Product Review

July 2017

Hypertherm announces new and enhanced features to its ProNest 2017 CAD/CAM nesting software

Hypertherm, manufacturer of plasma, fiber laser and waterjet cutting systems, has announced a version update to its ProNest® advanced CAD/CAM nesting software for automated cutting. ProNest 2017 v12.1 contains numerous enhancements designed to enable customers to achieve more.

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A-Tap – a product that showcases OSG’s innovation

Most tapping troubles are caused by unstable chip evacuation. The A-TAP Series resolves such troubles and applies to a wide range of work materials and cutting speeds. The A-Tap is an all-purpose tap series designed to simplify tool management and to excel in a wide variety of materials and applications.

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Okuma’s VTM-1200YB 5-axis multi-tasking turning center

Designed for large part CNC machining Okuma’s VTM-1200YB 5-axis multitasking turning center is ideally suited for large turning/milling requirements and complex parts. Its massive construction provides extreme rigidity for large part CNC machining and its high power handles large diameter workpieces with ease.

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GF Machining Solutions CUT P series of wire EDM machines

The new CUT P range will replace the company’s CUT Sp and CUT mS series of wire EDM machines and, from a price performance perspective, occupies the position between the CUT E series at one end of the spectrum, and the CUT 1000/2000/3000 series of machines at the other.

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Mitsubishi-Hitachi Tool Engineering, Ltd to market products under the name Moldino

Having successfully acquired a majority shareholding of Hitachi Tool Engineering Ltd and the subsequent renaming of the company as Mitsubishi-Hitachi Tool Engineering, Ltd the company has now announced that in future it will market its products under the name of Moldino.

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Turning insert optimised for stainless steel materials

Sandvik Coromant is introducing a dedicated turning insert optimised for stainless steel materials that offers increased productivity, longer tool life and higher machine utilisation. GC2220 will prove to be a major benefit to pump and valve manufacturers, as well as general engineering shops, particularly those serving sectors such as aerospace, automotive and oil and gas.

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B-axis turning cycle among Edgecam’s 2017 R2 updates

The latest release of the Edgecam software introduces a turning cycle that includes B-axis movements while machining on a turning center. This new feature in Edgecam 2017 R2 allows greater accessibility when machining complex profiles by dynamically positioning the insert, according to the company.

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Trumpf TruLaser 3060 fiber – new opportunities to cut on a table size of six metres

Six metres is the length of a delivery van or a large adult alligator or a sheet that the TruLaser 3060 fiber can cut. This new oversize format machine from the Trumpf 3000 series can process sheets as large as 6 x 2.5 metres. This means that users of the TruLaser 3060 fiber can acquire more orders for particularly large workpieces.

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Victor 5-axis CNC range tackles parts up to 1.2 metres

The Vcenter AX800 has a swivelling head B-axis and a 25rpm C-axis table located within the fixed table, which can be clamped to resist 3 433 Nm for heavy duty machining. The B-axis has a Hirth coupling that will rotate at increments of 1° and offers precision and repeatability. Both rotary axes have a roller-cam drive to deliver “unparalleled rigidity and stiffness”.

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Control your machines from any device and any location with SigmaNEST 365!

SigmaTEK’s latest step into the future of manufacturing – SigmaNEST 365 – moves SigmaTEK products to the cloud, making them accessible on any device, from anywhere in your shop. This also means greater storage capacity, and faster computer speeds.

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Nukon ECO fiber laser cutting machine

Ergonomic and compact, the Nukon Eco Fiber Laser delivers high quality, speed, and reliability without breaking your budget. This standard size machine accommodates sheet sizes of 3 000 by 1 500mm and is equipped with an IPG 1000W or 2000W resonators.

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Ultra-fast scanning and uncompromising detail with the Nikon ModelMaker H120

Incorporating blue laser technology, ultra-fast frame rate, specially developed Nikon optics and the ability to measure the most challenging materials this represents the next generation of portable laser scanning. The H120 makes no compromises in addressing the market needs by efficiently delivering the most detailed and accurate data in a fraction of the time of competing technologies.

