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Setting the Stage for Ongoing Automation Single OnRobot RG6 Gripper Handles Dozens of Part Sizes with Easy Implementation, Helping Tomenson Machine Works Boost Quality and Profitability Also this Quarter

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TALKING SHOP REVIEW American Gear Manufacturers Association Jennifer Blackford Vice President of Marketing AGMA


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Allison Grealis President Women in Manufacturing

INDUSTRY INSIGHTS Digitalization for the Metal-Forming and Additive Industries

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT Setting the Stage for Ongoing Automation Single OnRobot RG6 Gripper Handles Dozens of Part Sizes with Easy Implementation, Helping Tomenson Machine Works Boost Quality and Profitability


Kim Williams Director of Marketing US Metal Crafters


The Tool for Moving Heavy Machinery— Embedded Air Casters By: Cole Miller, Engineering Lead, AeroGo, Inc.



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Quarter 4 is here, and the manufacturing sector is looking positive with cutting tool consumption totaling at a $195.9 million according to the latest Cutting Tool Market report. The IMD Team has returned from FABTECH and we are getting ready for a new year. This Quarter, IMD features the latest case study from OnRobot. Tomenson Machine Works, a familyowned manufacturer based out of Chicago, recently took advantage of the ease of use OnRobot’s automation solutions provide. With no prior robotics experience, the company was able to automate the manufacture of precision hydraulic manifolds. Learn more about how OnRobot’s RG6 Gripper helped their company boost quality and profitability. Digitalization is something you may consider to be beyond the scope of your current operation. The truth is that even small to medium fabrication shops can take advantage of digitalization to improve their business. From predictive maintenance schedules, and data gained from machines working smarter, not harder, any shop can begin moving forward to the bright future of the digital factory. Siemens presented many of their solutions at this year’s FABTECH, and you can learn more in this quarter’s Industry Insight. Moving heavy equipment is typically no easy matter. The engineers at AeroGo, Inc. have developed a solution that allows end users to easily move machinery and equipment with an embedded air bearing system. In this Quarter’s Process, Cole Miller, engineering lead for AeroGo, details the technology of AeroGo’s Air Casters that can move machinery as heavy as 10,000 pounds. Our Q4 issue also features highlights of many of the products that have been released over the last quarter, some of which we saw on display at this year’s FABTECH. As always, the IMD Team is excited about delivering the most up to date coverage for manufacturing professionals and are looking forward to the start of our 34th year.


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Motion + Power Technology Expo is not just a tradeshow, but a technical reality that is coming to fruition as we speak.


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TALKING SHOP WITH: Jennifer Blackford — Vice President of Marketing, American Gear Manufacturers Association In what way is the show’s new name — The Motion + Power Technology Expo — reflected in its mission moving forward?

excited to work with all parts of the industry to give exhibitors and attendees what they need to be successful.

We have a saying at AGMA when people ask about the importance of what our members manufacture. We tell them “Gears make the world move.” The show’s new name is a direct reflection of the most simple and important function of a gear. Although the name is new, the foundation of what the show represents is still very present, with the entire gear manufacturing supply chain represented. Motion + Power Technology Expo is not just a tradeshow, but a technical reality that is coming to fruition as we speak. All over the world we see industries teaming up to offer consolidated supply chains where customers can meet all their needs in one place. In a global marketplace, with steep competition and technology changing rapidly, AGMA thought it was time to have a show that represents all the power transmission sectors that make the world move – fluid and electric power included. The name is part of this new vision for the show, bringing all types of power transmission buyers together to network, see the latest technology, and to learn about new processes. We are very

Were there new events, seminars, and education platforms in Detroit this year?

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We are really excited about all the new events and educational opportunities that we are offering in Detroit this October. It was important that with the new branding, we developed new ways in which we can support all parts of the power transmission industry and our expanded audience. The industry is busy, and letting staff leave their everyday work to attend a tradeshow is a tough decision for companies. That is why we wanted to make sure we offered more than just a place to do business by creating a two-track MPT Conference that includes 16 speakers on Emerging Technology and Business Intelligence topics. These presentations come from subject matter experts in the fields of 3D printing, IIoT, Electric Drive Technology, Robotics, Blockchain, Cybersecurity, Market Information and Workforce. In addition, we teamed up with expert instructors that covered all parts of the power transmission industry with education seminars on topics such as Supply Chain Management, Fluid Power Components, Bearings, Heat Treatment, Gear Engineering and more.

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Additionally, we know that the show floor offers exhibitors the space to make sales, but we extended this concept with new networking events that showcase the diversity of our industry. With a Young Professionals networking event and a Women in Manufacturing Breakfast, AGMA and partners are providing exhibitor and attendees the time to build relationships and business contacts for the future. We wanted exhibitors to come to MPT Expo knowing that they have every available resource provided to them. We respect that coming to a trade show can be expensive, so we want to make sure that we offer everything they need for the best ROI.

It’s really exciting to see this burst of fresh energy for the show. Does it also signal any new directions within the AGMA itself? AGMA has been strategically working to build new and stronger relationships with other sectors of the power transmission industry. The energy you see is reflective of the hard work, from members, our board and staff to make sure the gear industry stays current, relevant and up-to-date on the changing technology of the global marketplace. AGMA has been collocating its show with ASM International’s Heat Treat Exposition for more than a decade, and has also had a long relationship with the American Bearing Manufacturers Association, who are supporting the show with an education seminar. Motion + Power Technology Expo also brings a new partner with the National Fluid Power Association having a

pavilion of more than 20 fluid power companies, which also offered three seminars. The show is a great way to represent how interconnected the power transmission industry is, and AGMA will continue to build strong partnerships with associations that can help bring value to our exhibitors and attendees.

What do you hope attendees found most valuable about this new format? What do you feel generated the most buzz? The name change and rebrand has generated quite the buzz already. Gear Expo was a staple for our primary members, and the work we all did to bring the show to where it is today was significant. Attendees found that legacy is still there, and the fact that our exhibitors are not just companies that have been around for five years, but instead have over 50 years of experience, demonstrates the strength and quality of what we offer. I think that history mixed with the new demographics, the MPT Conference, and the expanded education seminars gave companies a reason to send multiple people to the show with the confidence that they were investing not only in growth, but in training. Having a “one-stop shop for all things power transmission” will be convenient for many, so we really enjoyed hosting everyone last October in Detroit.  Learn more at and


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TALKING SHOP WITH: Allison Grealis — President, Women in Manufacturing Women in Manufacturing has experienced significant growth since its inception in 2010. You were there from the start — could you take us on a quick tour? I’d be glad to. It all began in 2010 when the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) named its first female chairperson, Gretchen Zierick of Zierick Manufacturing. She was instrumental in laying the groundwork for a group within PMA that was then known as Women in Metalforming. I had been with PMA for nearly 10 years by then, and I worked alongside Gretchen in pulling together our first gathering, which was held in Cleveland in 2011. This later became our annual SUMMIT, which was just held in Denver, Colorado, in September. Based on feedback from attendees, and the invaluable support of PMA, we began crafting an organization based specifically on its members’ needs, designing a membership model and a regional chapter structure, and in 2015 we received our 501(c)(6) designation and became a national trade organization and a separate entity known as Women in Manufacturing (WiM). In addition, we created the Women in Manufacturing Education Foundation to develop and deliver enhanced educational opportunities the following year.

Why do you think this organization has been met with such success from its earliest days? I think there were quite a few contributing factors. Before WiM was established, you would find that women naturally gravitated toward each other at trade shows to discuss their shared experiences. Once we had our first event in Cleveland, the level of enthusiasm about having a forum specifically focused on women’s professional

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issues was really exciting, because nothing like it existed before. So being able to harness that excitement in order to tailor the organization based on member feedback was an important part of our development. And also having the support and expertise of PMA behind us can’t be overstated. We were able to learn from their ‘tried and true’ practices and modify them to match the needs of WiM members. I am still PMA’s vice president of association services, in fact, so the relationship remains close and very productive.

