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Education / Training Technical Teaching Tools Multi-Channel Metrology Information and Education Program Verisurf has published educa-tion information about various m e t ro l o g y processes and its suite of software products on mul-tiple delivery platforms and channels, includ-ing a dedicated YouTube channel, Verisurf University and the Verisurf Website. The goal is to support and educate manufac-turing profession-als who are considering adding a solution from today’s growing list of metrology applications. Verisurf X software with model-based GD&T inspection technology at its core is designed to help manufac-turing companies of all types improve quality and become more efficient with computer-aided inspection, reverse en-gineering and assembly guidance. The Verisurf YouTube channel pro-MATC shop floor directly after Iverson & Company delivered eight Clausing machines equipped with Fagor 8055 MC controls. Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) serves high school students and also provides continued education and skills development for those al-ready in the workforce, including re-training for new career opportunities. When MATC required new educa-tional CNC tools, they chose eight Clausing machine tools with the Fagor 8055 CNC control. According to Claus-ing distributor Terry Iverson, Iverson & Company, Clausing machines are well built, high quality machines engi-neered to last for years. “Having the right CNC for this ap-plication was important,” said Chip Manning, Regional Manager for Claus-ing. “We chose the Fagor 8055 CNC based upon the flexibility of the CNC to work in multiple modes of opera-tion. Switching from manual to full CNC mode is as simple as pressing a button. Similarly, the change between Continued on Page 64 Technology Simplifies Welding Robot Teaching For more information on Education / Training Visit www.mfgnewsweb.com vides a comprehensive list of short videos that introduce the company, demonstrate the various software modules and feature a growing list of vertical application examples. The Verisurf YouTube channel can be ac-cessed directly at youtube.com/user/ verisurfchannel or through the Verisurf website. Ve r i sur f Un i v e r si t y de l i v e r s Continued on Page 65 Metalcutting Technology e-Learning Program Sandvik Coromant’s interactive Metal Cutting Technology (MCT) e-Learning program is now available. This comprehensive online program was developed by the Sandvik Coro-mant Academy. The 75-course curricu-lum offers information and expertise about the metalcutting process. Useful for engineers, programmers, operators and students, it provides insight and knowledge to improve productivity and profitability. This training and educa-tion program explains the fun-damentals of metalcutting and specifically teaches about in-ternal and external turning, parting and grooving, milling, drilling, threading, boring and tool holding. “Understanding the metalcutting process plays an increasingly important role in manufacturing to boost pro-ductivity and cut costs,” said a company spokesperson. “This program provides vital infor-mation on how to plan the best metalcutting process for a component, choose the right cutting tool for the job and un-derstand the basics of produc-tion economics. It also teaches how to recognize different types of tool wear and their remedies, as well as how to optimize cutting data and cutting tool life.” “The knowledge in the new MCT e-Learning program is only part of what Sandvik Coromant does to help our customers,” said a company spokesperson. “This program will help people who want the most up-to-date Continued on Page 65 62 Robotiq, in partnership with Yaskawa Motoman, has released Kine-tiq Teaching, a new technology de-signed to quickly and easily task welding robots without requiring in-depth programming knowledge. “Kinetiq Teaching enables job shops to easily implement robotic welding with simplified teaching and reduced set-up times by allowing op-erators to guide the robot by hand to March 2014 • MIDWEST MANUFACTURING NEWS • www.mfgnewsweb.com desired weld positions,” said a com-pany spokesperson. “An icon-based menu is presented on the teach pen-dant’s color touch screen to allow the operator to define the task. Program-ming time is greatly reduced with the more intuitive manual positioning. The graphic user interface allows robot programming to be performed with minimal training.” Continued on Page 65

Technical Teaching Tools

Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) serves high school students and also provides continued education and skills development for those already in the workforce, including retraining for new career opportunities.

When MATC required new educational CNC tools, they chose eight Clausing machine tools with the Fagor 8055 CNC control. According to Clausing distributor Terry Iverson, Iverson & Company, Clausing machines are well built, high quality machines engineered to last for years.

