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EXAIR: Large Back Blow Air Nozzle For Cleaning Inside Diameters

EXAIR’s new 1 NPT Back Blow Air Nozzle has been designed to effectively blow debris and liquids from pipe or hose inside diameters, axle housings, bores, holes, internal threads and other internal part features found in hydraulic cylinders, gear boxes, differential housings and more. 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 1008SS Back Blow Air Nozzle is our largest back blow nozzle yet. It will fit inside openings as small as 2″ and is effective on diameters up to 16″, so it can handle small and large diameters. 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 4.7mm flats milled on the body. Since airflow is directed back toward the operator, personal protective equipment is recommended. Extension pipes of 12″, 36″ and 72″ are stocked to provide necessary reach for longer tube and pipe clean out. A 1/4 NPT model for 7/8″ to 4″ diameters is also available.

The Back Blow Air Nozzle meets OSHA standards 29 CFR 1910.95(a) and 29 CFR 1910.242(b) for noise and outlet pressure. It is also CE compliant. Price is $284.

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/1nptback.htm

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NEW PRODUCT: Small 316SS Cabinet Coolers Resist Heat and Corrosion

EXAIR’s new Small 316 Stainless Steel Cabinet Cooler Systems keep electrical enclosures cool with 20 degrees F (negative 7 degrees C) air while resisting heat and corrosion that could adversely affect the internal components. The wear, corrosion and oxidation resistance of Type 316 stainless steel assures long life and maintenance free operation. Cooling capacities up to 550 Btu/hr. are ideal for small electrical enclosures and heat loads. Models with higher cooling capacities up to 5600 Btu/hr. for NEMA 12, 4 and 4X enclosures are also available.

EXAIR Cabinet Coolers circulate 20 degrees F (negative 7 degrees C) air throughout the enclosure to prevent high temperature malfunctions. They mount through a standard electrical knockout while maintaining the NEMA 12, 4 or 4X rating of the enclosure. Cabinet Cooler Systems include an automatic drain filter separator to ensure no moisture passes to the inside of the electrical enclosure. An optional thermostat control minimizes compressed air use and keeps the enclosure at plus or minus 2 degrees F of the temperature setting. A side mount kit is available when space restrictions prevent mounting on the cabinet top.

Small 316 Stainless Steel Cabinet Coolers are available with cooling capacities of 275 and 550 Btu/hr. and are UL Listed and CE compliant. There are no moving parts to wear out. Applications include cooling control panels used in food processing, pharmaceutical, foundries, chemical processing and other corrosive locations. Prices start at $1250.00

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/316smcc.htm

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Universal Robots: Denmark’s largest robot manufacturer delivers 91% growth in revenue

Universal Robots’ recently published financial statements leave no doubt as to the enormous growth potential of the robot industry. With revenue reaching 418 million DKK in 2015, the Odense-based company achieved 91% growth compared to 2014, while delivering a brilliant bottom line performance: a profit of 65.4 million DKK before tax.

Odense, Denmark, February 24, 2016: It created quite a stir when American Teradyne paid more than USD 285 million for all the shares in the Odense-based company Universal Robots in the spring of 2015. The price of the company with 150 employees in Denmark reflected the expectations of significant growth rates in the robot industry; particularly, in the new market for an innovative type of robots called collaborative robots or cobots; low-cost, easy-to-deploy and simple-to-program robots that work side by side with production workers to improve quality and increase manufacturing efficiency. Universal Robots is behind the invention of the world’s first cobots.
The first cobot was sold in December 2008 and in 2015, the market was estimated at USD $100 million. The cobot market is estimated by some analysts to reach over USD 3 billion by 2020. So the Danish frontrunner has secured its owner, Teradyne, an extremely strong position in this high-growth segment.

Universal Robots’ revenue of DKK 418 million in 2015 corresponds to a 91% increase compared with 2014, and a 223% increase compared to 2013. Profit before tax totaling 65.4 million DKK, is a 122% increase compared with 2014. This means that the robot manufacturer has both increased revenue and reduced costs per robot – and has thus been even more efficient in 2015 with profit increase exceeding revenue growth.

