Product Review

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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November 2019

Coromant Capto® DTH Plus driven tool holders offer reduced machine tool downtime by enabling predictive maintenance

The introduction of a new dedicated tooling solution from Sandvik Coromant is set to boost the utilisation of turning machines and turret-based multi-task machine tools fitted with driven tool holders. Part of the CoroPlus® digital machining offer, the Coromant Capto® DTH Plus solution minimises costly downtime due to breakages by alerting an operator.

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Okuma presents robotics of the future: Automation for all company sizes

Okuma offers state-of-the-art automation solutions for all types of needs. At this year’s EMO Hannover 2019 the Japanese manufacturer presented Armroid and Standroid, two innovative solutions for advanced automatisation that are simple to install, easy to operate, productive and space-saving. With their introduction, Okuma sets standards for automation in the metalworking industry.

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Faster machining thanks to Artificial Intelligence – Fanuc

New CNC software tools. Easy setup, sophisticated surveillance and perfect performance were the key themes on Fanuc’s exhibition stand during EMO. Fanuc also showcased a range of useful software tools and options. The user interface iHMI has been further optimised and the operator control PANEL iH Pro has been fitted with more powerful hardware.

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DMG MORI and Jungheinrich create driverless vehicles to load/unload machine tools

The DMG MORI PH-AGV 50 optimally aligns with machine tools. A cooperation agreement between DMG MORI and Jungheinrich has seen the development of driverless transport systems. Designed as a flexible automation solution for intralogistics applications, the DMG MORI PH-AGV 50 enables the fully automated loading and unloading of workpiece pallets on machine tools.

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New TaeguTec Quadrush 34 inserts and holders for deep grooving parting applications

The newly added Quadrush 34 insert line is specifically suited for deep grooving and cutting of up to a maximum 10mm depth-of-cut compared to the existing Quadrush 27 insert’s shallow grooving which has a maximum 6.4mm depth-of-cut. The new inserts cover a wide variety of materials and cutting conditions due to their enhanced fastening design and high rigidity insert geometry.

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Heidenhain supports Mastercam to better enable 5-axis machining

In a collaborative effort to enable 5-axis machining for users with Heidenhain TNC controls and Mastercam CAD/CAM software, a new collaborate postprocessor is now available. Called the Heidenhain TNC 5X Mill post processor. CNC Software, Inc., developers of Mastercam software, introduced it after coordinating development efforts between the two companies.

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HARVI I TE four-flute, solid carbide end mill from Kennametal

Kennametal has announced the latest addition to its best-selling HARVI line of high-performance solid end milling tools, the HARVI I TE four-flute solid carbide end mill. With a radical new design, the HARVI I TE delivers outstanding performance in a broad range of materials, including steel, stainless steel, high-temperature alloys and cast iron, with tool life to match.

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Lissmac surface finish grinding machine SMW 5

Lissmac Grinding Machines of the SMW 5 series set benchmarks for perfect surface finish using the wet grinding process. The SMW 5 is built according to the modular principle and can be individually configured to meet customer requirements and is characterised by low tool costs, simple handling and also by the cost-effective price-performance ratio which results in short amortisation times.

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New products from Iscar

Iscar has introduced a new family of face milling cutters to provide a very high surface finish. The new HTF D…-R-LN10 cutters carry standard HTP LN…1006 tangentially clamped inserts with four cutting edges and can machine semi finishing and extra fine milling in a single pass. High surface quality is attained by means of a very rigid clamping of the inserts together with a long and straight wiper edge.

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The all new powerful Gühring RF 100 Speed 5-fluted and 7-fluted cutters

Especially when performing milling operations with very tough materials, it is only possible to increase the cutting speed to a limited extent while taking process reliability into account. Due to the increased number of teeth of the RF 100 Speed 5-fluted and 7-fluted cutter Ratio milling cutter, high metal removal rates can be achieved with stable process reliability, even with these difficult-to-machine materials.

