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Grieve Cabinet Oven

1050°F Cabinet Oven from Grieve

Grieve Cabinet OvenNo. 1049 is a 1050°F (566°C), cabinet oven with two drawers from Grieve, currently used for annealing or normalizing processes at the customer’s facility. Workspace dimensions of this oven measure 39” W x 102” D x 51” H, with two drawers rated 250 lbs. loading with 36” wide x 78” deep x 15” high loading area. 800,000 BTU/hour installed in a modulating natural gas burner, while a 10,000 CFM, 7-1/2 HP recirculating blower provides horizontal airflow to the workload.

This Grieve oven features 10” thick insulated walls comprised of 2” 2000°F ceramic blanket and 8” of 10 lb/cf density rockwool. Features include a top mounted heat chamber, aluminized steel exterior and Type 304, 2B finish stainless steel interior. Additional features include a rear door for access to workspace and heat chamber, exhaust hood over drawers and motorized dampers on intake and exhaust for accelerated cooling.

The oven includes all safety equipment required by IRI, FM and National Fire Protection Association Standard 86 for gas-heated equipment, including 1800 CFM stainless steel powered forced exhauster. It also meets AMS2750, Class 2 (±10F), Type C (survey thermocouple at hottest and coldest location).

Controls on the No. 1049 include a digital indicating temperature controller, two digital shutdown timers, one for burner and one for oven and a circuit breaker disconnect switch.

For more information, please contact:
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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Arnold’s 100th Anniversary Celebrates Company’s History and Technology

Presentations were given by company personnel on September 13, 2019 in Ravensburg, Germany.

Arnold employees from 1919Arnold, a major manufacturer of laser technologies, recently celebrated 100 years at its headquarters in Ravensburg, Germany. The event included various presentations such as: “Development of Technologies,” “Laser Polishing-Development and Opportunities,” “Laser Treatment of Electric Sheet,” “Laser Use in e-mobility” and “From Regional Provider to Global Player.” A brief history with a focus on emerging technologies was given by Hansjörg Klotz, the sales director.

The company was founded in 1919 as a mechanical workshop by Anton Arnold. At the time, the company was considered a special welding plant for cast iron and aluminum. From 1950, under the leadership of Karl Arnold, the company developed contract turning for automatic turning parts. From 1969, the focus shifted to equipment construction and special machines for various industries. In 1985, the first laser system was built for ZF Friedrichshafen.

Arnold machineIn 1985, Spectra Physics, the predecessor of Rofin Sinar, reached out to Arnold for the construction of a rotary axis and clamping technology for a laser welding system for transmission wheels. This project was the first step for Arnold into laser technology. Driven by the idea of using the laser not only as a tool, but as the technology for beam guidance requirements and understanding of the processes, many components have been developed and patented over time. They can still be applied today with improved details. Available in 1985 and beyond, Arnold constructed thousands of clamping devices for milling machines and engine processing. Also included were pallet change systems for large machining centers, assembly lines for motors, test fields, keyboard drills and battery levels.

While competitors need to adjust beam guidance after every mirror change, the change was a matter of a few minutes for Arnold and production could be continued immediately. This production-oriented thinking has continued with the company’s machine designs. All important components were geometrically overdetermined and could only be installed with proper production.

In the first years, Arnold focused purely on welding machines. The aim was always to build a single block machine, possibly supplemented by conveyor belts for component supply and removal.

Current Arnold MachineLater on, more and more functions were integrated. Parts had to be pressed, heated and brushed, and seam detection systems, component handling, conversion strategies, process monitoring, different beam sources, laser concepts, to name a few, had to be integrated into the systems. The effort for commissioning and control grew almost limitless.

Even though there were isolated laser projects parallel to the classic special machine construction of the first few years, the main focus of the company since the 1990s has been the construction of laser systems. The first few laser applications were used in gear wheels, heat exchangers, shaft welding with induction and starter contacts for incandescent lamps.