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The events calendar on your website lists quite a number of activities for members to engage in; everything from site visits to networking events to educational opportunities. And the SUMMIT agenda is clearly meant to encourage communication and professional development as opposed to equipment displays. Absolutely. Again, everything we do is based on what our members tell us they find valuable in reaching their career goals. That allows us to meet our own goal of supporting, promoting, inspiring, and celebrating women in manufacturing. And a big part of that energy comes from the members who volunteer to create these agendas. Each of our 21 chapters are headed by volunteers who develop activities based entirely on their own members’ feedback, whether that be tours of local manufacturing facilities, job fairs, educational seminars, networking events with business leaders, whatever leads to career fulfillment and advancement. And the same can be said of our annual SUMMIT event, except on a larger scale. The 2019 event was held in Denver, as I’ve mentioned, and we had 482 attendees, which was a 15-percent increase over last year. We’ve seen growth every year, in fact. But it has its own character in that the emphasis is on education and communication rather than displays and demonstrations. Our three-day SUMMITs are made up of roundtable discussions, educational seminars, networking events, site visits to local manufacturing facilities, and social occasions to help build relationships between WiM members that might lead to mutually beneficial future collaborations. And we have a different host

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committee plan these events each year to keep them fresh and to keep that spirit of enthusiasm alive.

Is there anything new and exciting on the horizon that you’d care to mention? Yes, there is. We’ll be introducing the Women in Manufacturing Hall of Fame at the 2020 SUMMIT Sept. 28-30 in Cleveland, Ohio, which also marks its 10-year anniversary. We’ll be inaugurating the first class on the last night of the conference, which will be Wednesday, Sept. 30. People who are interested in nominating trailblazing women in the industrial workplace will be able to do so by visiting our website. It will be an honor to mark their achievements in this way, and to return just a little of what we’ve all received from their important contributions. To learn more about Women in Manufacturing, go to Visit the Precision Metalforming Association at INDUSTRIAL MACHINERY DIGEST.COM  

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TALKING SHOP WITH: Kim Williams — Director of Marketing, US Metal Crafters I understand that you and your colleagues purchased the assets of the company in 2018, but that it has actually been in business for the past 34 years. That’s right. We acquired the facility, the equipment, the accounts that were already on the books last November, and we retained key employees so that we could benefit from their long years of experience. It was quite an experience to able to hit the ground running so quickly. We are ISO 9001:2015 certified and currently finalizing our International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) compliance as well. Steve McDaniel is our principal owner, who provides seasoned corporate leadership and vision. He has quite the proven track record. US Metal Crafters is a sister company to US Duct, one of his other successful businesses.

Can you give us some idea of the markets you serve, and how you go about doing so? We are involved in so many different industries that it’s somewhat difficult to pull together a comprehensive list, but we’re basically using roll forming, metal stamping, laser cutting, fabrication and assembly, among other methods, to produce component parts that are used by a variety of OEMs. Some examples are in the solar industry, commercial and hospitality furniture, and access control industry, etc. We can either work from our customer’s plans, or we can step in and provide prototype design service, including die manufacturing and maintenance. We have independent sales reps

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located around the country to assist our customers, and we also have an in-house tool and die shop, which is pretty rare, and allows us to cut our lead time on manufacturing dies by weeks by handling the work ourselves. That’s a huge benefit for our customers, since it slashes the lead time for their orders. In addition, we are both a job shop for smaller orders and a production manufacturer for larger blanket orders involving periodic PO releases.

At this early stage of the company’s development, what do you and your colleagues most want it to be known for? The fact is, it goes without saying that we have to deliver quality parts on time. So, we do that. We ensure this by relying on continued equipment upgrades and utilizing engineering tools including Autocad 2020 (CAD), Fusion 360 (CAD/CAM/CAE), Metacam (CAD/CAM), Profil (CAD), Radan (CAD/CAM), and E-2 Shop Tech (ERP). And our pricing must be competitive and lead times reasonable. Still, what truly sets us apart is our people – we care about our customer’s success deeply. So it becomes largely a matter of integrity. As we like to say, it’s a matter of “promises made, and promises kept.” We place a great emphasis on being dependable.  Please go online to for a complete list of equipment and capabilities.

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Digitalization for the Metal-Forming and Additive Industries


hether you’re a small fabrication shop, a global production company, a custom equipment builder or a major machine line supplier, digitalization must be in your future. Siemens presented its digitalization portfolio to the metalforming and additive manufacturing communities at FABTECH 2019. Led by a team of digitalization experts, Siemens demonstrated and discussed the many ways small fabrication shops and global manufacturers can begin or continue their drive towards the digital factory. “Our goal is to maximize the productivity of a machine by highlighting areas of improvement. KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) directing a company’s operations are nothing new, but the way you get there has changed dramatically”, says pre-sales consultant, Steve Fruehe. The machine builder or end-user set the goals — and the machine hardware and software working in tandem, collect and store the data in the cloud or on a local server. The experienced production and quality control personnel, who know the hierarchy of data and understand its use, big or small, can then work with Siemens to create and customize a series of apps to pull data points, extract the most important information and display them on various

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devices, whether on-site or remote, to give authorized personnel the ability to take corrective actions. This includes establishing predictive maintenance schedules and plotting the performance of a globally installed base of machines or a series of production lines, for further analysis or even future design modifications. “That seems like a lot,” says Fruehe, “but with Mindsphere and or our Analyze MyPerformace application, the customer has the ability to calculate KPIs such as OEE, machine availability, line performance and, of course, quality as referenced to set standards.” The system can be used to monitor machines, production, and even physical assets at a company to better achieve production optimization. As data points are analyzed, corrective actions can be more efficiently executed, through the combination of edge technology, servo positioning with PLCs, CNC program interfaces plus the drives, motors and mechanical components on the machine or line. Fruehe continues, “Customers can bring their manufacturing process to us and we can help them select the most appropriate solutions. Clearly, the solution for a global OEM won’t be the same as it is for a local fabrication shop, but the guiding principle is actually the same — namely, how do you want to gather the data, prioritize it, put it into an accessible format, and use it to make things run better.”


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Automating the engraving of parts at Tomenson Machine Works was a straightforward yet repetitive and tedious task for the operators to handle. When the RG6 gripper on Universal Robots’ UR5 robot took over the task, the operator started cheering.

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Single OnRobot RG6 Gripper Handles Dozens of Part Sizes with Easy Implementation, Helping Tomenson Machine Works Boost Quality and Profitability


omenson Machine Works is a third-generation, familyowned manufacturer of precision hydraulic manifolds, with a focus on continuous improvement. The company turned to collaborative automation in its pin-stamping application to improve quality, profitability, and worker satisfaction. The OnRobot collaborative RG6 gripper handles dozens of different part sizes with fast and easy change-overs and sets the stage for ongoing automation in potential applications such as CNC tending, deburring, and packaging. When Tomenson Machine Works looked at repetitive tasks ripe for automation, the job of placing parts in a pin stamper for engraving was low-hanging fruit.

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“Operating the engraver is tedious. It’s not something people go by and say, ‘Yay, I’m going to go run the engraver for eight hours,’” says Geoffrey Rose, secondary operations lead and quality supervisor at Tomenson Machine Works. Automating the tending of the pin stamper was also a straightforward process for the Chicago-based company’s first foray into automation. There was just one problem: Tomenson has hundreds of part sizes going through the pin stamper so the company needed an adaptive gripper able to handle a wide range of units. “We liked OnRobot’s RG6 gripper for this application because we realized it could handle our biggest and smallest parts going into the pin stamp, and wouldn’t require any extra programming

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or machining of extra grippers or end effectors,” says operations manager Alex Roake, who deployed the gripper on a UR3 collaborative robot arm from Universal Robots.

