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FANUC, at Annual Open House, Displays Collaborative Robot

OSHINO, Japan – FANUC Corp. last week used its annual open house to display the production version of its collaborative robot – where man and machine work together instead of the robot being fenced off -- as the Japanese company moves into the market with a model that can lift more weight. The CR-35iA has a payload of 35 kg (77-lb).

Viewpoints Blog

Viewpoints: Is Your Metrologist Really Certified to Drive?

The shop floor is buzzing as everyone scurries to wrap up their activities for the end of the shift. Everyone that is, except for you and your team. You are getting ready to suit up and go full throttle. Your lane is open and you have exactly 8 hours to make it to the finish line. Only you are not looking for the checkered flag. 


Precise Noncontact Metrology Expands in Aerospace

The long-term forecast for commercial aircraft is rosy. Boeing predicts more than 36,000 new planes will take to the skies over the next 20 years. Airbus is only slightly less optimistic, predicting over 31,000 in the same period. Those forecasts mean new challenges, as well as opportunities, for those who make a high volume of planes and their parts.

Controls & Software

Meghan Summers-West Named President of CNC Software, Inc.

Meghan Summers-West has been appointed president of CNC Software, Inc., the developer of Mastercam® CAD/CAM programming software for CNC machine tools. Former president, now chairman, Mark Summers made the announcement to all 139 employees on Thursday, April 2 at the company’s headquarters in Tolland, Connecticut. Its educational division staff located in Gig Harbor, Washington, participated in the celebratory announcement via teleconference.


AERODEF 2015: Getting Aero Performance at Auto Efficiency

In his Keynote Address at AERODEF 2015 in Dallas, Michael Maher, Program Manager, Defense Sciences Office, DARPA, described how the US Dept. of Defense and the auto industry have necessarily had different approaches to light weighting and composites use—but finds common ground.

Event Coverage

Liebherr Announces 2015 Gear Seminar

Liebherr Gear Technology has announced it 2015 Gear Seminar, June 23-24, co-hosted by Ingersoll Cutting Tools at the ITC Technical Center, Rockford, Illinois. Technical presentations of the latest developments in gear cutting and inspection technology will be made by experts from Liebherr Gear Technology, Liebherr Automation Systems, Ingersoll Cutting Tools, Saacke Group, and the Wenzel Group.

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