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October 2020

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Safe Shops: Factory Operations in the Pandemic. Until there's a vaccine, fabrication and machining companies must continue taking extra precautions to protect the physical and mental health of employees and their families. We share best practices for floor layout, scheduling, sanitation, testing and monitoring, and communications.

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Totally Tubular: Take Profile Design to the Next Level

One of the fastest-growing sectors of North American metal manufacturing is laser processing of tubes and profiles. Design software and machines that automatically perform multiple manufacturing steps are making this complicated fabrication process cost-effective for smaller companies.

One of the fastest-growing sectors of North American metal manufacturing is laser...

Beautify Welds Without Resorting to Anti-Spatter Compounds

Being sprayed with searing-hot drops of melted metal is one aspect of the job no welder relishes. Following these five productivity, quality, and cost-saving tips will produce better-looking welds with less mess.

Being sprayed with searing-hot drops of melted metal is one aspect of...

Deburring for Applications with Tight Tolerances and Heat Sensitivity

Tridex Technology electrochemical grinding (ECG)

Unlike conventional grinding, wire EDM, and lasers, Tridex Technology’s SG-1645 and SG-2060 electrochemical grinders quickly provide a burr-free cut in one pass with no heat-affected zone, recast layer, or work hardening of the material. Arthroscopic shaver teeth are commonly produced by conventional abrasive grinding, wire EDM, or laser cutting, but each method has disadvantages.  

Unlike conventional grinding, wire EDM, and lasers, Tridex Technology’s SG-1645 and SG-2060...

Compact Deburring and Edge-Rounding Machine

Midwest Automation Mighty 9 dry deburring and finishing machine

With its 9-inch-wide footprint, Midwest Automation’s Mighty 9 finishing machine fits virtually anywhere on a shop floor. Fixed belt (FB), adjustable belt (AB), and top brush (TB) abrasive head assemblies provide flexibility by allowing multiple  combinations.

With its 9-inch-wide footprint, Midwest Automation’s Mighty 9 finishing machine fits virtually...

Updated Machine Allows Lights-Out Deburring and Chamfering

TM 1000-CNC from Helios Gear Products

Helios Gear Products adds CNC capability to Tecnomacchine (TM) deburring and chamfering machines to improve repeatability, programmability, and ease of use. The TM 1000-CNC’s 8 axes and two spindles handle parts up to 40 inches (1 meter) in diameter.

Helios Gear Products adds CNC capability to Tecnomacchine (TM) deburring and chamfering...

Part Deburring, Cleaning, and Drying On A 15-Second Cycle

Ecoclean’s EcoCvelox

Combining high-pressure water jet deburring with low-pressure part cleaning and drying processes, the EcoCvelox from Ecoclean Inc. is a one-stop finishing solution. Highly configurable equipment enables highly flexible process design.

Combining high-pressure water jet deburring with low-pressure part cleaning and drying processes,...

Deburr, Polish, Clean, and Dry Parts in 5 Seconds

Bel Air Finishing’s all-in-one AutoHone

By rotating media instead of parts, Bel Air Finishing’s AutoHone robotic deburring machine eliminates scrapes and chips that occur when parts collide with each other in tumblers and centrifugal disk finishers. Parts are secured for deburring and polishing in an automated process.

By rotating media instead of parts, Bel Air Finishing’s AutoHone robotic deburring...

Totally Tubular: Take Profile Design to the Next Level

One of the fastest-growing sectors of North American metal manufacturing is laser processing of tubes and profiles. Design software and machines that automatically perform multiple manufacturing steps are making this complicated fabrication process cost-effective for smaller companies.

One of the fastest-growing sectors of North American metal manufacturing is laser...

Think of Weld Traceability As Your Company’s Unofficial Insurance Policy

Yaskawa’s AccuFast II laser-based seam finder

Robotic welding cells with arc-monitoring and -reporting capability provide peace of mind in two ways. They ensure consistent production and automatically collect and store data a fabrication company can easily share with customers that impose traceability requirements.

