Fiber Laser Cutting of Small to Medium-Diamter Tubes

July 15, 2020

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Fiber Laser Cutting of Small to Medium-Diameter Tubes
Mazak Optonics Corp. has launched the FT-150 Fiber, a tube-cutting laser machine designed for high-speed cutting of small- and medium-diameter tubes. With a reduced noncutting process, its use results in higher throughput, according to company officials.

Low Cost Conveying Through Hose or Pipe
EXAIR’s Line Vac connects to standard hose or tube to create a powerful conveyor. The design features large throat diameters for maximum throughput capability. A small amount of compressed air is injected through directed nozzles to produce a vacuum on one end and high output flows on the other.

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IoT Tool Designed to Support Social Distancing in Manufacturing Facilities
Triax Technologies, Inc., Norwalk, CT, a provider of Internet of Things (IoT) worksite technology, has introduced Proximity Trace, a tool that delivers proximity-distancing alerts via a wearable device for workers across many industries, including manufacturing. It offers added protection for essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, and helps companies get workers back to work safely, while addressing recommended social distancing practices.

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Universal Robots to Host Cobot Expo
Manufacturers interested in catching up on the latest cobot technology will want to attend this unique tradeshow, The Cobot Expo, a virtual event scheduled for July 28-30. Hosted by Universal Robots, the expo features more than 30 different booths, insightful keynote presentations, interactive Q&A sessions, and live chats with automation experts.

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Cut 3D Parts After Forming
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.

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Condition-Monitoring Systems Help Operations Weather Crisis Times
Cloud-based condition-monitoring systems can play a critical role for fabricating operations. Machine-performance monitoring is vital when manufacturers are forced to operate with fewer employees while ensuring that onsite employees work within social-distancing guidelines.
Continuous-condition-monitoring systems maintain productivity by gathering data to detect and address problems before they cause equipment breakdowns. The Internet of Things (IoT) enables full-plant connectivity through networked machines, and data can be collected without requiring plant personnel to make direct contact with machines and other staffers. Cloud-based condition-monitoring platforms can retrieve data and display it on any internet-connected device—laptop, desktop, smartphone or tablet.

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On-Demand Materials Pricing for Engineers and Custom-Part Manufacturers
Paperless Parts, a secure, ITAR-compliant cloud-based quoting platform, has partnered with Online Metals, which provides instant materials pricing, to allow engineers and custom-part manufacturers to streamline their materials pricing activities and quicken the quoting process.

Weber PT
The 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,,

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Seven Tool Tips for Punching Thick Material
Whether a harder steel or a softer aluminum, thick is thick, and thick material presents unique challenges, with two real possibilities: tool breakage on impact due to shock; and tool breakage during the longer-lasting stripping process. So what’s a fabricator to do? Fortunately, solutions exist, offers Susan Erler, punching product manager for Wilson Tool International.

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In a New Light: The 411 on Robotic Laser Welding
Shop floors across the Americas have ramped up implementation of robotic laser beam welding (LBW), due to the ability of the process to create strong weld seams at relatively high speed, and, therefore, increase productivity as compared to conventional welding techniques. Ideal for medium- to large-volume production runs, robotic LBW employs a focused laser beam rather than the electric arc used in arc welding.

AMADA Introduces the World’s First Fiber Laser Cutting System with Locus Beam Control (LBC)
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.

Pepperl+Fuchs to Host Online Summit on Factory and Process Automation
From July 20-24, Pepperl+Fuchs will host its 2020 Online Summit, a free, digital event presenting the latest trends and solutions in factory and process automation. Topics include digital kanban management, mobile devices and services to drive digital transformation, smart intralogistics solutions with RFID and LiDAR technology, and the power of 3D measurement technology.

Industry-Related Terms: Edge, Grinding, LASER, Stripping, Surface
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