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Exact Metrology Participates in Career Fairs at Various Universities

Exact Metrology was present at two career events, one at Northern Kentucky University and the other at Cincinnati State University.

On Wednesday, February 27, Northern Kentucky University held its 2019 Career Expo from 2 to 5 pm. There were 140 employers meeting with students and alumni for internships, co-ops and full-time positions. Employers present came from fields such as: accounting/finance, athletic training and exercise science, math/science/EGT, business, computer science, etc.

Cincinnati State University also held its Career/Co-Op job fair on Thursday, February 28, from 1 to 3 pm. Approximately 40 companies and organizations participated.

Both events were attended by Matt Martin, the company’s branch manager and an application engineer at Exact Metrology.  At these two events, Exact Metrology featured the Artec Eva 3D handheld scanner, from Artec 3D, a world-renowned developer and manufacturer of professional 3D scanners and software.  Artec Eva is a handheld scanner ideal for quick, textured and accurate scans. Artec Eva doesn’t require markers or calibration and the scanner captures 16 frames per second. These frames are automatically aligned in real time, making scanning easy and fast. The aim was to foster relationships with these universities, recruit interested students and offer additional tools and information about the company.


Exact Metrology, with facilities in Cincinnati and Milwaukee and affiliated offices throughout the Midwest, is a comprehensive metrology services provider, offering customers 3D scanning, reverse engineering, quality inspection, product development and 2D drawings.   The company also provides turnkey metrology solutions, including equipment sales and lease/rental arrangements.  

Artec 3D is an international company, headquartered in Luxembourg, with subsidiaries in the United States (Santa Clara, California) and Russia (Moscow). Artec develops and produces innovative 3D solutions and products. Artec has a team of professional experts in the collection and processing of 3D surfaces as well as biometric facial recognition. Artec’s products and services can be used in many industries, such as in engineering, medicine, media and design, entertainment, fashion, historic preservation, security technology and more.  

For more information, please contact:

Steve Young
Exact Metrology, Inc.
11575 Goldcoast Drive
Cincinnati, OH 45249
Phone: 614-264-8587
Local: 513-831-6620
www.exactmetrology.com
stevey@exactmetrology.com

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Centrisys PONDUS TCHP

Centrisys Earns Acclaim from Frost & Sullivan For Increasing the Efficiency of the THP Process In Sludge Treatment

The PONDUS TCHP helps wastewater and sludge treatment facilities pursue a more sustainable future through a waste-to-value strategy 

Centrisys PONDUS TCHPCentrisys/CNP, Kenosha, Wisconsin announced that it has been recognized by Frost & Sullivan with its 2019 North American Product Leadership Award for its PONDUS thermal hydrolysis process (THP).  With this product, Centrisys allows the North American sludge treatment industry to not only accelerate the sustainability of anaerobic digestion but also to significantly enhance THP.

“Centrisys/CNP, through its licensing agreement to distribute PONDUS TCHP in North America, offers the market a more productive process alternative by replacing steam with safe caustic soda. The simplified system uses only a heat efficiency exchanger, progressive cavity pumps and a reactor with no moving parts,” said Seth Cutler, Frost & Sullivan’s principal consultant.  “Through chemical reaction, the caustic soda breaks down cell membranes in the sludge as effective as steam. As a result, PONDUS TCHP offers operational simplicity avoids further personnel training and decreases the process carbon footprint.” ‘

TCHP reduces the volume of solids. This boosts the availability of digester capacity and the quality of outputs in biogas and solids. Biogas can be turned into heat, while the cake solids can be turned into fertilizer, soil amendments or nutrients. Thus, the product increases economic gains, economic care and offers a better future for communities.

“It is an honor that Frost & Sullivan gave us an award for PONDUS,” said Gerhard Fortner, CNP President. “The PONDUS process is a technology that just makes sense.  It is simple to operate, cost-effective and safe for all sized plants.”

PONDUS originated in Germany and is currently used in six installations in Europe and one in China. Centrisys introduced PONDUS in North America through an agreement in 2015. The PONDUS process was integrated into the facility and fully functional in just 15 months.

