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January 04, 2017 - Volume 11 Issue 01
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Image - German Toolmaker Switches to New Cutting Edge Hardening Technology and German Toolmaker Switches to New Cutting Edge Hardening Technology and "Saves a Lot of Money"
Since quality in the toolmaking process has an enormous impact on quality in manufacturing, it is clear that the final surface hardness of the tools is essential, and additional hardening of the cutting edges is usually necessary. The production planners at Werkzeugbau Laichingen, in Ulm, Germany, have been relying on induction hardening technology from eldec. This flexible technology significantly decreases and simplifies the production process.
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Image - Why Smart Manufacturing is a Dumb Idea Why Smart Manufacturing is a Dumb Idea
As we begin a new year, "Smart Manufacturing" is definitely one of the trends in manufacturing that is widely praised and accepted as the future of the industry. However, Steven L. Blue doesn't see it that way. The President & CEO of Miller Ingenuity, a global supplier of mission-critical solutions in the transportation industry and author of the new book, "American Manufacturing 2.0: What Went Wrong and How to Make It Right," argues that this trend isn't all that smart.
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Robotic Machine Tending increases machine utilization up to 60%, while reducing operational and capital expenditures. ABB recently introduced the FlexMT, a flexible robotic system that loads and unloads machines with vision guidance. For both small batch and high volume production; can handle most any size and type of part.


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  Industry News
Image - Quick-Swap Fixture System Reduces Waste and Downtime Quick-Swap Fixture System Reduces Waste and Downtime
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  New 3D Printing Processes for Metal Parts Now Available at 3Diligent
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Image - 3D Laser Scanning Helps Cincinnati Artist Produce Brass Statues for Reds' Legends 3D Laser Scanning Helps Cincinnati Artist Produce Brass Statues for Reds' Legends
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  New Tape Contact Shoe Technology Enables Faster, More Cost-Effective Microfinishing of Crankshafts
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Image - New Multi-Axis Calibrator Features Patented Optical Roll Measurement and Remote Launch System to Reduce Heat Effects New Multi-Axis Calibrator Features Patented Optical Roll Measurement and Remote Launch System to Reduce Heat Effects
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  Heavy-Duty Duplex Milling Machines Ideal for Squaring and Chamfering of Rectangular Blocks
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Image - All New Class of End Mills Enables Over 80% Faster Machining Cycles All New Class of End Mills Enables Over 80% Faster Machining Cycles
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  Ultra-Fine Filtered Synthetic Spindle and Hydraulic Oil Extends Component Life
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Image - Laser Marking System Allows Loading/Unloading While Other Parts are Marked Laser Marking System Allows Loading/Unloading While Other Parts are Marked
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  New Wire EDM Features Large Touchscreen and Onboard Collision Protection; Ideal for Auto Manufacturing
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  Gear Hobbing Machine's Double Drive System Minimizes Distortion and Increases Part Quality
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