Product Review

November 2020

Solidworks 2021 is now available, including new 3DExperience platform-enabled offers

Dassault Systèmes has launched Solidworks 2021, the latest release of its portfolio of 3D design and engineering applications. Solidworks 2021 enhances the capabilities and workflows for design, documentation, data management and validation that enable users to get their work done faster. Solidworks 2021 users can also expand their capabilities by connecting to the 3DExperience Works portfolio to tackle more challenges.

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Hyundai WIA has announced that it has released a total of 22 new machines

“Hyundai Wia previously launched the 5-axis XF series that has been recognised for its precision, performance and quality. However, this time, the company plans to re-establish its position by rebuilding its line-up with market leading products from entry models to premium models by releasing a large number of low and mid-priced products with excellent performance,” said a company spokesperson.

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Kennametal introduces the HPR solid carbide drill

Next generation high-performance drill for cast iron applications featuring a low-thrust drill point design. Kennametal has introduced an expansion of its solid carbide drilling portfolio, the HPR drill for high-performance drilling of cast iron workpieces. Designed for high-speed and high-feed drilling up to 8 x D in any ISO-K material, the HPR drill provides excellent hole straightness even at highest cutting parameters.

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Spindle health monitoring system on Mazak Integrex i-300ST

Mazak recently demonstrated its Integrex i-300ST multi-tasking machine featuring the company’s Spindle Health Monitoring System. Powered by AI technology, the system monitors spindle health to help minimise unexpected machine downtime. “The spindle health can be viewed on the Smooth control or any device connected to the machine network using a web browser,” said a company spokesperson.

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The Renishaw XK10 alignment laser system

The XK10 alignment laser system has been developed to measure geometric and rotational errors of machine tools. Used with the XK10 machine tool fixturing kit, it enables faster and easier measurements over traditional methods, such as dial gauges, autocollimators and metrology artefacts. It can be used on linear rails to ensure that they are straight, square, flat, parallel and level, as well as to assess spindle direction and co-axiality of rotary machines.

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High-precision gear tooth deburring process developed by PH Horn

While deburring can be carried out relatively easily with brushes and discs, this approach leaves undefined chamfers at the tooth edges and today higher levels of precision and quality are often demanded. In response, Paul Horn GmbH has developed a production technology to enable milling of defined chamfers and is, for example, capable of creating a 45-degree chamfer on both sides of a module 1 gear with 25 teeth in less than five seconds.

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Fanuc introduces LR Mate 200ID/14L multi-purpose industrial robot

Fanuc has expanded its LR Mate series of multi-purpose industrial robots with the introduction of the strong yet compact LR Mate 200iD/14L. Building on the success of the 6-axis LR Mate series, the 200iD/14L offers an exceptional weight-to-payload ratio, weighing just 27kg but able to handle workpieces up to 14kg. By doubling the maximum load capacity in comparison to its predecessors, the LR Mate 200iD/14L is able to support a range of applications.

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Duncan Macdonald & Company introduce new cutting and grinding fluid concentrate

Duncan Macdonald & Company have introduced a new cutting and grinding fluid concentrate, tailored to specific customer needs and able to meet a wide range of extreme technical constraints. Manufactured locally for the metalworking market Maclube M.W.O is designed to operate and perform well on many operations including face milling, cut-off turning, grinding, tapping, and drilling depending on the specific product and is compatible with alloy steels, tool steels, cast irons and copper alloys.

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VSM Actirox – the latest generation of abrasives

Ceramic abrasive grains have been used in the manufacturing of coated and bonded abrasives for numerous years. VSM Abrasives has become well known for its range of ceramic grain coated abrasives that combine optimum performance with an extended product service life to achieve the best possible performance to price ratio. VSM AG has used its experience of more than 150 years in the coated abrasives industry to further develop and enhance the performance of their ceramic grains and its associated products.

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September 2020

Kennametal introduces the eBore fine boring system

Kennametal has introduced a new line of digital-ready fine boring tools that make precision adjustment easy, enabling more productive, predictable, and accurate boring. The eBore Fine Boring System consists of cutting units to cover a diameter range from 6mm to 1 020mm and an optional digital display that makes precision adjustments as simple as turning a screw and costly mistakes a thing of the past.

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Hurco introduces practical job shop automation for high-mix manufacturing

Hurco has developed a streamlined automation package for high-mix manufacturing by partnering with ProCobots to make job shop automation practical, which means the automation packages are flexible, easy to programme, and easy to move to other Hurco machines without the need for customers to call an integrator each time they need to make a change.

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Radan 2021 from Hexagon provides updates for CAD/CAM, tubes, nesting

Hexagon Production Software has introduced Radan 2021 with enhancements for CAD/CAM, tubes, bending, quoting, and CAD-for-CAM modelling. It allows the use of Radnest Ultimate on a punch press for optimising batches of nests. Setup sheets can be generated automatically and sent to each machine. The NC code for the job goes to the machine and the setup sheet to the operator.

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Nikon Metrology’s new MCAx S articulated arm

Nikon Metrology’s new and advanced MCAx S articulated arm, partnered with ModelMaker H120 laser scanner, offers improved precision, confidence and connectivity. The combination of the industry-leading ModelMaker H120 laser scanner and the new MCAx S articulated arm helps users improve quality, accelerate time-to-market and streamline manufacturing processes. It guarantees unprecedented levels of detail.

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Next generation 5-axis technology in a compact footprint

Yamazaki Mazak has unveiled a new high-accuracy simultaneous 5-axis vertical machining center, the Variaxis C-600, suitable for a wide range of sectors including the aerospace and automotive markets. The C-600, which is the successor machine to the highly successful Variaxis j-600/5X, is being marketed at a highly attractive price point to provide a high performance and cost-effective 5-axis solution.

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Doosan Lynx 2100LY Series

Doosan Machine Tools offers its Lynx 2100LY Series of compact turning centers with a Y-axis. “This generation of Lynx line comes fully loaded with features that are typically optional, including a variety of toolholders (both static and live tools), a toolsetter, a parts catcher and a parts conveyor. Built to deliver high value to shops of all sizes, the Lynx 2100LY is designed and equipped for high productivity,” said a company spokesperson.

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Keeping the rollers rolling in your roll grinding shop: Partner with Grinding Techniques for perfect steel production

Steel manufacturing companies play a significant role within the South-African economy, not only by providing much needed jobs but also by being responsible for the manufacturing of material to be used in various parts of the construction, mining and manufacturing industry.

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AgieCharmilles Cut P 550 Pro wire cutting EDM solution with its new and easy-to-use interface

To make the most of advanced manufacturing technology, even a single machine’s productivity can be enhanced with the appropriate automation. In this model cell, the AgieCharmilles CUT P 550 Pro wire EDM solution is made even more productive with the addition of a System 3R WorkPartner 1+ (WPT1+), an automation solution that offers maximum magazine capacity in minimal floor space.

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July 2020

Open Mind launches hyperMILL 2020.2 CAD/CAM

Open Mind Technologies AG has introduced its latest hyperMILL 2020.2 CAD/CAM software suite that offers users new and enhanced features for 3D and 5-axis machining, such as the hyperMILL Automation Center Advanced option. New features include the addition of plunge-milling cycles to the 3D and 5-axis strategies for machining cutting edges.

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Amada EM series with automatic tool changing system

The EM ZRT punching machine can handle large sheets without repositioning while minimising scrap. The EM ZRT punching machine is a further addition to the existing EM punching machine series and boasts an ultra-modern suite of features: Punching drive with energy recovery capabilities, tool identification system and a brush table that makes use of intelligent punching machine technology.

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CNC Software releases Mastercam 2021

CNC Software Inc., developer of Mastercam CAD/CAM software, has released Mastercam 2021. According to the company, this latest version of Mastercam increases machining productivity and reduces overall production costs with faster and more flexible multiaxis improvements, improvements in turning and turning-related applications, advances in speed, safety and more.

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Custom carbide form tools for turning

To allow users to reduce cycle times and cut production costs during series production on turning and turn-mill centers, Horn Cutting Tools has introduced customised carbide form inserts for machining diameters from 16mm upwards. Based on its 117 tool system, the patented insert seat guarantees high concentricity and minimal axial runout as well as high repeatability of insert exchange to within microns.