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Iscar’s indexable FFQ4 high-feed milling cutters to enhance rough milling of high-temperature alloy materials

The FFQ4 is the latest addition from ISCAR for high feed, rough milling applications. “Its design incorporates a square, single sided insert with 4 cutting edges and more flank clearance than many popular high feed solutions available,” said a company spokesperson.

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Salvagnini fiber laser with an air-cooled cutting head

The L3 now comes equipped with an air-cooled cutting head with adjustable optics for cutting both thin and thick materials. Air-cooling is made possible by the addition of a Pelletier plate to the assembly, making nitrogen gas cooling unnecessary. A new collimator enables easy, fast adjustment for cutting materials of different thicknesses.

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May 2017

New Mitsubishi end mills have a ball with hard materials

When it comes to the machining of hardened steel, Mitsubishi Materials already has a reputation that places the cutting tool manufacturer as the industry benchmark. Further cementing this market position, the company has now launched its new VFR Series of ball nosed end mills.

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DMG MORI integrates grinding into its duoBlock machines

Milling, turning and grinding in a single set-up. After setting standards in technology integration with mill-turn technology for almost two decades, the machine tool manufacturer has now expanded its portfolio in this field to include a new variant with milling, turning and grinding (F-mill D-turn S-grind) capabilities.

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RhinoRush screw clamp type boring bar and ML chip breaker – TaeguTec

TaeguTec’s highly successful RhinoRush line of small and strong family of inserts and holders includes a screw clamping type boring bar. The new range of boring bars with the screw clamping function is available to suit C, T, V and W shape RhinoRush inserts.

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Yaskawa’s AccuFast II improves weld quality, reduces cycle times

AccuFast™ II, an economical laser-based seam finder for Yaskawa Motoman’s arc welding robot line, features improved sensor capabilities. The improved sensor offers increased performance by providing more reliable and repeatable feedback to the robot controller regarding part position.

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Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence launches new camera-based portable CMM

Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence has released a new camera-based portable coordinate measuring machine (CMM) for highly precise shop-floor measurements. The AICON MoveInspect XR8 detects geometric conditions and changes in three dimensions to deliver highly accurate measurement data.

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Oxford Instruments launches Vulcan handheld metals analyser

Oxford Instruments has launched Vulcan, the fastest metals analyser with the most advanced reporting tools on the market, the company says. Vulcan is an ergonomic, balanced handheld LIBS (Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy) analyser with a simple user interface.

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Okuma’s Multus B300II is a one-saddle multi-tasking CNC lathe

Okuma’s Multus B300II is a one-saddle multi-tasking CNC lathe designed to reduce setup time and machining costs. This multitasking machine offers a variety of operations to improve machining efficiency while offering reliable accuracy and power to keep non-cutting time to a minimum.

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Altair HyperWorks® 2017 released – comprehensive simulation platform for innovation

This latest release sees several functionalities added in areas such as model-based development, electromagnetism, nonlinear structural analysis, modeling and meshing, multiphysics and multi-disciplinary analysis, lightweight design and optimization.

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Solid-state disk laser designed for Industry 4.0 – Trumpf

Trumpf has introduced the latest generation of its TruDisk disk laser. The compact, energy-efficient machine offers the ability to carry out condition monitoring and predictive maintenance, a basic prerequisite for successful implementation of lasers in digitalised and connected manufacturing environments.

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Victor CNC takes milling to the next level with new P76 VMC series

Quality is assured with Victor CNC 3-axis VMC and this latest addition to the stable is the epitome of a high quality machining center. The new P76 incorporates a 30 tool ATC that can change tools in a blistering 1.6 seconds with a chip-to-chip time of 4 seconds. This speed is matched by the rapid feed rates of 48m/min in the X and Y-axes with 32m/min possible in the Z plane.