New technology developed by Arnold features systems for rotary parts such as a double station and the M800/1500 units. In addition, the company offers new concepts of 3D systems used for welding, cutting, powder application welding, hardening and polishing. The newest flex cell and gantry systems feature up to 7 axes working simultaneously. Lastly, the company developed two extreme expansion stages of gear wheel welding systems. These are fully automated systems.

Functional extensions on the current machines include robots, conveyors, press stations, additional axes, induction preheating, UMH preheating, brushing stations, runout test stations and ultrasonic testing.

Current Arnold MachineIt has always been important for Arnold to participate in European-funded research projects. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, contact with Fraunhofer-IWS in Dresden was established. Countless mutual visits, the exchange of process experience and material knowledge on the part of the IWS as well the mechanical engineering experience and enthusiasm of Arnold quickly bore fruit. In 1994, Arnold, together with the IWS and EFD (manufacturer of induction plants), delivered the world’s first plant for welding cast iron to steel. Ford in Düren, Germany was the customer that benefitted from this, producing drive shafts.

Current projects include Melato (manufacture of pressing tools from layered, laser-cut sheets), POLAR (laser polishing), KLASSE (laser cutting and solidification with an optic in a gantry system) and GeKoWig (titanium powder application welding in a protective gas atmosphere).

Together with IWS, Arnold has developed Remoweld Optic, a high-frequency optic scanner. With this scanner, copper, aluminum and mixed compounds can be welded virtually splash-free. With IWS, the company exhibited the optic scanner at various trade shows. The response has been very positive and several interested parties have approached IWS with potential applications.

In conclusion, Arnold has undergone many transformative changes in the past 100 years and it continues to expand its capabilities to better serve its customers.

For more information, please contact:

Walter Friedrich
4630 Freedom Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48108

GMTA is the exclusive distributor for a number of top-quality German and other metalworking machine builders companies including Arnold, BvL, K+G, Praewema, Profilator, Rasoma, Samag and WEMA Glauchau. The company’s headquarters is located in Ann Arbor, Michigan with a subsidiary in Queretaro, Mexico.

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FABTECH 2019 Wrap-Up

Last week, we attended Fabtech in Chicago where four of our clients exhibited. All four had a successful time at the show, which ran from Monday to Thursday. There were over 48,000 attendees during the four days.

Exact Metrology featured their new hot product, the GOM CT Scanner, which provides 3D data of internal and external component geometries in exceptionally high resolution. The Leica Absolute Scanner and Absolute Tracker were also featured in the booth as was the Hexagon Absolute Arm. Exact experts spoke with attendees about their onsite scanning and measurement services including 3D scanning, reverse engineering and CT scanning. Exact offers testing, including onsite, plus equipment sales to the fab industries and others.

Schuler, a press manufacturer, attracted visitors to their booth with a hydroformed Harley Davidson motorcycle frame on display. Hot topics included IIOT solutions, automated smart presses, hydroforming and metal stamping applications and press lines for lightweight materials.

Siemens displayed their new SINUMERIK Motion Controller (MC), which is the perfect platform for the fabrication industry in regards to laser cutting, water jetting, plasma cutting plus wood routing and stone cutting. The booth also featured the SINUMERIK 840D sl CNC and a SIMATIC PLC for various motion control requirements in the fab industry. Other topics included Mindsphere, digital twins and additive manufacturing.

Suhner had an eye-catching display complete with sparks flying, which showcased ROBOT tools grinding, polishing, tube polishing and filing. On display, Suhner had two files, a narrow and a broad belt grinder. They also had air spindles and an electro spindle. The booth also featured the MONOmaster drill unit made in Switzerland and the ECONOmaster made in Rome, GA. Among those machine tools were POLYdrills which are multi head drills that perform anywhere from 2 to 32 drilling applications at one time and deep hole drills that can drill from 200 millimeters to 500 millimeters and 800 millimeters. Suhner also provides the industry a full range of abrasive hand tools and pads.

All booths were crowded with considerable traffic over the course of the show. Another successful Fabtech in Chicago! See you in Vegas next year!