Robotic welding cells with arc-monitoring and -reporting capability provide peace of mind...

Best Practices For Avoiding a Burr in the Saddle

Mississippi-based Ci Metal Fabrication uses on hand-held bevellers and grinders to deburr components.

Deburring ensures parts fit perfectly during welding or final assembly. This leads to higher-quality products and more efficient workflows that will save your shop time and money – and improve its bottom line.

Deburring ensures parts fit perfectly during welding or final assembly. This leads...

Turnkey Deep Hole Drilling Solutions

Somex Deep hole drilling

Why buy a new machine when you can convert an existing piece of equipment for much less money? Somex MAX spindles and accessories can be added to transfer machines, special-purpose machines, and turning machines to perform deep hole drilling.

Why buy a new machine when you can convert an existing piece...

Variable-Frequency-Drive Retrofit Kits for Older Mills

Servo VFD Plus

VFD and VFD Plus kits from Servo Products convert older step pulley mills and worn-out variable-speed mills to smooth, electronic speed control. Unlike early VFD kits, these provide full torque at the lowest RPM.

VFD and VFD Plus kits from Servo Products convert older step pulley...

CNC Vertical Turret Milling Machines

Palmgren CNC vertical turret milling machines, #9680179, Fagor Automation control

A line of machines from 101-year-old tool builder and workholding manufacturer Palmgren features Fagor Automation controls that make programming easy for any level of operator producing any size batch.

A line of machines from 101-year-old tool builder and workholding manufacturer Palmgren...

Portable Magnetic Drill Adds Multiple Features

Hougen Manufacturing’s HMD904 magnetic drill

With its powerful performance, lightweight size, small footprint, and hole capacity, the HMD904 is the most popular model in Hougen Manufacturing’s line of magnetic drills. Upgrade improve safety and lower maintenance requirements.

With its powerful performance, lightweight size, small footprint, and hole capacity, the...

User-Friendly Dual Programming of Lathes

Acu-Rite’s TURNPWR lathe

Designed for turning machine tools with up to two axes, TURNPWR control by Heidenhain’s Acu-Rite brand of digital readouts, linear scales, and controls gives machinists the option to program via a conversational format or use G-code.

Designed for turning machine tools with up to two axes, TURNPWR control...

Think of Weld Traceability As Your Company’s Unofficial Insurance Policy

Yaskawa’s AccuFast II laser-based seam finder

Robotic welding cells with arc-monitoring and -reporting capability provide peace of mind in two ways. They ensure consistent production and automatically collect and store data a fabrication company can easily share with customers that impose traceability requirements.

Robotic welding cells with arc-monitoring and -reporting capability provide peace of mind...

Beautify Welds Without Resorting to Anti-Spatter Compounds

Being sprayed with searing-hot drops of melted metal is one aspect of the job no welder relishes. Following these five productivity, quality, and cost-saving tips will produce better-looking welds with less mess.

Being sprayed with searing-hot drops of melted metal is one aspect of...

Manipulator Supports Multiple Welding Processes

Koike Aronson Ransome’s Cricket-II

Designed for use with submerged arc, TIG and MIG welding applications, Koike Aronson’s Cricket-II manipulator features a load capacity of 500 pounds, CAM roller guidance, and through-the-boom cable management.

Designed for use with submerged arc, TIG and MIG welding applications, Koike...

Robotic Welding Cuts Structural Steel Fabrication Costs in Half

McCombs Steel in Statesville, N.C., BeamMaster robotic welding

Robotic welding is much more common for automotive applications than structural steel, where beam weight and variability vastly complicate handling and programming. To combat skilled-labor shortages, a North Carolina fabricator is using PC-controlled hardware that automates programming.

Robotic welding is much more common for automotive applications than structural steel,...

EPA-Approved Sanitizer Kills Human Coronavirus

Madison Chemical’s EPA-registered Madisan 75

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) maintains a list of disinfectants that kill SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Madison Chemical’s Madisan 75 kills a wide range of pathogens in addition to SARS-CoV-2.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) maintains a list of disinfectants that kill...

