• You are here:Home
  • Production and Automation
Production & automation

This category covers:

Equipment related to the manufacture of products; and technology that offers a saving on human labour through automation. Includes cutting tools, grinding, forming and fabrication, moulding tools, finishing and pre-treatment, workholdings, robotics and positioning, and welding and joining.

Knit line blemish in textured area

White paper: design considerations for the cosmetics of injection-moulded plastic parts download

Proto LabsTue, 21 Oct 2014

Many factors affect the cosmetic appearance of injection-moulded plastic parts. Some of these are within the control of the part designer and some are not. In this white paper, Proto Labs describes several factors affecting cosmetic appearance, the interactions between those factors and steps the designer can take to improve final appearance.

Brochure cover

Product brochure: putting an end to dull theory — the KUKA Education Bundle download

Kuka Robotics UKTue, 21 Oct 2014

The KUKA Robotics Education Bundle allows educational establishments to impart contemporary robotics expertise to pupils and students.

Master 21 bar feeder

Data sheet: IEMCA Master 21 bar feeder from 1st Machine Tool Accessories download

1st Machine Tool AccessoriesTue, 21 Oct 2014

The IEMCA Master 21 from 1st Machine Tool Accessories is designed to feed bars of up to 2m in length. 

Belt Sander Kit SM-6Z-6201K

Product flyer: SM-6Z-6201K belt sander kit from Surtech download

Surtech Surface Technology ProductsMon, 20 Oct 2014

The SM-6Z-6201K belt sander kit features six interchangeable contact arms, a dead handle for easy operation, a comfortable grip, a silencer and a swivel air inlet.

Brochure cover

Product brochure: putting an end to dull theory — the KUKA Education Bundle download

Kuka Robotics UKTue, 21 Oct 2014

The KUKA Robotics Education Bundle allows educational establishments to impart contemporary robotics expertise to pupils and students.

More product downloads

Knit line blemish in textured area

White paper: design considerations for the cosmetics of injection-moulded plastic parts download

Proto LabsTue, 21 Oct 2014

Many factors affect the cosmetic appearance of injection-moulded plastic parts. Some of these are within the control of the part designer and some are not. In this white paper, Proto Labs describes several factors affecting cosmetic appearance, the interactions between those factors and steps the designer can take to improve final appearance.

Cover image

Technical guide: rapid injection moulding for engineers and designers downloadweblink

Proto LabsTue, 14 Oct 2014

In this quick-reference guide for engineers and designers, Proto Labs explains the processes of injection moulding and rapid injection moulding. The company also describes the applications of rapid injection moulding and explores several other considerations.

50-771

Technical article: selecting beacons download

Werma UK Tue, 7 Oct 2014

The wide range of beacons and sounders available can make the selection process difficult for the customer. In this article, Simon Adams, managing director of WERMA in the UK, throws some light on the subject and gives some basic tips and guidelines to potential users.

FDM process

White paper: FDM and PolyJet 3D printing — which is right for your application? download

StratasysMon, 6 Oct 2014

Fused deposition modelling (FDM) and PolyJet are two of the most advanced and effective additive manufacturing or 3D printing technologies available, according to Stratasys. They span the range from budget-friendly, desktop modelling devices to large-format, factory-floor equipment drawing from the capital expenditure budget and can produce a range of output from precise, finely detailed models to durable production goods.

White paper cover

White paper: shift from information technology to intelligent technology downloadweblink

Sandvik CoromantWed, 10 Sep 2014

In the third instalment of its ‘Looking Ahead’ series about future manufacturing challenges driven by technological, demographic and environmental changes, toolmaker Sandvik Coromant explores the ramifications that keeping pace with — or falling behind — the coming technology shifts will have on the success of businesses. According to Sandvik Coromant’s white paper ‘Manufacturing Intelligence’ and its video ‘Looking Ahead’, we are now on the verge of the fourth industrial revolution, ...

Sheet metal deburring

Technical guide: a short guide to sheet metal deburring equipment download

Surtech Surface Technology ProductsWed, 10 Sep 2014

Surtech — a specialist in the manufacture, design and distribution of mechanical surface finishing equipment and materials — has released a short guide to sheet metal deburring equipment.

Oreck uses direct digital manufacturing to create production aids, such as this fixture, which secures a component during CMM inspection

White paper: is now the time to try direct digital manufacturing? downloadweblink

StratasysMon, 1 Sep 2014

Over the past 20 years, additive manufacturing technology has migrated from use in rapid prototyping to a full-fledged manufacturing solution referred to as ‘direct digital manufacturing’ (or rapid manufacturing). While the general concept of additive manufacturing is the same as when it was introduced 20 years ago, the change is in its intended use: production, not just prototyping.

Ribbed wooden decking

Application note: applying anti-slip tape to ribbed wooden decking download

HeskinsWed, 27 Aug 2014

Ribbed wooden decking is common in many public and domestic gardens. However, it does not provide slip prevention as once the decking has been exposed to the elements, particularly without regular cleaning, the moss and mildew build-up will cause the surface to become extremely slippery. This application note from Heskins addresses the question of how to prevent slippery decking.