Why high-speed machining demands a high-end toolholder

In high-speed machining for medical equipment manufacturing, choosing the right toolholder is the key to greater precision, longer tool life and decreased machining costs. Jeff Elliott, for Collis Toolholder As any machinist will tell you, when it comes to precision machining, the importance of a toolholder cannot be overstated. The quality of the toolholder plays

IntelLiDrive tilt-yaw rotary system has high-speed capabilities

The Tilt-Yaw rotary system from IntelLiDrives integrates a two-axes rotary assembly to provide high-speed micro-machining capabilities for 3D part geometries. This precision-aligned system has accurate positioning for hemispherical surfaces. It is also used for general testing, purpose pointing, scaling and tracking applications for small options, antennae and other sensors. The system features high performance rotary

Asaclean touting its industrial machinery purging products

Asaclean (Parsippany, N.J.)—maker of a purging compound for thermoplastic injection molders and extruders—will at Plastec West, Feb. 7–9 in Anaheim, Calif. (Booth #3831), to show off its portfolio of purging products for industrial machinery. Asaclean boasts that its portfolio of mechanical, chemical and hybrid purging grades is a product suite whose broadness reflects the wide range of

New possibilities in crankshaft microfinishing

Innovative machine solutions and tape contact shoe systems open up new possibilities for engine manufacturers and their suppliers, enabling the microfinishing of crankshafts of various designs simpler, faster and more cost-effective. The shoe systems can all be integrated in Thielenhaus’s CrankStar machine platform, which features horizontal and vertical versions for machining passenger car or truck

Small business: Profile of a CNC machinist

Before Jeff Dargatz was a small CNC business owner, he was a farm boy. He went to a small school in South Dakota, and when he graduated, he didn’t really have any direction. “My dad said, ‘Just get any job,’ so I went to work at an implement dealership [selling farm equipment parts].” After a

Miki Pulley creates new couplings for machine tool

High speed Miki Pulley SFD Couplings are rigid, metal disc couplings featuring zero backlash and high torsional stiffness with high concentricity for precise shaft alignment in demanding machine tool spindle applications. Handling system speeds up to 20,000 RPM, they maintain concentricity within .001 TIR. The SFD couplings feature self-centering, single bolt clamping at both coupling

Simple marking with TRUMPF’s TruMark 1110 and new TruMark Station 3000

TRUMPF Inc. showcased its TruMark 1110 in the new TruMark Station 3000 at the MD&M West event last month at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA. This diode-pumped vanadate laser is part of TRUMPF’s innovative and cost-effective series of entry-level marking lasers. It was featured with the new TruMark Station 3000, a compact marking station that offers users

NIH uses photon-counting CT scanner in patients for the first time

The Clinical Center at the National Institutes of Health is investigating the potential use of a new generation of a computerized tomography (CT) scanner, called a photon-counting detector CT scanner, in a clinical setting. The prototype technology is expected to replicate the image quality of conventional CT scanning, but may also provide health care specialists

New PCE XMV-TE system from METTLER TOLEDO ensures EU compliance for Product Packaging industry

Mettler-Toledo PCE has unveiled the new complete XMV-TE system, designed to help pharmaceutical companies comply with all the specifications of EU Directive 2011/62/EU governing protection against falsification. The XMV-TE combines components for serialization, tamper evidence sealing, and process monitoring. The complete system can be easily integrated into both new and existing lines, and networked with

Titan Tool Supply introduces new low-cost measuring microscope with enhanced accessories and options

The new X-axis Model XAM-1 measuring microscope introduced by Titan Tool Supply, Inc., Buffalo, New York, provides optimal flexibility, speed, and accuracy for routine measurements. Enhanced with various accessories and options, the new XAM-1 offers a low-cost alternative to more expensive measuring instruments such as an optical comparator, standard toolmaker’s microscope, or a video measuring

InventHelp’s client patents quick release harness for wheelchair-bound individuals

InventHelp, a leading inventor service company, announces that one of its clients, an inventor from Texas, has designed a harness that keeps a wheelchair-bound individual safe and secure while riding in a wheelchair. This invention is patented. The “I Gotcha” could prevent an individual from sliding off of or tipping over in a wheelchair. It

Toshiba expands line-up of ARM Cortex-M-based microcontrollers

Toshiba announced that it has enhanced its current “TX Family” of ARM core-based microcontrollers and started to develop three series of microcontrollers, “TXZ0 series,” “TXZ3 series” and “TXZ4 series,” as part of the “TXZTM Family.” The TXZTM Family is a new collection of flash microcontrollers that support low-power consumption and high-speed operation for IoT and M2M

High performance motor in a small package, maxon sets new standards in micro drives

maxon motor, a manufacturer of DC motors, gearheads and controllers, showcases its smallest DC brushless motor yet. Only 4 mm in diameter, the EC 4 brushless DC motor comes in two different lengths. Certified in accordance with ISO 13485, the new brushless micro drive is ideal for medical applications. The EC 4 brushless DC motor is maxon motor’s ultra-compact

Start of helpful humanoid robots? CITEC uses compact LDS component as sensor array

Editor’s Note: LaserMicronics, a service provider for laser-based manufacturing, has released the whitepaper “Robot hand with a sensitive touch: LDS tactile sensors for sensorimotor skills.” The paper describes a 2014 project from the CITEC department at Bielefeld University in Bielefeld, Germany, where researchers created a tactile sensor resembling a human fingertip. The sensor was then

Wachendorff Automation: Accurate positioning … for marking systems

The new measuring system LMS LA12 is a perfectly tuned, pre-assembled complete system for use in the field of marking and labeling. The system, consisting of an incremental encoder from the WDGI series, a encoder holder with 25 N contact pressure and a nonslip measuring wheel, is used to continuously measure the speed in many