TDM Shopfloor Manager software records a tool’s circulation, from planning for tool assembly, presetting and tool use at the machine, to
Shopfloor Manager is integrated into the inventory management system of the TDM Tool Crib Module Global Line. With Tool Crib Module, a tool assembly can also be managed in secondary cribs near the machines.TDM Systems
I get it. With all of us putting on weight, our backsides are spreading, making a big vehicle with a big seat more attractive. Add better visibility from a higher seating position, the ability to carry more stuff, and that sense of safety that only comes from mass, and the trend away from cars toward sport utility vehicles (SUVs) makes sense (see Infographic, pg. 26). For automakers, it’s a fantastic trend because the profit margins on SUVs are much more favorable than cars.
However, using the most scientific language I can muster: SUVs stink. Cars are better.
They’re more fun to drive, easier to park, more economical to own, more fun to drive, better for the environment, loaded with modern safety equipment, and more fun to drive. Owning an SUV is a conscious decision to make driving miserable on a daily basis because you might need its capabilities at some point in your life.
I’ve heard the arguments – I need the extra seating for when my in-laws visit. I need the towing power because I’m going to get a boat one of these days. I need the storage space because I plan to build a new deck, and I’m going to have to haul lumber home from the hardware store.
However, unless you’re towing a boat to Home Depot to pick up your in-laws for a 17-hour trip at least once a month, those excuses don’t hold up. Every now and then, I need to move 200 lb of manure to my backyard garden, but I don’t lug a wheel barrow with me at all times, just in case.
When I need to bring home furniture, haul junk to the dump, or take the family on a luggage-filled vacation, car rental agencies can give me an awful-to-drive, fully capable land yacht. And I can happily return it a few days later. Given the lower fuel and purchase costs for my small car vs. a big SUV, I’m coming out ahead.
And did I mention that cars are more fun to drive?
When I pull off the freeway on my way home, I pull my foot off the gas and let inertia carry me around a sharp curve, reducing speed from 65mph at the start of the exit to about 25mph by the time I get to the top and tap my brakes. The maneuver works like a dream in a Chevy Cruze. Try that in a Chevy Tahoe, and you’ll make the drive-time traffic report. Throwing the back end out of a Toyota Corolla can be a fun bit of drifting. Throwing out the back end of a Toyota Land Cruiser generally ends in a trip to the hospital.
To be fair, much of the SUV growth of the past five years has come from smaller crossovers, vehicles built on car architectures, giving them some of the fuel economy and driving responsiveness of sedans. So, some people are only sacrificing part of the joy of driving in the name of increased utility.
But you can keep your SUVs and crossovers. Even with a tiny, eco-inspired engine, my manual transmission small car is more fun to drive.
HR-530 series hardness testers feature an electronic control that tests Rockwell, Rockwell Superficial, Rockwell testing of plastics (A & B), and light force Brinell hardness testing. The systems can test inside-ring wall hardness without cutting the ring. Minimum diameter is 34mm, but inner diameters (IDs) as small as 22mm can be tested using an optional 5mm diamond indenter. When testing multiple workpieces with the same height, continuous testing is possible by pressing the foot switch or the start button.
Models in the series include:
- HR-530 – Max. specimen size height: 250mm; depth: 150mm
- HR-530L – Max. specimen size height: 395mm; depth 150mm
Multi-task machining (MTM) functionality was designed to address CNC programming requirements of multi-task machines, providing powerful programming tools that are easy to learn and use, giving operators flexibility and configurability. Machining processes are defined with GibbsCAM's graphical user interface for seamless access to turning and milling capabilities. GibbsCAM's associativity allows operations to be updated when modifications are made. Factory-supplied post-processors output multi-flow NC code, complete with utility operations and sync codes.3D Systems Inc. (GibbsCAM)
Laser-cutting for PCD tools
The LaserSmart 501 systems for cutting polycrystalline diamond (PCD) tools replaces multi-machine processes for creating circular chamfer or chip grooves. The laser cuts through the diamond grain smoothly, generating extremely sharp and clearly defined cutting edges that produce smoother surfaces.
A HSK63 workpiece holder and integrated standard automation process supports an array of different tool geometries that can be loaded and machined by the job manager without operator intervention. Machine designers were able to integrate a Fanuc robot without altering overall footprint.
Using 3D simulation, a tool can be visualized and machining procedures simulated before the machinery is loaded and the laser is activated.Rollomatic USA
The InnovizPro stand-alone, solid-state, micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS)-based scanning LiDAR solution offers 3D sensing at a low cost.
Its high frame rate, high angular resolution, and wide field of view
Fluorinated rubber seals
A family of fluorinated rubber addresses static seal challenges with sealing capabilities under high temperatures and pressures, easing installation challenges and lowering costs. The rubber can be custom mixed to meet specific powertrain engineering requirements.
While formulas seal at temperatures as high as 270°C, the elasticity and flexibility of these materials