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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.

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By: ThomasNet

(Thomas: New York) -- Thomas, the leader in product sourcing, supplier selection, and marketing solutions for industry, has released the results of its latest survey canvassing North American manufacturing and industrial sectors. This installment in the Thomas Industrial Survey Series generated insights from 746 North American manufacturing and industrial suppliers to identify the major trends stemming from the global pandemic as the industrial sector pivots its supply chains and tactics to prepare for the new industrial landscape.

A key survey finding shows the value of apprenticeship programs in combating the skills gap—26 percent of companies surveyed have adopted such programs and industries that have done so were overall less impacted by the lack of available skilled labor.

The survey also indicated that while 91 percent of manufacturers are confident the industry will recover, many predict it will take months to several years to earn back the lost revenue.

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By: AIMS Metrology

(AIMS Metrology: Dayton Ohio) -- AIMS Metrology, a Dayton, Ohio-based OEM for coordinate measuring machines, announced today it has raised the bar for shop floor CMMs with its introduction of the new Summit 10.10.10. Engineered with a 5-axis REVO-2 dynamic scanning probe and 1 meter cubed capacity, the Summit gives a diverse range of industries—including automotive, aerospace and medical companies—the capacity to handle high volume, large parts inspection. The new CMM can be automated with a robot load/unload system or pass through process with a conveyor. The Summit has already been adopted by Honda Transmission Manufacturing of America Inc.

In 2015 AIMS entered the job shop space with the Revolution Series HB, the industry's only 5-axis mobile CMM with a PH20 touch trigger indexing head. The Summit, a stationary model, provides the industry's largest workpiece weight of 2,200 kg while preserving valuable floor space. "The Summit is a game changer for manufacturers," says AIMS Vice President Mark Gearding. "Its' development was prompted by customer requests for large inspection capacity enhanced with REVO-2's latest sensors such as RVP vision and SFP2 surface measurement."

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By: Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence

(Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence, North Kingstown, RI) -- Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division has announced the release of several technologies that enable manufacturers to enhance quality processes, coordinate measuring machine (CMM) capabilities, and inspection efficiency.

As the demand for greater levels of inspection automation increase globally, Hexagon’s solutions deliver a number of smart options that help CMM operators shift focus from manual, repetitive work to more value-added tasks, all while maintaining quality throughput.

EYE-D enables production-level users to operate CMMs with ease by automatically recognizing a workpiece, aligning it, and executing the right inspection routine. TEMPO, the automated CMM part loading and unloading system, enables lights-out manufacturing, allowing organisations to run entire inspection shifts unmanned.

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By: Marposs

(Marposs: Auburn Hills, MI) -- Marposs, a world leader in measurement, inspection and test technologies, announces MECLAB.T40 by Aeroel—a high-precision laser instrument for quick and simple diameter measurement of hard metal blanks and full carbide cutting tools, odd or even edges. This system checks tolerances by comparing the actual dimensions to the programmed limits and is suited for off-line checking of drill bits, end mills, reamers and cutting tools as well as for checking the diameter, ovality and straightness of hard metal blanks and ground pins or cylinders. The MECLAB.T40 does not require a PC, making it ideal for use on the shop floor.

MECLAB.T40 features the Xactum XLS40/1500/B Laser Micrometer, an extremely accurate and repeatable measuring instrument with a measuring field up to 40 mm, linearity of ± 0.5 μm, repeatability of ± 0.05 μm and permanent self-calibration. Additionally, it comes with Aeorel’s exclusive NO-VAR technology which eliminates the potential of measuring drift due to changing room temperature by programming the coefficient of thermal expansion of the part.

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By: Exact Metrology

(Exact Metrology: Cincinnati) -- Greenery 33 is a company in Cincinnati that produces creative and unique plant holders and pots. The company donates 33 percent of their earnings to environmental protection agencies.

One of Exact’s engineers is friendly with Greenery 33’s owner, so Exact Metrology participated in a marketing campaign aimed to show the process of reverse engineering and how it can used with various materials.

