Product Review 2016

November 2016


The new Gasparini X-Press Easy press brake

The new Gasparini X-Press Easy press brake is available in three configurations namely 80 tons/2 m, 115 tons/3 m and 165 tons/3 m. The frame of the machine is dimensioned using FEA, while the valve blocks, main pump and proportional valves are Bosch-Rexroth, and the optical linear encoders are Heidenhain (1μm resolution).

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Iscar expands its Penta-IQ-Grip parting and grooving range

Following the successful introduction of the cost effective Penta-IQ-Grip 5 cornered D40 inserts, new users quickly appreciated the inserts’ performance, extended tool life and the resulting levels of profitability. Prompted by global demand, Iscar has now expanded its Penta-IQ-Grip line with the inclusion of 22 and 32mm diameters. Both inserts are 2mm wide and are ideal for parting up to 22 and 32mm bar diameters.

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Hypertherm introduces the new Powermax45 XP, successor to the best-selling Powermax of all time

Hypertherm, a manufacturer of plasma, laser and waterjet cutting systems has announced the release of the new Powermax45 XP, the successor to the Powermax45®. Delivering 6.5 kilowatts of output power, 70 per cent more than many competitive systems, the new system is extra powerful, allowing it to cleanly cut material up to 16mm in thickness, and sever material nearly twice that thickness.

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Okuma’s new V920EX vertical lathe features compact footprint

This innovative 2-axis CNC vertical lathe is ideal for machining a wide range of large, odd-shaped parts for the aerospace and construction industries. Okuma’s new V920EX one-saddle, vertical lathe features a powerful turning spindle and a larger work envelope making it ideal for cutting a wide variety of large, heavy parts such as steel pump valve casings and pipe flanges.

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Vero rolls out new high speed all-format 3D Viewer – PartXplore

Vero Software is rolling out a new high speed 3D viewer which directly displays and evaluates 3D CAD files without the need for the original CAD application. PartXplore can open the native files of Edgecam, VISI and WorkNC, with further brands in the Vero portfolio expected to follow suit in 2016 R2. PartXplore has been created to efficiently import and analyse all file types and sizes at high speed.

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DMG MORI replaces its entry-level EcoTurn and EcoMill machines with CLX and CMX ranges

End of the line for Ecoline. From 1 September 2016 DMG Mori replaced its entry-level EcoTurn and EcoMill machine tools with new models that were launched at the AMB show in Stuttgart, Germany in September. The new ranges are CLX for lathes, CMX V for basic vertical milling machines and CMX U for basic universal milling machines.

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Victor VT P20 has improved slant bed and turret

Victor CNC has introduced its latest-generation Vturn P20 turning center range. Here, the company has not only enhanced the structure with an improved slant bed and turret design, but upgraded the rapid feed rates. The result for the end user is an extremely high-powered spindle that is built upon a remarkably rigid construction.

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CoroPlus™ brings connectivity to manufacturing plants

Cutting tool and tooling systems specialist Sandvik Coromant has unveiled its CoroPlus™ suite of Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT) solutions aimed at helping manufacturers prepare for Industry 4.0. The concept is designed specifically to improve the control of productivity and costs through a combination of connected machining and access to manufacturing data and expert knowledge.

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Eliminate difficult tube bender programming – Ercolina

Ercolina® have launched their new Super Bender® Plus rotary draw tube and pipe bender that is ideal for producing consistent quality bends in pipe, tube, squares, solids and other profiles. The newly improved easy-to-read control on the Super Bender Plus displays machine position and all current functions on one screen for greater convenience.

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Space-saving, multi-tasking Kitamura HMC reduces cycle times

The ultra-compact Mycenter-HX250iG HMC, manufactured in Japan, with ultra-high speed rapids of 60 mpm, offers high efficiency with the ability to drill, mill, bore, tap, thread and turn light to heavy duty materials on a single machine. Meehanite cast construction provides superior vibration absorption capabilities for improved surface quality, elevating finish capabilities to a higher level.

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3D print head adapter for CNC machines

Owners of vertical machining centers from Hurco will have the ability to transform their WinMax part programmes into a 3D printed rapid prototype directly on their CNC machine by using an optional spindle-powered wireless accessory that Hurco has unveiled. The 3D Print Head extrudes plastic PLA filament.

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Widia introduces new indexable milling grade for titanium and other superalloys

Widia, a leading manufacturer of cutting tools and part of the Kennametal group, has introduced its WS40PM indexable milling grade for processing titanium and other superalloys. WS40PM’s cobalt-rich substrate is said to provide robust fatigue resistance and edge integrity, while the multiphase AlTiN-TiN PVD coating reduces tool wear.

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Nikon introduces large-scale non-contact measurement systems

Two new systems for large-scale, automated, non-contact measurement have been introduced by Nikon Metrology. Called Laser Radar MV331 and MV351, the units easily perform repetitive procedures and complex inspection tasks while reducing labour requirements with a host of new features and enhancements.

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New addition to Tungaloy TungThread: M-class threading inserts with chipbreaker

Tungaloy Corporation has introduced a new addition of the M-class threading inserts with chipbreaker to the popular TungThread line. The new additions include external ISO-metric threads with pitches 3.5 and 4.0mm, external/internal round DIN405, and external/internal partial V-profile 60° threads with pitches from 3.5 through 5.0mm (7 to 5 TPI).

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Speed Workflow with the newly released Vericut 8.0

Vericut 8.0 features several enhancements designed to increase the ability of manufacturing engineers to analyse, optimise, and document the CNC programming and machining process. Intelligence gathered from both the cut part and the machining process is applied to achieve an even higher level of accuracy and efficiency.

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TaeguTec’s DrillRush doubles margin on 8 to 19.5mm diameter ranges

The highly popular line opens the door to high surface roughness and high precision drilling applications and expands TaeguTec‘s reach into the drilling market while also extending the application range of the successful DrillRush line by improving upon the steel drilling (ISO P material) process.