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One of the challenges for Tomenson was that the company had no prior robotics experience. “No one in the company had ever dealt with collaborative robots or anything of this manner, especially not Geoffrey, who’s doing the programming every day and running the system,” explains Roake. “The first time he ever saw a collaborative robot or an OnRobot gripper was the first day we brought it in.” Geoffrey Rose didn’t need much training, however. “I watched Alex do one program, and then I just took it over and asked him to come back in an hour,” says Rose, who spent 30 minutes to confidently master programming the RG6. “After that, I flagged him down and said ‘Hey, check this out, I think it’s good.’” The gripper’s easy programming meant that the company saw quick results with minimal training and significant cost savings on engineering hours. “As soon as you plug the RG6 in, it works. Programming the pin stamper is actually much harder than programming the gripper,” says Roake, who describes how long the process took. “For the entire system, it took us maybe a couple of weeks, but for the gripper specifically, less than a day.” The pin stamping application requires the gripper to handle as many as 30 different parts to-date but programming a new part in as little as five to 10 minutes since the robot can use the same basic code for every part and the gripper senses when it grasps the part, no matter what size it is. Brian Einzig, an automation specialist with FPE Automation, helped advise Tomenson on the robotic system. He doesn’t hesitate to call the OnRobot gripper a ‘game-changer.’ “Whereas we normally see the one gripper, one part, we now see the flexibility that the OnRobot’s grippers offer customers. It’s a customized tool out of the box,” he says. “Before they were using maybe a two-jaw gripper for one part and a three-jaw gripper for another part, now we’re seeing the RG6 can do multiple parts for multiple jobs.” Because some parts require very thin fingers, Tomenson is able to 3D print finger extensions and simply attach them to the RG6 gripper, a task that takes only a couple of minutes. All of the plug-and-play gripper’s programming is handled intuitively through the OnRobot software that enables easy deployment on the robot arm with no additional PLCs required. Tomenson currently has developed and stored nearly 40 programs on the robot, all based on one initial program.

much easier to change the gripper’s orientation, but still has the

the OnRobot Quick Changer built-in. The new bracket makes it same range of motions and positions. The cable is supported through the Quick Changer, so there’s no cable on the side eliminating the need to connect and disconnect when it’s time to change tools. The RG6 gripper can also be deployed with the Dual Quick Changer, effectively cutting cycle times in half. The gripper is easy-to-use and compatible with a wide range of collaborative and light industrial robots. With a stroke of 160mm, the RG6 can pick up a wide variety of items. This all-around gripper can help broaden the scope of applications to automate, from machine tending and pick & place to assembly and packaging & palletizing.

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The robotic system with the RG6 gripper is a collaborative application that is safe alongside workers. “We knew we were not going to get a gripper and robot that might need safety guarding because we’re working in a tight environment in the cell, says operations manager Alex Roake. “The collaborative aspect was one of the main factors in how we picked out the gripper and the robotic system.”

“The collaborative aspect of the gripper and the robot system was absolutely necessary,” explains Roake. “We knew we were not going to get a gripper and robot that might need guarding because we’re working in a tight environment in the cell where they’re working. The collaborative aspect was one of the main factors in how we picked out the gripper and the robotic system.” Results feature a 40 percent reduction in misloads and fast ROI in just six to seven months The RG6 application has quickly delivered impressive results. Zach Roake, quality and post-production manager, describes the improvements seen in automating the process. “The biggest difference since we brought in automation and the gripper was that we’ve seen a huge reduction in misloads,” he says. “I would say we’ve seen about a forty percent reduction in misloads coming from engraving the wrong side or in the wrong direction since we’ve incorporated the system.” Profit margins have also improved, especially on smaller products. “Before this system and the gripper, we definitely had lower profit margins on these small blocks,” says Alex Roake. “Now when we see a small block, we’re not afraid to quote it because we know handling thousands and thousands of these will be done by the robot, not a human, which makes us less fearful of quoting very high-volume small parts.” By easily automating the small parts with the gripper and robot, we’re able to save engineering hours while also reallocating workers to focus on bigger parts with complex processes and longer cycles that require more attention.

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Just-In-Time Manufacturing Now Possible The easy programming and implementation of the gripper also allow for fast response to customer needs. “Say it’s a Thursday and we get a hot order,” says Rose. “We’ll get the job set up and it’ll be on the saw, and on Friday I can have second shift run the robot, just loading and unloading it. By Monday, we’re already shipping the parts to the customer. It gives us a lot of flexibility to respond to market demands and on-time deliveries, as well as just ease-of-use around the shop.” Ultimately, Tomenson expects a fast return on its investment by replacing a first-shift operator with the robot and gripper, estimating a 13-month return on the gripper for a single shift. Alex adds, “If we’re calculating the fact that we can now run our gripper on first and second shift, the number would be roughly half—so around six to seven months we will get our return on investment.”

Arrival Of Robotic System Made Operator Cheer An additional benefit is increased employee satisfaction and excitement about the new technologies across the company. The process before automation was a human operator loading the pin stamp machine one part at a time, standing or sitting at a stool and using a foot pedal to activate the pin stamp, all day long. “When we first started installing the robot with the gripper, our previous pin stamp operator actually started cheering because she was so excited that we were able to move her to a different department where she was able to do more meaningful work,” recalls Roake. Now she’s working in the shipping department and helping pack the parts and inspect the parts before they make it to the customer.”

ABOUT ONROBOT For handling smaller parts, Tomenson 3D prints its own “fingertips” for the gripper, and change-overs only take a couple of minutes.

With the repetitive operation automated and staff moved to more valuable tasks, Tomenson also saw savings in where operators need to be deployed. “Now we load a conveyor that can run for around 45 minutes, and then just keep continuously loading and unloading the conveyor,” describes Tomenson’s operation manager. “Since we are able to let it run unattended for around 45 minutes, we’re able to use the same person to run the line saw and the robot, as opposed to having two separate people. In terms of cost-saving, it’s basically equivalent to one operator.”

Established in 2015, the company merged with Perception Robotics and OptoForce in 2018, followed by an acquisition of Purple Robotics a few months later. In April 2019, OnRobot acquired the intellectual property of Blue Workforce, a Danish company making grippers and a vision system. Now, the OnRobot product range features a wide assortment of end-of-arm tooling, including electric grippers, force/torque sensors, a vacuum gripper, the awardwinning Gecko Gripper, and tool changers. This new combination of offerings from OnRobot makes it quicker and simpler to automate tasks such as packaging, quality control, materials handling, machine tending, packaging, assembly, and surface finishing. The company plans to grow through further acquisitions

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Their first automation project off to a good start, Tomenson is already looking at other opportunities for collaborative automation according to Alex Roake. “Now that we have a successful application with the OnRobot RG6 gripper, we have looked into other possibilities in post-production or shipping or even loading up the CNC machines,” he says. “The ease of programming is what leads us to be confident in this decision that we can carry over to other departments, because we don’t need to hire an extra programmer, but can use our existing workforce.” Suggestions on where to put the RG6 gripper to work next doesn’t just come from management. “We have several of our employees actively come up to us with ideas on where they would like to see a robotic system go in next,” says Roake. “Everyone’s curiosity is at an all-time high.” 

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The Tool for Moving Heavy Machinery—Embedded Air Casters By: Cole Miller, Engineering Lead, AeroGo, Inc.


ne of the major problems manufacturers face with tooling and machinery is the difficulty of moving heavy equipment from point to point. For example, a machine left on the manufacturing floor might become an obstacle, potentially causing an accident or injury. What happens when the manufacturer changes to a reconfigurable system in which machines in a production line need to be swapped or moved elsewhere to meet changing production demands? Regardless of the situation, finding an effective way to mobilize heavy machinery is critical for end-users and a design challenge for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). Fortunately, it’s a challenge they can solve. The solution: design machines that float by using an embedded air bearing system as built-in rigging.

hose to the air bearing unit (load module), and the machine or tooling is lifted on a business card-thin layer of air. Thanks to a friction coefficient of less than two percent, a single operator exerting no more than five to 25 pounds of force can move machinery as heavy as 5,000-10,000 pounds. Heavier machines may require more people, but they can be moved just as easily because the same principles apply. Designers working on hard-to-move machines can incorporate this easy-to-use mobility technology to eliminate operational disruption for end-users and vastly reduce the costs associated with traditional methods of machinery relocation. For OEMs, this presents an opportunity to competitively differentiate themselves and potentially upsell their offering by adding significant value for the end-user at the marginal cost of a simple add-on feature.

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Air Bearing Systems Versus Other Options

Air bearings, also known as air casters, function on the same principles as a puck on an air hockey table, where the puck literally floats on a membrane of air. Just like the puck, an air membrane can easily lift and float thousands of pounds of machinery. An operator attaches an air

Traditional mobility solutions may not always work. Installing wheeled casters, for example, maybe impractical. Wheels can have weight limitations, and they also may damage factory floors that cannot withstand the pressure they exert given their small floor

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contact area. Further, the sheer amount of force they require to move very heavy machinery may exceed practical or safe limits. Setting equipment on platforms for forklifts to move is another option, but that too has its drawbacks. Fork trucks can be as unwieldy as the loads they lift, even if driven by experienced, certified operators. In many plant environments, inches matter, and fork vehicles may not have sufficient room to maneuver. Operators may have to shut down production and move other equipment just to assure the right amount of access for the truck. Similarly, the setup time required of the material handling system can affect its feasibility, as an Illinois-based machinery manufacturer noted when evaluating air casters, “It was difficult to move cabinets by overhead crane in a shorter time, as setup time was higher. Therefore, to improve the movement time, we decided to use air casters.” There are additional benefits as well. Air bearing systems readily fit inside any existing equipment footprint without the need for additional floor space. Operations require neither special equipment nor certified operators, which reduces the possibility of unwanted downtime, delays, and disruption. Embedded air casters compound these advantages. Since they’re already built-in, all an operator needs to do is attach the air hose, push the load into position and deflate—all of which can be accomplished in minutes.

