Custom Manufacturing

Company Puts Lens-Grinding Know-How Into Shaft Grinder

After several months of publicity before the International Manufacturing Technology Show, France-based industrial giant Fives officially unveiled its Landis Twin Turret (LTT) grinding machine at the trade fair in Chicago earlier this month. Jointly manufactured in the United Kingdom and the United States by Fives' Landis business unit, the LTT grinder is engineered for production of shaft-type...

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Seen at IMTS: Universal Gripper Simplifies Robotic Part Removal

Robotic automation is becoming essential to machining operations for the benefits it provides in productivity, quality, and economy. At last week's International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) robots were everywhere - not only in the booths of automation suppliers but on display alongside machining systems and other production equipment. They were certainly more numerous than at the last...

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Engineering & Design

Tooling U-SME Preaches Targeted Training for Workforce Competency

Workforce training is a major concern for manufacturers. Studies show that companies' ability to improve productivity, increase quality, and get new business will be seriously affected if manufacturing workers don't continue developing requisite skills in modern and advanced manufacturing. Despite this, 54 percent of manufacturers responding to a survey published by SME in 2013 reported no...

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IMTS Must-Sees: Robots, Data Visualization, and Hybrid Manufacturing

The International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) is fully underway in Chicago, and a few trends have surfaced at the show that will affect the machining business. Here are some of the most notable ones, which ThomasNet News will cover in more detail here in the near future. IMTS began at McCormick Place on Sept. 8 and will conclude on Sept. 13.   Trend No. 1: Data Interpretation...

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Engineering & Design

IMTS Manufacturing Show Has Big Impact on Process Industries

Metalcutting machinery from EMAG has specialized in manufacturing coupling sleeves and other critical parts used in oil and gas operations. The International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS), a biennial event in Chicago that has filled McCormick Place for years with examples of innovative production equipment and technologies for metal parts and other types of fabrications, has always had...

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Custom Manufacturing

At IMTS, Keep Automation in Mind as a Shop Strategy

The start of the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in Chicago is only days away. Attendees who plan to be at McCormick Place anytime between Sept. 8 and 13 are finalizing lists of which exhibitors, conferences, and events they need to see. In a trade show that takes up all four buildings of McCormick Place, it's easy to overlook opportunities to learn about new technologies,...

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Engineering & Design

Reports Predict Strong Global Sales of Valves and Actuators

The energy market - primarily oil and natural gas but also sustainable sources such as hydroelectric and geothermal - is one of the key markets that continue to generate solid demand for valves and actuators around the world and will do so for the foreseeable future. Two reports released on Sept. 2 from consultant Frost & Sullivan present optimistic forecasts in key parts of the world. Reasons...

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AMT Looks to Raise MTConnect Data Standard at IMTS

One technology the Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT) wants attendees at the upcoming International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) to learn about is MTConnect, an open-source, royalty-free communication standard designed to collect production data from equipment, devices, and controls and convert it to a universal format for sharing and analysis to improve their utilization....

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Engineering & Design

RMI Pumping System Gets Through UK Coal Trial Run

Special design features and enhanced performance capabilities have proven effective in the field trial of a high-volume, high-pressure pumping system developed by RMI Pressure Systems Ltd. of Manchester, England (U.S. office is in Jasper, Ala.). The Quinmax S500 pumping system is a relatively recent addition to the company's S-series equipment for heavy-duty industrial applications such as...

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Cutting Tool Sales Surge, But Will Momentum Continue?

Economic data appear to be trending up for U.S. machine shops and equipment OEMs. According to cutting tool sales figures from June, consumption of the consumables increased by $181 million, the strongest monthly showing this year. This figure represents a 7.3 percent jump from May and a 9.9 percent rise from June 2013. Cutting tools are regarded as primary consumables in U.S....

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