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Doosan Machine Tools Puma TW-series

Doosan Machine Tools has introduced a range of twin-spindle horizontal turning centers into the market. The Puma TW 2600 series, which includes a machine model (the Puma TW 2600-GL) with an integrated servo-driven Gantry Loader, provides manufacturers with a high-productivity and flexible machining solution that enables the simultaneous machining of two of the same, similar or different parts.

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New Feeler five-axis machining centers

Feeler is releasing two innovative new five-axis machining centers. Designed to offer a cost-effective entry into five-axis operations, the Feeler U600 vertical machining center and U800-5AX gantry-type machining center offer speed, precision and performance based on an intelligent machining platform and a host of novel innovations.

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Mastercam 2018 brings efficiency and speed

In May 2017 Mastercam will unveil the latest in the line of its machining software – Mastercam 2018. Scheduled for release in June 2017 Mastercam 2018 offers new 2D/3D milling features, design improvements, powerful turning and mill-turn enhancements, and so much more.

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Iscar to emphasise the theme ‘Machining Intelligently’ at Machine Tools Africa 2017

At the Iscar stand, which will emphasise the theme ‘Machining Intelligently’, leading-edge tools will be displayed. These tools help customers adapt to high-speed and high-feed machining, minimum quantity lubrication (MQL) and other modern machining strategies.

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Air-cooled cutting head on 6 kW fiber laser – Salvagnini

Air-cooling is made possible by the addition of a Pelletier plate to the assembly, making nitrogen gas cooling unnecessary. A new collimator enables easy, fast adjustment for cutting materials of different thicknesses. The new Salvagnini cutting head assembly simplifies laser cutting production, making solid, clean and reliable cuts, with no contaminants to obscure the lens.

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Kennametal introduces the Mill 4-11 – designed for smaller machining centers

The Mill 4-11 enjoys the same strong insert design as its larger cousin, the Mill 4-15, but is 24% shorter and 34% narrower. With an 11mm maximum cut length, this addresses the needs of those job shops and manufacturers producing smaller parts and part features while still offering high metal removal rates and excellent tool life.

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GF Machining Solutions’ FORM 20 die sinking EDM

The efficient FORM 20 die sinking EDM with optional System 3R WorkPartner 1+ robot is designed for manufacturers needing to maximise their die-sinking EDM operations while minimising their environmental footprint. When paired with the FORM 20, the WorkPartner 1+ provides automatic electrode and parts loading and unloading.

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Mazak’s VC-500A/5X vertical machining center

Now with 60-tool capacity, the new tool magazine reduces setup time, allows for redundant tooling and enables more unmanned uninterrupted operations, the company says. An accompanying automatic toolchanger (ATC) speeds tool changes and reduces non-cutting time, while tool monitoring helps detect problems early.

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Leadwell V-30IT 5-axis machining center

This versatile V-30iT features an 8.07 diameter integrated trunnion rotary table that holds a load of up to 35 kgs from 0-45 degrees and 25 kgs in the 60-90 degree range. The rotary tabletop surface is precision ground with 10mm T-slots. The included standard flat worktable measures 300 x 450mm and can be removed for any custom fixture required by the application.

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

Widia’s Top Ream platform covers the majority of hole finishing needs, with diameters up to 42mm and a range of edge preps and geometries available. 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

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March 2017

Greater damping with the latest Sandvik Coromant Silent Tools™ milling adaptors

The latest Silent Tools™ milling adaptors from cutting tool and tooling systems specialist Sandvik Coromant are designed to offer improved damping characteristics. These advanced adaptors have been developed in direct response to the need for greater metal removal rates and reduced vibration wherever long, slender milling tools are deployed.

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Cost-efficient and flexible robotic solution for the machine tool industry

When it comes to the automated feeding of machine tools, the choice of the right robot set-up and manipulator is a key element in the planning process. However, finding the right software structure is just as important as the hardware when planning the control concept.