Cutler  further noted that this product can decrease the viscosity of thickened sludge up to 80%.  This is important, as it permits 50% reductions in volume for anaerobic digesters and frees up more space.  In addition, he pointed out that the produced sludge in the digesters is enhanced and can generate 30% more biogas, increasing value resource recovery. In addition, dewatering can result in improvements up to 5% in processing, while polymer consumption can shrink by 20% and eliminate foul odors in the facility.

The outstanding production and cost effectiveness gives Centrisys a huge advantage over traditional sludge treatment companies and position it for further growth.

Each year, Frost &Sullivan presents this award to a company that develops a product with innovative features and functionality that is gaining rapid market acceptance. The award recognizes the quality of the solution and the customer value enhancements it enables.

Centrisys/CNP will be at the WEF/IWA Residuals and Biosolids Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida from May 8-9 at booth 609. Zhongtian Li, CNP Technical Manager will give a presentation about PONDUS on May 9 at 2:30 pm.


About Centrisys/CNP
Centrisys/CNP supports global sustainability through its resource intensification portfolio with water and wastewater equipment and processes. Our systems are simple. They are designed to use less energy, less chemicals and less space. Centrisys is a U.S.A. manufacturer of dewatering centrifuges, sludge thickeners and also provides global service, repair and parts for all centrifuge brands. CNP, a division of Centrisys, designs and supplies nutrient recovery and biosolids treatment optimization systems.

About Frost & Sullivan
Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, works in collaboration with clients to leverage visionary innovation that addresses the global challenges and related growth opportunities that will make or break today’s market participants. For more than 50 years, we have been developing growth strategies for the global 1000, emerging businesses, the public sector, and the investment community. 

For more information, please contact:

Centrisys/CNP
9586 58th Place
Kenosha, WI 53144
262-654-6006
marketing@centrisys.com
www.centrisys.com

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Schuler TechDay about E-Mobility

Systems supplier presents its new blanking press EV 3.8 and other solutions for the efficient production of electric motors and batteries

Schuler MachineThe need for greater energy efficiency and the search for alternative energy sources and motors are among the key innovation drivers in industry. Schuler offers various solutions to produce electrical motors and battery cases. At its headquarters in Göppingen, Germany, the systems supplier recently presented its new high-speed blanking press Smartline EV 3.8 for the production of interlocked motor cores, which will be delivered to the German company Waasner, and other solutions for the era of e-mobility. More than 50 people took part in the Schuler TechDay.

Most of the car drivers in the Western hemisphere have probably never heard of the three most successful electric cars in China, — the BAIC EU260 EV, the BAIC EV200 or the SAIC Roewe 550 PHEV. A study published by fka and Roland Berger says that China will manufacture 6.8 million electric cars by 2021, as Schuler’s Rainer Berkefeld pointed out at the company’s TechDay E-Mobility. This is more than the U.S. (3.1), Germany (2.2) and Japan (1.0) combined.

One of the reasons why the rest of the world seems to be so far behind the People’s Republic is that China already has a quota for electric vehicles (EV) of 8% since last year; a long-term goal of 100% is being discussed. Yet, there is a global government push: Germany, the Netherlands and Norway think about a 100% quota by 2030, and France wants to ban the sale of petrol and diesel cars by 2040. “By this time, 35% of cars sold globally will be electric,” Berkefeld said.

Lamination geometrics more and more complex

E-mobility is growing everywhere, his colleague Simon Schmidt agreed, and has also become a top issue for the car manufacturers. In order to increase the efficiency of the motors, the geometrics of the electric motor lamination have become more and more complex, and as a consequence the dies are getting longer and longer: “Especially because two-row-dies are nowadays state of the art. This is why the table of Schuler’s new high speed blanking press Smartline EV 3.8 now has a length of 3.7 instead of 2.7 meters and can process a strip width of up to 630 mm.”

At the same time, the material thickness has been reduced down to 0.35 mm or even 0.2 mm. “Analyzing the new requests of the automotive industry with regards to e-mobility, the lamination thickness is currently defined at a range of 0.25 mm up to 0.275 mm. Therefore, we as a press supplier have to ensure a perfect positioning and levelling of the slide and table.” Considering this challenge, already 15 years ago Schuler has developed a penetration depth control (PDC) to provide a perfect positioning as well as repeat accuracy of the slide. “This way, we can warrant a perfect punch into the material, whereas we achieve an interlock exactly at the penetration depth. In detail, the Schuler Smartline series is capable of adjusting the PDC at a deviation of 0.01 mm through the entire stroke range.”

