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September 2020

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Ready for the Rebound: Decision-Making in Uncertain Times. The global coronavirus pandemic is forcing manufacturers to reconfigure processes and procedures in favor of on-the-fly problem-solving. Faced with a wicked competitive environment before the crisis, this fastener manufacturer and distributor isn't wasting this opportunity to restructure products and services to come out ahead.

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Partnering for a New and Stronger Tomorrow

When the pandemic hit, many companies used the downtime to make data-driven automation, process, and employee training improvements. As global supply chains reconfigure, those investments are paying off.

When the pandemic hit, many companies used the downtime to make data-driven...

Partnering for a New and Stronger Tomorrow

When the pandemic hit, many companies used the downtime to make data-driven automation, process, and employee training improvements. As global supply chains reconfigure, those investments are paying off.

When the pandemic hit, many companies used the downtime to make data-driven...

Don’t Get Depressed: There Is A Solution For Your Application

Bimba air-powered pneumatic presses

Pneumatic, hydraulic, and electric presses are available in a wide range of models that offer an ever wider range of force, position accuracy, and speed capabilities. Bimba technical experts outline the pros and cons of each press type to make your decision easier.

Pneumatic, hydraulic, and electric presses are available in a wide range of...

Ready for the Rebound? This Manufacturer Is

Optimas Solutions

Nuts, screws, and bolts comprise one of metal manufacturing’s most competitive product niches. As it works to gain market share by capitalizing on pandemic-driven supply chain disruptions, this Illinois fastener manufacturer and distributor illustrates the art of decision-making in uncertain times.

Nuts, screws, and bolts comprise one of metal manufacturing’s most competitive product...

Cut Overall Cycle Time With On-The-Fly Laser Marking Machines

Pryor laser marking for VIN

Shaving every second possible from each process is a key objective for high-speed, high-volume manufacturers. Laser marking on the fly helps by recording data on a moving target in milliseconds. Pryor Marking Technology’s Alastair Morris explains.

Shaving every second possible from each process is a key objective for...

New Line Of Dot Peen And Fiber Laser Markers

Dapra, Datamark Systems, dot peen and fiber laser part markers

Dapra Marking Systems introduces the part-marking technology of Spanish manufacturer Datamark Systems to North America. Headlining the new offerings is a series of truly portable dot peen markers.

Dapra Marking Systems introduces the part-marking technology of Spanish manufacturer Datamark Systems...

Dot Peen Marking Machine Keeps Up With The Flow

SIC Marking’s i-speed

SIC Marking’s extremely compact i-speed with pneumatically integrable system uses continuous vibrating dot peen technology to mark up to 10 characters per second in extremely high-speed production environments.

SIC Marking’s extremely compact i-speed with pneumatically integrable system uses continuous vibrating...

All-in-One Benchtop Marker With Integrated Control Unit

Markator’s FlyMarker mini-Station

The control unit for the all-in-one Markator FlyMarker mini-Station dot peen marking system from Rocklin Manufacturing is integrated in the housing. Electromagnetic-driven marking pin eliminates need for compressed air supply.

The control unit for the all-in-one Markator FlyMarker mini-Station dot peen marking system...

Password-Protected Marking Machine Controller Links to Your Machines

Pryor Technology’s updated 4000 series embedded controller

In addition to greater data-processing capability, Pryor Technology’s updated 4000 series embedded controller integrates security features that allow different levels of access and use.

In addition to greater data-processing capability, Pryor Technology’s updated 4000 series embedded...

Two Dot Peen Models to Streamline Product Marking

Kwik Mark’s X-12 and X-24 dot peen markers

Kwik Mark’s X Series markers improve overall operation and streamline every aspect of product marking. Smarter design boasts high performance for the most demanding applications.

Kwik Mark’s X Series markers improve overall operation and streamline every aspect...

Low-Cost Programmable Benchtop Dot Peen Marking System

Columbia Marking Tools markets the two-axis programmable Handy Andy X dot peen marking machine and software

The low-volume Handy Andy X part-marking machine from Columbia Marking Tools (CMT) features wide-ranging advances. Just hook the system up to a PC, load the software, connect an air line, and you’re ready to go.

The low-volume Handy Andy X part-marking machine from Columbia Marking Tools (CMT)...

Updated Diameter-to-Diameter Roll Marking Machines

Columbia Marking Tools

In addition to faster cycle times and easier setup, Columbia Marking Tools (CMT) bottle- and cylinder-marking machines reduce the need for secondary marking of serial numbers or tare weights. New design also allows more complex operations.

In addition to faster cycle times and easier setup, Columbia Marking Tools...