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Victor Vturn-NP16 turning center is robust but compact

The robust Vturn-NP16 turning centre boasts a compact footprint of just 1 488mm in length by 1 956mm wide, and has a height of 1 775mm, so even the most compact machine shop can now benefit from the productivity, rigidity, precision and longevity of a Victor CNC machine tool.

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Kennametal’s KBDM face-mills suit automotive aluminium

It employs a fine-pitch aluminium body with wedge-style clamps and adjustable pockets. A variety of PCD inserts is available, from mini-tips for light finishing cuts to full-face wipers, standard cartridge inserts and 12.7mm axial cutters for heavy roughing and shoulder cutting.

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New bending features for higher productivity – Amada

As well as the demand for increased precision, bending accuracy and the integrity of the metal surfaces, this procedure requires plenty of physical effort and, until now, frequent manual intervention. These various tasks have an extensive impact on operator safety and speed of execution and they end up impacting the productivity and profitability of a business.

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In machine CNC marking tools – Tapmatic TapWriter

Tapmatic has introduced an exciting new product. The TapWriter allows you to mark your workpiece while you are machining it, without the need for a secondary marking operation. Part numbers, serial numbers, date codes, and even logos, can easily be created with this unique dot-marking tool.

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LK Machinery drill/tap machines

Along with the 3.7kW motor (5.5kW option), the TC 510 provides milling along with the drill tap feature. The front-mounted, above the spindle ATC is .5 seconds. “This is the fastest way to change tools,” said a company spokesperson. A double arm ATC (the TC 510D) is an option with 21 tools. Standard spindle (DDS spindle) speed is 12 000rpm with options.

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Fast and flexible – Widia’s modular end mills remove more metal in less time than comparable cutting tool systems

With a 60-year history of carbide cutting tool experience, Hanita’s VariMill technology brings exciting advancements to Widia’s replaceable tip system, including a range of helix and cutting geometries, an asymmetrical flute design, and wear-resistant AlTiN coatings for productive use in titanium and nickel-based super alloys.

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Hypertherm introduces new class of plasma with launch of XPR300 for X-Definition cutting on mild steel, stainless and aluminium

Hypertherm, manufacturer of plasma, laser, and waterjet cutting systems, has announced its most significant advance in mechanised plasma cutting ever with the introduction of an entirely new class of plasma called X-Definition. This new plasma is available for the first time in a 300 amp plasma system called the XPR300.

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Simplicity is key for Hurco

Simplicity of operation is key for Hurco for its proprietary Max 5 control for all types of machining operations. The CNC system, which runs the latest WinMax software, is intended for graphical, menu-based, conversational programming but is equally capable of handling NC code.

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Okuma’s versatile MA-600HII is ideal for heavy duty cutting and high production machining

Okuma’s MA-600HII incorporates powerful, high torque spindle options designed for high volume material removal rates. It’s available with a HSK-A100 20K spindle that boasts 50/55kW power for everything from heavy-duty cutting to fine precision work on aluminium alloys, cast irons and difficult to machine materials.

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Kasto vertical semi-automatic band sawing machine

The Kasto vertical semi-automatic band sawing machine manufactured by the metal sawing specialist Kasto is an excellent solution for companies that focus on toolmaking, steel processing and special machining tasks. Its ability to make longitudinal cuts allows one to saw square or flat materials with different cross sections from small rolled blocks or rolled plates.

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New T-Burst holder for Swiss turning applications – TaeguTec

The T-Burst holder for Swiss turning applications, as with the current T-Burst holder, applies high-pressure coolant from dual holes directly between the metal chip and the insert’s rake face; a feature that optimises control, extends tool life as well as increases productivity through higher cutting speeds and feed rates.

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Tungaloy’s new positive wipers improve your feed rate and surface quality in ID turning

Surface finish quality is directly influenced by feed rate and insert nose radius: the higher the feed rate, the rougher the surface generated by the edge of a given nose radius. In a conventional tactic, the feed rate is decreased to get a better surface quality.