Regarding the extended dimensions of the Smartline EV3.8, Schuler was additionally challenged with the physical properties of a 3.7 meter slide. “With the smaller types of the Smartline series, we used to measure with a laser how deep the slide is going down, and the machine corrected the penetration depth, if necessary, within every single stroke automatically. Now, with a 3.7 m slide, there is deflection we have to consider.” For the advanced PDC, Schuler has put a strain gauge into the kiss blocks of the die which substitutes the laser: “Thus, the press force can be kept constant and the deflection of the slide can be controlled. No matter what your laminations look like, you will always get the perfect rotor and stator stacks.”

Schuler’s target was to offer its customers a machine that is reliable, rigid and precise while using the knowledge of building presses for 180 years.

“We can run the full speed of 250 strokes per minute with the full press force of 3,150 kN and the maximum upper die weight of up to six tons,” Schmidt elaborated. The press is harmonized so well there is no need for a special foundation: Customers only have to take care that the foundation can carry the static weight of 110 metric tons. “Thanks to the perfect interaction between static and dynamic counter balance, there is a vertical movement of the press at full speed of less than 1 mm.” As a result, there are no wear parts in the slide guiding, pressure points, connection rods and main bearings, which minimizes the service costs.

Schuler Tech Day

More than 50 people took part in the Schuler TechDay

Although the press is relatively heavy and big, Schuler only uses two instead of three pressure points: “We want to know which press force is exactly on which pressure point, to make sure they are detected to carry this force. With three pressure points, there will always be a small deviation, and it is only a matter of time until you have wear and problems. With two pressure points, the press is physically harmonized because of a predefined press force flow, and the wear is minimized. Another effect is a levelled slide: We can guarantee a parallelism from left to right of 0.04 mm per meter.”

Thanks to the advantages of the new Schuler Smartline EV 3.8 – such as the advanced PDC, a use of two pressure points, four pretensioned slide guidings as well as a perfect interaction of the static and dynamic counter balance – the die lifetime can be increased by up to 30%.

Up to 180 million strokes over the die lifetime

“With high speed steel used as active material, you can do approximately five million strokes in a die lifetime,” Daniel Kittig from die manufacturer Aweba continued. “With Powder Metallurgical, we are talking about roughly 30 million strokes and with carbide almost 180 million strokes, depending on process conditions and material properties.” In most cases, Aweba’s die engineers start with an idea or a drawing they receive from their customers. “Based on that, we are creating a design, taking into account part geometry, size, complexity and tolerances.”

The quantity of the laminations the customer is going to produce is decisive for choosing a single, double or multi row dies, but this also depends on the press capacities and capabilities: “Our goal is to provide the customer a maximum of flexibility. This means that he is able to react on deviations and variations due to the process and material issues. Therefore we integrate features like adjustable inserts.”

Each die has an individual design. Usually, pre-cuts are made in the first steps of the die as well as cut outs to reduce tensions of the stripe material. Next, the shape of the rotor is cut out step by step, a process which is separated in two, three or more different, single stations. “The geometry would be too instable to be combined in just one or two stations,” Kittig explained.

In the following station, the separation sheet for the interlocking operation is punched out pneumatically. The embossing for interlocking the laminations can take place either close to the shaft hole, between the shapes or close to the diameter: “But we also use gluing procedures implemented in our designs.”

“Based on the higher and higher quantities the customers are expecting, we also have layouts for double or multi rows like they perfectly fit on Schuler’s EV 3.8 press”, Kittig said. “Here, we have a better material usage.” He concedes that also for Aweba it is a big challenge to create a die in this length and with this precision: “The accuracy comes down to a few microns all over the die.”

Reducing costs for battery cases

However, the main reason why electric vehicles are still more expensive than cars with an internal combustion engine can be found in the batteries. Thanks to economies of scale, this will change by around 2026: By then, statistics published by Bloomberg show that batteries will account for 24% of the overall costs – compared to 42% in 2018 – and, as a consequence, cars with an electric motor will be financially more attractive than with an internal combustion engine.

