MOBILE ROBOT FOR SEMICONDUCTOR PRODUCTION

The production of semiconductors is complex. Until now, there was no mobile, automated semiconductor production system that enabled component transfer from one step to the next. That has now changed with the KUKA wafer-handling solution. Semiconductors Can Be Found Everywhere Small, smart computer chips – so-called semiconductors – are meanwhile used in all areas of everyday life: from smartphones and tablets to cars. This...

A TOOLBOX FOR INDUSTRIAL ROBOT USERS

Computer-based programming is the best way to maximize return on investment for robotic systems, resulting in lower costs, faster time to market and superior end products. ABB RobotStudio allows programming to be done on a computer without disturbing existing production. Improved Collaboration for Better Solutions System integrators can communicate better with customers and involve them closely through all phases of robot integration,...

TUBE-SAWING SYSTEM WITH AUTOMATIC CHANGEOVER

BLM Group USA’s (Novi, MI) TS72 universal cold sawing CNC system for cutting tubes, bars, and profiles features an axis-control function that enables automated changeover for nonstop, unattended production. Particularly well-suited to small batch sizes, all adjustments and cutting parameters – material, blade type, and tube dimensions – are automatic to eliminate downtime. The TS72 can process tubes up to 4 in (102 mm) outer...

AUTOMATING MISSION-CRITICAL INSPECTION

At a horseshoe-shaped assembly line in Youngstown, Ohio, engine parts move like clockwork on a conveyor with 60-second takt time for each station. “Everything is just-in-time, just-in-sequence,” says Gary Bobalik, marketing director for Comprehensive Logistics. Founded in 1903, the company provides high-volume, high-velocity warehouse solutions via proprietary IT system integration, warehouse- and yard-management intelligence...

User-Friendly KASTO Bandsaw is Key to Unusual Aviation Application

To save time and costs during the production of aircraft components, Airbus Helicopters, Donauwörth, Bavaria, has recently turned to additive manufacturing. After manufacturing the titanium components in the 3D printer, the next step is to separate them from their baseplate. This is done using the fully automatic KASTOwin amc bandsaw. This economical KASTO machine has been specially designed for use in the world of generative...

AHB Tooling & Machinery Acquires Tool-Craft Supply

AHB Tooling & Machinery (Roseville, MI) has announced the acquisition of Tool-Craft Supply, effective as of Dec. 2, 2019. Tool-Craft Supply had previously been a part of Tool-Craft Industries of Sterling Heights, MI. Tool-Craft Industries will continue to operate as an independent entity under the leadership of Chet Wilson, its president. With the acquisition of Tool-Craft Supply, AHB customers now have access to the quality custom...

Independent CMM Calibration Business Launched

API Services has added Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM) calibration to its portfolio of machine tool, industrial robot and laser tracker calibration services. API offers both a standard CMM Certification and a Premium CMM Calibration service to original OEM CMM specifications. The latter includes a full 21 parameter error-map created using the API XD Laser interferometer and 6 Degrees of Freedom (6DoF) calibration. Calibration...

NAM Survey: Manufacturing Stabilizes in Fourth Quarter

The National Association of Manufacturers has released the results of the Manufacturers’ Outlook Survey for the fourth quarter of 2019. The survey shows that manufacturing optimism has stabilized with nearly 68% of manufacturers reporting a positive outlook for their business, essentially the same rate as the third quarter release. The inability to attract and retain a quality workforce remained manufacturers’  top business...

BEHRINGER GMBH CELEBRATES 100 YEARS

Behringer GmbH (Morgantown, PA) is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. Since the founding of the company in 1919, Behringer has developed into the world’s leading supplier of innovative sawing technology. The history of the sawing machine producer started in 1919, when August Behringer founded a small locksmith and mechanical workshop in the village center of Kirchardt, Germany. In the early years, repairs were the main...

INVERTERS AUTOMATE STACK-FLIPPING

Automatic Feed Co.’s (AFCO) (Napoleon, OH) bundle turnovers flip an entire stack 180 degrees bottom over top. The material inverters eliminate the difficult task of flipping metal blanks by hand or by crane, reducing the potential for damage and enabling the same die to be used for stamping left-hand and right-hand mirror-image components. The inverters handle materials including cold-rolled and advanced high-strength steels (AHSS)...

Custom Forklift Attachment Enhances Stamping Plant Productivity

Imagine your job involved being lifted to the edge of an 11- or 12-foot-high railroad car, then passing a sling through a very large object and attaching it to a hook. “I put myself in the railcar to experience it from the rigger’s viewpoint, and it wasn’t pretty,” says Ken Jurgensmeyer, manufacturing operations director at MiTek USA’s stamping plant in Tampa, Fla. Every year, MiTek takes delivery of 55,000 tons of master...