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Economic sentiment among manufacturers softens from recent record high levels

July 22, 2015

Optimism regarding the direction of the domestic economy softened in Q2 2015 compared to the previous nine-year high recorded in Q1 among U.S. industrial manufacturers, according to the Q2 2015 Manufacturing Barometer released by PwC US, New York. Respondents also trimmed overall growth forecasts...

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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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Heidenhain names machine tool product specialist

July 21, 2015

Schaumburg, Ill.-based Heidenhain Corp. has hired Thomas F. LaRocca as a machine tool product specialist, North America. He is responsible for machine tool precision measurement product support. LaRocca holds a master’s degree in industrial management and a bachelor’s degree in industrial...

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J.L. Becker names sales rep for South

July 21, 2015

J.L. Becker Co., a Gasbarre Furnace Group Company and manufacturer of industrial heat-treating equipment based in Plymouth, Mich., has appointed Keith Lloyd as sales representative for the southern U.S., including Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana. Lloyd began his career in 1983 selling...

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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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MC Machinery Systems opens subsidiary in Mexico

July 21, 2015

MC Machinery Systems, Wood Dale, Ill., has announced the opening of MC Machinery Systems de Mexico in El Marqués, Querétaro, Mexico. The new location offers EDM, fabrication, milling, and turning machines built by Mitsubishi and the family of brands MC Machinery represents. The operation...

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Evana Automation completes deburring station retool for automaker

July 21, 2015

Evana Automation Specialists, Evansville, Ind., a systems integrator and builder of custom automated assembly and test systems, has completed a turnkey retool on an automated deburring station for an automobile manufacturer. The retool allows the manufacturer to produce cylinder head water jackets...

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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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Cadence celebrates 30 years in business

July 21, 2015

Staunton, Va.-based Cadence Inc., a contract manufacturer serving the medical, life science, and industrial markets, marks 30 years in business in 2015. The company, originally founded as Specialty Blades in 1985 by engineer Martin Lightsey, was developed with the concept of combining CNC and razor...

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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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How to calculate the air-formed radius of different bend angles

July 21, 2015

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Using the 20 percent rule works well when calculating the floated radius in an air form, but what about the radius at different bend angles? To calculate this, we start with geometry to find the arc length and radius at different bend angles. We then ma

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Shop technology and 3-D CAD: Design alignment

July 21, 2015

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Columnist Gerald Davis offers an overview of how to use CAD to address the inclusion of a flat-head screw and a countersink in a 3-D design..

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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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Minimizing effort, maximizing distance

July 21, 2015

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A golf club shaft looks like an ordinary tube, but it’s not. Quite a bit of engineering goes into manufacturing the tube and drawing it so it has the optimal characteristics—lightweight without being flimsy and elastic enough to pack a wallop. Editor Eric Lundin interviewed Scott Cokeing, director of engineering and global quality True Temper Sports, about one of the company’s manufacturing processes, variable wall technology.

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