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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.

Students achieve top marks for robot-based milling solution using PowerMILL Robot download

DelcamFri, 30 Jan 2015

Delcam’s PowerMILL Robot programming system has helped five mechanical engineering students from Aalborg University achieve top marks for their BSc project. The students, from the university’s Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, developed a prototype of a robot-based milling solution for concrete company BC Industry from the nearby town of Løkken.

KBM grinding machine

Product flyer: KBM long-belt grinding machines (twin belt) from Surtech download

Surtech Surface Technology ProductsFri, 30 Jan 2015

This flyer presents the KBM range of long-belt grinding machines (twin belt) available from Surtech.


Product brochure: Robomachines — Robodrill, Robocut and Roboshot from FANUC download

Fanuc UKThu, 29 Jan 2015

This brochure provides details on FANUC’s Robodrill, Robocut and Roboshot machines. 

KUKA KR 125 robot

Case study: handling of containers with fragrances downloadweblink

Kuka Robotics UKTue, 27 Jan 2015

LUZI, a producer of fragrance compositions, decided to start using a robotic cell with a KUKA KR 125 robot and an integrated automatic filling system installed. 

Omni16C alarm annunciator

White paper: understanding the role of alarm annunciators in plant safety downloadweblink

OmniflexTue, 20 Jan 2015

The aim of an alarm system is to prevent, or at the very least minimise, physical and economic loss to plant or people through operator intervention in response to a plant condition that has occurred, thus making the necessary corrective action and optimising production. Selection and prioritisation of alarms, and deciding which are deemed ‘critical’ that need to be displayed on an alarm annunciator to guarantee operator response under all scenarios, is not a trivial task. This paper ...

White paper: active cardiac stabiliser — first in-vivo experiments using a robotised device downloadweblink

Cedrat Technologies S.AMon, 5 Jan 2015

Off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) is still today a technically difficult procedure. In fact, the mechanical stabilisers used to locally suppress the heart excursion have been demonstrated to exhibit significant residual motion. Cedrat Technologies proposes a novel active stabiliser that is able to compensate for this residual motion.

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Technical bulletin: determination of rinse water contamination download

Envirotech EuropeWed, 17 Dec 2014

During the water-rinsing stage of any pre-treatment process, contamination will build up in the system. As Envirotech explains in this bulletin, it is essential to monitor and control the rinse water during the following AQUUS processes: alkali degreasing solutions; iron phosphate treatments; and zirconium/titanium treatments.

Shot peening

Technical article: extending the fatigue life of oilfield drilling equipment downloadweblink

Curtiss-Wright Surface TechnologiesFri, 5 Dec 2014

The majority of drill pipe failures occur as a result of metal fatigue. Fatigue fractures propogate as a result of cyclic stresses that are often far lower than the static design stress for the component. The fatigue damage is cumulative and permanent with cracks propogating until the remaining section is unable to withstand the application of a single load. According to Curtiss-Wright, controlled shot peening is a very economical and well-proven method of extending fatigue life in ...