The portable M7000 marking gun from Propen, a Gravotech brand, aims to simplify marking workpieces on the shop floor. The micro-percussion marking system uses stylus technology to create permanent serial numbers, logos and other identifying marks on a range of materials. But in contrast to other handheld units, the M7000 has an integrated control unit with a 7" touchscreen for programming that can be used even with gloves. When equipped with the optional battery belt, the system becomes a fully mobile, all-in-one marking solution. As shown in a video on Propen’s YouTube channel, an operator wearing the belt can simply carry the handheld unit to the workpiece, program it via the touchscreen and mark the piece without using an external computer or power source.
Loc-Down units install in tapped holes in a subplate. The workpiece (shown here in gray) requires mating holes that have a machined internal groove to accommodate the units. Holding force is provided via the unit’s ball-lock mechanism.
Installing and removing conventional bolts used to secure workpieces to subplates can be time-consuming. Plus, protruding bolt heads often interfere with the cutting tool, preventing it from accessing all workpiece areas that require machining. As a result, Mitee-Bite has developed its “headless bolt” Loc-Down system so users can quickly attach and remove workpieces from subplates. Not only does this system enable faster workpiece change-overs compared to conventional bolts, but there’s less cutter interference thanks to its compact design. Learn more.
Sandvik Coromant has announced its interactive Metal Cutting Technology (MCT) e-learning program, which features 75 courses about the metalcutting process. According to Sandvik Coromant Acadamy (developers of the program), the curriculum is ideal for engineers, programmers, operators and students.
The training and education program explains the fundamentals of metal cutting and specifically teaches about internal and external turning, parting and grooving, milling, drilling, threading, boring and toolholding. The MCT e-learning program can be accessed here.
In the cover story of the latest issue of Additive Manufacturing, a researcher with Oak Ridge National Laboratory describes how additive manufacturing changes basic assumptions about the design of manufactured parts. Another article describes Ford’s use of 3D printing in sand to produce prototype casting molds. Read the digital edition. To subscribe to Additive Manufacturing, go here.
Vlogs? That's the common name for video-blogs. Okuma America Corporation has launched a series of these educational videos on its YouTube channel that covers timely topics and practical tips for improving shop floor productivity. The company believes these vlogs will help shops and plants bridge the skills gap by passing on the sort of “tribal knowledge” that often gets lost as a workforce transitions from generation to generation.
Vlog content is based on the company’s experience implementing Okuma-exclusive technology as well as the collective wisdom of the more than 40 members of Partners in THINC.