Hardware Retailing

FEB 2018

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February 2018 | HARDWARE RETAILING 39 EVENTS The Day the Robots Took Over I t's not an apocalypse scenario, but robots are in charge each weekend in Hartville, Ohio. Designing, cutting and shaping wood projects, these machines are displaying the next generation of computer numerical control (CNC) technology for an eager audience. Hartville Hardware recently began stocking Next Wave Automation products, including those sized for hobby and DIY use. To help educate the public about these products, Hartville Hardware began running weekly demos to show the kinds of projects these machines could take on. "We decided to carry these machines, so we sent two sales reps to the manufacturer for several days of training in August of last year. They came back well equipped to handle and explain the machines, but we had a long time until our annual tool sale in November, so we wanted to keep those skills fresh while introducing customers to the machines," says Bruce Ralyon, department manager at Hartville Hardware. An operator will find a project on the internet for the demo. With so many open-source projects available, it displays the diverse designs a CNC machine can produce, Ralyon says. Hartville Hardware employee George Corley watches the computer numerical control Piranha X 3-D carving machine carry out commands. The machine is used during regular demonstrations in the store. Photos courtesy of CantonRep.com, Julie Vennittii Contact Ancra Consumer / Industrial Sales Group at 800-626-8353 consumer.ancracargo.com cicustomerservice@ancra.com ONE TON TWO TON FOUR TON STANDARD ONE TON STANDARD PROFFESIONAL SERIES TWO TON PROFFESIONAL SERIES STANDARD 1-Ton Strap Puller 3/4 -Ton Rope Puller Fence Pliers 1/2-Ton Wire Grip Woven Wire Stretcher Fencing Wire Stretcher FENCING INSTALLATION PRODUCTS CABLE PULLERS AND High Strength Electro-Plated Steel Dual Drive Gears Drop Forged Steel Slip Hooks with Safety Latches Galvanized 3/16" Aircraft Cable quality built for durability & performance you can count on

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