JR Precision & Welding, a Houston, TX, machine shop specializing in
welding, 3D printing and three- and five-axis CNC manufacturing,
removing large burrs from holes in a hard 4140 steel-alloy part proved
challenging. This led the shop to reach out to a local tooling
representative from Bass Tool & Supply, a supplier of CNC machine
tools, for wheel-brush options to remove the burrs in one automated
operation. The rep, in turn, suggested that the shop contact Los
Angeles-based Brush Research Mfg., known for its Flex-Hone tool,
characterized by abrasive globules permanently mounted to flexible
filaments that attach to a center shaft. With its low-pressure,
low-temperature abrading process, the tool can remove work hardened
layers and deburr parts without disturbing the underlying metallurgical
WEBER PT is the perfect deburring machine for lasered, punched and
nibbled parts. It handles deburring, rounding, descaling and surface
grinding of thin sheets and heavy plates. Up to four grinding stations
allow for all machining variations. Improved accessibility for
maintenance; modular design; and optional simultaneous top/bottom
machining are just some of the advantages of the WEBER PT.
Hans WEBER Sales & Service, Olathe, Kansas 66071, 913-254-1611, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.weberamerica.com
Prima Industrie S.p.A., Turin, Italy (with U.S. headquarters in Arlington Heights, IL), has launched Prima@Home. The new digital channelprovides a streaming platform where the company can host online events, product demonstrations, webinars, technical presentations and training courses, as well as provide on-demand streaming of content. Customers can use the channel as a direct connection with the firm’s technology centers in Italy, Finland, China and the United States. Watch Video
Software Solutions, via a recently announced strategic relationship
with Data Inventions, Inc., is delivering the Alora machine-intelligence
platform to users of its JobBoss shop-management software. Connecting
JobBoss data directly with real-time machine performance creates
visibility at an actionable level so that operators and managers can run
business operations more effectively, according to ECI officials.
AMADA’s LBC Technology creates infinite locus patterns—ensuring the optimum beam shape for each specific cutting application. This results in the highest quality cuts in both stainless and mild steel and the best edge quality in aluminum with virtually no dross. The VENTIS 3015 AJ leverages a high-brightness fiber laser oscillator to maintain optimum quality of the high-energy density laser beam. Unique cutting capabilities and exceptional speed enable the 4kW VENTIS to easily rival fiber lasers utilizing much higher wattage at a considerably lower operating cost.
Featuring precise hand-guided teaching for fast implementation of a robot system, the new 20-kg payload Model HC20XP collaborative robot from the Motoman Robotics Division of Yaskawa America, Inc. is well-suited for applications where robots need to safely work with, or in close proximity to humans. The industry’s first IP67-rated collaborative robot, say company officials, the HC20XP can provide continuous use in damp or splash-prone environments. Manufactured from cast aluminum for durability, the cobot features easy-to-clean surfaces. Watch Video
Lantek’s MES Wos software for sheet metal manufacturers is designed to help them along the path to digitization, as it assists managers in maintaining control of manufacturing operations and delivering high-quality products on time and at a profit. Watch Video
Cut 3D parts after they’ve been formed. Bent tubes, hydroformed components, tubular assemblies, deep drawn parts, flat or stamped plates can be trim and cut with maximum efficiency and excellent cut quality every time. The LT-Free replaces traditional machining operations and allows you to get the finished part in a single work cycle.
Balluff’s new condition-monitoring sensor can measure vibration, temperature, relative humidity and ambient pressure, collecting and processing the readings and then outputting digital statistical data to a host system via IO-Link. In addition, the sensor can detect and communicate its condition, continuously reporting its temperature, number of operating hours and start cycles. By automating cost-intensive manual inspections, it minimizes unscheduled stops and faults in the production process. Watch Video
Material and capacity requirements planning (MRP/CRP) are critical functions for manufacturers as optimized scheduling can significantly impact the bottom line. Recognizing this, AIM Computer Solutions’ Aim Vision enterprise resource planning (ERP) suite offers a digital whiteboard that creates a visual representation of the plant-floor schedule. The digital whiteboard displays production-schedule item tiles updated in real time from the Aim Mobility MES app. Watch Video
magazine Monday, June 22 to Wednesday, June 24, for our 3rd Annual
Internet of Things Experience for Manufacturers. This virtual conference
offers 10 presentations over three days, with networking opportunities
“Before the age of Netflix, Blockbuster was the king of content.”
That reminder of how quickly the world can change comes from Bill
Bither, co-founder and CEO of MachineMetrics, Boston, MA, and slated to
keynote at the virtual Internet of Things Experience for Manufacturers.
He spoke to Brad Kuvin, MetalForming’s editorial director, in Kuvin’s extensive event-preview article.
“Industries change generally for a few specific reasons: new technologies arise that present better solutions to people’s problems, people change in a way that presents new problems that require better solutions (often enabled by technology), or the economy changes in a way that necessitates a reinvention of how people and technology will solve these problems,” Bither says. “Oftentimes, it’s a bit of all three, and many times, the latter is the catalyst for the former two.”
VIA (Vision Inspection Automation) software from Neurala enables
manufacturers not having worked with artificial intelligence (AI)
previously to train and use vision AI to identify defects in parts,
products or packaging on the production line. The software is designed
to help manufacturers improve production-line quality inspection while
scaling to meet part and product demands.