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Nesting software updated for scribing, laser cutting

September 13, 2013

A new software update to Hypertherm's ProNest® CAD/CAM software is available for download at no charge to customers with a current ProNest subscription. Improvements to the software’s scribe text function allow users to add varied information to parts, such as heat number or customer ID. Users...

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Compact marking unit made for small volumes

September 11, 2013

The Borries DotStar 520 is a compact, programmable workshop unit designed for one-off production runs and small-volume series. It provides for permanent, flexible marking on a variety of metal workpieces. The 4.72- by 3.94-in. marking area allows for text of one or more lines in free scalable...

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Engineered mandrel sleeves protect coils from damage

September 11, 2013

Kastalon offers engineered polyurethane mandrel sleeves, filler plates, and filler rings with various material hardness and surface options. They are designed to protect coils from damage in mill and processing applications. The products, designed to adapt the mandrel to handle coils with larger...

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Communication protocol implemented on encoder platform - TheFabricator.com

Communication protocol implemented on encoder platform

September 10, 2013

Leine & Linde, with exclusive North American distribution through Heidenhain, offers DRIVE-CLiQ on an encoder platform, designed for operation in harsh environments under exposure to vibrations, shocks, and mechanical loads. The encoder can be installed to the motor mechanics typically found...

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Metal laser sintering services offered

September 6, 2013

Prototype Casting Inc. offers direct metal laser sintering services for creating parts involving complex geometries. The process delivers fast, accurate metal fabrication, according to the company, and allows the prototypes to be tested vigorously because of its compatibility with most alloys....

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Stand-alone application performs DFX validation of product designs - TheFabricator.com

Stand-alone application performs DFX validation of product designs

September 5, 2013

Geometric Ltd. has launched Geometric DFX, a stand-alone application for carrying out design for X (DFX) validation of product designs. Powered by the company's DFMPro® design-for-manufacturability system, the application uses the CGM 3-D modeling kernel from Spatial Corp. Spatial's 3-D...

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Rechargeable battery unit kit provides long-term backup for CNC machines

September 5, 2013

FANUC America Corp. - FANUC CNC offers a rechargeable battery unit kit that provides long-term backup power for CNC machines and eliminates the use of disposable batteries. The unit enables one CNC system to be connected from a power source to the servo amplifiers. It contains a rechargeable...

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Lifting device allows nearly weightless movement of loads up to 771 lbs. - TheFabricator.com

Lifting device allows nearly weightless movement of loads up to 771 lbs.

September 3, 2013

The Konecranes ATB AirBalancer is a lifting device that aids picking, lifting, moving, and placing items by hand. The pneumatic-powered mover is suitable for assembly processes, repair, and industrial production tasks across a variety of industries. The unit reaches movement speeds up to 6.56...

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Robotic machine tending software helps simplify programming - TheFabricator.com

Robotic machine tending software helps simplify programming

August 29, 2013

ABB has introduced an overhauled system of robotic machine tending software for such applications as die casting, injection molding, and machining. Together, the new PC-based RobotStudio Machine Tending PowerPac and the new controller-based RobotWare Machine Tending software allow for...

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Tool data management software helps streamline CAM simulation

August 29, 2013

TDM Systems has released TDM 4.6 tool data management software, designed for short implementation times and simplified use. Three-dimensional generators have been improved to help streamline CAM simulation. The 3D-Revolve Generator for rotationally symmetric tools and the 3D-Solid Converter help...

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Gearboxes produced for machine tool OEMs

August 27, 2013

Redex offers aeronautical- and motor racing-quality gears as standard in its axis drives to machine tool OEMs. Producing cylindrical, straight or helical, and spiro-conic gears, the company uses HP-GS hard cutting of the spiro-conics and superfinishing of inner teeth. The gears are mounted in the...

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White paper explains importance of aligning rotating machine tools

August 27, 2013

Pinpoint Laser Systems has released the white paper "Helpful Alignment Tips for Machine Shops." The white paper is intended to illustrate to plant managers, engineers, and owners the value of aligning rotating machine tools. It describes how to use the company's Laser Microgage system to evaluate...

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Barcode tracking suite integrated to ERP systems

August 22, 2013

Dynamic Systems Inc. has announced the integration of the Checkmate barcode tracking suite to ERP systems such as Microsoft Dynamics. According to the manufacturer, it takes less than a minute to scan a barcode and track products through the production line. Production information required for...

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All-steel storage reels hold long lengths of wrappable materials - TheFabricator.com

All-steel storage reels hold long lengths of wrappable materials

August 22, 2013

Coxreels® has announced the release of its new large-capacity, all-steel storage reels designed to hold wrappable material for storage, transport, and safe operation. The reels come without swivels and risers for storage purposes and feature heavy-duty spun and ribbed discs with rolled...

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Oval tubular handles available in two finishes - TheFabricator.com

Oval tubular handles available in two finishes

August 22, 2013

J.W. Winco Inc. offers series GN 334 aluminum oval tubular handles in inch and metric sizes. The RoHS-compliant handles are made of aluminum, with either a black powder-coated textured finish or matte natural anodized finish. Handle legs are zinc die-cast with a black powder-coated finish or...

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