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Laser Welding for Sheetmetal Fabricators

Prestige SM Director

Although laser welding is a well-established manufacturing solution, many sheetmetal fabricators have been hesitant to implement the process at their shop.

For many years they have missed out on the advantages laser welding has to offer and focused on improving other bottlenecks, for example, in laser cutting or bending. With these solutions in place and laser welding emerging as a more viable solution, many fabricators are beginning to recognize the laser welding process as the next logical step in enhancing their production capabilities.

Manufacturers benefit from any process that reduces cost per part—and laser welding has many advantages in this regard. Due to the low heat input of this process, distortion and discoloration can be avoided to completely eliminate the need for refinishing. As these postprocesses are extremely time consuming and expensive, the costs per part are significantly reduced. Furthermore, laser welding speeds are considerably higher than conventional processes, which often greatly reduces processing times. This leads to free capacity on the machine, allowing the manufacturer to serve more customers.

Laser welding is not only about reducing costs, but also increasing functionality. A smooth surface with an extremely narrow welding geometry is beneficial for kitchen, furniture and other industries where visible weld seams are common. Due to the low heat input, manufacturers can avoid discoloration and achieve highly aesthetic parts directly from the machine. One can also achieve very strong seams for parts that require strength. The characteristic seam geometry of laser welding leads to full penetration of the parts while reducing the influence on the grain structure. Tensile strength tests show conventionally welded seams break in the welding seam, while laser welded parts break in the base material.

After the welding program is implemented and the parameters are set, a laser welding robot achieves consistent quality every time. It is also a very stable process and can generate watertight seams to eliminate the need for leak tests. Laser welding also offers unique seam geometries enabling the part designer to reduce weight, material and costs, such as replacing spot welds with overlap joints that are not only stronger, but also invisible from the other side.

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Following DFM Guidelines for Working with Sheet Metal

Prestige SM Director

Engineers designing sheet-metal enclosures and assemblies often end up redesigning them so they can be manufactured. In fact, research suggests that manufacturers spend 30% to 50% of their time fixing errors and almost 24% of those errors are related to manufacturability. The reason behind these preventable engineering errors is usually the wide gap between how sheet-metal parts are designed in CAD systems and how they are actually fabricated on the shop floor. Many engineers developing 3D models for sheet-metal products are unaware of the fabrication tools used to form the part or product, and instead design models for an “ideal” world.

In the ideal world, everything is perfect Tolerances and allowances are exact, and there’s no need to add any feature or change the design to accommodate the shop floor or real-world material behavior. But the truth is, numerous factors including chamfers at the edges, collars near hole, and spaces between drilled holes matter in the sheet metal world.

This gap between the ideal and real-world sheet-metal design usually proves costly. The overflowing engineering change orders (ECOs), fixing the design errors, and sending revisions back to the shop floor turns into a vicious cycle, one that is often difficult to break.

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Freedom Machine Tool Announces New CNC Machine Design

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Diversified Machine Systems (DMS), headquartered in Colorado, manufactures the highest quality 5 axis and 3 axis CNC machines in the industry. DMS has recently created a new design in their Freedom Machine Tool product line. This new machine, the FMT Plus, provides a greater degree of versatility without sacrificing rigidity. This FMT Plus machine offers a Z axis of up to 15 inches, an increase from its previous top-line FMT router by eight inches. This enables customers to route materials having greater levels of height and thicknesses such as plastic, dense wood and foam composites.

The FMT Plus is comprised of a fully stress-relieved, laser-calibrated steel frame. The frame is then outfitted with 30mm motion rails on both the X and Y axis’s. These are driven by 30mm and 40mm ball-screw assemblies, respectively. This precision engineering ensures a durable, long-lasting, high-quality routing machine.

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Global Laser Cutting Machines Market 2017

Prestige SM Director

The Laser Cutting Machines report is offers a clear picture of the current and future trends, developments and opportunities. The report, prepared by a highly seasoned team of analysts and data experts, carries an array of tables and graphs besides qualitative analyses. Starting with a discussion on the current state of the Laser Cutting Machines market, the report goes on to discuss the dynamics affecting each segment within it. The report segments the market to up to three levels and studies each of these in great detail. The result is a set of sharp insights and recommendations that will help companies stay ahead of the next new trend in the Laser Cutting Machines industry.