Wayfinding Products Aid Social Distancing

PathFinder line from Graphic Products

Graphic Products’ PathFinder floor-marking tape is an easy and inexpensive way to reinforce best practices for minimizing the spread of infection on the shop floor and common areas. Unlike paint or permanent barriers, tape is applied within minutes and removed when needed.

Graphic Products’ PathFinder floor-marking tape is an easy and inexpensive way to...

All-in-One Temperature Scanner

ANT-FR-Q9 Antlia Systems

The ANT-FR-Q9 from Antlia Systems combines facial recognition technology with no-contact temperature detection to provide a complete access-control health security system. It’s just one in the company’s suite of out-of-the-box screening systems.

The ANT-FR-Q9 from Antlia Systems combines facial recognition technology with no-contact temperature...

Safe Shops: Factory Operations During COVID-19

All Axis Machining

Manufacturers no longer wonder when the pandemic is going to be over, but how to profitably interact with customers and suppliers in a way that protects the health of employees, their families, and the local community. As ever, U.S. metal fabricators and machining companies are highly resourceful.

Manufacturers no longer wonder when the pandemic is going to be over,...

Two High-Speed Solid Carbide Milling Cutters

Walter MC025 Advance and MD025 Supreme solid carbide milling high-feed cutters

The MC025 Advance and MD025 Supreme cutters from Walter feature high cutting speeds, exceptional reliability, and universal applicability.

The MC025 Advance and MD025 Supreme cutters from Walter feature high cutting...

Updated Design, Simulation, and Manufacturing Software

Siemens Solid Edge 2021

With Solid Edge 2021, Siemens furthers expands the functionality of its product development software suite. Enhancements include new tools for cloud-based collaboration.

With Solid Edge 2021, Siemens furthers expands the functionality of its product...

Double Turbo Square Shoulder Mills and Inserts

Seco Tools’ Double Turbo square shoulder cutters

Improve roughing operations and achieve superior surface finishes without high machine power consumption with Seco Tools’ Double Turbo line of cutters. Double-sided inserts and superior milling grades significantly lower finishing cycle times.

Improve roughing operations and achieve superior surface finishes without high machine power...

Rough and Finish with One Tool

Sandvik Coromant’s M5C90 aluminium cutter

Sandvik Coromant’s M5C90 milling cutter resolves the challenges of machining lightweight aluminium by roughing and finishing in one pass cylinder heads, cylinder blocks, and other automotive components formerly made from heavier cast iron alloys.

Sandvik Coromant’s M5C90 milling cutter resolves the challenges of machining lightweight aluminium...

High-Temperature Applications Don’t Faze This Insert

Kennametal_DOC notching

Armed with a special coating and proprietary sputtering technology, Kennametal’s KCS10B overcomes the most common challenges of machining superalloys — cratering and depth-of-cut notching — that often cause unexpected and even catastrophic tool failure.

Armed with a special coating and proprietary sputtering technology, Kennametal’s KCS10B overcomes...

Full Speed Ahead For Every Milling Job

Hoffmann Group’s Garant Power Q Double all-round system

Hoffmann Group expands its family of high-feed-rate milling tools with the Garant Power Q Double all-round system. Three-part cutting edge increases reliability and productivity by reducing cutting forces and optimizing chip evacuation.

Hoffmann Group expands its family of high-feed-rate milling tools with the Garant...

Easy-Index Cutter Heads with Contact Grip

The dual-contact grip of Big Kaiser’s fullcut mill contact grip is a threaded coupling system that achieves machining capacity close to that of integrated types. The taper and flange face make close contact for solid connection, and one holder allows selection from multiple heads.

The dual-contact grip of Big Kaiser’s fullcut mill contact grip is a...

Cutting With A Purpose

Bico Steel, Bahco Bandsaw Products

Founded in 1896, Bico Steel prides itself on being a value-add supplier of steel plate and forged steel blocks. Switching bandsaw blades helped the Michigan company prove its worth when asked to quickly deliver product for ventilators early in the pandemic.