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Doosan turning center features wide support structure for X, Z axes

Doosan Machine Tools America presents the Lynx 2100 series of turning centers, based on the Lynx 220 series, including an M version capable of single-setup milling operations. The machine is designed for machining valves, shafts, gears, flanges, housings, bolts and other metal parts with a maximum turning diameter of 350mm and maximum workpiece length of 550mm.

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Grippex automatic bar puller for CNC lathes

There are multiple ways to automate a CNC lathe. If your goal is to gain lengthy stretches of unattended operation, then a bar feeder is hard to beat. Conversely, a bar puller is a cost-effective alternative for automated turning of small or medium batch sizes. That’s because a puller can free up sufficient time between bar changes to enable a single operator to tend multiple…

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Dual machining zones improve lathe accuracy – Tongtai MT series

The Tongtai MT series of lathes was developed to improve cycle times and turning processes for the automotive industry and is suitable for precision turning, high-production volume, automatic production and insertion into mass-production lines. The machines feature twin spindles and two individual machining areas with separate bed structure to limit transfer of harmonic vibration, improving machining accuracy and surface finish.

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Kennametal’s Mill 4-11 offers the free cutting action of a single-sided insert at the low cost per edge of a double-sided

Kennametal’s successful line of Mill 4 indexable milling cutters gains an important new member. Staying positive with a unique insert geometry and extremely accurate pocket positioning, the Mill 4-11 offers the free cutting action of a single-sided insert at the low cost per edge of a double-sided.

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The next generation Haas CNC

Haas Automation’s Next Generation Control (NGC) is the latest evolution of a user-friendly CNC. It reportedly features a significantly improved user interface, more consistent and intuitive navigation and vastly improved connectivity. The result of years of development to design the best control hardware and software in the industry, the NGC packs even more innovation into a CNC.

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Deep hole drilling, gun drilling and honing services offered – Micron Technologies

Lengths, depths, and diameters are huge factors when it comes to drilling. For the best finish possible free of burrs and chips Micron Technologies have in-house capabilities and factory trained technicians to hone or gun drill production batches on your behalf.

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Yaskawa Motoman MH12 robot performs for a wide range of applications

The MH12 six-axis robot performs in assembly, dispensing, material handling, machine tending and packaging applications. It features a curved upper arm that enhances its reach and allows a wider range of applications. This patented double yoke design also offers additional strength if the robot crashes due to a programming error.

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September 2016


Yaskawa: Robot-based spot welding system with two 7-axis units

Yaskawa has developed a compact and flexible system for high-speed robot-based spot welding. The modular solution comprises a cell with positioner and two-spot welding robots, particularly lightweight spot welding guns, a nut welding machine and a full range of accessories.

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Hypertherm to unveil new products and technologies, organising impressive demonstrations and more at EuroBLECH 2016

Hypertherm, manufacturer of plasma, laser and waterjet cutting systems, is pleased to announce its participation at the upcoming EuroBLECH 2016 exhibition in Hannover, Germany. The company will introduce a new generation cutting system in its Powermax® line of light industrial plasma cutters.

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Feeds and speeds with Tungaloy’s TunGforce

Tungaloy continues to expand its product offerings with the recent global launch of the TunGforce line, the largest product launch in its 87-year history. This line of tools introduces new grades and geometries for turning, milling, part-off/grooving and holemaking.

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DMG Mori reveals glimpse of the future

Traditionally DMG Mori showcases a cross-section of the most innovative technologies when the AMB show in Stuttgart, Germany opens its doors to trade visitors from around the world. With around 30 exhibits from the fields of turning, milling and advanced technologies on an exhibition area of over 2 000m², the machine tool producer will have an impressive presence at the event which runs from September 13th to 19th this year.

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TaeguTec’s Chase2Mill small 6mm double-sided insert takes pressure off high ramping

TaeguTec’s compact four corners double-sided insert, the Chase2Mill 4NKT 6mm insert for end mills, face mills and modular cutters, can be used for multiple applications. The 90 degree entering angle insert, despite the double sided design, is suitable for high ramp down angle applications. Its high positive geometry generates low cutting force while the cross edge insert geometry prevents unexpected insert failure.

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Sturdy measuring table with easy handling – Diatest System COME

This is a versatile flexible measurement solution for all your ODs & IDs, including gear measurements. The new measuring table Diatest System COME is suitable for conducting internal and external measurements of diameters as well as gear gauges. Users can apparently measure not only bores but also internal and external recesses and conical components.

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Quaser MK 603 SE twin-pallet vertical machining center

The twin-pallet machining trunnions have a 300kg load capacity (per side) and offer a pallet change time of 8sec; reducing the APC speed allows a pallet load of 500kg for larger workpieces. The work envelope is 1 020mm x 610mm x 610mm, each pallet measures 1,050 x 550mm, and the maximum workpiece height that can be accommodated is 350mm. A fourth-axis table can be specified.

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Mitsubishi Materials’ FMAX high feed milling cutter

Machining of cast aluminium components such as oil pumps, which require an exacting surface finish due to metal to metal sealing face when the oil pump body and cover are assembled, demands precision tools. In the case of the oil pump, this was made possible by using Mitsubishi’s new FMAX six-tooth fine pitched milling cutter, developed specially for this particular application.

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Tongtai’s new Ultrasonic iVU-5 assisted machining center

Tongtai’s brand new iVU-5 is a rotary-type ultrasonic- assisted machining center that operates as a dual function vertical machining center combined with rotary ultrasonic-assisted machining of advanced materials. Typical applications for this system include microhole drilling and machining of glass, sapphire, silicon carbide, quartz, ceramic, hardened steel, high nickel alloys, and non-ferrous materials.

