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U.S. Leads Automotive Aftermarket, Study Finds
In 2016, for example, U.S. buyers accounted for 86% or $10.3 billion of overall sales in the North American automotive aftermarket. Through 2021, U.S. aftermarket demand for engine, transmission, and drivetrain components will increase 1.6% annually, less than the rate of increase in the Canadian and Mexican markets.
HMI Workstations for Productivity, Increased Plant Safety
Eaton’s Crouse-Hinds division expanded its series of MTL GECMA HMI workstations, introducing two new products, the thin client (TC) and personal computer (PC) versions. The new versions result in a common platform design for plant managers to reduce operating costs, optimize productivity and increase plant safety, with the additional benefits of reducing space in the cabinet, and “future proofing” the plant.
Fluidized-Bed Scrubber for Gas Absorption, Particulate Collection
Bionomic Industries Inc. offers a new “fluidized bed” scrubber that absorbs gas and collects airborne particulates, for gas capacities from 500 to 250,000 acfm. The patented RotaBed Series’ performance comes from a swirl induced Coriolis grid that achieves greater fluidized bed stability, resulting in more efficient gas mixing and transfer efficiency than less advanced designs.
High-Speed, Lightweight Deburring Tools
ATI Industrial Automation will introduce the RC-900 and RC-1040 radially compliant deburring tools, the same air-actuated compliance as current models, but with a motor that is 50% more powerful.
Back-Blow Air Nozzle for Cleaning Tiny Inside Diameters
Exair’s new Model 1004SS, M4 NPT back-blow air nozzle was designed to deliver the smallest, most effective airflow for blowing debris and liquids from small pipe or hose inside diameters, channels, bores, holes, internal threads, and other internal part features. An array of holes provides a forceful, 360-degree airflow to clear out coolant, chips, and light oils following machining processes.
Carbide-Tipped Band Saw Blades
Simonds Saw, a manufacturer of band saw blades and files, introduced CWT carbide-tipped band saw blades for demanding operations, including foundries removing aluminum gates and risers. Other recommended applications include steel service centers, aerospace sawing applications. CWT blades are effective for cutting aluminum block, Inconel, and nickel-based alloys.
Supercomputing for Manufacturing SMBs
Parallel Works is commercializing technology developed at Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Chicago to provide “supercomputing-as-a-service” to SMBs, helping them to achieve economies of scale in managing the expanding volume of information that is constantly redefining businesses and industries.
Using Software to Define Fast, Accurate Casting Set-Ups
Using simulation software results directly in the rigging process produces a more accurate casting set-up than manual techniques, in a much shorter time period. This integrated approach reduces overall costs and lead times.
Castable Refactories, Gunning Mixes for Aluminum Processing
Plibrico Company LLC offers castable refractories and gun mixes for aluminum processing. From non-wetting to aluminum-resistant, to phosphate-bonded castable refractories, Plibrico refractories are designed to withstand the environments in all aluminum furnaces — diecasting furnaces, reverberatory furnaces, round tops — as well as transfer equipment including troughs, launders and ladles.
Smartphone App for Vibratory Equipment Monitoring
Carrier Vibratory Equipment’s VibraTrac is a stroke, speed, and angle monitor for industrial vibratory equipment: With a wireless Bluetooth® sensor, the VibraTrac can be paired with a smartphone app to monitor activity and complete data tracking “in seconds,” according to the developers.
A Primer to Ensure Proper Heat Treatment of H-13 Tool Die Steel
If a die fails prematurely, production costs rise and the potential for lost business increases. Heat treating is most important factor in determining the performance of die steel. Confirming proper heat treatment of the die steel is essential.
Recovering Energy by Recovering Waste Heat
It’s possible to achieve significant savings in gas-powered melting by recovering waste heat. The energy savings associated with this process will more than pay for the equipment and installation in less than three years.
Thermal Systems for Core, Mold Drying Productivity
Boosting core and mold production by speeding refractory drying involves a careful selection of convection oven technology, operating at 200°-400°F and can dry molds or cores in 10 to 30 minutes, versus 10- 20 hours needed for passive drying at ambient temperature.
More Powerful, Remote-Controlled Demo Machine
Brokk, a manufacturer of remote-controlled demolition machines, introduced the Brokk 280 — which has enhanced demolition power, includes the new Brokk SmartPower™ electrical system, and incorporates additional hardened parts for extra durability in tough environments.
Efficient, “Whisper Quiet” Air Compressor
The Boge America Inc. S-4 air compressor machine is a redesigned screw compressor that maintains low noise levels — at 69 dB(A) — with an enclosed direct drive that ensures low-maintenance for continuous operation, even with high dust volumes.
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