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Larger 303SS Air Conveyor Converts Standard Pipe to Convey in Corrosive Environments

EXAIR’s new Type 303 Stainless Steel 2-1/2 NPT Threaded Line Vac Air Operated Conveyors convert ordinary pipe into a powerful conveying system for parts, scrap, trim and other bulk materials. They are ideal for food, chemical, pharmaceutical and medical processes or areas likely to be wet and corrosive which require the benefits of 303SS including excellent chemical and corrosion resistance, performance in higher temperatures, long service life and low maintenance. Their larger size makes them perfect for conveying bigger parts and large volumes of material over long distances. The Threaded Line Vac is designed to attach to standard plumbing pipe couplers, making it easy to build a complete system using common pipe and fittings that are readily available.

Threaded Line Vac Conveyors eject a small amount of compressed air to produce a vacuum on one end with high output flows on the other. Response is instantaneous and regulating the compressed air pressure provides infinite control of the conveying rate. Applications include scrap trim removal, material conveying, part transfer, fiber tensioning and filling operations.

2-1/2 NPT 303SS Threaded Line Vacs are CE compliant and meet OSHA pressure requirements. The complete size range is 3/8 NPT through 3 NPT. Threaded Line Vac models are also available in type 316 stainless steel for even more demanding high temperature, corrosive and hygienic environments. See EXAIR for the large variety of Air Operated Conveyors available including Light Duty, Standard, Threaded, Heavy Duty and Sanitary Flange. 303SS Threaded Line Vac prices start at $327.00.

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MC Machinery welcomes Regional Sales Representative to the team

Chicago, IL – MC Machinery is excited to announce Mark Kauffman has joined the team as a Regional Sales Representative for Southern California, Nevada, and New Mexico. Kauffman will utilize his industry expertise to increase product sales and customer satisfaction.

With over 30 years of experience in the metal fabrication industry, Kauffman is an accomplished member of the industry in many aspects. His experience includes engineering, quality control, production and facility management, manufacturing, and sales.

“I am excited to work alongside the MC Machinery team,” Kaufmann said. “I look forward to developing and providing customer-based solutions.”

For more information visit www.mcmachinery.com.

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MC Machinery Systems’ superior products are backed by industry-leading service and support. For more information about Laser, Press Brake, Wire EDMSinker EDMMillingHigh-Speed VMCTurningAutomation or Consumable Products, contact MC Machinery Systems, Inc., 85 NW Point Blvd, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007, Phone: 630-616-5920 or visit www.mcmachinery.com.

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New hyperMILL® 2020.1 CAD/CAM Suite Offers 3D and 5-Axis Machining Enhancements, New Automation, Additive Manufacturing Strategies and More

NEEDHAM, MA U.S.A. (February 12, 2020) – OPEN MIND Technologies AG, a leading developer of CAD/CAM software solutions worldwide, has introduced hyperMILL® 2020.1, a new version of its advanced, comprehensive CAD/CAM software suite. In addition to powerful 3D and 5-Axis Machining enhancements for complex part manufacture, the new version increases ease-of-use and overall programming performance, and includes key new automation and additive manufacturing strategies.

“The new version of hyperMILL® encompasses a wide range of user friendly enhancements and important new machining strategies, further advancing the capabilities for accurate, efficient 3D and 5-Axis machining,” said Mr. Alan Levine, Managing Director of OPEN MIND Technologies USA, Inc. “We are also very pleased to reinforce our commitment to additive manufacturing and automation in hyperMILL®  2020.1.”

For highly productive rest material machining, hyperMILL®  2020.1 offers new Corner Rest Machining strategies for 3D and 5-axis techniques that provide significant benefits in complex machining applications including mold and die. Enabled by a simple instruction, corners can be machined largely by vertical stroking motions. Then traditional z-level steps can be used to blend with the vertical section and the lower floor area. The top section has an automatic surface extension to enable the production of sharp edges.

hyperMILL®  2020.1 features a new 5-Axis Blade Tangent Milling strategy which increases efficiency and improves surface quality when milling with conical barrel cutters that have a large primary angle. As a result, higher feed rates are possible, while avoiding center-cutting. Large stepovers provide an excellent surface finish. 

