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The Latest Manufacturing Machines, Tools and Technology

By SME Media Staff

Pulsed Fiber Laser Welding System

Pulsed Fiber Laser Welding SystemLMWS pulsed fiber laser welding system features an integrated LMF70-HP 70W pulsed fiber laser for advanced processing for welding metals, plastics and dissimilar metals including copper to aluminum, aluminum to stainless steel, and copper to stainless steel. The highly configurable, compact unit is designed for lean manufacturing. By simply changing the settings, this laser can also be used to mark or cut welded parts. The versatile high-power, high-speed laser LMWS is available with a variety of integration options to match process needs. It is equipped standard with an XY galvanometric scanner. XYZand rotary stages or through the lens and off axis camera options are also available.

Amada Miyachi America Inc.

Phone: 626-930-8560


Milling, Turning, Grinding in a Single Setup

Milling, Turning, Grinding in a Single SetupDMU/DMC FD duoBlock series machines, models 80, 125 and 160, mill, turn, and grind in a single setup, delivering surface qualities up to 0.4 µm, eliminating deviations resulting from retooling. Grinding process of the FDS models in the duoBlock series is supported with DMG Mori technology cycles for internal, external, and face grinding. Truing cycles expand the range of functions. Also new is an AE sensor (acoustic, emission) that guarantees maximum reliability and accuracy by detecting the first contact between the grinding wheel and the truing unit via the spindle load factor. The 343-gal (1300-L) coolant unit of the FDS machines features a centrifugal filter that catches even the finest particles (>10 µm) from the grinding process. Technology cycles include internal, external, and face grinding, as well as truing the grinding wheel.

DMG Mori

Phone: 847-593-5400


Five-Axis Postprocessing Software

Five-Axis Postprocessing SoftwareKitamura Machinery is partnering with CAMplete Solutions for its TruePath software on Kitamura’s vertical and horizontal five-axis machining centers. CAMplete is an integrated suite of postprocessing, verification, and optimization tools for five-axis machining centers that offers the end user everything needed to analyze, modify, optimize, and simulate multiaxis toolpaths in an integrated environment. Capabilities include full G-code verification of real machine motion, verification of entire machine setup, prevention of crashes, near crashes, over travels, and setup errors, as well as providing accurate models.

Kitamura Machinery USA Inc.

Phone: 847-520-7755


Servo Forging Press

Servo Forging PressMSE 2000 servo forging press offers the right combination of speed—faster during forming and slower when spraying and transporting parts—keeping strain on the dies low and contact times as short as possible. ServoDirect technology drives the head unit of the 2000-ton forging press and precisely controls the speed with which the die approaches the part and then moves away from it. The table ejectors of the MSE 2000 also feature an independent servodrive and are no longer coupled with the main drive as in older presses, increasing the flexibility of part transport and accelerating the production process. The innovative machine was designed for a well-known forging company and will be used to create shafts, bevel gear wheels and other joint components.

Schuler Inc.

Phone: 734-207-7200


Multipurpose Collet Chuck

Multipurpose Collet ChuckMega New Baby Chuck 25N is now available up to ø1″ (25.4 mm) clamping for drills, reamers, and finishing end mills with 0.00004″ (0.001-mm) runout accuracy. The multipurpose collet chuck system is designed for high-speed cutting and guarantees a 1 μm runout at the collet nose and is well suited for cutting tools with a diameter up to ø25.4 mm. These precise and versatile collet chucks are well accepted and recognized for their accuracy in high-speed applications. The chuck’s high-speed design is offered in six different collet series sizes. Mega New Baby Chuck 25N is available in BIG-PLUS (SK/BT), HSK, and BIG Capto. Two-way coolant supply is available through tools or jet if tools don’t have holes. High runout precision is 0.003 mm at 4×D.

BIG Kaiser Precision Tooling Inc.

Phone: 847-228-7660


Aerospace Structural Aluminum Machining

Next-generation design of the MAG3.EX five-axis HMC features higher spindle power and advanced motion controls while retaining full interchangeability with existing systems. The updated MAG3.EX is fully equipped to take on aluminum structural parts up to 4 m in length, including wing ribs, bulk heads, and beam-type components. XYZ-axis travels of 4000, 1500, and 1000 mm, respectively, accommodate part sizes up to 4000 × 1500 × 750 mm. The machine’s A and axes are located within the spindle housing and provide ±110° tilting and 360° rotation. Spindle power has been increased to 130 kW, achieving maximum power at 26,000 rpm. Cutting feed rates and acceleration rates have also been improved with cutting feed rates increasing from 25.4 to 50 m/min and acceleration rates reaching 1g. Faster axial movements, improved ATC and APC, reduce noncutting times.

Makino Inc.