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Tungsten carbide burrs from ATA Group

At a glance, burrs may seem simple and easy to manufacture, but in fact the procedure is actually very complex and intricate. Everything is specified, checked and tested, from the RA value of the shaft to the exact degree of the chamfur before braising. Burr “blanks” are manufactured in thousands of different shapes and sizes and are cut with varying helix angles, depending on the application.

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InspecVision Opti-Scan system – perfect for measuring stamped or pressed parts and sheet metal that is not completely flat

Most manufacturers are familiar with contact CMMs, and their lack of speed and the time and skill it takes to programme the machines. However, they are only now becoming familiar with the limitations of other noncontact 3D scanning systems such as laser scanners or white light measuring scanners.

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Iscar expands the ChamIQdrill family

Prompted by global customer demand Iscar has expanded its popular ChamIQdrill line with the addition of products in the drilling range of 33 to 40mm with 1.5 to 8 length to diameter ratios. HFP-IQ drilling heads are now available in the drilling range of 33 to 40mm diameters in 0.5mm increments. A unique self-centering geometry enables the HFP-IQ drills to be used at up to 5xD long overhang without the need for a pilot hole operation.

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Hexagon upgrades HP-S-X1 scanning sensors; accepts longer horizontal styli

Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence has released enhanced versions of its HP-S-X1 series of probes for tactile scanning. As well as featuring a newly developed bearing system for better joint repeatability, the HP-S-X1 range probes now accept longer horizontal styli for improved flexibility with no need to change modules.

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Leadwell TM-1500 multi-tasking box-way lathe

The TM-1500 is equipped with a B-axis that allows the bevel angle drilling and cutting to be done easily. The special electro spindle, which reaches 12 000rpm and torque of 103Nm, ensures the machine’s excellent performance in both first mill and end mill machining. The Y-axis is designed as a perpendicular type that matches the moving column machine structure; hence the Y-axis can move fully without block and dead space for travel.

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Kaltenbach expands KF series plate processing centers

Kaltenbach has added to its line-up of KF processing centers for steel plate. The KF1614, KF2614 and KF3114 are now introduced with plate width capacities of 1.6, 2.6 and 3.1 metres, respectively, combined with a six metre length capacity as standard. The machines offer oxy- and plasma-fuel cutting capability and a single machining head with 14 tools for drilling, tapping, countersinking, marking and milling operations.

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Hurco introduces double column bridge-type machine

Hurco will unveil the BX40i double-column (bridge-type) CNC machine at IMTS 2016. The stability of the double-column design and the overall weight of the machine provide exceptional accuracy and outstanding surface finish capabilities. While designed specifically for the mould market and aerospace industry, the BX40i meets the needs of any high speed machining application that requires tighter tolerances.

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PG multi-axis laser workcell

Multiaxis laser workcell quickly processes even highly reflective materials. IPG Photonics’ multi-axis laser workcell is a highly cost-efficient tool for cutting, drilling and welding a wide range of metal components, enclosures and fabrications. Configurable with IPG’s high-efficiency CQ lasers or high peak power QCW lasers, the multi-axis workcell provides fast processing of even highly reflective materials.

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Modular tooling helps shops standardise

The inherent modularity of three Sandvik Coromant tooling product families – Coromant Capto®, Coromant EH and CoroTurn® SL – can prove highly advantageous to manufacturers looking to tool up a single machine or an entire plant. In contrast to purchasing separate tools for each machine, component and feature, modular tooling solutions allow machine shops to build optimised tooling assemblies to suit all applications using just a small inventory of standard items.

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New generation vertical machining centers from Doosan

Doosan Machine Tools has evolved its popular and field-proven “DNM” series of vertical machining centers with a step up in the speed of the machines with faster spindle acceleration and deceleration rates. Other new developments are rigid roller guideways and a new grease-based lubrication system that requires a refill only every three to six months rather than every few days with oil, which cuts down on a customer’s time, expenses and also improves the factory environment.

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Prima Power Laserdyne introduces new dual workstation multi-axis laser processing system Laserdyne 606D

Prima Power Laserdyne has announced the introduction of the new Dual Workstation Laserdyne 606D multi-axis laser processing system. This new innovative system features two completely independent 3D laser processing work stations in a single structure.

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Okuma’s new Genos M560-VA features a larger work envelope to machine an assortment of parts

A high column design, CAT 40 spindle and intelligent technologies enhance this CNC machine’s ability to cut a variety of exotic metals. The new Okuma Genos M560-VA-HC vertical machining center, combines a high column design and CAT 40 Big-Plus® spindle to cut large, complex parts. The larger work envelope minimises restrictions on workpieces, tool lengths and the rotary table.

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GF Machining Solutions’ highly accurate wire-cutting EDM machines take micro machining to the extreme

A new degree of precision to achieve accuracies on machine positioning and pitch is now possible with GF Machining Solutions’ hallmark AgieCharmilles CUT 1000 X, CUT 1000 X OilTech, CUT 2000 X, CUT 2000 X OilTech and CUT 3000 X machines. To support their precision, adapted mechanical structures for high accuracy, high standard thermal stability and dedicated machine calibration and testing are mandatory.

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Eliminate difficult tube bender programming – Ercolina

The large colour-coded touch screen on the Ercolina Super Bender Plus rotary draw tube and pipe bender eliminates difficult programming and indicates bend angle, springback and actual bend position in real time. Looking for an efficient, easy to use rotary draw tube and pipe bender? Ercolina’s new Super Bender Plus rotary draw tube and pipe bender is ideal for producing consistent quality bends in pipe, tube, squares, solids and other profiles.

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Forming technology networking increases process reliability

Many operators have already wished that their system could tell them exactly what the problem is. In the age of the Industrial Internet, machines that communicate are no longer something to aspire to in the future. Schuler’s Smart Press Shop concept demonstrates how networking in forming technology can increase both process reliability and cost-effectiveness, the company says.