Since 2012, Universal Robots annual sales have increased an average of approximately 75%. All production of robotic arms takes place in Odense, and the robots are sold through 200 distributors, with 45% of sales in Europe, 30% in Americas, and 25% in Asia in 2015.
The Danish company’s financially strong owner is also prepared to invest ambitiously in maintaining Universal Robots’ lead in collaborative robots. With the employment of additional robot developers in 2015, the staff at Universal Robots’ development division in Odense has almost doubled.

“In the coming years, we expect the market for collaborative robots to grow by at least 50% annually, not least due to the short payback period, often less than 12 months,” said Universal Robots’ CEO, Enrico Krog Iversen. “We are the clear market leader and have considerably increased investments in engineering, sales and customer support to expand that lead. Although I will be moving from CEO to a consultant capacity at Universal Robots later this year, I’m confident that Universal Robots will continue to thrive using our crystal clear strategy based on three key words: Focus, Simplicity and uncompromising Execution.”

About Universal Robots Universal Robots is the result of many years of intensive research at Denmark’s successful robot cluster, which is located in Odense, Denmark. The company was established in 2005 by three researchers, Esben Østergaard, Kasper Støy and Kristian Kassow. They wanted to make robot technology accessible to all by developing small, user-friendly, reasonably priced, flexible industrial robots that are safe to collaborate with and that on their own can be used to automate and streamline processes in the industry. The product portfolio includes the collaborative UR3, UR5 and UR10 robotic 2

arms named after their payload in kilos. Since the first UR robot was launched in December 2008, the company has experienced considerable growth, and the user-friendly robots are now sold in more than 50 countries worldwide. At just 195 days, the average payback period for UR robots is the fastest in the industry. The company, a part of Boston based Teradyne Inc, is headquartered in Odense and has subsidiaries and regional offices in the US, Spain, Germany, Singapore, Czech Republic, India, and China. Universal Robots has more than 200 employees worldwide. For more information, go to www.universal-robots.com.

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Okuma’s New MU-4000V Delivers Fast, Powerful, and Accurate 5-axis CNC Machining

Okuma’s MU-4000V 5-axis vertical machining center.

Vertical Machining Center is well suited for aerospace and other industries requiring full 5-axis capabilities.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (February 24, 2016) – Okuma’s new MU-4000V is excellent for 5-axis multi-sided machining and is well suited for the aerospace and die/mold industries. It provides high speed, process intensive machining combined with turning and 5-axis multitasking machining.

This versatile machine features a large work envelope and substantial base in a compact footprint. Its sturdy design boasts a machine mass of 9,700kg and the B-axis trunnion is fully supported so there is no overhanging mass. Fully supported axes construction allows for a broad scope of spindles ranging from 12K to 25K RPM to efficiently handle complex and difficult to machine materials.

The unique and automation friendly design places the pallet changes at the back of the machine, allowing easy connection to a PALLETACE flexible manufacturing system or pallet pool, delivering high productivity in addition to high accuracy. ATC’s can be configured to meet growing demands with 32 to 64 tool chain magazine systems and 64 plus matrix cabinets.

The MU-4000V can be equipped with Okuma’s exclusive Super-NURBS function, enabling high feed rates and ultra-fine finishes. Built using Okuma’s Thermo-Friendly Concept, this 5-axis machining center performs consistently from the first part to the last, regardless of warm up time or ambient temperatures. Standard 5-Axis Auto Tuning System technology automatically measures and compensates for up to 11 geometric errors to ensure precision machining.

The MU-4000V was named one of the Best 10 New Products of 2015 by Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun’s Business & Technology Daily News. For more information on the MU-4000V visit http://www.okuma.com/mu-4000v. For larger 5-axis parts, the MU-V series also includes the MU-6300V and MU-8000V.

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, and spindle all manufactured by Okuma. The company also designs their own CNC controls to integrate seamlessly with each machine tool’s functionality. In 2014 Okuma launched the Okuma App Store, the industry’s only centralized online marketplace for machine tool apps and related content. Along with its extensive distribution network (largest in the Americas), and Partners in THINC, Okuma is committed to helping users gain competitive advantage through the open possibilities of machine tools, today and into the future. For more information, visit www.okuma.com/americas or follow us on Facebook or Twitter @OkumaAmerica.

