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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.

Shelbourne Reynolds

ABB robotic welding cell enables Shelbourne Reynolds to improve its production process weblink

ABB RoboticsWed, 16 Apr 2014

An ABB robotic welding cell is enabling agricultural machinery manufacturer Shelbourne Reynolds to reduce production times for its range of articulated hedge-cutting tractor attachments. Handling the several hundred welds entailed in the production of the attachments, the cell has so far cut welding process times by 66 per cent compared with the company’s previous manufacturing process.

Neff kitchen appliance

Protomold rapid injection moulding service aids home appliance development at Neff weblink

Proto LabsWed, 16 Apr 2014

Home appliance manufacturer Neff has utilised the Protomold rapid injection moulding service from Proto Labs to assist in the development of the plastic guide rails of the fully retractable Hide oven door.

KL 250-2 C (ceiling)

Data sheet: KL 250-2 C (ceiling) linear unit from Kuka Robotics download

Kuka Robotics UKTue, 15 Apr 2014

This data sheet provides information on the KL 250-2 C linear ceiling unit from Kuka Robotics. It includes diagrams and technical specifications.

NL-A series closed centre power chuck

Data sheet: NL-A closed-centre Kitagawa chucks from 1st Machine Tool Accessories download

1st Machine Tool AccessoriesMon, 14 Apr 2014

This data sheet focuses on Kitagawa’s NL-A series of closed-centre power chucks from 1st Machine Tool Accessories. 

KL 250-2 C (ceiling)

Data sheet: KL 250-2 C (ceiling) linear unit from Kuka Robotics download

Kuka Robotics UKTue, 15 Apr 2014

This data sheet provides information on the KL 250-2 C linear ceiling unit from Kuka Robotics. It includes diagrams and technical specifications.

More product downloads

Technical article: infrared curing to maximise the benefits of powder coating download

Heraeus NoblelightTue, 15 Apr 2014

As Heraeus Noblelight explains, the last two decades have seen a rapid expansion of the application of powder coating throughout a range of industries. Indeed, in North America, powder coating is seen as the fastest growing of all finishing technologies and today represents more than 10 per cent of all industrial finishing applications. Much of this growth can be accounted for by the need to comply with increasingly stringent environmental legislation and to reduce emissions of environmentally .

Basic elements of a single-axis laser interferometer system

Engineering reference guide: section nine — laser interferometer implementation download

AerotechMon, 14 Apr 2014

Aerotech’s engineering reference guide serves as a valuable resource for all Aerotech motion and positioning control components and systems. Section nine focuses on laser interferometer implementation. Laser interferometers represent the ultimate feedback device for high-precision motion control application. The combination of high resolution and outstanding accuracy has made it the ideal transducer for wafer steppers, flat panel inspection, and high-accuracy laser micromachining.

Maximum data rate chart

Engineering reference guide: section eight — computing maximum data rate download

AerotechMon, 31 Mar 2014

Aerotech’s engineering reference guide serves as a valuable resource for all Aerotech motion and positioning control components and systems. Section eight focuses on computing maximum data rate.

Four dimensions of digital prototyping expansion

White paper: digital prototyping — extending ‘right first time’ value beyond design download

Man and Machine Mon, 31 Mar 2014

Digital prototyping helps manufacturers get products right the first time by letting them define, design, develop and validate products in a virtual environment before committing to time-consuming and expensive physical prototyping. The technique enables them to efficiently develop high-performance, high-quality products and optimise them for form, fit and function.

Technical article: top 10 tips for designing and getting the right plastic parts download

Data PlasticsMon, 31 Mar 2014

Data Plastics has provided 10 top tips for designing and getting the right plastic parts. Selecting the right injection-moulding supplier is a critical decision — make a mistake and you will pay the price in more ways than one. Data Plastics’ tips include checking your design is fit for purpose, checking you are specifying the right plastic and ensuring you have an eye on your budget.

Rotary motor configuration with internal ultrasonic piezo drive unit

White paper: the ultrasonic piezo drive for high-accuracy positioning download

Cedrat Technologies S.AMon, 24 Mar 2014

This white paper from Cedrat Technologies introduces a new concept of a versatile piezo motor driven at ultrasonic frequency, and it elaborates on a number of space-related issues such as the compatibility with the relevant mechanical and thermal environment. Furthermore, the possible implementation in different space mechanisms is discussed, with specific focus on miniaturised equipment as needed for small satellites.

Engineering reference guide: section seven — computing resolution download

AerotechMon, 24 Mar 2014

Aerotech’s engineering reference guide serves as a valuable resource for all Aerotech motion and positioning control components and systems. Section seven focuses on computing resolution.