Programming is simplified within the Mill-Turn module by a new Automatic Contour Feature Splitting capability, enabling hyperMILL® to automatically determine the area to be machined based on the turning contour. The grooving job will automatically recognize if a contour is a groove, making it faster and easier to program certain areas.

A new hyperMILL® Automation Center allows users to automate the job list creation processes in hyperCAD® -S, serving as both a development and runtime environment. New features also include the ability to select and position the clamping device, as well as define a uniform process for all programmers. 

The powerful ADDITIVE Manufacturing  process in hyperMILL® CAM software supports 3D printing/ additive processes and provides efficient hybrid processing with simultaneous additive manufacturing and subtractive machining on one machine tool. hyperMILL® ADDITIVE Manufacturing technology offers flexible strategies for additive material applications, including filling strategies for both planes and free-form shapes, and in 2D and 3D sections. Applications also include hybrid machining to fix damaged parts and additive machining of an existing component.

Improving probing, new hyperMILL® CAM software includes Slot-Rib Probing to measure slots and ribs using familiar technology parameters. For high stock removal rates, 3D machining strategies in hyperMILL®  2020.1 now include 3D Optimized Roughing in high-performance hyperMILL® MAXX Machining mode. The roughing process also offers improved area sorting, resulting in fewer retractions and improved collision checking. In addition, two new user-friendly functions are now available in 3D Profile Finishing including automatic face extension and free tool geometry. Automatic face extension can be used during programming to extend the circumference of selected milling surfaces, eliminating the need to modify the milling faces in the CAD system beforehand. Free tool geometry enables the use of any tool type for highly detailed programming and collision control. 

Click here to read more details about hyperMILL® 2020.1.

About OPEN MIND Technologies AG

Headquartered in Germany, OPEN MIND is one of the world’s leading developers of powerful CAD/CAM solutions for machine and controller-independent programming. The company develops optimized CAD/CAM solutions that include many innovative features unavailable elsewhere, to deliver significantly higher performance in both programming and machining. Strategies such as 2.5D, 3D, as well as 5-axis milling, mill/ turning, and machining operations such as HSC and HPC, are efficiently designed into the hyperMILL® CAM system, providing maximum user benefit and compatibility with all current CAD solutions and extensive programming automation. OPEN MIND strives to be the best, most innovative CAD/CAM developer in the world, and has earned the top five ranking in the CAD/CAM industry according to the 2018 NC Market Analysis Report by CIMdata. OPEN MIND CAD/CAM solutions meet and exceed the requirements of the most demanding industries such as automotive, tool and mold manufacturing, production machining, medical, job shops, energy and aerospace industries, and is represented in all key markets of Asia, Europe and the Americas. OPEN MIND is a Mensch und Maschine Company. http://www.mum.de/  For more information visit www.openmind-tech.com.

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VELO3D and Honeywell Aerospace Enter Partnership to Qualify VELO3D’s Sapphire™ Metal 3D Printer for Production of Aircraft Components