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New Anti-Static Air Gun is CE, UL and RoHS Certified

EXAIR’s new Ion Air Gun removes static electricity, contaminants and dust from parts prior to labeling, assembly, packaging, painting or finishing. This engineered product has undergone independent laboratory tests to certify it meets the rigorous safety, health and environmental standards of the USA, European Union and Canada that are required to attain the CE and UL marks. It is also RoHS compliant. New design features include a metal armored high voltage cable to protect against abrasion and cuts, a replaceable emitter point, integrated ground connection and electromagnetic shielding. The shockless Ion Air Gun neutralizes static electricity and cleans at distances up to 15 feet (4.6m).

The Ion Air Gun incorporates a high velocity air jet that uses a small amount of compressed air to entrain 80 percent of the total output airflow from the surrounding room air. An electrically energized emitter at the discharge end fills the entire airstream with positive and negative ions capable of neutralizing high static charges in a fraction of a second. An optional regulator allows infinite adjustment of the air volume and velocity.
A comfortable grip and hand position allows hours of continuous use without fatigue.

The Ion Air Gun is quiet, lightweight and features a hanger hook for easy storage. The 10 foot shielded power cable is flexible, designed for rugged use. A new selectable voltage power supply has been designed to operate the Ion Air Gun. Applications include cleaning molded parts, pre-paint dust removal, furniture finishing and package cleaning prior to labeling or printing. Price is $418.

For more information, contact EXAIR Corporation: 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/iag.htm

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New White Paper from Okuma Details Energy-Efficient CNC Machine Tool Technologies

Machine shops of any size can apply these technologies on their shop floor to keep energy costs down.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (February 17, 2016) – Rising energy costs continue to affect profits and be a major concern for machine shops of all sizes. Hidden costs in CNC machining such as machine tool idling, unnecessary pump rotation and continuous running of peripheral equipment guzzle energy. Having the ability to manage these costs can provide significant savings.

A new white paper published by Okuma America Corporation, titled “Energy-Efficient Machine Tool Technologies, For Any Size Shop,” discusses findings from a 2015 survey of metalworking companies which revealed that shops could see an energy cost increase of $21,541 in just one year. The white paper describes how Okuma’s ECO suite technology, part of OSP suite, can achieve significant energy savings by reducing power consumption during machine operating and waiting times. The white paper is available for free download at http://www.okuma.com/wp-energy-efficient-machine-tool-technologies. ECO suite is available on Okuma machines equipped with the OSP-P300 control and the new OSP suite application.

ECO suite reduces power consumption through four new intelligent control applications:

• ECO Idling Stop – The world’s first application that stops machine tool idling, ECO Idling Stop has shown energy savings up to 74 percent during non-cutting operation (over a one month time frame). Using Okuma’s Thermo-Friendly Concept, this feature monitors the cooling status of the milling and turning spindles and automatically turns them off when cooling is complete.

• ECO Power Monitor – This allows operators to see how much energy is being used and saved. The machine tool’s display shows power consumption for spindles, feed axes and peripheral equipment.

• ECO Hydraulics – This optional feature provides accurate machining control at a very low rotation speed minimizing unnecessary pump rotation during dwell pressure applications. Rotation is optimized by combining the servo control technology on the machine tool with high efficiency hydraulic pumps. Demonstrations have shown 63 percent reduction in power consumption.

• ECO Operation – Operators set time limits for peripheral equipment, automatically stopping them after cutting is finished.

In addition to efficient technologies, many Okuma machine tools are equipped with a PREX Motor. PREX motors are compact and lightweight and are the first commercialized high-performance reluctance motor to make acceleration and deceleration highly responsive. Their ideal combination of horsepower, torque, thrust, and lower inertial mass is designed to optimize machine performance and reduce energy consumption by 5-13%.

Okuma’s ECO suite won the Excellence Award/Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Award at the 45th Machine Design Awards, sponsored by the Nikkan Kogyo Business and Technology Daily News.

For more information on Okuma’s energy saving ECO suite visit http://www.okuma.com/eco-suite-energy-saving-cnc-control-applications.

