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ITA Offers High-Efficiency Mist Collectors that Alleviate Workplace Hazards

 

Summary: To meet heightened concerns about health and safety in the workplace, ITA offers high-efficiency Mist Collectors that far exceed regulatory guidelines.

Berlin, Maryland (March 9, 2015) – At a time when state and federal regulators may be moving toward tighter workplace safety requirements, ITA is assuring its customers that Coral Noil Mist Collectors far exceed minimum health and safety standards.

Noil Mist Collectors remove both water-soluble and oil-based mist used in machine tool operations through a three-stage filtration system. In the first stage an impeller converts the mist back into a liquid and recovers the coolant for recycling. Next, a dense cellulose filter cartridge removes finely aspirated particles. A third-stage high-efficiency polyester filter rated 99.9% @ 2 micron particle size removes remaining particles.

For shops that require an even greater degree of filtration, ITA offers customers a fourth stage Post Filter accessory that increases efficiency to 99.9% @ 0.3 micron particle size, and returns the clean air back into the work area.

“Airborne oil mist can land everywhere, on floors, machinery and employees,” according to an ITA company spokesperson. “An effective mist collector reduces worker accidents caused by slips and falls from oil and dirt buildup on shop floors. And it improves air quality, minimizing health risks that metalworking fluids and machine mist can cause.”

The high-speed impeller in Noil Mist Collectors is dynamically balanced, and the second and third stage filters do not rotate, assuring quiet and vibration-free operation, another workplace benefit. The compact design of the unit offers various mounting options: directly to the machinery, or on a floor stand, wall mount or ceiling suspension.

ITA’s spokesperson points out that the same triple filtration system that provides safety benefits to workers also cuts down on a facility’s production costs. By efficiently evacuating coolant mist and oil mist from the air, Noil Mist Collectors can then recycle them back to the machine tool, reducing the cost of coolants. A cleaner workplace environment also means less dirt and grime that can collect and eventually foul up machinery. Noil Mist Collector filters are made to deliver long-lasting performance, significantly reducing the frequency of filter maintenance and machine downtime. The polyester filter can even be washed and reused.

Noil Mist Collectors are protected by a full five-year warranty. For more information, or help in finding the right mist collection system for your facility, call 410-777-8555 to speak to an ITA expert. Or visit www.ita.cc where you can download the Noil brochure.

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NEW PRODUCT BY EXAIR: Back Blow Air Nozzle For Cleaning Inside Diameters

EXAIR’s new 1/4 NPT Back Blow Air Nozzle has been designed to effectively blow debris and liquids from pipe or hose inside diameters, channel, bores, holes, internal threads and other internal part features. An array of holes provide a forceful 360 degree airflow to clear out coolant, chips and light oils from machining processes. This nozzle prevents blowing chips further into a part, tube or pipe and eliminates any safety hazard created by blowing debris out the far end of a pipe or tube.

The Model 1006SS Back Blow Air Nozzle is manufactured with a small profile and will fit inside openings as small as 7/8″ and is effective on diameters up to 4″. It is constructed of type 316 stainless steel to provide durability and superior resistance to corrosion. Installation is simplified and a secure fit is assured with 5/8″ flats milled on the body. Since airflow is directed back toward the operator, personal protective equipment is recommended. Chip shields to protect the operator from the exiting debris are available. Extension pipes from 12″ to 72″ are stocked to provide necessary reach for longer tube and pipe clean out.

Sound level is low at 80 dBA and meets OSHA noise requirement 29 CFR 1910.95(a), as well as being CE compliant. Price is $92.

For more information, contact: EXAIR Corporation
11510 Goldcoast Dr.
Cincinnati, OH 45249-1621
Phone: (800) 903-9247
Fax: (513) 671-3363
E-mail: techelp@exair.com
www.exair.com/back.htm

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Skilled Material® from Boston Centerless Improves CNC Swiss Productivity

Woburn, MA – May 27, 2015 – Skilled Material bars from Boston Centerless address the challenges faced by CNC machine shops regarding the need for highly skilled operators and lowering overall cost of production. The process of CNC Swiss screw machining relies heavily on the quality of bar materials in order to run smoothly. Variations in material diameter, straightness and roundness greatly impact the success of component manufacturing.

