Stephanie Monsanty recently joined the Modern Machine Shop as our Assistant Editor. She holds a B.A. degree from the University of Mount Union in English literature and in history and is currently pursuing a master’s in professional writing at the University of Cincinnati. When she’s not editing product releases, helping out with other MMS tasks, teaching or going to class, Stephanie enjoys cooking, running and exploring the Queen City.
The zone focuses on industrial automation equipment such as this FANUC robotic arm used at Stabiltec. Read the story here.
We recently launched a brand-new zone on MMS Online focused entirely on robotics and industrial automation. For videos, articles, products and more on how to leverage these technologies for your business, visit the zone.
Products from suppliers such as FANUC, Universal Robots, Fastems and TM Robotics (pictured) are featured in our January product spotlight.
The Modern Equipment Review Spotlight in our January issue focuses on industrial robots and automation. View the slideshow to see photos and learn more about the robotics and automation products we highlighted in print.
Teachers across the United States can register with DonorsChoose.org
to request funding for a MakerBot Academy package, which includes a Replicator 2 desktop 3D printer and spools of PLA filament.
During the State of the Union address back in February, President Obama made the following statement:
"3D printing has the potential to revolutionize the way we make almost everything. We must ensure that the next Industrial Revolution in manufacturing will happen in America. We can get that done."
The remark inspired additive equipment supplier MakerBot with a mission: to put a 3D printer in every school in the United States. MakerBot has since partnered with America Makes and Autodesk to make this happen through DonorsChoose.org, a crowdfunding website for educators. Teachers post requests for classroom materials on the site and explain their need, and donors can make contributions toward the purchases.
More than 400 requests have already been made for MakerBot’s Academy bundle, which includes a MakerBot Replicator 2 desktop 3D printer, three spools of MakerBot PLA filament, and a full year of service and protection. To view the requests—and help fund the project—go to donorschoose.org and search for MakerBot. You can search for teachers near you, or just donate to a request that appeals to you.
Esab's Swift Arc robotic welding system consists of a Kuka robot and controller with an Esab Aristo welding source, mounted on roller casters and fully enclosed.
Many companies cite a lack of skilled workers as a reason for implementing robotics and other automation, but what if robots could help train humans? That’s the idea behind Esab’s Swift Arc mobile learning system. The robotic welding cell is designed to demonstrate, develop and teach proper welding techniques as well as robot programming skills.
The fully enclosed robotic welding system features Esab’s Aristo U5000i power source alongside a Kuka KR6 900 robot and controller. Heavy-duty roller casters provide mobility for on-site training. The safety system and operator control panel enable users to practice troubleshooting and programming techniques while gaining the hands-on experience necessary to operate robotic systems on the shop floor. Click here to read more about the system.
Users of GTI’s VibePro system can monitor, record and analyze data directly on iPad devices.
Headquartered in Manchester, New Hampshire, GTI Spindle Technology provides spindle products, repairs and services for a range of industries including aerospace, defense, medical and more. The company, however, doesn’t just fix broken spindles or sell new ones—it hopes to help shops avoid broken equipment altogether with its VibePro preventive maintenance system that operates through the iPad and iPad Mini. VibePro 6, the most recent iteration, was released in November and is optimized for use with iOS 7 and Apple’s new iPad Air.
The system combines iPad hardware with GTI’s software and various accessories to monitor and analyze indicators including vibrations, balance and more. For example, the Bluetooth-enabled Node Therma sensor records temperatures ranging from -94°F to +716°F within its 15-foot measuring zone, and sends the data wirelessly to the iPad for analysis. Users can view machine data on the iPad itself, or access the information in the cloud via a free web app.