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Gleason gear inspection machine has multiple types of sensors

Gleason has introduced the 300GMSL multi-sensor inspection machine, providing the capabilities of four instruments on one platform. Designed for manufacturers of automotive, aircraft and other like-sized gears, the machine offers a single, compact, reliable and easy-to operate inspection solution.

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Bystronic’s fast bending tool changing – a compact automation solution that extends the scope of the Xpert press brake

Sheet metal products are changing rapidly: a greater variety of shapes, increasing demands in terms of quality, smaller batch sizes, and shorter product life cycles. This has an effect on sheet metal processing. In the past, jobs with 1,000 or more parts were usual. Today, small quantities are in demand.

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The Studer S11 with extended functionality

This will particularly please users of the new S11 – the smallest production cylindrical grinding machine in the Studer Portfolio: Now they can profit from the diverse advantages of the Studer standard grinding cycles and the grinding software for offline programming StuderGRIND.

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January 2017

Get connected with Trumpf and the new machines

Among a host of new machine launches at Euroblech 2016, Trumpf also showcased innovative solutions on the way to Industry 4.0 in the field of sheet metal processing with TruConnect. The concept for networked production links machines, people and information via the new data output interface Central Link.

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Smaller inserts for Iscar’s popular MillShred range

Following the very successful introduction of the Iscar MillShred P290-18 milling cutters that carry 18mm inserts, prompted by customer demand, Iscar has expanded the popular line by introducing new tools that carry smaller 12mm inserts. The tools feature coolant holes directed effectively to the cutting zone, whilst Hard Touch coating provides smooth chip flow and protection from corrosion and wear.

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Mastercam 2017 for Solidworks

Mastercam 2017 for Solidworks is a CAM application that is fully integrated into Solidworks. Users can programme parts directly in Solidworks using Mastercam’s industry-leading toolpaths and machining strategies. In addition to all the improvements to Mastercam Mill and Lathe, Mastercam 2017 for Solidworks features the Analyze Toolpath and improved Tplanes.

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Bystronic 10 kilowatt laser accelerates the cutting process

What is faster than 4, 6, and 8 kilowatts? For those who want to be at the forefront of fiber laser cutting, Bystronic now equips the ByStar Fiber fiber laser system with a 10 kilowatt laser. This primarily provides users with one benefit: speed, speed, and even more speed. And suppliers that are fast lead the race for the best conditions for cutting jobs.

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TaeguTec’s five-cutting edge insert lines – ChaseMold RTMX and RTHX

ChaseMold’s RTMX and RTHX inserts including the line’s optimal cutter design were born through rigorous trial and error as well as performance testing in order to attain excellent performance in stainless steel, difficult-to-cut materials and turbine blade machining under severe machining conditions and in unstable fixtures.

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Okuma launches new generation of machine tools

The manufacturer’s trade innovations included state-of-the-art 5-axis vertical machining centres and a new type of intelligent multitasking machine. Among the highlights was the introduction of the world’s first multitasking machines capable of milling, turning, and grinding as well as laser-hardening and 3D metal printing.

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GC1130 insert grade now available for use with groove milling tools

Cutting tool and tooling systems specialist Sandvik Coromant has made its high performance steel milling grade, GC1130, available for use with CoroMill® QD and CoroMill 331 groove milling cutters. GC1130, which is the latest Zertivo™ grade from Sandvik Coromant, delivers high metal removal rates and secure performance levels in both wet and dry machining operations.

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Dual machining zones improve lathe accuracy

Tongtai’s newest MT series lathes were developed for improving cycle times and turning processes for the automotive industry where small parts are typically made within 60 seconds. After many years of working together on customising machines and turnkey projects with automotive customers worldwide, Tongtai developed the MT series for precision turning…

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A revolution in weld quality management

Robotic arc welding has reached a very high level of productivity and quality in various industries including two of the most demanding which are the car industry and fabrication of heavy mining equipment. This high performance has been reached in part through the use of 3D laser weld seam tracking and geometry measurement in fully automated welding cells.

