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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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Centrisys to Display Breakthrough Treatment Technology at WEFTEC 2019

Market leader in sludge and industrial wastewater treatment equipment brings new ideas to market at major Chicago event

Centrisys Shows Treatment TechnologyCentrisys/CNP (Kenosha, Wisconsin) will attend the 92nd WEFTEC (Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition and Conference) in Chicago, IL. The event runs from September 23 through the 25 at McCormick Place Convention Center. Centrisys/CNP is located at Booths 7708 and 7711 in the North Hall. The company’s THK Sludge Thickener and PONDUS™ Thermo-Chemical Hydrolysis Process will be featured at the show.

During the event, Centrisys personnel will conduct three in-booth presentations. On Monday, September 23 at 3 p.m., Centrisys/CNP shares an update on the first U.S. installation of a Passavant® hydrograv® adapt system that eliminates the need for clarifier systems. An in-booth demonstration unit will be on display. On Tuesday, September 24 at Noon, the company announces the CalPrex Pre-Digestion WRF project results and at 3 p.m., they talk about the recent THK installation updates.

Centrisys Shows Treatment Technology CloseupCentrisys/CNP also has two technical sessions during WEFTEC. On Tuesday, September 24 at 4 p.m. in Room N426C, CNP President Gerhard Forstner discusses the “Economic Analysis of Removing Orthophosphate and Improving Dewaterability of Digested Sludge by Post-Digestion AirPrex® Technology.”

The second session is on Wednesday, September 25 at 2 p.m. in Room S505A, where Menachem Tabanpour, CNP Vice President of Business Development, presents his paper, “High Efficiency Calcium Phosphate Recovery Technology at the Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District: Stability Metrics, Design Optimization and Performance.”

Stop by Booth 7708 and 7711 to learn more about the Centrisys/CNP technology.

For more information, please contact:

9586 58th Place
Kenosha, WI 53144
Michele Whitfield or Jessie Jones

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GMTA Hard Scudding

GMTA Presents Profilator and its “Micro-Finishing” Technology at Motion + Power Technology Expo

GMTA Hard Scudding Micro-FinishingWith over 300 exhibiting companies, the Motion+ Power Technology Expo is the ideal show for gear, electric and fluid power industries. Taking place between October 15 and 17, GMTA is one of the exhibitors at the Cabo Center in Detroit, Michigan.

GMTA will feature its Profilator line of gear pointing, rounding, cutting, Scudding®, Hard Scudding®, deburring and polygon machine tools for North America. The highly modular machines are used for polygon and slot facing, shifter stop machining, chamfering and deburring of highly complex automotive and other powertrain gears. The “Scudding®” and the “Hard Scudding®” process sets the Profilator apart in the market because of its manufacturing efficiency. “Hard Scudding®” allows the machining of green and hardened gears on the same machine, using the same programs. Furthermore, it is a superior technology to skiving, the previous technology used in the gear industry.

GMTA Hard Scudding Micro-FinishingWhile Profilator GmbH & Co. KG introduced the concept of “Hard Scudding®” in 2015, it expanded scudding technology with “Micro-Finishing.” “Micro-Finishing” takes place after the Hard Scudding® process has been completed. The process takes a high quality “Hard Scudding®” part and improves its surface quality. Additionally, this is a completely “dry” machining process and requires no cutting fluids or MQL technology. The total cycle time for finishing a ring gear via Hard Scudding® and “Micro-Finishing” is approximately 64 seconds but the cycle time could be decreased by 10%, keeping it under one minute for all automotive gear rings.

GMTA Hard Scudding Profilator Micro-Finishing Machine “Micro-Finishing” technology is aimed at making at quieter gear and the superfinishing process reduces friction, increases pitting resistance and the life of gears. This process uses a high quality diamond plated tool, designed to remove only a small amount of part material. The resulting part greatly increases surface quality on the gear teeth.

Stop by at booth 4439 to find out more about the technologies at GMTA.



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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The Guill team at Interwire 2019

Guill Shines at Interwire

Guill Booth at Interwire 2019

Interwire, the largest and longest-running wire and cable show, took place between May 13 and May 16, at the World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia.  Guill Tooling & Engineering  had quite a turnout at their booth.  Company personnel were able share their knowledge and interact with many potential customers.

