The Rota-Rack parts accumulator enables bar-fed CNC lathes to run unattended for extended amounts of time.
The Rota-Rack parts accumulator enables bar-fed CNC lathes to run unattended for extended amounts of time. The unit indexes each time a finished part exits the machine, collecting and protecting finished items. The accumulator consists of a welded-steel, 850-square-inch turntable, and a solid-state PLC control; an integrated conveyor is optional. Covered with high-lubricity UHMV plastic for work piece protection, the device has a payload capacity of 700 pounds and can be mounted on the left or right side of a machine tool. The device is height-adjustable from 11 to 50 inches, and programming takes 20 seconds with the touchscreen PLC.
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Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey