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Production & automation

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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.

Oreck uses direct digital manufacturing to create production aids, such as this fixture, which secures a component during CMM inspection

White paper: is now the time to try direct digital manufacturing? downloadweblink

StratasysMon, 1 Sep 2014

Over the past 20 years, additive manufacturing technology has migrated from use in rapid prototyping to a full-fledged manufacturing solution referred to as ‘direct digital manufacturing’ (or rapid manufacturing). While the general concept of additive manufacturing is the same as when it was introduced 20 years ago, the change is in its intended use: production, not just prototyping.

PRA 52

Data sheet: PRA 52 series bar loader from 1st Machine Tool Accessories download

1st Machine Tool AccessoriesWed, 27 Aug 2014

The PRA 52 series bar loader is an automatic retrofitting feeder for multi-spindle lathes that can be connected with any type of lathe with 5-6-8 spindles.

'Automatic insertion of screws in plastic vehicle members'

Case study: automatic insertion of screws in plastic vehicle members download

Kuka Robotics UKWed, 27 Aug 2014

Dynamit Nobel Kunststoff now uses a Kuka KR 15 robot to screw brackets onto the front end of the Ford Focus.

'Synergies in polyurethane foam technology'

Case study: synergies in polyurethane foam technology download

Kuka Robotics UKFri, 22 Aug 2014

The platform for the automation solution at DAT consists of two Kuka robots (KR 60 L30 K and KR 125 L90 K) with different robot options.

PRA 52

Data sheet: PRA 52 series bar loader from 1st Machine Tool Accessories download

1st Machine Tool AccessoriesWed, 27 Aug 2014

The PRA 52 series bar loader is an automatic retrofitting feeder for multi-spindle lathes that can be connected with any type of lathe with 5-6-8 spindles.

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Oreck uses direct digital manufacturing to create production aids, such as this fixture, which secures a component during CMM inspection

White paper: is now the time to try direct digital manufacturing? downloadweblink

StratasysMon, 1 Sep 2014

Over the past 20 years, additive manufacturing technology has migrated from use in rapid prototyping to a full-fledged manufacturing solution referred to as ‘direct digital manufacturing’ (or rapid manufacturing). While the general concept of additive manufacturing is the same as when it was introduced 20 years ago, the change is in its intended use: production, not just prototyping.

Ribbed wooden decking

Application note: applying anti-slip tape to ribbed wooden decking download

HeskinsWed, 27 Aug 2014

Ribbed wooden decking is common in many public and domestic gardens. However, it does not provide slip prevention as once the decking has been exposed to the elements, particularly without regular cleaning, the moss and mildew build-up will cause the surface to become extremely slippery. This application note from Heskins addresses the question of how to prevent slippery decking.

Cryo-characterisation test bench

White paper: cryogenic piezo characterisation and integration download

Cedrat Technologies S.AMon, 21 Jul 2014

This paper details a test bench design and the results obtained with CNES on two-piezo ceramics stacks from two distinct suppliers. Integration into dedicated cryo actuators is also proposed as well as the associated cryo performances. The use of such cryo-compatible actuators is detailed in a fine steering tip-tilt mechanism designed to reach very high resolution and stability for the ESA EChO space mission.