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...

LARGE ABRASIVE CUTTER AND MEDIUM SECTIONING SAW 

Two saws from Buehler (Detroit) provide consistency and repeatability in cutting production samples, saving preparation time in the quality control or inspection laboratory. The automatic AbrasiMet XL Pro cuts parts up to 7 in (178mm) in diameter. A chamber that fits parts up to 48 in (1220 mm) wide and 13.4 hp motor allow for fast sectioning of large workpieces. Operators use the machine’s touchscreen to create and save multiple...

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...

One-System Robot-Compatibility Solution

In April 2019, OnRobot released a Digital I/O Converter Kit that enables the company’s end-of-arm tools (EoAT) to work with brands including Universal Robots, KUKA, FANUC, Doosan, Techman, Yaskawa, Mitsubishi, Kawasaki, and Nachi. Building on that concept, OnRobot’s new unified mechanical, electrical, and communications interface further simplifies the process of automating applications. The one-system solution is based on the...

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...

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...

ATEX-CERTIFIED DRILLS PROTECT WORKERS IN POTENTIALLY EXPLOSIVE ENVIRONMENTS

Potentially explosive atmospheres are caused by the presence of flammable gases, mists or vapors, or by combustible dusts. To protect employees working in hazardous environments, two European Union atmosphere explosible (ATEX) directives outline requirements for equipment and work space. “If they know what ATEX risk zone they’re operating in, they can choose power tools that are certified for use in that zone,” says Chicago...

ALLIED MACHINE EXPANDS BORING TOOL LINE

Allied Machine & Engineering (Greenville, SC) adds two hole-roughing and -finishing solutions that provide flexibility and modular integration. The Wohlhaupter brand now includes viscoelastically mounted Novitech damper modules to reduce vibration during machining of diameters ranging from 1.97 in to 8.07 in (50 mm – 205 mm) up to 10xD. They increase productivity, surface quality, and process reliability while extending insert...