Ever since CNC Swiss screw machines first entered the US market in the mid-1970s, Boston Centerless has been working with its customers and the machine tool builders to learn the factors associated with smooth Swiss turning applications. With 40 years of hands on experience, Boston Centerless has developed a deep understanding of how diameter, straightness and roundness tolerances can dramatically affect the effectiveness and efficiency of CNC Swiss screw machining operations. The underlying factor is that with variation in any of the dimensional variables stated above, the Swiss turning operations are inconsistent and more difficult to control. The inconsistent operation requires more human (labor) input into the process, which puts more demand on the skilled labor and increases cost associated with that labor.

The reliability and consistency of Skilled Material bars removes variation at the outset, making the process much more robust and predictable, allowing for a confident and dramatic reduction of labor input required to keep the process in control and produce good parts. In addition, total cost savings can come in the form of reduced downtime, longer tool life, faster production times and less scrap. Skilled Material allows for machines to run unattended or lights out, further reducing costs. Simply put, Skilled Material addresses the two largest issues facing manufacturers today: lack of skilled labor and pressure to reduce costs. Material integrity and traceability are always part of the Skilled Material process. Laser marking, RFX Material

Verification and UT Testing are additional capabilities offered to ensure compliance. Boston Centerless can handle all aspects of supply chain management, including inventory management programs.

About Boston Centerless:

Boston Centerless supplies customers worldwide with precision ground bar materials for close tolerance machining applications. The company also provides grinding services for customer-supplied material and components and manufactures a line of ultra-precise gages. For more information, visit www.bostoncenterless.com or call 781-994-5000.

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FFG Signs Agreement to Acquire Pfiffner Group. Hydromat Inc. Hails Deal as Progressive and Good for US Business

LOUIS, MO – On April 20th 2015, Fair Friend Group (FFG) signed an agreement with K.R. Pfiffner AG (Pfiffner Group) to acquire all shares of the Pfiffner companies. Soon the transaction will be finalized once there has been confirmation by the relevant authorities. This deal adds high precision, high volume machining to an already impressive portfolio of brands in FFG’s Machine Tool Division.

Pfiffner’s partner in the Americas, Hydromat Inc., headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, is optimistic about the future with the FFG led Pfiffner Group, “I met with Luigi Maniglio, President of FFG Werke GmbH prior to the announcement of this acquisition and I believe that he and his team are fully engaged in the growth and advancement of FFG’s Machine Tool Division.  Because of this, the Pfiffner Group will be stronger and more innovative than ever, and that will make Hydromat Inc. even more successful and better able to meet the demands of our customers,” commented Bruno Schmitter, President & CEO of Hydromat Inc., “We are very pleased with this partnership.”

The agreements between Hydromat Inc. and the Pfiffner Group will remain the same as before and interviews with Hydromat Inc. management express an excitement about the involvement of the FFG acquisition, “It (Pfiffner) should be a very strong enterprise moving forward.  Jimmy Chu and FFG have a reputation for investing in and building great machine tool companies, not dismantling them. We are very happy that our partner, Pfiffner, an already excellent company, will be guaranteed a very bright future,” said Matthias Walter, Executive Vice President & CSO for Hydromat Inc.

FFG Werke GmbH is an independent group member of the global FFG family that benefits from the leadership of Fair Friend Group. In 2013 FFG acquired six European machine tool brands; VDF Boehringer, Hüller Hille, Hessapp, Honsberg, Modul and Witzig & Frank. In 2014 Hydromat Inc. became the sales and service organization in North America for Witzig & Frank, a previous partner of Hydromat Inc. for many years.