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Neuenkamp roll shear knives

Neuenkamp is a specialised blade and knife manufacturer of high precision tooling for strip slitting, side trimming and cut-to-length-lines. Neuenkamp have been manufacturing high precision longitudinal, slitting and side trimming tools for over 90 years on the same site in Remscheid, Germany. Today, Neuenkamp is a leading manufacturer in the field worldwide.

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Mitsubishi Materials applications for tools used in the manufacture of medical equipment

The difficult-to-cut and uniquely shaped parts found in medical equipment are a challenge to machine efficiently. Improving machining efficiency and product life requires total applications, from CAD/CAM programmes through to the final cutting tools.

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Salvagnini: smart solutions to make a smart factory

Salvagnini, known for its ability to read the signs of the market well in advance, interpret them and cater to developing needs with original, tangible solutions, presented a range of machines and solutions ready to tackle the challenges of the fourth industrial revolution Industry 4.0, once again demonstrating its innovative spirit and its key role in the development of sheet metal machine tools.

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WIDIA’s new disc-style carbide-tipped reamer offers modular flexibility and is resistant to vibration

Widia’s disc-style, carbide tipped reamer, Top Ream, offers diameters as high as 42mm and a range of edge preps and geometries. This reamer uses a single carbide disc and brazed joint, providing a strong connection that is virtually immune to thermal effects during machining operations, the company says.

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The entire production process with Amada machines and latest processing technologies

Productivity is the key to the competitiveness for every company. Production technologies are the source for innovation, differentiation, ensuring the clients’ loyalty and facilitating the capacity to acquire new clients for the customers. Amada not only creates machines but also answers specific needs by delivering “tailor-made” solutions.

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Lindoflamm from Afrox for optimal heating applications

At the heart of each heating installation is the Lindoflamm burner with shapes and capacities that can be modified to the customers’ application and are matched with the right fuel gas mixture. The special burners can be customised to create the perfect fit for every heating application. The heating solutions can be semi- and fully automated and are tailored to customer’s requirements.

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Automation can really be so simple – DMG MORI’s Robo2Go with the Celos® App

The implementation of an automated process chain from the web shop to the finished workpiece is the core of the integrated turning cell, a new loading and unloading system from DMG MORI. Designed for mobile use on up to four turning centers, Robo2Go is controlled via a special Celos® App in which only a few entries are needed and a particular knowledge of robots is not required.

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Latest machining tool shows its metal – Kennametal’s Mill 16 face mill

Helping to tackle the toughest cast iron applications, the Kennametal’s Mill 16 comes with a wedge-style lamping system, numbered pockets and inserts and an open pocket design to increase chip flow in heavy roughing. Mill 16 is a face mill developed not only for CGI, but for all types of cast iron and is a popular choice for gear boxes, housings, pump bodies, and other components used in the automotive, agricultural, and heavy equipment sectors.

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Ekamant’s coated abrasives for sanding, polishing and cutting

A global company firmly rooted in Sweden, products can be found in all types of industry from large manufacturing plants to small shops, from China to the US. The main production plant and head offices are located in the small town of Markaryd, in the southern Swedish province of Småland, where Ekamant was founded in 1928.

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Introducing DrillForce-Meister, a head-changeable drill series – Tungaloy

DrillForce-Meister’s clamping system uses a unique error-proof asymmetric seat and a screw setting, which allows easy and swift head replacement by simply loosening and tightening the screw. Since a new drill head can be mounted without removing the drill body from the spindle, a full re-setting and re-indexing process is eliminated, shortening entire tool change time.

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Helicheck 3D boosts tool digitising – United Grinding

With a revolutionary new method, tools can be scanned and digitised very quickly and easily. With the 3D Tool Analyser software specifically developed for this application, horizontal, vertical and freely selectable cutting planes at any position can be laid on the 3D model. These are then automatically analysed and the corresponding parameters are available for the user.

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