CAMPBELL, California Feb 11, 2020—VELO3D and Honeywell Aerospace, a leading user of Additive Manufacturing (AM) technologies with extensive knowledge across various platforms and applications, have announced a partnership to qualify VELO3D’s Sapphire system as a viable manufacturing platform for 3D print production of aircraft components.
The Sapphire system was selected for its unique capabilities for building highly complex geometries without the requirement of support structures. This enables customers to benefit from substantial time, cost and quality improvements.
The VELO3D Sapphire system will be in Honeywell Aerospace’s Phoenix facility. The qualification process is underway and is focused on INCONEL, a nickel-based super alloy well suited for extreme temperatures. VELO3D will provide their expertise in developing suitable parameter sets for Honeywell Aerospace to complete material qualification utilizing the Sapphire system to achieve optimal material properties. The qualification process is anticipated to be complete by the third quarter of this year.
“We are qualifying VELO3D’s Sapphire system with the aim of printing geometries that can’t be fabricated on existing 3D metal printers. Their technology will help Honeywell develop new production-part applications while also meeting our material requirements for qualification,” said Dr. Söeren Wiener, senior director of technology and advanced operations for Honeywell Aerospace. “We intend to qualify this equipment through repeatability testing in our production environment, including build and post-processing, to generate an acceptable set of material property data and qualification of flight hardware.”
“The geometric enablement we are able to offer customers like Honeywell Aerospace allows them to print what used to be ‘impossible parts’ and, yet, do it with a strong business case of improved cost and better quality,” says Benny Buller, founder and CEO of VELO3D. “We are excited to partner with Honeywell to demonstrate that 3D metal printing is a viable production manufacturing method for a wider range of end-use applications.”
About VELO3D
VELO3D empowers companies to manufacture anything. By bringing together innovations in software, hardware, and process control, VELO3D created the industry’s first SupportFree solution for 3D metal printing, enabling unlimited design innovation by reducing the need for support structures in metal additive manufacturing. The company’s Sapphire System is built with a semiconductor mindset on quality assurance, ensuring repeatability and dependability throughout serial manufacturing. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, VELO3D helps companies deliver immediate business impact by making the impossible, possible. To learn more, please visit www.velo3D.com.
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VELO3D
Joyce Yeung
joyce.yeung@VELO3D.com
972.914.8732

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How The IoT Will Change CNC Machining

An article by Marc Kavinsky, Editor at IoT Business News.

 

As various industries become more accustomed to the idea of mass, precision manufacturing, CNC machining* is gaining more prominence. Already an incredibly advanced process, it seems to be improving on a fairly constant basis, with methods becoming more exact and better able to handle a wider range of materials. It’s in part for this reason that, as another article here on our site pointed out, machine tools (including the likes of 3D printers, CNC machines, etc.) are expected to grow in revenues to $134 billion by 2030. And frankly, it wouldn’t be altogether surprising if that number turned out to be a low estimate.

As to what specifically will cause revenue growth for CNC machining, there are a few factors to consider. First and foremost is simple, natural expansion of interest and use. It stands to reason that as more businesses emerge, and more positive use cases of this type of machining become known, its applications will compound. Additionally there’s the increasing versatility of CNC machining to consider. As Fictiv makes clear in a helpful, overarching look at CNC machining, this is no longer a single process, but rather a type of manufacturing that can be conducted in numerous ways according to need: three-, four-, and five-axis machining, milling, turning, and gear hobbing, and so on, all capable of shaping a variety of plastics, metals, and other materials. This versatility should also lead to more use in the coming years.

Maybe more than anything else though, it will be the expanding and improving Internet of Things that will propel CNC machining toward greater revenues and more widespread utility. The IoT stands to revolutionize many manufacturing practices, in fact, as it further connects and digitizes our factories. But a few potential benefits stand out specifically as potential drivers of CNC machining growth:

Product Quality Control – With the IoT working in conjunction with CNC machining efforts, companies have the ability to outfit each and every part produced with a tiny sensor that connects it to a larger network. This makes it easier not only to track the products throughout any subsequent shipping and assembly efforts, but also to recognize and address production errors. If sensors detect a defect, the machining process can be halted if necessary until it’s sorted out.

Preventative Maintenance – Preventative maintenance is one of the most commonly cited benefits of the IoT in manufacturing, and it’s certainly a factor where CNC machining is concerned as well. As Particle put it, the IoT allows for real-time, remote condition monitoring – not only of products, as described above, but of the machines themselves. With CNC machining mechanisms essentially left alone to produce orders, IoT-connected sensors can make sure that they’re doing so adequately, alert management to any issues, and even give advance notice of any general maintenance or upkeep needs.

Automated Labor – This is a fairly large point that could make for a whole topic of conversation unto itself, but it’s also important to mention that the IoT stands to enable other robotic systems to work alongside CNC machining. Consider, for instance, something as simple as organizing products once they’re created. Right now this is more or less considered a human task, but with the IoT allowing various machines and systems to communicate with one another, we can also see this sorting and organization fully automated. This can reduce labor costs for one thing, but also prevent workplace injuries.

Given these benefits, and the positive impact they can have on related industries, we fully expect the IoT to play an ever larger role in driving CNC machining and other advance manufacturing processes forward.

