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Quality & Plant Management


Universal Gauge
The Bowers Universal Gauge available from Eclipse Metrology is a modular device that can configured quickly to suit most measuring challenges. When measuring internal and external diameters (from 0 to 3000 mm/0 - 118 in.), it has the ability to “freeze” its display on the reading. The gauge’s constant pressure devices ensures users achieve accuracy and consistency of reading. It is fast and easy to use, and the clear digital display makes it suitable for inspecting large parts positioned within the machine tool.


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UV laser marking
TruMark 6350 marking laser features improved laser parameters for more cost efficiency and high quality marks with a broader range of applications. Increased average power with the same high beam quality leads to an increase in repetition rates and higher processing speeds. The higher pulse peak power and pulse energy allow the laser to achieve increased mark contrast. The passively cooled marking laser has enhanced optical setup for a 50 per cent reduction in the time needed to achieve the ideal crystal temperature prior to marking.



Unmanned tool measurement
The roboSet is an automated tool measurement system capable of loading the presetter and measuring machine that can run unmanned, 24 hours, seven days a week. It features a six-axis articulated arm robot equipped with a sensor with force-moment strain gauge and two pneumatic parallel grippers at D 3-12 mm. It can load shafted tools onh the measuring device with automatic power clamping and is easy to operate. Loading configurations and parameters are defined using a “pallet management” functionality incorporated into the company’s pilot 3.0 software, and tools can then be measured without further user input.


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Mobile gripping system
The 5-finger hand is a robotic mobile gripping system designed with motor controllers integrated into the wrist of the hand. Via defined interfaces, the gripper hand can be connected with the lightweight arm. For mobile applications, the energy supply of the 5-finger hand requires a battery-servable 24 V DC. The gripper hand is available as a left and right hand version. By means of nine drives, its five fingers can carry out various gripping operations. It is also capable of gestures, and the use of tactile sensors in the fingers provides sensitivity in the gripper hand. Elastic gripping surfaces ensure a reliable hold of the gripped objects.


Cutting Tools

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Threadmilling hardened steels
The JEL MGF XH Micro threadmilling cutter allows for milling micro-sized threads directly into hardened steels in the range of 45 to 60 HRC, eliminating the need for complex re-machining operations caused by hardening distortion. The cutter is equipped with a 45° chamfer, completing both tasks in one single operation. It’s available in diameters of M1, M1.4, M1.6, M2, M2.2 and M2.5, in a 1.5xD length to diameter ratio.



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2.5 kW laser cutting system
The Super Turbo-X Champion is a 2.5 kW laser cutting machine with a new Type 10 resonator. It features a 1,786 lb (810 kg) workpiece capacity for sheets up to 0.87 in. (22 mm) thick, high positioning accuracy, improved travel support and easy loading access. It’s equipped with the Mazatrol Preview function control, which automatically determines the cutting speed and acceleration from each cutting point to the next. It uses integrated technology tables for a wide range of materials and thicknesses.



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Welding helmet
The Linde Gladiator II helmet combines lightweight comfort and ergonomic fit with superior protection of the head and neck. Smart construction and a durable cover plate design makes it one of the only products available on the market which can be used for unlimited overhead welding applications. Expansive shade range and selectable grinding mode settings make this helmet suitable for almost any arc welding or cutting operation.   

The more economical, Linde Maximus II now comes in a flip-up and a 4.5 x 5.25 in. (114 x 133 mm) wide view. Both are lightweight, streamlined and balanced with telescopic and fully adjustable headgear. 











Filler Metal Performance

by Tre’Heflin-King

Shielding gas can impact performance

Zoller partners with Machining Cloud GmbH

Zoller, a supplier of tool measurement and presetting systems, is partnering with Swiss firm Machining Cloud, GmbH on the new machining cloud intelligent manufacturing application, a platform that offers applications, resources, services and information from a centralized database.

Laser Cutting: Lemonade from lemons

by Kip Hanson

Photos by Rolland Gombert

Investing in new equipment in economic downturn pays off for Alberta fabrication company

Sharpening diamond-coated cutting tools

Rollomatic has developed a process that allows sharpening of thick‐film diamond coated cutting tools in a machine that also laser cuts PCD and other super‐hard materials.

Plasma productivity in Alberta: A Solid Foundation

by Nestor Gula

Alberta screw piles manufacturer spurs growth with new tube and pipe cutting equipment

United Grinding names new CEO

Markus Stolmar has been elected as the new president and chief executive officer by the board of directors for United Grinding North America. The appointment is effective immediately.

Turning the Arc

by Robert L. Bitzky

Tips on how to set the parameters for GMAW short arc welding

Holemaking MetalTech Report

Multi-purpose tap
Emuge Corp.’s MultiTap is what the company describes as the industry’s first high performance tap designed to cut a wide range of materials including carbon steel, steel alloys, stainless steel, aluminum, cast iron, copper, brass, and bronze.

3000+ attend HaasTec open house in California

Close to 3,300 people attended Haas' four-day open house, HaasTec, held March 17-20 at its Oxnard, CA, headquarters and manufacturing facility.

Hole in One

by Mary Scianna

Steps to ensure holemaking quality and accuracy

Largely Automated

by Kip Hanson 

When machined parts are the size of locomotives and pickup trucks, finding safe, efficient ways of handling them is critical to the success of any manufacturing company

Online resource benchmarks metals prices

A new online resource aims to level the playing field for metals buyers by creating an objective and anonymous materials pricing platform to help them benchmark raw material market prices.

Going 3D


by Mary Scianna

Ontario firm sets growth sites on additive manufacturing

When Tharwat Fouad decided to expand his manufacturing business in 2012, he investigated many options before finally setting his sites on additive manufacturing.

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