Cable Carrier

igus, East Providence, RI, offers the E4.1L general-purpose energy chain (e-chain) cable carrier with high dynamics that includes a honeycomb strain relief block. It also includes separators for quick installation and for multi-level cable outlets. The e-chain features snap-open crossbars interior-exterior dimension ratio due to narrower outer links and optimized crossbar shape, an inner diameter completely accessible for easy filling, and a side plate with a tongue-and-groove system. (Booth 134521)

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CAM Programming

3D Systems, Rock Hill, SC, announced GibbsCAM® 13 CAM programming software for programming CNC machining centers. New functionality includes broaching and a new G-code editor. In this release, users can program parts that require elliptical and eccentric turning such as camshafts. Improvements to turning include advanced control over non-cutting-tool movement, automatic chip breaking, and bar chamfering. (Booth 133310)

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Mechanical Sensors

The MP600 Series mechanical sensors from Wilbrecht LEDCO, a Microprecision company, St. Paul, MN, is designed to detect two positions within one product. The distance between the two positions can be customized between 0.3 and 1.5 mm. Repeatability is greater than 5 μm and depending on cable selection, the operational temperature ranges from -40 to 130 °C. The cable termination can be supplied with a M12 connector. The switching mechanism is designed for low-voltage applications up to 30 VDC. (Booth 134038)

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Vision System

L.S. Starrett, Athol, MA, offers the HVR100 “FLIP” digital video system that works upright vertically, or on its side horizontally. The system provides rapid measurement results, and features a large field of view, automatic part recognition, and easy-to-use measuring tools. The AVR300 Automatic Vision System for repetitive measurements and automatic comparison to CAD files features both zoom optics and interchangeable telecentric lenses for micron-level resolution and accurate field-of-view measurements. (Booth 135532)

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Power Supplies

Phoenix Contact, Middletown, PA, offers QUINT POWER compact AC/DC power supplies ranging from 30 to 100 W for low-power applications. They feature power boost of up to 200 percent the nominal current, allowing inductive loads to start without disrupting the output voltage. The power boost provides additional power to an application, eliminating the need to install an oversized power supply. (Booth 134238)

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Swiss-Style Lathe

The Citizen D25 Swiss-style lathe from Marubeni Citizen-Cincom, Allendale, NJ, is equipped with double gang tool posts and B axis, enabling short cycle times. The large number of tools, for both the main and sub-spindle, provides production of complex workpieces. The lathe features inde- pendent, adjustable-angle rotary tools to sub-spindle; B axis for front- back machining; up to 59 tools; switchable operation for use with or without guide bushing; next-generation CNC system with touchscreen; and a variety of interface choices (USB memory, SD card, RS232, Ethernet). (Booth 339419)

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Ultrasonic Cleaning Units

The 1900BT and 1900BTX ultrasonic cleaning units from Omegasonics, Simi Valley, CA, generate cavitation energy inside the bath, creating internal pressure that dissolves the support structure of 3D- printed parts. The 1900BT is specifically designed for cleaning 3D prototype parts, and serves as a hybrid between traditional benchtop cleaners and portable floor models. The 1900BTX fea- tures two cleaning technologies — a water agitation cleaning process and ultrasonic cavitation. Each operates independently to facilitate a more thorough cleaning process. (Booth 121150)

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Robot Vision System

ABB, Auburn Hills, MI, offers the FlexLoader robot guiding vision system for machine tool tending applications. The system features high speed, short teach-in times, and software that identifies the workpiece location and orientation from the picking area, and guides the robot in the robot cell. It can handle an unlimited number of work-pieces in various sizes and with complex geometries without the need for mechanical fixtures. Control and communications with the robot are integrated into the software. The system is open to commu- nicate with a variety of camera sensors and can be used for both 2D and semi-oriented 3D applications. (Booth 236520)

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Robot Machine Tools

Suhner Industrial Products, Rome, GA, offers robot solutions for fully automated manufacturing. The quick-change tool system offers a number of machine tools that can be mounted directly on the robot arm. The power-pack tools are compatible with all robot manufacturers and feature programmable touch forces of the active flange and interactive surface tracking. Other features include programmable process forces, bal- anced tolerances (shapes), and reduced programming for complex parts. Tools are available for brushing, polishing, filing, belt sanding, or tool spindles, and are easily integrated. (Booth 431474)

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CNC Software

SPRING Technologies, Boston, MA, announced 2018 NCSIMUL CNC machine software. Enhanced modules are NCSIMUL MACHINE, 4CAM for CNC part transfer, OPTI-TOOL for operation cycle reduction, AUTOMATION for automatic verification, DNC for program transfer, MONITOR for machine status monitoring, PUBLISHER for technical sheets, and PLAYER for immersive, collaborative, and mobile 3D. The new release improves forecasts, reduces operating cycles, and auto- mates production. A numerical chain links automatically from the engineering department to the shop floor. (Booth 133267)

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Strain Gauge Probe

Renishaw, West Dundee, IL, introduced the RMP400 machine tool probe designed for small 5-axis machine tools. The strain gauge probe provides a touch-trigger solution for part setting, feature measurement, and machine performance checking. The probe combines silicon strain gauge technology with ultra-compact electronics. Suitable for installations where there is no line-of-sight between the spindle probe and the communication interface, the probe uses radio transmission with frequency hopping spread spectrum technology (FHSS) that enables devices to avoid interference and transmission dead spots, and allows the probe to operate reliably in high-density radio frequency environments. (Booth 135509)

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CAM Software

Milltronics USA, Waconia, MN, released ChipBossTM CAM software that uses proprietary algorithms to calculate toolpaths and control maximum allowable cutter engagement, allowing use of the entire length of a tool rather than just the tip. The software automatically controls the tool’s chip load, keeping it constant, and allows the load, heat, and wear to be spread out evenly over a larger area of the tool. It also reduces the number of times a machine needs to accelerate and decelerate. (Booth 338329)

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Linear Actuators

Rollon Corp., Hackettstown, NJ, offers SMART SYS- TEM linear actuators with a self-sustaining anodized aluminum frame and steel reinforced driving belt. The E-SMART series features an extruded and anodized aluminum self-sustaining structure with a profile available in four sizes from 30 to 100 mm. The R-SMART series is suitable for heavy loads, possible cantilever or gantry mounting, and operation in indus- trial automated lines. The S-SMART series linear units meet the vertical motion requirements in gantry applications, or for applications where the aluminum profile must be moving and the carriage must be fixed. (Booth 134841)

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Touch Probe

HEIDENHAIN, Schaumburg, IL, offers the TS 460 touch probe for workpiece measurement that provides both radio and infrared optical trigger signal transmissions. Designed for workpiece measurement and compensation for workpiece misalignment, it offers an optional collision adapter that also provides thermal isolation. Radio transmission offers 16 channels and has a transmission times of 10 ms. The optical sensor is free of wear and provides the specified probing reproducibility even after a large number of probing processes. (Booth 135226)

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