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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.

Alarm annunciators

White paper: Omniflex discusses the role of alarm annunciators in managing plant safety download

OmniflexWed, 26 Nov 2014

Alarm annunciators are a vital tool in plant safety management. This white paper from Omniflex explores the realistic boundaries of the performance of alarm annunciators and operators in safety critical applications.

Removable partial dentures

Case study: the full digitisation of removable partial dentures download

RenishawWed, 26 Nov 2014

Renishaw and Cardiff University Dental Hospital have teamed up to research 3D printing of CoCr removable partial dentures.

'Robots handle colters'

Case study: KUKA robots handle colters download

Kuka Robotics UKWed, 26 Nov 2014

Three KUKA six-axis robots have enabled Lemken, a manufacturer of agricultural implements, to improve process accuracy.

Surtech

Case study: steel profile manufacturer eliminates bottleneck thanks to Surtech download

Surtech Surface Technology ProductsTue, 25 Nov 2014

A belt linishing machine and a Lima 600L friction deburring machine have enabled Procut to process its components at a rate similar to the actual cutting cycle. 

Removable partial dentures

Case study: the full digitisation of removable partial dentures download

RenishawWed, 26 Nov 2014

Renishaw and Cardiff University Dental Hospital have teamed up to research 3D printing of CoCr removable partial dentures.

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Alarm annunciators

White paper: Omniflex discusses the role of alarm annunciators in managing plant safety download

OmniflexWed, 26 Nov 2014

Alarm annunciators are a vital tool in plant safety management. This white paper from Omniflex explores the realistic boundaries of the performance of alarm annunciators and operators in safety critical applications.

Motion-centric machine design

White paper: tailored automation solutions for performance-driven machinery download

AerotechFri, 21 Nov 2014

Today’s machine builders confront a new era of risks, as globalisation increases competition and the internet rapidly disseminates information about products and markets. The highest priority for designers of performance-driven machinery is to reduce the various risks confronted across the machine design, development and maintenance lifecycle.

Designing-in light curing adhesives

White paper: Intertronics discusses designing-in light-curing adhesives download

IntertronicsThu, 20 Nov 2014

The advantages of using adhesives over mechanical fasteners have been well documented. They include distribution of load and stress over wider surface areas, elimination of joint fatigue, improved impact resistance, reduction in finishing, and aesthetic enhancement. According to this white paper from Intertronics, design engineers will earn the gratitude of their production engineering colleagues if they can specify or allow for a light-curing adhesive.

ATLID instrument overview

White paper: an improved accurate beam steering piezoelectric mechanism for ATLID download

Cedrat Technologies S.AMon, 17 Nov 2014

A new tip-tilt mechanism based on low-voltage piezoelectric actuators has been designed by Cedrat Technologies to answer the high level of stability required for the Earthcare satellite. The Beam Steering Assembly aims to deviate a pulsed high-energy UV laser beam to compensate for misalignment between the emission and reception paths of ATLID with a very high stability and resolution.

The badly corroded edge of a plate that had not had the oxide layer removed prior to painting

Technical article: edge preparation reduces corrosion download

Surtech Surface Technology ProductsFri, 14 Nov 2014

It is well known in the powder coating and lacquer industry that razor-sharp edges reduce paint adhesion and increase hasten corrosion, whereas cleaned and rounded corners considerably improve corrosion resistance. The same problems apply to sheet cut with oxygen, which leaves an oxide layer with very poor paint adhesion. This article from Surtech goes on to explain why edge preparation reduces corrosion.

FANUC LR Mate 200iB

Technical article: a bright future for robotics downloadweblink

Fanuc UKThu, 13 Nov 2014

In this technical article, Chris Sumner, managing director of FANUC, discusses the use of robotic applications within the pharmaceutical industry and explains why the sector has been slow to adopt the technology. Recent industry figures suggest that the tide is finally turning and that the industry is now starting to realise the potential of robots in a wide range of applications.

3D printer

White paper: the role of 3D printed moulds in the injection moulding industry downloadweblink

StratasysWed, 12 Nov 2014

Injection moulding — the process of injecting plastic material into a mould cavity where it cools and hardens to the configuration of the cavity — is best used to mass-produce highly accurate, and often complex, 3D end-use parts and products. However, as Stratasys explains in this white paper, the development of moulds for this process is often painstaking, highly expensive and time intensive.

Using MI support services, machine shops quickly see a new world of opportunities based on providing the power to run a new machine to its full potential

Technical article: how to maximise return on machine investment downloadweblink

Sandvik CoromantTue, 4 Nov 2014

Despite the significant investment that a new machine represents, the fact that around 70 per cent of machines are purchased un-tooled means that many manufacturers are still missing opportunities to reduce payback times and improve the return on investment (ROI) from their capital outlay. According to Sandvik Coromant, getting machine investment right from the start is the key to reducing payback times.