Schuler Production Line

The production line consists of an impact extrusion press (bottom right), a post-processing press, trimmers, washer and dryer

“In today’s electric cars, there are Li-Ion batteries with an overall capacity of 120 GWH”, Schuler’s Rainer Berkefeld said. “This capacity will increase by 2022 to more than 400 GWH, which corresponds to about one billion cell cases which must be manufactured.” According to fka and Roland Berger, China alone will produce cells with a total capacity of 178 GWH between 2016 and 2021, followed by Korea (98 GWH), Japan (87 GWH), the United States of America (74 GWH) and Germany (18 GWH).

More than half of the cases on the market these days are either cylindrical – like in the electric vehicles produced by Tesla – or prismatic, used by Toyota, Mitsubishi, Honda, BMW, VW, Audi, Chrysler, BYD, Ford and others. While cylindrical cells are cheap and commoditized, they need a sophisticated battery management system. Prismatic cells, on the other hand, offer the best scalability and a high cycle life; however, their production is currently still expensive.

“Schuler has developed a fully automated production line for prismatic cells which is not only five times faster than current solutions, but also saves metal,” Berkefeld said, “with standard machines and proven technology that has been used world-wide in the automotive and packaging industry.” The raw material is made of aluminum slugs, which are formed with an impact extrusion press. While the punch is pressing onto the slug, the material flows against the punch travel direction.

After that, the preforms are scanned from both sides in order to detect any cracks or deformation. Those that are out of specifications are blown off the line to prevent a downtime in the subsequent process. In the next step, the preforms are separated into four lanes and fed into the 4-out die of a 300 ton post-processing press. Apart from wall ironing, additional features like fine stepping or calibration can also be integrated.

Then, the cases are fed upside down into the trimmers. The trimming head is working from inside to outside by means of a wobbling movement in order to avoid an inside burr. After the cans have been cleaned and dried, they are ready to use – if they have passed the final vision inspection, that is. The high-speed line is in operation at a major battery manufacturer and can produce more than 30 million cases per year.

Schuler also offers machines for the manufacture of battery lids. They can be produced on a stamping press with a progressive die featuring twelve forming stations, including functions like piercing, trimming, embossing and separating.

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www.schulergroup.com/drives_generators

www.schulergroup.com/battery

 

For further information on Schuler Inc., North America, please contact:

Guido Broder, Vice President of Sales & Marketing
Schuler Incorporated
7145 Commerce Blvd.
Canton, MI 48187 USA
734-207-7200
Guido.Broder@schulergroup.com

About the Schuler Group – www.schulergroup.com
Schuler offers customer-specific cutting-edge technology in all areas of forming technology – from networked presses to press shop planning. In addition to presses, the product portfolio also includes automation and software solutions, dies, process know-how and service for the entire metalworking industry. Its customers include automobile manufacturers and automotive suppliers, as well as companies from the forging, household appliance and electronics industries. Presses from the Schuler Group mint coins for more than 180 countries. As a provider of innovative system solutions, we support our customers worldwide in the digital transformation of forming technology. In the 2018 fiscal year, Schuler generated sales of € 1,212 billion. Schuler AG, founded in 1839 at its headquarters in Göppingen (Germany), has approx. 6,600 employees at production sites in Europe, China and America as well as service companies in over 40 countries. The company is majority-owned by the Austrian ANDRITZ Group.




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ECM…New Paths in Part Production

Electro-chemical machining offers manufacturers a smart alternative to conventional processes

Simon Popecki
ECM Applications
Engineer EMAG LLC

To understand electro-chemical machining (ECM) it’s best to start by understanding it’s not electrical discharge machining (EDM).  These technologies for non-contact machining are routinely confused, but there are distinct differences – EDM vaporizes metal and ECM erodes it via electrolysis- which is less violent.  For our purposes here, the key differences are three: While current is passed between an electrode and workpiece in both methods, in ECM there is no spark – ECM uses a conductive electrolyte while EDM uses a dielectric, ECM has virtually no tool wear, and in ECM there is no HAZ (heat affected zone) like there is in EDM. This results in a part with no burrs, and the ECM process has potential for exceptional surface finishes even on extremely hard-to-machine materials, such as those found in medical, aerospace and firearms manufacturing.  Medical, auto, and firearms take advantage of another aspect of ECM which has significant merit: namely, the ability to produce contours and pockets deep inside parts that would otherwise be difficult or even impossible to manufacture with conventional chip cutting methods. The machining force in ECM is just the pressure of the electrolyte which allows ECM to produce features like high aspect ratio holes in conductive materials of any hardness.

