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Dust Suppression System for Airborne Silica
Blastcrete Equipment Co. introduced a dust suppression system that limits silica dust exposure in industrial and other (construction, mining) applications. The patent-pending DustAway system encapsulates airborne particles, helping to control respirable dust to meet new OSHA regulations for crystalline silica dust.
System Monitors Nitrogen-Supply Safety Purge
Linde LLC helps heat treatment furnace operators to improve safety by installing a protective-atmosphere safety monitoring system in compliance with the National Fire Protection Association’s “Standard for Ovens and Furnaces” (NFPA 86).
Bradken Accepts $520-Million Takeover Offer from Hitachi
Bradken Ltd., an Australian manufacturer of iron and steel castings, has accepted a takeover offer from Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., for which it supplies various component parts for mining equipment. The estimated $5207.2-million offer (A$688.5 million) is available to Bradken shareholders until February 10, 2017.
New CRM Module for Foundry-Focused ERP
B&L Information Systems is introducing a "customer relationship management" module for its Odyssey 5.0 ERP platform. CRM is one of several improvements and new functions available to users of Odyssey 5.0 MR2, now in general availability.
Instant Rewards in Investment Casting
The Investment Casting Institute honored the best component designs of 2016 for aerospace, automotive, industrial, and defense applications.
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.”
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