At booth #1511, Guill was showcasing some of its latest technology. Featured were the in-line 5 layer extrusion crosshead of Series 800, single-point concentricity extrusion crosshead and Bullet II extrusion head.

Guill’s 800 Series is designed to produce the highest quality, highest material-efficient OD tubing for automotive, medical, appliance and industrial applications. This series produces smooth extrusion and layer definition of fluropolymer and other materials for all multi-layer, multi-lumen medical tubing, as well as fuel line constructions, multi-layer PEX pipe and drip irrigation applications.

The single-point concentricity crosshead uses micro-fine adjustment screws for precise concentricity. This adjustment is a unique feature of the company for the extrusion of thin-walled jacketing and precision ID/OD tubing.  It not only accepts both vaccum and micro-air accessories, but is also ideal for pressure and sleeving applications.

Introduced in 2015, the Bullet was a new extrusion head with fixed center design, multi-port spiral flow design and gum space adjustment. There was no need for fastening hardware, so cleaning and restart were easier. The Bullet II allows quick tooling changes, as the tips remove from the back and the die removes from the front. Guill’s CAM LOCK® deflector removes and installs the deflector and tip with just half a turn. Hassle free air and vacuum connections are available, in addition to reduced downtime and lowered operating costs.  High-volume and low-volume applications are suitable for this crosshead.

For more information, please contact:
Bill Conley, Sales Manager
Guill Tool & Engineering
10 Pike Street
West Warwick, RI 02893
Phone:  401-828-7600

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Guill Booth at Chinaplast

Guill Tool & Engineering Exhibits at ChinaPlas

Guill Tool Booth at ChinaplasGuill Tool & Engineering, Rhode Island, a global manufacturer of extrusion tooling, recently exhibited at Chinaplas. Chinaplas is the world’s leading plastics and rubber tradeshow with over 160,000 visitors from around the globe. The show was held on May 21-24 in Guangzhou, China.

Guill is committed to expanding their business in Asia, and, according to Matt Christofaro, Sales Executive, this effort is one of the main reasons they attended the show. Guill has been seeking additional sales representatives in Asia for the last couple of years and met with a number of promising candidates while at the show. Christofaro discussed the effort to expand in Asia, stating that, “there is definitely huge potential here. Even a fraction of the market share could be huge.” He added that if Guill is serious about doing business in China, they must attend this show every year.

Tom Baldock, Sales Representative Manager, was pleased to have met with some potential Chinese customers that have Guill heads and would like to work directly with Guill as opposed to working through the OEM’s. Baldock said that “there are Chinese companies that want American technology, which is still perceived by many as the best technology available.”

Guill had an interpreter at the booth which enabled them to meet with a number of customers, large and small, in person at the show. This, according to Christofaro, “was great for both parties.” Christofaro also noted that “there are a lot of companies (many Chinese) with very impressive extrusion lines that were making product right there at the show.”

Guill products featured at Chinaplas were mainly medical tubing dies. Also shown was a customer sample of a transitional wound drain tubing. Attendees were impressed by the fact that it can be created using a continuous process. Guill had inquiries about their 5 and 6 layer automotive tubing. Booth panels showed that Guill also makes dies for products in other industries, such as wire & cable, hoses, corrugated tube, pipe, etc.

For more information, please contact:
Tom Baldock, Sales Representative Manager
Guill Tool & Engineering
10 Pike Street
West Warwick, RI 02893
Telephone: 401-828-7600

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Wardwell at Interwire 2019

Wardwell Has a Successful Show at Interwire

Wardwell at Interwire 2019Interwire, the largest and longest-running wire and cable show, took place between May 13 and May 16, at the World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Wardwell Braiding Company had quite a turnout at their booth. They were able share their knowledge and interact with many potential customers.

Wardwell offered a sneak peak of their new 24 carrier Maypole style braiding machine at booth #1306. The braiding machine has an independently driven capstan instead of change gears to vary the pitch. It is also features a driven wind-up mechanism for reels with a flange diameter of up to 14,” which is rarely used on Maypole style units.  These two features make the B10 the ideal test machine by combining versatility and low cost. Furthermore, the braiding machine works best in a laboratory environment or an R&D environment because users can test run materials or the size of products.

