Öhlins Racing wins ‘Oldest Arm’ contest

Öhlins Racing, a pioneer in advanced suspension technology, is the winner of Faro’s ‘Oldest Working FaroArm in Europe’ contest. The company has put its 1993-era Faro Metrecom arm to good use for dozens of years, demonstrating the durability and reliability of FaroArm products. In recognition of this longevity, Öhlins Racing was presented with a new Faro eight-axis QuantumS ScanArm System.

“We’ve been using Faro products for decades, so when we learnt of this contest we knew we had to be in serious contention, especially knowing the first FaroArm was developed in the early 1990s,” says Henrik Johansson, CEO of Sweden-based Öhlins Racing.

“Our original Metrecom has never let us down,” he continues. “You could say it’s time to retire the arm, but it’s still going strong. Regardless, we’re thrilled to add the new Quantum to our tool chest and further enhance our productivity through faster and more accurate 3D measurement.”
David Homewood, EMEA sales VP for Faro, adds: “The QuantumS represents a new industry standard that extends maximum measurement consistency and reliability in a variety of working environments, delivering best-in-class performance for hard probing and laser-scanning applications. I want to congratulate and thank Öhlins Racing for being such a loyal customer over the years.”

Faro’s QuantumS helps manufacturers compete in the global marketplace by empowering better quality assurance and ensuring full confidence in their products and processes. The eight-axis rotary scanning platform is said to cut scan times by up to 40%, while maintaining accuracy (even in compact spaces). A hot-swappable battery enables continuous cable-free operation, while integrated Wi-Fi enables optimised workflow efficiency.

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Laser helps CVE enter new market

Cambridge Vacuum Engineering (CVE), a specialist in the design and manufacture of electron beam welding (EBW) machines, has built its very first laser-welding system. Now installed at an important customer in the automotive sector, the machine relies on a Trumpf TruDisk 1000, a 1 kW solid-state laser with optimised beam quality for welding metals, in this case steel and Inconel.

Says CVE sales director Steve Horrex: “We were impressed with the expertise of Trumpf’s engineering team, which made the integration of the TruDisk 1000 with our system very smooth. As we were fairly new to the laser business it was good to find a partner with whom we could build trust. Following the successful installation and commissioning of the laser-welding machine we’re now quoting additional systems for the same customer, as well as machines for other clients. The Trumpf laser has been a really good stepping stone to a new revenue stream.”

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Rotary system cuts tear-down rate by 95%

RPI, a specialist in high-accuracy rotary positioning and inspection devices, has developed a system for the measurement and assembly of gas turbine rotors that reduces the rate of teardowns by 95%.

The assembly of a gas turbine rotor is an extremely complicated and time-consuming process. It can take a week or more to assemble rotor, while close control of the assembly’s geometric tolerances is essential to ensure efficient performance and safe operation. If the rotor does not meet final criteria, it is subject to a ‘tear down’, where it must be completely disassembled and reassembled, costing tens or even hundreds of thousands of pounds in damaged parts, labour and delivery penalties.

These costly tear downs are avoidable if individual rotor component geometries are fully characterised and if the rotor assembly is simulated prior to its actual assembly. ‘Rotor stacking’ is the name given to this virtual assembly process.

RPI’s Integrated Measurement and Assembly Platform (iMAP) is a complete rotor-stacking solution featuring a high-precision, motorised air-bearing rotary table, an AccuScan circular geometry inspection system and IntelliStack rotor stacking software. iMAP systems can handle components as large as 35 tonnes and over 20 m3 with sub-micron accuracies, and a measuring resolution of less than 250 nm.

Some OEMs still use traditional dial indicator measurement methods, where data is manually collected and recorded from perhaps eight to 12 data points per part surface – one surface at a time. It sometimes takes a full shift just to measure a single part. iMAP replaces this time-consuming and error-prone process through the automated collection of up to 4000 data points per surface from as many as eight surfaces in one 30-second rotation of the part, resulting in tremendous savings in annual labour costs.

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New date for SteelFab

SteelFab, a leading exhibition for the metalworking, metal manufacturing and steel fabrication industries, will now take place in June 2021 rather than its scheduled January date. The show will open its doors on 7-10 June at the Expo Centre Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates. The decision is described by the organiser as difficult yet responsible, and in the best interests of all participants. Moving the event to June will also provide sufficient time for the industry to adapt, restore balance and regain confidence in exhibiting, visiting and travelling.

As the Middle East’s major showcase for machinery, technology and equipment, SteelFab will provide a platform for around 300 exhibitors across 26,000 sq m of floor space. Some 6500 trade visitors are likely to attend from approximately 70 countries. Special focus areas at the 17th edition of the show will include welding and cutting, machine tools, pipe and tube machinery, and wear-resistance/hard-facing solutions.

For further information www.steelfabme.com

Set-style carbide-tipped bandsaw blade

Lenox, a specialist in carbide cutting performance, is introducing Gen-Tech, a new set-style carbide-tipped bandsaw blade for general purpose cutting. Through innovative design and cutting technology, Gen-Tech offers versatility, long blade life and a low cost per cut, reports the company. Gen-Tech is made at the company’s East Longmeadow, MA manufacturing facility.

Says Daniel Fernandes, senior product manager – industrial bandsaw blades: “Designed for versatility, Gen-Tech cuts a wide variety of materials, shapes and sizes. Manufacturing industries set to take of advantage of Gen-Tech will include aerospace, defence and energy, with applications in carbon steels, bearing steels, mould steels, alloy steels, tool steels and stainless, as well as titanium and nickel-based alloys. Featuring a wide kerf set-style tooth structure, Gen-Tech helps to prevent pinching in these high-stress, hard-to-cut materials.

“An advanced grade of carbide that is honed using Honex technology, contributes to Gen-Tech’s long blade life by limiting chipping and therefore enabling productivity,” he continues. “In addition, the back edge of the blade can utilise Wave Tech, which is designed for improved cutting efficiency by breaking through work-hardened layers.”

Finally, Gen-Tech offers an affordable price point to enable the transition from bi-metal to carbide bandsaw blades.

“New Gen-Tech carbide bandsaw blades provide versatility, long blade life and a low cost per cut,” confirms Fernandes. “Designed with end users in mind, these new blades deliver the performance and durability that tough industrial metal-cutting applications demand.”

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