Facts Machine Designers Need to Know The approach is everything in optimizing an embedded air bearing system. Air casters are not necessarily one-size-fits-all. First, designers will need access to engineering models to ensure proper fit and function or identify any appropriate adjustments to make. Access to complete engineering models enables designers to evaluate the air caster option without expending much in the way of time or resources. Second, during an evaluation, designers should be able to answer a series of questions:

1. How much will the machinery weigh? This question may seem a little misleading. Air casters can work with virtually any weight; that’s not the issue. Weight, however, will impact structure support, specifically the number of support points that will have to be placed beneath the object. In most cases, OEM designers should expect to use four to six air casters.

of airflow will also impact the type of control panel for equipment operators to incorporate into the design.

4. How do you want to attach the air casters? The answer to this question is largely at the discretion of the designer. The cost to install is typically low because designers can determine which type of attachment such as bolts, screws, welding or other means works best. Here again, access to engineering models makes all the difference. Pre-built mounting points facilitate designer decision-making on either positioning the air casters or engineering a new hole pattern that will adapt existing equipment and integrate the air bearing system.

A Flexible Response To Changing Demands Manufacturing today requires flexibility—the ability to change on the fly. To stay ahead of the curve and maintain profitability, manufacturers need to keep up without incurring added costs or productivity losses. Admittedly this is a challenge, but it is certainly solvable. OEM designers can generate previously untapped value for their customers and themselves by designing and building flexible machines capable of repositioning, relocating and reconfiguring as soon as needed. A thin layer of air produced by embedded air casters makes all of these possible, enhancing a facility’s mobility, safety, and productivity while reducing system costs. 

2. What load can the floor take? While air casters tend to outperform other mobility methods in preserving floors from damage or even simple wear-and-tear, they can still exert pressure. Surface quality and condition of the floor should be considered as should the number and size of air casters required. The size determines how widely the weight of the load will be distributed.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Cole Miller, EIT is an engineering lead for AeroGo, Inc. AeroGo, headquartered in Seattle, Washington, manufactures innovative load moving equipment utilizing

3. What air supply is available?

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After determining the number and size of air casters to support the given load at its intended destination environment, the machine designer can figure out the amount of air pressure per caster. In most cases, ordinary shop air should be sufficient, but equipment designers should verify the appropriate air pressure. The amount

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ir-Vac Systems Inc. has been manufacturing Industrial Air Cleaners to maintain clean air in machining facilities, heavy equipment, diesel repair, and Welding Shops for almost 30 years. Air-Vac offers many models for different applications and filter configurations available from two-stage filtration up to five stages of filtration to remove dangerous, volatile organic compounds (VOC’s), carcinogens, chemicals and other toxins in the air you breathe. “Our five Stage model will even kill heavy odors, mold, bacteria, and viruses for the ultimate purified air,” says Robert Hughes, president of Air-Vac System. Their units are self-contained and required no ducting or exhausting. “Your shop will feel warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer,” explains Hughes. “Often the filter cost is off-set by keeping your doors closed up part of the year and not paying for heat loss.” New customers often express that they should have adopted their industrial air cleaning solution sooner. Recently, Air-Vac opened up a new branch for the pet industry called “Air-Vac on Guard” to remove heavy odors, dander and to kill infectious pathogens airborne and on surfaces in Vet offices, grooming shops, boarding and daycare facilities. Air-Vac Systems the expert in clean air solutions has seen the long-term health effects of breathing contaminated air daily. “Your health is the most important thing to longevity and Air-Vac Systems will help you maintain that.“ 

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hen an application calls for surface finishing, cleaning, polishing, deburring, edge blending or removal of paint, rust or other contamination, a wheel brush is often the ideal solution. A type of power brush, wheel brushes are motordriven and may feature an arbor hole or keyway that supports their use with grinding equipment or CNC machinery. Wheel brushes are circular in shape with uniform distribution of the fill materials extending radially from the center core to the periphery. When metal wire filaments are used, they are excellent tools for light deburring, edge blending and general surface finishing. The brushing action occurs at the edge or face of the tool on machined parts such as steel shafts, gears, turbine blades, or extrusion cut-offs. However, when harder materials are involved, wire filaments can break off, or deform – even if crimped. Although knotted wire options are available for more aggressive deburring, for today’s hardened steels and alloys even this type of wheel brush is not sufficient. Instead, for the most aggressive deburring or surface finishing the solution is a wheel brush that utilizes abrasive nylon filaments made of silicon carbide. Taking it one step further, diamond grit can be used for the hardest metals and alloys in use today. The construction of these composite hub radial wheel brushes, as they are called, provides a long-lasting wheel with less filament breakage and superior performance.

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For JR Precision and Welding, a machine shop in Houston, Texas, the issue of removing large burrs from machined holes in an extremely hard 4140 steel alloy part used as a muzzle brake for firearms was proving a challenge. Founded in 2017, the machine shop specializes in 3 and 5-axis CNC manufacturing, 3D printing and welding. A muzzle brake, or compensator, is a device connected to the barrel of a rifle or pistol to help control recoil and the rising of the barrel that normally occurs after firing. There are different forms of muzzle brakes, but most consist of a small length of tubing approximately 5-centimeters long. Muzzle brakes utilize slots, vents, holes, baffles and similar devices to redirect a portion of propellant gases to counter recoil and unwanted muzzle rise. Where and how these holes are placed in the muzzle brake has a tremendous effect on the influence of the brake in terms of recoil and muzzle movement. However, when machining these holes, large burrs were forming at the oval-shaped gas ports. The cylinder was made of 4140 steel, which is a one-percent chromium-molybdenum steel alloy that is generally hardened and tempered to a tensile strength of 850-1000 Mpa. The company was machining the part on a 5-axis machine in an elliptical path, which increased the size of the burrs created. “The burrs that were created were razor-sharp and thicker than we wanted them to be on each of the 4 main ports in the part,” says



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James Mawazeb, Director of operations and lead engineer at JR Precision & Welding. This led him to reach out to a local tooling representative from Bass Tool & Supply, a leading supplier of CNC machine tools, for wheel brush options to remove the burrs in one automated operation. The rep, in turn, suggested he contact Los Angeles-based Brush Research Manufacturing. The company is known for inventing the Flex-Hone®, a tool characterized by abrasive globules that are permanently mounted to flexible filaments that are attached to a center shaft. With its low-pressure, low-temperature abrading process, the Flex-Hone tool can remove work-hardened layers and deburr parts without disturbing the underlying metallurgical structure. However, Brush Research also manufactures a wide array of wheel, cup and end brushes in a variety of sizes, filaments, and grits. Still, based on the geometry, location of the burrs and the hardness of the metal alloy, it wasn’t immediately clear what the best solution would be. So, the engineers at Brush Research suggested Mawazeb send in several sample parts for testing in the lab. At its surface finishing laboratory in Los Angeles, Brush Research engineers analyze customer parts that require finishing, then selects and tests the tools that will provide the best solution according to customer operating parameters. At first, the company attempted to remove the large burrs using NamPower abrasive disc brushes. Composed of flexible abrasive nylon filaments bonded to a fiber-reinforced thermoplastic base, the disc brushes contain a unique combination of both ceramic and silicon carbide abrasive. The abrasive filaments work like flexible files, conforming to part contours, wiping and filing across part edges and surfaces to deliver maximum burr removal rates. Although an excellent tool, the abrasive disc brushes were not sufficient for removing the burrs. “After testing out disc brush with different depths and speeds, we decided to try an abrasive nylon wheel brush,” says Elysha Cole, Product Support Specialist at Brush Research. “It was able to easily get into the slots, push the burrs out and remove them.” The abrasive-filled nylon filaments are set into molded cores, allowing higher filament densities and putting more cutting tips at

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the point of attack. In addition, the filaments are extremely durable and self-sharpening, providing excellent performance and wear life. As the brushes come in contact with the work surface, the filament grit wears off, exposing new cutting particles. In that manner, the brush continues to be sharp even after repeated use. In addition, unlike the bristles of metal brushes the abrasive nylon fibers are not prone to deforming or breaking off like wire brushes. The product utilized to prove the concept was a 6-inch diameter tool with silicon carbide filaments. Because the burrs were a bit heavier and the customer was not concerned about the final surface finish, the machine shop opted for 80-grit. The tool can be automated on CNC equipment or offline as a secondary deburring operation. According to Mawazeb, the abrasive nylon brush met all his requirements, including how well it fit in his 5-axis machine’s magazine holder and existing toolholders.



