Product Review 2018

March 2018

Divide and conquer with latest Sandvik parting-off tools

Cutting tool and tooling system specialist Sandvik Coromant has unveiled a new blade for its CoroCut QD parting-off system, which in combination with new process methodology, substantially improves the tool’s stability by realigning the resultant cutting force. Among numerous benefits available to the customer are improved productivity, enhanced surface quality and reduced noise levels.

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Innovative 3D control for DMG MORI’s universal machines

With the launch of the CLX, CMX V and CMX U series at the AMB 2016, DMG MORI now offers a variety of high-performance, attractive universal machines with an extensive range of equipment options that will impress users in numerous industries. Both at the hardware level as well as when it comes to control and software features, DMG MORI continues to further develop the successful models, which are manufactured in Poland and Italy.

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Turning inserts for machines with limited cutting parameters

Walter has introduced two insert grades in its Perform line of turning tools, the WPV10 and WPV20. They are designed to be versatile, cost-effective inserts for users whose machines are limited in cutting parameters due to stability and performance, and who need a versatile insert that can handle different materials, as well as for those who machine small or medium batch sizes.

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Okuma introduces the new MU-8000V Laser EX, additive technology, super multitasking CNC machine

Okuma has introduced the MU-8000V Laser EX multitasking CNC machine, combining the latest laser additive technology with subtractive manufacturing capabilities. It’s the ultimate process-intensive machine that enables complete part production on one machine.

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TaeguTec’s indexable gundrill, deep drilling heads with unique trigonal insert

Drilling deep into any material can be a challenge that is best answered by the right cutting tool. TaeguTec’s indexable gundrill and deep drilling heads with its unique trigonal insert evacuates chips without damaging the surface finish and delivers coolant directly onto the material while also offering accuracy, repeatability, an excellent surface finish and minimises cycle times.

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Mazak Variaxis i-300 simultaneous 5-axis vertical machining center features auto work changer

Recently the demand for automation systems for small, complex workpieces, such as those found in the medical equipment and aerospace industries, for the production of a wide variety of parts in small lot sizes is increasing. Yamazaki Mazak has developed the Variaxis i-300 AWC in response to this increasing demand based on Mazak FMS production expertise accumulated over many years.

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Yaskawa innovation. Motoman ArcWorld V3: Patented turnkey, robot based portable arc welding cell

With the new ArcWorld V3, Yaskawa adds a further chapter to the successful track record of its ArcWorld robot based arc welding cell. The model features a small footprint, short delivery times and a high degree of flexibility. Additionally, the robot, positioner, controller and energy source are combined on one platform. If necessary, the robot cell can be relocated quickly and easily.

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Heidenhain’s monitoring system connects control with PCs, mobile devices

Heidenhain’s StateMonitor connects the company’s TNC controls with PC systems to enable users to view data and evaluate control processes remotely and in real time. It is designed to highlight data usage and timesaving workflow methods as well as provide transparent processes. Users can configure the system per project requirements and use it as needed.

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Tungaloy’s face mills adjustable insert pockets reduce axial runout

Tungaloy is expanding its TFE series of face milling cutters for finishing applications to include bodies with adjustable insert pockets. Tungaloy is expanding its TFE series of face milling cutters for finishing applications to include bodies with adjustable insert pockets. The cutters are said to help achieve near-zero axial runout for good surface finishing results.

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Doosan two-spindle vertical machining center doubles capacity

Doosan Machine Tools has announced the addition of the DMP 500/2SP to its line of vertical machining centers. Doosan Machine Tools has announced the addition of the DMP 500/2SP to its line of vertical machining centers. Equipped with two spindles and two automatic toolchangers (ATCs), this model is designed for production job shops and high-volume parts manufacturers.

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A new look for gear milling – Iscar

Technology and its products are often causative: A technology might be applied to develop more effective and intelligent products, which in turn can play an important role in advancing that technology. This interrelationship may be observed in metalworking. Over the last few years, leading-edge technology has resulted in multitasking machine tools and machining centers with impressive working possibilities.

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TruLaser 2030 fiber: Compact powerhouse for laser cutting

Easy entry to laser cutting. High productivity at low investment and operating costs. Intuitive operation reduces amount of training needed. Trumpf has launched the TruLaser 2030 fiber. Its intuitive operation, low investment and operating costs make it particularly suitable for the needs of businesses starting out in laser cutting. Equipped with up to four kilowatts of laser power, it is remarkably productive.

