Watch this slideshow to see products designed to increase productivity and ease operator training in manufacturing applications.
Right before Thanksgiving, I got a chance to walk the halls of McCormick Place in Chicago for the 2011 Fabtech show, which is North America’s largest metal forming, fabricating, and welding exposition and conference. The show was well attended, as is evident from this snapshot I took during registration on opening day.
Hypertherm’s Rapid Part technology is designed to increase plasma cutting performance. It is available through the company’s Integrated Plasma Cutting Solutions and it uses motion optimization techniques programmed into the part program and automatically executed by the CNC. According to the company, by optimizing the torch path and vertical Z-axis movement to eliminate wasted table motion, the plasma cutter can cut twice as many parts per hour because it reduces non-cutting time.
Mazak Optonics introduced its new Modular Automation Systems to increase laser-cutting capacity without “the burden of adding skilled manpower,” the company says. This modular approach includes load/unload cells, flexible automation systems, automated parts sorting and factory automation.
Esab now offers plasma cutting machines with Precision Hole Technology, an integrated set of systems that are designed to improve hole-cutting cylindricty and increase edge quality. The system uses Columbus.net programming software, which eliminates the need for a highly trained operator.
Amada’s LC-C1 NT series high-performance punch/laser combination machine is designed to provide manufacturers working with materials ranging to ¼-inch thick with seamless process integration of laser and punching operations, to increase productivity while reducing costs. The machine is designed to help eliminate secondary operations, which frees-up shop labor for more value-added tasks.