Rohm and ATS Mobile Technology CentreClick image to enlargeRohm and ATS Sytems formed a partnership earlier this year and launched the new business arrangement with a North American tour of Driving Innovation-A Mobile Technology Centre, a demonstration showroom housed in a 16 m (53 ft) tractor trailer, featuring workholding, automation and machine tool accessories. The ATS roadshow hit Ontario in early April.

The tour showcases new technologies from Rohm, ATS and other suppliers, such as InoFlex chucks from German manufacturer HWR.

ATS Mobile Technology Centre and the H-Bot lathe parts loaderClick image to enlarge

Wayne Felker, regional manager for ATS Systems, who is based in Ontario, says he hopes to show local manufacturers the unique capabilities of many of workholding, automation and machine tool accessories that can help them reduce operating costs. He cites H-Bot, a lathe parts loader as one example of the innovative products people can see in the moblie Technology Centre. It provides automatic lathe locating for parts that can't be bar fed and is simle to use requiring only a 10-minute changeover. The flexible system can handle up to hundreds of parts, can load round bar slugs, castings and forgings up to 22 kg (50 lb), and fits most 8 in. and 10 in. chuck lathes, single or sub-spindle systems.

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