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However, the primary concern was how much material the brush would remove. “We didn’t want the brush to affect the outer diameter measurements in a way that affected the performance of the ports,” says Mawazeb. After testing the abrasive nylon brush, Mawazeb says he was impressed. In addition to removing the large burrs, the brush also provided a soft edge break to the four ports so they were not razorsharp without affecting the surface finish. “The abrasive nylon brush removes just the right amount of material,” says Mawazeb. “The surface finish actually matched what the customer wanted as well.” After proving the concept in the lab, JR Precision and Welding ultimately decided to purchase a smaller 3-inch diameter version of the wheel brush. The shorter trim fill has less give, so delivers an even more aggressive action. Mawazeb says he also tried another brush from another supplier but was not impressed. The filaments were angled down and the fill was not as compact as the abrasive nylon wheel brush from Brush Research. “I tried another brush but didn’t like how it performed. When it would go over the part, it would be like it was a toothbrush, just rubbing over metal. So, it didn’t actually remove anything. It actually scuffed up the part more and left a horrible finish,” explains Mawazeb. According to Mawazeb, the machine shop has installed the abrasive nylon brushes and the equipment is programmed for the next order muzzle breaks scheduled for production in the next month.  For more information:

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ABB Ability™ Allows Users to Apply Big Data and Predictive Analytics ABB has introduced a new augmented reality platform to improve the ability of ABB and its customers to speed response times, extend asset lifecycles, improve production performance and ensure operational excellence. ABB Ability™ Remote Insights for service uses commercially available headsets to assist field service technicians and expand the reach of ABB subject matter experts. The technology enables a field service technician to share his or her view of a situation using the device’s camera and receive guidance directly from an expert through on-screen annotations, chat, and document sharing. » For more information, visit

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Allied Machine & Engineering will display their newest GEN3SYS XT Pro high-penetration insert While Allied’s entire XT Pro product line thrives in high-penetration drilling applications, this unique combination of carbide grade, geometry and high-temperature coating is designed to run at or beyond current O.E.M. rates in structural steel applications. The insert’s simplified setup and extended tool life reduces changeover and increases throughput. Their upgraded carbide insert has been completely redesigned to improve throughput and cut operational costs by extending life and increasing penetration rates.

In order to offer more flexibility to customers, BIG KAISER has moved production of its CAT50 milling adapters to the U.S. The product performance and design will not change, but the move allows for more variation and faster delivery of special lengths for specific applications. With both a patented counter weight and friction damper, the Smart Damper is a dynamic damping system that eliminates vibration for higher productivity. It provides quiet, vibration-free milling with long projection tools, ultimately making it easier to achieve fine surface finishes and higher metal removal rates.

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Cosen’s G320 - A Fully Automatic Dual Column Band Saw Considered the premier saw of Cosen, the G320 is a combination of rigidity, state of the art software, technology, and affordability. The saw utilizes a true stainless steel dual column design and is perfect for cutting in high production settings. Paired with Cosen’s V_Drive technology, the G320 can easily improve operator efficiency and cut results, as well as help reducing cost per cut. The saw allows for a round capacity of 12.8” and a rectangular capacity of 12.8” x 15”. The comes standard with Cosen’s quick approach bar system and Save-A-Blade feature. The G320 also comes equipped with Cosen’s NC-Control system. » For more information visit



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Dallas Industries Underloop Spacesaver™ Feed Line The UnderLoop system from Dallas Industries will run both steel and aluminum up to .187-inch thick at 48-inch wide and .312-inch thick at 12-inch wide, and is rated for coils up to 30,000-pounds. The model DRFHDS-648 servo feed has 6-inch rolls and a pull-thru straightener with 4-inch diameter rolls. This SpaceSaver line requires only 21 feet of floor space. To enhance setup time, the feeder passline height, edge guides, coil guide rolls for auto coil centering the coil on the uncoiler are automatically adjusted to position. The newly upgraded Dallas UnderLoop SpaceSaver feed line design consists of a reconfigured threading system featuring a servo driven synthetic tension roll, with UnderLoop lower threading table and rocker-arm, de-bending assembly. » For more information, visit

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1050°F Cabinet Oven From Grieve No. 1049 is a 1050°F (566°C), cabinet oven with two drawers from Grieve, currently used for annealing or normalizing processes at the customer’s facility. Workspace dimensions of this oven measure 39” W x 102” D x 51” H, with two drawers rated 250 lbs. loading with 36” wide x 78” deep x 15” high loading area. 800,000 BTU/hour installed in a modulating natural gas burner, while a 10,000 CFM, 7-1/2 HP recirculating blower provides horizontal airflow to the workload. Features include a top mounted heat chamber, aluminized steel exterior and Type 304, 2B finish stainless steel interior.

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Automatic Vertical Band Saw from Hydmech The V-18APC-60 is an automatic vertical band saw with the ability to miter from 60° left to 60° right. The V-18APC is fast, with its high speed shuttle feed indexing up to 40" in a single movement. A 2 HP driven hydraulic pump supplies system pressure through 3-position directional valves controlling all vising, head swing, head advance/ retract, blade tension, guide arm, and shuttle movement. Its PLC control features storage of up to 1000 jobs with the ability to run 5 in queue. Featuring a 18"W x 22"H capacity, 7.5 HP motor, and 1 1/4" blade, the V-18APC is a reliable choice for all your vertical metal cutting applications.

COFA-X Tool For Complex Cross Bores COFA-X tool is part of HEULE’s X-Bores line of specialized cross bore deburring solutions. COFA-X removes burrs consistently from interior uneven bore edges with large intersections, such as valves, fittings, hydraulic manifolds, and other similar components. A customengineered tool that is designed and built for each customer’s specific application, COFA-X can deburr cross bores with an identical or nearly identical diameter crossing each other (1:1 ratio); bores which merge into one another; and crossing bores with offset centers. Based on the design of their best-selling COFA tool for standard cross bore applications, COFA-X is a new tool designed specifically for extreme situations that previously required hand deburring. » For more information, visit

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Durable, Accurate Zip-Miter Horizontal Band Saw from Palmgren An innovative design makes the nine-inch Zip-Miter Horizontal Band Saw from Palmgren® ideal for cutting straight or miter cuts on ferrous and non-ferrous metal. It has been designed from the blade out to provide the same cutting accuracy as a cold saw. The band saw features an advanced direct drive gear box and motor to maximize the power of the motor to the blade and reduce vibration. The gear box uses a bronze worm gear and harden and ground worm shaft in an oil bath to provide a smooth, quiet drive train and positive surface-feet-per-minute at the blade. Palmgren is a C.H. Hanson brand. » For more information, visit

OnRobot’s End-Of-Arm Tooling Solution Dramatically Simplifies Automation OnRobot A/S released its Digital I/O Converter Kit, which allowed OnRobot end-of-arm tools to work with a full range of leading collaborative and light industrial robot brands including Universal Robots, KUKA, FANUC, Doosan, Techman, Yaskawa, Mitsubishi, Kawasaki and Nachi. Building on that initiative, all OnRobot products now have a unified mechanical and communications interface based on the OnRobot Quick Changer, which is now an integrated part of all OnRobot products. An additional Dual Quick Changer incorporates these same new capabilities while allowing the use of two tools in one cycle, mixing and matching to suit application needs and maximizing robot utilization. » For more information, visit

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PFERD has enhanced its lineup of Performance Line SG POLIFAN® Z SG POWER STEELOX flap discs with the addition of a 6-inch (Type 29) disc in 40 and 60 grit in 7/8-inch arbor and 5/8—11 hub versions. Together with its impressive service life and high aggressiveness, the new flap disc, like other members of its product family, maintains consistent performance throughout the entire life of the flap disc yielding maximum economic efficiency for the user. This high-performance, Zirconia alumina Z abrasive handles demanding grinding work, delivering optimum stock removal on high-powered angle grinders even at higher contact pressures.