-Maureen Lepke, Social Media Director

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Exact Metrology Scanning in Peru

Exact Metrology Scans Monoliths in Peru

Exact Metrology Scanning in PeruBetween August 5 and August 19, Jason Kleinhenz, the marketing manager of Exact Metrology, visited Peru. His mission was to assist archeologist and teacher, Daniel Fernandez-Davila and a group of 12 others to collect scan data of ancient artifacts.

Daniel Fernandez-Davila has made this trip for 21 years, accompanied by his students and residents from Wayland, Massachusetts.  Besides Kleinhenz, the team included Antonia Hieronymous, Rachel Lorenc and Nick Ciorogan.  Daniel and Antonia started a non-profit called Loose Change. Based in Wayland, Massachusetts, Loose Change organizes an annual week-long event to gather donations from the community. As the name implies, residents donate their spare change to the organization. All of the funds are used to buy books and educational materials for Peruvian schoolchildren. In addition to providing school supplies, the non-profit also builds/renovates schools. In addition, Fernandez-Davila made it his mission to scan a South American monolith and several artifacts, so that the information could be used in archeological research and also in presentations for museums. Lorenc participated on behalf of her mentor, Dr. Lisa DeLeonardris at Johns Hopkins. Dr. DeLeonardris said that “The purpose of this trip was first and foremost to document the artifacts (shaman vessels and monolith) with hopes of better presenting and/or publishing iconographic analysis.” Ciorogan, a professional photographer and videographer, completed filming for the movie “My Teacher.” With a release date of 2020, the movie focuses on Fernandez-Davila’s work in the Peruvian jungle.

Close-up of the scanned monolith

Artec 3D, a world-renowned developer and manufacturer of professional 3D scanners and software, provided a Space Spider and Exact Metrology brought an Eva scanner. The Space Spider is a high-resolution 3D scanner based on blue light technology. It is ideal for capturing small objects or intricate details of large industrial objects in high resolution and with great accuracy. Also supplied by Artec 3D, Eva is used for making a quick, textured and accurate 3D model of medium sized objects. It scans quickly, capturing precise measurements in high resolution. Not only does it capture almost any type of object (including black and shiny surfaces), but it is used in numerous industries including quality control, heritage preservation, forensics, automotive, medical, aerospace and prosthetics.

The data was processed in Artec Studio 14 and 10 by Exact Metrology personnel, namely Chris Lafferty, Greg Hoeting and Jason Kleinhenz. Then, the information was given to Chris Catlett at 3D Systems. The company supplies the best range of 3D printers, materials and application expertise. 3D Systems was used to turn 3D data into PDFs, CAD files and short movies. To complete this task, Exact Metrology employed Geomagic, their leading 3D software for digital reconstruction of the ruins.

Through this project, Exact Metrology showed that they can scan anything, anywhere for educational and research purposes, as well as build partnerships with the local community. The right side of the scanned monolith was dated between 400 BC and 200 AD, while the left side was estimated to date between 700 and 14700 AD. The artifacts are estimated to be between 500 BC and 100 AD. Exact Metrology plans to turn the data into solids by possibly 3D printing a few, turn the solids/meshes into user-friendly interactive tools or turn them into short videos. Furthermore, the company is preparing to present two scientific papers with Johns Hopkins at the 60th Annual Andean Studies Meeting in Berkeley, California in 2020. The videos will be supplied to museums in Peru.

Residents in Peru where Exact Metrology visited

To sum up the experience, Kleinhenz said, “The true value from this project came from the struggle, relationships built and the communities engaged. We’re excited to partner with great people and organizations to further the archeological research and philanthropic work. The community growing from this endeavor is really passionate and driven to deliver results – from my perspective, I’m grateful that I get to be a part of that movement, show Exact Metrology’s capabilities and partner with great people.”