Another product shown at Wardwell’s booth was the Speedmaster 150, a 10 carrier braiding machine for fine wire and integrated with windup for reels up to 35 mm. Additional features include special lower carriers for fine wire, an enhanced sound enclosure with lights and a fan, as well as an automatic central lube system. Finally, the Speedmaster 150 features a tape attachment and a core run-out sensor.


For more information, please contact:

Cynthia Chen
Wardwell Braiding Co.
1211 High Street
Central Falls
Rhode Island, 02863
Phone: 401 724 8800 X 183
Fax: 401 723 2690
Web: www.wardwell.com

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NOARK Electric Features New Extended Frame Size at ATX Canada 2019

Noark Ex9C 1000APomona, California– NOARK Electric, a leading low-voltage, electrical product manufacturer, now offers an extended frame size for the Ex9C 1000A.

NOARK Electric has extended its Ex9C general purpose contactor product line up to a 1000 ampacity frame size. NOARK’s popular line of IEC style of AC and DC contactors are UL508 certified and tested for the NEMA market. With the latest extension of the line up to 1000 amperage, NOARK can now address a much larger portion of the industrial control and automation market. The Ex9C1000 frame size will be offered in a 630, 800, and 1000A offering.

NOARK Electric (North America), located in Pomona, California, is a leading global electrical component and intelligent control system supplier. The company is establishing a representative and distribution network to serve its primary markets, which include the building trades and electric panel board builders in various industries. As a global supplier, NOARK currently operates four R&D centers, three distribution centers, 15 office locations and employs over 1,000 associates. Sales currently exceed $2 billion worldwide.

To see firsthand a demonstration of Noark’s latest product developments, visit us at the ATX Canada 2019 Show at Booth 968 or contact your local sales representative at nasales@noark-electric.com

For more information, please contact:

Ed Joe, Marketing Director
Noark Electric (North America)
2188 Pomona Blvd
Pomona, CA 91768
Phone: 779-771-8881
Email: ed.joe@noark-electric.com
Website: na.noark-electric.com

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Wardwell Introduces New Braiding Machine at Interwire

Warwell Braiding MachineInterwire took place between May 13 and May 16, at the World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Wardwell Braiding offered a sneak peak of their new 24 carrier Maypole style braiding machine at booth #1306.

The braiding machine has an independently driven capstan instead of change gears to vary the pitch. It is also features a driven wind-up mechanism for reels with a flange diameter of up to 14,” which is rarely used on Maypole style units.  These two features make the B10 the ideal test machine by combining versatility and low cost. Furthermore, the braiding machine works best in a laboratory environment or an R&D environment because users can test run materials or the size of products.




For more information, please contact:

Cynthia Chen
Wardwell Braiding Co.
1211 High Street
Central Falls
Rhode Island, 02863
Phone: 401 724 8800 X 183
Fax: 401 723 2690
Web: www.wardwell.com

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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.


Fergal Glynn, VP of Marketing, +1.866.602.4825
6 River Systems, Inc.


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Bliss Munitions Equipment Will Exhibit at the Shot Show

Bliss MunitionsBliss Munitions Equipment will exhibit at the upcoming SHOT Show in Las Vegas, Nevada in January 2019. Bliss Munitions is a global, full-service ammunition equipment manufacturer.

Bliss Munitions manufactures a number of presses, including Cupping Presses, Draw Presses and Transfer Presses. Their Bullet Assembly Machines (BAMs) are used to manufacture projectiles for both pistol and rifle cartridges. They are versatile enough to convert from one caliber to another.

The SHOT Show is an annual trade show geared towards the shooting, hunting and firearms industry and is the biggest show of its kind. The show serves commercial buyers and sellers of military, law enforcement and tactical products.

The SHOT Show runs January 22-25 at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Bliss Munitions Equipment will be at booth 621.

For more information, please contact:

Anthony DeMerle
Bliss Munitions Equipment
1004 E. State Street
Hastings, Michigan 49058

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