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University of Birmingham chooses Renishaw systems for healthcare research
September 13, 2018

University of Birmingham chooses Renishaw systems for healthcare research

The facility will bring together academics from different disciplines to explore the full potential of additive manufacturing (AM) for medical devices. The University of Birmingham has several active projects to innovate new medical devices and technologies to assist recovery following disease or injury, covering various clinical remits.

KASTO helps Singaporean steel producer enhance automated sawing operations
August 23, 2018

KASTO helps Singaporean steel producer enhance automated sawing operations

In 2016, the management at Sin Ghee Huat decided to invest in extending its capacity. In its search for a suitable supplier, the choice fell on KASTO Maschinenbau GmbH & Co. KG

NUM works with Chinese machine building company to develop 8-axis CNC machining center
July 05, 2018

NUM works with Chinese machine building company to develop 8-axis CNC machining center

OPMT is a company based in Fo’shan – of Guangdong Province – in south China. For its latest project, OPMT was asked by Guangdong University of Technology to develop a machining center that combined high speed laser cutting and milling capabilities.

Beckwood partners with Siemens to produce automated hydraulic press
October 10, 2017

Beckwood partners with Siemens to produce automated hydraulic press

The company was seeking a turnkey package consisting of two 1400-ton hydraulic presses and two automated stamping die handling systems to load and unload the presses more efficiently than the conventional forklift and manual labor-intensive system this customer was currently utilizing.

FIPA delivers machine handling for Foilpuller automated sheet metal system
January 20, 2017

FIPA delivers machine handling for Foilpuller automated sheet metal system

Featuring cycle times of 30–45 seconds, the CNC-controlled Foilpuller with FIPA EOAT and vacuum technology automates the film-removal process for metal sheets used in white goods.

NUM helps CNC Onestop to facilitate precision grinding
October 17, 2016

NUM helps CNC Onestop to facilitate precision grinding

The core of NUM’s cylindrical grinding CNC solutions is a software package known as ProCAM. ProCAM software is designed primarily to address the requirements of OD, ID or OD/ID with either a horizontal or vertical machine layout.

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FIPA builds End-of-Arm-Tooling to enhance FANUC robotics
July 27, 2016

FIPA builds End-of-Arm-Tooling to enhance FANUC robotics

Built in FIPA’s American facilities, and installed in the testing and demonstration laboratory at FANUC headquarters in Rochester Hills, Michigan, this custom EOAT solution features four flat vacuum cups especially designed for heavy-duty ejector for process reliability.

Deba Fasteners and Lazpiur announce manufacturing collaboration
July 15, 2016

Deba Fasteners and Lazpiur announce manufacturing collaboration

The former is dedicated to the manufacture of fastening elements, above all for the automotive market. The latter has two lines of business; one consists in building high-precision machines, some of which are specially indicated for the fastener sector.

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Unisom's 30mm tube bender used to boost manufacturer's productivity
April 28, 2016

Unisom's 30mm tube bender used to boost manufacturer's productivity

The 30 mm bender was specially designed by Unison to improve Crisp Clean Services's production efficiency and flexibility in manufacturing their mobile cleaning solutions.

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Precision Products shotguns its scrapped parts problem
February 10, 2016

Precision Products shotguns its scrapped parts problem

Precision Products, a manufacturer of shotgun parts, wrote an Okuma machine tool app that streamlines its cutting operations, while reducing operator error and scrapped parts.

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Robots automate wheelbarrow manufacturing
January 18, 2016

Robots automate wheelbarrow manufacturing

Unison robots help Walsall Wheelbarrow increase production capacity from 1800 to 3500 ‘barrow in a box’ wheelbarrows per day.

Kollmorgen servo technology bends panels into better shape
June 11, 2015

Kollmorgen servo technology bends panels into better shape

Salvagnini is using distributed servo amplifiers for positioning, instead of keeping drives installed centrally in the control cabinet.

