Laser tube processing goes fully automatic The FABRICATOR STAMPING Journal The Welder The Tube and Pipe Journal The FABRICATOR en Español The Additive Report The FABRICATOR The Welder The Tube and Pipe Journal STAMPING Journal The Additive Report The FABRICATOR en Español

Laser processing of tubes and profiles has been one of the fastest-growing areas of metal fabrication during the past decade. It’s easy to see why. The tube laser allows fabricators to simplify part design and eliminate an array of time-consuming manufacturing steps. Still, walk onto a shop floor with a tube laser and there’s a good chance you’ll see the machine sitting idle. Why? Because it’s waiting for material. Taking the broader, order-to-ship view, laser tube cutting still makes the entire operation extremely efficient. It can simplify or eliminate numerous downstream manufacturing steps, so some machine downtime for material handling is a small price to pay. But material loading technology for the tube laser has evolved significantly. For many laser tube operations, extensive downtime for material handling might soon be a thing of the past. Tubular product designs have many benefits. Metal tubes have a very high strength-to-weight ratio, creating structures and frames that can stand up to demanding usage without the need for heavy, expensive construction. But tube and profile fabrication, especially using conventional techniques, comes at a cost. Utilizing conventional ma...

Linear servo motor technology continues to find its way into more and more packaging machines these

Linear servo motor technology continues to find its way into more and more packaging machines these days, so it was no surprise to see it featured by some of the exhibitors at the recent PACK EXPO International 2018 in Chicago. One such exhibitor is covered here. Italy’s Makro is exploring the use of ACOPOStrak from B&R Industrial Automation. Makro is a relative newcomer to the packaging machinery scene, having been launched about nine years ago. But management obviously has been paying close attention to emerging technologies that might be leveraged. Electronics Designer Simone Marcantoni puts it this way: “We’ve been watching ACOPOStrak coming out of development, so when B&R asked if we had any ideas about implementing it in our machines, the concept we came up with is C Leap. That is what we demonstrated at PACK EXPO.” Making this concept even more intriguing is that it integrates a pair of ACOPOStrak circuits, one directly over the other. The bottom one holds platforms on which the bottles rest. The top one holds the tops of the bottles and applies the downward pressure that holds each bottle firmly on its platform as the bottles are carried past label applic...