Automation and Software

The Automation and Software section covers the machine, robotic, and software advancements that remove human interaction from the manufacturing process. This entails all manufacturing activities, from initial quoting in the front office to shipping of metal components to the customer. Robotics, end-of-arm tooling, software, and controls all play a part in this mechanization. This section also focuses on CNCs, HMIs, PLCs, and other forms of machine control and includes information on the latest CAD/CAM software.

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Software provides validation for progressive dies, hot forming

March 22, 2017

AutoForm Eng. has unveiled its latest software version AutoFormplus R7 for process simulation. According to the company, the software offers flexibility and efficiency in process setup and final validation for all forming processes in general and, in particular, for progressive dies and hot...

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ABB sells its first robot manufactured in the U.S.

March 17, 2017

ABB has sold its first robot manufactured in the U.S., an IRB 2600, produced at the ABB Auburn Hills, Mich., facility. The robot was sold by ABB Value Provider CIM Systems Inc. to Hitachi Powdered Metals USA. The compact robot, painted with commemorative red, white, and blue paint, is used for...

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Machine-to-human Communications Are Trending

March 13, 2017 | By Sue Roberts

When machines are paired with software that allows them to communicate their needs, more than communications occur--things can occur like improved uptime and overall equipment effectiveness and lower scrap, rework, and operating costs.

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Hexagon to acquire MSC Software

March 13, 2017

Stockholm-based Hexagon AB, a global provider of information technologies that integrate sensors, software, domain knowledge, and customer work flows, has announced an agreement to acquire MSC Software, Newport Beach, Calif., a provider of CAE systems, including simulation software for virtual...

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Predictive monitoring/analytics system diagnoses pump operating problems

March 9, 2017

The new PumpSense™ sensor-based system from Prophecy Sensorlytics™ provides predictive diagnostics technology to alert pump/blower users to developing problems and prescribe fixes without any need for outside support, expertise, or data analysis. Designed for integration by OEM pump...

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Design software made for large assemblies, data sets

March 1, 2017

IronCAD has released its 2017 IronCAD Design Collaboration Suite, which is designed to make it faster to work with large data sets and to reduce the overall design time from concept to production detailing.According to the company, save and load times for large assemblies are up to 30 per cent...

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Application provides real-time production data via cellphones, tablets

February 28, 2017

AP&T has introduced Smart Device Connection, an application that makes data from the production line’s control system available in real time in cellphones and other connected devices, giving the user full control over the production process.The unit uses the same user interface (LOGOS) as the...

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ISO 9001 and ERP: A united approach

February 27, 2017 | By Mike Sweet, Steve Pettyjohn

The ultimate measure of a manufacturing project's success is return on investment (ROI).

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Empire Machinery takes on Salvagnini product line

February 22, 2017

Empire Machinery announced this week that it has partnered with The Salvagnini Group, headquartered in Hamilton, Ohio, to sell the company's machines in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta. According to Empire, with an increasing demand for automated and customized bending, laser cutting and...

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Are Your Remnants Trash or Treasure?

February 20, 2017 | By Sue Roberts

Getting value from remnants requires nesting software, dedication to a material handling and storage system, and a judgment call as to when a remnant is really scrap.

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Livingstone announces sale of AMI to ESAB

February 15, 2017

Chicago-based Livingstone, an international midmarket M&A and debt advisory firm, has announced the sale of Los Angeles-based Arc Machines Inc. (AMI), a portfolio company of Marwit Capital, to ESAB Welding & Cutting Products.AMI designs, engineers, and manufactures automated, orbital GTAW equipment...

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10 Must Dos for Small to Medium-sized Manufacturers

February 2, 2017 | By Adam Grabowski

Whether your company is a medium-size to large manufacturer or a small job shop, performing these 10 common must dos will enable you to cut costs, operate in a lean and efficient manner, and maintain a commitment to excellence.

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2016 was record-breaking year for North American robot orders, shipments

February 2, 2017

The Robotic Industries Association (RIA), Ann Arbor, Mich., has announced that the North American robotics market broke records for orders and shipments in 2016. During the year, 34,606 robots valued at about $1.9 billion were ordered in North America, representing growth of 10 percent in units...

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CAM software updated with new features

February 1, 2017

Geometric Americas Inc. has released CAMWorks® 2017 software with additions to support smart manufacturing and Industry 4.0. The tolerance based machining (TBM) feature uses tolerances and nongeometric data in a 3-D CAD model to select optimal machining strategies and create toolpaths...

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CAD/CAM software has new functions

January 31, 2017

Tebis America has released Version 4.0 Release 3 of its CAD/CAM software. The highlights of the update include new toolbars and menu panels that can be easily docked to the edge of the application window, a new software interface, and a new project dialog that displays the most recently used files...

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