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Feeler introduces HV-1100V vertical machining center

Feeler has introduced the Feeler HV-1100V, a high performance vertical machining center that features a rigid design and many innovative features to provide exceptional accuracy and machining efficiency. The newest of the Feeler HV line, the HV-1100V features a dedicated trunnion, 4+1 axis configuration and a 350mm rotary table. The trunnion is solidly built by Autocam with roller cam technology, and offers a 406mm by 356mm work envelope.

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July 2016


GF Machining Solutions ‘E’ class wire EDM range

GF Machining Solutions, the EDM, milling and laser ablation machine tool specialist and automation systems solutions provider has introduced a new range of compact wire EDM machines into the market, the CUT E 350. The CUT E 350 machines can handle relatively large workpieces (820mm x 680mm x 220mm) weighing up to 400kg – and features, such as the machines’ drop down doors, enable easy access to the work area and trouble-free loading/unloading of parts.

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Mastercam 2017 released for public testing worldwide

“Shops all over the world, from small job shops to Fortune 100, get a chance to test Mastercam 2017 before it is released, and provide valuable feedback that helps shape the final product,” the company announced. “Participants in the Public Beta get an early look at the new streamlined workflow and optimised interface that Mastercam 2017 delivers, along with dozens of powerful new tools for simple to complex jobs.”

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Tongtai’s iTD-2000YBC new CNC turning centre

Tongtai’s iTD-2000YBC is an advanced, high precision CNC turning centre cast from Meehanite iron. This machine features a rigid, ergonomic, and super accurate 75° bed design for excellent chip flow and operator accessibility. The 75° bed also simplifies the programming of the optional Y-axis as the Y- axis is perpendicular to the X-axis like a vertical machining center. High rapid-traverse rates using 45mm roller type linear ways are also achieved to reduce non-cutting time.

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Hypertherm announces ProNest 2017, a major version upgrade to its CAD/CAM nesting software

Hypertherm, a manufacturer of plasma, laser, and waterjet cutting systems, has announced a major version upgrade to its ProNest® advanced CAD/CAM nesting software for automated cutting. ProNest® 2017 contains a number of improvements designed to make customers more efficient and profitable.

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Hurco’s 5-axis machining centre VCX600i

The new Hurco VCX600i vertical-spindle, 5-axis machining centre, a travelling-column model, has a 600mm diameter rotary table mounted on a swivelling trunnion, a configuration popular amongst users as it allows components to be machined on five sides in a single set-up. An octagonal support for the table means that clamps can be positioned clear of the surface, ensuring that the full area is available to accommodate workpieces weighing up to 350 kilograms.

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New Pratt Burnerd Gripsafe gripmeter makes health and safety a thing of the past

Pratt Burnerd International, a division of 600 UK, has launched their new chuck force measurement Gripsafe gripmeter. The Gripsafe accurately measures and records chuck gripping forces within seconds. This new, innovative product, suitable for use on all makes of chuck, has been developed to help customers comply with health and safety legislation, allowing them to ensure that their chucks remain fit for purpose.

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Edgecam 2016 R2 delivers a number of new features

The 2016 R2 version of Edgecam CAM software for milling, turning and wire EDM is said to offer time savings when loading solid model part files. During trials, files loaded around 20 times faster, chiefly because less time is taken opening files due to ‘tessellation.’ This sees Edgecam break the model down into triangles, which are then stored in such a way that they can be read back faster than before.

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High-performance circular saw with outstanding automation potential – Kasto

With its KASTOspeed range of products, the sawing specialist KASTO has just such a solution in its portfolio: The high-performance automatic circular saws have been specially designed for economic series production and excel thanks to their reliability and excellent results, even during continuous operations. By means of the KASTOsort robot interface they can easily be integrated in a controlled, end-to-end material flow.

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All-new Haas bar feeder

When Haas Automation introduced the Servo Bar 300 bar feeder in 1999, it was instantly popular, because it was compact, easy to use, and affordable. In 2015, Haas engineers went back to the drawing board to make bar feeder operations easier, more efficient, and faster. The result is the all-new Haas bar feeder that provides a simpler and more affordable way to automate part production on Haas turning centers.

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Highly reliable Sandvik Coromant GC1130 overcomes challenging machining conditions

Machine shops faced with identifying ways of achieving secure machining with long and predictable insert life in steel milling operations can turn to GC1130, an insert made with the Zertivo™, a unique production technology from Sandvik Coromant. GC1130 helps to overcome challenging machining conditions with a clean and intact edge, delivering high metal removal rates and performance levels in both wet and dry machining operations.

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600 UK puts a new slant on single-hit turning with flatbed c-axis Alpha XC lathe

Making its debut at MACH 2016 was the New Harrison Alpha XC combination CNC lathe, now incorporating driven tooling and full c-axis interpolation. This feature, a significant addition to the unique, simple to operate, CNC Alpha lathe now allows operators to carry out secondary operations at the machine in one set up. The Harrison Alpha XC is a new model that is based on the globally recognised Harrison Alpha XS lathe.

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Siemens releases Solid Edge ST9 for CAD

The latest release of Siemens’ Solid Edge software (Solid Edge ST9) for mainstream CAD provides flexible and easy access to the full capabilities of Solid Edge with cloud-based licensing, user preferences, and collaboration tools. In addition, the new built-in data management capabilities, with zero IT support requirements, enable users to easily index their CAD models, while the new migration tools enable rapid conversion of legacy design data from virtually any CAD system.

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Panel bending redefined – Trumpf

With a bending length of three metres, the TruBend Center 5030 is a thin-sheet processing specialist. Operators insert the workpiece material against the backgauge and the two-axis part manipulator performs all additional material handling required for bending steps along that edge; the bending tool moves to form each bend. The machine operator then turns the sheet and the process begins again.

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Control software eases laser drilling of shaped holes – Prima Power

Prima Power Laserdyne’s ShapeSoft, a feature of the SP94P control for its multi-axis fiber laser systems, simplifies the creation of programmes for producing cone, oblique cone, fan, racetrack and a variety of shaped holes in a range of turbine engine components such as blades, nozzle guide vanes, and combustors for airplane engine and industrial gas turbine applications.

