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Simplifying Aqueous Cleaning Decisions

Choosing the most effective aqueous cleaning method is not always easy, especially when a shop considers all the factors involved. According to the article, “Choosing the Right Aqueous Cleaning Operation,” in addition to the customer’s own requirements, manufacturers must also factor in part geometry, the material used, the shape of the chips to be cleaned, throughput, and the need for quick change-outs between different types of parts, to name some considerations.  

In this article, Jeff Mills, national sales manager for the Ransohoff division of Cleaning Technologies Group, describes the four basic methods for performing water-based cleaning operations in metalworking: standard spray, total immersion, ultrasonics, and high-pressure spray. It covers how each process is performed, to which parts each process is most suited and the kind of work a machine shop is doing that would lead them to choose one process over another.

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FANUC Marks Production of 500,000th Robot

FANUC Corporation, supplier of robotics, CNC and factory automation, has announced the production of its 500,000th robot. “Automation and robotics are key drivers of manufacturing competitiveness,” says Mike Cicco, president & CEO, FANUC America. “More companies are using automation to overcome inefficiencies, lower costs, increase productivity, and gain market share. Having sold a half million robots is a key milestone for FANUC, and we’re looking forward to expanding our capabilities to keep pace with the growing demand for automation.”

In April, the company announced plans to build a new factory scheduled to open in August 2018. The new factory will increase its robot capacity from 6,000 to 11,000 units per month. “The backbone of FANUC’s success is our talented workforce—all automation professionals, including an expanding product development team based in Japan and the U.S.,” Mr. Cicco added. “In addition to highly qualified employees, we offer the most reliable automation products in the marketplace. Everyone at FANUC is very motivated and focused on designing the hardware and software that make our products easy to learn and use for all manufacturers, including the practical application of IIoT technologies.”

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Skiving is Art and Science


The technology of metalworking is an exercise in democracy. Anyone with the cash can buy machines, tools, software and machine accessories. But once this equipment is delivered to the shop, it gets interesting.

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United Grinding North America Opens New HQ

A year after breaking ground, United Grinding North America Inc. has officially opened the doors of its new 110,000-square-foot headquarters with a recent ribbon-cutting event. The building brings the company’s cylindrical, surface and profile grinding business units, as well as its automation and rebuilding departments, from its existing offices in Miamisburg, Ohio, together with the staff from its tool and cutter grinding machines and measurement systems sectors who were formerly located in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

“We’re sending a strong, powerful message to the market and our customers that United Grinding is investing in the future,” says the company’s president and CEO, Steve Jacobson. “This new facility, with all its productivity improvements and attention to detail, is the best way to build upon the partnerships we’ve developed and bring innovative services to our customers in the most efficient and cost-effective way possible.”

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