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Widia’s Victory VSM490-10 and VSM490-15 series productivity booster in true 90° shoulder milling

The ultimate shoulder milling solution for step-down applications has now been launched by Widia. The new VSM490 Series of Widia indexable insert cutting tools eliminates finishing operations and improves productivity when machining a wide variety of materials.

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HSG Laser fiber laser cutting machines and tube profile cutting machines

HSG Laser is a high-tech enterprise that is dedicated to providing laser equipment solutions to customers all over the world. The company focuses on the field of intelligent laser manufacturing equipment with the concept of efficient, environmental and compatible product development. HSG has expanded all over the world, selling its highly technological machinery in over 70 countries.

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Haas Modular Mini-Mill – the next generation 40-taper compact machine

The new Modular Mini Mill from Haas Automation provides an economical solution for small parts machining for new start business, as a valuable addition for anyone needing a “second-op” machine, or to free up existing machine capacity. With a capacity of 406mm x 305mm x 254mm (XYZ) and a standard 10 tool ATC, Haas has packed 40-taper performance into a small footprint CNC machine and features all you need to start cutting metal.

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Sumitomo AC8000P series grades for steel turning

New from Sumitomo is the AC8000P series grades for steel turning that feature advanced Absotech platinum CVD Coating for longer tool life and overall cost reduction in steel cutting. For exceptional performance, the AC8000P Series consists of a patented CVD coating, a new surface layer, and a smooth surface treatment from the crystal orientation process.

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Amada Acies-AJ punching and fiber laser cutting combination machine

Eco-friendly continuous operation system. As an addition to the Acies combination series (originally with a CO2 laser source), the Acies-AJ, with a servo-electric drive and fiber laser technology, is characterised by cut quality, speed and energy efficiency. This machine is equipped with several functions to realise long-term, continuous operation.

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Automated sheet metal handling and sorting for laser cutting – Bystronic

Swiss sheet metalworking equipment manufacturer, Bystronic, has developed a new loading and unloading system, ByTrans Cross, for its fiber laser cutting machines. It offers users full automation for producing long runs of components while retaining the flexibility of manual handling for fulfilling smaller jobs.

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KCSM40 is Kennametal’s new indexable milling grade

Called KCSM40, the company has taken the toughness of its most popular milling grades KC725M and X500, and increased the thermal crack resistance and wear resistance that will enable customers to machine at higher cutting speeds, without sacrificing that original toughness. The grade has an advance cobalt binder that provides exceptional thermal fatigue resistance, without sacrificing the toughness customers have experienced with KC725M or X500.

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Durma AD-S Series CNC Synchro press brake

The Durma AD-S Series CNC Synchro press brake is available in up to 11 axis configurations. It is a machine truly designed to decrease setup time. The powerful, yet simple control will automatically calculate the bend sequence, bend angle, back gauge retraction, bend allowance and features collision protection. The ram positioning system allows real time monitoring and complete control of all ram speeds, positions and pause times.

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Yimeng VT-350-5X – a 5-axis machining center

The Yimeng VT-350-5X is a 5-axis machining center featuring 5-axis simultaneous machining, making the machine ideal for complicated parts machining with a single setup. And it’s affordable. The optimised structure design and robust column and base ensure outstanding stability during machining. The machine has linear motion guides on the XYZ axis. The rapid traverse rates on XYZ axis reach 48m/min.

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Fanuc RoboDrill machining center α-DIB5

Fanuc has launched its latest RoboDrill series, which the company is billing as the strongest and quickest range of vertical machining centers on the market. The α-DiB5 series represents automated vertical machining technology for milling, drilling and tapping applications, incorporating a network interface, preventative maintenance and machine learning capabilities, and Fanuc’s CNC drives and servos.

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Mitsubishi M800 EDM control displays various information in a single view

The M800 EDM control is included with Mitsubishi wire EDMs to increase productivity and help keep track of production jobs. The control uses rotational and tilting functionality while providing job monitoring and important information in a single view. A touch screen enables the user to swipe, pinch and tap to view.

