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BLM Expands Press Brake Line
BLM GROUP USA has added a new line of press brakes to its portfolio of fabricating machinery. 
The ProBend press brakes are available in the patented all-electric E-Series or the hybrid H-Series version. The ProBend E-Series is available in sizes from 44- to 276-ton models capable of handling bending lengths of four to 17 feet.  The ProBend H-Series is available in sizes from 44- to 660-ton models capable of handling bending lengths of four to 20 feet. These high-precision press brakes offer reliability, high productivity, and are a perfect complement to the company’s LS5 flat sheet lasers.
All systems come with a 21.5-inch touchscreen console, enabling graphical or direct mode programming directly on the machine or offline. The console includes integrated views for various OLP software applications
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B.O.S.S. Shears Keep Evolving
There are approximately 300 Bradbury Orbital Servo Shears installed around the globe, and that number continues to grow because of the efficiency, accuracy, and flexibility of the B.O.S.S. Introduced in 1998, the B.O.S.S. Shear continues to revolutionize the metal sheet cutting industry.
Bradbury developed the high-speed, closed-loop flying shear to increase shearing.  The B.O.S.S. provides high production rates with close tolerance shearing. As an added feature, the shear can be equipped with notching or slitting – allowing the B.O.S.S. to be used for various applications. 
The intelligent drive and shear system allow the B.O.S.S. to be close-coupled to a new or existing roll former. The unique orbital design provides fast, smooth production rates, and the acceleration or deceleration of the line does not affect the cut. 
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Mazak Offers New Fiber S7
The Optiplex Nexus 3015 Fiber S7 from Mazak, Elgin, Ill., is designed with Variable Beam Parameter Product technology that better controls the laser beam for superior cut performance, the company claims. The machine is available in a high-power 7kW configuration. 
V-BPP enables Fiber S7 users to select from high-intensity, small-spot-size beams to large, donut-shaped beams, and everything in between. Beam shaping technology delivers optimal thick- and thin-metal cutting, higher cutting speed, superior edge quality and improved piercing time. V-BPP enables users to select specific beam shapes that can significantly improve part quality. 
Active live camera nesting is available on the machine. This user-friendly solution allows operators to process additional parts quickly and easily on demand, without delay, Mazak claims.
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Fronius Upgrades TransSteel Series
Fronius is upgrading its TransSteel series with the addition of the pulse function. Not only does the pulsed arc allow faster welding speeds on thicker materials, but rework is reduced as the pulsed arc causes less welding spatter.
The pulse mode makes it possible to bypass the intermediate arc, which is difficult to control and prone to spatter. The resulting reduction in spattering leads to up to 70 percent less rework. Furthermore, the pulsed arc allows welding speeds that are up to 30 percent higher to be achieved. All these advantages are now also available from the Fronius TransSteel 3000 compact as well as the TransSteel 4000 and 5000.
The TransSteel devices were developed especially for use on steel. The addition of the pulse function now makes these power sources true all-rounders, as a wide range of functions supports the welder in various applications. With the help of the spot function, even and consistent welding spots can be produced – ideal for tacking workpieces. Interval welding not only produces a rippled seam appearance, but the lower heat input also reduces the possibility of material distortion on light gage sheets.
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Saint-Gobain Upgrades BlueFire Abrasives
Saint-Gobain Abrasives has introduced newly upgraded Norton BlueFire Abrasives including Belts, Cloth Quick-Change and Flap Discs, and Mini Flap Discs. Featuring a new, proprietary self-sharpening zirconia alumina grain shape and chemistry and an upgraded resin bond for faster cut rates and durability, the new BlueFire R860 and R887D abrasive products provide exceptional performance on a wide range of materials in light to heavy-pressure applications. 
An improved, heavy-duty polyester backing is designed for long life and will withstand challenging applications. In addition to metal fabrication and welding, new Norton BlueFire abrasive products are well-suited for key industries such as foundry, aerospace, automotive, oil/gas, wind turbines and general metalworking.
“For applications in stainless steel and other hard-to-grind materials, BlueFire 887D Discs and Belts offer long abrasives life due to a supersized grinding aid,” said John Benkoczy, senior product manager for BlueFire R887D.
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Bystronic Offers Robotic Welding
Bystronic offers a Robotic Welding Cell powered by CLOOS, a customized “ready to weld” solution for automated robotic welding.
Bystronic offers three specific robotic welding cell models: Micro Cell, Compact Cell and Compact System. Each model has a specific scope of application based on the size and weight of the parts to be welded and each has a two-station workpiece positioner. 
The Micro Cell features an overall clamping length of 55 inches and a nominal load capacity of 280 pounds per side for the manual rotating workpiece positioner, and a 400A welding power supply. The Compact Cell features an overall clamping length of 61 inches and a nominal load capacity of 562 pounds per side for the automatic rotating workpiece positioner, and a 450A welding power supply. The Compact System features an overall clamping length of 138 inches and a nominal load capacity of 2,248 pounds per side for the automatic rotating workpiece positioner, and a 450A welding power supply. 
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Acieta Intros FastBEND Press Brake
Operating press brakes is a potentially dangerous part of metal part fabrication. To produce more higher-quality parts without adding risk to workers, Waukesha, Wis.-based Acieta introduces the new FastBEND press brake tending robotic cell.
The versatile FastBEND robotic solution can be integrated with new or existing press brakes and may be outfitted for bin, pallet and conveyor outputs to process a wide variety of formed parts.
With a queue of four to six different parts and up to 725 to 1,100 kilograms in blanks, even the standard cell can run for hours in lights-out continuous operation. Adding the second drawer cabinet option doubles the part numbers and material that can be queued. With its high capacity and low cost per part, it’s typical for shops to see a return on investment in 18 to 24 months.
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Big Kaiser Debuts New Boring Head
Hoffman Estates, Ill.-based BIG KAISER Precision Tooling has introduced the Series 319 SW rough boring head with the BIG CAPTO connection. The new SW BIG CAPTO Rough Boring Head makes it possible to perform rough and finish boring processes seamlessly with the finishing heads the company has offered for years.
In accordance with ISO 26623-1, the polygon shape of the taper and one-piece body construction provides for highly repeatable accuracy and torque transmission, an ideal fit for rough boring work. The SW BIG CAPTO achieves high repeatability, in part, thanks to the flush fit of the polygon taper with the spindle. The combination of a self-centering 1:20 taper and the long taper edge ensures stable runout accuracy.
The SW BIG CAPTO is available in sizes C3, C4, C5, C6 and C8. The diameter range is 0.984 inch to 8 inches.
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