A basic overview of the Laser Cutting Machines market is offered to readers through the use of market definition, segmentation, applications, and value chain analysis. The analysis for the Laser Cutting Machines market is not limited only to traditional or emerging markets. It also covers regions that have been hitherto unexplored but have white space that could be lucratively tapped. In order to do this, however, a clear understanding of one’s competitors is imperative. The report provides just that through a section dedicated to key company profiles and news. Equipped with this vital information, players in the Laser Cutting Machines market will be in a better position to foresee opportunities and threats alike and make informed decisions.

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Fiber laser cutting systems reach G-level acceleration

Prestige SM Director

Haco Atlantic North America has introduced the FL 3015 LU and FL 4015 LU fiber laser cutting systems. The carbon cutting head assembly offers rigidity combined with high dynamics, and the company’s “parallel kinematics technology” has allowed accelerations to reach G-levels.

The automatic loading station contains a gripper that exists [exits?]out of a vertically moving frame, equipped with suction cups, a separator unit, double-sheet detector, and separation airblow. When combined with the automatic unloading system, it allows unattended production.

Three CNC retractable clamps keep the sheet stable. The cutting head is liquid-cooled.

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Global CNC Metal Cutting Machine Tools Market 2017

Prestige SM Director

The CNC Metal Cutting Machine Tools Market 2017 Research Report investigates a thorough and complete study on CNC Metal Cutting Machine Tools industry volume, market Share, market Trends, CNC Metal Cutting Machine Tools Growth aspects, wide range of applications, Utilization ratio, Supply and demand analysis, manufacturing capacity, Price durinf Forecast period from 2017 to 2022

The research report labeled Global CNC Metal Cutting Machine Tools Market 2017 presents the penetrating study of CNC Metal Cutting Machine Tools market globally, concentrating on complete analysis of the present and past historical details of CNC Metal Cutting Machine Tools market. The competitive landscape view of the CNC Metal Cutting Machine Tools industry is also covered in this research document.

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Additive manufacturing research center opens in Arizona

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Concept Laser (Grapevine, TX) has partnered with Honeywell Aerospace (Phoenix, AZ) and Phoenix Analysis and Design Technologies (PADT; also in Phoenix) to open a new additive manufacturing research center for 3D metal printing at Arizona State University (ASU; Tempe, AZ). The research center, located on the Polytechnic School’s campus at ASU, is using the machines for various research and development activities, including materials development and prototyping of complex mechanical and energy systems.

ASU offers the only undergraduate manufacturing engineering degree in the state of Arizona, and is one of the 21 courses that are offered in the U.S. The 15,000-sq-ft. research facility holds over $2 million worth of polymer and metal additive manufacturing (also known as 3D printing) equipment. The lab is equipped with Concept Laser M2 cusing and Mlab cusing machines that are dedicated to 3D metal printing. Unlike conventional metal fabrication methods, additive manufacturing allows fully dense metal parts to be created by melting ultrafine metal powder layer upon layer.

For several years, Honeywell Aerospace has worked with ASU seniors on their capstone projects, with three of these projects being additive manufacturing-focused for the 2016-2017 school year, says Don Godfrey, engineering fellow at Honeywell. “In addition to our own additive manufacturing operations, we have provided mentorship to students in the program and assisted in the procurement of one machine for the school’s new lab,” he adds.

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Food Processing Equipment Market : Global Snapshot by 2021

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Asia Pacific is one of the fastest growing markets for food processing equipment. The market is driven by increasing demand of processed food products in emerging and developing countries including India, China, Indonesia and Thailand. In Asia Pacific region, China accounts for the largest market in food processing equipment. According to Italian Trade Commission, the total market size of the Indian food processing industry is expected to be reaching around USD 330.0 billion by 2014-15. In North America region, the U.S. accounts for the largest market in food processing equipment. Growing awareness level regarding new food products, rising economy, investment on research and development over food processing equipment are some of key reason, which drive the food processing market in European region. Global food processing equipment market is expected to grow in single digit growth during forecasted period 2014- 2020.

