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Machine Automation Solutions

March 22, 2013 4:53 pm | by Methods Machine Tools, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The integrated automation cell features two High Performance FEELER VMP-580 Vertical Milling Machining Centers being serviced by a single FANUC M20iA robot set-up to process one side of a part in the first machine, and the second side in the other machine.

WEISS Develops Heavy-Duty Ring Table For Robotic Efficiencies

March 12, 2013 4:17 pm | Articles | Comments

Leading development partner for the transportation industry with a global operating workforce of over 5,600, EDAG (Detroit, MI/Fulda, Germany) recently was faced with the task of designing a heavy-duty ring for a new production concept.

March 2013 - Robotic Efficiencies

March 1, 2013 4:42 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue see how Starbucks' continuous improvement philosophy earns an AME Manufacturing Excellence Award, learn how mobile access to maintenance could mean easier troubleshooting, check out the 2013 Industrial Web Directory, and more.

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Automation Control Suites

April 18, 2012 4:29 pm | by Balluff | Product Releases | Comments

The Global Line from Balluff is an offering of economically priced general-purpose sensors and accessories for industrial automation.

Precision Move Belt Technology

March 2, 2012 12:17 pm | by Dorner | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

The Precision Move includes the timing belt, integrated servo motor and drive, controls, and mounting for the gearmotor.

Detroit Automakers Race To Keep Up With Sales

February 28, 2012 9:51 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Three years after the U.S. auto industry nearly collapsed, sales of cars and trucks are surging. Sales could exceed 14 million this year.

Intelligent Robotics

February 24, 2012 11:26 am | by FANUC Robotics | Product Releases | Comments

Both robots feature a slim design, allowing customers to reduce the overall size of their automation system.

E24 Conveyor

February 10, 2012 11:23 am | Product Releases | Comments

E24 delivers a powerful, long-lasting, low voltage means for product transportation.

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Low Profile Conveyor

January 20, 2012 5:13 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

Dorner ’s (Hartland, WI) 2200 Series low profile belt conveyor with the latest advancements in belt and drive technology has increased its weight carrying capacity to 200 pounds. The 2200 Series is able to move heavy loads while maintaining a 1.4-inch diameter pulley for optimal part transfer and machine interface.

Low Profile Conveyor

December 12, 2011 5:53 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

Dorner ’s (Hartland, WI) 2200 Series low profile belt conveyor platform has received the Ultraclean Products Approval Laboratory certification for use in ISO Standard 14664-1 Class 5, and Federal Standard 209 Class 100 rated clean rooms. This means that 2200 Series conveyors will not contribute to the contamination of clean rooms conforming to those standards.

Robotic Dispensing System

December 5, 2011 6:13 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

The new Dual-Station XYZ Robotic Dispensing System from Sealant Equipment & Engineering (Plymouth, MI) is designed to improve adhesive dispensing and product assembly by eliminating problems such as the need to speed up production, adhesive out of position, too much or not enough adhesive, excess waste, and high production costs.

Magna-Rails

November 17, 2011 9:55 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

Eriez (Erie, PA) Magna-Rails and Magna-Rolls magnetically convey, transfer, control, elevate, reposition, hold, or orient basic ferrous materials and finished parts. An ever-present need within many processing industries is the ability to hold steel parts firmly on moving belt conveyors. Such conveyors, fitted with Eriez Magna-Rails, ensure that parts do not fall off, even when being elevated or lowered.

Robotic Surface Treatment Equipment

November 17, 2011 9:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

Guyson Corporation (Saratoga Springs, NY) has extended its range of robotic surface treatment equipment to include a 7-axis direct pressure blast machine with a work envelope of 30 x 40 x 30 inches and a small overall footprint for lean processing. A sturdy safety barrier with an interlocked access door surrounds the back of the.

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PROT Powered Rotator

November 16, 2011 5:48 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

The PROT Series Side Grip Powered Rotator from Anver Corporation (Hudson, MA) is a vacuum lifter with motorized, powered rotation in both directions that can be locked in place and operated from a single pendant control. Featuring custom made side grippers with anti-skid suction pads it can securely handle up to 2,000 pounds.

