Full 5-axis capability, a double-column design and a standard 10k spindle make the OkumaMU-6300V vertical machining center ideal for aerospace, automotive and mold/die work. Its unique design allows it to be fitted with an automatic pallet changer, pallet pool or FMS for full lights-out operation. Extremely rigid and highly accurate, it provides maximum productivity.
The staff at Tooling & Production would like to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy New Year! As we look back on 2014, we are encouraged to report that the metalworking industry remains at the forefront of an improving economy. With the recent IMTS success and the report that U.S. manufacturing technology orders are up nearly 4% for the year, the outlook for 2015 is bright.
The same can be said for us here at Nelson Publishing. Our eNewsletters -- Modern Applications News (MAN), Tooling & Production (T&P), and the Manufacturing Center Product Spotlight have again experienced exponential growth over this past year. Our lists of subscribers and advertising partners continue to expand at a rapid rate. We are grateful. While we are excited by the thought of even more growth in the days ahead, we never mind pausing to take a quick look back. Why not? MAN's proud history dates back to 1967 while T&P dates back to 1934. Amazingly, this publication will be celebrating its 80th anniversary in 2015!
In that spirit, we have put together this "Best of 2014" issue. We have compiled two lists -- the Most Read Features and Most Read Product Spotlights, as judged by our readers. We hope you enjoy these stories and catch some helpful information you may have missed the first time around. Again, we want to thank you for your loyalty to our publications and we'd like to wish you a successful and prosperous 2015!
"Top 10" Most Read Features
First Robot to Work Hand in Hand with Employees at Volkswagen Plant The car manufacturing group Volkswagen has integrated an industrial robotic arm from the Danish manufacturer Universal Robots into mass production at its engine production plant in Salzgitter, Germany. The lightweight robot UR5 is installed in the cylinder head assembly section, where it is responsible for handling delicate glow plugs. The six-axis robotic arm is able to collaborate directly with people without any guards, contributing significantly towards optimizing ergonomic working conditions. Full Article
Line Vac air powered conveyors convert ordinary hose or pipe into a complete conveying system for bulk materials, plastic granules, scrap, trim, and other complex shapes. Line Vacs are available in many sizes and materials.
Zero-Gravity 3D Printer Takes Manufacturing Out of This World The first 3D printer intended for in-space use arrived at the International Space Station (ISS) aboard a rocket launched from Cape Canaveral, Fla. last week. This "machine shop for space" marks the first time that a multi-purpose manufacturing device will be utilized off-world to create parts, tools and emergency solutions. Full Article