FFG’s Machine tool sector has 19 brands and 31 machine tool enterprises mostly in Taiwan, Japan, S. Korea, China, the USA, Italy, Germany, and now adds Switzerland to their map. Within the FFG group, the machine tool division generates approximately 1.8 billion Dollars of  total sales of about 3.3 billion US Dollars. As a member of a global conglomerate with manufacturing plants in Europe, Asia and the Americas, Pfiffner group will have access to the technology, sales, and service capacities of FFG, creating the potential for expanded growth.  The FFG group has a strong financial record and always looks to invest further in its technologies and customer support capacities.

“The growth strategy that FFG employs is perfectly in line with the needs of the Pfiffner Group, and it will enhance their already stellar reputation for innovation, quality and precision in the rotary transfer sector,” added Kevin Meehan, Hydromat’s Executive Vice President & COO for Hydromat Inc., “This development will solidify their position as the leader in the CNC rotary transfer segment, and our customers are sure to benefit from future technological developments driven by a stronger Pfiffner.”

Hydromat, Inc. is the industry leader in the Americas for the manufacture and assembly of precision transfer machines that include; EPIC R/T Rotary, Inline, and Trunnion models, as well as the revolutionary multi-station ICON 6-250, 6-150, and 8-150 Mill/Turn Productivity Centers. Hydromat has a reputation built on a commitment to product quality, customer service and technological innovation that provides the correct productivity solution for their customers.

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Okuma’s “How-To” Video Series Demonstrates Procedures to Download and Install Machine Tool Apps

Videos show simple steps for installing machine tool apps on Okuma CNC controls to achieve maximum productivity and efficiency.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (April 1, 2015) – “Machine tool apps” are entering manufacturing environments, and they’re proving to be a “fast track” for achieving productivity gains. To help users get started with machine tool apps, Okuma America Corporation has released a series of how-to videos showing step-by-step procedures for downloading, configuring, installing and running apps (available from the Okuma App Store) on Okuma THINC®-OSP CNC controls.

Okuma’s how-to video series includes three videos showing step-by-step procedures for downloading, configuring, installing and running apps on an Okuma machine control. The videos are designed to be used as a training tool for new users. Current how-to video demonstrations include:

• SCOUT (System Compatibility Output Utility) – Quickly identifies if your machine is compatible with App Store apps. All applications have certain system requirements, and SCOUT takes the burden off the user to determine which apps are compatible. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YrZtj1R9TVQ&index=1&list=PLiy-l63fXCAiDwJd8u9rJZ1zCuEnRctgd
• How to Install an Okuma Machine Tool App: Provides the basics for machine tool app installation. The example shown is Okuma’s Part Flip Monitor. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fVYwBXxm3y4&list=PLiy-l63fXCAiDwJd8u9rJZ1zCuEnRctgd&index=2
• Machine Alert – Allows users to set up machine alarm notifications by email or to ensure chip production without interruption. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gRDYWQJCqng&list=PLiy-l63fXCAiDwJd8u9rJZ1zCuEnRctgd&index=3

Okuma’s App Store is the industry’s only centralized marketplace for machine tool apps and related content. It currently offers more than 29 apps available for various functionalities ranging from CAD/CAM software, measurement and gaging to security and tooling. All of Okuma’s machine tool apps are designed to enhance productivity and efficiency.

Okuma’s THINC-OSP CNC controls use a Windows®-based open architecture platform, and therefore are fully integrated, allowing for true customization to suit particular machining needs. Applications developed for Okuma machines and controls improve process efficiencies, reduce set up times and eliminate scrapped parts by streamlining and simplifying machine tool processes.

To see Okuma’s how-to video series on downloading apps from the Okuma App Store, please visit https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLiy-l63fXCAiDwJd8u9rJZ1zCuEnRctgd.
Okuma Apps put the power of improving part quality, reducing costs and increasing profitability in your hands. For more information on the Okuma App Store and to download apps visit https://www.myokuma.com/.
About Okuma America Corporation:

Okuma America Corporation is the U.S.-based sales and service affiliate of Okuma Corporation, a world leader in CNC (computer numeric control) machine tools, founded in 1898 in Nagoya, Japan. The company is the industry’s only single-source provider, with the CNC machine, drive, motors, encoders, spindle and CNC control all manufactured by Okuma. Okuma’s innovative and reliable technology, paired with comprehensive, localized service protection, allows users to run continuously with confidence – maximizing profitability. Along with its industry-leading distribution network (largest in the Americas), and Partners in THINC, Okuma facilitates quality, productivity and efficiency, empowering the customer and enabling competitive advantage in today’s demanding manufacturing environment. For more information, visit www.okuma.com or follow us on Facebook or Twitter @OkumaAmerica.