"Having the right CNC for this application was important," said Chip Manning, Regional Manager for Clausing. "We chose the Fagor 8055 CNC based upon the flexibility of the CNC to work in multiple modes of operation. Switching from manual to full CNC mode is as simple as pressing a button. Similarly, the change between ICON based graphical interface and ISO G-code operation is a simple two button command. This is critical for MATC when we consider the different levels of training required. Both manual and different levels of CNC operation can be taught on the same machine. In addition, the CNC has two CNC programming modes. An ICON key based conversational system is a faster and simpler method to introduce a student to CNC. The traditional ISO Gcode programming system expands the students' knowledge base for traditional part programming. These two modes can be toggled from one to the other quickly and easily at any time.

"Another feature that made the Fagor 8055 CNC the right choice was the remote diagnostics. A simple Ethernet connection allows the customer to receive instant service via the net. The Fagor WinDNC program is installed in the adjoining classroom for uploading and downloading of part programs using standard Ethernet protocol. Fagor WinDNC also provides remote monitoring and a CNC G-code editor. Students quickly upload and download any assignments directly to the Fagor 8055 for simulation and execution or via the USB port located directly on the keyboard. Simulation mode is complete with traditional tool path graphics and solid graphics with zoom and part rotation capabilities. The simple profile editor acts as a mini CAD/ CAM system. Students can quickly create complex profiles or import DXF files and insert them directly into the part program."

"Education is important to me, so it was only natural that our relation ship with MATC has continued to develop over the last 30 years," said Iverson. "MATC is one of the leading technical colleges in the country. They were one of the first with a CNC program and have continued the tradition of utilizing cutting edge technology. They have shown the foresight to continue to re-invent themselves as necessary to arm themselves with the best tools to train their students."

Terry Iverson founded the organization Champion Now (www.championnow.org). Iverson frequently makes presentations to high school students at MATC to encourage them to consider manufacturing as a career. Champion Now is dedicated to rebuilding the manufacturing workforce through knowledge-based methods focusing on a manufacturing technical foundation for young people.

For more information contact:
Milwaukee Area Technical College
414-297-MATC
info@matc.edu
www.matc.edu
Clausing Industrial, Inc.
1819 N. Pitcher Street
Kalamazoo, MI 49007-1822
269-345-7155
www.clausing-industrial.com

Terry Iverson, President
Iverson & Company
441 North Third Ave.
Des Plaines, IL 60016
847-299-2461
sales@iversonandco.com
www.iversonandco.com

Art Gugulski (CNC)
800-423-2467 ext. 431
Alex Escamilla (DRO)
800-423-2467 ext. 436
Fagor US Headquarters
www.fagor-automation.com

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Technology Simplifies Welding Robot Teaching

Robotiq, in partnership with Yaskawa Motoman, has released Kinetiq Teaching, a new technology designed to quickly and easily task welding robots without requiring indepth programming knowledge.

"Kinetiq Teaching enables job shops to easily implement robotic welding with simplified teaching and reduced set-up times by allowing operators to guide the robot by hand to desired weld positions," said a company spokesperson. "An icon-based menu is presented on the teach pendant's color touch screen to allow the operator to define the task. Programming time is greatly reduced with the more intuitive manual positioning. The graphic user interface allows robot programming to be performed with minimal training."

With Kinetiq Teaching, the welder moves the robotic welding tip next to a workpiece by physically hand-guiding the robot. Once the welding point is reached, the welder determines the welding parameters through a touch screen interface.

After all the points are recorded, the welder can play back the programmed trajectory and modify it on the fly. By doing so, experienced welders will be able to set welding jobs and oversee the productivity of more than one robotic welder at a time, or train less skilled operators to program the welding robot and act as a technical adviser and a quality assurance resource.

"Kinetiq Teaching has been designed to leverage the knowledge of welders," said Samuel Bouchard, President of Robotiq. "It enables them to move the robot welder with their hands and intuitively program welding paths by using a dedicated userfriendly teach pendant interface. No in-depth programming knowledge is required."

"Major challenges of robotic welding in manufacturing are related to the shortage of available welders and the difficulty of achieving a compelling ROI for smaller companies," said Chris Anderson, Welding Product Marketing Manager at Yaskawa Motoman. "Kinetiq Teaching changes the equation; manufacturing companies will be able to automate welding jobs by using only their in-house welding expertise. It opens the door to robotic welding at small and medium manufacturing facilities with high-mix and low-volume welding."