Ready-to-Use Marking Stations for Robotic Work Cells

Less expensive than dot peen and laser marking systems, Columbia Marking Tools’ Mite-E-Mark plug-and-play air impact stations come with all required valves, marker mounts, and a part rest to facilitate automated production.

Less expensive than dot peen and laser marking systems, Columbia Marking Tools’...

Fiber Laser Marking System With Extra-Large Housing

Coherent’s EasyMark XL fiber laser-based marking system

Coherent’s EasyMark XL has a small footprint (770 mm by 540 mm by 750 mm), but a large marking field (240 mm by 240 mm). Beam-delivery optics with 120-mm range of motion on a precision rail for focus adjustment.

Coherent’s EasyMark XL has a small footprint (770 mm by 540 mm...

Heavy-Duty CNC Lathes Feature Monoblock Cast Iron Beds

Romi Machine Tools’ C Series lathe

Nine C Series flatbed CNC lathes from Romi Machine Tools are designed for heavy applications in the mining, aerospace, steel mill, and oil-and-gas industries. All key components are manufactured in-house to ensure quality.

Nine C Series flatbed CNC lathes from Romi Machine Tools are designed...

Tooling Program for Citizen Automatic Lathes

Platinum Tooling Technologies offers Heimatec tooling for most Marubeni Citizen-Cincom CNC automatic lathes

Platinum Tooling Technologies expands its product line with Heimatec live and static tools for most Citizen lathes. Designed to optimize the machine’s parameters, the precision tools are efficient and cost-effective.

Platinum Tooling Technologies expands its product line with Heimatec live and static...

Economical Solution for Machining Small Parts

Palmgren’s CNC slant bed lathe

Available in 5- and 8-inch models, Palmgren’s CNC slant bed lathe offers helpful features and top performance at an attractive price. The turning center’s small footprint makes it an excellent option for shops that need a second-operation machine or additional chuck.

Available in 5- and 8-inch models, Palmgren’s CNC slant bed lathe offers...

Compact, High-Precision Multitasking Machining Center

Nakamura-Tome MX-100 multiturret machine

Methods Machine Tools, the exclusive U.S. importer of Nakamura-Tome multitasking turning centers, introduces the Nakamura-Tome MX-100 with multiple ‘smart’ functions that ease programming and operation. Design eliminates need for positioning fixtures and clamping devices.

Methods Machine Tools, the exclusive U.S. importer of Nakamura-Tome multitasking turning centers,...

Multitasking Machine Automatically Loads/Unloads Parts

Mazak’s Quick Turn 250MSY turning center

The Quick Turn 250SMY with GR100 gantry robot is one example of how Mazak’s flexible Quick Turn 200/250 Series of CNC turning centers can be configured to achieve high throughput. Main turning spindle serves as a full-functioning C-axis.

The Quick Turn 250SMY with GR100 gantry robot is one example of...

Inserts Make Hard Turning More Cost-Effective

Kennametal´s KBH10B (45% PcBN content) and KBH20B (60% PcBN) mini-tip

Polycrystalline cubic boron nitride (PcBN) mini-tipped inserts are a great way to lower per-part cost when turning hardened steel components. Kennametal´s two grades of double-sided PcBN inserts increase productivity and extend tool life when machining materials up to 65 HRC.

Polycrystalline cubic boron nitride (PcBN) mini-tipped inserts are a great way to...

Redesigned Machine Reinforces Company’s Brand

Emco’s redesigned Hyperturn 45 G3

With its precision interface for fast tool changeover and direct drive for high-power milling of complex workpieces, Emco’s Hyperturn 45 G3 with two Turn/Mill-Assist automation options provides a flexible drilling and milling solution for a wide range of workpiece geometries and weights.

With its precision interface for fast tool changeover and direct drive for...

Twin-Spindle Machine Lowers Gear Manufacturing Costs

EMAG’s twin-spindle VL 1 Twin

Soft- or hard-machine a bevel gear in 25 to 40 seconds with EMAG’s VL 1 Twin, a pick-up turning machine that simultaneously machines two identical bevel gears at high speed within the same machining area. Automating the loading process lowers cycle time to 4.5 seconds.

Soft- or hard-machine a bevel gear in 25 to 40 seconds with...

Tooling Supports More Versatile Long-Grooving

Dormer Pramet 0.98-inch GL double-edged insert

Dormer Pramet targets turning center and lathe applications with an insert, two geometries, a grade, blades, and tooling that support parting-off and grooving. Double-edged insert supports 60% capacity over the LCMF16 insert.

Dormer Pramet targets turning center and lathe applications with an insert, two...

