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GF Machining Solutions nominates FANUC as one of their top 10 suppliers in 2017

At the GF Machining Solutions Supplier Day 2017 in Losone (CH), GF Machining Solutions awarded 10 of its best suppliers within Europe. Among a range of candidates, FANUC has been selected for its excellent supplier performance.

GF MS Top 10 Suppliers Award

The Swiss company, GF Machining Solutions (GFMS), provides solutions for innovative milling, EDM, laser texturing, automation and customer service support. By collaborating with FANUC, GFMS can provide more customer-centric solutions that suit a variety of requirements, leading to a long-term and sustainable partnership between the two.

“We see FANUC as a leading company for robotics, therefore we decided to have them as our strategic partner for GF Machining Solutions and our company System 3R,” says Markus Kuhl, Chief Procurement Officer.

Kuhl further explains that with the rise of automation, a multitude of processes are affected and they have already become an integral part of daily life. He states that “…since this trend will continue to penetrate the business world, it is essential that we develop and adapt our procedures accordingly”.
To show the appreciation to those partners who capitalise on this trend, a range of criteria were set against which each supplier was measured. These criteria included e.g. the total cost of ownership approach, customer support, reaction time as well as competitiveness. The winners complying with these key factors have been honoured with awards on September 22, 2017.

FANUC looks forward to a successful and prosperous continuity of the partnership with GFMS!

The FANUC Corporation is one of the worldwide leaders in factory automation for CNC control systems, robots and production machinery (ROBODRILL, ROBOCUT and ROBOSHOT). Since 1956, FANUC is the pioneer in the development of numerically controlled machines in the automation industry. With more than 252 FANUC subsidiaries worldwide and more than 6,500 employees, FANUC offers a dense network in sales, technical support, research & development, logistics and customer service.

Process automation: Protection for digital business models in Industry 4.0

Wibu-Systems will be exhibiting for the first time at the world’s premier trade fair for the metalworking industry. The experts for secure software licensing will be demonstrating with the help of a beverage tapping machine how new business models for intelligent production can be created with the aid of networked systems.

Codemeter allows protected business models for Industry 4.0.  (Copyright: Trumpf)

Wibu-Systems will be showing at the trade fair EMO 2017 how connected systems for intelligent production can result in new revenue streams. The digital business platform from Axoom, for instance, is designed for use along the entire production value chain.

Codemeter from Wibu-Systems protects the intellectual property and also provides business-enabling opportunities through versatile and secure software licensing, which are demonstrated in this case with a drinks tapping machine. As the company explains, the producer creates a new drink, whose recipe is encrypted via Codemeter and transferred to the Axoom marketplace. The corresponding license is set as an item in Codemeter License Central, the database-derived license and entitlement application, which automates the process of creating, delivering, and managing software licenses. The consumer, for his part, selects a drink of his or her choice. The order travels through the marketplace, and the license for the creation of this specific drink is then transferred from Codemeter License Central to the mixer.

Flexible micro sandblasting machine

The Seckler Robomation product range has been extended by a new solution. The Sandero micro sandblasting machine has been designed to increase the economic efficiency of sandblasting processes while meeting strict modern quality requirements.

With the Seckler Sandero, up to four programmable micro sandblasting nozzles are available at each table position.

As the manufacturer explains, the Seckler Sandero has been developed to carry out the automatic and uniform micro sandblasting of cylindrical components. The machine can reportedly accommodate parts up to a maximum diameter of 80 mm and a maximum length of 150 mm.

It comprises a stand-alone blasting system with rotary table and eight workpiece stations. According to the Swiss manufacturer, it is possible to have a maximum of four individually programmable blasting nozzles at each table position. After the blasting process, the workpieces are carefully blown off so that they can be removed dust-free from the parts fixture.

Clever Automation helper

The positioning slides FSG are characterized by a compact design with a square base. On their top and bottom, they have each four threaded holes and cuts for centering sleeves that are arranged in a standardized square grid pattern. It is thus not necessary to add holes for fixing or positioning.

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They are available as linear slides X, cross slide XY or vertical slide Z. Thanks to the before mentioned holes and the supplied thin shaft screws and centerings, they can be combined with each other. Within their respective dimensions, the linear and the cross slides have identical heights, allowing easy replacement without adjustments.

Extremely practical is the integrated wedge clamping. This allows the guide clearence of the slide to be set precisely or to be reduced to zero. It allows also a reliable, vibration-resistant locking. Due to this innovative arrangement, all FSG-positioning slides can be set and blocked with the same hexagon wrench from the front side, which allows its use even in very confined spaces.

The positioning slides are available in three frame sizes:
FSG 4030: Area 40x40mm, 30x30mm bore grid
FSG 6048: Area 60x60mm, 48x48mm bore grid
FSG 8060: Area 80x80mm, 60x60mm bore grid.

The FSG 6048 and 8060 X and XY are available in steel and aluminium.

The range of applications is virtually unlimited, be it in automation systems or assembly lines, in optical devices, at manual workstations, among small presses or other assembling devices.

Set-up and start-up costs can be significantly reduced with these clever Automation helpers. The simple setting and blocking of the position in modules, pick and place equipment and devices of all kinds, saves time and reduces costs.