Tools & Clamping

Humans and robots – side by side

Poor concentration and fatigue – never! Robots have always been seen by their human counterparts as reliable and indispensable “colleagues”. They are now increasingly handling the welding, bending, cutting, separation, transfer and storage of pipes and tubes. Thanks to artificial intelligence and machine learning, robots are set to become even more flexible and will eventually replace purely repetitive robots altogether.

Freely programmable magnetic switches for gripping systems in potentially explosive atmospheres

SCHUNK is now offering a freely programmable and universally applicable magnetic switch with ATEX certification for device group II, category 2 for monitoring gripping systems in potentially explosive areas. The MMS 22-PI1-EX has a freely programmable switching point and detects a magnet inside of the actuator. It can be placed directly in the C-slot of the gripping or rotary modules with no interfering contours. Instead of time-consuming mechanical adjustment of the switching point, the magnetic sensor can be programmed in just a few steps. The required magnetic teaching tool is included in the scope of delivery. An optional plug-in teaching tool is also available. The corresponding switching condition is indicated on an LED display. Thanks to the standard plug connector, the sensor can be easily connected with standardized connection cables.

Virtual and real production worlds are merging

The force with which the digital transformation is starting to steamroll automated production will be obvious at automatica 2018, in Munich from June 19 to 22. Terms like cloud robotics, deep learning and smart production are no longer just catchwords, but instead are increasingly becoming experienced reality.

Ultimaker Helps Master New Desktop Roles for 3D Printing at SOLIDWORKS World

Over the past thirty years, Additive Manufacturing (AM) technology has become a familiar route for validating CAD before committing to costly manufacturing tooling and processes. It may come as a surprise to some just how broadly the range of roles AM technology now plays in mechanical design and manufacturing, thanks to the swiftly changing professional desktop 3D printer ecosystem.

Lightweight jaws offer numerous advantages in turning

With a wide range of lightweight initiatives with chuck jaws, SCHUNK is breathing new life into turning applications. The competence leader for gripping systems and clamping technology is now offering a range of diverse claw and stepped jaw models for raw part clamping from the world’s largest range of standard chuck jaws also optionally as a lightweight version.

Shark Line taps given extra bite

With its unique combination of substrate, coatings and design features, the popular application-based range offers high levels of process security and performance across a range of engineering materials.

A well-rounded affair: low-deformation workpiece clamping

Those wanting to turn, mill or grind rings, flanges, housings or other thin-walled parts will quickly reach the limits of what is possible using conventional chucks or face plates: the parts are deformed in the clamping process, shaping and geometric tolerances are difficult to adhere to and the interference contours of the clamping devices restrict the accessibility. There are a great deal of alternatives here – from the compensating multi-jaw chucks, the magnetic clamping technology right up to the pendulum jaws. To ensure things run smoothly, it is worth knowing the strengths of the individual problem solvers, because this saves time, money and often nerves.

KTM Meets Company Growth Challenges by Expanding PTC CAD and PLM Environment, Deploying ThingWorx Navigate, and Embracing the PTC Subscription Model

PTC (NASDAQ: PTC) today announced that KTM has significantly increased its use of Creo® software and Windchill® software. KTM also selected ThingWorx® NavigateTM role-based apps for company-wide data management and fast and easy departmental access to relevant Windchill data. The extended portfolio enables KTM to increase productivity to achieve its continued growth targets. Additionally, KTM has switched to PTC’s subscription licensing model to facilitate cost and planning flexibility.