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

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Proprietary hybrid PLASMA coated brass wire from GIP

Clippard Uses GIP Hybrid Plasma Coated Brass Wire for EDM Operations, Realizes 15 to 20% Improvement in Speed

Market leader in high-precision pneumatic valves and other components machines 316SS and other materials, achieving better finish in less time with reduced power and less wire breakage, due to proprietary product from Global Innovative Products

Clippard EDM GIP

Trevor McCoy, CNC/EDM programmer at Clippard, runs a FANUC wire EDM with the GIP proprietary PLASMA coated brass wire. McCoy states he achieves better finish with 15 to 20% improvement in run time. (machine hood open only for photo purpose)

Clippard (Cincinnati, Ohio) is a world leader in fluid control products and other high-precision components, and the company prides itself on having been vertically integrated for decades, since its founding in 1941. The company operates two ISO certified manufacturing locations in Ohio and does advanced machining of all types to produce its extensive catalog of standard and custom product solutions for a myriad of markets worldwide. At the heart of its machining capabilities are 12-axis CNC Swiss machines, CNC milling centers and CNC wire EDM’s, plus numerous post-finishing operations, including anodizing, EN plating and thermal deburring. Various metal and thermoplastic materials are machined.

Recently, after extensive discussions with a local EDM supply distributor, a proprietary hybrid coated brass wire was presented to the Clippard Director of Operations, Robin Rutschilling and his CNC/EDM Programmer, Trevor McCoy by Barry Ramsay of Global Innovative Products (hereafter GIP), a Mason, Ohio supplier of consumables for EDM shops through their GIP distributor network, who also produces a variety of its own products for need-specific operations in electrical discharge machining. One such product is a PLASMA hybrid coated brass wire, comprising of a gamma-phase intermetallic zinc alloy coated wire with brass core. This proprietary GIP innovation had proven out in numerous lab testings but needed “real world” production validation. Barry Ramsay and GIP application engineer Brad Hansard approached the team at Clippard.

Clippard Wire EDM

Clippard uses wire EDM for the production of many components, including the tooling used in its conventional machine shops. All EDM work at Clippard is performed for internal production purposes, so one-offs are common, making speed a critical factor for the department.

As the product had been found suitable for all types of wire machines, with excellent auto-threading capability and increased performance, even at conventional brass wire settings, Ramsay felt confident the product would outperform what Clippard was currently using in its EDM shop, including other GIP wire. This new product was being offered in 0.008”, 0.010” and 0.012” (20mm, 25mm and 30mm) diameters, so Ramsay proposed giving the Clippard EDM department a supply for testing on one of its Fanuc wire machines.

Gamma phase brass is a brittle intermetallic alloy (Cu5Zn8) with a high zinc content (approximately 65% Zn) which can also be synthesized by a diffusion anneal. However, when such coatings are wire drawn subsequent to the diffusion anneal, the coating will fracture due to its brittleness and redistribute around the wire circumference creating a discontinuous layer sometimes described as a “porous layer”, which promotes turbulent flow enhancing the flushing of debris. However, it is zinc enrichment created at the surface combined with the elevated melting point of CuZn gamma phase (approximately 800ºC/1472ºF) which are the biggest factors contributing to the performance of Gamma Phase Brass coated wire.

The arrangement between the two companies actually began in a somewhat unconventional manner, as Trevor McCoy relates. “We have an Ocean hole popper (electrode/sinker EDM) and the circuit boards needed repair. Brad was able to do that kind of work, which I knew from previous experiences with him. So, he proposed exchanging the board servicing for the opportunity to test the GIP hybrid PLASMA wire. Seemed reasonable to us, so we agreed.” The FANUC wire EDM in the shop at Clippard seemed an ideal candidate for GIP, as well, as Barry Ramsay notes, “We knew they were running all types of materials and some very high-precision tooling used in their own machine shop for the production of various pneumatic components with very tight tolerances. It seemed a very good place to test our new wire, which had been proven out on our own EDM’s at GIP.” He further says it was a handshake deal, a “classic collaboration between two companies for their mutual benefit,” adding that application engineering supplied by GIP further enhanced the use of the product at Clippard, as the test learning process information was shared without reservation, so both companies benefited.

In this test case, many of the components were being run for the production of special parts being produced by Clippard for robotic arm articulation.

