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Open-source communication standard updated

November 17, 2014

The MTConnect® Institute has released the MTConnect standard version 1.3.0. The open-source communication standard addresses the interoperability of manufacturing equipment and devices. This version provides significant features, which include interdevice connectivity to enable machine-to-machine...

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Coating protects metals from corrosion indoors and outdoors

November 17, 2014

VpCI®-389 from Cortec® is an environmentally friendly, water-based, temporary coating that delivers multimetal protection for outside applications and salt-spray resistance. Suitable for use as a replacement for oil-based products, it provides up to five years of protection in indoor storage and...

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Clean air booths highlighted in brochure

November 13, 2014

The Micro Air® clean air booth brochure includes facts and specs on the entire line of booths from 8 by 8 by 8 ft. to 16 by 8 by 8 ft. and custom sizes from 4 to 120 ft. wide. Diagrams and photos show various applications and configurations. The modular booths can be customized for a specific...

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Nesting software updated with enhanced features

November 13, 2014

Magestic Systems offers TruNEST 2015 nesting software for such applications as laser cutting, CNC punching, plasma cutting, waterjet cutting, and oxyfuel torch cutting of metal and heavy plate. The new version introduces a new user interface and enhancements to features such as reduced pierce...

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Liquid protein concentrate serves as base substance for oil-free cooling lubricants

November 12, 2014

Gelita AG, together with an automotive part supplier and an industrial college in Eberbach, Germany, has developed NOVOTEC® CL 800, a liquid protein concentrate that serves as a raw material for oil-free cooling lubricants. According to the manufacturer, metal processing fluids based on this...

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Environmental control booth offers HEPA-level filter performance

November 11, 2014

Tri-Mer has introduced the Tri-Flow environmental control booth, designed for plant areas where dirty and/or noisy tasks need to be confined to their own workspace. The booth provides HEPA-level filtration performance and has a MERV 16 rating. It is 99.999 percent efficient on particles 0.5 micron...

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Rotary encoders compatible with Mitsubishi interface

November 6, 2014

Heidenhain has introduced the new absolute ECN/EQN and ROC/ROQ 400M rotary encoders for use on machines that require a Mitsubishi interface. These encoders fulfill the requirements of the Mitsubishi High Speed Generation 2 pure binary interface with two-pair transmission. The products are an...

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Weld gas designed for reduced spatter, slag

November 5, 2014

Linde offers the CORGON® welding gas series with helium as a component. The gas was developed to produce low-spatter and low-slag seams at high speeds on nonalloyed and low-alloy steels in both manual and automatic GMAW processes. It achieves these results through a balanced gas mixture with a...

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Laser marking/engraving system uses CO2 and fiber

October 28, 2014

Laser Photonics offers the LaserTower™ series XP Plus Duo laser marking and engraving system. It uses CO2 and Q-switched fiber lasers for direct parts marking, UID, and deep engraving in the aerospace, automotive, medical, defense, and semiconductor markets. The unit’s tower design places...

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ERP software product simplifies process tracking

October 27, 2014

Global Shop Solutions has announced the release of Process Documentation and Training (PDT), a fully integrated product within the company’s ERP software package. The product records automatically the operation of any task, process, or program being performed within the software. As the user...

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Gas cylinder valves incorporate quick-action lever for opening, closing

October 23, 2014

Linde Gases has developed EVOS™ gas cylinder valves. They employ a quick-action lever in place of the more traditional hand-wheel mechanism for opening and closing of the valve. This functionality helps ensure simplified opening and fast closing in case of emergency, and it allows the user to see...

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No-drip internal-mix atomizing nozzles positively stop liquid flow

October 22, 2014

Internal-mix atomizing spray nozzles from Exair Corp. mix liquid and air inside the nozzle and produce liquid atomization up to 300 centipoise. The nozzles work the same way the company’s standard atomizing nozzles work, but they positively stop liquid flow when compressed air is shut off....

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Laser engraver designed for low-output marking

October 21, 2014

The Gravotech Group offers Energy 8, a CO2 laser engraver designed for low-output marking needs in the workshop or office. The unit offers low running cost and included software. Features include front loading, user control of the laser via the interactive machine instrument panel, integrated...

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Preventive maintenance program offered

October 21, 2014

Knuth Machine Tools offers complete preventive maintenance programs to help customers maximize the performance and running life of their milling, turning, cutting, CNC machining, sawing, and sheet metal working machines. The customizable packages have options for the number of machines to be...

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Communication protocol added to encoders

October 16, 2014

Heidenhain offers the use of Siemens Drive-CLiQ communication protocol in its ECN/EQN 1300 optical absolute encoders. The Ethernet-based protocol interfaces with Sinamics control systems. It has a speed of 100 Mbit/sec. and a cycle time of 31.25 μs. Motion control system components with the...

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