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, and spindle all manufactured by Okuma. The company also designs their own CNC controls to integrate seamlessly with each machine tool’s functionality. In 2014 Okuma launched the Okuma App Store, the industry’s only centralized online marketplace for machine tool apps and related content. Along with its extensive distribution network (largest in the Americas), and Partners in THINC, Okuma is committed to helping users gain competitive advantage through the open possibilities of machine tools, today and into the future. For more information, visit http://www.okuma.com/americas or follow us on Facebook or Twitter @OkumaAmerica.

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NEW CATALOG: EXAIR’s New Catalog 29 Features new CE compliant and UL Recognized Static Eliminators

EXAIR’s new Catalog 29 is our best catalog yet; a full color technical guide offering solutions to common industrial cooling, drying, conveying, blowoff, cleaning, coating and static electricity problems. This 192 page catalog includes new Static Eliminators and their associated selectable voltage Power Supply. The Ion Air Gun, Ion Air Cannon, Ion Air Jet, Ionizing Point, and Super Ion Air Wipe have undergone independent laboratory tests to certify these new products meet the rigorous safety, health, and environmental standards of the European Union, USA and Canada that are required to attain the CE and UL marks. These same products are also RoHS compliant. A new back blow nozzle for small diameters and stainless steel plumbing kits for Super Air Knives have also been added.
EXAIR products help companies conserve compressed air, reduce dangerous noise levels and eliminate harmful dead end pressures. Detailed technical explanations, performance data, application photos and dimensional drawings are provided for each product. A price list is also included.

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/cat29.htm

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Delcam to host USA User Group Tour to Launch PartMaker 2016

Delcam’s PartMaker Division will host a series of User Group Meetings around the USA in the coming three months to launch PartMaker 2016.  The program at each event will feature comprehensive technical sessions on the new features of PartMaker 2016, including over fifty additional new features and enhancements, making it most significant release of the product to date.

The event dates and locations are as follows:
February 24 – Memphis, Tennessee
March 18 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
April 1 – Chicago, Illinois
April 1 – Cleveland, Ohio
April 1 – New England
April 8 – Los Angeles, California
April 8 – Minneapolis, Minnesota
April 8 – Buffalo, New York
April 21 – Indianapolis, Indiana
The full agenda, booking form and details including exact location for each event can be found at www.partmaker.com/2016usergroup

At each meeting, PartMaker product specialists will discuss the latest developments in PartMaker and will be on hand to answer any technical questions.  They will also discuss the future of PartMaker’s development efforts and to listen to delegates’ input for incorporation into future versions.

A complimentary catered breakfast and lunch buffet will be provided to all registered attendees.  Attendees will also have the opportunity to race the PartMaker staff at each venue’s indoor karting track.  The Indianapolis event will feature a tour of the fabled Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Major highlights of PartMaker 2016 include the most powerful 2 ½ axis milling machining strategies found on the CAM market today, support for the import of multiple solid models into a single PartMaker CAM project file, specialist support for broaching, faster 2D CAD drafting and tool path selection and much, much more.

Full details on the 2016 release, with videos demonstrating the new functionality, can be seen at www.delcam.tv/pmk2016/lz.

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Okuma Customer Precision Products Reduces Scrapped Parts with Custom Machine Tool App

Precision Products, Adam Kauger and Tim Kauger

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (February 10, 2016) – Okuma customer Precision Products, a manufacturer of precision machined parts for firearms manufacturers and various industries, has written a machine tool app that streamlines their cutting operations, while reducing operator error and scrapped parts.

Precision Products, a Licensed Firearms Manufacturer, machines more than 300 variations of shotgun parts. To manage such a large number of variations in cutting, they customized the functionality of the Okuma control on their LT2000 EX twin spindle turning center with a machine tool app that displays easy, touch screen selections to program parts. This new app minimizes the chance of operator error, reduces training time and increases shop floor efficiency by simplifying CNC machining complexities.

The open architecture of Okuma’s OSP-P control allows users to customize operations to suit their unique machining needs. Adam Kauger, Project Manager, Precision Products, has no formal app development experience but was able to learn the skills required with some online training. Okuma supplied the API (application programming interface) to Kauger who then wrote the machine tool app. He allowed for numerous variations (such as different restriction sizes that get updated for each part), by writing macros for subprograms. “I really believe in the benefit of being able to get the API’s and write our own apps. Now I see how much you can do with an Okuma,” says Adam.