About Partners in THINC:
Partners in THINC is a collaboration network of more than 50 industry leaders who come together to solve problems and explore new productivity ideas for real-world manufacturers. With the open architecture, PC-based THINC®-OSP control as its nucleus, Partners in THINC brings specialized equipment, expertise and a commitment to provide the best possible integrated solutions to the end-user. For more information, visit www.okuma.com/partners-in-thinc.

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EXAIR PRODUCT UPDATE: Heavy Duty Dry Vacs Are Now CE Compliant

Independent laboratory tests now certify that EXAIR’s Heavy Duty Dry Vac meets the rigorous safety, health and environmental standards of the European Union that are required to attain the CE mark.

The Heavy Duty Dry Vac is a rugged, industrial duty vacuum cleaner that has been engineered to vacuum high volumes of dry materials in less time than ordinary vacs. The wear resistant design is suitable for the clean-up of abrasive materials like steel shot, garnet, metal chips and sand, yet can also be used for general purpose applications.

The Heavy Duty Dry Vac is compressed air powered and attaches to a 30, 55 or 110 gallon open-top drum. It is extremely quiet at 82 dBA (half the noise of electric vacs), making it suitable for a wide variety of applications. Surrounding air is kept clean by the filter bag that traps particles when vacuuming dusty materials. There are no motors and impellers to clog or wear out. It is covered by a five year warranty.
The Heavy Duty Dry Vac System comes complete with a lever lock drum lid, shutoff valve, reusable filter bag, 10 feet (3m) polyethylene static resistant hose (1-1/2 inches/38mm I.D.), hose hanger, 20 feet (6m) compressed air hose with swivel fittings, pressure gauge and heavy duty aluminum chip wand. Prices start at $1142.

For more information contact: EXAIR Corporation
11510 Goldcoast Dr.
Cincinnati, OH 45249-1621
Phone: (800) 903-9247
Fax: (513) 671-3363
E-mail: techelp@exair.com
www.exair.com/hddvce.htm

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Latest PartMaker Version on Display at Eastec 2015

Delcam to demonstrate PartMaker Version 2015 at the east coast’s largest machine tool show.

Fort Washington, PA – PartMaker Inc., a division of Delcam, will demonstrate the latest version of PartMaker Software for programming CNC Mills, Lathes, WireEDMs, Turn-Mill Centers and Swiss-type lathes at Eastec 2015 in West Springfield, Massachusetts, May 12 – 14, 2015. Highlighting the new version is a completely revolutionary approach to CAM post processing for multi-axis Turn-Mill Centers and Swiss-type lathes. PartMaker Version 2015 includes the ability to generate a Post Processor Reference Guide, an on command manual explaining how to program a given multi-axis lathe and take advantage of all the machine’s capabilities with PartMaker.
PartMaker will be demonstrated in the booth of its parent company, Delcam, booth number 5326.
The company will also be demonstrating it’s new, free productivity application, the PartMaker Multi-Channel Viewer, at Eastec.

Other highlights of PartMaker Version 2015 include improved support for today’s latest breed of multi-tasking machine tools, more powerful milling and turning functionality and improvements in the software’s knowledge based technology for storing optimal feeds and speeds for additional tools.

“As the pioneer of CAM software for multi-tasking Turn-Mill Centers and Swiss-type lathes, PartMaker continues to innovate to bring our users the most sophisticated technology for programming these machines,” says PartMaker Inc. division President Hanan Fishman.

“The advent of the Post Processor Reference guides and other improvements to PartMaker’s industry leading post processing technology in PartMaker Version 2015 ensure PartMaker users have the most robust post processors possible,” says Fishman. “Using PartMaker’s unique, cloud-based post processor update utility, customers can always assure they have the most recent post processor for their machine tools.”