Phone: 513-573-7200


High-Productivity HMCs

High-Productivity HMCsNew NHP series horizontal machining centers are designed for rapid metal removal rates to meet the demands of the automotive and aerospace industries, among others. Available in two models, the 400-mm pallet NHP 4000 and the 500-mm pallet NHP 5000, the NHP machines are equipped with a 15,000-rpm spindle with 40 hp (30 kW) and 169 ft-lb (229 N•m) of torque. For heavy cutting, a high-torque 15,000-rpm spindle with 223 ft-lb (302 N•m) is available, and a 20,000-rpm spindle is in development for customers with higher speed precision applications. Acceleration/deceleration up to 1 g on X, Yand Z axes significantly enhances productivity. Ballscrew shaft and bearing cooling systems keep the temperature of fast moving axes stable, ensuring precision machining. Pallets can accommodate loads of up to 400 kg for the NHP 4000 and up to 500 kg for the NHP 5000.

Doosan Machine Tools America

Phone: 973-618-2500


Metrology Software

Metrology SoftwareThe PC-DMIS 2017 R2 software is the latest release of the popular measurement software that includes many new updates. PC-DMIS 2017 R2 introduces Slideshow for Inspect software, allowing users to create unlimited customizable layouts with inspection results populated during measurement. This Inspect software was first introduced with PC-DMIS 2017 R1 in January 2017 as a simple front-end for PC-DMIS Measurement Routines. The optional Slideshow tab (additional license required), can display multiple slides of dimensional and informational labels whenever users execute a measurement routine. The native mesh resolution is improved from import to visualization. PC-DMIS 2017 R2 makes it easier to apply a color map to the mesh data object and create annotation points, align mesh data objects to the CAD model or align a mesh to another mesh object. The Vision Live View now displays which features have already been programmed without the need to swap to CAD view, and also offers an integrated focus graph.

Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence

Phone: 401-886-2000


New B-Axis Turning

New B-Axis TurningThe latest release of Edgecam 2017 R2 software introduces a new turning cycle that includes B-axis movements while machining on a turning center. This new feature allows greater accessibility when machining complex profiles by dynamically positioning the insert. The toolholder is gouge-protected during deployment, and users can have additional control over the toolpath by deploying over-ride angles. The new cycle can be used with all types of turning tools, and for both roughing and finishing operations. The updated Edgecam 2017 R2 features about 20 elements of new and enhanced functionality, covering turning, milling, simulation, and wire EDM. Among the updates, when using the Fixture Database, it is now possible to measure fixtures and other workholding devices. With Feature Finding, information transmitted by CadLink has been enhanced where ‘Limits and Fit’ data is now passed to the Edgecam feature. This support covers Creo, SolidWorks and Inventor files.

Vero Software

Phone: 205-556-9199


Updated CAD/CAM

Updated CAD/CAMThe latest release from Tebis includes many new and improved CAD and CAM functions that simplify work for die, model and mold manufacturers. The new Tebis Version 4.0 software creates area curves during part comparison to enable better detection and limitation of modified areas. Design measures can thus be quickly implemented or new NC programs can be quickly calculated for modified areas. The new function creates non-overlapping shifted surfaces from any curves at defined angles. All overlaps within parts that would result especially at sharp edges and small radii of curvature are automatically filtered out and smoothed. These surfaces are ideal for separating part surfaces in mold manufacturing as well as for trim steel and trim line surfaces in draw die manufacturing.

Tebis America Inc.

Phone: 248-524-0430


Tool Data Management Software

Tool Data Management SoftwareThe re-engineered TDM 2017 software platform offers users the next generation of tool data management systems. Emphasizing Industry 4.0, TDM 2017 provides for more efficient data transfer and can also be used in parallel to existing applications. Together TDM 2017 and the TDM 2017 Global Line replace version 4.8. The new TDM 2017 provides classic two-tier architecture for direct communication between server and database. TDM 2017 Global Line uses a three-tier architecture with interconnected application servers from Microsoft, carrying out all computations and ensuring that the transfer of data is substantially more efficient. The application servers are freely scalable and can handle virtually any number of users worldwide. The new 3D tool assembler in TDM 2017 Global Line and the tool search, which is like a simple Internet search.

TDM Systems

Phone: 847-605-1269


Parting-Off Blades and Adapters

Parting-Off Blades and AdaptersThe 150.10-JETI family of parting-off blades and square-shank blocks now includes a new VDI block design. Adapters hold the 150.10-JETI parting-off blades onto the VDA turret and offer streamlined delivery of high-pressure coolant to the cutting zone without using hoses. The blades and adapters remove heat during parting-off operations. Coolant is delivered internally to the adapter via the turret and then reaches the cutting zone through the coolant holes in the blades.

Seco Tools LLC

Phone: 248-528-5451


Grinder Balancing System

The Marposs/Dittel M7002/MA7002 next-generation dual plane balancing systems for high-precision grinding machines are now available. The systems have a new deterministic balancing algorithm and a specially designed balancing head. The units control the balancing heads directly whether in the stational position or during high speed operation (up to 30,000 rpm) to automatically detect, evaluate and monitor imbalances on spindle bearings.


