Pathtrace Sees Growth and Potential in East Asian Sales

Two new Pathtrace Engineering Systems sales operations in China and Japan are predicted to contribute more than £1 million (about $1.6 million) in sales of the company’s EdgeCAM off-line programming software this year. Pathtrace Engineering Systems is a division of Pathtrace plc.

According to managing director Brian Steatham: “With the massive global investment in manufacturing in China by existing users of EdgeCAM, the market potential even without adding new customers is enormous. When we add our business potential from our operations in Japan where we are scoring high levels of success due to our solids-based, high level programming interface to any CAD system, the future looks very positive.”

Pathtrace operations in China are largely focusing on mold and die applications, where the solid and surface machining capability of EdgeCAM is drawing considerable attention. EdgeCAM has already been translated into Chinese and six people have been recruited to focus sales initially in the Beijing area.

The Japanese operation, based in Nagoya, is described as a center of excellence for Asia and is focusing on production machining of more complex components.

Both sites are currently partnerships but will become fully owned by Pathtrace later this year.

Automation technology

Reko Automation & Machine Tool has signed a systems integrator agreement with ABB Inc. ABB is a market leader in automation technology, with over 100,000 robots placed in industry. Reko Automation & Machine Tool is one of five operating divisions of The Reko International Group, a global organization offering advanced manufacturing solutions, including injection/compression and foam molds, hydroforming robotic material handling, laser cutting systems and dies, assembly and test systems, robotic/machine vision systems, stamping dies, robotic press automation, machine tending, and fixtures and gages.

manufacture plastic molds for the robot project can save cost,

“As a robotic systems integrator, many of our existing and potential customers request that we quote on a specific robot that they have standardized on,” says Roger Awad, president of Reko Automation & Machine Tool. “Since ABB is requested over and over, it only makes sense that we partner with a robot manufacturer that wants to work with integrators and also has end users that are satisfied with their products and service. ABB will greatly enhance our robotic efforts.”

Says ABB vice president Stefan Nilsson: “We look forward to working with Reko Automation, because they provide robotic manufacturing solutions that help their customers automate a variety of processes. These automation solutions, including machine tending, material handling, inspection and RTV dispensing that Reko Automation has successfully installed, work well with the broad range of robots that ABB has developed.”

Motorcycle Mold and Part Design

Buell Chairman Outlines Industrial Design Vision
CAD Capabilities Enhance Quality of Motorcycle Designs
Cincinnati,OH—(PRNewswire)—Erik Buell, chairman and chief technical officer of Buell Motorcycle Company, recently described the unique challenges of designing motorcycles, and how he is implementing new design and technology applications. Buell delivered his remarks at a breakfast event hosted by think3 at the annual Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) National Conference, held in Washington, D.C., in August.

“At Buell Motorcycles, we’re dedicated to making the riding experience fun, and in unique ways, too,” said Buell. “We have dedicated teams focused on every component of what we refer to as ‘customer-driven design.’ We get into the customer’s head and focus on intangibles to ensure the customer/product identification early on in the design process.”

Buell’s design philosophy—“simplicity through invention”—is built on a design foundation he calls the “Trilogy of Tech.” This involves incorporating three fundamentals of design into every Buell motorcycle. These principles, as described by Buell, are:

Mass Centralization: Keeping everything in the motorcycle centralized as much as possible to maximize the rider’s control over the bike. It’s a matter of “taking the weight off the ends and making it compact right underneath you.”

Frame Rigidity: Making the wheels stay in line with each other, “so when the rider is tossing the bike around, it doesn’t flex. You want to flick the bike into the corners and have it stay exactly where you planted it.”

Low Unsprung Weight: Keeping the weight not supported by springs as light as possible. The front wheels on the Ulysses™ XB12X, Buell’s newest sportbike, are a perfect example. “With the inside-out rotor, they’re incredibly light. The wheels follow the bumps in the road and won’t come off when you’re riding on the bumpy streets. It really clings to the road and acts predictably.”

think3’s industrial design tools were used in developing the Buell Ulysses XB12X, which was unveiled in July. The Ulysses is designed to perform off- and on-road. To achieve this versatility, design requirements included long-travel suspension, specialized tires, an upright seating position, and Triple Tail luggage and passenger accommodations. The bike weighs just 425 pounds, and the design centralizes mass and lowers the center of gravity to help the Ulysses be more responsive on paved/unpaved roads.

think3 facilitated the design process by enabling work to be done in a multi-CAD environment. Key parts of the Ulysses were designed and engineered from start to finish using think3 CAD capabilities, and every new component of the bike was solid-modelled using think3 technology. According to Buell, the key benefits of using think3 technology included the ability to read any legacy data; hybrid surface and solid modeling capabilities, and improved design for manufacturability. Buell had the flexibility of doing iterative designs without losing data, time, or design intent through manufacturing.

