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The Baden-Württemberg-based automation specialists are aiming to provide robot manufacturers and integrators with independently tested co-act grippers that can be used for rapid implementation and certification of collaborative scenarios. Photo: Schunk

Cobots – Successful collaboration between man and robot
Cobots – Successful collaboration between man and robot
Cobots – Successful collaboration between man and robot

Robotics and automation are among the key technologies for ensuring lasting international success. Cobots interact directly with humans and give manufacturing companies a competitive edge in the market. At EMO Hannover 2019, trade visitors will find countless automation solutions and collaborative r...
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GM joined forces with Autodesk to develop the first 3D-printed and functionally optimised seat holder. Photo: GM

Lightweight construction is key technology for global sustainability
Lightweight construction is key technology for global sustainability
Lightweight construction is key technology for global sustainability

Intelligent lightweight solutions are increasingly gaining ground in machine tool construction. The main focuses are on new geometries and materials as well as simulation and 3D printing. Exhibitors at EMO Hannover will be showing how products can be designed and manufactured to meet lightweight and...
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Dry machining has conquered the field of gear manufacturing, as predicted. Cutting speeds are up to 5 times higher than those of wet machining 20 years ago. Photo: Klingelnberg

Manufacturers making increased use of dry machining and MQL
Manufacturers making increased use of dry machining and MQL
Manufacturers making increased use of dry machining and MQL

Should we continue with classic machining and coolant lubricants, or do dry machining and minimum quantity lubrication (MQL) represent viable alternatives? From a technology point of view, it is important to consider material properties and machine performance, but plant costs, energy and health asp...
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The shavings which are produced when machining using minimum quantity lubrication (MQL) are virtually residue-free and can be recycled directly.

Dry machining and MQL conquering more and more applications
Dry machining and MQL conquering more and more applications
Dry machining and MQL conquering more and more applications

Production managers in manufacturing often have to ask themselves: should we continue with conventional machining and coolant lubricants, or do dry machining or minimum quantity lubrication (MQL) represent viable alternatives? Several factors influence this decision. In Part 1 of this two-part serie...
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The Xeidana software, which was developed at the Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology (IWU) in Chemnitz, provides users with a solution package that can take care of various tasks ranging from data acquisition to automated quality control. Foto: IWU

High-quality sensor data is a crucial requirement for Industry 4.0
High-quality sensor data is a crucial requirement for Industry...
High-quality sensor data is a crucial requirement for Industry 4.0

The use of appropriate sensor technology in production is a basic prerequisite for the implementation of Industry 4.0. It collects data on process and machine status as it arises and makes it available for various process-relevant information services and workflows. However, the costs of sensor tech...
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