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Edgecam 2021’s optimised processing increases CAD/CAM productivity

Faster Waveform Roughing and a number of productivity boosts have been achieved by reducing calculation time with Edgecam 2021’s enhanced parallel-processing capability. Two machining cycles – roughing and profiling – benefit from improvements to the software’s multithreading technology algorithms. Edgecam’s high-speed Waveform Roughing strategy is now faster when generating toolpath for solid and wireframe components.

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InnovMetric releases PolyWorks|DataLoop 2020 for data management and digital connectivity

Leverages the industry standard Microsoft SQL Server to offer a robust large-scale 3D data management solution and facilitate digital collaboration processes. InnovMetric Software Inc., a leader in smart 3D metrology software solutions, has announced the 2020 release of PolyWorks|DataLoop, a major upgrade to its data management and digital connectivity solution.

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Gühring’s extensive range of threading products includes the Pionex threading line

Gühring’s extensive range of threading products includes the Pionex threading line. The fluteless and cut machine taps have been developed to reduce axial forces and torque by up to 30% whilst improving surface finishes and tool life. The Pionex machine taps covers over 85% of the industry applications. The Pionex Series includes 45 degree helix geometry with a reduced rake angle, back tapering and improved relief.

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Kennametal introduces the B21*SGL Solid carbide drill for improved productivity

Kennametal has introduced another high-performance cutting tool, the B21*SGL solid carbide drill with coolant-through. Designed for stainless steel, nickel, and cobalt-based alloys, the B21*SGL with patented point geometry and monolayer PVD AlTiN coating, offers improved productivity and longer tool life for aerospace applications requiring predictable, high-production drilling.

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The largest vertical machining center in Okuma’s MB-V series, the MB-80V has table dimensions of 1 600mm by 800mm and XYZ travel of up to 1 600mm by 1 050mm by 600mm. When used, for example, for machining cubic parts, mould components or semiconductor components, the vertical machining center especially excels with its high repeat accuracy, excellent dynamics and high-performance milling.

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May 2020

Micro-precise high-speed machining – Mazak

Mazak has introduced the precise Ultimate Die & Mould (UD) 400/5X vertical machining center (VMC). Designed for applications ranging from medical and dental instruments to mould and die components and beyond, the machine features a rigid composite base and double-column symmetrical construction that allow its state-of-the-art spindle to reach the highest levels of precision and speed.

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When tolerance is key it is vital to choose the correct partner for your precision grinding operations – Grinding Techniques

The precision industry requires parts to have tighter tolerances and attain a specific surface finish whilst maintaining a low production input cost per unit, a challenging factor for many when wanting to maintain a competitive edge in the market. To achieve optimum performance, one needs to consider the complete grinding process.

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Special taps for space flight components

The Design and Production of special tools for manufacturers of aerospace equipment is among the most sophisticated and challenging segments in the metal-working industries. Workpieces are usually made of the toughest, heat-resistant materials to allow for maximum performance in zero-gravity conditions under high thermal stress. SCHUMACHER has developed a tap series with customised geometries and special surface treatments to meet the expectations of this industry segment.

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Mastercam’s multiaxis add-on improves 4, 5-axis machining productivity

The Multiaxis add-on for Mastercam Mill 3D, Router 3D, Mill-Turn and Mastercam for Solidworks is designed to improve productivity with simultaneous four- and five-axis machining. Cut Patterns guide the tool along specified paths. These patterns can be simple 2D or 3D wireframes, solid primitives, or complex multi-surface grids.

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Amada Miyachi’s WL-300A laser workstation marks larger parts

Amada Miyachi’s WL-300A laser processing workstation, a larger version of the LMWS laser marker workstation, is designed for nanosecond pulsed fiber laser applications. The workstation is equipped with Amada Miyachi’s LMF fiber lasers (10 to 70W). The machine features a fast and precise motorised Z-axis for focus adjustment, easy access to parts and tooling, and an optional XY table for step and repeat motion, the company says.