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New products from ATA Garryson and Bulldog Abrasives

ATA Garryson have announced the latest addition to their comprehensive range of pneumatic air tools – the SPT series oil free pencil grinder. The SPT100R Pencil Grinder has been designed to include an innovative propulsion motor operating at 100 000rpm, perfectly suited to 3mm miniature tungsten carbide burs. This allows for higher peripheral bur speeds resulting in improved control, greater precision and a superior finish.

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Jet Edge’s gantry system supports 12 waterjet cutting heads for high throughput

Jet Edge’s high-rail-gantry waterjet motion system is designed for use in high-production industrial waterjet shops that require performance, precision and accuracy. This waterjet system supports as many as 12 cutting heads for maximum throughput, enabling shops to process jobs faster and take in more work. It is available in sizes ranging from 1 200 x 1 200mm to 7 300 x 4 200mm.

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Yaskawa and Clearpath partner to develop mobile manipulation system

Yaskawa and Clearpath have partnered to develop a mobile machine tending and material movement system suitable for shop floor environments. This fully integrated system features a Motoman® MH12 robot equipped with an end-of-arm tool (EOAT) and vision system, mounted on Clearpath’s OTTO 1500 self-driving vehicle. The project is currently under development and supported under the advanced research division of Clearpath.

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Widia’s VariMill III ER solid-carbide end mill VariMill solid-carbide end mills are available through Novo

With a new seven-flute, eccentric relief (ER) design, the newest addition to the Widia VariMill family, the VariMill III ER solid-carbide end mill, is engineered for higher metal removal, longer tool life, and improved surface finishes in demanding workpiece materials such as titaniums and stainless steels.

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DMG MORI Ultrasonic 20 linear 2nd generation milling machine

The second generation of the Ultrasonic 20 linear, developed in collaboration with Sauer, DMG MORI said this new machine expands the use of ultrasonic assistance to applications with a defined cutting edge, such as the milling and drilling of nickel or titanium-based superalloys and more. It is ideal for the optical, clock/watch, medical and high-precision mold sectors.

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Iscar Trideep gundrills and deep drilling heads carrying inserts with three edges

Iscar has introduced innovative new gundrills and deep drilling heads, in the 16 to 28mm diameter range and in 10, 15 and 25 drilling length to diameter ratios that carry three cutting edged TOGT indexable inserts with chip splitters. The TOGT inserts feature a positive rake chipbreaker and a wiper to ensure high hole surface quality and high feed. The new inserts, made from IC90, a versatile PVD coated grade, are available in five sizes.

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Akira Seiki Performa SR3 XP vertical machining centre

The Akira Seiki Performa SR3 XP vertical machining centre has extra spindle speed, 12 kW, and quicker rapids. The XP comes standard with through spindle coolant, SD card reader, a wash down system and chip auger. The 20-station arm type BT40 tool changer is impressive and over the small area the XYZ rapids of 36/36/40 m/min are amazing. If you tweak a few standard parameters the rigid tapping is lightning fast.

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Leadwell BC-600 machining centre with B axis and built in rotary table – 5 axis at its best!

New to the Leadwell range, this machine is equipped with all the necessary options to deliver precision, high speed 5-axis machining. The machine comes as standard with linear scales and offers a full B axis and an integrated C axis table, providing complete flexibility.

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May 2016


PolyWorks® 2016 delivers a universal 3D metrology workflow

Connect to a non-contact or a contact-based portable metrology device, or to a CNC CMM controller from Hexagon, Mitutoyo, Nikon, Pantec, Wenzel, and I++ servers to play the measurement sequence. InnovMetric Software Inc., a leading provider of universal 3D metrology software solutions, has launched PolyWorks® 2016, the latest release of the company’s universal 3D metrology software platform.

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Victor CNC introduces new 5-axis machining centre

As a machine tool builder with a reputation for uncompromising build quality and longevity, Victor CNC has now extended its impressive line of machine tools with the introduction of the new VCentre-AX800 vertical machining centre. Taking flexibility to a new level, the new AX800 incorporates a swivelling head B-axis and a C-axis rotary table to fully facilitate 5-axis machining of large parts up to 1m diameter.

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Mastercam X9 for SolidWorks

Mastercam X9 for SolidWorks is a CAM application that is fully integrated into Dassault Systèmes’ SolidWorks. The latest release features dynamic motion technology improvements, 3D milling enhancements, multiaxis improvements, and much more. And, Mastercam for SolidWorks lathe, mill, or multiaxis is included with your purchase of the comparable standalone Mastercam X9 product.

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Haas expands its line of drill/tap/mill centres

Haas Automation’s small-footprint DT-1 Drill/Tap Centre and DM-1 Drill/Mill Centre are well known for their speed, accuracy, and ability to increase throughput while optimising floor space. Haas has now expanded its successful Drill/Tap/Mill product line with a pair of high-speed, lean-style machining centres – the DT-2 and DM-2 – that provide the same high acceleration rates, fast axis speeds, and short tool change times as their smaller brethren.

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Laser welding for sheet metal parts – Trumpf

With reduced investment costs and a small footprint, the new TruLaser Robot 5020 Basic Edition, made by Trumpf, paves the way to automated welding using the laser. The new TruLaser Robot 5020 Basic Edition, built by Trumpf, is especially tailored to those making their debut in laser welding for sheet metal. It is less expensive than its big sister TruLaser Robot 5020 and it requires less floor space.

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Cost-effective shoulder milling cutter for higher productivity – Tungaloy’s DoForce-Tri

Shoulder milling has become one of the most popular forms of milling, amounting to more than 30% of all milling operations worldwide, says Tungaloy. Shoulder milling has always been the most popular style for not only milling a shoulder or a wall but also milling close to a jig or a fixture to avoid interference.