As material is dissolved in the electrolyte, it is evacuated from the work area and the tool imprints its geometry upon the workpiece.  ECM can produce tight contours on everything from airfoils to the grooves of a rifle barrel with exceptionally tight tolerances. In the latter, rifle grooves can be cut to a depth of ± 2.5 micrometers.

It was turbine blade production that sparked the development of ECM, in the then Soviet Union after WWII.  Much of the ECM expertise today has roots in aerospace. In the production of turbine blades for example, ECM produces burr free, HAZ-free parts via PECM – an advanced ECM process combining the oscillation of the tool with pulsed current to create a superior surface finish on Inconel and other hard materials.

EMAG Turbine Blade

Turbine Blade

 

Today, electric mobility is emerging as another ideal application for the ECM technology.  Thin-walled parts, those with many complex features can now be formed very efficiently.  ECM, is commonly thought to be limited to hard aerospace materials but that is not the case.

Since an ECM machine like the EMAG CI platform serves as a base to provide the structure, intelligent power application, and precise electrolyte control to the fixture – sinking, drilling, broaching and deburring can all occur on one machine based on the fixture configuration. By changing the fixture and tooling, the machine can be converted to a completely different machining task. If the part you deburr with ECM today stops selling tomorrow, you can re-fixture the machine for a different part to maximize productivity.

In the production of gun barrels, the traditional methods are cut rifling, buttoning and hammer forging.  ECM has distinct advantages over these methods – particularly output, consistency, precision, low tooling cost, and the elimination of post rifling processes. Stress relieving or straightening can be eliminated with ECM. The ECM process can rifle profiled barrels or blanks, and Inconel barrels are just as easy as ordnance steel.  Unlike buttoning, ECM can quickly rifle a barrel with no distortion during the process. This is valuable in the production of air guns and composite reinforced barrels, for example, where the thin-walled barrel is more susceptible to distortion, which leads to inconsistency and ultimately a compromise in accuracy.

ECM rifling is best suited for high production runs with minimal variation, and here again ECM is showing substantial value.  In competitive shooting, where match grade barrels are the minimum standard, and gain twist and special groove profiles are prominent, the effectiveness of the ECM process is distinguished.  On ECM machines today, a hunting rifle barrel and a military cannon barrel can potentially be rifled on the same machine. Caliber change-overs can be done in minutes.

In the general manufacturing world, ECM is popular for various purposes such as crown gear manufacturing and the process is now finding its place in the booming markets of e-bikes, scooters, hybrids, and electric cars.  When complex geometries and contours are a necessity, the efficiency of the ECM process is a proven winner.

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For higher production runs, it is possible to stack multiple workpieces without risking excessive heat transfer or distortion.

EMAG


For more information, please contact:

EMAG LLC
38800 Grand River Avenue
Farmington Hills, MI 48335
248-477-7440
www.emag.com
info@usa.emag.com
Attention:  Amanda Bakun, Marketing Manager




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Grieve 879 Shelf Oven

350°F Modified Shelf Oven from Grieve

Grieve 879 Shelf OvenNo. 879 is a 350°F (177°C), modified shelf oven from Grieve, currently used for pre-heating bulk friction material in trays at the customer’s facility. Workspace dimensions of this oven measure 68” W x 30” D x 36” H. A 1000 CFM, 1-HP recirculating blower provides horizontal airflow to the workload.

This Grieve modified shelf oven has 4” insulated walls, an aluminized steel exterior and Type 430 stainless steel interior. Features include two (2) shelf trucks with supports on 9” centers to correspond to wheel supports in oven and two (2) tiers of wheel tray supports to aid in loading trays from oven to trucks. Additional features include 350,000 BTU/HR installed in a modulating natural gas burner.

This Grieve oven includes all safety equipment required by IRI, FM and National Fire Protection Association Standard 86 for gas-heated equipment, including a 325 CFM 1/3-HP powered forced exhauster.

