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EXAIR’s Efficiency Lab Tests and Compares Blowoff Products

EXAIR’s Efficiency Lab has been designed to help companies evaluate the efficiency of their current blowoff products such as air nozzles, air knives and air guns. Companies can ship these items to EXAIR where one of our qualified engineers will perform tests using calibrated, NIST traceable testing equipment. The performance of the supplied product (air consumption, effectiveness, noise levels and efficiency) will be compared to that of the appropriate EXAIR Intelligent Compressed Air® product. The results will be published in a comprehensive report that includes a cost savings analysis. There is no charge for this service (available to customers in U.S. and Canada only). EXAIR will pay the return shipping via UPS ground upon returning your product(s).

EXAIR Corporation manufactures compressed air products that can help improve blowoff efficiency, save money and solve process problems. Installation of an EXAIR product will typically pay for itself in a matter of weeks. All of EXAIR’s blowoff products are CE compliant and meet OSHA standards for pressure and noise exposure.

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/efflab.htm

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Universal Robots – Manufacturer of world’s first collaborative robot illustrates the history of the “cobot”

Eight years ago, Universal Robots sold the world’s first collaborative robot – long before the term for this emerging robot class was coined. Fast forward to 2016 and the cobot market with an annual 50% growth is now the fastest growing segment of industrial robotics, forecast to hit $3B in global revenue in 2020.


Odense, Denmark, May 17, 2016:
Universal Robots has published a new infographic illustrating the rapid rise of collaborative robots – or cobots. In 2008 the Danish robot manufacturer sold the first industrial robot able to operate safely alongside employees. The company remains the market leader with more cobots sold than all competitors combined.
When Linatex, a Danish supplier of technical plastics and rubber for industrial applications, bought a new UR5 robot to automate CNC machine tending in December 2008, they did something unthinkable; instead of installing the robot behind safety caging, fenced off from people as was the norm for all industrial robots, they deployed it right alongside their employees. Instead of bringing in external programmers mastering complex scripting, Linatex was able to program the robot on their own through a touch screen with no prior programming experience.

The UR5 robot launched Universal Robots as a new significant player in industrial automation, blazing the trail through new territory by specifically targeting the small-to medium sized manufacturers that viewed robotics as too costly and complex.  With more than 8,400 cobots now installed in over 55 countries worldwide, the company has successfully addressed a market in need of a user-friendly, flexible robot that can work side-by-side with employees while delivering a fast ROI.

Along the way, the revolutionary UR robots have overcome significant skepticism. Travis Hessman, Editor-in-Chief with Industrial Equipment News recounts in his article, Robots, Cobots & The American Dream how he first experienced the UR robots as they became the first cobots to enter the U.S. market in 2012:

“The Danish startup’s bots were a bit of an oddity at the time. They ran without the cages and barriers of traditional robots, in fact waving their arms through pre-programmed dances right over the heads of visitors. The UR staff drew crowds and shocked gasps by letting the robots run right into them on purpose.

No one quite knew what to think of them. There wasn’t even a name for this kind of robot yet…No one thought it would last… And absolutely everyone was sure that OSHA would shut them down before they ever got adopted. They were wrong.”

In opening up the market, Universal Robots spurred both larger, established robot manufacturers as well as other robotics startups to start developing and launching cobots. Having a built-in safety system that enables a robot to stop operating if it comes into contact with an employee is now the defining feature of collaborative robots, but CTO and co-founder of Universal Robots, Esben Østergaard, is raising the bar on using the term, expanding it to include user-friendliness, re-deployability, simple set-up and affordability:

“We’ve been the frontrunners of collaborative robotics since the term was invented. While safety is imperative, that’s simply the cost of entry into the cobot market now. We believe that being collaborative is just as much being accessible, lowering the automation barrier by placing robots within reach of manufacturers that never thought they would be able to deploy robots.”

As editor and publisher of The Robot Report, Frank Tobe, concludes when forecasting the cobot market:

“There’s no doubt that the collaborative robot marketplace will be growing exponentially over the next few years – with UR leading the pack – and price, safety, flexibility and ease of programming being the key determinants as to which vendor(s) are chosen.”