You can read the full article at https://www.fictiv.com/cnc-machining-service.

 

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30 Manufacturing Conferences to Attend in 2020

Conferences are a great way for you and your team to network with others, demo exciting new technologies, learn about topics that interest you, and gain valuable insights from industry experts. Thankfully, there’s no shortage of events happening in 2020! Here are 30 conferences happening throughout North America that you can attend.

Which Event Is Right For You?

Manufacturing is evolving quickly; in order to compete in today’s global economy, manufacturing leaders need to stay on the cutting edge. Hopefully, one of the conferences on this list has piqued your attention; make plans to attend, or send a member of your team, and check out one of our recent stories, How a Good Networking Strategy Can Grow Your Business to prepare for the event.

Another great way to network and recruit? By participating in Manufacturing Day. This year, MFG Day will kick-off on October 2, with manufacturers across the country opening their doors to students, educators, elected officials, and the media to spread the word about the importance of manufacturing, the benefits it brings to our nation, and exciting career opportunities within the industry. Learn more about MFG Day here.

READ THE FULL LIST AT CMTC.COM

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Mazak showcases machining centre with ‘world’s fastest CNC’

Mazak has demonstrated a new machining centre which it says has the “world’s fastest CNC”.

Mazak says its Integrex i-400S Multi-Tasking machining centre at the upcoming Autosport Engineering and Southern Manufacturing 2019 exhibitions.

The i-400S features a large 1500mm machining bed with a completely new design offering higher performance machining and greater workpiece capacity than any other multi-tasking machines in its size range.

At the heart of the machine is an 30 kW 3,300 rpm main spindle, supported by a powerful 26kW 4,000 rpm second spindle, which combine to deliver high-speed, high-accuracy machining of medium to large workpieces up to Ø658 mm and 1,519 mm in length.

The Integrex i-400S is equipped with SmoothX, the world’s fastest CNC, which not only contributes to improved cycle times, but can also reduce programming and set-up times to provide unsurpassed productivity.

Alan Mucklow, managing director UK and Ireland sales division at Yamazaki Mazak, says: “The Integrex i-400S combines the capabilities of a high-powered turning center and full-function machining centre to produce a wide range of complex parts, from fully prismatic to round or highly contoured parts, in one single set-up.

“The integrated second spindle also reduces the amount of non-cutting time and set-up times, further improving productivity.

“This ensures the i-400S can be used across small batch, prototype work, in addition to volume production, to deliver outstanding productivity and performance above and beyond any other machine in its size range.”

On Southern Manufacturing, Mucklow added: “Subcontract manufacturing provides the supply chain backbone for so many sectors of UK industry.

“With an increasing number of subcontractors diversifying their sector mix in recent years, the need for machine tools that can adapt to a variety of different applications, materials and batch sizes has never been greater.

“The i-400S is tailor-made for this audience, and we are very much looking forward to showcasing it to the UK’s subcontract manufacturing base at Southern Manufacturing.”

On Autosport Engineering, Mucklow says: “Given the UK’s manufacturing pedigree in the motorsport industry, Autosport Engineering is always one of the highlights of the machining year.

“The Integrex i-400S is an exceptional machine, perfectly suited to autosport and automotive applications, and equally adept at small batch and prototype work, or in volume production roles.”

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FANUC’s New CRX-10iA Robot Raises the Bar in Collaborative Technology

ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– FANUC, the world’s leading supplier of factory automation, robotics, ROBOMACHINEs and Industrial IoT solutions has introduced the new CRX-10iA and CRX-10iA/L (long arm version) collaborative robots that set new standards in terms of ease of use, reliability and safety. FANUC debuted the new collaborative robots at the 2019 INTERNATIONAL ROBOT EXHIBITION, Dec. 18-21 in Tokyo.

FANUC offers the widest range of collaborative robots that can handle products from 4-35kg. The new 10kg payload CRX-10iA and CRX-10iA/L provide a reach of 1249mm and 1418mm respectively. Like the entire family of collaborative robots, the CRX-10iA and CRX-10iA/L are designed with FANUC’s world-renowned technology, proven reliability and sensitive contact detection that allows them to work safely alongside people in a variety of industrial and manufacturing jobs.