PartMaker 2015 includes specialist support for a new breed of machine tools that has been growing steadily in popularity in recent years called Vertical Mill-Turns (VMT). These machine tools are unique because they provide the turning functionality typically found on a VTL (Vertical Turret Lathe) with that of a 5-axis VMC (Vertical Machining Center). PartMaker 2015 will also offer support for turret based Swiss lathes with programmable B-axis live tooling attachments.

Special for Eastec – the PartMaker Multi-Channel Viewer
As a special attraction at the PartMaker booth at Eastec, the company will be demonstrating the new PartMaker Multi-Channel Viewer pc app on the show floor. The PartMaker Multi-Channel Viewer is an utterly unique, free software application for users of multi-axis Turn-Mill Centers and Swiss-type lathes to quickly view their multi-channel NC programs side-by-side, for virtually any multi-channel machine/control combination. The PartMaker Multi-Channel Viewer will be configured for visitors to the booth by a PartMaker product specialist for their shop’s exact line-up of multi-tasking machine tools. By visiting the booth at Eastec, visitors not only receive the PartMaker Multi-Channel Viewer to install on their PC, they will also have it configured on the show floor to take away on a USB stick.

More on PartMaker
PartMaker is a Knowledge Based Machining system, allowing it to provide a substantial gain in programming efficiency by remembering the tools, material and process information necessary to machine individual part features. It thus relieves the user from reentering the same features information for subsequent parts. It also improves productivity by placing the emphasis on tool management functions.
PartMaker pioneered the field of CAM software for Turn-Mills and Swiss-type lathes with its patented Visual Programming Approach for programming multi-axis lathes with live tooling. It assures quicker learning and easier use. It makes an extensive use of pictures to help the user describe tools, part features and machining data. Synchronization of tools working on multiple spindles is achieved by a few mouse clicks.
PartMaker Inc. is a subsidiary of Delcam, the world’s leading developer and supplier of complete CAD/CAM software solutions. Delcam is a wholly-owned, independently-operated subsidiary of Autodesk. Autodesk helps people imagine, design and create a better world. Everyone – from design professionals, engineers and architects to digital artists, students and hobbyists — can use Autodesk software to unlock their creativity and solve important challenges. In North America PartMaker is sold directly by PartMaker Inc. PartMaker is sold overseas through a network of sales partner offices operating in over 120 countries.

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Uniquely Flexible PartMaker Version 2015 Now Released

Figure 1: PartMaker Version 2015 has been released. PartMaker Version 2015 features a host of new functionality including enhanced support for the latest breed of multi-function machine tools.

Latest PartMaker version featuring a range of more powerful and flexible enhancements is now available to end users

Fort Washington, PA – Delcam has released the latest version of its PartMaker Software for programming CNC Mills, Lathes, Wire EDMs, Turn-Mill Centers and Swiss-type lathes, PartMaker Version 2015. Major highlights of PartMaker Version 2015 include improved support for today’s latest breed of multi-tasking machine tools, such as Vertical Mill-Turns, more powerful milling and turning functionality, and a unique approach to post processing for multi-axis Turn-Mill Centers and Swiss-type lathes among other productivity enhancements.

“The innovations in PartMaker Version 2015 include a unique blend of productivity enhancements that both new and existing users of the software are going to love along with a host of utterly unique and innovative technology you just won’t find anywhere else,” says PartMaker Inc. President, Hanan Fishman. “PartMaker 2015 extends support of the product’s patented approach to programming multi-tasking machine tools to support today’s latest breed of multi-function machines, allowing our customers to stay on the leading edge of multi-tasking.”

PartMaker 2015 includes specialist support for a new breed of machine tools that has been growing steadily in popularity in recent years called Vertical Mill-Turns (VMT). These machine tools are unique because they provide the turning functionality typically found on a VTL (Vertical Turret Lathe) with that of a 5-axis VMC (Vertical Machining Center). PartMaker 2015 also offers support for turret-based Swiss lathes with programmable B-axis live tooling attachments as well as more intuitive handing of angled live tooling attachments.

