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Software expands integration
SigmaSUITE continues to close the loop on manufacturing connectivity targeting “The Connected Shop,” scheduling, quoting, and logistics informed by nesting intelligence. This focus, along with CAD/CAM enhancements centered on simplicity and best manufacturing strategies, continues to strengthen SigmaNEST capabilities. The aim of the Connected Shop is to bridge CRM, Ordering, Inventory, Production, Delivery, and Accounting. New software products and enhancements to the Business Systems and Shop Floor products have expanded this integration for customers.
SigmaNEST, Cincinnati, 513/674-0005,
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Contact tip designed for long life

Quip-Tip contact tip is an advanced design engineered for long life and superior performance features, including a dual taper mating surface allowing for increased tip to diffuser electrical contact, dual start thread allowing for less than two turns when installing or removing the tip, a unique design that helps the tip stay tight, and it’s made in the U.S.A.

American Weldquip, Sharon Center, Ohio, 330/239-0317,

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Tabletop robots have 14 kg payload

The LR Mate 200iD robots offer a work envelope for both upright and invert mount installations. The LR Mate 200iD robot series also offers an ISO Class 4 clean room variant. These small tabletop robots can be equipped with intelligent features. These include robot vision and force sensing functionality for even higher levels of accuracy and productivity. Other features include slim arm and compact footprint, which minimizes interference to peripheral devices in tight spaces. The robots are available in three variations: standard, short and long arm.

FANUC America, Rochester Hills, Michigan, 888/326-8287,

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10 kw capability added to sheet lasers

BLM Group USA has added more processing power to its LS5 and LC5 flat sheet laser cutters with the new option of a 10kW fiber laser source with these systems. These machines can cut steel, stainless steel, iron, copper, brass and aluminum sheets in thicknesses from .039 in. to 1.37 in., or even double sheets, depending upon the material. Users can specify the power level, from 2 kW to 10 kW, that is best suited for their needs. With simultaneous axis speed up to 196 m/min. and swift acceleration paired with a rigid mechanical structure, these systems deliver excellent cutting performance and accuracy.

BLM Group USA, Novi, Michigan, 248/560-0080,