Controls on the No. 879 include adjustable, thermocouple actuated, manual reset excess temperature interlock, electronic flame safeguard protection, exhauster airflow safety switch, recirculating blower airflow safety switch and purge timer.


For more information, please contact:
THE GRIEVE CORPORATION
500 Hart Road
Round Lake, Illinois 60073-2835
Phone: (847) 546-8225
Fax: (847) 546-9210
Web: www.grievecorp.com
Email: sales@grievecorp.com
Attention: Frank Calabrese

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Exact Metrology Educates Middle School Students

On March 28, 2019, Exact Metrology was among several companies who came to Latonia Elementary Career Day. This event was meant to introduce students to a variety of careers in health, law, manufacturing, engineering, technology and other fields. Fifth grade students spent three weeks researching different careers that interested them. They learned information concerning future salary, education and job skills. Then, students had the opportunity to speak with professionals in their chosen fields and ask questions.

Chris Lafferty, a specialist in Artec 3D’s, professional-grade handheld 3D scanners and software, attended on behalf of Exact Metrology. Together with Jason Kleinhenz, marketing manager at Exact Metrology, they met with students to teach them about metrology using the Artec Leo and Geomagic Design X. Artec Leo is the first 3D scanner to offer onboard automatic processing with an integrated touch panel viewer. This frees users from being tied to a computer for data capture. Users can scan the object and see the 3D replica being built in real time on the screen. The 3D model can be rotated to check that all areas have been captured. The final 3D model can be directly exported to Geomagic Design X.

Geomagic Design X is the industry’s most comprehensive reverse engineering software-combining history-based CAD with 3D scan data processing and enables users to create feature-based, editable solid models compatible with existing CAD software. Geomagic Design X provides an easy way to integrate CAD models from a 3D scanner into an existing engineering design workflow. This software permits the re-use of designs without manually updating old drawings or re-measure/rebuild a model in CAD.

Jason Kleinhenz commented, “Exact Metrology was happy to participate in this career event because we are committed to giving back by partnering with schools for educational purposes and career enhancements.”


Exact Metrology, with facilities in Cincinnati and Milwaukee and affiliated offices throughout the Midwest, is a comprehensive metrology services provider, offering customers 3D scanning, reverse engineering, quality inspection, product development and 2D drawings. The company also provides turnkey metrology solutions, including equipment sales and lease/rental arrangements. 

Artec 3D is an international company, headquartered in Luxembourg, with subsidiaries in the United States (Santa Clara, California) and Russia (Moscow). Artec develops and produces innovative 3D solutions and products. Artec has a team of professional experts in the collection and processing of 3D surfaces as well as biometric facial recognition. Artec’s products and services can be used in many industries, such as in engineering, medicine, media and design, entertainment, fashion, historic preservation, security technology and more.

For more information, please contact:

Steve Young
Exact Metrology, Inc.
11575 Goldcost Drive
Cincinnati, OH 45249
Phone: 614-264-8587
Local: 513-831-6620
www.exactmetrology.com
stevey@exactmetrology.com

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REP Featured in Industrial Careers

Derek Williams, National Sales Director at REP Corporation, was recently featured in an article on Industrial Careers. REP Corporation is the world leader in injection molding presses for rubber and TPE.

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For more information, please contact:
REP Corporation
8N740 Tameling Court
Bartlett, IL 60103-8146
Phone: 847-697-7210
www.repinjection.com
Attention:  Tim Graham or Jim Wirtz

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SencorpWhite Releases Its New 6300P Series

This new and improved addition to the Accu-Seal family is suitable for the medical and pharmaceutical industry  

Accu-Seal, a wholly-owned subsidiary of SencorpWhite, the recognized global leader in high quality, end-to-end solutions for automated packaging, integrated AS/RS systems, and warehouse automation software, announced the immediate availability of its 6300P Series.

The seal lengths/width are 15, 20 and 25 inches/0.375 inches. The series features heavy-duty linear pneumatic seal actuation and high strength stiffened seal bar construction. A digital high-speed PLC controller is included with an LCD touchscreen. Optionally, users can choose to have a data acquisition system with the sealer. This would include seal parameter collection and reporting, as well as peripheral interface capability such as a barcode scanner.

