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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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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Nova Steel to install two new slitting lines

January 27, 2017

Nova Steel has purchased two Athader ultra high strength slitting lines. The first line will be installed in the Nova Steel, LaSalle, Que., location with the capability of slitting .375 in. by 74 in. by 80,000# coils. The second line will be installed in the Nova Steel, Stoney Creek, Ont., location...

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SigmaTEK adds new business analyst for MRP in Canada

January 24, 2017

SigmaTEK Systems, LLC, the CAD/CAM nesting systems provider, has appointed SigmaMRP Business Analyst Marius Marx from South Africa to Toronto. Company management said that it made this decision as a response to the growing demand in Canada for MRP/ERP software solutions in the sheet metal...

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TigerStop hires CEO of worldwide operations

January 23, 2017

TigerStop LLC, Vancouver, Wash., a manufacturer of automation equipment used in material cutoff, drilling, boring, ripping, positioning, and pushing has hired Rakesh Sridharan as its new CEO of worldwide operations. Sridharan previously worked for Leatherman Tool Group as vice president of...

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Software calibrates large-scale measuring volumes

January 18, 2017

Aicon 3D offers version 7 of MoveInspect software, which features a new calibration method, more interfaces, and a redesigned user interface. Calibration with both fixed reference field and scale bar allows calibration of large-scale measuring volumes. The new method “reference field and...

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Honda of Canada Mfg. to Invest $492 million in Ontario

January 17, 2017

Honda of Canada Mfg. (HCM), a division of Honda Canada Inc., announced that it will invest $492 million over the next three years to allow the company to modernize its Ontario manufacturing facilities and improve its manufacturing carbon footprint, which is part of Honda's global initiatives. Honda...

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Collaborative robots work safely beside humans

January 6, 2017

The latest evolution of robots, known as collaborative robots, can work side by side with humans to serve their needs and, in doing so, reduce fatigue, improve results, and increase the level of control and process integration. But how is it possible for humans and robots to work together?According...

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Wireless USB system shares data from PC to machines

January 4, 2017

ShopFloor Automations is developing the WiFi USB Connect, a wireless USB system for the manufacturing shop floor. It emulates a USB stick, allowing the user to share data from a PC to machines without the need for drivers.Data can be stored on a remote PC or locally in the 128-MB device’s...

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DESTACO appoints new president

December 26, 2016

DESTACO, an Auburn Hills, Mich.-based provider of automation, workholding, and containment systems, has appointed Byron J. Paul as president. Paul previously worked at John Crane, first as vice president of global strategy and later as managing director, Asia Pacific. He also worked at Boston...

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