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Smart Software to Fuel New Digital Factories

Patrick Waurzyniak Senior Editor


To make the vision of the smart, connected factory happen, manufacturers need to adopt new ways of thinking, employing highly connected machines with newer, more intelligent software. With the confluence of new technologies for the smart factory, manufacturers aim to take full advantage of connected machines with the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) to capture the Big Data coming off the factory floor, in real time, with new data analytics and software modeling systems. Full Article

Laser Versatility Marks Technology’s Growth

Senior Editor Jim Lorincz


It has been more than 50 years since Goldfinger’s “more practical toy”—an industrial laser—threatened Sean Connery’s James Bond as he was strapped to a table of faux gold. A little trickeration freed the fast-thinking Bond, but it has been the magic of the laser, then just in its infancy, that would make it a versatile manufacturing process. CO2 laser technology has proven itself to be a workhorse, especially for cutting medium-to-thick sheet and plate for industries including automotive, appliance, office furniture, general manufacturing, and job shops. Full Article

ABB's Largest Ever Robot is 25% Faster Than Competitor Robots in High Payload Range

Press Release - ABB Inc.


AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (November 17, 2015) – ABB has introduced its highest payload, multipurpose industrial robot, the IRB 8700. The robot has a reach of 3.5 meters and is capable of handling a payload of up to 800 kg (1000 kg with the wrist down; 630 kg with LeanID). Designed for the ultimate in uptime, reliability and reduced maintenance, the IRB 8700 provides the lowest total cost of ownership among competitor high payload robot models. The new robot is targeted for material handling applications in the automotive, transportation and other heavy industries. Full Article

Hydromat Oktoberfest Is a Success; Introduces New EPIC GEN II Platform and Shows ICON Technologies Product Line

Press Release - Hydromat


Hydromat Inc. held its biennial Oktoberfest celebration at its St. Louis, MO campus on October 21st through the 23rd. The event was very well attended by both customers and agents alike. Many shops brought teams of staff members to get a first-hand look at the newest machine technologies. This year’s open house featured the latest advancements in Rotary Transfer Technology and Mill/Turn Productivity Centers on the main assembly floor which was crowded with projects in various stages of completion. Full Article

New Technologies Raise the Bar for Abrasive Waterjets

Senior Editor Patrick Waurzyniak


As price pressures squeeze manufacturing margins, new abrasive waterjet technologies are enabling job shops to cut components faster and more accurately, getting parts to customers more quickly and lowering overall production costs. The abrasive waterjets boast an ability to cut a very wide array of materials, ranging from thick, hard metals to stone, granite and glass, while leaving no heat-affected zone (HAZ) on the workpiece with this inherently cool manufacturing process. Full Article

EDM’s Home Field Advantage

Senior Editor Bill Koenig


It used to be that EDM, or electrical discharge machining, was known more for making things that are used to make things, such as molds and dies. Increasingly, EDM is being used to produce final parts. The highly automated process—where electrical discharge sparks are used to cut and shape parts—is viewed as dependable, able to produce quality parts time after time. “A correctly equipped EDM machine has the ability to not only do several EDM processes without operator intervention,” said Bob Ianitelli, president and chief operating officer of Madison Heights, MI-based Belmont Equipment & Technologies. Full Article

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