Multispindle Automatic Lathe With Swiss-Type Technology

DMG MORI’s Multisprint multispindle automatic lathe

DMG MORI and igus spent two years developing the Multisprint, the first machine to combine the efficiency and precision of a turning machine with the complexity of a universal turning machine.

DMG MORI and igus spent two years developing the Multisprint, the first...

Cut Overall Cycle Time With On-The-Fly Laser Marking Machines

Pryor laser marking for VIN

Shaving every second possible from each process is a key objective for high-speed, high-volume manufacturers. Laser marking on the fly helps by recording data on a moving target in milliseconds. Pryor Marking Technology’s Alastair Morris explains.

Shaving every second possible from each process is a key objective for...

New Line Of Dot Peen And Fiber Laser Markers

Dapra, Datamark Systems, dot peen and fiber laser part markers

Dapra Marking Systems introduces the part-marking technology of Spanish manufacturer Datamark Systems to North America. Headlining the new offerings is a series of truly portable dot peen markers.

Dapra Marking Systems introduces the part-marking technology of Spanish manufacturer Datamark Systems...

Dot Peen Marking Machine Keeps Up With The Flow

SIC Marking’s i-speed

SIC Marking’s extremely compact i-speed with pneumatically integrable system uses continuous vibrating dot peen technology to mark up to 10 characters per second in extremely high-speed production environments.

SIC Marking’s extremely compact i-speed with pneumatically integrable system uses continuous vibrating...

All-in-One Benchtop Marker With Integrated Control Unit

Markator’s FlyMarker mini-Station

The control unit for the all-in-one Markator FlyMarker mini-Station dot peen marking system from Rocklin Manufacturing is integrated in the housing. Electromagnetic-driven marking pin eliminates need for compressed air supply.

The control unit for the all-in-one Markator FlyMarker mini-Station dot peen marking system...

Password-Protected Marking Machine Controller Links to Your Machines

Pryor Technology’s updated 4000 series embedded controller

In addition to greater data-processing capability, Pryor Technology’s updated 4000 series embedded controller integrates security features that allow different levels of access and use.

In addition to greater data-processing capability, Pryor Technology’s updated 4000 series embedded...

Two Dot Peen Models to Streamline Product Marking

Kwik Mark’s X-12 and X-24 dot peen markers

Kwik Mark’s X Series markers improve overall operation and streamline every aspect of product marking. Smarter design boasts high performance for the most demanding applications.

Kwik Mark’s X Series markers improve overall operation and streamline every aspect...

Low-Cost Programmable Benchtop Dot Peen Marking System

Columbia Marking Tools markets the two-axis programmable Handy Andy X dot peen marking machine and software

The low-volume Handy Andy X part-marking machine from Columbia Marking Tools (CMT) features wide-ranging advances. Just hook the system up to a PC, load the software, connect an air line, and you’re ready to go.

The low-volume Handy Andy X part-marking machine from Columbia Marking Tools (CMT)...

Updated Diameter-to-Diameter Roll Marking Machines

Columbia Marking Tools

In addition to faster cycle times and easier setup, Columbia Marking Tools (CMT) bottle- and cylinder-marking machines reduce the need for secondary marking of serial numbers or tare weights. New design also allows more complex operations.

In addition to faster cycle times and easier setup, Columbia Marking Tools...

Ready-to-Use Marking Stations for Robotic Work Cells

Less expensive than dot peen and laser marking systems, Columbia Marking Tools’ Mite-E-Mark plug-and-play air impact stations come with all required valves, marker mounts, and a part rest to facilitate automated production.

Less expensive than dot peen and laser marking systems, Columbia Marking Tools’...

Fiber Laser Marking System With Extra-Large Housing

Coherent’s EasyMark XL fiber laser-based marking system

Coherent’s EasyMark XL has a small footprint (770 mm by 540 mm by 750 mm), but a large marking field (240 mm by 240 mm). Beam-delivery optics with 120-mm range of motion on a precision rail for focus adjustment.

Coherent’s EasyMark XL has a small footprint (770 mm by 540 mm...

Growing CNC Services With 5-Axis Milling

McAfee Tool & Die added aerospace customers to its client list after buying a 5-axis MC Machinery Systems milling machine

McAfee Tool & Die is successful because it’s always ready to take a leap of faith with new technology. When owner Gary McAfee bought a 5-axis machine, he realized it was time to update the shop’s CAD/CAM software.

McAfee Tool & Die is successful because it’s always ready to take...

NADCAP-Certified Job Shop Sets a Course for Automation

Globe Grinding

New York-based Globe Grinding faces the same skilled-workforce gap as other manufacturers. To meet the requirements of demanding aerospace customers, the company is deploying technology current employees can easily learn to program and operate.

