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By: Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence

(Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence: North Kingstown, RI) -- Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence announced the release of the TESA TWIN-T10, a portable display for inductive probes that offers ease of operation for its users, as well as a clear and immediate graphical display of data. The TESA TWIN-T10 is particularly suitable for straightness, run-out, and form or geometry evaluation during fine adjustments, alignments, or the assembly of mechanical parts.

Due to its hemispherical form of the analog scale with 200 segments, the TESA TWIN-T10 allows for a clear analog and numeric reading of form variations. The new portable display also offers an exceptional operational time of more than 340 hours with standard AA batteries, so it can be used efficiently without the need to recharge frequently.

By: Stefanie Koperniak

School districts nationwide are striving to offer more school options and to increase the overall quality of education for students, yet families everywhere struggle to enroll their children in a school that is the right fit.

In an effort to help state and local education leaders improve enrollment systems and address some of education’s most substantial challenges, MIT has launched the MIT School Access and Quality Fellowship Program. This yearlong program, designed by the MIT School Effectiveness and Inequality Initiative (SEII) and the MIT Integrated Learning Initiative (MITili) and supported by the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation and Arnold Ventures, will engage the leaders of America’s largest school districts, state agencies, and education nonprofits, equipping them with the latest tools to improve school performance and enrollment policies. 

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By: L.S. Starrett Co.

(The L.S. Starrett Co: Athol, MA) -- The L.S. Starrett Co., a leading global manufacturer of precision hand tool gauges, a broad range of force testing solutions, metrology equipment, and more, has introduced a flexible selection architecture that enables the range of Starrett force and material testing software programs to be compatible with its different test frame series. This interchangeable system architecture increases application versatility, providing users a wider range of solution options from basic to advanced, for their specific force and material testing needs.

Starrett L2, S2, L2 Plus, and L3 software are now compatible and interchangeable with all Starrett frame/stands series (FMM, FMS, FMD, MMS, MMD). In addition, Starrett L1 and S1 software is compatible with FMM Series frames.

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By: L.S. Starrett Co.

(The L.S. Starrett Co.: Athol, MA) -- The L.S. Starrett Co., a global manufacturer of precision measuring tools and gauges, metrology systems, and more, announces it will be featuring metrology and force measurement solutions with automation capabilities, as well as a wide range of precision measuring tools and gauges, at MD&M West in booth No. 4530 in the Automation Technology Expo (ATX) located at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California, Feb. 11–13, 2020.

Starrett video-based measurement systems combine high-resolution images, powerful intuitive software, and precision mechanical platforms to deliver superb accuracy and repeatable measurement results for medical manufacturers’ precision measurement applications. The Starrett HDV300 Horizontal Digital Video Comparator, which combines the best features of vision and optical comparator technology, will be demonstrated.

The HDV300 has a uniquely designed interchangeable lens mounting system, go/no-go digital overlay capability directly from part CAD files, real-time video edge detection and more. Video edge detection allows real-time interaction of the imported file with the video image of the part being inspected.

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By: Quality Digest

Every day, more than 141 billion liters of water are used just to flush toilets. The new method dramatically reduces the amount of water needed to flush a conventional toilet, which usually requires six liters.

“Our team has developed a robust bio-inspired, liquid, sludge-, and bacteria-repellent coating that can essentially make a toilet self-cleaning,” says Tak-Sing Wong, professor of engineering and associate professor of mechanical engineering and biomedical engineering at Penn State.

Testing the self-cleaning toilets

Jing Wang, a doctoral graduate from Wong’s lab, co-developed the liquid-entrenched smooth surface (LESS) coating, which is a two-step spray that, among other applications, can be applied to a ceramic toilet bowl. The first spray, created from molecularly grafted polymers, is the initial step in building an extremely smooth and liquid-repellent foundation.

“When it dries, the first spray grows molecules that look like little hairs, with a diameter of about 1,000,000 times thinner than a human’s,” Wang says.

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By: Marposs

(Marposs: Auburn Hills, MI) -- Marposs has announced the availability of its new data management software—C-THRU4.0, designed to collect and process data from multiple machine tools equipped with Artis machine monitoring systems via a central hub. This information can be accessed remotely, via an iPad, computer or laptop as well as offering the ability to integrate with MES and higher level ERP systems. The data collected can be used to analyze tool life, machine capability and cost comparisons, as well as alarm tracing and counts, profit and loss accounting, profitability analysis and more, all leading to enhanced productivity and profitability.

The software works by feeding real-time information from the machine tools to a cloud platform network, which can then be accessed and used in either a centralized or decentralized manner. This interconnectivity helps to optimize production flow from preventative maintenance, process stabilization, and quality assurance to resource planning.  Production costs and quality are always transparent and traceable through the statistical recording and evaluation of performance indicators.  

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By: Helmel Engineering

(Helmel Engineering: Niagara Falls, NY) -- Helmel Engineering, a 46-year-old American manufacturer of coordinate measuring machines (CMM), has introduced a new CMM developed to take advantage of the capabilities of Renishaw’s PH20 Probe concept. The Microstar Model 320-185 is an evolution of the company’s venerable Microstar line of durable mechanical bearing CMMs that are proven workhorses in labs, gauge rooms, and on the production floor.

Virtually all moving-bridge CMMs today were developed for slower probe systems that index between limited numbers of locked A-B position angles then measure with 3-axis moves. In contrast, the Renishaw PH20 Probe system with UCCT5 Controller provides true 5-axis functionality with infinite positions throughout the 230° × 360° head range in combination with the X-, Y-, and Z-axis motion of the CMM. The PH20 also includes “head-tap” mode where the probe rapidly acquires data autonomously while the CMM remains stationary.

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By: Robert Fangmeyer

This is an exciting time of the year for the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, as we welcome our newest  [Read More]

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By: Visual Workplace Inc.

(Visual Workplace: Byron Center, MI) -- Visual Workplace Inc. now offers a complete line of high-performance vinyl floor symbols, ideal for the industrial workplace with heavy traffic. Floor symbols and decals create a SMART floor environment and direct behavior, adding visual organization to any environment by communicating clearly defined work areas, lanes, emergency exits, and navigation.

Visual Workplace’s peel-and-stick Floor-Mark symbols are superior in durability, maintenance, and ease of installation compared to typical tape and paint methods. Unlike painted markings that must be repainted when changes occur, Floor-Mark borders and symbols are easily removed with heat. The ultralow profile 14 mil vinyl symbols adhere firmly in place to prevent becoming a tripping hazard or being inadvertently removed by rolling vehicles. Visual Workplace Floor-Mark symbols are available in a variety of colors and shapes, complemented by the company’s line of Floor-Mark marking tapes.

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By: Additive Manufacturing Technologies

(AMT: Sheffield, UK) -- Formnext 2019 opens today in Frankfurt where Advanced Manufacturing Technologies Ltd (AMT) will launch its proprietary Digital Manufacturing System (DMS). Visitors at Formnext will be the first to witness this innovative and comprehensive post processing system that completes the equation for high volume production applications of additive manufacturing (AM) through digital connectivity and full automation.

AMT will be demonstrating the capabilities of its DMS on Booth E61 in Hall 12.1.

There are myriad AM platform solutions available on the market for industrial applications of AM, many of which will be on show at Formnext this week. Despite the many advantages that AM can bring to industrial applications across various sectors, including medical, aerospace and sports equipment, to name a few; the building of the parts is only one component of the equation. Post processing those parts is also a vital component of the equation, one that can account for up to 60 per cent of the cost of the parts.

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