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Release of HyperWorks 14.0 and solidThinking Inspire 2016 by Altair

Altair has officially launched HyperWorks 14.0. According to the company, this release has new products, updates, licensing methods to help users get to the right design, save time and access the latest technologies. OptiStruct now includes more nonlinear analyses, new contact and optimisation algorithms and improvements in solution speed.

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Hypertherm introduces new gouging shield for Powermax air plasma systems

Hypertherm, a manufacturer of plasma, laser, and waterjet cutting systems, is now offering a new gouging shield for people wanting even greater control when gouging with Powermax® air plasma systems. This new Max Control Gouging shield is designed for jobs in which the operator needs to remove a very precise amount of metal.

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Hurco VCX600i vertical-spindle, 5-axis machining centre

The travelling-column Hurco VCX600i vertical-spindle, 5-axis machining centre has a 600mm diameter rotary table mounted on a swivelling trunnion, a configuration popular amongst users as it allows components to be machined on five sides in a single set-up. An octagonal support for the table means that clamps can be positioned clear of the surface.

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Yaskawa unveils ArcWorld C-30 work-cell for the job shop market

Featuring a single station with a welding table suitable for customised part fixtures in a compact footprint, the ArcWorld C-30 work-cell from Yaskawa is designed as an affordable solution for the welding of small- to medium-sized parts typical to many job shops applications.

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You Ji YV-600E2T vertical turning centre machines large parts with 100-hp spindle

The You Ji YV-600E2T VTC has a maximum swing is 850mm and the maximum turning diameter is 750. This compact, high-precision machine can operate as a stand-alone machining cell or can be integrated with other machines to form a complete, flexible manufacturing system.

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Iscar ‘in-the-groove’ with a parting gift for efficient machining

Iscar’s progressive policy of unceasing product enhancement is reflected in the recently launched additions to Iscar’s comprehensive Grip range of parting and grooving tools, and now provides one of the most comprehensive range of products for all parting and grooving situations. Included in the range is an extensive choice of insert geometries, chip breakers and carbide grades.

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Nikon Altera CMM series

Nikon Metrology has developed the Altera range of bridge co-ordinate measuring machines (CMMs) for shop-floor metrology. Altera CMMs are available in three probing configurations: the Essential series, the Optimum series and the Ultimate series. Each configuration offers a different level of functionality to suit a variety of metrology applications.

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Tongtai five-axis machining centre provides torsion-resistant column

The new CT-350 five-axis vertical machining centre from Tongtai features state-of-the-art performance in a small footprint. The CT-350 boasts high-end machine construction and performance at an affordable price. The structure of the CT-350 is a “C” frame-type machine and was designed around high level mould-type machining centres to ensure rigidity during cutting.

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Renishaw launches FixtureBuilder 3D-modelling software to create fixturing set-ups, and assist with documentation and off-line programming

Renishaw launched FixtureBuilder at Control 2016 which took place in Stuttgart, Germany from 26th to 29th April. FixtureBuilder is a 3D-modelling software package designed to allow the off-line creation and documentation of fixturing set-ups.

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Holemaking and drilling options from TaeguTec

One of the industry’s favorite choices when it comes to drilling into everything from alloy steel to stainless steel is DrillRush says TaeguTec – a versatile indexable drill that is constantly being expanded to provide dependable, optimal hole drilling performances on any material.

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Laser welding with Alpha Laser

Today’s small precision welding shops specialising in mould, die and tooling repair have a wide range of new technologies available to enhance their ability to provide the highest level of quality, craftsmanship and service to their clients. One of the fastest growing technologies is the use of laser welding.

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The all-new BLM Lasertube LT8: 3D fiber laser cutting

The possibility of 3D cutting utilising a fiber laser source followed a path that included the development of a new “Tube Cutter” focusing head, designed at Adige especially for the 3D cutting of tube. The new LT8 goes beyond this goal by offering other important news regarding the size of the workable tubes, the achievable performance and the usability of the system.

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The S121 from Studer

The S121 from Studer, a brand of United Grinding, is a universal internal/external cylindrical grinding machine for medium-sized workpieces, particularly chuck components and drive elements, in individual and small-batch production. Equipped with the technology of its sister machines—the S131, S141 and S151—this series model has been limited to the essential equipment.

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March 2016


Tungaloy AH905, PVD-coated inserts – Innovative solution for turning high-temperature alloys

Market trends have shown an increasing popularity of high-temperature alloys in many industries, particularly aerospace, power generation, oil and gas, and even automotive sectors. When machining high-temperature alloys, cutting tools tend to break down quickly, shortening tool life.

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World première: DMG MORI DMU 160 P duoBLOCK 4th Generation with 30 per cent higher precision, power and efficiency

On an exhibition area of 7400m², the machine tool manufacturer showcased in total 90 high-tech exhibits live in operation, including the DMG MORI best-sellers, six world premières featuring turn-mill complete machining, universal milling, XXL parts machining and other new technologies.

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Flow waterjet systems – Mach 4

Their 4th generation system. The Mach 4 offers a variety of features unique in the waterjet industry including an expandable modular design, up to 14m in length, allowing customers to increase the size of the cutting area as their business grows. The system’s exclusive roller pinion system provides fast, accurate cutting with zero backlash.

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Global service App from Gleason

Gleason Corp. has unveiled its new Global Service App, providing customers around the world with a direct interface to the Gleason Global Services network. This innovative service may be downloaded for free via the Apple App Store (Apple iOS) or GooglePlay (Android). It is also available on the Gleason website.

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Rhodius cutting and grinding discs

Their family run business has developed and produced professional tools in cutting, grinding, milling and polishing for over 60 years. It is with this dedication that they continue to pursue their goal of making exceptional products even better. Their focus is on providing the customer total satisfaction after they have solved all of the challenges that have been placed on them.