 Siemens updates three-stage lathe line for railroad axle manufacturer
April 09, 2015

Siemens updates three-stage lathe line for railroad axle manufacturer

Siemens Sinumerik CNCs, Simotics motors and Sinamics drives were installed at each lathe, with Simatic PLC and HMI as the master of the entire line.

OpTek Systems uses confocal sensors on highly reflective and diffuse surfaces
January 08, 2015

OpTek Systems uses confocal sensors on highly reflective and diffuse surfaces

OpTek Systems has installed non-contact confocal chromatic sensors from Micro-Epsilon on a number of its laser processing machines to measure the surface finish and groove depth of difficult materials, ranging from highly reflective, mirrored surfaces to dark, diffuse surfaces.

Finding Refreshment in Control System Retrofit
October 16, 2014

Finding Refreshment in Control System Retrofit

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Metal-forming machines rarely enter a fourth decade of service. But when Royal Vendors of Kearneysville, WV, a manufacturer and remanufacturer of cold drink vending equipment, faced declining performance from its key two-axis metal former, it was faced with a crucial decision: refurbish or replace.

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Weiss rotary indexing table cuts test time for parts
August 19, 2014

Weiss rotary indexing table cuts test time for parts

Geissler wanted to accelerate cycle times for a test bench that performed the final inspection of precision turned parts. They replaced a pneumatic rotary indexing table with a directly driven TO series rotary indexing table from Weiss.

Mazak uses MERLIN MES and MTConnect at Kentucky plant
July 28, 2014

Mazak uses MERLIN MES and MTConnect at Kentucky plant

Mazak's turning and milling machine plant uses MERLIN's Manufacturing Execution System (MES) and Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communications platform with the MTConnect interoperability standard.

Machining Center saves energy  with Hydraulic Power Packs
June 18, 2014

Machining Center saves energy with Hydraulic Power Packs

Using leakage-free seated valves, two-way pressure reducing valves and a higher efficiency radial piston pump, Schwaebische Werkzeugmaschinen achieved energy savings of 73 percent on its BA 400 machining centers.

ABB PLC controls safety at cold-rolling mill
April 16, 2014

ABB PLC controls safety at cold-rolling mill

The safety PLC provided the platform for Sandvik Materials Technology to add zoned safety guarding to a large cold rolling mill at its Sandviken plant in Sweden.

Vertical Lift Module used for Tool and Die Storage
January 14, 2014

Vertical Lift Module used for Tool and Die Storage

At Rimer Enterprises in Waterville, Ohio, the installation of a Vertical Lift Module (VLM) automated storage and retrieval system has reduced the potential for work related injuries and has recovered over 90% of otherwise wasted floor space.

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FMC Technologies uses metrology system to check CNC machines
December 10, 2013

FMC Technologies uses metrology system to check CNC machines

FMC Technologies in Scotland uses Renishaw machine tool probes and calibration products to check and verify the dimensional accuracy of its CNC machine tools.

Rotary indexing tables expand robotic polishing processing
October 08, 2013

Rotary indexing tables expand robotic polishing processing

SHL in Germany uses Weiss heavy duty rotary indexing tables for its automated grinding, polishing, and deburring systems for the automotive, medical, and processing industries.

Cincinnati uses Team Viewer for remote access
September 12, 2013

Cincinnati uses Team Viewer for remote access

Team Viewer allows Cincinnati technicians to view a machine’s PC-based control as though they are right in front of it.

Mechatronic integration facilitates control system design
September 07, 2013

Mechatronic integration facilitates control system design

Control Engineering
By Paweł Paśnicki, et al
Prior to modifying the feed-drive module of a 5-axis machining center, a full simulation model was automatically generated from the construction assembly model. Preparation, modification, and testing were all in the Matlab/Simulink environment, streamlining the process.

Conroe Machine uses Programmable gages for machining and parts sorting
September 06, 2013

Conroe Machine uses Programmable gages for machining and parts sorting

Renishaw's Equator programmable gages are being used for measuring and sorting mud-motor bearings.

Weiss automates cylinder lock production
July 11, 2013

Weiss automates cylinder lock production

Cylinder locks are mass produced articles that require high positioning precision with the shortest possible workpiece cycle times. Weiss provided a fully automated cylinder lock assembly machine.

