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System backs up CNC files automatically

February 4, 2015

FANUC America Corp. has introduced FASBacCNC (FOCAS Automation Solution Backup CNC), a network-based backup system for FANUC CNCs. The system automatically backs up CNC files that have been created and customized by the machine tool builder or end user to a remote network server, eliminating...

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Labels resist chemicals, solvents

February 4, 2015

CILS has introduced CILS-82000S solvent-resistant labels, offering permanent adhesion and resistance to aggressive chemicals and solvents such as acetone, MEK, and hydraulic brake fluids. The computer-printable surface coating allows variable data (serial numbers and bar codes) to be printed in...

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Gripper accessory provides increased sensing capability

February 2, 2015

PHD Inc. has released the JC1STP teachable two-position switch mounting kit for its series 8400 and series 190/191 grippers. Mounting kits provide the switch plate with slots for either one or two switches to mount to the bottom surface of the grippers. Using two switches allows sensing of up to...

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Fiber laser marker converts high pulse frequencies into short marking processes

January 29, 2015

The TruMark 5020 fiber laser marker from TRUMPF Inc. offers high pulse frequencies and pulse-to-pulse stability for metal applications that require high speed and a high edge quality. The unit’s scanner module converts pulse frequencies of up to 1 mHz into a correspondingly high processing...

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Breathing system monitors air quality for OSHA standard compliance

January 29, 2015

Martech Services Co. offers the Quality Air Breathing System, which the company says helps users comply with the OSHA requirement for Grade D breathable air. When placed near the point of use, the system works with the existing compressed-air supply. The four-stage filtration filters the air,...

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Round-over dies round edges of fenders, custom panels

January 28, 2015

Van Sant Enterprises offers Ron Covell’s round-over dies for metal fabrication. Suitable for rounding edges of motorcycle fenders and custom panels for hot rods, the dies are precision-machined from heat-treated steel and can handle up to 16-ga. mild steel. Rolls are available in four sizes:...

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Communications interface simplifies integration of CNC machine tools, manufacturing software

January 28, 2015

NUM has developed a new communications interface option for its CNC systems that complies with the open MTConnect interoperability standard. Known as NUMConnect, the interface can be fitted to new or existing systems and simplifies the integration of CNC machine tools with third-party manufacturing...

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Compressed-air filter removes particles to 5 microns

January 28, 2015

Walmec North America offers a 5-micron compressed-air filter that provides point-of-use filtration of liquids, oils, and other contaminants. The filter is suitable for a variety of applications, including surface preparation, paint spraying, powder coating, air-powered tools, and pneumatically...

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Handles work with 19-in. racks

January 20, 2015

J.W. Winco Inc. offers GN 423 aluminum rack handles in metric sizes. These RoHS-compliant door handles have been designed to accommodate 19-in. rack and enclosure layouts. Handle tube and handle legs are joined by lightly pressing the legs into the tube, allowing for special lengths. Mounting...

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Marking gun is portable, self-powered

January 19, 2015

SIC Marking® USA offers the E-mark all-in-one marking gun. The portable, fully autonomous, battery-powered unit has a built-in marking head and programming keypad. Fully portable and self-powered, the marking gun weighs about 6.5 lbs. and features an ergonomic grip. The 18-V lithium-ion...

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Mobile administration app allows system data access from remote locations

January 16, 2015

Global Shop Solutions has released a mobile administration app to give customers access to shop floor and system data from remote locations. The app runs on the web browsers of smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices. It gives system administrators remote access to such system data as...

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Product protects cables in robotic workcells

January 14, 2015

Developed for robotic workcells, Base-RAP® from Güdel manages and protects cables between the energy chain of TrackMotion® floor and overhead modules and the base of the robot. Key components include protective cable conduit, brackets, and quick-access mounting clips. Conduits featuring...

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Metal separation product selection guide released

January 12, 2015

Eriez® has published a new metal separation product selection guide. The eight-page brochure is available online for immediate download and also offered in hard copy format. The literature features the company’s line of magnetic separators and metal detectors. It is divided into 12 equipment...

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Laser marking system handles oversized parts

January 12, 2015

The FiberTower™ MegaCenter™ is one of the largest standard laser marking systems produced by Fonon, with an oversized enclosure equipped with a direct-drive inverted X-Y linear motor drive system. The ultracompact, energy-saving, Q-switched fiber laser marking system is a direct part...

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Carts adjust height automatically

January 12, 2015

Verti-Lift has introduced Auto-Hite carts, which automatically adjust so that workpieces are at the optimal operator height. The spring-loaded, self-leveling products feature a 22- to 26-in. window of vertical travel, making them suitable for any associate or parts height requirement. The carts...

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