Precision’s custom machine tool app has given them the ability to simplify operations and maximize efficiency in addition to ensuring the quality and precision of their parts. “It’s a big time saver and also minimizes costly errors,” says Tim Kauger, Precision’s owner.

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/. For more information on Precision Products and other Okuma Testimonials visit http://www.okuma.com/testimonials.

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, and spindle all manufactured by Okuma. The company also designs their own CNC controls to integrate seamlessly with each machine tool’s functionality. In 2014 Okuma launched the Okuma App Store, the industry’s only centralized online marketplace for machine tool apps and related content. Along with its extensive distribution network (largest in the Americas), and Partners in THINC, Okuma is committed to helping users gain competitive advantage through the open possibilities of machine tools, today and into the future. For more information, visit www.okuma.com or follow us on Facebook or Twitter @OkumaAmerica.

Precision Products
Precision Products Machine & Fab., Inc. was founded in 1990 and is located in Hazlehurst, Georgia. They specialize in manufacturing precision-machined parts. Backed by state-of-the-art CAD/CAM software, capabilities include CNC and conventional machining, some of which includes robotic work cells. Precision Products actively enforces a Quality Assurance Program to ensure the production of the highest quality products possible and to ensure continual process improvement. They take pride in providing competitive prices, quality products, unbeatable customer service, and strict confidentiality with customers. For more information visit www.precisionpro.com.

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Tsugami/Rem Sales to Demonstrate LaserSwiss Machine at MD&M West Show

[Windsor, CT- January 8, 2016]
Tsugami/Rem Sales, the exclusive North American importer of Precision Tsugami machine tools, announced today that it will demonstrate its S206 LaserSwiss machine at the MD&M West show in Anaheim, CA in February.

This will be the first time the company has demonstrated the Tsugami S206-II with IMG 400LS Laser Cutting System at this show. The “LaserSwiss” combines 6-axis Swiss machining with laser cutting on one machine, allowing manufacturers to perform Swiss turning and laser cutting operations with one setup. All operations are programmed and driven from the machine’s Fanuc 32i-B control. The nozzle standoff adjustment is NC controlled, and the laser’s frequency, pulse width, focus and power are all adjustable ‘on the fly.’

“This machine is ideal for medical manufacturing,” Tsugami/Rem Sales Vice President Mike Mugno said, “and it’s changing the way small, tubular parts are made. Our customers have replaced two machines with one, eliminated the need for multiple part setups, and significantly reduced part production time.”

Tsugami/Rem Sales will also demonstrate the B0205 5-axis CNC Swiss Turn at the show. The 20 mm 5-axis Swiss Turn is convertible, meaning it can be run as a traditional sliding headstock machine with a guide bushing or as chucker without the guide bushing.

“The chucker conversion option provides distinct advantages,” Mugno said. “It allows operators to machine parts from bar stock, rather than centerless ground stock, and results in shorter remnants. This flexibility reduces manufacturer’s part production costs.” The B0205 has an electronic servo-driven guide bushing and 21 tool positions.

To see live cutting demos of these machines at MD&M West, visit the Tsugami/Rem Sales booth, #667. The show runs February 9-11 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA.

Local manufacturers unable to attend the show are invited to schedule private machine tool demonstrations at the new Tsugami Technical Center in Fullerton, CA, or at Tsugami/Rem Sales’ distribution partner Ellison Technologies’ California facilities in Santa Fe Springs and Freemont.

About Tsugami/Rem Sales

Tsugami/Rem Sales (www.remsales.com) has been the exclusive North American importer of Precision Tsugami machine tools since 1978. A division of Morris Group, Inc. of Windsor, Connecticut, Rem Sales sells new Tsugami machine tools via national distribution channels and direct sales agents. The company also provides application engineering, service and customer training.

About Ellison Technologies

Ellison Technologies (www.ellisontechnologies.com) is the largest machine tool integrator in North America, representing 70% of the metal cutting market. With 16 locations across the U.S., Ellison is committed to the survival and growth of the manufacturing industry. In addition to distributing the latest CNC machine tool technology, Ellison provides engineering solutions, service and parts support, turnkey solutions, robotic automation and machine financing.

 

 

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