HMI software provides remote access for surface finishing machines
June 29, 2013

HMI software provides remote access for surface finishing machines

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Surface Finishing Technologies makes machines used to electroplate, electropolish and anodise various materials and products. SFT installed an InduSoft HM/SCADA system that provides remote access.

Nagel Precision connects honing machines to networks
June 28, 2013

Nagel Precision connects honing machines to networks

Nagel Precision in the U.S. uses EtherNet/IP and Anybus X-gateways to connect their honing machines to any industrial network.

June 28, 2013

AME fixtures handle 56 block sizes at machine shop

TRD Manufacturing uses AME fixturing and a Fastems 10-station pallet changer on a horizontal machining center.

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How to optimize energy usage on a flow wrapper
June 25, 2013

How to optimize energy usage on a flow wrapper

Packaging Digest
By putting a variable frequency drive on a crucial vacuum pump and connecting electric power meters to the HMI by way of the controller, ACMA developed a “green machine.”

NUM CNC software upgrades centerless grinding machines
June 13, 2013

NUM CNC software upgrades centerless grinding machines

RefreshEng converts any of Cincinnati's 2-OM family of centerless grinder machines to the same precision machining available on new grinders - but for an outlay that is some 60% lower than a new machine.

Engineering company reinvents blow moulding machine operator interface
June 12, 2013

Engineering company reinvents blow moulding machine operator interface

Process & Control Engineering
Graham Engineering developed an HMI to provide complete control over the blow moulding process for machine operators using WebStudio from InduSoft.

Profiling machine manufacturer rings the changes with HepcoMotion
June 12, 2013

Profiling machine manufacturer rings the changes with HepcoMotion

Process & Control Today
Machine builder Techserv Cutting Systems is using the PRT2 Precision Ring Track system from HepcoMotion to adjust the angle of torches at the control without the need for any additional and time-consuming set-up procedures.

Improving Equipment Utilization with vimana
June 10, 2013

Improving Equipment Utilization with vimana

By Thomas R. Cutler
Curtiss Wright Controls in Shelby, NC used vimana to improve equipment utilization on a production cell with 4 high-end CNC-based Horizontal Milling machine tools by over 20% in just ten weeks.

Empowering Users to Create Information Dashboards
June 10, 2013

Empowering Users to Create Information Dashboards

By Bill Lydon, Editor
Over the last two years, Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) UK Petrochemicals has empowered users to create custom dashboards based on Excel spreadsheet data and calculations using software from Sabisu. The software enables people to organize their data around "Communities" related to areas of interest.

CNC Machines Go Horizontal
May 30, 2013

CNC Machines Go Horizontal

Suburban Manufacturing installed two Okuma MB-4000H horizontal machining centers and a larger PALLETACE flexible manufacturing system in its Northeast Ohio machine shop.

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Energy Savings with a Servo-Electric Pump Drive
May 17, 2013

Energy Savings with a Servo-Electric Pump Drive

Pumps & Systems
Press manufacturer Lasco Umformtechnik, a machine tool builder in Coburg, Germany, uses a servo-electric pump drive for solid and sheet metal forming presses. The new technology allows expensive, traditional valve systems to be eliminated, and energy efficiency has been significantly improved.

Software to control wireless sheeting machine
April 24, 2013

Software to control wireless sheeting machine

Control Engineering
DMC created software to control a flexible wireless food sheeting machine for a unnamed customer’s internal R+D laboratory. The machine consisted of several in-line roller stations that flattened the food material to thinner and thinner heights.

NUM CNC controls laser cutting machine
April 16, 2013

NUM CNC controls laser cutting machine

Using CNC hardware and software from NUM, Favor Laser in Taiwan developed a high precision laser cutter that is capable of producing very small or very large parts from sheet metal.

February 21, 2013

Biglia uses Siemens controllers in Quattro turning centers

Biglia's multi-functional turning centers of the 'Quattro' series use the Sinumerik 840D sl CNC.

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