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January 2018

Sandvik Coromant CoroDrill® 880 CVD diamond-coated insert grades offer superior aluminium drilling

In order to overcome the challenges of chip formation and evacuation when drilling non-ferrous metals, cutting tool and tooling system specialist Sandvik Coromant has unveiled its CoroDrill® 880 CVD diamond-coated insert grades, GCN124 and GCN134.

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Hypertherm announces major overhaul of its Design2Fab sheet metal layout software

This new version is the most significant Design2Fab update since the software was acquired in 2004. It features an entirely new interface and powerful tools like an advanced modeling engine for its 3D geometric renderings. Better graphics, fluid movement, and real-time updates are just a few of the benefits end users will see.

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New drive design: Hurco improves lathe performance

Hurco has now optimised the drives on its TMX 10MYi lathe: the main spindle drive has been changed from a belt drive to a motor spindle. This reduces braking and acceleration times for the main spindle, and also makes the risk of the drive belt slipping a thing of the past. The TMX 10MYi lathe is ideally suited for processing workpieces made from bar material and for processing sawn workpieces in the chuck.

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Kennametal expands the Mill 16 face mill platform by introducing new cutter body styles, new insert geometries and grades, and a split case design for large diameter bodies that reduces spindle bearing loads

Kennametal’s Mill 16 face mill is designed to tackle tough cast iron applications. The Mill 16 has a fine-pitch and medium-pitch cutter body equipped with a single-screw, wedge-style clamping system.

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GF Machining Solutions Form E 350 die sink EDM has small footprint

GF Machining Solutions’ compact FORM E 350 machine is a die sinking EDM solution for small shops. Even with its small footprint, the machine still boasts several design and performance features that enhance a shop’s competitive advantage. A sturdy C-axis construction, cross table, and cast-iron frame offer high stability and force reduction, which helps maintain a precise spark gap between the part and the electrode.

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Complete and versatile programme of solid carbide end mills – Mitsubishi Materials MSTAR range

The demands of today’s metal cutting world has ensured that advances in materials, coatings and geometry of end mills designed for specialist applications such as hard material milling surpasses not just the performance levels of the recent past, but the expectations of the engineers at the sharp end of production.

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Okuma introduces new entry-level vertical machining center for 5-axis operations

Made in Japan and based on Okuma’s best-selling machining center MU-400VII, the new next-generation vertical machining center Genos M460V-5AX enables full 5-face machining for increased geometrical accuracy, fewer set-ups and reduced lead-times. If no 5-axis simultaneous machining is required, the machine can be operated like a 3-axis machining center.

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Strong drive, careful handling – Amada LC-2415 ALPHA V

While the ALPHA series used to emphasise process safety and material protection anyway, the further development of the fifth generation takes it up a notch. The powerful 3,5kW oscillator comes together with the user friendly controller AMNC3i, for the digital interconnection of different manufacturing systems, such as bending, welding and of course laser systems in the sphere of IoT.

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OSG VP(O)-DC-MT taps

Taps are used to cut screw threads on the internal surfaces of holes, creating the “female” half (nut) of the screw. High precision is of vital importance, particularly in areas such as automotive engines, which require precision screws. OSG offers a lineup of taps with diameters in various sizes and with specifications suitable for a wide variety of uses. OSG’s VP(O)-DC-MT taps are one of the industry leading taps for processing threads in cast iron, ductile iron and cast aluminium.

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Mazak adds new machines and features to its multi-tasking Integrex i range

At EMO 2017 Yamazaki Mazak debuted two machines from its acclaimed Integrex series of Multi-Tasking machines. The first machine the Integrex i-500 is specifically designed to further extend the capacity of its highly successful i-series, and meet the growing demand for larger workpiece sizes. The i-500 features a large machining envelope and boasts increased X- and Y-axis capacity.

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Reaming right – Widia’s new disc-style carbide-tipped reamer offers modular flexibility and top of the line performance

The three keys to hole quality are diametral accuracy, form and position, and surface finish. Boring tools are the undisputed king in all of these areas, but they’re also one of the slowest methods of hole finishing, and in most cases are limited to 10:1 depth to diameter ratios or less.