“We’re pleased that our partnership with Buell has paid off not only in enabling Erik and his company to improve the quality of their bike designs and bottom line, but also in a fun and exciting riding experience for their customers,” said Craig Lewis, vice president of worldwide sales, think3. “Buell has been using think3 technology since the late 1990s, and all the bikes designed and manufactured since that time have used think3 technology in some fashion to improve design and performance.”

think3 supplies product development solutions to mid-sized manufacturers worldwide. Customers include BMW, Audi, Maytag, Alessi and GE Medical Devices.

Redesigned Archery Display Reduces Injection molding Cost
St. Cloud, MN—A major sporting goods retailer recently partnered with Northern Wire Products to redesign a simpler and more cost cost-effective bow hook display. Utilizing the latest design software, Northern Wire worked with the company’s design team to produce prototype renderings that gave the retailer realistic-looking options to evaluate and modify. Prior to manufacturing, changes were made quickly and inexpensively to achieve the “desired look.”

Designed with permanent fixed-position hooks, the new display is efficiently constructed with a high-quality tube, sheet metal brackets, wire-formed hook, and slip-on protective hook covers. It is clear powder-coat painted to match the design scheme of other fixtures in the archery product line. According to Northern Wire Products, the redesign eliminated product positioning problems experienced with previous displays, allowing for greatly improved showcasing of the new bows while generating increased attention. Equally important, the in-store setup is fast and trouble-free because the new display design requires no complicated and time-consuming assembly.

A culture that is built around lean Motorcycle Mold manufacturing principles allows Northern Wire Products to take costs out of customers’ displays through product/component redesign, streamlined manufacturing, and efficient assembly and distribution. The total per unit cost of the new bow hook display is reported to be 51% less than previous bow hook display designs. It is said to meet the sporting goods retailer’s criteria for increasing sales velocity and turn rates while reducing display costs.

United Grinding Technologies Announces Plans to Buy Ewag USA

At IMTS, the huge manufacturing trade fair held September 4–11 in Chicago, United Grinding Technologies (UGT) announced that it will acquire Ewag USA of North Kingstown, Rhode Island, and merge its operations into UGT. The merger is scheduled to be complete by January 1, 2003.

Ewag USA was founded in 1946 and now makes tool grinding machines and tool grinding centers for the production of rotary tools and high-quality indexable inserts of tungsten carbide, PCD and PCBN. Ewag will be a UGT product division specializing in tool and cutter grinding machines.

The company’s headquarters will continue to be in UGT’s facility at Miamisburg, Ohio

The Molding Company

Plastic Mold China & Co. KG, which specializes in inspection and measuring technology, will show off two new state-of-the-art tooling systems at an open house to be held at Zoller’s parent company in Freiberg/Neckar, Germany, October 22–25, and then at Zoller North in Hanover, Germany, November 12–15.

The Redomatic (top photo)consists of a Zoller Venturion/Saturn 2 device equipped with automatic longitudinal stop, tool turret and water cooling. Tools are shrunk within an accuracy of ± 0.01 mm.

The Redomatic Auto (bottom), a fully automatic shrinking, presetting, measuring, and cooling centre, could be the first system able to shrink, preset, measure, and cool 16 tools within 30 minutes. This is performed without intervention of an operator.

Zoller will also show off products for tool balancing in addition to its entire product line ranging from presetting and measuring technology to the universal measuring machine, Genius 3.

New Chicago-Area Program
Focuses on Business Planning

A new course called The Certificate in Strategic Management will help manufacturers in the Chicago, Illinois, USA area compete in the global marketplace. The accredited program is a strategic partnership between the Illinois Institute of Technology, the mold company & Manufacturing Association, and LBL Strategies.

The program begins in January 2003 and will be offered at the TMA Training Center in Park Ridge, Illinois, and also on site at a local company. The central theme of the program is to help manufacturers focus, make better business decisions, and grow. Participants will also conduct research and help assemble the information business needs to refine their business strategies.

Plastic Industry

Missler Software Customized to
Complement Mikron Machining Centers

High-speed processing requires perfect interaction of machining centers, CNC control units, and CAM software for quick and precise milling for precision metal part machining. This has been the primary motivation behind the cooperative efforts now underway between machine manufacturer Mikron and the French software company Missler.

