system uses a hands-on robot manipu- lator along with a specialized hand- control system to allow the operator to manually control the movements.

Casting Cell

Kuka Industries, Elgin, Illinois, pre- sented its casting cells for gravity die- casting and complete automation cells for diecasting. Kuka offers high-speed trim presses with touch-based user interface, spotting presses with intel- ligent control technology, and software modules for casting programs.

Drum Blast

Roberts Sinto Corporation high- lighted its CNDR drum blast. It is high efficiency with reverse flow air wash technology and is consistent with highly efficient finishing. A zero-pinch design eliminates jams.


Inspection Services Zeiss, Maple Grove, Minnesota,

displayed its A2LA certified gages and inspection and programming services. It offers CT scanning, optical inspec- tion, first article inspection reports and CMM inspection. Zeiss provides contact, optical, laser and computed tomography technology and onsite measuring services.

X-ray Inspection Yxlon, Hudson, Ohio, exhibited its

Y.MU2000-D, a versatile X-ray inspec- tion system for casting parts, with a CT option. Tis features fast computed tomography and complies with ASTM standards, among other benefits.

Metals Analyzer Oxford Instruments, Concord, Mas-

sachusetts, unveiled its new benchtop metals analyzer—the Foundry Master Optimum, the “bigger brother” of the Foundry-Smart. Based on optical emission spectroscopy, the Optimum is used for quality control and analyzing the majority of metals and their alloys, including nitrogen in duplex steel, a unique feature for this class.

CT Inspection Yxlon presented the FF35 CT, a

multi-application, high-resolution Many new technologies and products attracted interest on the show floor.

computed tomography CT inspection system for fine parts. It can be used in both research and development and failure analysis.

Element Analyzer Elementar Americas Inc., Mt.

Laurel, New Jersey, featured the new inductor EL cube, a five-element ana- lyzer for metals, at its booth at Cast- Expo. Te unit analyzes carbon, sulfur, oxygen, nitrogen and hydrogen and features a unique detection technology for precise hydrogen determination. Te EL cube can be operated manually or be set up fully automated with an up-to-90-position autosampler.

Optical Emission Spectrometry Te ARL easySpark analyzer unveiled

by Termo Scientific, Waltham, Mas- sachusetts, is a new benchtop optical emission spectrometry instrument designed for small to medium-sized metal manufacturers, such as metalcasting facilities. Te easySpark can be used to improve production and efficiency quickly after delivery and setup and provides the ability to analyze any solid metal sample from trace to percentage level.

Borescopes Gradient Lens Corp., Rochester,

New York, shared with attendees its new Hawkeye V2 video borescopes, its next generation of portable articulating videoscopes. Te new borescopes have a 5-in. LCD monitor with controls to provide photo and video capture. Te

V2s have a four-way articulation range that gives a smooth, tactile feel, and they are small and lightweight, weigh- ing under 3 lbs.

Carbon Analysis Spectro Analytical Instruments,

Mahwah, New Jersey, developed a new analytical tool that combines the combus- tion method for determining total carbon levels in iron with the optical emission spectrometry method, which uses an elec- tric spark. Tis advanced OES technology is incorporated in the SpectroLab and SpectroMaxx systems, making it possible to detect and analyze samples containing free graphite with error-free results.

Alloy Analysis SciAps, Woburn, Massachusetts,

promoted the SciAps Z laser-based alloy analyzer. It brings high energy to the sample in a billionth of a second to generate gigawatt power densities, and eliminates sample surface effects that hurt other LIBS instruments.


Dust Control Schust Engineering Inc., Auburn,

Indiana, highlighted its pulse jet pleated collectors. Tey are tuned around OEM filter characteristics. Te collectors feature expanded filter life, a compact advanced pleated design and a low profile design that makes it suitable for indoor use, and operating temperatures to 200 F.

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