Developed to complement the Coromant Capto® quick-change tooling concept from Sandvik Coromant, the new driven tool holder solution uses sensors to gather data, which it transmits via Bluetooth, enabling predictive maintenance of the holder. Thanks to the quick-change functionality, the time an operator spends on measuring, setup and tool change is kept to a minimum. The software application included in the new offer provides operators with real-time information, such as the vibration level of the holder, allowing for live monitoring of the spindle as well as monitoring of the temperature within the tool holder.

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Scotchman AL150 HS Notcher/Grinder High-speed Abrasive Grinder/Notcher is a 2-in-1 machine which includes a grinding belt and pipe grinder. This new high-speed abrasive grinder creates perfect notches in seconds and is 40% faster than the original AL150, and is ideal for use on stainless, aluminum, and plastic. With a belt speed of 150ft/second its benefits include faster grinding with less dust/particles, less color distortion due to heat, and a 2-3-times longer belt life. The AL150 HS machine is a top quality, economical, and perfect for double corner joints, great for high production. Backed by Scotchman’s three-year warranty.


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SUHNER’s Proven High Speed Machining Unit Type BEX15 Takes Off To Even Higher Speed Levels

Siemens announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire MultiMechanics, Inc., developer of MultiMech finite element software that helps companies virtually predict failure in advanced materials at an unprecedented level of speed and accuracy. The company plans to integrate MultiMechanics into Siemens Digital Industries Software, which will add the ability for customers to create a digital twin of materials by closely integrating materials engineering with part design, performance engineering, and manufacturing through the unique TRUE Multiscale™ technology for a broad range of material-driven applications. MultiMechanics’ technology helps companies to efficiently predict material properties and behavior, including failure starting at the microstructural level, at an unprecedented level of speed and accuracy.

Chip producing machining operations with modern tools today demand progressively higher cutting speeds. Specifically, for metals with high cutting speed rates or small diameter hole drilling applications. The SUHNER machining unit type BEX15, proven in thousands of installations, provides new speed options, reliably up to the maximum speed limit. With an increase of 25 percent up to a permissible maximum spindle speed of 23,000rpm, operations requiring higher spindle speeds can be accomplished more easily. This improvement is the result of a complete redesign of drive and spindle bearing components. A new style timing belt drive multiplies the motor speed up to 13,050rpm spindle speed. An AC-inverter drive is used to increase the spindle speed up to 23,000rpm at 87Hz.

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The SIG-VCS is designed to strap standard folded boxes and provide high-speed bundling, squaring and strapping for variable package sizes and configurations. With precise bundle compression and consistent strap tension and placement, it produces up to 25 squared bundles per minute for single strap applications. The SIG-VCS has flexible features like adjustable strap tension up to 10 levels and a control panel that stores up to 2000 different bundle combinations, making it easy to integrate into any operation with ease and a promise of maximum productivity.

With the new release of TDM Global Line 2019, TDM Systems offers many of the functions of its core solution. The TDM core solution is comprised of TDM Shopfloor Manager, TDM Production Document Management, Graphic Functions and TDM WebCatalog. TDM Shopfloor Manager is a powerful tool that allows for comprehensive workflow management, incorporating booking functions and many interfaces for crib systems, presetting devices and machines as well as for higher-level systems such as MES, FMS and ERP. Users can now create multiple shop floor configurations in order to depict workflows in various production areas.

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THK Introduces Type BSM / BSM-B Ball Screw for Machine Tools Featuring high-speed performance and load capacities that exceed existing full ball standards, THK’s new Type BSM Ball Screw is ideal for use in machine tools. The Type BSM utilizes a newly developed circulation structure and a large lead to meet high-speed performance demands. The DN value is 170,000, contrasted with 130,000 in conventional products. The unique groove design and double groove structure of the Type BSM improve load capacity and meet the requirements of machine tool applications. The Slim Nut Type BSM-B conserves space with a nut diameter up to 14 percent more compact than THK conventional ball screws. » For more information, visit



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UNIMOVE CM500 Simplifies Overhead Handling of Varied Materials

Tregaskiss has designed its new AccuLock R Series Consumables to virtually eliminate cross-threading issues and offers AccuLock HDP Contact Tips as an option within the series to extend tip life by 10 times or more in certain pulsed welding applications. The consumables can help to reduce both unplanned and planned downtime in robotic MIG welding applications. By increasing efficiency, AccuLock R Series Consumables help companies achieve annual cost reduction and throughput goals — with minimal risk or effort. They are ideal for applications in the automotive, fabrication and manufacturing industries.

The CM500 vacuum tube lifter is for safe and ergonomic handling of bags, boxes, pails, drums, sheet rock and more. A robust pulley-driven power unit, operated at up to 5000 rpm, provides the highest lifting capacity in the industry and the ability to effectively handle both porous and non-porous materials. A 5-inch diameter copolymer RHINO Tube lasts significantly longer than traditional lifting tubes. With a capacity of 140 pounds (non-porous, 110 pounds), automatic balance control, and the ability to accommodate 6-10 moves per minute, the CM500 is ideal for in-plant material handling, warehouse lifting, production line work, and more.

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Hirebotics Selects Universal Robots to Power the BotX Welder, Addressing Skilled Welder Shortage In developing BotX, Hirebotics addressed two major hurdles of robotic welding: the ease of programming and the ease in which a customer can obtain the system without assuming the risk of ownership. There are no installation costs with BotX and with cloud monitoring, manufacturers pay only for the hours the system actually welds. The complete product offering comes with the UR10e cobot arm, cloud connector, welder, wire feeder, MIG welding gun, weld table, and configurable user-input touch buttons. The customer simply provides wire, gas, and parts. Customers can teach BotX the required welds simply via an intuitive app on any smartphone or tablet utilizing welding libraries created in world-class welding labs. A cloud connection enables 24/7 support by Hirebotics. » For more information, visit

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These tilt tables ideal for manufacturing or assembly applications where the process requires work in the horizontal and vertical positions. With the flexibility of removable forks while in the horizontal position, and a range from 0 – 90 degrees, workers are allowed 360-degree access to the product while in the horizontal position, while the vertical position allows access to manufacturing and assembly processes of difficult to reach areas in the vertical position. They are ideal for many applications including panel build, furniture manufacturing, locker or metal enclosure manufacturing and assembly, corrugated, wood, or sheet handling. » For more information, visit


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Walter has introduced the T2713, a universal indexable thread mill suitable for a variety of materials up to 55 HRC. This newest addition to the Walter thread milling system combines the advantages of thread milling with the efficiency of tapping. Due to the smooth cutting and lower cutting forces, machining times can be comparable to those of thread tapping and forming. In addition to fast machining, users also benefit from the high process reliability of thread milling, ease of handling and few radius corrections, high operational smoothness, cylindrical threads, and excellent thread quality.

Wildeck’s portfolio of access products includes stair crossovers, modular platforms, access ladders, pallet access gates, stairs, rolling ladders, work stands and aerospace/specialty products. Engineered to comply with OSHA and Cal-OSHA requirements, Wildeck’s access products are available in both standard and custom designs, reducing overreaching injuries and enhancing safet. Wildeck’s crossover products improve access and mobility around material handling/automated systems (like conveyors). Available in a variety of configurations, these products offer a safe and effective way to access various work areas, including manufacturing, fabrication, assembly and production.

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Actek Manufacturing & Engineering

The Ez-Puller came about because of the frustration and time wasted setting up and fine-tuning traditional bar pullers. The EZ-Puller from Accudyne Products is a bar puller that can be set up for any bar diameter in seconds.

Since their inception in 1989, Actek® Manufacturing & Engineering has established a reputation for providing top-quality products as well as excellent service. Actek hoist rings are ISO 9001:2008 certified and 200 percent proof-load test all hoist rings with a certificate.

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AeroGo manufactures innovative load moving equipment, utilizing wheels and hovercraft technology, that move heavy, awkward, or delicate loads in factories. AeroGo works with companies large and small to find a load moving solution that is safe, efficient and cost-effective.

AGMA is the global network for technical standards, education, and business information for manufacturers, suppliers, and users of mechanical power transmission components. The association includes about 495 of the world's top gearing companies across more than 30 nations.

