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What Do Robotics Mean for the Cutting Tools Industry

Friend or foe? Helper or fiend? Here’s what robotics really mean for the cutting tools industry and what are the pitfalls to watch out for.

Metal Additive Manufacturing Powder Recovery Equipment

Metal AM powders, such as titanium, aluminium and Inconel are used to produce parts for F1 cars and to ensure their quality, the powder is qualified before use and, when the build process is complete, unused powder is reclaimed and requalified.

American Manufacturing Is Set to Explode — but Small to Medium Sized Manufacturers Aren’t Prepared

Headlines suggest that manufacturing is coming home. However, a renaissance of America’s industry was never going to be that simple, particularly for small and medium sized manufacturers.

Decoding Business Valuation: What Manufacturers Need to Know (Part 2)

The accounting balance sheet tells you how much a business has invested in assets, but it doesn’t tell you how wisely it has invested.

Seven Key Considerations When Choosing the Right Equipment Lubricant

Not investing in the right lubricant is clearly a costly mistake especially if you are buying old machinery for business use. This is because a good lubricant can maximize the returns on your investment by ensuring that your old machinery runs at optimal efficiency...

Celera Motion Case Study – Precision Rotary Axis Control

The customer required precision rotary axis control in the lowest profile form factor for multiple sequential robot arm joints. Key additional requirements included minimal movement at start-up to report absolute position...

AREVO to Manufacture World's First 3D-Printed Carbon Fiber Unibody Bike Frames for New Line of eBikes from Franco Bicycles

“AREVO DNA™” Digital Composites Manufacturing Technology Represents a Breakthrough for the Global Bicycle Industry and Other Sectors

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Bastian Solutions Launches New Robot Warehouse Picker with Parts Designed and Built Through Additive Manufacturing

“The additive manufacturing process will enable us to customize each robot picker to fit a customer’s particular warehouse environment.”

Top Three Teams Share $100,000 Prize in Complete Virtual Construction Level of 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge

Team SEArch+/Apis Cor won first place in the Phase 3: Level 4 software modeling stage of NASA’s 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge. The unique shape of their habitat allows for continuous reinforcement of the structure. Light enters through trough-shaped ports on the sides and t

Boston Dynamics Handle Robot Reimagined for Logistics

The boxes used in the video weigh about 5 Kg (11 lbs), but the robot is designed to handle boxes up to (15 Kg) (33 lb). This version of Handle works with pallets that are 1.2 m deep and 1.7 m tall (48 inches deep and 68 inches tall).

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Hassle-free food modernisation

Revenues in the food and beverage industry are growing, but profit margins are shrinking. Market forces, combined with the battle to meet ever-changing consumer demands without compromising quality and food safety, means that many manufacturers and retailers have pushed price margins to the limit. Here, Sean Robinson, service leader at industrial automation specialist Novotek UK & Ireland, explains how to modernise without the hassle.

If you can't stand the heat…

At the start of 2018, the BBC reported that the UK's manufacturing output was at its highest rate for ten years. This increase can largely be attributed to the UK's recovery from the global economic crisis and its uptake of automation technology. However, while the food and beverage industry has been slower than other sectors to embrace automation technology, this doesn't have to be the case. Here, Stephen Hayes, managing director of industrial PC provider Beckhoff Automation UK, explains how automation tools like PC-based control systems will help food manufacturers keep up with their competition.

What will we do when Moore's Law is no more?

For half a century, the technology industry has been built on a set of rules that have defined how everything from power electronics to computer chips are designed. Among these rules is Moore's Law, which has been underpinning innovation since 1965, but it is expected to come to an end in the coming years. This is creating an urgent need for innovation in computing, design and materials, as Benjamin Stafford, Materials Science Specialist at materials search engine Matmatch, explains.

Celera Motion Broadens Precision Motion Capabilities

Adds Servo Drives to Complement Its Encoders, Motors and Mechatronics

KeraCel, a world leader in solid-state lithium ion batteries, announced a breakthrough in its multi-material ceramic battery using its proprietary 3D printing technology.

KeraCel is developing its ceramic solid-state batteries using proprietary additive manufacturing 3D printing technology resulting in a unique monolithic structure. This unique structure allows for greatly increasing the battery energy density and producing safer and longer lasting batteries.

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Zaber's X-LRQ-DE Series: High Precision Stages with Built-in Controllers and Linear Encoders

Zaber's X-LRQ-DE Series: High Precision Stages with Built-in Controllers and Linear Encoders

Zaber's X-LRQ-DE Series of linear stages have high stiffness, load, and lifetime capabilities in a compact size. The integrated linear encoder combined with stage calibration provides high accuracy positioning over the full travel of the device. At 36 mm high, these stages are excellent for applications where a low profile is required. The X-LRQ-DE's innovative design allows speeds up to 205 mm/s and loads up to 100 kg. Like all Zaber products, the X-LRQ-DE Series is designed for easy set-up and operation.

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