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Kennametal’s KBH10B and KBH20B PcBN grades deliver higher productivity and lower cost per part

Kennametal offers hard turning KBH10B and KBH20B PcBN grade double-sided inserts for materials up to 65 HRC. “Kennametal’s KBH10B and KBH20B grade inserts are an excellent choice for high-volume production of hardened gears, shafts, bearings, housings and other drivetrain components, where tooling cost per part is an important metric,” said Robert Keilmann, Product Manager, Turning.

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High-efficiency ADO-Micro drills for drilling solutions – OSG

OSG has identified a need for better chip evacuation in the medical and electrical industries and thus created the ADO-Micro drills. The ADO-Micro is a small diameter coolant-through carbide drill series that is designed to provide stable and high efficiency drilling in small diameter deep-hole applications. “Poor chip evacuation is a common occurring complication in small diameter deep-hole drilling,” said the spokesperson.

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LK Metrology introduces new range of compact CMMs with the latest multi-sensor technology

A range of CMMs has been introduced by LK Metrology offering high accuracy and repeatability in a compact footprint. The new Alterac machines are available in three sizes – 7.7.5, 10.7.5 and 10.7.7. Typical applications are likely to be found in the aerospace, automotive, medical and other industries with demanding inspection requirements.

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Leadwell introduces new 5-axis machining center

Taiwanese machine tool builder Leadwell CNC Machines has introduced a new model, BC-600, at the smaller capacity end of its of BC-series of 5-axis machining centers. On all four models, the rotary axes are provided by a ±110-degree B-axis spindle and an integrated C-axis rotary table, both of which may be interpolated with X, Y and Z to allow full 5-axis production. The competitively priced, highly specified machines, which are fitted with scales in the linear and rotary axes as standard.

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PFERD’s CC-GRIND grinding wheels

Grinding wheels – reinvented. Grinding wheels are tried and tested, and seem irreplaceable in certain applications in spite of their drawbacks in terms of ergonomics and efficiency. Yet PFERD, the Marienheide, Germany-based specialist for work on surfaces and cutting technology, supplies numerous modern and highly efficient alternatives for most applications.

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TaeguTec’s Tang-SFeed inserts and cutter line

TaeguTec has launched a new and wide range of inserts and cutters named SFeedTec. Part of the range is the Tang-SFeed insert and cutter line, a double-sided four-corner tangential insert line. TaeguTec’s new tangential type Tang-SFeed line is a double-sided four-corner tangential type insert, high-productivity shoulder mill with tangential insert for a higher productivity perpendicular machining solution capable of ramping applications.

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Fiber laser in XL size formats – Bystronic

Bystronic has expanded the ByStar Fiber laser cutting system format to accommodate material up to 2 500mm wide and in lengths of either 6 000mm or 8 000mm. The ByStar Fiber XL is available in two formats, 6225 and 8025. The larger format increases the machine’s productivity because large metal sheets allow the cut parts to be nested more efficiently.

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Reducing inventory costs with vertical lift modules – Modula

Many manufacturers employ sophisticated CNC lathes, CNC machining centers, fiber lasers, robotics and measuring devices yet still store their parts, components and jigs on racks or on the floor. The costs of doing so are clear, but what’s the solution? Vertical lift modules (VLM) are fully enclosed automated storage units containing trays accessed by a lifting platform with an inserter/extractor. The trays are delivered to operators at an ergonomic height for easy access.

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Widia TDMX: The top drill modular that drills holes faster and with more reliability

Drilling is not always a simple, straightforward job. Workpiece instability, vibrations, and chip control are just a few challenges typically encountered in drilling applications. In addition to these challenges, the cost per hole becomes a critical subject in many shops with pressure to achieve sustainable production at the lowest cost possible. The Top Drill Modular X (TDMX) holemaking solution is able to address such machining applications and economic requirements with ease.

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March 2020

Reliable helpers at the machine: Fanuc makes automation easier thanks to new functions

Fanuc has already installed more than 590 000 industrial robots worldwide. The versatile machines perform important tasks throughout production. It has never been easier to automate a processing machine with a robot and therefore making production highly productive and efficient. This applies in particular to automation with the QSSR package developed by Fanuc.