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The Heidenhain TNC 640 in your process chain – Digital order handling enters the machine shop

Every company is different, of course, and has its own philosophy of organising workflows. The basic links and steps of a process chain, however, can be compared. The design, programming, simulation, production planning and production stages must be seamlessly connected, and communication and data transfer have to be possible in all directions for digital order handling.

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Tapping into the market with TaeguTec T-Tap

TaeguTec has unveiled its new high-speed steel line of taps that provides universal metal cutting solutions on a variety of materials. The new line offers two different flute geometries for both through and blind-hole applications. The HSSE-cobalt T-Tap new line expands TaeguTec’s threading range beyond milling and turning applications with carbide tools to high speed steel.

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Smart bending – Bystronic’s Xact Smart 160 press brake

Bystronic has introduced the Xact Smart 160 press brake that is easy to set up and programme. It combines high bend accuracy with advanced features in an affordable, high-value package that enables a fast entry into bending technology. This press brake also incorporates the powerful ByVision Bending control system on several models with capacities between 100 tons and 225 tons and up to four axes on the back gauge.

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Haas expands its line of drill/tap/mill centers

Haas has now expanded its successful Drill/Tap/Mill product line with a pair of high-speed, lean-style machining centers – the DT-2 and DM-2 – that provide the same high acceleration rates, fast axis speeds, and short tool change times as their smaller brethren, while offering an additional 203mm of X-axis travel and table length – with only a slight increase in footprint.

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Megafab Piranha hydraulic ironworkers

Features such as urethane stripping, automatic shear hold-downs, quick change tooling, low blade rake angles, and six standard work stations, coupled with its ergonomic design and clear lines of sight to all tools, including shear blades, are some of the features that Megafab Piranha hydraulic ironworkers boast about.

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Tool life tripled with Mapal’s new cutting material

Tools with ISO elements (inserts) are first choice when it comes to the boring of cast materials. As the need for high cutting speeds and better cooling technologies rises, the demands on the tools and cutting edges increase, too. Very good friction and wear behaviour and high hot hardness of the coating are therefore elementary.

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Cut price and costs with Afrox plasma technologies

Easy to use and set up, and low running costs are the hallmarks of Afrox’s extensive range of automated plasma cutting equipment. “We strive to implement turnkey profiling solutions that match the longer-term cutting needs of fabricators,” says Afrox Applications Development Manager, Heating & Cutting, Hennie Van Rhyn.

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New Sandvik Coromant CoroMill® 390 with size 07 inserts introduced

Available immediately, Sandvik Coromant offers a new end mill for small diameters. The CoroMill® 390 with size 07 inserts is a versatile cutter that is ideal for shoulder milling, deep shoulder milling, edging, linear and helical ramping, plunge milling, slot milling and face milling.

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Hartford’s new intelligent five-axis machining solutions

With a gantry-type structure and integrated swivel rotary table, Hartford’s new and compact Intelligent 5A-650 machining centre sets new standards in the cost-effective, five-axis production of a wide range of even the most complex parts – courtesy of modular design principles that allow users to select varying spindle head and tool magazine options.

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Newly-released Romer Absolute Arm

Global metrology and manufacturing technology company Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence has unveiled a new top-of-the-range addition to the Romer Absolute Arm portable coordinate measuring machine (CMM) range. Intended to provide absolute accuracy in high-end 3D measurement applications, the new 77 Series arm offers around 20% better scanning accuracy and 15% better touch-probe measurement accuracy than the existing 75 Series of Romer Absolute Arm.

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Top Cut 4 indexable holemaking platform from Widia – One high-performance tool series for many applications

Affordable high-quality holemaking and improved tool life equates to big advantages for operators. The new Top Cut 4 indexable drilling platform from Widia is targeted to end users that machine a broad assortment of products, and need one drill for a variety of drilling applications and workpiece materials.

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Okuma ServoNavi boosts accuracy and cycle times

Okuma has introduced their high-precision application ServoNavi as part of their line of Intelligent Technology features. Available on almost all of the manufacturer’s machining centres, lathes and multitasking machines, the application is able to increase surface quality, reduce production time and to undo the effects of wear and tear in older machines.

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Prima Power’s Laser Genius 2D features linear drives

Thanks to that, power options up to 6kW can now be exploited to the full potential of the high brilliance laser source which, requiring no laser gases and with its highly reliable, full solid-state fibre laser technology, delivers low operating costs in line with Prima Power’s Green Means philosophy for sustainable manufacturing.

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Iscar’s economical and accurate threading operations

The global metalworking industry is constantly searching for ways to further upgrade its automated production processes. All machining disciplines are included in this quest for ever improved performance, including the area of thread generation. To help engineers achieve the required increases in output and enhancements in the quality, Iscar now offers three innovative methods for highly productive, economical and accurate threading operations.

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Click2Cast casting process simulation software now available in South Africa

Practical applications in both design and engineering – download a free trial. Altair South Africa have added Click2Cast, a casting process simulation software that allows the user to enhance and optimise their manufactured components, to their portfolio of growing manufacturing solutions software that they market in South Africa.

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January 2016


Change to a smarter way of working – Vericut

The thought of change can be quite daunting, and we can all defend the reasons why not to change with excuses such as “we have always done things this way” or “if it’s not broken, then why fix it”. Many companies then carry on without looking for or considering ways to improve operations.

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Hypertherm unveils new waterjet profiling components

Hypertherm’s abrasive management system is comprised of two products – the PowerDredge abrasive removal unit available now and its EcoSift abrasive recycling unit available in 2016. The PowerDredge increases waterjet productivity and profitability by automating abrasive clean-outs, reducing both labour costs and system downtime.

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Sandvik CoroMill® Plura HFS for side milling and pocketing operations

Sandvik Coromant has launched a new series of end mills designed to deliver high performance and security in side milling and pocketing operations. The CoroMill® Plura HFS (high feed side milling) end mills are developed for steels and stainless steel applications, but they can also enhance productivity in difficult-to-machine materials such as heat-resistant super alloys and titanium.