The testing immediately yielded positive results, as McCoy notes they were holding tolerances under a tenth, with a microfinish that was very important for the application. “We do a lot of custom work for our own use, over 50% of my production in EDM. Some of the hard tool steels are difficult to drill and we also run various others. The jobs require a lot of setup time and fixturing, so run time, finish and wire breaks all are critical for us.”

The goals for this proprietary wire testing were three, according to Barry Ramsay. “The characteristics of the PLASMA wire in production on the FANUC machine at Clippard were important, as the flushing of their precision components directly impacts quality. Further, we had our own test results galore but needed an outside house to validate what we were seeing. Lastly, we just wanted to help our friends at Clippard, who had been so cooperative and, in this case, needed our help with those circuit boards. It was a classic win-win for both of us, as all three goals were met.”

Multiple parts were EDM’d during the testing of this PLASMA wire, with full comparative data tracked on the test wire vs. conventional brass. One tool for a medical part was produced, for example, in :56 vs. 1:05 with five skim passes, a 16% improvement in overall production. McCoy notes, “We could apply more power to run faster. The GIP product consistently outperforms premium brass, based on my experience with both now.” He also cited a very practical advantage. “The PLASMA wire is as clean as conventional brass.” Ramsay adds the price point is also competitive, so there’s less of a premium to achieve these enhanced results.

Clippard is a third-generation, family-owned and operated company that has developed many pneumatic components for a variety of applications in industry, commercial and even fun applications. Clippard’s Chief Marketing Officer, Rob Clippard, developed this “air guitar” that operates with the company’s pneumatic valves and cylinders. See it in performance of the classic Pachelbel Canon in D below. A wonderful intersection of music’s magic with the technology of one very creative company!

Chris Agricola, Advertising Manager at Clippard, also contributed to this story.


For more information, please contact:

Robin Rutschilling
Director of Operations
7390 Colerain Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45239
Phone:  513-521-4261


Barry Ramsay
General Manager
7697 Innovation Way
Suite 200
Mason, OH 45050
Phone:  513-701-0441

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Exact Metrology Homepage

Exact Metrology’s Website Offers a Wealth of Information

Exact Metrology, a leading metrology services provider, offers customers and interested parties information on 3D scanning services, CT scanning, metrology equipment and software solutions on their website at www.exactmetrology.com

The company’s 3D scanning includes inspection scanning, CT scanning, reverse engineering, long range scanning and scan to CAD.

CT scanning (computed tomography) is used in aerospace, archeology, automotive, castings, die cast, electronics, food, molds, personal products and plastics. Confident in its ability to obtain 3D views from inside a part, Exact Metrology issued a GOM CT challenge. It invited users to send scanned data they’ve obtained from other technologies. If the results obtained from GOM CT weren’t superior, the company would send the user $100 with no strings attached. In addition, Exact Metrology is a representative and seller in North America  of Procon X-ray GmbH, a German developer of x-ray inspection equipment for industrial applications and university/scientific research.

Besides GOM and Procon, Exact Metrology features various leading manufacturers such as: Artec 3D, Geomagic Capture, Hexagon, InspecVision Planar, Leica Geosystems, Leica HDS, Polyrix,  Raytech and Surphaser.

Along with its equipment, Exact Metrology offers several software options to complement their offering. This includes Artec Studio, Leica Geosystems Cyclone, Hexagon, Geomagic, GOM Inspect, Polyworks, Volume Graphics and 3D Reshaper.

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.  

For more information, please contact:

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

Dean Solberg
Exact Metrology, Inc.
20515 Industry Avenue
Brookfield, WI 53045
Phone: 262-533-0800
Local: 866-722-2600

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Grieve Bench Oven 1050

400°F Large Capacity Bench Oven from Grieve

Grieve Bench Oven 1050No. 1050 is a 400°F (204°C), large capacity bench oven from Grieve, currently used for vacuum bagging at the customer’s facility. Workspace dimensions of this oven measure 36” W x 48” D x 36” H. 6.6 kW are installed in Incoloy sheathed tubular heating elements, while a 400 CFM, 1/3-HP recirculating blower provides airflow to the workload.

