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Vision System for Faster Bin Picking
Liebherr Automation is offering a new vision system based on the triangulation method that will improve bin picking by ensuring greater accuracy, better component recognition, and faster handling. “Smart” removal of workpieces from a random arrangement, so-called “bin picking”, provides higher productivity, less burden on human resources and lower unit labor costs.
Cutting Fluid Keeps Cool, Runs Smooth, and Lasts
Husqvarna Group’s headquarters plant produces outdoor power tools like chainsaws and trimmers. To maintain its high productivity targets, and a safe and healthy workplace, Husqvarna adopted Henkel’s Bonderite L-MR bactericide-free cutting fluids.
Software Designed to Reduce Sample Analysis Time
Pathfinder X-ray microanalysis software introduced by Thermo Fisher Scientific is designed to process incoming data from X-ray detector technology and provide a real-time statistical map of the chemical constituents within a sample.
New Simulation Suite Update Reduces Turnaround Times
ESI Group’s ProCAST 2016 increases turnaround times with new workflows dedicated to gravity casting and high-pressure diecasting. Set-up time for gravity casting is reduced to just a few minutes, while the workflow for high-pressure diecasting incorporates machine selection, and bridges the gap between design and production to increase efficiency on the shop floor.
ASK Chemicals Building Plant to Supply Mexican Foundries
ASK Chemicals LLC approved plans to build a new manufacturing plant in Monterrey, Mexico, to produce sand binders, refractory coatings, and riser sleeves for metalcasting operations in the region.
New Generation of Blast Turbines
Walther Trowal will introduce “a new generation of blast turbines for the troughed belt, continuous-feed shot-blast machines.” The THM turbines reportedly increase the throwing speed, thereby reducing cycle times, for shot blasting light metal (e.g., aluminum, magnesium) parts.
Large-Capacity Molten Metal Circulation Pump
Molten Metal Equipment Innovations introduced the Bigfoot circulation and gas injection pump, developed to address clients’ needs for increased flow during molten metal circulation, but with reduced size.
Inspecting Castings, Tracing Quality for Modern Foundries
Highly productive foundries increasingly invest in the automation of their production facilities in order to remain competitive. Here are examples of available technologies to automate inspection.
RFID Monitoring Tracks Foundry Ladles
Compacted-graphite iron production process developer SinterCast A.B. launched a monitoring technology to track and record the progress of each ladle as it progresses through a foundry. The Ladle Tracker™ technology was tested and commissioned at the Tupy foundry in Saltillo, Mexico, the developers noted.
Industrial Vacuum for Removing Silica Dust
Industrial vacuum developer Ruwac USA offers the WS2320-HD - a heavy-duty intermittent duty vacuum that features 11 Hg of negative vacuum pressure, and is described as “the most powerful of its kind in the market, and doesn’t give hazardous silica dust a chance.”
Direct Contact, Waste Heat Recovery
Bionomic Industries Inc. introduced the QSense direct contact, waste heat-recovery system designed to recover waste heat BTUs economically from ovens, boilers, kilns, dryers, thermal oxidizers, and incinerators.
Casting Solidification Modeling Software Update
Flow Science Inc. released Flow-3D Cast v4.2, an advanced, “what you see is what you need” (WYSIWYN) interface, process-oriented workspaces and a new die spray cooling model.
Efficient, Reliable Large-Scale Induction Melting 
Inductotherm Group, known for foundry melting and pouring, delivered a comprehensive, melt shop design for a manufacturer of commodity-grade steel. The project illustrates the contractor’s global scope, and the demand for high-tech industrial expertise.
Advanced Atmosphere Control for Annealing
Linde LLC’s HydroFlex universal atmosphere control system performs clean and bright oxide-free annealing of steel, stainless steel, copper, bronze, or brass, with high reliability and repeatability.
Robotized Grit-Blasting Work Cell
Guyson’s model RXS-400 rotary-index, twin-spindle machine is designed to operate as the basis of grit-blasting work cell, and with a Fanuc M710 robot makes an ideal platform for high-precision robotic grit blasting
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