New York-based Globe Grinding faces the same skilled-workforce gap as other manufacturers....

Updated Pipe And Vessel Fabrication Solution

Lincoln Electric’s remote pendant duplicates all PIPEFAB pipe and vessel welding system

With a CE model and 20 additional languages, Lincoln Electric’s PIPEFAB welding system can be used anywhere in the world. Software enhancements including HyperFill mode expand utility and usability for operators and shop managers tracking overall performance.

With a CE model and 20 additional languages, Lincoln Electric’s PIPEFAB welding...

Electrodes Provide All The Utility With None Of The Danger

Huntingdon Fusion Techniques HFT’s MultiStrike blue-tipped tungsten electrodes

Huntingdon Fusion Techniques HFT’s blue-tipped MultiStrike tungsten electrodes eliminate the health risk related to radiotoxic thoriated tungsten electrodes without compromising welding performance. They also last longer and offer better arc-striking characteristics.

Huntingdon Fusion Techniques HFT’s blue-tipped MultiStrike tungsten electrodes eliminate the health risk...

Brand-Agnostic Management of Robotic Welding Parameters

ewm Xnet, EWM AG’s welding quality management system

Manufacturers that use EWM AG’s ewm Xnet digital data management software are able to meet product liability requirements with minimal effort. The program works with virtually any brand of power source and welding machine.

Manufacturers that use EWM AG’s ewm Xnet digital data management software are...

Easy-to-Use Laser Weld Monitor

Amada Miyachi America’s 7-pound MM-L300A laser weld monitor

Amada Weld Tech’s MM-L300A laser weld monitor improves weld performance by giving operators real-time feedback on production errors such as gaps between parts, missing parts, over-penetration, incorrect focus, and cover gas absence. The unit’s software simplifies setup and analysis.

Amada Weld Tech’s MM-L300A laser weld monitor improves weld performance by giving...

Take Your Weld Quality to the Next Level

Two certified welders who work for a Midwest custom fabricator that designs and manufactures premium architectural systems and components share their tips for avoiding common mistakes that contribute to weld failure.

Two certified welders who work for a Midwest custom fabricator that designs...

What to Know About Stress Relieving After Welding

With the proper process, oil and gas industries that require components to maintain corrosion or cracking resistance can have peace of mind that elevated service temperatures or multiple repair cycles won’t cause damage.

With the proper process, oil and gas industries that require components to...

Comparing Methods for Welding Preheat

Miller Electric Mfg. air-cooled cables for induction heating

Heating the base metal adds time and money up front, but can save time and money by minimizing potential for weld failure. Here’s how to determine the best preheating method – convection ovens, induction, open flame, or resistance heating – for your application.

Heating the base metal adds time and money up front, but can...

Tooling Program for Citizen Automatic Lathes

Platinum Tooling Technologies offers Heimatec tooling for most Marubeni Citizen-Cincom CNC automatic lathes

Platinum Tooling Technologies expands its product line with Heimatec live and static tools for most Citizen lathes. Designed to optimize the machine’s parameters, the precision tools are efficient and cost-effective.

Platinum Tooling Technologies expands its product line with Heimatec live and static...

Inserts Make Hard Turning More Cost-Effective

Kennametal´s KBH10B (45% PcBN content) and KBH20B (60% PcBN) mini-tip

Polycrystalline cubic boron nitride (PcBN) mini-tipped inserts are a great way to lower per-part cost when turning hardened steel components. Kennametal´s two grades of double-sided PcBN inserts increase productivity and extend tool life when machining materials up to 65 HRC.

Polycrystalline cubic boron nitride (PcBN) mini-tipped inserts are a great way to...

Tooling Supports More Versatile Long-Grooving

Dormer Pramet 0.98-inch GL double-edged insert

Dormer Pramet targets turning center and lathe applications with an insert, two geometries, a grade, blades, and tooling that support parting-off and grooving. Double-edged insert supports 60% capacity over the LCMF16 insert.

Dormer Pramet targets turning center and lathe applications with an insert, two...

How to Avoid Bending Moment

BIG KAISER’s Smart Damper

Equal cutting forces affect the spindle in different ways with different tools. Unless/until machine tool builders or tool simulation software integrate bending moment limits, it’s up to you to use your best judgment. BIG KAISER’s Jack Kerlin explains in the second installation of a two-part series.

Equal cutting forces affect the spindle in different ways with different tools....

Quick-Change Compensating Collet Chuck

MicroCentric’s quick-change compensating collet chuck

Featuring a compact outer diameter and shorter than conventional compensating chucks, MicroCentric’s chuck has a collet with a floating seat that enables the holder to compensate up to 0.060-inch (1.5 mm).