Founded in 1896, Bico Steel prides itself on being a value-add supplier...

Troubleshooting 4 Common Cutting Wheel Problems

Shops can save time and money — and reduce safety risks — when products are used properly. Here’s what to look for and how to correct it to get the most life out of yours.

Shops can save time and money — and reduce safety risks —...

Flaw Detector Combines Multiple Features

The OmniScan X3 flaw detector from Olympus

OmniScan phased array ultrasonic testing (PAUT) instruments are known for power, reliability, and ease of use. Whether inspecting pipes, welds, pressure vessels, or composites, the OmniScan X3 flaw detector from Olympus enables users to complete their work efficiently and interpret flaws with confidence.

OmniScan phased array ultrasonic testing (PAUT) instruments are known for power, reliability, and ease of...

3D Laser Scanning Supports COVID-19 Response

NVision Inc HandHeld laser scanner

Two NVision Inc. projects demonstrate the growing role of noncontact scanning/measurement technologies in the race to create new products that minimize exposure to the novel coronavirus.

Two NVision Inc. projects demonstrate the growing role of noncontact scanning/measurement technologies...

Quickly and Easily Measure Carbide Tools and Metal Blanks

Marposs The MECLAB.T40 laser-based measuring system

Confirm tolerances without gauge remastering with the Aeroel MECLAB.T40 from Marposs. The benchtop laser measurement system doesn’t require a PC, so it’s ideal for use on the shop floor.

Confirm tolerances without gauge remastering with the Aeroel MECLAB.T40 from Marposs. The...

Lab-Quality Measurement Anywhere You Need It

Mahr’s updated MarSurf CM mobile

Equipped with a 16-bit high-dynamic-range (HDR) camera, Mahr’s updated MarSurf CM mobile optical surface metrology tool offers the highest-speed, highest-resolution confocal measurements on the shop floor and in the field.

Equipped with a 16-bit high-dynamic-range (HDR) camera, Mahr’s updated MarSurf CM mobile...

‘Total’ QA/QC with Autonomous Machine Vision (AMV)

The Inspekto S70

The developer claims its Inspekto S70 is the first truly autonomous inspection system. Driven by artificial intelligence engines that use good samples to identify noncompliant parts, the Inspekto S70 installs in minutes and is about one-tenth the cost of traditional machine vision solutions.

The developer claims its Inspekto S70 is the first truly autonomous inspection...

Nanometer-Level Motion Control for Micromachining

ALIO’s 5-axis laser gimbal and Scanlab's XLSCAN

As micro-processing quality requirements become more demanding, legacy systems don’t always meet accuracy and repeatability specifications. Built around ALIO’s 5-axis laser gimbal, 6D Laser’s integrated infinite field of view (IFOV) system increases processing speed while eliminating errors from field stitching.

As micro-processing quality requirements become more demanding, legacy systems don’t always meet...

Turnkey Robotic Inspection Cells

ABB’s 3D quality inspection (3DQI)

The scalable 3D quality inspection (3DQI) joins the FlexArc and FlexLoader in ABB’s growing portfolio of smart and flexible solutions. Designed to accelerate testing of automotive, aerospace, heavy machinery, and construction workpieces, the hardware/software solution also enhances quality and reduces waste.

The scalable 3D quality inspection (3DQI) joins the FlexArc and FlexLoader in...
Calendar & Events
AmCon — Salt Lake City
October 21 - 22, 2020
Salt Palace Convention Center – Salt Lake City, UT
The Assembly Show
October 27 - 29, 2020
Virtual
AmCon Cincinnati
November 4 - 5, 2020
Duke Energy Convention Center – Cincinnati, OH
AmCon Detroit (Novi)
November 17 - 18, 2020
Suburban Collection Showplace – Detroit (Novi), MI
Southern New England Design-2-Part Show
December 3 - 4, 2020
Mohegan Sun Exposition Center, Uncasville, CT
AmCon Seattle (Tacoma)
February 9 - 10, 2021
Tacoma Convention Center – Seattle (Tacoma), WA
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