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Partnership to Develop Industry 4.0 Skills Standards

The National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS), in partnership with Festo Didactic, will establish industry-recognized skills standards and ultimately credentials for jobs related to Industry 4.0. "In light of the significant trend in digitalization of manufacturing through technology advancements such as Industrial Internet of Things (IoT), training in these skills is vitally needed now. With NIMS' emphasis on manufacturing skills training, credentialing and standards, plus Festo's complete Industry 4.0 learning Factories, coursewa...

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US Steel Announces Steelmaking Technology Investment

United States Steel Corporation has announced it will invest more than $1 billion to construct a new sustainable endless casting and rolling facility at its Edgar Thomson Plant in Braddock, PA, and a cogeneration facility at its Clairton Plant in Clairton, PA, both part of the company's Mon Valley Works. "The cutting-edge endless casting and rolling technology combines thin slab casting and hot rolled band production into one continuous process and will make Mon Valley Works the first facility of this type in the U.S., and one of only a ha...

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Trucent Acquires AST/CentraSep

Trucent has finalized the purchase of all the assets and rights relating to Advanced Separation Technologies (CentraSep) and AST Leasing, collectively referred to as CentraSep. CentraSep becomes part of the Trucent family of companies and will be known as Trucent CentraSep Technologies. "CentraSep brings an additional leading technology and strong market presence to Trucent's portfolio: CentraSep centrifugal separators for liquid/solid separation. "The company has a strong global presence in the solar panel production and glas...

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Multi-Pallet Pool System

Mazak recently demonstrated its full simultaneous 5-axis VARIAXIS i-700 multitasking vertical machining center (VMC) equipped with the optional Multi-Pallet Pool (MPP) system, a compact multiple pallet stocker solution designed to provide additional DONE IN ONE part-processing versatility and allow for unmanned lights-out operations. The MPP System features an innovative carousel-style design that maximizes utilization of space - it offers a larger Mazak PALLETECH System with up to a 44% smaller footprint. Servo motors on each axis, as well...

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Collaborative Robot Lineup

FANUC America recently introduced and demonstrated the new CR-14iA/L collaborative robot (cobot), along with its five additional cobot models. The FANUC family of cobots can handle products from 4-35 kg. They feature built-in sensors that allow them to work safely alongside people in a variety of industrial/manufacturing jobs including machine tending, dispensing, inspection, kitting, palletizing, e-commerce and more. FANUC demonstrations highlighted the cobots' ease of set-up and programming: FANUC's CR-4iA, CR-7iA, CR-7iA/L and the...

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Kitamura Machinery Appoints Heartland Machine and Engineering

Kitamura Machinery of USA, Inc. has appointed Heartland Machine and Engineering (HME), Franklin, IN, as exclusive dealer for the sales and service of Kitamura products in the state of Indiana, and to also cover Michigan along with another dealer. "We are confident that with over 30 years' experience in the machine tool industry Heartland has the knowledge and experience necessary to sell and service our highly precise line of horizontal, vertical and 5-axis machining centers," said Ted Asano, Vice President Kitamura Machinery of U...

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