This Grieve oven features 2” insulated walls, six (6) point vacuum manifold with individual shut-off valves, vacuum gauge and quick disconnect. Additional features include an aluminized steel exterior, Type 304, 2B finish stainless steel interior and an 80 CFM powered forced exhauster.

Controls on the No. 1050 include a digital programming temperature controller, manual reset excess temperature interlock with separate contactors and a recirculating blower airflow safety switch.

For more information, please contact:
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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Suhner Offers Various Tooling Products in Its Machining Division

New brochure details wide assortment of components for machine tool builders, integrators and end users in all metalworking sectors

Suhner, a leading manufacturer of automated tooling components, slides and multi-spindle components, has expanded its product offering, detailed in a new brochure the Machining Division. Known best for its drilling and tapping units, milling units, machining slides and other specially designed devices for high production work, the company continues to experience increased demand for its machining products and services.  As detailed in this new brochure, the Suhner Machining Division offers several new and enhanced products including flex shaft multiple drive system, QUILLmaster Drilling Units, TAPmaster tapping units, stationary and self-feed, flexible-shaft driven drilling units, POLYdrill multiple spindle heads, SPINDLEmaster machining spindles and SLIDEmaster.  All are designed for high-production work, especially in the automotive and other mass component market sectors.

The flex shaft multiple drive system works with MULTImaster drilling units. It offers up to 8 driving units, a motor rating of 5 HP (3.7 kW) standard and an output speed between 46-9,320 rpm. Optional features include a larger motor and a right angle drive.

QUILLmaster drilling units are self-fed drilling units, motor driven and pneumatic-fed. The total stroke is up to 4.9 in. (125mm), same as the controlled stroke. Furthermore, the QUILLmaster has a drilling capacity with  diameter up to  0.8 in.  (20 mm) for mild steel and a motor rating between 0.3-5 HP (0.22 kW -3.7kW). Tool holding options include ER, ST, ISO/CAT, HSK & custom.

Suhner stationary and self-feeding, flexible shaft driven drilling units feature total stroke up to  3.1 in. (80 mm) and controlled stroke up to 2.9 in. (75 mm).  The flexible shaft drilling unit has a drilling capacity with diameter up to 0.47 in. (12 mm) into mild steel. Available tooling holding options are ER, ST and custom.

TAPmaster includes CNC or leadscrews tapping units. Leadscrew tappers offer a total stroke up to 3.9 in. (100 mm), a tapping capacity up to .787 in. (20 mm) and a thread pitch between 64-13 TPI (0.4-1.75 mm). Available options are custom leadscrew pitches and crash protection on some units. Servo tappers feature a total stroke up to 5.5 in. (140 mm) and a tapping capacity up to .787 in. (20 mm).

POLYdrill multiple spindle heads include adjustable and fixed spindle heads. Drilling capacity ranges from 0.06 to 1 in. (1.5-25 mm). Minimum hole spacing is 0.27 in. (7 mm), while maximum hole spacing is limitless. Tooling options include ER, ST, JT33, Weldon and custom. Additional features are axial and radial compensation and custom layout/spacing.

The company’s SPINDLEmaster features precision turning spindles and slide units. The drilling capacity has a diameter up to 1.6 in. (40 mm) into mild steel and a motor rating between 0.75-10 HP (0.56 kW-7.5 kW). Tool holding options include ER, ISO/CAT,  HSK, Weldon and ABS. Available options  are coolant through automatic tool charger, taper roller or angular contact bearings and higher capacity spindles.

Lastly, the SLIDEmaster offers pneumatic, hydraulic and servo (ball screw) slide types. Stroke options include 6.3, 12.6 and 18.9 in. (160, 320 and 480 mm). Additional options include custom stroke lengths and higher capacity slides.