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 co-founded in 2005 by the company’s CTO, Esben Østergaard, who wanted to make robot technology accessible to all by developing small, user-friendly, reasonably priced, flexible industrial robots that are safe to work  with and  on their own can be used to  streamline processes in the industry. The product portfolio includes the collaborative UR3, UR5 and UR10 robotic arms named after their payload in kilos. Since the first UR robot launched in December 2008, the company has experienced considerable growth with the user-friendly robots 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 U.S., Spain, Germany, Singapore, Czech Republic, India, and China. Universal Robots has more than 270 employees worldwide. www.universal-robots.com.

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EXAIR’s New Large External Mix Spray Nozzles Coat, Cool, Treat and Paint

EXAIRs new 1/2 NPT large external mix spray nozzles atomize fluids up to 303 gallons per hour. External mix nozzles are great where a high volume of liquid is needed. They can be used on liquids with a viscosity up to 800 cP. Large external mix nozzles are available in a narrow angle flat fan pattern. They combine liquid and compressed air to create a coating of liquid that can be easily adjusted to meet the needs of your application.

With EXAIRs 1/2 NPT large external mix atomizing nozzles, you can coat, cool, treat and paint a variety of products. Used with water, atomizing nozzles are an efficient way to evenly cool hot items in your automated process. Since they are external mix, airflow and liquid flow can be controlled independently which provides the most precise liquid flow.

The stainless steel construction of these atomizing nozzles adds to their durability and corrosion resistance. EXAIR atomizing nozzles are available in 1/4 and 1/2 NPT. A variety of flow patterns and liquid rates are available to meet your needs. Internal mix and siphon fed atomizing nozzles are also available, as well as patented no-drip versions of all atomizing nozzles. All models are adjustable, CE compliant and come with our 5 year Built to Last Warranty. 1/2 NPT External Mix price is $642. Prices for all atomizing nozzles start at $186.

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/lgextmix.htm

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Okuma Donates CNC Machines to Central Piedmont Community College

Machine tools enable students to gain valuable machining experience and the skill set needed to enter the workforce.  

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (June 13, 2016) – Okuma America Corporation announces the donation of a MC-V4020 CNC vertical machining center and an ES-L8II CNC Lathe to the engineering technology programs at Central Piedmont Community College, Charlotte, North Carolina. Okuma and CPCC dignitaries attended the formal announcement ceremony Tuesday, June 7, at the Advanced Technology Center on the CPCC campus.

“The lack of skilled labor is one of the biggest threats to the manufacturing industry. We’re excited to partner with CPCC in educating and training the next generation of operators, machinists, and programmers,” said Jim King, Okuma America president and COO.

The generous gift of this equipment supports Okuma’s and CPCC’s efforts to give students hands-on machining experience, manufacturing knowledge, skills and practical experiences necessary to pursue careers in today’s high technology industries.

Several key manufacturers have recently opened facilities in North & South Carolina that require skilled labor. This trend supports the important work of CPCC to prepare individuals for rewarding careers in the manufacturing field. “Teaching students with the Okuma machines creates a machining graduate with a more diversified set of machining skills. This set of skills appeals to a larger portion of employers, making our graduates highly valued. Okuma’s generosity is a great benefit to our students,” said Mike Hogan, CPCC associate dean of STEM programs.

Okuma and CPCC share a long standing relationship dating back to the early 1980s. For more information on Okuma machine tools visit http://www.okuma.com/cnc-machine-tool-lineup.

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.

About Central Piedmont Community College
Central Piedmont Community College is one of the largest community colleges in the Carolinas, offering nearly 300 degree, diploma and certification programs; customized corporate training; market-focused continuing education; and special interest classes. CPCC is academically, financially and geographically accessible to all citizens of Mecklenburg County. CPCC responds to the workforce and technology needs of local employers and job seekers through innovative educational and training strategies. Established in 1963, CPCC has provided more than 50 years of service to Mecklenburg County residents, business and industry. For more information, see www.cpcc.edu. Connect with the college on social media at www.cpcc.edu/social.

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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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