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Radan 2018 R1 focuses on CAD/CAM and Industry 4.0

Vero Software have released its Radan 2018 R1 software that is geared to help sheet-metal manufacturers implement Industry 4.0 smart factories. The release includes a number of items of new and enhanced functionality, focusing on the engineering of parts processes. Developers are now working on separating Radan into two distinct aspects: Traditionally creating NC code to drive CNC machines and engineering of parts.

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DMG MORI Lasertec Shape – Unique products thanks to laser texturing

With the innovative Lasertec Shape technology, DMG MORI has set new standards in the mould making sector. The laser texturing of geometrically defined surface structures is more environmentally friendly than conventional etching and provides significant design freedom with at the same time highest reproducibility.

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Bystronic gives emphasis to remote maintenance

Bystronic is focusing even more clearly on customer requirements. Bystronic’s range of services is comprehensive and includes consulting and support during the installation of new or replacement machines, regular servicing and maintenance, a helpline and rapid support using remote maintenance solutions, updates and upgrades, but also instruction and training for the customers’ operators and staff.

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Taegutec – Making the hard easy with HardMill end mills

Rule number one when machining high hardness materials is the harder the material, the greater the demands placed on the cutting tool. To mitigate the negative effects on cutting tools brought on by reduced cycle times, TaeguTec’s HardMill, a solid carbide end mill is dedicated towards high-speed machining of high hardness materials.

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Focus CNC linear way series CNC lathes with Syntec controls

For close to 20 years Taiwanese machine tool manufacturer Focus CNC has been building CNC multi-spindle bar automatics, multi-spindle chucking automatics, single spindle bar automatics, single spindle chucking automatics and turning centers. Among the product range is the FCL linear way series of CNC lathes that range between 290mm and 700mm cutting lengths.

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Tongtai’s milling and tapping centers – VTX series

Tongtai says its VTX series is the fastest CNC milling and tapping center in its class for high volume, high precision machining needs. The compact size consumes very little valuable floor space while the blazing speed will deliver more parts per hour than the competition. The machine is a fixed column/moving table type design.

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Doosan Puma 2600SY Mk II offers many benefits on previous range

The next-generation Y-axis, sub-spindle 10-in chuck Doosan Puma 2600SY Mk II box guideway turning center series is now available. This series replaces the Puma 2600SY (Mark 1) and features a whole host of technology improvements and enhancements – all designed to make the machines more accurate, more productive and more reliable.

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BLM LS5 and LC5 for sheet and tube laser cutting, with CO2 or fiber laser options

Multiple versions of the BLM LS5 and LC5 for sheet cutting, from 1 500 by 3 000mm to 2 000 by 6 000mm, are available with the possibility of fitting longitudinal or transversal pallet changer systems. A complete range of automation systems, including loading/unloading systems and/or tower pallet storage systems, is available for all.

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Durma’s AD-R series of press brakes

The AD-R series utilises the same frame as the Durma top range models and offers greater daylight (530mm), stroke (265mm) and throat depth (410mm) than the previous models. Bending lengths vary from 1 250mm on the 1260 model to 6 050mm on the 60400 model. Respective bending forces are 60 and 400 tons. The speed of movement through the axes is also much improved and new CNC control options complete the upgraded package.

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Heidenhain’s LIP 6000 linear encoder system

Heidenhain’s LIP 6000 is a miniature, exposed linear encoder system capable of resolving to 2nm at high traverse speeds up to 240m/min over long scale lengths to a maximum of 3 040mm. Consisting of a scanning unit and glass scale, the LIP 6000 was developed to have large mounting tolerances, automatic signal adjustment, a small interpolation error of ± 3nm and a very low noise level of 1 nm RMS.

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Sumitomo AC1030U turning insert is for small part machining

Sumitomo Electric Hardmetal’s AC1030U turning insert is targeted at high precision small workpiece machining that covers a wide range of material types where improved levels of surface finish are required. AC1030U inserts can be used for both turning and grooving of smaller inner diameter bores on workpieces produced from alloy, stainless and heat resistant steels, pure iron, mild steels as well as non-ferrous materials where chip control is difficult to manage.

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Renishaw’s four-laser additive system improves productivity

The system is said to offer a reduction in cost per part while maintaining the quality and precision offered by standard single-laser systems. By speeding up the process, the company hopes to broaden the utilisation of metal additive manufacturing into applications that are presently uneconomic, potentially into industries that have not yet embraced AM in production applications.

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