In early October, Mikron introduced three new, ultra-high-speed machining centers and a continuous process chain for high-speed machining using various machines and 3D programming tools. The company also introduced the XSM 400 CNC control, equipped with the “Cyclone” expert system for ultra-high-speed processing, which was specially developed for Mikron and allows users to easily optimize all technical parameters for certain operations. Missler’s experts have customized the postprocessors of the TopCam CAM software to complement Mikron’s machines.

TopCam supports ultra-high-speed milling by letting a user select the functions needed for processing certain parts at a given time already at the programming level. The CAM system proposes a machining method that maintains the machining direction. In addition, the user is provided with tools with small cutting depths and large radial passes for high-speed milling.

Positive Outlook for Major
Italian Plastics Show Next May

The outlook for next spring’s PLAST Industry trade fair in Milan, Italy, is highly favorable, with the show management organization Enfiplast expecting a net exhibit space of 75,000 mm². PLAST Industry will run May 6–10 at the Fieramilano fairground. This triennial event is expected to be second only to the K Show in Düsseldorf. The previous PLAST show, in 2000, attracted 1,660 exhibitors, including 693 exhibitors from 47 countries.

As an international event, PLAST Industry is supported by Euromap (the European Committee of Machinery Manufacturers for the Plastics and Rubber Industries) as well as by Assocomaplast. Once again, there will be a comprehensive program of seminars.

The PLAST Industry wbite by https://plastic-industry.com/, they offer further details on the show, and exhibitors can use it to verify the allocation of all booths. For visitors, there is a preregistration option.

 

 

Bar Stool Moulds

Many concerning the grownup men and ladies choose to possess the bar at home. But loads of space needs to acquire sacrificed for this. Once the home is relatively huge then it will not come going to be considered a problem. When each of the furnishings is made the decision then the turn arrives to the Bar Stool Moulds. Best suited after a stressful evening a relatively small cup of beer may nicely soothe. Some choose to stay in your own home to relieve the stress. So once the Bar Stool Moulds are selected they need to acquire careful. This small area concerning the bar can be to acquire decorated to game the surroundings. The lights, stools and relatively several other small factors need to acquire concentrated to game the option concerning the grownup men and ladies who will use it.

Stool Moulds
Stool Moulds

There are relatively several products present inside the Bar Stool Moulds. There is leather, metal and wooden also. The Bar Stool Moulds are comparatively of the bigger height. The products utilized should game using the decor inside the room. This could give a brilliant ambience as well as a visual element to the room. It is consistently preferred to take advantage of the stools which could tolerate the liquids. If some delicate substance is utilized then it is relatively challenging to clean up the mess if one thing spills out. The stools may nicely be relatively plain and backless. But some stools could have back again to help he individual getting sitting on it. The colors as well as the styles are relatively decent in these stools as they are able to be us only for decoration.

The  are for the most part height adjustable type. The individual getting sitting on these stools may nicely be tall or short. To create the table reachable to the proper dimension these adjustments is relatively necessary. These Bar Stool Moulds will help the grownup men and ladies to sit within of just one corner to appreciate their beverages and snacks. The quantity of Bar Stool Moulds needed as well as the design and design is particular choice. Each and every individual getting has their individual option in designs. The dimension concerning the measurement concerning the stools is taken. This could help the individual getting to select what sort of stool and what measurement needs to acquire taken. Some bars may nicely be near to the swimming pool side. Then the products concerning the stool need to acquire decided.

Plastic Industry news

IBM Confirms Intention to
Acquire EADS Matra Datavision

IBM has confirmed its intention to acquire EADS Matra Datavision, a major supplier of engineering applications and services that is a wholly owned subsidiary of the EADS Group. Once complete, the combination of IBM and EADS Matra Datavision will significantly enhance IBM’s product lifecycle management (PLM) offerings.

Product lifecycle management refers to solutions and methodologies that allow manufacturers to integrate product development processes and knowledge across an extended enterprise. PLM enables innovation, improved product development efficiencies, and e-collaboration by all contributors involved in a product rollout, including engineers, production teams, operations personnel, suppliers, and after-sales service specialists. The PLM services market is expected to grow from $1.9 billion in 2001 to $5.5 billion in 2006, for a combined annual growth rate of 23.4%.

EADS Matra Datavision has been IBM’s top producing PLM business partner since it entered an alliance with IBM in 1998. The transaction is expected to be completed by January 1, 2003, at which time EADS Matra Datavision will become part of IBM.