Angled Frame Conveyors

November 16, 2011 5:46 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

QC Industries (Cincinnati, OH) has added another component to their line of Automation Series Conveyors: AS40Z Angled Frame Conveyors. AS40Z Conveyors feature the same 1.95 inch high rigid aluminum frame offered in other Automation Series Conveyors. Its design resists twisting, which is a leading cause of belt tracking issues in conveyors.

Label ID Inspection

October 6, 2011 11:47 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

The CI-Vision vision label identification inspection solution from Metter-Toledo (Columbus, OH) automatically inspects labels on packaging to confirm that the label matches the product inside the package. Inspections include barcode and 2D data matrix verification, label control number verification, and graphical label ID verification.

Twin Shaft Vibratory Drive

September 28, 2011 6:19 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

The new twin shaft vibratory drive from The Witte Co. (Washington, NJ) features a proprietary design that produces the linear vibration required to deliver consistent motion to its high capacity fluid bed dryers, coolers, screeners, and conveyors. Developed for smooth, high volume, 24/7 operation, the twin shaft drive operates at comfortable sound pressure levels of less than 80 dBA, 11 percent quieter than OSHA’s permissible industry standard.

VERNON Tool RAZOR

September 19, 2011 11:13 am | Product Releases | Comments

The VERNON Tool RAZOR, a new robotic tube cutting and profiling system from VERNON Tool (Oceanside, CA), a Lincoln Electric company, offers functions ideal for high-production tube and pipe fabricators in heavy fabrication, agricultural, construction, vehicle, and tube frame manufacturing. The rugged RAZOR improves productivity and quality by consolidating the typical multi-step fabrication process—set-up, layout, manual/CNC machining and end prep—into one operation.

Pneumatic Servo Dispensing System

September 9, 2011 9:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new Pneumatic Servo Dispensing (PSD) system from Sealant Equipment & Engineering, Inc. (Plymouth, MI) is a positive rod displacement metering system that combines the cost efficiency of a pneumatic drive motor with the controlling accuracy of a servo drive motor.  The PSD system eliminates the need for a servo drive motor or material flow meters in a dispensing system.

GX Series Sliding Vane Pumps

September 9, 2011 9:48 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

Blackmer (Grand Rapids, MI) has introduced the GX Series Sliding Vane Pumps, designed with the versatility to handle a wide variety of non-corrosive solvents and industrial liquids. Ideal for in-line blending and mixing, the pumps are available in four different models. With flow rates ranging from 40 and 528 gpm, the pumps are equipped with head-mounted gear-reduction drives that feature oil-lubricated, hardened helical gears.

BT Series Blow-Through Feeder/Airlock

August 26, 2011 5:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

The BT Series Blow-Through Feeder/Airlock from ACS Valves (Caledonia, Ontario, Canada) is designed to ensure optimal bulk density and throughput of hard-to-convey materials such as fine powders and flakes that, in high-pressure pneumatic conveying applications, can easily over-aerate and reduce material feed efficiency.

Series RVDT Automatic Valve

August 9, 2011 8:02 am | Product Releases | Comments

Plast-O-Matic Valves, Inc. (Cedar Grove, NJ) has introduced a new automatic valve that performs multiple functions in a piping system, including pressure relief, backpressure control, pump bypass, and anti-siphon protection. The new ½ inch, lug-mounted Series RVDT uses an adjustable non-wetted spring to control backpressure in a liquid piping system.

Quiet Sheet Metal Work

July 7, 2011 7:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

Columbia Marking Tools, Inc. (Chesterfield Township, MI) introduces its new Slide-A-Mark to quiet the marking of sheet metal parts. The stamp holder is mounted stationary on the opposite side of the part in a special molded sound suppressor material that is slightly raised above the stamps.

New NITRA Solenoid Valves

June 28, 2011 6:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

AutomationDirect (Cumming, GA) has added modular solenoid valves to its NITRA product line. NITRA pneumatic BVS series modular solenoid valves are body ported, three-port, two-position poppet valves available in open or closed configurations. Models are available with removable flying leads or 8 mm micro DIN connectors.

Labeling Gets Faster

June 27, 2011 10:09 am | Product Releases | Comments

Clear Automation (Southington, CT) has announced its new 100 parts-per-minute label applicator system, which was designed with a Fanuc robot, Herma labeler, and a graphical touch-screen human machine interface. Bottles travel to the cell along a conveyor, upright in pucks, which are fed by a servo-driven screw that spreads them to match the pitch of a linear indexer.

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