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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.

With no tail swing, the IRB 6640 is ideal for restricted spaces such as small factory floors

RM Group uses ABB's IRB 6640 and IRB 460 robots as part of mobile packaging system downloadweblink

ABB RoboticsMon, 15 Sep 2014

Robots from ABB have helped systems integrator RM Group to turn an innovative idea for a mobile packaging system into a working reality. Housed in 45ft (14m) articulated trailers, RM Group’s mobile packaging plant uses ABB’s IRB 6640 and IRB 460 robots as part of a system designed to provide customers with a versatile, efficient and easily transportable way of bagging products at source.

Next 25 bar loader

Data sheet: Iemca Next 25 loader from 1st Machine Tool Accessories download

1st Machine Tool AccessoriesWed, 10 Sep 2014

Iemca’s Next 25 is an automation solution designed for multi-spindle lathes combining easy handling with high performance. This compact loader handles 3–25mm bars.

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White paper: shift from information technology to intelligent technology downloadweblink

Sandvik CoromantWed, 10 Sep 2014

In the third instalment of its ‘Looking Ahead’ series about future manufacturing challenges driven by technological, demographic and environmental changes, toolmaker Sandvik Coromant explores the ramifications that keeping pace with — or falling behind — the coming technology shifts will have on the success of businesses. According to Sandvik Coromant’s white paper ‘Manufacturing Intelligence’ and its video ‘Looking Ahead’, we are now on the verge of the fourth industrial revolution, ...

Sheet metal deburring

Technical guide: a short guide to sheet metal deburring equipment download

Surtech Surface Technology ProductsWed, 10 Sep 2014

Surtech — a specialist in the manufacture, design and distribution of mechanical surface finishing equipment and materials — has released a short guide to sheet metal deburring equipment.

Next 25 bar loader

Data sheet: Iemca Next 25 loader from 1st Machine Tool Accessories download

1st Machine Tool AccessoriesWed, 10 Sep 2014

Iemca’s Next 25 is an automation solution designed for multi-spindle lathes combining easy handling with high performance. This compact loader handles 3–25mm bars.

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White paper cover

White paper: shift from information technology to intelligent technology downloadweblink

Sandvik CoromantWed, 10 Sep 2014

In the third instalment of its ‘Looking Ahead’ series about future manufacturing challenges driven by technological, demographic and environmental changes, toolmaker Sandvik Coromant explores the ramifications that keeping pace with — or falling behind — the coming technology shifts will have on the success of businesses. According to Sandvik Coromant’s white paper ‘Manufacturing Intelligence’ and its video ‘Looking Ahead’, we are now on the verge of the fourth industrial revolution, ...

Sheet metal deburring

Technical guide: a short guide to sheet metal deburring equipment download

Surtech Surface Technology ProductsWed, 10 Sep 2014

Surtech — a specialist in the manufacture, design and distribution of mechanical surface finishing equipment and materials — has released a short guide to sheet metal deburring equipment.

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.