The Use of Laser Cutting in Sheet Metal Prototyping

Though there are a number of ways that sheet metal can be shaped and cut, few are as precise, reliable and cost effective as laser cutting. The technology involved in laser cutting is so effective that a continuation and improvement of its future capabilities is inevitable.

Data-Driven Quality Needs Quality-Driven Data

Process Data is the input for the second generation of data-driven quality technologies. The technology is particularly useful in assemblies such as control arms which combine heavy-duty stamping with resilient components that are difficult to position accurately and repeatably.

Universal Robots and ARC Specialties to launch first MIG welding system in the U.S. for collaborative robots at FABTECH 2017 in Chicago

Pioneer of collaborative robots introduces SnapWeld Collaborative Robotic Welding, featuring seamless hardware and software integration through the Universal Robots+ product platform

Radiant Vision Systems Announces New Automated Visual Inspection System for In-Line Assembly Verification

Radiant Vision Systems announces the release of the INSPECT.assembly system, a new turnkey automated visual inspection station for in-line assembly verification.

GI Plastek Expands In-House EMI and RFI Shielding Capabilities

Mechanized production paint line can handle large parts

Manufacturing Challenges and Industry 4.0

As we move deeper into the Industry 4.0 era, advancements in automation, artificial intelligence, machine learning, cloud computing and big data play an increasingly important role in how factories operate.

Encoders Tailored for the Unique Requirements of Electric Automation

Not only is this encoder robust and accurate, but, as a modular system with a scale drum and a separate scanning unit, it also features ideal mounting characteristics for use in robots.

New 1 NPT Swivel Fitting Makes Precision Blow Off Easy

EXAIR's Model 9204 1 NPT Swivel Fitting makes it easy to precisely adjust the position of our award-winning air nozzles. With this 303 Stainless Steel swivel, EXAIR's powerful, efficient and quiet Super Air Nozzles can be pointed exactly where you need work to be done. A 50 degree total angle of adjustment provides the movement necessary for your nozzles to be in the best position for maximum effectiveness. The 1 MNPT x 1 FNPT swivel will work with any 1 NPT nozzle or fitting regardless if they have a male or female thread.

Sercos Presents Advanced Technology at SPS IPC Drives Show

Sercos International, provider of the Sercos® automation bus, is presenting various exhibits, such as an Industry 4.0 Demonstrator, during SPS IPC Drives in Nuremberg, Germany November 28 - 30, 2017, in hall 2, stand 440.

Do you manage demand or does demand manage you?

While variety may have been the spice of life in the past, it is simply the standard expectation of twenty-first century buyers. This shift has largely occurred in the past three decades and many businesses are still playing catch up. Here, Roger Fleury, Managing Director of enterprise resource planning (ERP) specialist Ardent Solutions, explains why it's time production planners took a demand-driven approach.

Is Google Glass Staging A Comeback?

Terri Hiskey for MinuteHack: Glass may have finally found its home, and last month we heard news that industrial companies, such as General Motors, GE Aviation, Boeing and Volkswagen, have all been using the smart glasses to help workers perform complex manual tasks.

Allied Machine Announces VarioBore Precision Boring Head & System

Versatile tool features universal digital readout module

MVTec presents deep learning portfolio at SPS IPC Drives

• New HALCON and MERLIC versions to take center stage • Extensive deep learning functions optimize machine vision • Live demos show practical application of machine vision solutions

GKN Driveline Florence Replaces Traditional Production Processes across Factory-Floor with 3D Printing to Improve Business Performance

-Using customized 3D printed tools, plant reports 70% reduction in production time of certain tools, eliminating costly downtime of the production line and ensuring business continuity -Ability to 3D print one-off replacement parts for machinery across the production floor, on-demand, sees team reduce dependency on suppliers and accelerate part delivery to customers

ATTRIBYTES ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF EASY DATA POOL TM

GS1-Certified Technology Revolutionizes Food Industry Data Management

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QC Industries - AS40: The Ultimate User-Friendly Conveyor

QC Industries - AS40: The Ultimate User-Friendly Conveyor

AS40 Conveyors are designed for ease of use and simple integration with robotic applications. Built on a rigid aluminum frame, they feature tee slots for rapid accessory mounting and a tail that flips up at the push of a button for easy under-belt cleaning and belt changes. Nosebar tails are available for transferring small parts between conveyors. All conveyors include a 10 Year Warranty and most are available with a fast five day lead time.