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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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By: NIST

The U.S. Department of Commerce announced today that six organizations will be presented with the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. Baldrige is the nation’s only presidential award for performance excellence, recognizing U.S. organizations and businesses that have shown an unceasing drive for innovative solutions to complex challenges, visionary leadership, and operational excellence.

“With an emphasis on efficiency and best practices, the Baldrige public-private partnership generates $1 billion per year in economic impact for the U.S. economy,” says Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. “The Baldrige Award embodies the competitive spirit and commitment to excellence that fuels our economic resurgence and drives our country forward.”

The 2019 honorees are as follows:

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By: Formstack

(Formstack: Fishers, IN) -- Formstack, a software-as-a-service (SaaS) company with a mission to transform the way people collect information and put it to work, announces the launch of Formstack Documents. Formstack Documents is a comprehensive document generation and automation product built to help users streamline various paperwork processes. This product is a key component of Formstack’s workplace productivity platform, which also includes software for online forms, surveys, e-signatures, and the recently announced Formstack Sync.

According to data from Formstack’s 2019 Workplace Productivity Report, employees are only truly productive for less than three hours per day; the remainder of their workday is spent attending meetings, responding to emails, and performing other unproductive tasks. Formstack Documents helps users get time back and make their limited productive work hours more impactful by automatically generating professional proposals, contracts, applications, registration forms, event tickets and more. This eliminates hundreds of hours of manual data entry and automates workflows through integrations with more than 300 web services.

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By: Marposs

 
(Marposs: Auburn Hills, MI) -- Marposs, a world leader in measurement and inspection technologies, has announced its M62 Scan, a universal gear inspection system that performs a very quick and efficient inspection of cylindrical gear tooth profiles in a production environment. The M62 Scan helps to relieve the workload of gear lab machines by enabling an interim check directly on the shop floor. The compact robust system can reach speeds of up to 50 mm/s, helping to improve production processes.

The M62 system uses a special shaped stylus with a universal ball point contact that scans the involute profile on the transverse section of each flank dynamically with part rotation. During inspection, the stylus is auto-retracted by the opposite gear flank, guaranteeing effectiveness and velocity of the process. In a very short time, the system can capture the entire involute profile of spur or helical cylindrical gears with no flanges, evaluating them according to international standards.

The main parameters considered include profile deviation, runout, tooth thickness, tooth space, and pitch deviations. The system’s stylus probe is driven by an electric actuator and can accommodate gears with external diameters of 20 - 180mm, and 15 – 50mm in height.

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By: NVision Inc.

(NVision: Southlake, TX) -- NVision Inc., in cooperation with the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas, is making it possible for those with vision-impairment to interactively engage with some of the great works by modern sculptors. NVision, a leader in 3D non-contact optical scanning/measurement for more than 29 years, recently scanned several sculptures by Auguste Rodin (perhaps best-known for his sculpture, The Thinker) and Julio González for the Nasher. The scanning data was used to 3D-print to-scale replicas of the sculptures for a tactile educational experience for the blind and visually impaired.

“Who has not been tempted to touch an artwork by a master like Rodin? These scans make that wish possible for everyone to experience,” says Lynda Wilbur, Manager of Tour Programs at the Nasher. “It is particularly meaningful when visually enjoying the lines, textures and emotive qualities of a work is not possible due to blindness. These scans of works by significant artists of the 20th century allow our public a rare, hands-on experience.”

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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 measuring tools and gages, metrology systems, and more, has introduced two new digital Rockwell/Superficial Rockwell Benchtop Hardness Testers (No. 3823 and 3824) with fully automated load/unload procedures, and capable of providing highly accurate readings.

The new Starrett Hardness Tester models utilize a closed-loop control unit with a load cell, a DC motor, and an electronic measurement and control unit instead of traditional dead weights, enabling high-accuracy measurements at all test loads up to 0.5 percent. The testers are part of a significantly expanded line of new hardness testing solutions that Starrett is now offering.

The Starrett No. 3824 Hardness Tester has an automated Z-axis. The user simply presses the START key, and the entire test process is automatically completed. The Starrett testers feature programmable scale conversions, dwell times, statistical capabilities, and a test counter and are capable of testing in a wide range of 30 different Rockwell hardness scales for carbon steel, alloy steel, cast iron, and nonferrous metals.

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