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Open Automation for Open-Die Process
Danieli Breda has developed DANFORGE+, a process technology platform dedicated to the control and automation of open-die forging plants. It is an open automation system that provides complete co-ordination between press and manipulators allowing full integrated controls for highest productivity and repeatability of forging cycle considering the limits dictated by the type of material, working temperature, geometrical shape of work piece and dies.
Expanding the Possibilities for Microfinishing Crankshafts 
Working with machine-tool builder Thielenhaus Technologies, a commercial truck OEM decided to finish machine the bearings as well as the transition radii on its steel crankshafts.
Optical Sensor Technology for 3D Metrology
Zygo Corporation has partnered with Adcole Corporation to offer advanced measurement and inspection technology for automotive camshafts and crankshafts. The Adcole Model 1000 Z - incorporates Zygo’s optical sensor technology for precise and quantitative 3D metrology of precision-machined surfaces, without contact at high speed, for optimal process control.
Kobe Steel Supplying Large Ti Forgings for Jet Engines
Kobe Steel Ltd. announced recently it has started supplying large titanium-alloy forgings to IHI Corporation, as shafts for a GE Aviation commercial aircraft engine program. It noted the parts, rotating engine shafts, are among the largest components used in aircraft jet engines.
Machine Measures Sliding Cam Components Automatically
Adcole Corp. introduced a new camshaft gage that features two independent, opposed measuring heads to measure critical parameters, including cam lobe chatter and straightness.
High-Performance Circular Cold Saw
Behringer Saws Inc. added the VA-L 500 to its line of high-performance circular cold saws, for production cutting of aluminum and nonferrous materials. With a frequency-controlled main drive system and adjustable cutting speeds, it can saw the full range of aluminum alloys and other nonferrous materials in solids, thin-walled pipe and profiles highly efficiently.
Phase-Toughened Ceramic Inserts
Greenleaf announced the availability of a new phase-toughened ceramic insert grade complementing its line of ceramic insert cutting tools. XSYTIN-1 is engineered to machine more materials than any other ceramic grade now available, and designed to mill, turn, and groove the most difficult materials at extreme feed rates — with the high surface footage of ceramic inserts.
Charting Forgers’ Business Outlook 2017
Readers’ insights and impressions inform a customized view of one critical manufacturing business – and make it possible to project the possibilities and opportunities in the year ahead.
2017 Forging Business Outlook 
Customizing the forecast of 2017 business conditions for forgers is not difficult, but it must be appreciated within the expectations for the global economy, North America’s regional industrial landscape, and the manufacturing businesses within forgers establish their supply chain. The challenge for individual forgers is to clarify their understanding of the resources and obstacles before them, and to approach them with an informed approach to problem solving.
Air-Purifying Respirator for Worker Protection
Allegro introduced the EZ Air PRO PAPR systems for industrial applications where respiratory, eye, and face protection are critically important, and to offer workers more comfort, with less fatigue — and for the operations, improved productivity.
Comprehensive Model for Forming Process Monitoring
Schuler unveiled a Machine Monitoring System for forming operations it said provides completely new insights that increase availability, process and part quality, and reduces energy consumption.
System Monitors Nitrogen-Supply Safety Purge
Linde LLC helps heat treatment furnace operators to improve safety by installing a protective-atmosphere safety monitoring system in compliance with the National Fire Protection Association’s “Standard for Ovens and Furnaces” (NFPA 86).
Energy-Saving Hydraulic System
MJC Engineering has developed a hydraulic power system, Green Hydraulic Power®, that will provide higher machine yield, reduce noise emissions by 20 dBA, generate less heat, produce a shorter cycle time on various machine types, and requires a lower volume of oil — all of which results in a system that saves up to 70% in energy costs.
Industrial-Scale Wheel Rim Blaster
Viking Blast & Wash Systems offers industrial cleaning solutions for all sizes and shapes of metal parts, and its newest blasting system is the WH48 — designed for blasting automotive and truck rims from 12 to 26 in. diameter. The rims are either rolled or loaded on a pneumatic loader for delivery to the blasting cabinet.
Recording Success in Part Design, Development 
QuesTek developed Ferrium M54 
in response to a U.S. Navy solicitation for a lower-cost, improved alternative to then-current materials. The Navy request specifically called for designing the alloy through modeling and simulation, with feasibility confirmed through limited testing. As the development process proceeded, the effort shifted to developing a replacement for HY-TUF steel used in the T-45 hook shank on U.S. Navy carrier aircraft.