Also headlining PartMaker Version 2015 is a unique approach to post processing for multi-tasking machine tools. This new approach includes a variety of improvements to the software’s post processing technology and new software functionality to help guide users on how to best take advantage of their specific multi-tasking machine tool’s unique capabilities.

Comprehensive details on all the new features and functionality in PartMaker can be found at the PartMaker Version 2015 learning zone at www.delcam.tv/pmk2015/lz/.

More on PartMaker
PartMaker is a Knowledge Based Machining system, allowing it to provide a substantial gain in programming efficiency by remembering the tools, material and process information necessary to machine individual part features. It thus relieves the user from reentering the same features information for subsequent parts. It also improves productivity by placing the emphasis on tool management functions.

PartMaker pioneered the field of CAM software for Turn-Mills and Swiss-type lathes with its patented Visual Programming Approach for programming multi-axis lathes with live tooling. It assures quicker learning and easier use. It makes an extensive use of pictures to help the user describe tools, part features and machining data. Synchronization of tools working on multiple spindles is achieved by a few mouse clicks.

PartMaker Inc. is a subsidiary of Delcam, the world’s leading developer and supplier of complete CAD/CAM software solutions. Delcam is a wholly-owned, independently-operated subsidiary of Autodesk. Autodesk helps people imagine, design and create a better world. Everyone – from design professionals, engineers and architects to digital artists, students and hobbyists — can use Autodesk software to unlock their creativity and solve important challenges. In North America PartMaker is sold directly by PartMaker Inc. PartMaker is sold overseas through a network of sales partner offices operating in over 120 countries.

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EXAIR PRODUCT UPDATE: Reversible Drum Vacs Are Now CE Compliant

EXAIR’s Reversible Drum Vac and High Lift Reversible Drum Vac are ideal for the recovery of fluids like: coolant, hydraulic oils, sludge and chips, waste water, and liquid spills. After undergoing rigorous testing by an independent laboratory, EXAIR’s Reversible Drum Vacs™ have been proven to meet the stringent requirements of the European Union in order to be marked as CE compliant.

The standard Reversible Drum Vac’s high powered vacuum produces 96″ H2O of vacuum and can fill a 55 gallon drum in just 90 seconds, with the turn of a knob, the same stainless steel pump can quickly empty the drum. The High Lift Reversible Drum Vac is perfect for pits, below grade coolant sumps, deep wells or bulk storage tanks which require a longer vacuum hose and more power. The High Lift Reversible Drum Vac produces 180″ H2O of vacuum and lifts liquid up to 15̍. Since the Reversible Drum Vacs are powered by compressed air, they have no electric motor to wear out and no impellers to clog. In fact, the Reversible Drum Vacs have no moving parts, assuring maintenance free operation.

Both Reversible Drum Vacs attach quickly to any closed head 30, 55 or 110 gallon drum. For small jobs, a 5 gallon Mini Reversible Drum Vac System is also available (drum included, standard unit only). Reversible Drum Vac Systems include the two-way pump assembly, flexible vacuum hose (1-1/2″/38mm I.D.) with 90 degree quick release elbow connection and one aluminum wand. Deluxe Systems add a drum dolly, heavy duty aluminum tools and tool holder. Premium Systems add a 30, 55 or 110 gallon drum. Prices start at $489.

For more information contact:

EXAIR Corporation
11510 Goldcoast Dr.
Cincinnati, OH 45249-1621
Phone: (800) 903-9247
Fax: (513) 671-3363
E-mail: techelp@exair.com
www.exair.com/dvce.htm

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Universal Robot launches URCaps: The new “app store” for the UR robots

East Setauket, NY, December 11, 2014: With URCaps, Universal Robots has created the equivalent of an app store for robots. The new online platform features useful accessories, hardware and software extending the capabilities of the robot arms developed by the Danish robot manufacturer.