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AKS Cutting Systems manufactures CNC cutting machines including plasma, oxy-fuel and waterjet systems for the sheet metal, and plate metal and fabricating industries. AKS Cutting Systems offers SureCut™ technology as a Standard Feature on all of their plasma cutting machines.

Allied Machine & Engineering is a leading manufacturer of holemaking and finishing tooling systems. Our tooling solutions deliver the lowest cost-per-hole in a wide range of drilling, boring, reaming, threading, and burnishing applications. Precision engineering and expert application support makes Allied the first and best choice for solving complex metal-cutting challenges. (800) 321-5537

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Marvel now acquired by Amada has been designing and manufacturing the highest quality metal cutting saws available since 1904. They offer a complete line of metal cutting saws and ironworkers including best in class Vertical Tilt Frame bandsaws in the world since 1917.

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Betenbender Manufacturing, Inc.

BEHRINGER SAWS manufactures high-performance bandsawing machines, circular cold saws, and structural fabricating equipment. Their primary goal is to create value for their customers, by striving to achieve the highest combination of speed and accuracy, combined with cost-effectiveness.

The Betenbender Family of American Hydraulic Shears and Hydraulic Press Brakes is made by Betenbender Manufacturing,Inc. in Coggon, Iowa, U.S.A. Now in their fifth decade in business, this Midwestern Company continues to produce, what they believe to be, America's best built shears and press brakes.

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Since 1951 Burr King grinders, polishers, and mass finishing systems have utilized innovative designs of uncompromising quality. They are industrial grade and intended for use on metals, woods, composites, plastics, rubber, stone, fiberglass and other materials.

Carell Corporation & Eagle Bending Machines were founded over 25 years ago to provide Higher Quality Fabricating Machines, Faster Deliveries and Superior Service. Carell & Eagle proudly maintain their goals and have placed over 7,500 machines in North America. Proof that their Commitment, Quality and Service are valued by the industry.

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Combilift is the largest global manufacturer of multi-directional forklifts and an acknowledged leader in long load handling solutions. More than 38,000 units have been sold in over 85 countries since Combilift was established in 1998.

Founded in 1976, Cosen Saws is a global leading manufacturer of industrial band saws. Their band saws includes horizontal, vertical, manaul, semi-automatic, and automatic. Cosen offers cutting solutions from steel to titanium, fabricators to service centers. With 140 models they can provide the band saw for your diverse cutting capacities.

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Coxreels has remained focused on manufacturing high quality professional grade hose, cord, and cable reels since 1923. Offering a full product line serving the industry in every channel and application, Coxreels® designs, builds, and supports their products in America.

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EXAIR Corporation

Essex Structural Steel has been manufacturing pre-engineered building since 1972. Their buildings are designed for easy erection, energy efficient, designed to exceed local and state codes and are built in the USA by American Workers.

Since 1983, EXAIR has been a manufacturer of compressed air-operated products to solve problems in industrial plants. Their product line included air-operated vacuums, ionizing products for static elimination, and liquid atomizing nozzles for product cooling, coating, cleaning and painting.

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Formdrill helps you produce your own inserts out of the same parts material. Users save money by eliminating the need to buy nuts or threaded inserts. You do not need to weld or install fasteners.

With 90 years of experience in honing the technology, the product range of the GEHRING Group includes honing machines for the machining of bores with diameters ranging from 0.8 - 2000 mm and bore lengths of up to 24000 mm.

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Green Hydraulic Power has been developing and integrating hydraulic power units with Variable Frequency Drive technology. GHP units represent trusted technology in an inventive package, offering enormous energy savings, limitless compatibility, and unprecedented affordability.

Since 1983, Grizzly Industrial®, Inc. has grown into one of the largest machinery companies in the United States. Grizzly sells their wide product selection direct to the user, cutting out the dealer network, resulting in lower prices to you.

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H&K Equipment, Inc. was founded in 1983 to provide specialized material handling solutions and exceptional service to their customers. H&K Equipment is a comprehensive leader in lift trucks, container handlers, personnel carriers, yard trucks, and industrial sweeping and scrubbing equipment.

HE&M Saw manufactures more than 70 different models of production band saws for the metalworking industry. Their product line includes vertical, horizontal, plate and double column saws with capacities ranging from 12" x 12" to 80" x 80" machines.

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HYDMECH Group Limited

HMI offers the most versatile C-Frame press or punch of all machines available today. Their frames are designed to have fewer tons-persquare-inch of pressure on their side plates, thus reducing spring back of the frame and reducing tool wear.

HYDMECH is a world leader in metal band saw and cold sawing solutions. Their innovative solutions are geared to meet the practical needs of the aerospace, automotive, steel service centers, metal fabrications shops, racing, and other sectors.

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Hypneumat, Inc.

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Hypneumat, Inc. manufactures an array of automatic drilling units, tapping units and multiple spindle heads under the Hypneumat, Commander and Snow brands. Hypneumat also specializes in contract machining services offering multi-axis turning and vertical machining capabilities.

Industrial Magnetics, LLC., provides off-the-shelf industrial magnet products. Our ability to provide customer-specific solutions to unique challenges that set us apart from others in the industry. We pride ourselves on quickly providing the best possible magnetic solution for our customer’s requirements and without sacrificing quality.

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Since their founding in 1942 Jergens, Inc. has grown to comprise 3 distinct business units: Workholding Solutions, Lifting Solutions and Specialty Fasteners. Their tooling components, fasteners, and hoist rings are at work in just about every industry on every continent.

Jet Edge ultra-high pressure waterjet systems are uniquely suited for heavy duty - high volume applications. Their customizable solutions are configured to the customer needs and built to last. Jet Edge products engineered and built by American craftsmen.

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Kanetec has been at the forefront of magnetic tools and equipment since 1959. The company has expanded their Magnetic Bases, Tools, and Chuck lines with the latest technology and electronic controls.

Having been a company solely devoted to the manufacture of gears for 80 years, KHK is world renowned for their brand of gears. KHK USA is a factory direct, full-service distributor of KHK gears to meet your gearing needs.

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L&L Special Furnace Co., Inc.

Lenzkes Clamping Tools, Inc

L&L Special Furnace Co., Inc. has a longstanding reputation for designing special industrial furnaces, ovens, kilns, quench tanks and heat treating systems. Their broad product line allows L&L to provide special treatment in creating the best system for thermal needs.

Lenzkes clamps assist with QMC-Quick Mold Change, QDC-Quick Die Change, SMED-Single-Minute Exchange of Die and other machining/ safety issues. Their Free Trial program allows use in real-time working situations (such as Stamping, Milling, and Injection Molding) without obligation to purchase.

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LS Industries, Inc.

Master Magnetics, Inc.

From design and manufacturing, to parts and service LS Industries is committed to providing the highest levels of performance in addressing your metal cleaning needs. LS Industries designs and manufactures a full line of metal cleaning equipment for the industrial and automotive markets.

Founded in 1976 Master Magnetics, Inc. manufactures, distributes magnets and magnetic devices for industrial, commercial & consumer use. With an inventory of 15 million magnets in stock, and two regional production and distribution facilities, ensure fast cost-effective delivery. The Magnet Source™ a trademark of Master Magnetics, Inc. (800) 525-3536

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Messer Cutting Systems

When making chips while making parts, the McKenzie Chip Separators are there to separate one from the other in the most cost-effective manner. Currently offering three basic platforms, McKenzie Engineering chip separators can be custom fitted for the individual customer.

For over 100 years, Messer Cutting Systems has been a technology leader for any industries involved in steel and metal working. From the manufacturers of ships, railways, automobile, agricultural machines and electronic products, Messer Cutting Systems provides full system support.

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New England Gear Co.

Nederman – the clean air company. Since 1944, Nederman has delivered solutions for filtering, cleaning and recycling air to make industrial environments more efficient, safe and sustainable. Our products improve production efficiency, optimization & insight, reduce environmental impact, protect employees from harmful dust, smoke & fumes

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Pro-Line Work Benches

Radwell International, Inc.

Pro-Line has been a leader in workbench manufacturers since 1978. Proline offers a wide selection of workbenches that feature a modular designs and interchangeable accessories. Pro-Line continues to be on the leading edge of modular ergonomics.

Radwell International stocks and sells New and Surplus Industrial Automation, MRO, Pneumatic, Motion, Electronic, Hydraulic, HVAC and Electrical Control Equipment for plant floor and facilities maintenance machinery. Radwell has full component level repair capabilities for Industrial Electronic and Electrical equipment.