Featuring a compact outer diameter and shorter than conventional compensating chucks, MicroCentric’s...

Two-Collet Chuck Doubles Turret Station Capability

EXSYS two-collet Preci-Flex chuck

EXSYS expands the Eppinger Preci-Flex modular tooling system with a chuck that doubles the machining capability of Mazak’s Quick Turn turning centers. For instance, a tap-and-drill or spot-and-drill combination is easy to set up.

EXSYS expands the Eppinger Preci-Flex modular tooling system with a chuck that...

Slim Line Chucks Enhance 5-Axis Milling Versatility

Emuge Corp. Slim Line FPC mill/drill chucks

Emuge addresses the increasing complexity of workpieces with a line of FPC Slim Line mill/drill chucks that provide easier access, especially in confined areas and for challenging angles, to maximize machining productivity.

Emuge addresses the increasing complexity of workpieces with a line of FPC...

A Bevy of Chuck Accessories To Shorten Machining Cycle Times

Dillon Manufacturing’s dual-purpose collet pad jaws

Dillon Manufacturing’s chuck jaws provide multiple radiuses for both inside and outside clamping, making then ideal for any size run. Four jaw and/or accessory options lower tooling costs by increasing productivity and extending service life.

Dillon Manufacturing’s chuck jaws provide multiple radiuses for both inside and outside...

As Machine Technology Advances, The Chuck Must Follow

Schunk’s 3-jaw universal ROTA THW Plus power chuck

Just as the right workholding can improve your bottom line, inappropriate workholding can eat into profits. Make sure the chuck that came with your lathe isn’t keeping the machine from delivering the throughput and increased capacity it’s capable of.

Just as the right workholding can improve your bottom line, inappropriate workholding...

Easy-to-Use Laser Weld Monitor

Amada Miyachi America’s 7-pound MM-L300A laser weld monitor

Amada Weld Tech’s MM-L300A laser weld monitor improves weld performance by giving operators real-time feedback on production errors such as gaps between parts, missing parts, over-penetration, incorrect focus, and cover gas absence. The unit’s software simplifies setup and analysis.

Amada Weld Tech’s MM-L300A laser weld monitor improves weld performance by giving...

Easy-to-Use Software Package Automates Touch Probing

Marposs Corp.’s CNC probing recorder software package

Developed to support both Fanuc and Siemens CNC systems, Marposs Corp.’s software package improves machining operations by automating measurement processes and reporting for the company’s optical and radio touch probes.

Developed to support both Fanuc and Siemens CNC systems, Marposs Corp.’s software...

Machine Monitoring Software Integrates With MES And ERP Software

C-THRU4.0 software from Marposs

Marposs Corp.’s C-THRU4.0 software collects, processes, and integrates data from a fleet of machine tools via a single hub that integrates with manufacturing execution system (MES) and enterprise resource planning (ERP) software.

Marposs Corp.’s C-THRU4.0 software collects, processes, and integrates data from a fleet...

Standalone Device Monitors Tool Condition in Real Time

Artis GEMGP monitoring device from Marposs

Install Marposs Corp.’s Artis GEMGP in electrical cabinets, robots, and handling systems to prevent damage to machines, reduce scrap, and improve productivity by detecting process anomalies during metal cutting.

Install Marposs Corp.’s Artis GEMGP in electrical cabinets, robots, and handling systems...

Asset Management Solution Optimizes CMM Performance

Hexagon's SFx Asset Management

Hexagon’s cloud-ready HxGN SFx | Asset Management software provides easy-to-understand views of real-time data from coordinate measuring machines (CMMs) with intuitive navigation and a customizable alert system.

Hexagon’s cloud-ready HxGN SFx | Asset Management software provides easy-to-understand views of...

Real-Time Inspection, Assembly & Alignment for All Workflows

Faro’s BuildIT Metrology 2020 3D metrology software

The latest version of Faro’s flagship software, BuildIT Metrology, is brand-agnostic to streamline manual and automated workflows regardless of what arms, trackers, scanners, imagers, and/or projectors your shop uses.

The latest version of Faro’s flagship software, BuildIT Metrology, is brand-agnostic to...

QIF Adoption Lays The Foundation For A Digital Thread

Mitutoyo America’s USB Input Tool, MeasurLink software

A manufacturer’s ability to create a comprehensive, cost-effective digital thread is hindered by legacy and proprietary communications standards. Fortunately, the International Standards Organization is expected to approve the Quality Information Framework (QIF) by the end of the year.

A manufacturer’s ability to create a comprehensive, cost-effective digital thread is hindered...
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