To watch a video of this application, visit robotiq.com/welding.

For more information contact:
Robotiq
966, chemin Olivier, Suite 325
St-Nicolas, Qc, G7A 2N1, Canada
888-ROBOTIQ (762-6847)
www.robotiq.com

Yaskawa America, Inc.
Motoman Robotics Division
100 Automation Way
Miamisburg, OH 45342
937-847-6200
www.motoman.com

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Multi-Channel Metrology Information And Education Program

Verisurf has published education information about various metrology processes and its suite of software products on multiple delivery platforms and channels, including a dedicated YouTube channel, Verisurf University and the Verisurf Website. The goal is to support and educate manufacturing professionals who are considering adding a solution from today's growing list of metrology applications.

Verisurf X software with modelbased GD&T inspection technology at its core is designed to help manufacturing companies of all types improve quality and become more efficient with computer-aided inspection, reverse engineering and assembly guidance.

The Verisurf YouTube channel provides a comprehensive list of short videos that introduce the company, demonstrate the various software modules and feature a growing list of vertical application examples. The Verisurf YouTube channel can be accessed directly at youtube.com/user/ verisurfchannel or through the Verisurf website.

Verisurf University delivers internet-based video training through a standard web browser. The curriculum is intended to provide learners with a strong theoretical and practical understanding of Verisurf X, and includes 12 courses that cover the user interface, measurement, alignment, analysis and reporting functions. Learners also have the option to earn a Certificate of Completion by successfully passing examinations following each course. A learning management system manages the learner's home page and provides quick access to all account information, history, certificates, personal calendar and courses. Additional courses in development include Model-based Definition and Inspection, Advanced Surface Analysis and Reverse Engineering techniques. For companies with more specialized needs Verisurf University staff members are available to recommend the best mix of online and instructor led course work.

"We are committed not only to selling our software, but also educating customers on best practices when it comes to utilizing digital metrology in manufacturing," said Ernie Husted, President of Verisurf. "We remain dedicated to supporting all devices and maintaining an open platform and interoperability with complementary solution providers."

For more information contact:
Verisurf Software, Inc.
1553 N. Harmony Circle
Anaheim, CA 92807
888-713-7201 / 714-970-1683
info@verisurf.com
www.verisurf.com
www.verisurfu.com

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Metalcutting Technology e-Learning Program

Sandvik Coromant's interactive Metal Cutting Technology (MCT) e- Learning program is now available. This comprehensive online program was developed by the Sandvik Coromant Academy. The 75-course curriculum offers information and expertise about the metalcutting process. Useful for engineers, programmers, operators and students, it provides insight and knowledge to improve productivity and profitability.

This training and education program explains the fundamentals of metalcutting and specifically teaches about internal and external turning, parting and grooving, milling, drilling, threading, boring and tool holding. "Understanding the metalcutting process plays an increasingly important role in manufacturing to boost productivity and cut costs," said a company spokesperson. "This program provides vital information on how to plan the best metalcutting process for a component, choose the right cutting tool for the job and understand the basics of production economics. It also teaches how to recognize different types of tool wear and their remedies, as well as how to optimize cutting data and cutting tool life."

"The knowledge in the new MCT e-Learning program is only part of what Sandvik Coromant does to help our customers," said a company spokesperson. "This program will help people who want the most up-to-date information get the most value and productivity from their tools. They can learn at their own pace and as they want to learn it. We are using the latest training techniques to help people understand the best ways to use their cutting tools."

Designed to allow users to work at their own pace on their own schedule, the MCT e-Learning program can be accessed at www.metalcuttingknowledge. com through the Sandvik Coromant Academy portal. This program combines multiple learning formats including video, animation and question and narration to provide in-depth instruction and guidance on the "what, how and why" of metalcutting. Users can test their knowledge and receive a Certificate of Completion.

For more information contact:
Sandvik Coromant Company
1702 Nevins Road
P.O. Box 428
Fair Lawn, NJ 07410-0428
800-SANDVIK / 201-794-5000
us.coromant@sandvik.com
www.sandvik.coromant.com/us

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