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Product News: Part Handling

Virtual Industries Inc., a supplier of manual vacuum handling solutions based in Colorado Springs, Colo., introduced the VSPT0803 micromanufacturing small-part tip that is said to allow handling of parts as small as 100µm.

Nutec Components Inc.

Intended for cylindrical laser machining of medical devices and MEMS components, the LaserLathe motion platform from NUTEC Components Inc., Long Island, N.Y., is said to be capable of small diameter work down to 0.2mm with accuracies to within 100nm, according to the company.

Multidec 1600 series thin grooving and micro turning tools can be used on parts less than 0.125" in diameter utilizing insert widths ranging from the thickness of a human hair (0.0019") up to 0.108", according to developer Genevieve Swiss Industries, Westfield, Mass.

A high-quality collet is key to precision machining of small parts using Swiss-type (sliding headstock) machines. Swiss-style collets from Hardinge Inc., Elmira, N.Y., are said to be burr-free, are finish ground to provide a smooth and concentric gripping area for bar stock or workpieces and have runout of 0.000015” TIR.