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The Cost and Performance Benefits of Switching From Metal to Plastic Parts

Converting metal components to plastic could provide more advantages for your production process and final product. In fact, OEMs that choose to make the switch capitalize on the added versatility of plastic, and realize a number of valuable benefits

Powder Handling and Sieving Solutions for the Additive Manufacturing Industry

Regardless of the additive manufacturing technology used, as the industry advances, consideration of up- and down-stream processes for powder management are becoming more of a focus.

Origin Comes Out of Stealth and Introduces Open Additive Production -- A Completely New Approach to Additive Manufacturing

The company also announced a new partnership with BASF, one of the largest chemicals producers in the world, to develop material for Origin's "open additive production" platform, which includes extensible software, modular hardware, and world-class materials from BASF

Flexible Shafts in Aerospace Applications

An argument can be made for the flexible shaft being one of the backbones of the aerospace industry, and it isn’t difficult to see why. From windshield wipers to TRAS systems to jet afterburners, flexible shafts are there ...

Is There a Maximum Length of Encoder Cables?

There is no general answer concerning the maximum cable length. A cable length of up to 10 m can be handled without any problems if some special measures are taken into account. Even cable lengths up to 50 or 100 m have been successfully in use ...

Tame Your Energy Hog with Accurate Compressed Air Measurement

As most facilities managers can attest to, the electricity used to produce compressed air can be one of the most expensive energy costs in your facility.

Next Generation Motion Control – Achieving the Impossible

This article reviews the motion control scene, and places the introduction of the Hybrid Hexapod® in context for pan-industrial manufacturers working at the bleeding edge of precision and repeatability.

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Future Forward: CNC Machines

By Curt Doherty CEO of CNCMachines.net. When it comes to developments in modern manufacturing technology, I think we can agree that the Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machine ranks right up there at the top.

PACK EXPO - Winners Crowned in Inaugural Technology Excellence Awards

After months paring down the many qualified entries, three days of onsite voting allowed PACK EXPO International and Healthcare Packaging EXPO attendees to be the ultimate judge of the most innovative new technologies at the show.

ICON, in one of the Largest Seed Rounds for Texas Start-Ups in 2018, Announces $9 Million in Funding

Silicon Valley Heavyweights, Renowned International Developer from the Middle East and America’s Largest Homebuilder Among Investors of Construction Tech Company that Delivered First 3D-printed Home in the U.S. to Receive Building Permit

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Fortify Enhances Additive Manufacturing Capabilities Through Partnership with MultiMechanics

New Partnership to Improve the Predictability of 3D Printed Parts, Resulting in Decreased Cost & Production Time

New Balluff Proximity Sensors Reliably Detect Objects in Temperatures Up to 230 °C

Balluff's family of high-temperature proximity sensors are designed and tested to provide reliable non-contact object detection in ambient temperatures up to 230 °C/446 °F. This level of protection is required for hot metal stamping, glass manufacturing, steel and aluminum manufacturing, steel forging, steam curing, and other high-temp processes.

Okuma to Feature Automation Applications and Solutions at Annual Winter Showcase

Machine tool users are invited to attend the annual showcase to learn how to incorporate a variety of automation systems to increase shop floor efficiency, decrease costs and save money.

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Sierra Introduces One Complete Industrial Flow Energy Solution

Sierra Introduces One Complete Industrial Flow Energy Solution

Sierra Instruments announces the launch of its new flow energy solution for managing and optimizing flow measurement for industrial facilities of all sizes. It features Sierra's QuadraTherm 640i/780i thermal flow meters, their InnovaMass 240i/241i vortex flow meters, and their new InnovaSonic 207i ultrasonic flow meter. Designed, built, and calibrated in the USA by Sierra, the Big-3TM share the same revolutionary Raptor firmware and many of the same software apps. They are a complete flow energy solution for flows like compressed air, natural gas, steam, and hot and chilled water. Together, they set a new standard in ease-of-purchase, performance, accuracy, reliability, and ease of use.

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CGI Motion

CGI Motion

CGI manufactures precision machined components and sub assemblies for custom applications. Our capabilities feature a careful blend of cutting edge technology and renowned reliability. With CGI you can count on us to provide the highest levels of manufacturing acumen and expertise while delivering it with the customer service you deserve. Our goal is to be the most trusted partner in your supply chain.