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Cross-ventilation system offers obstruction-free dust collection

September 30, 2013

The MCB from United Air Specialists Inc. is a self-contained cartridge dust collector. Suitable for applications for which source capture is impractical, including grinding, sanding, welding, abrasive blasting, batch mixing, and powder coating, the unit removes fine airborne process dust. It draws...

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Aqueous system cleans turbine blades, other parts with internal bores - TheFabricator.com

Aqueous system cleans turbine blades, other parts with internal bores

September 26, 2013

MecWash Systems has introduced BladeWash aqueous parts washers. Developed for cleaning the internal cooling channels in turbine blades, the technology also is suitable for use on other parts with internal bores and complex geometries. Originally designed for turbine blades made of nickel-based...

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App assists with tool selection, configuration - TheFabricator.com

App assists with tool selection, configuration

September 24, 2013

Kennametal has launched NOVO™ app to assist with tool selection and configuration based on the user's part and process requirements. CAD models, complete assembly lists, and automated job report functionality are included. According to the manufacturer, the app is designed to serve as a...

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Self-clinching nuts suitable for restrictive design envelopes - TheFabricator.com

Self-clinching nuts suitable for restrictive design envelopes

September 19, 2013

PEM® type SMPS™ self-clinching nuts from PennEngineering® are suitable for fastening in ultrathin metal sheet applications in which design envelopes may be restrictive and space for attachment hardware may be limited. Installing permanently in steel or aluminum metal sheets as...

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Resistance welding electrodes cast with copper in vacuum - TheFabricator.com

Resistance welding electrodes cast with copper in vacuum

September 17, 2013

Plansee USA LLC offers tungsten-lanthanum and TZM resistance welding electrodes that are cast with copper in a vacuum, rather than manufactured with soldering processes. Molten copper completely encloses the electrode, creating a seamless joint between the two materials. According to the...

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Rotary encoder designed for demanding applications - TheFabricator.com

Rotary encoder designed for demanding applications

September 13, 2013

Heidenhain has introduced the ROD 1930 rotary encoder series for use in motion control environments. The incremental encoder can withstand radial shaft loads of 200 N and axial shaft loads of 150 N. The encoder is available with HTL or HTLs outputs, which allow simplified connection to many...

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Nesting software updated for scribing, laser cutting

September 13, 2013

A new software update to Hypertherm's ProNest® CAD/CAM software is available for download at no charge to customers with a current ProNest subscription. Improvements to the software’s scribe text function allow users to add varied information to parts, such as heat number or customer ID. Users...

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Compact marking unit made for small volumes

September 11, 2013

The Borries DotStar 520 is a compact, programmable workshop unit designed for one-off production runs and small-volume series. It provides for permanent, flexible marking on a variety of metal workpieces. The 4.72- by 3.94-in. marking area allows for text of one or more lines in free scalable...

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Engineered mandrel sleeves protect coils from damage

September 11, 2013

Kastalon offers engineered polyurethane mandrel sleeves, filler plates, and filler rings with various material hardness and surface options. They are designed to protect coils from damage in mill and processing applications. The products, designed to adapt the mandrel to handle coils with larger...

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Communication protocol implemented on encoder platform - TheFabricator.com

Communication protocol implemented on encoder platform

September 10, 2013

Leine & Linde, with exclusive North American distribution through Heidenhain, offers DRIVE-CLiQ on an encoder platform, designed for operation in harsh environments under exposure to vibrations, shocks, and mechanical loads. The encoder can be installed to the motor mechanics typically found...

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Metal laser sintering services offered

September 6, 2013

Prototype Casting Inc. offers direct metal laser sintering services for creating parts involving complex geometries. The process delivers fast, accurate metal fabrication, according to the company, and allows the prototypes to be tested vigorously because of its compatibility with most alloys....

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Stand-alone application performs DFX validation of product designs - TheFabricator.com

Stand-alone application performs DFX validation of product designs

September 5, 2013

Geometric Ltd. has launched Geometric DFX, a stand-alone application for carrying out design for X (DFX) validation of product designs. Powered by the company's DFMPro® design-for-manufacturability system, the application uses the CGM 3-D modeling kernel from Spatial Corp. Spatial's 3-D...

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Rechargeable battery unit kit provides long-term backup for CNC machines

September 5, 2013

FANUC America Corp. - FANUC CNC offers a rechargeable battery unit kit that provides long-term backup power for CNC machines and eliminates the use of disposable batteries. The unit enables one CNC system to be connected from a power source to the servo amplifiers. It contains a rechargeable...

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Lifting device allows nearly weightless movement of loads up to 771 lbs. - TheFabricator.com

Lifting device allows nearly weightless movement of loads up to 771 lbs.

September 3, 2013

The Konecranes ATB AirBalancer is a lifting device that aids picking, lifting, moving, and placing items by hand. The pneumatic-powered mover is suitable for assembly processes, repair, and industrial production tasks across a variety of industries. The unit reaches movement speeds up to 6.56...

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Robotic machine tending software helps simplify programming - TheFabricator.com

Robotic machine tending software helps simplify programming

August 29, 2013

ABB has introduced an overhauled system of robotic machine tending software for such applications as die casting, injection molding, and machining. Together, the new PC-based RobotStudio Machine Tending PowerPac and the new controller-based RobotWare Machine Tending software allow for...

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