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Kitamura’s Mycenter-HX300iG 400 combines large work area in small footprint

Kitamura Machinery’s Mycenter-HX300iG/400 expands the company’s small-footprint HMC offering, providing heavy-duty cutting, accuracy and reliability. For its size, the machine is still designed with a large work envelope, with a maximum workpiece diameter of 500mm, a maximum workpiece height of 745mm, and XYZ axes measuring 460mm by 510mm by 560mm, respectively. A 400mm table option offers additional workholding possibilities.

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New STA Synchro Tap Adaptor designed specifically for ER collet chucks and driven tools

The new STA Synchro Tap Adapter was designed specifically for ER collet chucks and driven tools and allows for synchronised thread cutting and forming to be achieved with all suitable machines. The STA Synchro Tap Adaptor with quick change saves considerable time and optimises tool life. Synchro Tap Holders are the best way to dramatically increase tool life in a rigid tapping environment.

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Guhring’s MTMH3-Z Drifter series

Guhring’s MTMH3-Z Drifter series of helical drilling thread-mill products are capable of thread milling in material up to 66 HRc. The Drifter series combines core drilling and threading in a single operation. The MTMH3-Z Drifter is suitable for wet or dry cutting, and features two oil grooves on the shaft to provide optimum cooling, as well as a left-cutting geometry that stabilises performance during climb milling.

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Durma introduces entry-level fiber laser

Designed specifically as an entry-level flat-bed laser system, the HD-FO fibre laser manufactured by Turkey-based Durma is a compact, competitively priced and easily transportable machine designed specifically to accommodate sheet up to a maximum size of 3 000mm by 1 500mm. The maximum sheet weight is 575kg. The HD-FO can be specified with a Durma fibre laser power source of 1kW or 2kW.

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Kennametal’s KOR 5 end mill enables higher feed rates for roughing

Representing the latest innovation in high-velocity aluminium roughing is the KOR 5 solid carbide end mill. Designed for maximum productivity in aerospace machining, with this five-flute end mill table feed rates increase up to 66 per cent compared to commonly used three-flute tools Kennametal says, redefining productivity for aircraft manufacturers and their suppliers. KOR 5 is aimed at removing large amounts of metal and getting it away from the work zone as quickly as possible.

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The Prima Power Combi Genius combined punching / laser cutting machine

It seems to be the future – companies and manufacturers looking to design and manufacture machinery that can produce parts in one-hit – a combination of punching, laser cutting and automation. The Prima Power Combi Genius comes with servo-electric punching and two different performance suites; Pure meets the targets of efficient production with attractive price level and Dynamic offers the best productivity and highest performance on the market.

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Mazak’s newly developed fully simultaneous 5-axis machining center targeting your first investment in 5-axis machining

Yamazaki Mazak’s newly developed fully simultaneous 5-axis machining center, the CV5-500 has been designed specifically for customers engaged in, or aspiring to 5-axis machining. The machine, which is being brought to market at a competitive price point, has a high-rigidity bridge construction with a fully supported trunnion table.

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SigmaNEST V20 now available from SigmaTEK

SigmaTEK Systems, a specialist in developing CADCAM software solutions for the fabrication industry, has released V20 of its flagship SigmaNEST product portfolio. V20 is a substantial release, introducing many features in all areas of the product, with continued emphasis on user experience, optimising material utilisation, and data management. A newly developed SigmaTEK launcher provides a common, customisable desktop platform.

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Mitsubishi MV4800-S Advance Type M800 Wire EDM Machine with CNC Control

The new Mitsubishi MV4800-S Advance Type M800 is now capable of 20” submerged cutting. The auto-threading system’s optional casting creates a removable 12” insert that when removed increases the maximum workpiece thickness to 32”. The option includes tank wall extensions and upper head skirts to contain the cutting splash created by the workpiece extending above the maximum submerged level.

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Additive manufacturing capability for CAM software

OPEN MIND Technologies AG has announced it offers an additive manufacturing (AM) capability option in hyperMILL CAM software to support 3D printing/additive processes. hyperMILL together with AM also provides efficient hybrid processing with simultaneous additive and subtractive processing on one machine. For highly complex 5-axis simultaneous processing, hyperMILL Additive Manufacturing enables an array of flexible options for DED.

