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February 17, 2021

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What's New in Laser Cutting
New laser cutting technology continues to enter the market, with a host of new products available for fabricators. Here is some of what’s new.



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Feb. 25 Omax Virtual Tradeshow Compares Waterjet to Other Cutting Processes
Register for the Omax virtual tradeshow on February 25 at noon EST for a comparison of waterjet cutting and other cutting processes. The presentation, hosted by Jesse Bronson, Omax regional manager, and Tim Holcomb, Omax applications specialist, will highlight strengths, weaknesses and approaches to achieve higher production and maximum efficiency.



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Quick Industrial-Robot Programming With Handheld Probe
Robot-software company RoboDK has released TwinTrack, a tool that allows users to program any industrial robot quickly and simply by tracing the desired motion with a handheld probe. The tool provides an answer as robots move into the hands of less experienced users, thus requiring more-intuitive programming interfaces, according to company officials.


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Bevel Consumables for Hypertherm Air- and Oxygen-Plasma Cutting System
 
 
Hypertherm, Inc. now makes available “extreme-bevel” consumables for its MaxPro200 LongLife air- and oxygen-plasma cutting system. The consumables, designed for mechanized, robotic and handheld cutting, feature an aggressive, pointed geometry so that a plasma torch can tilt to an angle of as much as 66.5 deg. This makes the consumables ideal for a range of jobs, including steep mechanized beveling, tube and pipe cutting, structural steel work, pressure-vessel construction, and handheld cutting.


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Robotic Bending System Features Automated Tool-Changing Press Brake
LVD North America has debuted Ulti-Form, a robotic bending system featuring an automated tool-changing press brake. Ulti-Form, following the company’s Dyna-Cell robotic bending cell, takes automated bending technology a step further, according to company officials, by incorporating the automated tool-changing press brake that handles both small batches and long production runs efficiently with minimal changeover time.



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Titanium Laser Cutting—Don't Sweat It
Titanium sheet, as hard as steel at nearly half the weight, certainly provides challenges when shaping it into a quality part via stamping, bending or punching. It demands care in processing, especially given its high cost. Mistakes with titanium most assuredly can derail the profit margin on a job. It’s a bit surprising then, that fabricators can laser cut titanium sheet with relative ease.

“From a cutting perspective, titanium isn’t terribly unique,” offers Brett Thompson, TruLaser technologies and sales consultant manager for Trumpf North America.



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New OxyFuel Cutting Feature for Lincoln Electric Vrtex Virtual-Reality Trainers
In collaboration with The Harris Products Group, a Lincoln Electric company, Lincoln Electric has introduced the Vrtex OxyFuel Cutting feature, bringing welding and cutting together for education by enabling users to practice torch cutting safely and virtually. From setting up the torch to executing the cut, each task is designed to simulate real-world cutting applications.



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Automated Program For 90-Deg. Cuts on Scotchman Circular-Sawing System
With the addition of an optional Auto-90 program feature, the Scotchman SUP-600 NF AngleMaster upcut circular cold saw runs completely automatically for 90-deg. cuts. The system feeds materials, makes 90-deg. cuts continuously, and is ideal for door and window, facade, and other cutting applications using high-volume nonferrous materials that require 90-deg. cuts.


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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.


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Weld Systems Integrators Introduces Fast Rise Time MFDC Welding Equipment
Weld Systems Integrators, Inc. (WSI), Warrensville Heights, OH, a manufacturer of resistance welding (RW) equipment, has introduced a mid-frequency direct-current (MFDC) press-type RW machine.  This new addition to the WSI product lineup, which incorporates a fast rise time (FRT) MFDC transformer, proves ideal for welding applications requiring short weld times and high welding current.

FRT-MFDC welders, say WSI officials, promise to reduce lifecycle cost, improve process control for the welding of coated parts, manage weld-nugget formation, minimize the size of the heat-affected zone and minimize primary-power requirements.


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