Until recently, industrial robots were so complex that industry most often bought them as part of a comprehensive – and expensive solution – from a machine builder or system integrator. But the new generation of small, flexible robots are so user-friendly that end users now increasingly buy a “stripped” robot from a robot distributor, custom outfitting and installing the unit with end effectors themselves.

“As a frontrunner in collaborative, user-friendly robots, we’re seeing a wave of demand in smaller companies that never before used robots. We want to make it easier to go from idea to finished installation by providing a shortcut to proven combinations of robots and accessories based on the good experiences of other users,” said Esben Oestergaard, CTO of Universal Robots.

“Many robot applications around the world actually look a lot like each other, but there is not a collective place where you can go and find out where for instance to buy a protective sleeve for a robotic arm. That’s why we decided to create the URCaps platform, which aligns with the idea that UR robots should be easy for everyone to incorporate.”

Build confidence with off-the-shelf items
Caps are an abbreviation of the word capabilities. The first 43 caps are already featured on the platform. These caps have been through a thorough trial integration testing. It is also a vital requirement that URCaps must be proven and in use within the industry.

“Quick and painless implementation and high uptime are the alpha and omegas in the global industry. By choosing solutions from URCaps, both distributor and end-user get high security and predictability that applications will run well from the start. URCaps can save weeks and months into the process from concept to operation of the robot in production. If a robot installation becomes a problem, it can be complicated to determine what the source is. URCaps allows you to choose a proven combination of robot grippers or other accessories from the beginning to prevent delays and aggravation,” said Mr. Oestergaard.

The first URCaps are a combination of workbenches, vision solutions, cables, jaws and grippers. The business model for URCaps is simple and transparent: Any supplier of robotic accessories and solutions that have proven to be suitable for UR robots can download an application form at: www.universal-robots.com/URCaps.

After this, the dialogue with Universal Robots begins. If the proposal is approved by UR, suppliers can now offer their products directly to interested buyers in the countries where the CAPS are sold. A filtering function allows prospects to sort URCaps according to different parameters.

Universal Robots does not profit from sales made through URCaps. The only requirement is that customers purchase the robots from an authorized UR distributor in their home country.

URCaps in brief
URCaps is a platform where distributors and integrators can present accessories that run successfully in UR robot applications at end users.

– Shorter lead time to implement robot applications
– Lower project risks
– Higher predictability of project costs and time
– Access to well-proven technology
– Knowledge sharing
– Inspiring new applications

About Universal Robots
Universal Robots is a result of many years of intensive research in robotics. The product portfolio includes the UR5 and UR10 models that handle payloads of up to 11.3 lbs. and 22.6 lbs. respectively. The six-axis robot arms weigh as little as 40 lbs. with reach capabilities of up to 51 inches. Repeatability of +/- .004” allows quick precision handling of even microscopically small parts.

After initial risk assessment, the collaborative Universal Robots can operate alongside human operators without cumbersome and expensive safety guarding. This makes it simple and easy to move the light-weight robot around the production, addressing the needs of agile manufacturing even within small- and medium sized companies regarding automation as costly and complex. If the robots come into contact with an employee, the built-in force control limits the forces at contact, adhering to the current safety requirements on force and torque limitations.

Intuitively programmed by non-technical users, the robot arms go from box to operation in less than an hour, and typically pay for themselves within 195 days. Since the first UR robot entered the market in December 2008, the company has seen substantial growth with the robotic arms now being sold in more than 50 countries worldwide. The company is headquartered in Odense, Denmark where all development and production is carried out. The company’s global sales target for 2014 is 2,000 robots followed by a doubling of sales every year from 2014 to 2017. www.universal-robots.com.

Social media channels:
http://www.youtube.com/user/UniversalRobotsVideo/videos https://twitter.com/Universal_Robot https://www.facebook.com/UniversalRobots http://www.linkedin.com/company/universal-robots-a-s https://plus.google.com/100123388801849599660/posts

Company Contact:
Edward Mullen, Universal Robots National Sales Manager, North America
Tel: +1 631 610 9664
emullen@universal-robots.com

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