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TaeguTec launches SFeedTec range

The South African launch of TaeguTec’s new and wide range of inserts and cutters were presented by Jacob Harpaz, President and CEO of the IMC Group. Harpaz emphasised to 320 delegates that clients were looking to improve the productivity of their equipment and reduce the cost per part and the only way you can do that, in this age of advanced machining that is feeding into Industry 4.0, is to increase the feeds and speeds of your CNC machine cutting process.

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Bystronic press brake range can be customised

The Classic Edition is intended for prototype manufacture and job shops producing small batch sizes. With the Performance Edition, medium-sized companies can produce parts in larger series, while the Dynamic Edition is suitable for companies needing even more speed to handle batch sizes of 1 000 parts or more. Bystronic says the machines will be among the fastest on the market, with bend speeds up to 20mm/sec.

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GF Machining Solutions controls sparks to improve EDM wire life

At the heart of the innovation is GF Machining Solutions’ generator technology – specifically its ISPS (Intelligent Spark Protection System) module – which identifies the intensity and location of sparks along the wire and, when necessary and required, adjusts current and voltage rates to prevent any concentration of wear. Spark Track provides real-time spark distribution information to manufacturers, enabling them to push their EDM machines to the limit.

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Widia Novo tool assemblies can now be imported directly into Mastercam

The Widia Novo online platform, which is available in the UK from Industrial Tooling Corporation (ITC), now allows tool assemblies to be directly imported by users of Mastercam, credit to a newly formed collaboration. The partnership between Widia and CNC software developer Mastercam provides a solution that enables information importing from Novo directly into Mastercam 2018.

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Submerged Wire EDM – AccuteX

The AU-1440iA Z800 submerged wire EDM is engineered to process large as well as smaller parts with accuracy, speed and convenience. The machine’s X axis capacity of 1 378mm with 800mm in Y and Z enable it to handle workpieces up to 1 791mm x 1 062mm x 782mm in size. The machine structure, designed via Finite Element Analysis (FEA), includes a Meehanite cast honeycomb-type base, highly-ribbed column mounted with oversized UVZ axis and a reinforced lower-arm to increase stiffness.

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January 2020

Prima Power’s new eP Genius 1030 press brake system and Laser Genius 1530 fiber laser machine with 10kW laser source

Prima Power exhibited at the eP Genius 1030 bending solution, the Laser Genius 1530 fiber laser machine, the Combi Genius 1530 and the servo-electric technology of BCe Smart bending cell at the Blechexpo 2019, held in Germany. Ideal for minimum batches, the reliable solution offers precision and accuracy in its performance.

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Hexagon’s asset management tool helps optimise CMM performance

Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division has launched HxGN SFx | Asset Management, a cloud-ready software solution that helps manufacturers achieve operational excellence by offering easy access to real-time machine status and utilisation reporting. The software unlocks the data typically stored in individual coordinate measuring machines (CMM) to provide real-time insight into the performance, use and status of multiple CMMs across one or several sites.

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Mahr introduces new vision capabilities for Precimar® ICM 100 IP

Image processing enables automated testing of dial and digital indicators, test indicators and dial comparators. Mahr has announced the expansion of its proven Precimar® ICM 100 Dial and Digital Indicator Calibrator with image processing, designed for the automated testing of measuring equipment. Existing Precimar Optimar 100 devices can also be upgraded with the new vision capabilities.

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Trumpf’s Track & Trace connected system for intralogistics

“This system allows customers to determine the position of parts within just a few centimetres, enabling them to reduce throughput times on the shop floor and significantly increase their productivity,” says Thomas Schneider, Managing Director Research & Development at Trumpf. The solution accurately locates sheet metal parts in real time and also tracks and documents the routes they take.

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Hypertherm introduces subscription pricing model for ProNest LT nesting software for use on smaller CNC cutting tables

Hypertherm, manufacturer of industrial cutting systems and software, recently announced low-cost subscription pricing for its ProNest® LT CAD/CAM nesting software for light industrial cutting applications. Rather than purchasing the software outright, as is typically required, smaller companies and individuals who have air or conventional plasma and oxyfuel cutting machines can now subscribe to ProNest LT.

