Base plates

Fixture base plates from R&R Fixture are available in standard and custom sizes with English or metric threads. Multiple threaded holes on the base plate help increase the flexibility of the fixture. They are available up to 60" x 120". Choose either 1/4-20 or M8 threaded holes with hole spacing of 0.50" (15mm) or 1.0" (30mm) on center.

The base plates have been engineered of cast aluminum with a hard coat anodize coating called Ni-Tuff that will make the base plates last longer. Base plates can also be made of steel with a black oxide finish.

Call: 616-847-6045.

Visit: www.cmmfixture.com.

Mobile application

Rice Lake Weighing Systems has released a mobile application for the weighing industry. The company’s Load Cell Wiring Guide, which helps industrial scale technicians decipher the wiring colors of almost any given load cell brand and model, is now available as a free mobile application for smartphones, tablets and PCs. Users can selects the brand and model for their load cell, and the app does the rest, showing which wires represent excitation, signal and sense lines.

Users can immediately navigate to the app through their browser at www.ricelake.com/wireapp. Rice Lake Weighing Systems plans to make the tool more widely available through app stores in early 2013. The app is ideal for industrial scale technicians and service engineers employed in the weighing industry.

Call: 715-434-5364.

Visit: www.ricelake.com.


Intelligrated’s Alvey robotics case packing solution features two robotic arms operating on a single programmable logic controller-based (PLC) system performing case depalletizing, packing and unpacking of bottles. It also features an additional robotic arm operating on proprietary controls demonstrating case palletizing capabilities.

Intelligrated’s integrated PLC platform eliminates the need for traditional proprietary robot controllers by streamlining complex control communication, reducing response time and minimizing changeover delays. Alvey robotic systems integrate with other in-line equipment to provide flexible product handling.

Call: 919-945-0566.

Visit: www.intelligrated.com.

Welding machine

Primoceler has announced a laser-based welding machine for micro electro-mechanical systems (MEMS). The machine produces an extremely small heat-affected zone during the hermetic sealing of sensitive components, improving manufacturing processes and expanding the potential for packaging sensitive components under or inside glass.

A major challenge facing manufacturers has been producing packages that do not mechanically stress their MEMS while providing electrical interconnects, protecting micromechanical elements and allowing for the system to interact with external environments as planned.

The machine includes an auto-focusing system that keeps the distance to wafer within micrometer accuracy.

The machine features a 19-inch touchscreen, intuitive software and a standardized user interface for the machine, laser and viewing camera. Customers have the options of integrating the technology with their production systems, including a vision system for alignment and viewing and full remote access for service and assistance.

Call: 00-358-50-556-5513.

Visit: www.primoceler.com.

Metrology software

Heidenhain’s Quadra-Chek metrology software provides increased functionality for inspection measurement machines. This software makes it possible to perform 2-D and 3-D measuring tasks in the field of metrology.

This version supports auto-focus functionality allowing for the desired search distance to be directly entered into the search distance field. Part programming improvements were added to support compensation for the thermal behavior of products that experience shrinkage or growth of material during the manufacturing process. This allows users to write a single inspection program for measuring parts with materials having a known growth or shrink rate throughout the manufacturing process.

Improvements were also added to currently existing radial and palletize methods of automatic part programming routines to help users when there are common features or parts that repeat angularly, around a datum or based on a palletized grid layout.

Call: 888-488-3113.

Visit: www.heidenhain.us.

Roundness tester

Ametek Taylor Hobson’s Surtronic R-Series roundness and form testers provide a high-throughput roundness measuring system for the shop floor and inspection room. The Surtronic R-Series uses a proprietary orientation mechanism that allows the operator to position a part for measurement in as little as 20 seconds. Throughput is further enhanced because there is no need to re-center when measuring a series of similar parts by using the centering attachment.

The instruments are designed for measuring high-volume bearing parts and for a wide range of quality control applications in automotive, aerospace, optics and process control of grinding, turning, milling and honing. Full compliant measurements can be taken with ±25 nm accuracy and 6 nm gauge resolution. Results are displayed on the touch-screen interface using the X-sight software.

Call: 630-621-3099.

Visit: www.taylor-hobson.com.

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