Food processing equipment helps to transform the raw food ingredients in to food items through various physical and chemical means. Food processing equipment are available in various categories which includes dryers, chillers, fryers, feeders, mixers, grinders, roasters, homogenizers, separators, slicers and ovens. These foods processing equipments are used in various industries including dairy industry, industrial bakery, poultry farm, seafood industry, chocolate manufacturing unit, confectionery, beverage industry, milk, fruit, nut, and vegetable industry. Stainless steel is one of the main elements, which is widely used in the food processing equipment. 304SS and 316SS are two most common types of alloys of stainless steel, which are used in food processing equipment.

Most of the food processing equipment has similar automation and motion control needs, which includes material conveying and positioning, heating, blanching, cooking, pasteurization, sterilization, evaporation, freezing, thawing and drying. Such equipment also requires gentle handling, cleanliness and precise control of temperatures, pressures, treatment times and other process parameters. Food processing equipment is often integrated with high-speed packaging and labeling equipment in various industry such as meat and dairy industry.

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Stainless Steel Fabrication Gets Advanced With Manufacturing Service Group Ltd

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The wheels of evolution appear to have gained a phenomenal pace in the world of stainless steel fabrication in China with the extended efforts of MSG, Manufacturing Service Group Ltd. This leading steel fabricating company that is located in Guangdong, China has over 7 years of experience in servicing OEM marketplaces with products and services of unparalleled quality.

The catalogue of MSG Ltd presently hosts an array of products that range from rack shelves for industrial and domestic usage to furniture parts, kitchen fittings, vehicle parts and many more. Besides maintaining versatility in the product list, the company has been applauded for its capacity to handle voluminous orders and being committed to making deliveries in time not just within China but in client locations around the world.

At present, MSG Ltd welcomes orders from Europe, USA and Oceania with more locations being added to the list by the passing seasons. International orders also include specific requests for manufacturing custom parts as well, which is usually not every manufacturer’s cup of tea. Armed with an exceptionally qualified and experienced team of 200 workers, this company is on its way to ascend in the global steel fabrication market by phenomenal levels.

Speaking to the head of manufacturing, it has been evident that maintaining highly competitive prices for the products with uncompromised quality will play a critical role in the process of achieving this goal.

About Manufacturing Service Group:
Manufacturing Service Group Ltd is located in Guangdong, China. The company manufactures high quality fabricated stainless steel products as well as custom metal fabricated products of very high quality.

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Global Fruit and Vegetable Processing Equipment Market Driven by Increase in Demand for Frozen Foods: Technavio

Prestige SM Director

The global fruit and vegetable processing equipment market size is projected to reach USD 3,320 million by 2021, growing at a CAGR of close to 5% over the forecast period, according to Technavio’s latest report.

In this report, Technavio covers the market outlook and growth prospects of the global fruit and vegetable processing equipment market for 2017-2021. The research report provides actionable intelligence alongside the market size of various segments and details of the major factors influencing the market.

APAC: largest fruit and vegetable processing equipment market

“APAC is the largest and fastest growing regional segment of the fruit and vegetable processing equipment market, driven by fast-growing economies such as India, China, and Indonesia,” says Anju Ajaykumar, one of the lead analysts at Technavio for engineering tools research.

China is the largest contributor to the market from APAC, due to a shift in dietary habits and preference towards value-added foods. Also, there is an overall increase in disposable incomes in APAC, which is increasing the demand for processed and frozen foods.

North America: home to largest manufacturer of food processing machinery

The fruit and vegetable processing equipment market in North America is expected to grow moderately during the forecast period. The market growth will be driven by the US, which is the largest global manufacturer of food processing machinery. The country exports machinery to other regions, supported by duty-free or preferential duty rates, increased competition from low-cost products, and increased investments in the overseas market. These factors aid in bringing in a high amount of revenue to the North American market, thereby driving its growth.

Europe: rising consumption of processed vegetables driving market segment

“Europe is driven by stringent food safety rules and regulations regarding residue level limit and stability of raw material supply. Also, consumers in Europe are increasing their consumption of processed vegetables, thus driving the demand for processed vegetables,” says Anju.

The increase in production of raw materials from APAC countries is leading to increased imports and a stable supply of fruits and vegetables to EMEA. Germany is the largest importer of processed fruits and vegetables in Europe, followed by the UK, France, Belgium, and the Netherlands.

The top vendors in the global fruit and vegetable processing equipment market highlighted in the report are:

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