Objects of Interest - March 2007

Inert Atmosphere FurnaceThe No. 989 from Grieve Corp. (Round Lake, IL; www.grievecorp.com) can be used to process fabricated parts measuring 30 x 48 x 30 in.
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Inert Atmosphere Furnace

The No. 989 from Grieve Corp. (Round Lake, IL; www.grievecorp.com) can be used to process fabricated parts measuring 30 x 48 x 30 in. The electrically heated, inert atmosphere furnace operates at up to 2,000°F. There is an alloy loading fixture to facilitate load/unload of workpieces.


Seeing Clearly

As moonroofs morph into galaxy panoramas, Johnson Controls (www.johnsoncontrols.com) takes a new approach to developing overhead systems that accommodate the larger vistas, while keeping the technology and safety systems that have become standard equipment. Its Clear Solution Overhead System headliner incorporates large glass roof systems with integrated side curtain airbags and cross-car consoles that can hold lighting and entertainment systems.


Machining Probing System

The Mida E83 probing system from Marposs Corp. (Auburn Hills, MI; www.marposs.com) features an optical transmission system. Measuring data from a spindle-mounted touch probe fitted to a machining center of milling machine is set via an infrared signal. Because the transmitter is a wide-angle type, it isn’t necessary for line-of-sight mounting, and it can be used for multi-spindle applications.


More than Just a Fob

General Motors has teamed up with Delphi (www.delphi.com) to launch the two-way advanced remote start system, which incorporates an LCD screen into the keyfob, providing real-time information on vehicle security status, fuel level, tire pressure and other features. The new fob also features an operational range that is up to six times the distance of systems commonly used, providing improved operation for remote start and door lock and unlock functions. The system will be available on several ’08 GM models.


New Secondary Air Pump

BorgWarner’s 1000-T3 submersible high-flow air pump replaces dual-pump systems with a design that is lighter, smaller, and less expensive. It has an improved pump housing and impeller design that was optimized through CFD analysis, and is powered by a high-speed, high-torque electric motor that puts less load on the vehicle electrical system during cold starts. It will be on the market from 2010.


Swift Support

The Renault F1 team cut the time it took to make the rear wing support for the R26 used last year. Using electrical discharge machining (EDM) technology from Charmilles (www.agiecharmilles.us), the team replaced 10 separately machined and welded pieces with one machined from a single block of titanium. The EDM part took 40 hours to create versus 57 for the conventionally built part.


Modular Heat Treating System

The InductoScan is a vertical, modular heat treating system that can accommodate part lengths up to 40 in. It’s available from Inductoheat (Madison Heights, MI; www.inductoheat.com). It can work with the company’s stock power supply sizes (150, 200 and 300 kW, 3-50 kHz, and 45 and 90 kW @ 200 kHz), or is adaptable to other systems. It offers fast index speeds. A Windows-based PC-HMI software package is included.


Small Prox Sensors

The Remote Amplifier version of the Pile Driver inductive proximity sensor from Pepperl+Fuchs (Twinsburg, OH; www.am.pepperl-fuchs.com) is just 23-mm long with an 8-mm diameter housing. The shielded sensor can be flush mounted, so it is designed for use in space-restricted applications. The sensor has a stainless steel sensing face and barrel that’s Black Armor coated, which makes it weld-spatter resistant. It offers a nominal sensing range of 1.5 mm.



Orbitform claims its Marathon “personal weld cell” (www.orbitform.com) can either stand alone for short runs or be integrated into large-scale manufacturing operations. It has a 24-in. x 16-in. work window, teach pendant controls, Kawasaki robot, Fronius weld control, 3-D weld path modeling, turnkey tooling/fixturing, and DeviceNet options. Its overall footprint is 36-in. by 40-in., which Orbitform claims is the smallest in the industry.