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Bystronic introduces global performance line products with the BySmart Fiber 3015

Bystronic has introduced the BySmart Fiber 3015, a new fiber laser cutting machine designed for users looking for quality machine performance at a lower investment cost. Equipped with the powerful ByVision control, BySmart Fiber laser cutting machine operators quickly and easily learn to control the entire cutting process.

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Iscar’s Helido 800 makes short work of steel and cast iron face milling

Iscar has expanded its popular Helido 800 line by introducing effective new face mills SOF45-R18 with 45° cutting edge angles. Intended for machining mainly steel and cast iron components at high metal removal rates, the new face mill family offers users an extremely cost-effective tool for productive milling across a range of cutting conditions.

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Salvagnini manufacturing cell uses single software program to optimise production flow among machines

Salvagnini has introduced FlexCell, a concept linked to the optimum management of a cell that can be tailored to meet specific needs. The system starts with bending and can be extended upstream to cutting, to optimise the workflow management of a cell comprising two or more stand-alone machines, controlled entirely by a single software program: OPS-FlexCell.

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High-performance Widia VSM17™ platform adds versatility to true 90 degree shoulder milling

With cutters that can be used for shoulder milling, profiling, face milling, slotting, ramping, helical interpolation, and circular interpolation, all while achieving true 90-degree shoulders, the Victory Shoulder Mill (VSM) 17 platform from Widia is a robust and versatile job-shop winner.

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SafanDarley 44-ton electric press brake

With cutters that can be used for shoulder milling, profiling, face milling, slotting, ramping, helical interpolation, and circular interpolation, all while achieving true 90-degree shoulders, the Victory Shoulder Mill (VSM) 17 platform from Widia is a robust and versatile job-shop winner.

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Grooving and cut-off made easy – Beyond Evolution™ – Kennametal

In a manufacturing world of growing complexity, a straightforward solution that works excellently and saves money can be a breath of fresh air. In grooving and cutoff, Beyond Evolution™ from Kennametal is that solution. “What would it take to launch the world’s best grooving and cutoff system?” asks Kennametal senior product manager Mark Filosemi.

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DMG MORI’s hybrid machining centre intersperses milling with growing parts

DMG MORI’s Lasertec 4300 3D hybrid machine incorporates additive-directed energy deposition (blown powder) into a five-axis turn-mill machining center with a working area of 600 x 1 500mm. This is the company’s second hybrid machine for additive manufacturing via powder nozzle plus milling and turning.

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World’s first indexable drill with double sided inserts – Tungaloy

To enhance stability and longer tool life for the end user, the Tungaloy Corporation has developed the new TungSix-Drill for highly reliable machining credit to the strongest cutting edge. This world’s first indexable drill with double sided inserts has been designed to create an economical drilling solution for customers with 6 true cutting edges per insert that doesn’t compromise performance.

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Amada HFE-1003 3i press brake with offline programming and scheduling software

The Amada HFE-1003 3i has a 19inch, 3D multi-touch screen control, with smartphone-like operation. All programme information is available on a single screen. The company’s new BendNavi 3D system enables fast programming by importing DXF/DWG/IGES cad files directly into the machine.

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Small-footprint, big-bore turning centre from Haas Automation

For shops wanting more bar capacity without the space requirements of a larger-footprint lathe, Haas Automation now offers a complete line of big-bore turning centres. The newest, and smallest, addition to the company’s big-bore line is the ST-15 – a compact solution loaded with full-size features.

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Trumpf’s 2D laser cutting – the TruLaser 5030 fiber – featuring both new functions and an additional choice of laser power

The performance capacities of the 2D laser machines and the solid-state lasers made by Trumpf continue to advance. Worthy of special mention are the BrightLine fiber function, which turned the solid-state laser into an all-purpose tool, and the CoolLine feature.

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The MicroStep ProfileCut series – tailor-made for precise and efficient processing of profiles of any kind

For cutting of open sections, such as I, H, U or L profiles, MicroStep has recently launched a new product – ProfileCut. Its specialised 3D rotator with a tilt of ± 120° enables cutting of structural sections without the need for their rotation in the cutting process.

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The Okuma Multus U series of multitasking lathes – New features for higher productivity

Satisfying the highest demands, the Okuma Multus U series of multitasking lathes are based on a solid orthogonal flatbed and are ideal for process-intensive and complete machining in complex applications. The enormous productivity of these multitasking machines has improved once again thanks to several new features.

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Mitsubishi softens the issue of hard machining

Nickel based heat resistant alloys such as Inconel 718 are regarded as formidable opponents for the cutting tool industry. However, the composition of these materials sees them soften when heated to temperatures beyond 800 degrees C, making them easier to machine. To efficiently carve through these difficult to cut materials, Mitsubishi Materials has now developed its innovative new line of ceramic end mills.

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Kitamura Mytrunnion 4G offers flexibility and speed

Designed specifically for manufacturers and subcontractors that demand the utmost in machining flexibility and the capability of processing precision complex parts, Kitamura has launched the Mytrunnion 4G. This powerhouse 5-axis machining centre ensures the highest level of precision with unbeatable accuracy levels of +/-0.002mm and a repeatability of +/-0.001mm.

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New offerings for RhinoRush – TaeguTec

Due to the huge success of the RhinoRush family of tools, TaeguTec has announced the addition of a new line of inserts and holders to the RhinoRush family. RhinoRush, which is known for its smaller more robust double-sided design, is introducing a “V” type 1304 insert that enables excellent chip breaking performance on a range of turning applications.

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Solid Edge ST8 speeds up learning curve; full-featured touchscreen capabilities

The latest release of Siemens’ Solid Edge® software (Solid Edge ST8) includes enhancements and new functionality that help users increase design speed and improve their ability to leverage synchronous technology, while providing greater flexibility in the choice of platform and purchasing options.

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