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Yb fiber lasers offer flexibility for marking metals, plastics

January 14, 2016

Foba Laser Marking + Engraving has introduced the Y-series fiber laser marking system for direct part and product marking. Featuring newly developed scan head technology and a modular design, the system can be integrated in production lines and laser marking stations for a variety of marking...

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Truck oven cures part coating

January 12, 2016

Grieve Corp. has developed No. 899, a 500-degrees-F, high-temperature truck oven currently used for curing a coating on parts hanging from rods at a customer’s facility. Workspace dimensions are 48 by 36 by 96 in. Nichrome wire heating elements deliver 24 kW, and a 1,000-CFM, 1-HP...

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Orbital stretch wrapper secures oddly shaped, heavy loads directly to pallet

January 12, 2016

At FABTECH 2015, Muller showcased its Yellow Jacket orbital stretch wrapper for securing oddly shaped, heavy loads directly to the pallet. The equipment is designed to secure complex fabrications, metal parts, and loose assemblies on a pallet while simultaneously minimizing the time and labor...

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Threaded plugs offer protection for NPT fittings

January 8, 2016

The Caplugs NPT series of threaded plugs protect NPT fittings from dust, moisture, and damage during shipping and storage. The lightweight, threaded plug comes in 2-, 3-, and 4-in. sizes to fit most common NPT fittings. Each size comes with a 1-in. lug on top for tightening and...

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Catalog highlights ultrasonic cleaners

January 5, 2016

UltraSonic LLC has published an eight-page catalog featuring its line of ultrasonic cleaners with capacities from 2.6 to 210 gal. Each model features side-mounted transducers to eliminate blind spots on parts being cleaned, as well as a V-bottom for cleaning between batches (benchtop units feature...

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Reel designed for twin welding hose

January 5, 2016

The N400 series spring rewind gas welding reels from Hannay Reels are designed to handle twin 1/4- through 3/8-in. welding hose for oxyfuel welding applications. The reels feature a heavy-duty spring motor, nonsparking ratchet assembly, and a declutching arbor to prevent damage during reverse...

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Rotary hearth oven preheats, cures powder coatings

December 31, 2015

The Grieve Corp. has developed No. 816, a 500-degrees-F, gas-fired, rotary hearth oven, for preheating and curing powder coatings onto electric motor parts. Workspace dimensions are 54 by 54 by 72 in. It features 350,000 BTU/hr. installed in a modulating gas burner, while a 4,200-CFM, 3-HP...

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CNC introduced for cutting systems

December 18, 2015

Hypertherm has introduced the EDGE® Connect CNC for plasma, laser, and waterjet cutting systems. It includes the newest version of Phoenix™ software, as well as CutPro Wizard™ for job setup and an introductory version of ProNest® CNC nesting software. This added software allows table...

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Automated feed system positions material up to 2,100 lbs.

December 15, 2015

TigerStop® offers the Heavy Duty 2™ for automation of new and existing machinery in pushing, pulling, and positioning applications. The automated feed system positions material up to 2,100 lbs. and 108 ft. with accuracy of 0.008 in. Options include TigerLink 6 parts list downloading...

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Robotic blast system adapted for grit blast surface preparation

December 9, 2015

Guyson Corp. has introduced a new version of its RB-10 robotic blast system that is adapted for grit blast surface preparation of gas turbine blades and buckets up to about 3 ft. long. The system’s 60- by 60-in. finishing chamber is designed with a heavily reinforced 60- by 48-in. vestibule...

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Orbital stretch wrapping machines wrap products fed by conveyor

December 8, 2015

Tab Industries LLC offers the Tab Wrapper Tornado line of orbital stretch wrapping machines. The machines can be fed from a chain, belt, or roller conveyor. Featuring a patent-pending design that keeps the wrapping ring stationary while the film is wrapped around a horizontal axis, the unit is...

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Bladeless blowers extract dust and fumes with no moving parts

December 7, 2015

Vortec offers Air Flow Amplifiers for extracting smoke, dust, and debris. The high-flow, bladeless blowers take ordinary compressed air and amplify it by up to 60 times in unducted applications with no moving parts. Airflow and output are adjustable. They do not require electricity, so they can...

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Manufacturing cell uses single software program to optimize production flow among machines

December 3, 2015

Salvagnini has introduced FlexCell, a concept linked to the optimum management of a cell that can be tailored to meet specific needs. The system starts with bending and can be extended upstream to cutting to optimize the workflow management of a cell comprising two or more stand-alone machines,...

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Static-dissipative bubble film offers cushioning, corrosion protection

November 30, 2015

EcoCortec® offers Cor-Pak® static-dissipative bubble film. Produced with Nano-VpCI® technology, the film combines volatile corrosion inhibitors with cushioning packaging bubbles to provide protection for sensitive and delicate components. The film is suitable for various packaging...

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Parts accumulator designed for lights-out manufacturing

November 30, 2015

The automated Rota-Rack parts accumulator from Royal Products allows machine tools to run unattended for extended periods of time. The patented unit collects finished parts as they come off a CNC lathe, using an automated rotary spiral that directs parts to the center of the turntable. A...

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