NX supports PrimeTurning

Sandvik Coromant has announced its latest partnership with Siemens Digital Industries Software, to integrate its PrimeTurning technology into Siemens’ NX software. The partnership will allow NX users to define PrimeTurning operations through integration of the PrimeTurning module. With PrimeTurning, some applications see productivity increases in excess of 50%, compared with using conventional techniques. The partnership is not the first time that Sandvik Coromant has collaborated with Siemens, with the former frequently using Siemens’ software and systems in its own manufacturing and product development.

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750,000th FANUC robot

FANUC Corporation, one of the world’s most prominent suppliers of automation technology, has produced its 750,000th industrial robot, which the company says is more than any other manufacturer in this segment. At present, FANUC produces around 8000 industrial robots every month at its factories in Japan, although monthly capacity is available up to 11,000 units. The company will deliver its 750,000th robot to a European customer. While the coronavirus pandemic initially led to a decline in robot orders, FANUC has since witnessed a strong rebound in sales, especially from Asia and the US.

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Tool of the Year

Anca’s annual ‘Tool of the Year’ competition is back with the 2021 winners announced live at EMO Milano on 4-9 October. Last year, industry welcomed the opportunity to show off its skills with almost 30 entries received from across the world, subsequently seen by more than 80,000 admirers generating over 200,000 engagements on social media. Patrick Boland, Anca co-founder, says: “Now in its fourth year, Anca Tool of the Year has gained significant coverage, raising the profile of cutting tools and those companies who make them. I encourage all tool grinding shops to enter and be recognised on a global stage.”

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Bearing giants opt for SIC Marking solutions

To prevent counterfeiting, SIC Marking says that an increasing number of the world’s largest bearing manufacturers are adopting its traceability solutions. For instance, the company recently supplied a solution to a major Swedish ball bearing manufacturer that wanted to mark an alphanumeric and Data Matrix code on steel bearings with diameters ranging from 150 to 600 mm. SIC Marking’s customised station is equipped with an IPG 50W laser for marking on the bearing face, and an IPG 3D laser – automatically controlled in two axes – that is capable of marking on the part radius. SIC also integrated a proof-reading system.

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New applications for wearable robotics

With the aim of strengthening the use of wearable robotics to facilitate human-machine collaboration, Comau and IUVO are partnering with Heidelberg University, a leading research institution. The joint project aims to further quantify the degree to which the MATE-XT exoskeleton can reduce physical stress during strenuous tasks involving repetitive shoulder flexion movements. Notably, the scientific study will analyse the biomechanics of using MATE-XT for new applications, under new conditions and within new industries and outdoor environments, while verifying user learning and motor adaptation speeds.

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