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March 7, 2013

Robotic Blasting System
Engineers from Guyson Corp. have designed a 7-axis robotic grit-blast machine for precision roughening of component surfaces in a production thermal spray coating cell. The Model RB-RSSA-8 has a 54" x 46" blast process chamber that is 42" high.

A 3.5ft³ capacity, ASME-certified pressure vessel feeds a single pressure-blast nozzle. The FANUC M-10iA robot provides the blast nozzle motion and is coordinated with component rotation on a servomotor-driven auxiliary axis controlled by the FANUC R-30iA robot controller. The spindle of the RB-RSSA-8, fitted with a jawed chuck or a T-slotted turntable, can be controlled to turn clockwise and counterclockwise for accurate orientation of the component throughout the blast cycle. It is also capable of rotation at speeds adjustable from 0 to 300rpm.

Guyson Corp.
Saratoga, NY
www.guyson.com


High-Speed, Gantry-Style Accurate Machining Center
The M8 Cube is a German-engineered, high-speed, machining center designed for greater speed, accuracy, and industrial durability. The main objective in the design is to reduce the number of parts, overall cost, and ultimately to simplify service and support. Brushless, direct drives provide faster acceleration, feedrates up to 866ipm, and shorter cycle times. A 3kW, 40,000rpm, liquid-chilled spindle delivers greater horsepower for heavier machining, as well as the flexibility to mill a wide range of materials. HSK-E 25 toolholders offer precision and <1µ runout.

The M8 Cube has a footprint of 69" x 69", and features a work area of 40" x 28" x 9" (X, Y, Z), which allows for multiple setups and accommodates DATRON’s integrated workholding systems, automation, and rotary axes.

DATRON Dynamics Inc.
Milford, NH
www.datron.com


Small Motoring Dynamometers
The MicroDyne series of small motoring dynamometers is ideal for a wide range of aerospace testing applications, capable of testing all types of small rotary devices such as motors, pumps, generators, compressors, and more. A fully functional, four-quadrant dynamometer, the series is engineered specifically for low power applications. Versions are available in sizes from 100W to 5kW.

Sakor Technologies Inc.
Okemos, MI
www.sakor.com


UV Laser Marking System

The TruMark 6350 laser comes with improvements in design and performance, with laser parameters providing improved cost-efficiency and high quality marks with a broader range of applications. Increased average power with the same superior beam quality leads to an increase in repetition rates, and, therefore, higher processing speeds. The higher pulse peak power and pulse energy allow achievement of increased mark contrast across a wide range of materials, especially in applications such as color change on plastics and glass marking.

The passively cooled TruMark 6350 also features enhancements to the optical setup for overall increased performance, including a 50% reduction in the time needed to achieve the ideal crystal temperature prior to marking, fewer temperature influences on the process, and an increase in the lifetime of the laser marking system.

Trumpf Inc.
Farmington, CT
www.us.trumpf.com


Five-Axis Surface Finish Measurement System
The SFP1 probe option for the REVO 5-axis measurement system is the first fully integrated, surface finish, inspection system within coordinate measurement routines. With a measurement capability of 6.3Ra to 0.05Ra, the SFP1 surface finish probe makes the CMM a single platform metrology system, eliminating the need for handheld surface measurement devices or transporting parts to a dedicated area.

The SFP1 probe is a fully integrated option for the REVO 5-axis measurement system, supplied with two dedicated styli, straight and cranked.

Renishaw Inc.
Hoffman Estates, IL
www.renishaw.com/probes


Super-Precision Turning Center
The automated machine-tending package, a Gosiger Automation design, features a FANUC M-10iA 6-axis, industrial robot integrated to the Hardinge T-51 CNC multi-function sub-spindle lathe, and a Renishaw Equator programmable comparative gage. The gage provides high-speed scanning with rapid moves between features.

The automation system uses minimal floor space and allows easy, ergonomic access to the machine tool for part-to-part changeover and routine tool service. The positioning of the FANUC robot is close to the front of the lathe, yet offset to the left-hand side of the machine door to maximize operator access to the machine tool.

Hardinge Inc.
Elmira, NY
www.hardinge.com