Phone: 888-627-7677


Carbide Milling Cutters

Carbide Milling CuttersThe MC232 Perform product line is a cost-effective new cutter type available with two, three or four flutes in a diameter range of 1/8″ to 5/8″ (2-20mm). Smaller diameters are offered with cylindrical shank and larger diameters with a Weldon shank of higher horsepower cutting. The MC232 is designed to be economical and suitable for a wide range of applications.

Walter USA LLC

Phone: 800-945-5554


Swiss Turning Machine

Swiss Turning MachineThe Traub TNL20, a sliding/fixed headstock automatic lathe, adds numerous improvements in productivity, precision, and automation to the TNL line. It can be equipped to use up to four tools simultaneously. An optional robot cell integrated in the machine is available for automated loading of blank shafts or preformed workpieces. The machine will be of interest to the connector and medical manufacturing users. The TNL20 is launched in two versions. One equipment level is the TNL20-9, which has nine linear axes, two turrets (each with eight stations, maximum 12,000 rpm, 2.0 kW), a back working attachment (four stations), and an autonomous counter spindle. A second version, the TNL20-11, is equipped with an additional front working attachment (six stations, three of which are live, maximum 12,500 rpm, 2.0 kW) on an autonomous X/Z slide.

Index Traub

Phone: 317-770-6300


Workholding Modules

Workholding ModulesHigh-density, high-accuracy and flexibility to accommodate different part sizes or multiple parts are benefits of Kurt’s SeraLock Towers, and WedgeLock and MoveLock workholding modules. SeraLock Towers facilitate machining a group of dissimilar workpieces or a high density of a single part, all in the same setup. The system employs reusable clamping components that can be mixed and matched. This system of self-aligning modules creates the equivalent of a custom fixture with the ability to be reconfigured for changing part sizes. The SeraLock serrated mounting surfaces align and clamp accurately and quickly because of the interlocking serrations on the tower base and the clamping device. WedgeLock or MoveLock modules have quick, repeatable accuracy and have small strokes to minimize clamping time.

Kurt Manufacturing Co.

Phone: 877-226-7823


Combined Thread Milling, Tapping

Combined Thread Milling, TappingA new thread milling system combines the advantages of thread milling and thread tapping. With Walter’s new T2711/2712, multiple thread sections can be machined simultaneously with high cutting parameters, enabling machining times comparable to those of thread tapping and forming to be achieved. In addition to quick machining, users also benefit from the high process reliability of the thread milling process and the cost benefits of an indexable insert tool. The new tool is ideal for machining larger threads with diameters of 1″ (24 mm) and above. In a test involving large-scale crankshaft machining, the new thread milling cutter reduced costs by 60%. The universal grade cutter features easy-cutting geometry and wear resistance.

Walter USA LLC

Phone: 800-945-5554


New Tools Smooth Out Rough Boring

New Tools Smooth Out Rough BoringNew CoroBore rough-boring tools help shops deal with challenges such as vibration, chip-breaking and process security. The combination of CoroBore with Coromant Capto and Coromant EH modular systems enables users to be highly flexible in production. This delivers added-value through reduced tool investment and inventory. Each solution is available either separately or as part of a complete tool assembly kit. Single-, twin- or triple-edged rough-boring tools are offered. The CoroBore BR20 is a twin-edge rough-boring concept that uses a differential pitch to reduce vibration and enable use at longer overhangs and larger depths of cut. The tool also features built-in step-boring functionality without any need for an extra shim. Coolant nozzles handle coolant pressure up to 70 bar (1015 psi), aiding chip evacuation. The same tool is also available with Silent Tools technology. This damped version is ideal for long overhangs or where additional stability is required.

Sandvik Coromant

Phone: 201-794-5000


Belt Conveyor Oven

No. 897 is a 350°F (177°C) belt conveyor oven used for preheating trays of parts prior to potting operations. Workspace measures 36” (914 mm) W × 120″ 3048 mm) D × 15″ (381) H. Heating is supplied by 30-kW Incoloy-sheathed tubular heating elements. A 6000 CFM, 5-hp (3.7-kW) recirculating blower provides vertical downward airflow to the workload. This belt conveyor oven has a 48″ (1219-mm) long open belt loading zone and a 10′ (3-m) long insulated heat zone with recirculated airflow. Features include a 30″ (762-mm) wide, 1 × 1″ (25.4 × 25.4-mm) high carbon steel flat wire conveyor belt with 1/4-hp (0.19-kW) motor drive, variable from 1.4 to 27 ipm (35-885 mm/min). Additional features include a manually operated vertical lift door at unload with viewing window. The oven also has a photo cell to automatically stop the belt when parts reach the unload position.

Grieve Corp.

Phone: 847-546-8225


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