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United Grinding launch their Rebuild – new from old campaign

“The operator gets his familiar machine back and continues where he stopped before the overhaul. But he is full of enthusiasm! Because his old machine is like new. In the Studer factory the specialists disassemble the machine into all its individual parts. The guideways are completely refurbished, the assemblies overhauled, the wear parts in the electric cabinet replaced, hydraulic and lubricating system as well as all valves replaced,” says Marcos Cotarelo.

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Kitamura’s MedCenter5AX 5-axis VMC machines complex medical parts

Kitamura Machinery’s compact MedCenter5AX vertical machining center is designed for high-precision, accurate and fast machining of complex, multi-sided parts in one setup. The machine employs a tilting A axis (±120 degrees) and a rotary C axis (360 degrees) with 0.001-degree minimum indexing control. Machining complicated parts like orthopedic implants or aerospace parts can be completed in one operation, according to the company, reducing overall machining time.

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Chiron’s Variocell Pallet pairs with FZ/DZ 16 5-axis VMC

The Chiron Variocell Pallet automation cell enables the company’s FZ/DZ 16 5-axis VMC to produce small batches of a variety of workpieces productively and flexibly. Different raw parts can be clamped in one of 10 pallets mounted on a rotary table. The handling system guides one raw part after another to the machining center and removes the machined workpieces together with the pallet after the machining process is complete.

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September 2019

GF Machining Solutions’ AgieCharmilles Cut P Series

GF Machining Solutions’ AgieCharmilles Cut P Series of wire EDM machines provides users with precise positioning and contouring capabilities for high part quality and productivity. The Cut P 350/550/800/1250 machines feature efficient digital power generators, robust designs and intuitive human-machine-interfaces (HMIs), as well as several automation options for lights-out and unattended operations.

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TaeguTec’s large selection of cutting tools machine any material quickly and efficiently

Drilling for success in South African industries. South Africa’s established and diversified manufacturing sector has grown to become a viable player with strong potential to compete in the global economy. Manufacturing is dominated by several key industries, out of which, TaeguTec has supplied the most advanced state-of-the-art cutting tools and tooling services to South African industries.

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Gühring’s SpyroTec – 90° spiral countersinks with convex cutting edges

Countersink tools have been around the engineering environment for what seems like forever. Gühring has gone to the trouble of reinventing some very old technology and put a new spin on it with new convex cutting edge and a special coating. Due to the completely new geometry of the cutting edges and the flute form Gühring has developed the outstanding countersink Spyrotec.

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Ermaksan 4kW Fibermak Momentum GEN-4 fiber laser

Ermaksan has launched its new generation G Force series laser cutting machine the 4kW Fibermak Momentum GEN-4 and will be exhibiting the machine at EMO Hannover 2019. The Fibermak Momentum GEN-4, a 4th generation model, is built for long-life with precision components and its rigid construction.

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Web users can customise tools and monitor equipment utilisation using new online service – Sandvik Coromant

Amada’s new Ventis-3015AJ is the first fiber laser cutting machine to feature the company’s LBC (Locus Beam Control) technology, which improves both processing quality and productivity in stainless steel and aluminium. It sets a new world standard for laser profiling.

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Amada’s Ventis is the first fiber laser cutting machine with LBC technology for enhanced stainless steel and aluminium processing

Customers of Sandvik Coromant can now customise a cutting tool online without having to speak with a company sales representative. As a result, the time to place an order for customised tooling solutions is reduced substantially, which in turn reduces overall tool delivery time.

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Iscar’s round tool concepts: Indexable, solid or even both

Indexable or solid – which design concept of a rotating cutting tool is better? As in many subjects of technology, there is no absolute answer to this question. However, a definite answer does exist if the advantages and disadvantages of both concepts are considered according to specific conditions.

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Four mistakes made when integrating nesting products with 3D CAD systems – SigmaNest

Getting nesting software to talk to your 3D CAD software can be a challenge. Once an integration has taken place, there is often a need for small design changes. After making the design changes many designers forget to acknowledge the impact of their alterations.