FANUC’s new CRX-10iA and CRX-10iA/L collaborative robots offer customers unique advantages including:

Safety

  • Safety rated contact stop detection like all FANUC collaborative robots.

Easy Installation

  • Customers – even those with no experience using a robot – can set up the new collaborative robots straight out of the box.
  • Ergonomic design includes a lightweight and compact arm that fits in virtually any floor space configuration.

Extremely Easy to Program and Use

  • A compact R-30iB Plus Mini Controller.
  • Lead-though teach programming and a new tablet interface with icons for touch control – no programming knowledge required.
  • The CRX-10iA/L arm’s swing motion makes it easy to access/grab parts located behind the robot.
  • Easily connects with third-party grippers.
  • Supports FANUC’s intelligent features such as integrated iRVision® and iRPickTool software.

Ultimate Reliability

  • FANUC’s new collaborative robots offer the same world-renowned technology and proven reliability that customers expect from FANUC.

The new CRX-10iA and CRX-10iA/L collaborative robots will be available in Q2 2020. For more information visit fanucamerica.com/CRX.

About FANUC CORPORATION

FANUC CORPORATION, headquartered at the foot of Mt. Fuji, Japan, is the global leader and the most innovative manufacturer of Factory Automation, Robots and ROBOMACHINEs in the world. Since its inception in 1956, FANUC has contributed to the automation of machine tools as a pioneer in the development of computer numerical control equipment. FANUC technology has been a leading force in a worldwide manufacturing revolution, which evolved from the automation of a single machine to the automation of entire production lines. For more information visit: http://www.fanuc.co.jp/eindex.htm.

About FANUC America Corporation

FANUC America Corporation is a subsidiary of FANUC CORPORATION in Japan. FANUC’s innovative automation technologies and proven expertise help manufacturers in the Americas maximize productivity, reliability and profitability.

FANUC embraces a culture of “Service First” which means that customer service is our highest priority. We are committed to supplying our customers with parts and support for the life of their FANUC products.

FANUC America is headquartered at 3900 W. Hamlin Road, Rochester Hills, MI 48309, and has facilities in: Auburn Hills, MI; Atlanta; Boston; Charlotte; Chicago; Cincinnati; Cleveland; Houston; Huntington Beach, CA; Los Angeles; Minneapolis; Montreal; Pine Brook, NJ; Pontiac, MI; Birmingham, AL; San Francisco; Seattle; Toronto; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Sao Paulo, and Manaus, Brazil; and Aguascalientes, Monterrey, and Queretaro, Mexico. For more information, please call: 888-FANUC-US (888-326-8287) or visit our website: www.fanucamerica.com . Also, connect with us on YouTubeTwitterFacebookLinkedIn and Instagram.

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Increasing Demand from Automotive, Construction, & Manufacturing Industry Across all the Regions to Drive the Demand for Industrial Fasteners: TMR Study

According to a new market report, the global industrial fasteners market is expected to reach a value of US$ 104.94 Bn by 2026. In terms of value, the market is estimated to expand at a CAGR of 2.2% during the forecast period from 2018 to 2026. In terms of volume, the market stood at around 26.7 million metric tons in 2017. The Asia Pacific industrial fasteners market is projected to have the highest growth during the forecast period in terms of value (US$ Mn). The market witnessed considerable growth in this region due to increased growth in construction, automotive, and manufacturing industries, leading to positive growth in the industrial fasteners market.

The industrial fasteners market is influenced by market dynamics with the prime driving factor of increasing fasteners demand from the construction industry. In terms of commodity, the screws segment is anticipated to gain the largest share with total value of US$ 21.30 Bn by 2026 at a CAGR of 1.6% annually. In terms of application, the global figures for automotive OEM segment are anticipated to be valued at US$ 30.67 Bn by 2026 at a CAGR of 2.6%. However, fluctuating prices of raw materials such as steel, copper, and aluminum have impacted the margins of manufacturers and is one of the major challenges restraining the growth of the industrial fasteners market.

