ST. Florian, Austria – EV Group (EVG), a supplier of wafer bonding and lithography equipment for the MEMS, nanotechnology, and semiconductor markets, announced that it has completed construction and opened a new building at its corporate headquarters in Austria, expanding capacity for producing process equipment. The building, part of an investment of more than 20 million Euros that was announced earlier this year, allows for significant expansion of warehouse space and provides more than 50% additional test room space for the final assembly of EVG's high-precision systems, as well as technical source inspection of the systems by its customers.
"EVG operates in highly dynamic markets, where we always strive to provide our customers with the latest technologies to realize their product ideas with the shortest possible time to market – true to EVG's Triple-i philosophy of invent-innovate-implement," states Dr. Werner Thallner, executive operations and financial director at EV Group. "Our headquarters expansion helps ensure that we continue to deliver on this pledge to our customers. I'm pleased to say that we completed this expansion in record time too, and we already have plans for additional capacity expansion in preparation for future growth."
The new test rooms, designed to house larger systems including high-volume manufacturing platforms and solutions for panel-sized substrates, are equipped with the latest air conditioning and cleanroom technology. The ambient conditions created through these measures are similar to those found in the semiconductor fabs or bio-medical labs of EVG's global customers. The sophisticated security concept at EVG's headquarters, which extends to the new building complex, enables customers to have controlled access to individual test rooms where the technical source inspection of their tools can take place together with EVG specialists.
Several EVG systems have already been moved to the new facility for final assembly, software installation and initial setup to make room available for additional system orders.
Technology from Honeywell is now available in a range of new industries that can benefit from the advanced precision and performance of reliable, rugged, and easy-to-install inertial measurement units (IMUs). Honeywell has pioneered the development of IMUs and most recently launched the next phase in that technology's growth – the HG4930. Honeywell's newest offering applies the principles of reliability, dependability, and performance from aerospace and defense, and tailors it for "straight out of the factory" integration and use in various non-defense and non-aerospace industrial applications. These applications include autonomous vehicles, surveying and mapping, ground and underwater robotics, unmanned aerial vehicles, and gimble stabilization.
IMUs are tools that help people, vehicles, and machines measure motion and calculate changes in position, anywhere in the world, even where global positioning system (GPS) signals are intermittent. In industries where automation is taking hold and working conditions where GPS may be out of touch, an IMU can help fill in the moments of disconnect and keep objects like an autonomous underwater vehicle or a robot in a factory informed about how they are moving relative to their surroundings.
"For more than a decade, we've designed our IMUs to perform in the extremely harsh and demanding environments for our aerospace and defense customers. But there is no shortage of possibilities for how that same IMU technology can support a wealth of markets hungry for the next level of enhanced navigation and control," says Chris Lund, senior director, Industrial IMUs, Honeywell Aerospace. "The HG4930 tactical grade IMU is a highly competitive and cost-efficient variant of our industry-leading navigation technology. Whether helping your industry evolve toward autonomy or augmenting a platform or solution's precision in domains where GPS is unreliable, the HG4930 delivers the needed performance."
In addition to the HG4930 IMU being a small, lightweight, and low-power product ideal for spearheading new uses or bolstering current navigation capabilities, Honeywell's HG4930 IMU is not classified under an International Traffic in Arms Regulation category, but instead is free from the burden of an export license for all but a few military-related use cases. This means a broader availability for customers around the world.
Kent, Washington – OMAX announced it began shipping its ProtoMAX product to customers. The ProtoMAX abrasive waterjet is a compact, self-installed cutting system suited for prototyping and relatively low volume cutting of almost any material around 1.0" thick. The system brings all the versatility benefits of large abrasive waterjet cutters in a sleek and economic package that is perfect for small job shops, engineering classrooms, makerspaces, and personal use. It is also a handy addition for large shops and fabricators that need occasional waterjet capabilities to complement their other cutting systems.
OMAX manufactures the ProtoMAX at the OMAX facility in Kent, Washington, and all parts are designed to work together as a complete, integrated system.
Heidenhain released its new Connected Machining catalog. Available for download, this catalog details solutions that place the TNC operator at the center of digital order management and networked with all production-related areas.
Connected machining makes control of the machine in the workshop the focal point of digital order management.
A simple Heidenhain TNC control system with its standard functions integrated into the company network via Ethernet offers a range of options for receiving and using digital job data directly on the control.
The following control solutions and options are also offered by Heidenhain:
- StateMonitor software creates transparent processes through data acquisition, data analysis.
- Remote desktop manager allows access to PCs, installed software at the control
- Heidenhain DNC interface connects the control to enterprise-resource planning, production-activity control systems
- Extended workspace display provides clear representation, processing of job data on machine