A welder using a MIG gun
MIG gun for aluminum applications

To improve performance and productivity in MIG and pulsed MIG aluminum welding applications, or when feeding wire long distances and around obstacles, Tweco, an ESAB brand, has launched the PullMaster2 push-pull MIG gun. The updated version of this pistol-grip-style gun improves ergonomics through an angled cable-to-gun connection combined with a ball-and-socket strain relief that enhances balance and reduces perceived cable weight. The easy-to-grip handle features a short-stroke trigger for easier activation, while an aluminum unibody reduces parts for greater reliability, easier repair and weight reduction.

Tweco/ESAB, Florence, South Carolina, 843/669-4411,

A storage shelf for press brake tools
press brake
Store press brake tools

Quickly recognize if something is missing before getting started at the press brake with the Press Brake Tool Storage System. In addition to organizing tools, the Press Brake Tool Storage System can also increase storage capacity up to 40 percent. These storage systems provide ergonomic access and are specially designed for heavy-duty applications with fully extendable Glide-Out shelves that can hold up to 4,000-lbs. per shelf. Each unit offers customizable tool holders that are removable, adjustable, and made to hold any type of American or European tooling, including CAT, HSK and assembly tooling.

Rack Engineering DivisionAlpena, Michigan, 800/245-6890,

CNC and robotics integration simplifies operations
Someone working on robotics integration

FANUC America introduces the next step in complete integration of robotics and CNCs for more efficient operations. FANUC CNCs now have the ability to control connected FANUC robots providing machine tending or other assistance through FANUC’s Quick and Simple Startup of Robotization (QSSR). FANUC’s QSSR simplifies the connection of a FANUC robot to a FANUC-controlled machine tool. New QSSR G-code allows operators and machine tool builders to program robots using FANUC CNC in ISO standard G-code format. Users no longer require additional training or specialists because programming can be performed with G-codes. The need for a separate teach pendant for the robot is reduced due to robotic programming and operation through the CNC user interface.

FANUC America, Hoffman Estates, Illinois, 888/FANUC-US,