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Doosan introduces compact entry-level 3-axis, 8 000rpm VMC – DEM 4000

The compact DEM 4000 machine is the latest addition to Doosan’s impressive range of vertical machining centers – a range that includes the best-selling and ever-popular DNM- and Mynx-series. And, as one might expect from a new Doosan machine range, quality, reliability and a cost-competitiveness, are amongst the new DEM 4000s key selling points. Despite its relatively small footprint the DEM 4000 boasts 550mm x 400mm x 450mm XYZ axis travels with 24m/min rapid rates on all three axes.

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Kennametal expands ER range

“Together, the newly developed TACU ER units and solid ER collets are a great marriage of technology,” states Ronald West, manager – tooling systems. “Available in sizes ER25 through ER40, with thread sizes ranging from M8 to M16, this innovation provides machining center-like capabilities to live-tool lathes. These new products offer the flexibility to use standard ER collets with solid end mills, or the new solid ER collets together with screw-on indexable milling cutters.”

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Wire EDM from GF Machining Solutions designed for metal AM applications

The newly developed AgieCharmilles Cut AM 500 wire EDM (WEDM) from GF Machining Solutions has been purpose-designed for use in the metal additive manufacturing (AM) market. WEDM is a mature technology, but GF Machining Solutions says it continues to push the boundaries with its latest horizontal Cut AM 500, which has been designed to be fast, accurate and automation-ready. The machine is specifically intended for the metal AM market.

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hyperMILL CADCAM software: The Open Mind Additive Manufacturing suite

Open Mind Technologies hyperMILL CADCAM software’s – The Open Mind Additive Manufacturing suite – is designed to satisfy the requirements of industrial 3D printing processes. As a universal software solution, hyperMILL, together with this option, will provide efficient hybrid processing with simultaneous additive and subtractive processing on a single machine platform. Open Mind’s hyperMILL Additive Manufacturing opens up an array of flexible options.

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Yaskawa’s lightweight 6-axis robot

Yaskawa Motoman Robotics division has unveiled what is believed to be the smallest, lightest, 6-axis industrial robot specifically designed for small handling and assembly applications. The MotoMINI 7kg lightweight, portable robot is easy to carry and install close to workpieces and other machinery in existing production lines or cells, providing a payload of 500 grams, a maximum horizontal reach of 350mm, vertical reach of 495mm and repeatability of 0.02mm.

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Taegutec’s Chase-4-Feed – a versatile high-feed mill with strong four cutting edge insert

To meet market demand, smaller double-sided four corner designed BLMP 04 inserts have been launched for small and high feed machining applications. The smaller size inserts mean more inserts can be mounted to the same diameter cutters, which will greatly improve productivity over the existing BLMP 06 type under similar conditions. Available in Ø8(1z) and Ø10(2z) sizes.

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Guhring adds to hole-making portfolio

Guhring has developed the latest addition to its hole-making portfolio – the RT100XF. Created to reduce cycle times for difficult-to-machine materials and special applications in series production, the hard drilling line is said to be extremely resilient to potential breakages. This bold claim is based upon the carbide grade developed by Guhring for the RT100XF, which performs a balancing act between hardness and toughness.

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Hyundai Wia’s HS6300 high-speed horizontal machining center plus PLS (Pallet Load System)

The Hyundai Wia HS6300 horizontal machining center (630mm pallet) features a ‘T’ all-in-one structure bed designed with ample bed height and casting thickness to ensure the optimal level of rigidity. The double wall structure of the column is designed to prevent heat transformation, proving excellent in cutting performance and accuracy. The Hyundai Wia high-speed horizontal machining center has a maximum work area of 1 000mm high x 930mm diameter.

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Bystronic’s BySort add-on adds flexibility to unloading, sorting of laser-cut parts

BySort is the new extension module for the ByTrans Cross loading and unloading automation system. The upgrade sorts the completed cut parts and thus accelerates the automation cycle of all the processes related to fiber laser cutting. With the newly developed BySort upgrade, the ByTrans Cross is now an even more versatile unloading solution. An additional bridge is installed on the ByTrans Cross system, which can accommodate up to two sorting heads.

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