• 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.

Brochure cover

Technical article: designing for mouldability, volume 2 — undercuts and through-holes download

Proto LabsThu, 23 Oct 2014

Houses have doors, and parts have indentations, through-holes and other features that don’t point straight up or down and could act as undercuts in a two-part mould. Designers using rapid injection moulding can address these challenges in a variety of ways, including side-action cams, sliding shut-offs, pick-outs and bump-offs, as discussed in this article from Proto Labs.

SMART 320 Evo

Product brochure: IEMCA Smart 320 Evo barfeeder from 1st Machine Tool Accessories download

1st Machine Tool AccessoriesThu, 30 Oct 2014

The Smart 320 Evo is the next stage in the evolution of IEMCA barfeeders for sliding headstock lathes.

KUKA robot

Case study: auto deburring and correction of tolerance deviations to specification downloadweblink

Kuka Robotics UKThu, 30 Oct 2014

A solution had to be developed on the basis of an existing robotic deburring system that had been in operation for a long time.

FANUC robots go Green

Case study: Green Solutions with FANUC robots in Iceland downloadweblink

Fanuc UKThu, 30 Oct 2014

Central to Green Solutions’ process are two FANUC Robotics robots, which handle the mould and moulded pallet and also control the system process.

Brochure cover

Technical article: designing for mouldability, volume 2 — undercuts and through-holes download

Proto LabsThu, 23 Oct 2014

Houses have doors, and parts have indentations, through-holes and other features that don’t point straight up or down and could act as undercuts in a two-part mould. Designers using rapid injection moulding can address these challenges in a variety of ways, including side-action cams, sliding shut-offs, pick-outs and bump-offs, as discussed in this article from Proto Labs.

Beacon

Technical article: spoilt for choice with the wide range of beacons and sounders? downloadweblink

Werma UK Thu, 30 Oct 2014

WERMA knows only too well that having one of the widest ranges of beacons and sounders 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.

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.