neugart are ideal for automated machine tool systems and controlled-motion applications. 

Planetary gearboxes and matching stepper motors from Neugart are ideal for automated...

Automation Optimizes Machining Time

Bosch Rexroth offers open, scalable CNC platforms, advanced automation technologies and open programming tools that help optimize cutting, forming and machining times and improve production flexibility and precision.

Bosch Rexroth offers open, scalable CNC platforms, advanced automation technologies and open...

Servomotors and Drives

New AC servomotor and AC drive systems from HPB Motion Control include a Direct Drive Torque Motor, a permanent magnet Linear Servomotor, and an indexing Rotary Table.

New AC servomotor and AC drive systems from HPB Motion Control include a...

Maximum Speed Without Sacrificing Torque

Direct drive motors from ETEL improve the performance of machining centers, milling/turning machines, rotary tables/milling heads, and multi-spindle and transfer machines.

Direct drive motors from ETEL improve the performance of machining centers, milling/turning...

Helpful Alignment Tips for Machine Shops

With Video

Here are some ways to evaluate and correct offset or centerline misalignment and parallelism or angular misalignment on boring mills, lathes and other rotating machine tool equipment.

Here are some ways to evaluate and correct offset or centerline misalignment...

Advanced Source Capture Technology Creates Larger Area for Weld Fume Capture

With Video

Employing source capture in the welding operation helps maintain compliance with regulations, avoid potential fines and create a safe and comfortable work environment. Because selecting the appropriate type of system for a given welding operation can be more difficult, here are some factors to consider in terms of cost, space requirements and the actual welding application.

Employing source capture in the welding operation helps maintain compliance with regulations,...

Safety in the Digital Age: Regulating Worker Use of Distracting Devices

The dangers of distraction while working have garnered a great deal of attention. Distraction increases the risk of injury, but taking the appropriate steps to reduce distraction are neither easy nor simple. Much thought must be given to the consequences, fairness, and practicality of any regulations aimed at reducing the risks associated with worker distraction.

The dangers of distraction while working have garnered a great deal of...

The Whole Picture in Holemaking

With Video

Today’s holemaking techniques need to be more efficient than ever to meet greater demands and closer tolerances. Ultimately, the tool — and its application — matter. For optimal success, it’s time to see the whole picture.

Today’s holemaking techniques need to be more efficient than ever to meet...

Super Fast Small Bore Cutting

With Video

The Vardex MiTM 19 from Vargus uses an extensive array of single-flute tools to machine standard and conical applications.

The Vardex MiTM 19 from Vargus uses an extensive array of single-flute...

Broach Also Stamps Parts Inside Machine

With Video

This rotary broach from Polygon Solutions is used to make hexagon or square holes and also stamp or mark the part in the lathe or milling machine without having to remove it. 

This rotary broach from Polygon Solutions is used to make hexagon or...

Reinventing the Unbreakable Grip

With Video

Examine the design of these machine tool vise jaws to understand how they enable aggressive 5-axis machining of high-value medical and aerospace parts in a single setup by clamping on as little as 2 mm of surface.

Examine the design of these machine tool vise jaws to understand how...

Software Automates Quality Inspection

With Video

Verisurf X8 makes CMMs, portable CMMs, and 3D scanners more productive for automated inspection, guided assembly, and reverse engineering.

Verisurf X8 makes CMMs, portable CMMs, and 3D scanners more productive for...

Compact Manual Balancing Systems

The SB-2000 and the portable SB-2000-P from Schmitt Industries provide exceptional balancing accuracy to within 0.02 µ displacement in a spindle speed range of 30 to 100,000 rpm.

The SB-2000 and the portable SB-2000-P from Schmitt Industries provide exceptional balancing...

Replacing Tactile Probing with Laser Scanners

With Video

This technical assessment explains how the new inspection methods for diagnostic measurement of sheet metal components and body-in-white assemblies at this Turkish automotive manufacturer involves cross scanners being used on coordinate measuring machines.

This technical assessment explains how the new inspection methods for diagnostic measurement...
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