Punch-Laser Machines Pump Life into Cellular Manufacturing System

April 21, 2021

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Punch-Laser Machines Pump Life into Cellular Manufacturing System
A quartet of punch-laser combination machines forms the foundation of MPE Inc.’s metal fabrication business, as the firm has successfully evolved from batch and queue processing to cellular manufacturing. Its latest venture: a quick-turn prototype cell, adding to its menu of vertically integrated offerings.

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WEBER PT Deburring Machine
The PT handles deburring, rounding, descaling and surface grinding of thin sheets and heavy plates. Up to 5 grinding stations allow for all machining variations. A CBF station can be installed for a perfect surface finish. The STC bolt grinding beam is available especially for flame‐cut and plasma‐cut heavy plates. 

Hans WEBER Sales & Service, Olathe, Kansas 66071, 913‐254‐1611, sales@weberamerica.com, www.weberamerica.com

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Rocklin Mfg. Debuts Portable Fiber-Laser Marker
Rocklin Manufacturing, Sioux City, IA, has introduced the MobiLase all-in-one, portable fiber-laser marking unit housed in a 45-lb. rolling suitcase. While laser-marking units typically are large, heavy, stationary machines, users can take the lightweight MobiLase directly to the part, rather than transporting parts to a laser-marking station. This eliminates costly downtime and investments in elaborate contraptions to mark large parts.

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Cut 3D Parts After Forming
Cut 3D parts after they’re formed. Bent tubes, hydroformed components, tubular assemblies, deep drawn parts, flat or stamped plates can be trimmed and cut with 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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Pallet-Truck Attachment Adjusts Load Height for Improved Order Picking
The PalletPal Walkie, from Southworth Products, Portland, ME, is an automatic pallet-load leveler that mounts to any standard electric walkie or walkie/rider pallet truck to make order picking fast, safe and simple. Built on the proven design of the firm’s PalletPal Level Loaders, the PalletPal Walkie uses a calibrated spring mechanism to automatically adjust the height of a pallet load as boxes are added or removed.  The top layer of the load remains at a comfortable, convenient working height, allowing employees to load or offload items without having to awkwardly bend, or stretch.

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HRB ATC Series—High-Precision, Customizable Press Brakes with Automatic Tool Changer (ATC)
The HRB ATC Series is equipped with AMADA’s patented Automatic Tool Changer—making it the ideal solution for variable lot sizes, the seamless introduction of rush jobs, and complex tool layouts. The ATC will enable you to achieve even the most complex tool setups in 4 minutes or less. The HRB 1003/2204 ATC Series is manufactured at the Carolina Manufacturing Center in High Point, NC. Customizable features include: 
  • Bi-S Sensor
  • Auto slide foot pedal
  • Custom sheet followers
  • Double clamp finger backgauge
  • Operator front support system
  • Digi pro

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A Better Process for Welding Higher-Strength Steels
Need to resistance projection weld assemblies of high-strength steels (HSS), or join fasteners to stamped HSS parts, without concern for heat input from the welding process weakening the parent material, or worries that line-voltage fluctuations will affect process repeatability and weld quality? If so, the high-amperage capacitor-discharge (CD) projection-welding process is for you.

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Omax To Host Waterjet Cutting Virtual Event
Join Omax on May 20 for a 1-hr. virtual event, “The Versatile World of Waterjet,” as it explores the many roles waterjet plays and where it shows up in unexpected places. The virtual event will stream at three times: 8 and 11 a.m., and 5 p.m. PDT.

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Delmiaworks’ New Shopworks ERP Module Enhances the Experience on the Shop Floor
Manufacturers needing to rapidly switch between different production runs to meet customers’ tight timelines will appreciate the new intelligent Shopworks interface introduced by Dassault Systèmes as an add-on module to its Delmiaworks (formerly IQMS) manufacturing enterprise resource planning (ERP) system. Shopworks helps manufacturers within complex production environments simplify shop-floor operators’ activities, and gain real-time insights from the manufacturing-execution-system and manufacturing-operations-management ERP modules.

Robotic Tool Changer is a Feature-Packed Solution for Automatic End-effector Exchange
ATI Industrial Automation, Apex, NC, has introduced a standard robotic tool-changing and -storage solution--the QC-7 Robotic Tool Changer, compatible with a variety of industrial and collaborative robot models. Lightweight yet durable, the tool changer offers a variety of configuration options with ATI’s pass-through utility modules and tool stands. An optional ML12 electrical module attaches easily to the tool-changer body, which also includes five pass-through air ports and lock/unlock air fittings.

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Arc Welding—A Process Primer
Think of choosing a welding power source as similar to buying a car. Each involves searching for an efficient, powerful and easy-to-handle product that, most importantly, best suits a user’s particular needs. But with such a wide selection of power sources on the market, how do metal formers, and welders, select the right one for them?

Industry-Related Terms: Center, Grinding, Layer, NC, Pallet, Point, Prototype, Surface
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