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Widia Victory X-Feed Series of high-feed end mills

Widia-branded X-Feed tooling was created as an application-specific portfolio to remove as much material as possible in the shortest amount of time, using a shallow depth of cut to achieve higher MRR and boost productivity. The impressive Widia Victory X-Feed Series of high-feed end mills has now been extended to cater for the machining of stainless steel and heat resistant alloys.

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Hexagon’s RS6 3D laser scanner can measure at higher accuracy while maintaining speed

Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence’s RS6 3D laser scanner is designed for use with the Absolute Arm 7-axis portable measuring arm system. The scanner offers high-density point-cloud data collection at high speeds, according to the company. The RS6 is said to improve productivity through the introduction of Shine, a set of algorithms that enable measurement at high quality and accuracy settings.

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Sumitomo’s AC4000K series turning grades for cast iron features technologies for longer tool life

Sumitomo AC4010K and AC4015K series turning grades for cast iron feature recently developed technologies that result in a longer and stable tool life. Consisting of a smooth cutting edge treatment, the AC4000K Series’ use of high adhesion technology drastically improves peeling resistance.

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July 2019

Extension of steel milling grades to additional Sandvik Coromant milling concepts brings increased tool life to more users

Following the successful introduction of its latest-generation GC4330 and GC4340 steel milling grades in 2018, cutting tool and tooling systems specialist Sandvik Coromant is now extending the range of application for these advanced insert grades to additional milling concepts.

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Yaskawa Cockpit software platform – Industry 4.0 in real time

With the Yaskawa Cockpit Yaskawa has developed a central software platform for networked production environments. The standard OPC UA interface is one of the company’s focal points. Yaskawa Cockpit is an innovative Industry 4.0 software that integrates robots and other factory level assets into a complete systems management and visualisation solution.

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Bystronic introduces the next generation BySmart fiber laser cutting platform

A flat-bed laser-cutting machine has been introduced by Bystronic that is aimed at sheet-metal processing companies wishing to exploit the productivity of fiber technology and its broad range of applications. The competitively priced BySmart Fiber can be supplied with a laser source of 2, 3, 4, or 6kW, as well as optional automated material handling solutions.

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Latest Edgecam supports one of the fastest 5-axis machining tools

Brand manager John Buehler says barrel cutters are recognised as one of the fastest tools when performing 5-axis machining, and are now fully supported in the Edgecam Toolstore. As well as ‘side tilt by contact point’ capability, the ‘Advanced 5-axis’ cycle also offers further gouge checking in the ‘swarf’ command, along with extra ‘ink’ control in all strategies.

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Sumitomo TSX milling cutters offer more stability during machining

Sumitomo Electric Carbide’s TSX-series tangential milling cutter is designed for stable, efficient shoulder milling at high feed rates. The TSX is engineered with a tough and sharp cutting edge, and provides the strength required for increased depths of cut ranging from small jobs to heavy-duty roughing applications.

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Trumpf releases offline programming software for laser-welding cells

The newly developed TruTops Weld programming software from Trumpf allows users to create welding programmes offline while the laser-welding cell is producing parts. Users then transfer the program to the machine where the TeachLine sensor system undertakes automatic adjustment to match the actual position of the part, thus minimising the need for teach-in processes.

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Kennametal launches next-generation tangential shoulder mills

Kennametal has released the next generation of its Mill 4-12KT tangential shoulder mill, which is designed to produce high-quality surface finishes in nearly all steel and cast-iron applications. “The Mill 4-12KT uses 15% lower cutting forces, an important consideration with today’s lighter duty, 40-taper machine tools,” says Tim Marshall, senior global product manager.

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Latest Amada fiber lasers bring high-end technology to mainstream market

Amada has released its latest high-power fiber laser cutting machines, the ENSIS-AJ 6 and 9 kW, which are aimed at any manufacturer needing fast piercing and cutting across a range of materials. These high-power fiber lasers offer a host of specially developed technologies designed to overcome common laser-cutting challenges.

