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Noncontact instrument measures powder coating thickness

October 28, 2016

TQC has released PowderTag, an instrument that measures powder coating thickness up to 300 μm before and after cure. The noncontact, nondestructive tool works on metal substrates such as steel and aluminum using a combination of infrared and photothermal measurements. Because the pulses do not...

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Cartesian robot eliminates calibration steps

October 28, 2016

TM Robotics, in partnership with Toshiba Machine, has introduced the BAIII Cartesian robot. It offers plug-and-play function: all cables, junction boxes, brackets, motors, and controllers are supplied with the actuators, so there is no need for calibration between the motor and actuator or between...

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Fiber laser marks in color on stainless steel

October 27, 2016

Cajo Technologies has developed new technology to produce consistent, repeatable laser-marked colors on stainless steel using a fiber laser. The laser can produce deep black markings to aid readability of markings on darker surfaces. The dense, rich white also is extremely readable on a darker...

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Variable-speed grinders perform tasks from heavy material removal to polishing

October 27, 2016

POWERGRIND-XP™ variable-speed grinders from Palmgren are suitable for a variety of finishing applications. At high speeds, they perform heavy material removal, deburring, and chamfering; at lower speeds, they can be used for cleaning, polishing, sharpening, and finishing. The grinders feature LED...

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Software calibrates large-scale measuring volumes

October 27, 2016

Aicon 3D offers version 7 of MoveInspect software, which features a new calibration method, more interfaces, and a redesigned user interface. Calibration with both fixed reference field and scale bar allows calibration of large-scale measuring volumes. The new method “reference field and...

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Tag feeder prevents tags from escaping from bottom of magazine

October 27, 2016

KwikMark Inc. offers the Tag Master 3 feeder, developed to eliminate the problem of tags escaping from the bottom of the magazine. The tags are transferred from the top to eliminate jamming and scratching. This also helps eliminate problems with thickness tolerance and sharp edges.The feeder is...

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Direct-to-metal coating designed to perform similarly to primer-topcoat systems

October 26, 2016

PPG has introduced SPECTRACRON® SPM series DTM (direct-to-metal) monocoat, a one-component coating that helps prevent corrosion on heavy-duty, transportation, agricultural, and construction equipment. The coating is engineered for direct application to pretreated metal substrates while providing...

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Slide forming machine produces small lot sizes quickly

October 26, 2016

Bihler offers the 4Slide NC machine. It features a standardized control system that integrates with any of the company’s process modules. The machine also is compatible with select mechanical machines, allowing users to integrate the unit into their existing operations. The system produces small...

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Band saw reduces cutting times by up to 50 percent

October 26, 2016

Kasto has introduced the Kastowin pro AC 5.6 band saw. The fully automatic machine is designed for bimetal and carbide blades for applications in steel production, machine manufacturing, and automotive. Depending on the type of blade, cutting times can be reduced by 50 percent and more, the...

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Die segments for hot stamping manufactured using laser melting

October 26, 2016

Using 3-D printing, Schuler now is manufacturing prototype hot stamping dies with coolant channels running in an improved near net shape to help ensure fast cooling of all component areas and, thus, improved part properties, says the company. The firm uses laser melting as an additive manufacturing...

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Windows protect high-power refractive and reflective optics

October 25, 2016

Mate’s Fiber Shield™ windows are designed to protect precision lenses in laser systems. They shield optic components in laser beam delivery systems from debris and fumes during the laser process. Available in diameters from 0.47 to 2.17 in., the windows are made of fused silica to protect the...

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Deburring system handles 500 fineblanked parts per hour

October 25, 2016

Abtex Corp. has developed a system for a customer that combines its Tri-Ten technology with robotics and a custom-designed circular table. The system deburrs nearly 500 fineblanked parts per hour while taking up 12 sq. ft. on the manufacturing floor. The system uses three 10-in. nylon filament...

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Lightweight fume gun reduces weld fume exposure by 90 to 95 percent

October 25, 2016

RoboVent has released the Extractor™, a new fume gun that captures 90 to 95 percent of weld fumes at the source, in a package just slightly larger than a standard weld gun. The unit integrates a welding gun with a source extraction system, so fumes are captured as soon as they are generated. It...

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Collaborative robots work safely beside humans

October 25, 2016

The latest evolution of robots, known as collaborative robots, can work side by side with humans to serve their needs and, in doing so, reduce fatigue, improve results, and increase the level of control and process integration. But how is it possible for humans and robots to work together?According...

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No-drip spray nozzle fits in tight spaces

October 21, 2016

Exair offers the 1/4 NPT No Drip internal-mix, deflected flat-fan atomizing spray nozzle. It atomizes fluid and sprays at a right angle to the nozzle orientation, which allows spray to be placed where it is needed when the mounting and work areas are limited. The nozzle works the same way as the...

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