The first step was to scan and have a digital copy of a physical skull. Secondly, the skull was reverse engineered using Geomagic DesignX software and NURBS. Geomagic is a leading provider of 3D software to create digital models of physical objects for industries such as: archaeology, aerospace, medical and dental, tooling, foundry and sculpture and arts. The Geomagic Design X combines history-based CAD with 3D scan data processing, enabling users to create feature-based, editable solid models compatible with existing CAD software. NURBS, or Non-Uniform Rational B-spline is used to represent curves and surfaces.

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By: Marposs

(Marposs: Auburn Hills, MI) -- Marposs, a world leader in measurement, inspection, and test technologies, has announced its new Artis GEMGP stand-alone solution for detecting process anomalies during metal cutting in machine tools. By measuring force and strain, GEMGP is able to detect and report on tool breakage, missing tools, overload, tool wear, and fluid flow in real time. This helps to prevent damage to the machine, reduce scrap, and improve productivity.

The GEMGP can accommodate two sensors for measuring force and strain values obtained from the spindle during the machining process. A highly flexible solution, the GEMGP offers three different monitoring strategies and can handle up to 127 different cutting cycles with varying types of limits for each cycle. Any events that exceed the pre-fixed limits are recorded in a log file.

The compact GEMGP is designed for easy installation and operation and can be housed within machine electrical cabinets, robots, handling systems, or other devices. All necessary functions and interfaces are integrated in the module. Featuring a digital I/O interface, the GEMGP is independent of the NC type and can be run from any PLC, enabling a discrete connection to the module.

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By: Marposs

(Marposs: Auburn Hills, MI) -- Marposs, a world leader in measurement, inspection, and test technologies has announced the availability of its ML75P Special Edition laser tool setter for controlling ultrasonic tool vibration amplitude and frequency. Working in tandem with the new ML4USM software, the ML75P collects thousands of data samples from the vibrating tool tip within milliseconds. The software then elaborates upon the signal from the ML755P and transfers the amplitude and frequency back to the machine for automatic compensation. This helps to improve tool life, workpiece finish, and reduce downtime.

Ultrasonic machining removes material from a workpiece through the use of high-frequency vibrations in combination with abrasive particles. By creating many small vibrations over time, material is removed from the workpiece. Ultrasonic machining is the most suitable technology for removing material from hard and brittle materials, such as ceramic and glass.

In addition to the ML4USM software application, the ML75P Special Edition requires a dedicated measurement cycle for the ultrasonic machining. It is designed to work with either a Marposs Merlin Plus or GEM Box gauging computer, both of which run on the Microsoft Windows operating system.

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By: Buehler

(Buehler: Lake Bluff, Il) -- Buehler, An ITW Company has completed the design and is now manufacturing the SimpliVac, the first programmable castable mounting system that will expedite materials sample preparation in manufacturing quality control or inspection laboratories that work on testing small material parts or component samples in electronics, thermal spray coatings, additive manufacturing, composites, and other specialty surface treatments.

This robust casting system will free up the metallographic or quality control lab technician to perform other tasks because it requires less set-up time and reduces processing time. The game-changer is that it is fully programmable and allows for processing samples through multiple cycles without human interference. This will especially make a difference for manufacturers that are racing to the future with lightweight, additive, composite, and surface-treated materials in aerospace, automotive, electronic, medical device, and other key industries.

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By: Freedom

(Freedom: Cincinnati) -- Freedom IOT brings productivity improvement to any shop floor with its comprehensive Smart Manufacturing Platform that seamlessly connects all industrial assets and business systems, and provides real-time data collection and monitoring.

The Freedom Platform connects and collects data from any industrial asset, regardless of brand, age or process and reports are accessed anytime, anywhere via browser devices—including desktops, laptops, tablets, or smart phones. This cloud-enabled IoT platform includes customizable dashboards and alerts and helps identify manufacturing bottlenecks and inefficiencies and streamlines manufacturing processes.

“Our Freedom Platforms provide the operational intelligence our customers need to increase efficiency, OEE (overall equipment effectiveness) and profitability,” says Jeff Price, executive vice president of Freedom IOT. “Machine tool technology is advancing rapidly and we make the complex matter of properly identifying inefficiencies very fast and simple. Real-time production monitoring arms production teams with the data required to optimize utilization, improve quality, root out inefficiencies and maximize their profit.”

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