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Extending the Life and Improving the Performance of Plastic Injection Molds

Coating mold components like ejector guide elements, cores, lifts and cavities increases the lifespan of molds while reducing maintenance and running costs.

Renishaw Reduces Machining Time for Aerospace Impeller Manufacturer

If the workpiece datum of a finished part is off-centre, the impeller must be submitted for design analysis, in which a designer reviews the component and decides whether it can be used. Each analysis costs approximately $66,900 per part

Six Things You Should Know About Laser Alignment

Laser alignment technology has been around for some time, but you may still be surprised at the scale and scope of the benefits that these systems deliver.

Planar Honing: Producing a Fine Finish on Flat Surfaces

Somewhat resembling a spinning bottlebrush, this tool is characterized by abrasive globules that are permanently mounted to flexible filaments that are attached to a center shaft.

Improving the Life and Performance of Critical Aerospace Components

The aerospace industry is increasingly turning to PVD and PACVD coatings to increase the durability, performance and service life of components – and as an alternative to hard chrome

Choosing Enclosure Material

The enclosure material which houses sensitive electronic and automation components will impact their lifespan, functionality, and performance. Of the numerous materials available, each offers different protective advantages.

Material Flow and Presentation Starts with Kitting Work Instructions and Job Element Monitoring

Just as kit trays are customized to meet the needs of the individual kits, transport systems documented in work instruction must be customized for efficiency and space utilization.

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Gerber Showcases On-Demand Workflow Solution at Texprocess and Transforms Speed-to-Market Manufacturing

The demonstration will show how design is optimized by leveraging custom graphics and 3D simulation, then converting patterns into a marker file that will be prepared and sent to a digital printer.

Advanced Software Design Technology Leads GM into Next Generation of Vehicle Lightweighting

Alliance with Autodesk includes advanced AI-based generative design technology and 3D printing advancements to help lighten and transform future vehicles

Simio's 8 Reasons to Adopt Industry 4.0

As a provider of Production Scheduling software to many Smart Factories, Simio is often asked about the benefits of embracing Industry 4.0

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QVI® Introduces New TurnCheck™ Family of Shaft Measuring Systems

Advanced Optics, Rugged Construction Offer a Paradigm Shift for Shaft Measurement

New Balluff Magnetic Mount Simplifies RFID Integration

Balluff's new break-off magnetic mount with tag holder allows for easy integration of RFID systems.

ELUM Unveils PROTOS, Revolutionary All Servo-Driven Roll-Fed Labeler, at EXPO PACK - Mexico 2018

PROTOS achieves rotary machine speeds in smaller footprint and linear design. See PROTOS at EXPO PACK in Mexico City, June 5-8, Booth 1436.

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Helix Conveyors Offer Greater Flexibility

Helix Conveyors Offer Greater Flexibility

Dorner's 2200 Series SmartFlex Helix Conveyor's compact, flexible design and small footprint maximizes valuable floor space while providing customers with flexibility in layout. The custom infeed and outfeed lengths allow the conveyor to extend beyond the spiral, reducing the number of conveyors required. The Helix Conveyor is ideal for applications including accumulation, buffering, cooling between processes or machines, and more!

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Dorner Mfg. Corp.

Dorner Mfg. Corp.

Founded in 1966 and based in Hartland, Wisconsin, Dorner is a privately held World Leader in the design, applications, manufacturing, and integration of conveyor systems. Companies from over 1,200 different industries worldwide turn to Dorner to achieve improved efficiency, productivity, and a positive ROI.