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Tool grinding software includes functions for complex-geometry tools

June 17, 2014

NUM offers Numroto tool grinding software, which includes functions for complex-geometry tools such as multihelical end mills with variable-width flute areas. The software accommodates several new types of gash-out on drills and form cutters, allowing the grinding wheel to follow the tool’s...

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Additive manufacturing system supports series production of variety of alloys

June 17, 2014

EOS offers the EOS M 290 Direct Metal Laser-Sintering (DMLS™) system for tool-free production of serial metal components, spare parts, and prototypes. Build volume is 9.8 by 9.8 by 12.8 in. The unit offers extensive monitoring functions for the system and for the build process. A camera built...

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High-capacity mother carts deliver machined parts

June 12, 2014

Kinetic Technologies Inc. has introduced a new gantry-style mother cart that moves three daughter basket carts totaling up to 3,000 lbs. The daughter carts are rolled onto a gas spring-controlled drop ramp from either side of the mother. Mother carts feature reverse coupled caster steering for...

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Modular clamp bends to hold parts at any angle

June 12, 2014

Strong Hand Tools® has introduced the new Third Hand modular clamp. The fully articulated, fully adjustable clamp holds parts in any position for hands-free access during tack welding, cutting, grinding, sanding, and painting. Two smooth ball joints in the clamp allow the user to rotate the...

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Grinder rest stores hand-held grinders within reach

June 11, 2014

Strong Hand Tools® has introduced a new grinder rest for tabletop or table-edge storage of hand-held (4.5- or 5-in.) grinders. The compact rest holds the grinder, wrench, and spare discs. A cable wrap hook allows safe storage of the grinder’s electrical cord. The spare disc hook keeps discs...

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Variable-height rest made for use with modular welding tables

June 10, 2014

Strong Hand Tools® has introduced the BuildPro™ variable-height rest. It is adjusted by hand with the turn of a knurled band for control in very small height adjustments. The adjustable rest can be inserted into any fixturing hole on the manufacturer’s modular welding table surface for use...

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Industrial washer’s wraparound spray bars provide 360-degree coverage

June 6, 2014

Peterson Wash and Blast Systems has released the CBW 3012 industrial washer. Its wash zone is 30 in. wide by 12 in. tall on a chain mesh belt conveyor. The redesigned unit is made for standard manufacturing applications. Belt flow speeds are adjustable from 2 to 34 FPM on a continuous...

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Modular metal panel systems available in two styles

June 5, 2014

Centria has introduced Intercept™ modular metal panel systems, available in aluminum, zinc, and copper. The panels come in two styles: the V-Trac and the Entyre. The V-Trac system offers a monolithic design that can be installed vertically or horizontally. The concealed-fastener panels,...

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Leaching autoclave system cleans industrial parts, components

June 5, 2014

Designed for operation with caustic solutions at elevated temperatures and pressures, a new leaching autoclave system from WSF Industries Inc. cleans industrial parts and components by mechanical agitation of an internal basket and other processes. The new system features a 30-in.-ID by 48-in....

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Unwind system keeps stretch hood corners thick

June 5, 2014

Lachenmeier has introduced its patented Unwind System as standard on its stretch hood machine. The system gathers the film at the corners and unwinds it as the film is placed over the load. The process nearly eliminates thin and fragile film on load corners — a feature that is important for...

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Quick-change vise jaw system reduces setup time

June 3, 2014

The CARVEsmart™ quick-change vise jaw system is designed for production and toolroom applications. It presents an alternative to attaching vise jaws to a vise using face-mounted cap screws. The patented system employs three from the top, channeled clamping elements and a dovetailed jaw design...

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Stereo microscopes designed for industrial use

June 2, 2014

Nikon Metrology has introduced three stereo microscopes. The SMZ1270 has the largest zoom ratio in its class; the SMZ1270i includes intelligent features; and the SMZ800N is an economical model with enhanced optics and operability. With their newly redesigned optics and advanced features, the...

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Stainless steel and aluminum hinges are weldable

May 29, 2014

J.W. Winco Inc. offers GN 128.2 stainless steel or aluminum weldable hinges. The RoHS-compliant hinges are produced from drawn, weldable, profiled stainless steel or aluminum extrusions. The hinge pin is retained in the lower half. They are available in European Standard No. 1.4308 cast...

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Miniature metal inductive sensor made for extreme applications

May 27, 2014

Balluff expands its inductive sensor miniature line with the addition of the BES R04 block sensor. The metal-housed inductive sensor is suitable for extreme applications. Its ceramic sensing face makes it appropriate for applications with weld spatter, metal debris, and vibration; its small size...

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Tumble blaster equipped with 15-HP blast wheel

May 27, 2014

Viking Blast & Wash Systems has released a newly redesigned tumble belt blast machine. The 6-cu.-ft. model 600 incorporates changes to the loader and discharge belt options that make it more durable in heavy-duty and foundry operations, states the company. The machine is equipped with a 15-HP VK...

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