Trumpf Reports 2001-02 FY Results;
Laser, Medical Technologies Growing

 

The Trumpf Group reports that its 2001-02 fiscal year has ended with €1.17 billion ($1.04 billion) in consolidated sales, close to the the previous year’s level of €1.22 billion ($1.09 billion). Despite the recession that continued throughout the company’s entire fiscal year, group sales remained stable and total earnings high. Orders received totaled €1.14 billion ($1.02 billion), slightly less than sales.

While sales decreased in Europe and the United States, Trumpf grew in Asia. The overseas share of consolidated sales totaled 64%.

The company’s Laser Technology and Medical Technology divisions increased sales by 12% (to €319 million) and 27% (to €117 million), respectively. The Machine Tools division experienced a drop in sales of 9.2% (to €971 million), and sales were down by 8.3% in the Power Tools division (at €39 million).

 

Plastic Mold Manufacturing

Plastic Mold developing is getting a leap forward in conditions of efficiency and precision by method of the acceptance of 5 axis machining engineering which persists to be benefiting other sectors belonging using the production business for some time. 5 axis machining is one of the best process for plastic mold manufacturing.

Getting in a location to appliance all 5 sides of the element developing utilization of precisely the exact same set-up saves time and minimizes the chance of individual error. Getting in a location to exchange these benefits to Plastic Mold developing persists to be considered a boon for this part belonging using the production industry. Acquiring the right run product holding method is essential using the achievement belonging using the process, with best quality engineered options emerging to delivery efficiency gains and vastly reduce waste.

There is routinely a steep knowing curve with 5 axis machining for new operators, and between the spots in which a brand name new participant can have problems is in holding the run product to make certain that 5 sides belonging using the product could possibly be machined effectively. The subsequent particulars concerning the two most common methods may possibly be of support to new operators:

Mechanical Clamping Systems:

These are one of the most common systems, and resemble a vice but with additional clamping force. This method allows minimal interference using the slicing area and allows the subjected surfaces getting machined using an increased level of accuracy.

This clamping method can sustain tiny to method sized run pieces really easily, but for bigger pieces, a riser is recommended so that you simply can achieve the run piece. They are not common type clamps but extremely engineered pieces of offers which take advantage of force have been it is most needed. Additional protection is supplied in using pointed grippers inside the vice jaws.

Magnetic Systems:

A common method will be to fix the run product to some magnetic pedestal. On account of the reality the run product is then elevated, the 5 sides could possibly be machined in an extremely individual set-up, which also significantly minimizes the margin for error. The true machining processes don’t alter the magnetic pull. that is on account of the reality the 5 axis increased pace methods need a  complete great offer increased spindle speed, much lighter chip loads and sooner feeds overall. These reduce torque and cutter pressure, so there is no danger belonging using the run product relocating although getting machined.

Another method could possibly be using magnetic pallets which allow the movement belonging using the run product from the individual appliance to another. This method needs cautious preparing and layout on the outset, but pays dividends inside the financial savings gained through the production process.

Business proprietors who purchase high-end 5 axis models after which skimp concerning the worth of run product holding techniques will not obtain the whole advantage belonging using the efficiency and efficiency gains accessible with this machining technology. Operators at CNC Townsville workshops are presently proving that these techniques are worth the investment.

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Plastic Mould

Ever wondered how plastic mould in to the exceptionally very helpful factors that people utilize within our each day time life? Is it as easy as melting plastic and lathering the sides of the mould with it and cooling it, a great offer like chocolate? The answer, actually, is no. Plastic mould is frequently merely a tiny even more intricate than that. Plastic is developed producing utilization of the procedure often named plastic injection moulding.

What is this sort of moulding

Plastic injection mould could be the means of producing factors developed of thermoplastic and thermosetting plastic  by melting and forcing into moulds in which they awesome to type the preferred object.
How does plastic injection moulding work?

The process of plastic injection moulding usually starts with a commercial customized or engineer who styles a product. This really is put into practice up in the run of the toolmaker or mould maker who helps make the mould to suit the design and design created. These moulds are metallic and usually developed producing utilization of possibly metal or aluminum.

Using machines, they are developed to acquire the exact type preferred in the design. The moment in time this really is done, the procedure of truly producing the plastic follows. This requires thermoplastic and thermosetting plastic getting fed in to a heated barrel and mixed. This melted substance is then forced in to the cavity of the mould and there it cools and hardens to type the preferred part.

Some features near to the process:

1. I utilizes melted and mixed thermo plastic mould or thermoses plastic since the base
2. It utilizes a plunger which functions like a screw or perhaps a ram to force the melted substance using the mould
3. It helps create a type that is open-ended and has used the type near to the cavity near to the mould
4. It exhibits a parting collection and gate represents near to the finished merchandise as well as the ejector pin represents may also usually be developed out

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