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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.

TruLaser Cell 3000

Cirrus makes gains with TruLaser Cell 3000 five-axis laser welding and cutting system weblink

TRUMPFThu, 18 Dec 2014

Cirrus Laser, a subcontract supplier of sheet metal and plate processing services, recently installed the UK’s first TRUMPF TruLaser Cell 3000 five-axis laser welding and cutting system. Capable of both cutting and welding on the same platform, the TruLaser Cell 3000 is run alongside the company’s existing TruLaser 5030 fiber flatbed laser.

Rotary pallet system

Data sheet: OK-VISE rotary pallet system from 1st Machine Tool Accessories download

1st Machine Tool AccessoriesFri, 19 Dec 2014

The new rotary pallet system makes efficient use of machinable area a reality, ultimately leading to savings in tool changes.

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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.

3D: Printing the Future

Renishaw provides bespoke parts for MOSI's '3D: Printing the Future' exhibition weblink

RenishawWed, 17 Dec 2014

Renishaw’s additive manufacturing division has collaborated with the Manchester Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI) on a free exhibition that will debunk myths about 3D printing. The exhibition explores how this new technology is being used in applied fields, including medicine, manufacturing and aerospace.

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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 ...

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 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.