The bolt and nut segment is expected to expand at a CAGR of 2.6% and 2.9% respectively in terms of value over the forecast period due to their increasing applications in the automotive and construction industry. Furthermore, growing manufacturing of medium commercial vehicles, light commercial vehicles, heavy earth moving equipment, textile machinery, machine tools, aircrafts, and utility vehicles have led to the enhanced growth of the fasteners as their sub or main assembly part. The market for industrial fasteners is fragmented in nature and is characterized by large competition with small and large players in the industry competing to maintain their respective positions. High tensile fasteners are majorly utilized in engineering applications which include industrial, automotive, and various other sectors.

The top companies considered while studying this report for the global industrial fasteners market are Acument Global Technologies Inc., Arconic Inc., Bulten AB, STANLEY Engineered Fastening, Fortana Group, Hilti Corporation, LISI Group, MacLean-Fogg Company, MISUMI Group Inc., Nifco Inc., Precision Castparts Corp., The SFS Group, A&G Fasteners, SA Fasteners, etc.

These insights are based on a report on Industrial Fasteners Market by Transparency Market Research.

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Join a Community of Makers at ESPRIT World: June 8–12 in Las Vegas

Camarillo, CA (December 11, 2019): DP Technology, the parent company of CAM system ESPRIT, announces the 2020 dates for its popular annual conference. ESPRIT World 2020 will be held from June 8-12 in Las Vegas–the location of the company’s first conference in 2003.

In 2020, DP Technology is taking a “back-to-basics” approach to the event. By focusing more on client training, DP Technology aims to refocus their meeting to emphasize hands-on software training with ESPRIT engineers. “Our very first conference was also held in Las Vegas back in 2003. As we revisit the city 17 years later, it seems fitting that we return to our origins and focus on the face time and interactivity that made us successful,” says Paul Ricard, co-founder and president of DP Technology.

While ESPRIT World 2020, held at Las Vegas’s iconic Flamingo Hotel, will include a number of engaging speakers, the primary focus will be on product training and education. DP Technology offers multiple training tracks to attendees, ensuring machinists and specialists of all industries and skill levels can benefit from attendance. Classes, workshops, and 1-1 sessions led by ESPRIT engineers offer attendees unique opportunities to explore the software’s capabilities as it relates to their own industries—whether aerospace, automotive, medical, energy, or any other industry that requires the extensive abilities of ESPRIT’s world-class software.

In addition to speakers and in-person training, attendees can anticipate favorite events like sports night and a “secret” special nighttime event, the details of which remain under wraps until the last minute.

“ESPRIT World is the highlight of our year. We’re pulling out all the stops in 2020 to ensure attendees enjoy the perfect balance of intensive training, up-to-the-minute education, valuable networking, and fun. It’s going to be a great event that we’re already excited about,” says Ricard.

To be notified when registration for ESPRIT World is open, visit http://www.espritworld.com/. For additional information about DP Technology and ESPRIT, call +1 805 388 6000, email esprit@dptechnology.com, or visit www.espritcam.com.

About ESPRIT

ESPRIT® is a powerful CAM system for CNC programming, optimization and simulation — supporting the entire manufacturing process. With factory-certified post processors delivering machine-optimized G-code and ESPRIT’s ability to solve unique challenges with automation solutions, ESPRIT is the smart manufacturing solution for any machining application. With world-class technical support, ESPRIT empowers you to get started quickly and keep running at top efficiency. ESPRIT is the only CAM system you’ll ever need.

About DP Technology Corp. 

DP Technology Corp. is a leading developer and supplier of computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) software. ESPRIT®, DP Technology’s flagship product, is a powerful, high-performance, full-spectrum programming system for milling, turning, wire EDM, multi-tasking machine tools and metal additive manufacturing. ESPRIT and its support personnel embody DP Technology’s passion for excellence and vision of technology’s potential.

DP Technology reinforces its commitment to technical excellence by dedicating nearly 20 percent of its annual revenue to ongoing research and product development. This long-term focus has produced powerful technological innovations that have placed ESPRIT in an industry-leading position since its market launch in 1985.

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