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Small conveyor available with fixed-speed motor

July 22, 2015

Dorner has announced that its smallest conveyor, the 1100 series, now comes with an upgraded, fixed-speed motor that is 50 percent quieter than the previous version and rated for 10,000 hours of operation. Designed for moving small parts, the compact conveyor has a low, 0.75-in. frame height....

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Automated sheet metal vertical lift designed for small-volume manufacturing

July 22, 2015

Vidir Machine offers an automated sheet metal vertical lift designed for low- to medium-volume sheet metal manufacturers. The unit can be adapted for the storage of sheet metal, barstock, press brake dies, and punches. Designed to feed metal fabricating machinery directly, the lift creates a...

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Passivation app allows technicians to chart stainless steel oxidation levels

July 22, 2015

Walter Surface Technologies offers the SURFOX™ Smart Passivation Tester, a component of its electrochemical cleaning system that analyzes passivation levels in stainless steel. The tool includes a cloud-based app, managed via smartphone, that measures chemical levels to determine the degree of...

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Robot model handles hot forming processes

July 21, 2015

Schuler has unveiled two new models of its Crossbar Robot 4.0 for the automation of mechanical and hydraulic press lines and for retrofitting of existing lines. The 4.0 S is equipped with an additional shift axis that enables it to use the Crossbar feeder tooling, which in turn is used for...

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Horizontal machining center upgraded with industrial robot

July 21, 2015

Handtmann A-Punkt Automation GmbH has automated its HBZ Trunnion 80, a 5-axis HPC horizontal machining center, with a Kuka KR 600 Fortec 6-axis industrial robot controlled by a Siemens Sinumerik CNC with Run myRobot. Production is controlled by combining the Sinumerik 840D sl and the Kuka KR...

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App simplifies punching calculations

July 21, 2015

TRUMPF’s new PunchGuide app, designed for use with smartphones and tablet PCs, helps punch press users determine calculations. The app offers support for calculating punching force, cutting clearance, prepunching diameters, maximum edge length, stripper selection, and sheet metal thickness and...

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Electrostatic finishing applicator delivers high transfer efficiencies

July 21, 2015

Ransburg® has introduced the RansFlex® manual electrostatic finishing applicator. The small, lightweight unit features protected strategic components with proprietary DeVilbiss® cascade atomization technology. According to the company, the applicator offers high transfer efficiencies and...

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Punch press offers two tooling options

July 20, 2015

Murata Machinery USA Inc. has introduced the Motorum M2558TS/TS-S punch press. The TS model uses Wiedemann-style push/pull tooling, while the TS-S model uses spring-style tooling. With the push/pull tooling, the ram, punch holder, and punch are connected to achieve a push/pull action (positive...

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Trapped key interlocks prevent lockout/tagout circumvention

July 20, 2015

KIRK® trapped key interlocks enhance lockout/tagout to help ensure energy-isolation procedures cannot be circumvented. A written lockout/tagout procedure is used to document the steps to isolate the hazardous energy source. The trapped key interlocks can aid in isolating the energy source, and the...

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Monorail blast system delivers abrasive at 300 FPS

July 20, 2015

Viking Blast & Wash Systems has released the MR106-94 monorail blast system. The redesigned unit has a 106- by 94-in. blast zone. Blast wheels are arranged to expose all work surfaces. The parts are presented to the eight 15-HP VK PowerMax 1500 direct-drive blast wheels with a customer-provided...

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Coupling technology withstands high-speed loading in press transfer system

July 20, 2015

Güdel Inc. and ATI Industrial Automation have collaborated on a 3-axis transfer press system that features exchangeable transfer rails secured by couplers. According to the companies, the coupler mitigates common issues that cause other exchangeable rails to get stuck between die changes. ATI...

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Electronic surface thermometer reads temps without constant calibration

July 20, 2015

LA-CO Industries Inc. has introduced the Tempil Estik® electronic surface thermometer for temperature-monitoring applications. It eliminates the need to carry multiple temperature indicators. The unit directly touches the surface of the materials being inspected. The digital readout instantly...

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Abrasive belts can cut process time in half

July 17, 2015

Saint-Gobain Abrasives has launched Norton Vortex® Rapid Prep belts for aerospace; metal and stainless fabrication; and maintenance, repair, and operations (MRO) applications. The belts incorporate the proprietary Clean Bond™ resin technology for smooth, smear-free finishes. The proprietary...

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Pipe saw cuts ductile iron pipe

July 17, 2015

The PipeCut 360E from Exact Pipe Tools Inc. cuts through ductile iron, multilayer-material, steel, stainless steel, acid-resistant steel, and copper pipes. Features include a two-stage motor speed control, constant torque, soft start, and automatic overload protection. The machine can cut 3- to...

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Fiber laser system suitable for small lot size production

July 17, 2015

Prima Power has announced the introduction of its new Laserdyne 430 Versa 3-D fiber laser system with third-generation BeamDirector®. The system is designed for the typical laser processing needs of toolrooms, model shops, and manufacturing R&D centers. Equipped with an air-cooled, 3,000-W...

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