This series benefits from rugged 304 stainless steel construction, selectable and programmable seal modes, and external calibration verification ports for seal temperature, time and pressure.

Seal and temperature and pressure limit alarm settings are part of the 6300P Series. In addition, the sealer has thermal overload protection and is ISO 11607 compliant.


About SencorpWhite:

SencorpWhite, a Connell Limited Partnership portfolio company, is a leading provider of unique end-to-end solutions for the packaging and management of high-value inventory. The company’s products and services–which range from Sencorp brand innovative thermoformers, CeraPak and Accu-Seal  brand packaging technologies to White brand automated storage and retrieval systems and Intek and Minerva  inventory management software–cover the entire supply chain, from the point-of-manufacture through distribution and point-of-use. For more information, call (508) 771-9400 or visit http://www.sencorpwhite.com.

About Connell Limited Partnership:

Connell Limited Partnership is a family-owned business headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts. Connell has a history of owning and operating industry leading manufacturing companies that provide superior products, exceptional customer service and operational excellence to market leading OEMs. The Connell family is dedicated to supporting a wide range of philanthropic endeavors, with a large commitment to the medical field, including the William F. Connell School of Nursing at Boston College, the Connell and O’Reilly Families Cell Manipulation Core at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, the Connell Nursing Research Scholars Program at Massachusetts General Hospital and the William F. Connell Emergency Department at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital. More information is available at http://www.connell-lp.com.

For more information, please contact:
Accu-Seal SencorpWhite, Inc,
225 Bingham Drive, San Marcos, CA 92069 USA  | 760-591-9800 | sale@accu-seal.com
Attention:  Davis Olney

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Mobile Sort Demonstration

Fulfillment automation provider 6 River Systems to unveil new mobile sortation solution at ProMat 2019

Mobile Sort DemonstrationWALTHAM, Mass.–6 River Systems (6RS), the provider of the world’s first and only fully collaborative mobile robotics solution, announces general availability of Mobile Sort, a new solution that enables warehouse operators to intelligently generate and fulfill batched orders using 6RS’ robots, mobile sort stations and cloud-based software enhanced with machine learning. 6RS will debut Mobile Sort on April 8 at ProMat 2019.

E-commerce and retail sales continue to grow each year, yet warehouse operators struggle to find and recruit enough warehouse associates to keep up with the work. The Wall Street Journal recently reported that U.S. warehouses need to hire an additional 452,000 workers between 2018-19 amid record-low unemployment nationwide, just to meet the growing demand. Mobile Sort is designed to help operators rise to meet peak demands and challenges.

“Each-picking operations are under bigger-than-ever market pressure to pick faster and scale for peak seasons with fewer seasonal hires,” Jerome Dubois, 6RS co-CEO and co-founder said. “6 River Systems’ Mobile Sort improves throughput with a picking and sorting solution that is mobile and flexible, helping operators who are crunched for time, capital and resources balance performance and cycle times.”

Mobile Sort Wall KioskMobile Sort stations consist of smart kiosks, mobile put-to-light walls with validation sensors that work with 6RS’ cloud-based software and 6RS collaborative robots, called “Chucks.” 6RS’ intelligent allocation engine continuously generates highly optimized batches of work which group orders into the most efficient picking jobs, minimizing walking. Chucks deliver empty totes to associates in active picking areas and direct associates to complete picks. Totes are then delivered to take-off points, where they are sorted into orders using the Mobile Sort stations.

Equipped with product images and put lights, Mobile Sort stations further assist associates to sort items into customer orders at industry-leading speed and accuracy. The entire solution, from robots to sortation and packout stations, is powered by 6RS’ machine learning that drives efficient picking and system performance. Not only does Mobile Sort improve pick rates, but it is also used to consolidate picks across different areas or automation into discrete orders; for example across mezzanine levels or from goods-to-person automation solutions.

“Mobile Sort is quick to setup and break down, and doesn’t require any permanent infrastructure,” Gillan Hawkes, 6RS VP of Product said. “Unlike traditional automation, Mobile Sort can be easily scaled up or down to handle seasonality and to reclaim precious floor space.”

With the addition of Mobile Sort, 6RS extends the value that their solutions offer customers—from their collaborative mobile robots, to order allocation, picking, sorting and pack-out. These solutions address existing gaps in the market today, specifically for third party logistics, B2B, fast-growing e-commerce and omni-channel retail operations.  