(800) 739-9067 | |

(800) 332-4336 |

RAS Machine Tool Technologies, Inc.

Salinger Electric Co.

RAS Machine Tool Technologies is your one-stop CNC shop; serving Machine Tool Builders/ Dealers/End Users and Service Companies. Contact RAS to help you find those hard-to-find Japanese, Taiwanese & Korean Machine Tool parts and accessories.

Salinger Electric Co., Inc. has been selling quality electrical equipment both new and reconditioned since 1946. We can supply all new, all reconditioned, or a combination of both at very competitive prices. Call or email us with your requirements.

(413) 323-9041 |

(248) 585-8330 |

Scotchman Industries

Siemens Industry, Inc. — Machine Tool Business

Scotchman is the most trusted hydraulic ironworker manufacturer in the USA, and also builds a complete line of Circular Cold Saws: manual to fully automatic, plus distributor of quality Digital Measuring Systems, Band Saws, and Tube & Pipe Notchers/Grinders.

Siemens Motion Control Business — Machine Tool division offers today’s manufacturers the most advanced CNC technology on the market. From controls that run the most basic milling and turning machines to multi-axis, hybrid machines with full automation and robotics, Siemens CNCs handle the full range of motion control requirements.

(800) 843-8844 |

(847) 640-1595 |

SourceHorizon MFG, LLC

South Bend Lathe Co.

SourceHorizon connects buyers with suppliers that have the right equipment, capacity, and expertise for their projects. With multiple, well-qualified sources for CNC machining, metal fabrication, designand-build and build-to-print services, SourceHorizon can help you find the right supplier for your project.

South Bend Lathe manufactures precision metalworking lathes. Utilizing Meehanite bed castings, Allen Bradley controls, German and Japanese precision made bearings, South Bend makes sure that no aspect of the quality is compromised.

(336) 395-3333 |

(360) 734-1540 |

Sprinter Marking


Sprinter Marking manufactures a range of machines models that automatically ink code-mark message on a wide range of porous and non-porous surfaces. While very small in physical size, they are designed for rugged industrial operation.

The original heavy duty Modular Storage Drawer Cabinet that was the norm in the industry until the early 1990s is available only from Stor-Loc®. Their durable Modular Drawer Cabinet comes complete with a unique 55 Year Satisfaction Guarantee.

(740) 453-1000 |

(815) 936-0700 |

Suhner Industrial Products, LLC.

Sunnen Products Company

Since 1914, Suhner has offered solutions for specific applications and process improvements in the areas of refining industrial surfaces with their abrasive products, tool holders for machining units that multiply capacity, customized flexible drive shafts, and stamping technology. Remanufacturing Services for Machining Spindles.

Sunnen Products Company has been a global leader in the manufacturing and distribution of bore sizing and finishing equipment, engine rebuilding equipment, and tooling and abrasives since 1924. Sunnen's honing products include a complete line of industrial honing machines.

(706) 235-8046 |


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Featured Suppliers Sure Tack Systems, LLC

Syclone ATTCO Service (Sky Hook)

Sure Tack Systems, a division of Crist Company, Inc. established in 1980 and offers a diverse product line for your hot melt adhesive equipment and application needs. Whether your need is for high-speed extrusion, wide web spray, slot coating or manual product assembly; STS has a hot melt system to fit your individual needs and budget.

Manufacturer of the Sky Hook, a small, portable, ergonomic lifting device designed to provide safe, high quality lifting solutions that can assist in applications involving hard to reach loads up to 500 lbs. Proudly family owned and operated since 1969.

(800) 580-2803 |

(208) 365-5770 |

Tap Associates, Inc.

The Electric Barn

The innovative Self-Locking "Jüngere" design has offered the smallest OD Tap Extension in the industry. For that reason, it is the preferred solution for close quarter and long tapping applications.

The Electric Barn specializes in buying and selling new, used, reconditioned and tested, obsolete and hard to find electrical equipment and supplies. Their technical team consists of product specialists that provide expert technical assistance and troubleshooting.

(800) 566-4827 |

(866) 315-0137 |

Tormach, LLC

Trilogy Machinery, Inc.

At Tormach, our mission is to empower people who make things. We are dedicated to providing exceptionally engineered compact CNC machines, tooling, and related products with best-in-industry technical support and customer service.

Trilogy Machinery, Inc. is committed to bringing the highest standards of professionalism, integrity and service in order to achieve a reputation as a leader in the metal fabricating machinery industry. Trilogy proudly offer products from Italy, Sweden, Turkey, and Taiwan.

(608) 850-2597 |

(410) 272-3600 |

Trim-Lok, Inc.


Trim-Lok is a well-recognized and respected leader in the manufacture of high quality and competitively priced extruded plastic and rubber trims and seals. With nearly 50 years' experience, our product development team brings high caliber mechanical design.

TS3 covers the Upper Midwest for all your Sawing Machinery, Service needs-from new equipment, accessories, upgrades, parts & repair on most major OEM’s. With two decades of in-field on-site service and repair expertise, our mission is keeping your saw up and running. TS3, LLC-The Saw Service and Sales company.

(888) 874-6565 |

(612) 503-8670 |

Ultimate Tube Bender Parts Plus, Inc.

US Shop Tools

Ultimate Tube Bender Parts Plus, Inc. can provide quality spare parts at an affordable price for most of your Pines bender needs. They also provide on-site tubing bender service work, machine evaluations & inspections, bender refurbishing & rebuilding, and more.

US Shop Tools offers over 80,000 items for your everyday metalworking and shop supply needs. Products include lathe or mill workholding, toolholding, cutting tools, measuring tools, abrasives, materials and shop supplies that include same day shipping on in-stock items.

(810) 844-0233 |

(800) 243-7701 |

Wheeler Financial a subsidiary of Pitney Bowes


Wheeler Financial from Pitney Bowes provides financing for small and middle market companies to get capital equipment, technology, and software for improved productivity, efficiency, and performance.

With over 450,000 Motoman® industrial and collaborative robots installed globally, Yaskawa provides automation products and solutions for virtually every industry and robotic application; including arc welding, assembly, material handling, material cutting, material removal, and more.

(203) 922-6108 |

(937) 847-6200 |

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Capital Recovery Group, LLC

Glenn A. Winternitz, LLC

CRG is a global private equity firm that creates liquidity for its clients through expertise, innovative solutions, and access to worldwide markets. Specializing in complex scenarios comprised of industrial assets and real estate, we revitalize idle or marginally productive assets and liquidate surplus.

With a history of four generations as auctioneers, Glenn A. Winternitz, LLC brings the knowledge and experience necessary to navigate these challenging economic times. We have the ability to maximize our client's return on the sale of their assets - with honesty, integrity, attention to detail, experience and service.

(860) 623-9060 |

(773) 290-1827 |

KD Capital Auctions LLC

Koster Industries, Inc.

KD Auctions has over 100 years of combined experience in market place knowledge, equipment valuations, international experience, preparing machinery for viewing, marketing and selling, making KD Auctions the right choice for your next auction! With our experienced staff we can help alleviate some of the stress involved in the process!

Koster Industries is one of the leading industrial auctioneers, appraisers and liquidators in the United States. We specialize in evaluating assets and performing professional on site, online auction sales and liquidations in virtually every industry.

(480) 455-3910 |

(631) 454-1766 |

Rabin Worldwide, Inc.

Resell CNC Auctions

Rabin is a family-held industrial auction and real estate investment company, with a focus on the acquisition and sale of industrial equipment and facilities around the world. As leading industrial and commercial liquidators, Rabin has sold equipment assets in every trade sector and on almost every continent.

Our online, timed auctions are a terrific way to buy and sell used CNC machinery, tooling equipment, plant support equipment, and ancillary items. Whether you are looking to buy or sell a single item or an entire facility, we can help you. We even help facilitate the logistics of prepping, loading, and shipping the items sold

(415) 522-5700 |

(844) 478-8181 |

Stone Auctioneers & Appraisers

Select Equipment Company

From manufacturing and transportation equipment to inventories and real estate, Stone Auctioneers & Appraisers' specialized training and affiliations allow them to offer asset marketing, appraisal and consulting services in plastics, metalworking, construction, transportation, and more.

Select Equipment Co. stocks new, custom engineered, and professionally remanufactured MCC buckets and motor control center parts. They can also integrate new components into existing MCC's such as soft starters, VFD's and automation products to meet the demands of modern facilities.

(205) 373-1130 |


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