For more information, please contact:

Suhner Industrial Products, LLC
43 Anderson Road SW
Rome, GA 30161
Phone 706/235-8046
Fax 706/235-8045
Attention: Lee Coleman

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Smart Assist demonstrated on Schuler machine Fabtech

Schuler Shows Smart Forming Technology at Fabtech

Whether mechanical stamping presses or hydraulic composite lines: Digital solutions can improve the productivity of every machine

Sensors in Schuler Machine featured at Fabtech

Sophisticated sensors and actuators in the latest Schuler machines help to prevent potential downtimes. © Schuler

Predicting potential downtime of a press well in advance and thereby improving its availability and productivity? Sophisticated sensors and actuators in the latest Schuler machines make it possible – whether mechanical transfer presses, hydraulic hot stamping or composite lines, for instance. Visitors of this year’s Fabtech November 11-14 in Chicago will find out more at the Schuler booth D46055.

In Schuler presses, machine components can be monitored for changes, wear, and damage to optimize the maintenance process. For this purpose, regular test runs of the system are performed in which vibration data, torque progressions, and energy consumption, among other things, are measured, stored, and compared. Sensors in the press bed and slide record the acceleration per stroke for example, enabling stampers to monitor the forming processes in detail.

The most recent example is the completely redesigned MC 125 stamping press. Thanks to additional integrated sensors, its condition can be fully monitored at all times. This ensures the productivity of the stamping machine. The functionalities are also available on mobile devices.

Smart Assist demonstrated on Schuler machine Fabtech

Schuler’s “Smart Assist” accelerates the production startup by guiding the user step-by-step through the process. © Schuler

However, digital solutions can also help to accelerate the production startup significantly. Schuler’s servo presses come with a software called “Smart Assist” which guides the user through the process step-by-step with the aid of videos and graphics, optimizes the movement curves of the slide and transfer fully automatically, and transfers the data to the overall system. Compared to setting up the system manually, which can take up to eight hours for an expert, the Smart Assist reduces the process to just 30 minutes.

Track & Trace with pinpoint accuracy
Compared to cold forming, significantly more factors influence the production process in hot stamping, which is usually done with hydraulic presses. Here, Schuler’s process monitoring solution records the exact temperature of the red-hot blanks as they leave the furnace, the amount of time that passes before they are placed in the die, the press force applied, and many other things. All of these parameters have a direct effect on the part quality. In case there is any doubt, stampers can track and trace these parts with pinpoint accuracy.

When it comes to composite presses and the production of parts made of carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP), it is all about manufacturing costs. Within the research project “iComposite 4.0,” Schuler and its partners have succeeded in reducing both costs and throughput times for a prototype part dramatically. The production line runs Aachen Center for Integrative Lightweight Production (AZL) of RWTH Aachen University in Germany.

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.


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

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Artec Eva Showing Its Capabilities

Exact Metrology Attends CHS Career Expo

Artec Eva Scanning Part in 3DThe Canton Area Chamber of Commerce, U of I Extension, Spoon River College and SIU School of Medicine recently hosted the Canton Career Expo at Canton High School. This was the largest career event at Canton High School with participation from 45 area employers. During each rotation, presenters gave an overview of their profession, answered questions and led students in a hands-on activity. Approximately 160 seniors attended the morning session, with 162 juniors participating in the afternoon. They were divided into six groups and rotated among six “cluster areas.” These areas included agriculture, food & natural resources; arts, communications and information systems; engineering, manufacturing and technology; health and life sciences; human services; business, management and administration. Students were able to see the list of employers in each cluster and chose two from each cluster.

Exact Metrology attended this career expo to grow their relationship with schools and businesses in the area, recruit potential employees and educate students on Exact Metrology’s technology offerings. The latter was achieved using Artec 3D, a world-renowned developer and manufacturer of professional 3D scanners and software. The 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.

Artec Eva Showing Its CapabilitiesDana Green, the inside sales person at Exact Metrology said, “We are focusing on giving back to the local communities by partnering with more schools.  These students will be tomorrow’s workforce and we want to make sure they know who we are and what we do.”

Exact Metrology is an ISO 9001:2008, AS9100, FFL and ITAR Certified 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 CT scanning and services 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

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