“Autonomous mobile robots have done a great job of attacking the low-hanging fruit in fulfillment processes— movement of material” said John Santagate, Research Director for Commercial Service Robotics at IDC. “As the innovative vendors in this space have begun to scale deployments, they are now also developing complementary products that extend the value of the AMRs in the fulfillment process. Mobile Sort from 6 River Systems is a good example of an AMR vendor extending the capabilities and value of their products and offerings”.

The Mobile Sort solution will be deployed across leading 3PL and retail warehouse operations in time for peak 2019.

Attending ProMat 2019? Schedule time to view a demonstration of Mobile Sort from April 8-11 at Booth #S3983.


About 6 River Systems

6 River Systems was founded in Boston, Massachusetts in 2015 by Jerome Dubois, Rylan Hamilton and Chris Cacioppo. Jerome and Rylan were previously executives at Kiva Systems (now Amazon Robotics). The 6 River Systems engineering team has decades of automation, software and operations experience and has designed, built and deployed the world’s largest warehouse automation solutions. Leading 3PLs, retailers and manufacturers including DHL, XPO Logistics and Office Depot are using 6RS to fulfill millions of units a week.

6 River Systems is supported by world-class venture capital firms and strategic investors, including Menlo Ventures, Norwest Venture Partners, Eclipse and iRobot. Amy Villeneuve, former president and COO of Kiva Systems, is a member of the board.

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New Location for Beaumont

Beaumont Machine Relocates, Starts a New Chapter

Leading supplier of fast hole EDM renews commitment to industry, seeks continued expansion of machine line and markets

 

Beaumont Machine Loaded

The FH Series offers up to seven-axis fast hole EDM drilling capability for many applications, including aerospace, power generation, semiconductor manufacturing and more. Machines are entirely designed, engineered and built in the USA.

 

As company president Ed Beaumont explains, “We needed a fresh start and we were committed to making it happen, on every level, from our physical location to the machine offerings to the markets served and more.” And Beaumont Machine has done exactly that.

The company today announces the opening of its new manufacturing facility in the Cincinnati area, at 4001 Borman Drive, Batavia, Ohio 45103. Phone number is 513-701-0421. Website remains www.beaumontmachine.com.

Ed Beaumont continues, “I started the company over 25 years ago, had success in the aerospace industry here in Cincinnati and elsewhere. After five years of semi-retirement, I returned to run the company, with three goals in mind. I wanted to relocate the business to a larger facility, expand the machine line to offer more companies the benefits of our unique designs and, lastly, grow our consumables business, a key to long-term relationships with EDM customers, precisely because the wire, guides, electrodes, dielectric resin, filters, rotary unions, seal kits and more are critical components to keep the machines up and running.”

New Location for Beaumont

New building in Batavia, OH (Cincinnati) houses Beaumont Machine design, engineering, machine building, sales and service operations for the company.

As of today, all three goals have been met, resulting in more business for the company and an expansion into new markets such as semiconductor materials processing and land-based power generation, particularly turbine blades.

The consumable sales have ramped up, owing to Beaumont securing reliable partners and having the warehouse capacity to carry expanded inventories. Customers can now call on Beaumont for all their consumables needs.

“Though Beaumont machines are available with Fanuc or Siemens CNC controls,” Ed Beaumont explains, “our newest platform with Siemens allows us to create even more shapes with Realtime EDM. We bring them some pretty complex specs and they can always meet the challenges.”

Beaumont EDM machines are used primarily for precision placement of the cooling and gas flow holes in various products, from metering and diffuser holes on a jet engine turbine blade to large blade, seals, vanes and transition ducts on power gen equipment and more.

The company also provides customers fixture design, training, part programming assistance, engineering, turnkeys and vision system integration.

Ed Beaumont concludes, “It’s good to be back in the day-to-day operation of the business. It’s a passion for me and my team. We love solving EDM problems for our customers and will continue to push the envelope in machine performance.”


For more information, please contact:

Ed Beaumont
President
BEAUMONT MACHINE
4001 Borman Drive
Batavia, OH 45103
Phone: 513-701-0421
Web: www.beaumontmachine.com
Email: beaumach@msn.com

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