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When Should You Use 3D Printing for Production?

There are many reasons why 3D printing may be suitable for your hardware design and development cycle. But what about using 3D printing for full-scale production? Here are some considerations when deciding whether to use 3D printing for high-volume, end-use custom parts.

Linux-based Software for Automation

Linux has a lot to offer the automation industry. It is a stable and scalable alternative to Windows operating systems that allows for arguably greater connectivity between devices and systems.

How to Accelerate Manufacturing Coming out of COVID-19

COVID-19 is still a problem, but with a little luck and a lot of hope, industries are close to reopening. While we see a break in the clouds, no one is quite sure what the road to recovery really means.

Reshoring America’s Manufacturing Through Smart Manufacturing

Reshoring holds great potential for companies to gain increased flexibility and responsiveness when facing supply chain disruption. During COVID-19, we saw companies forced to fly to China to pick up specific parts.

How Machine Tool Feedback Can Reveal or Hide Axis Errors

Solutions for avoiding thermally induced dimensional deviations of workpieces have become more crucial than ever for the machine tool building industry. Thermal drift is primarily caused by feed axes on the basis of recirculating ball screws.

Mistakes are sent packing - Autonomous Machine Vision improves accuracy while reducing costs

Packaging and labels contain key information on food products and drugs. A minor mistake on either could have serious repercussions that impact a product’s safety, regulatory compliance and consumers’ satisfaction.

Increasing Productivity by Reducing Tool Change time with Multicouplings

"Many manufacturing processes have interchangeable tooling in their machines. These tools require pneumatic, hydraulic, chemical, or electrical connections to operate. Instead of connecting individual connections one at a time, they can be connected at the same time."

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48 hours to digitalise - How one production plant went remote in just two days

Digitalising a production facility typically takes years of development, but one Sandvik tube site brought remote manufacturing to its stay-at-home workers in just two days.

MICRO MOLDING FOR MICRO-ELECTRONICS

Perhaps like no other, the field of microelectronics exemplifies the drive towards miniaturization, the obvious reduction in size of everyday household appliances and cell phones showing the extent to which products containing electronic components have been reduced in size.

A Journey Toward Autonomous Operations

Applying advanced intelligence and cognitive technologies likewise enables organisations to respond dynamically to changes in demand and customise product, ensure high product quality, and optimise production processes in real time.

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Sensata Technologies' New IO-Link Position Sensors Enable Industry 4.0 and Industrial IoT Environments

New ACW4 and TCW4 Position Sensors with IO-Link push Automation Forward with Simplicity, Configurability and Diagnostic Features

Tompkins Robotics Expands Product Portfolio with the Addition of t-Rail

New overhead transport system optimizes a wide range of fulfillment and distribution operations.

RIZE Debuts RIZIUM™ Glass Fiber Material for Industrial 3D Printing that is Durable, Certified Safe, and Sustainable

High dimensional stability, exceptionally durable composite material suitable for full-color applications and complex geometries and UL's GREENGUARD Certification for low emissions

PostProcess Technologies Granted U.S. Patent for Automated Post-Printing Technology for Polymer 3D Printing

The game-changing SVC technology is part of PostProcess's family of 3D printed polymer support removal and resin removal solutions for additive manufacturing. This patented approach works in combination with patent-pending detergents and proprietary software to ensure that 3D printed parts are uniformly, consistently, and reliably exposed to detergent and cavitation as they undergo post-printing.

FASTSUITE Edition 2 for Robot-supported Surface Processes

Powerful simulation, visualization and analysis of spray applications

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HEIDENHAIN - Linear Encoders for Length Measurement

HEIDENHAIN - Linear Encoders for Length Measurement

Nothing beats the positioning accuracy of linear encoders from HEIDENHAIN. Available in absolute and incremental versions and ideal for a variety of applications-including machine tools, semiconductor machines and medical machines-these measuring solutions combat a variety of issues that erode precision.

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Xcentric Mold & Engineering

Xcentric Mold & Engineering

Xcentric provides consulting, prototyping, pre-production, and production services for a wide range of industries. We are a US Manufacturer - every mold is made and all production is run in one of our two Michigan-based facilities. Our core rapid manufacturing expertise: Injection Molding, CNC Machining, and Additive Manufacturing.