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New AgieCharmilles Laser S Series texturing solutions reduce the risk of human error

The AgieCharmilles Laser S series, available from GF Machining Solutions, provides a solution to what the company sees as the limitations of conventional and manual surface texturing methods, reducing quality deviations without additional machining processes. Laser S machines can be equipped with 30W and 50W FlexiPulse sources as optional replacements for the standard 50W and 100W lasers.

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Innovation at heart of new Feeler 5-axis machining centers

Feeler’s 5-axis machining centers are designed to offer a cost-effective entry into 5-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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Fit 5-axis machining into any shop – Mazak

Mazak offers its 5-axis VC-300A/5X vertical machining center (VMC). “Suitable for the aerospace and medical industries as well as job shops, the VC-300A/5X brings advanced technology and production value to high-precision small parts processing in a space-saving package designed to fit into any manufacturing environment,” said a company spokesperson.

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3D printing platform for digital industrial AM production – EOS

EOS offers the EOS M 300-4 system, which is part of the broader, modular metal 3D printing platform EOS M 300 for digital industrial additive manufacturing (AM) production. The EOS M 300-4 expands the portfolio of Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) systems, among them the EOS M 290 system. The EOS M 300 series is an automation-ready, future-proof platform that is configurable, scalable and secure.

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Horizontal machining of complex workpieces – DMG MORI

DMG MORI offers the NHX 4000 3rd Generation horizontal machining center (HMC) for horizontal machining of complex workpieces. The NHX is equipped to provide flexible and economic production due to its range of automation options. The NHX series features sturdy construction for stable and high-quality machining. The X- and Z-axis guides are arranged to maximise rigidity of the bed, column and spindle.

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KASTOwin fully automatic band sawing machine

The KASTOwin tube A 5.0 is a fully automatic band sawing machine which has been specifically optimised for machining tubes. It features a cutting range of 500mm for round materials and a shortest possible cutting length of 10mm. The most important innovation: Compared to the other KASTOwin models, the direction of movement of the saw feed is rotated through 180 degrees and sawing is performed upwards from the support surface.

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Not a small challenge: Cutting tools for miniature dental and medical parts – Iscar

The fast-growing field is driven by enterprising orthopaedic surgeons and dental professionals together with medical screw and implant companies, who work in close cooperation with computer aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM) software developers and dedicated machine and tool manufacturers to transform their inventions into parts that are revolutionising medical and dental procedures.

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May 2019

CHMER EDM’s RV853L high-precision intelligent WEDM

CHMER’s latest RV853L intelligent linear motor drive WEDM is built to meet the great global demand for sophisticated machining processes in the aerospace, automobile and ICT sectors, as well as various other manufacturing industries requiring high-precision components and moulds.

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Latest Widia tooling catalogue available

Widia has published its Advances 2019 product catalogue, which is now available in the UK from Industrial Tooling Corporation (ITC). The 100-page publication contains information on newly developed products and extensions to Widia’s range of solid carbide and indexable tooling.

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LK develops 5-axis CMM for complex parts

Manufactured in the UK by LK Metrology, the latest Altera range of CMMs has been coupled with Renishaw’s REVO-2 scanning system and multi-sensor technology to offer manufacturers a 5-axis solution for inspecting the dimensional accuracy and surface finish of components.

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From CAD/CAM to tool assembly: Modern times require modern solutions says Iscar

New times dictate new demands for cutting tool manufacturers. Simply supplying tools and assisting in their application, including planning machining operations, is not enough – the modern metalworking industry requires virtual, non-material solutions that will be an essential feature of product lines tomorrow.

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The new Studer S31 – The versatile machine for large tasks

The new S31 performs complex and varied grinding tasks precisely and reliably. It can be used to produce small to medium-sized workpieces with a distance between centres of 400, 650, 1 000 and 1 600mm and a centre height of 175mm in individual, small batch and high-volume production.

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TaeguTec offers solid carbide guide pads for the T-Deep line of deep drilling heads and gun drills

Creating deep holes in some of the most difficult materials created takes not only nerves of steel but also the right cutting tool that alleviates the stress of standing over the machine hoping that the work is performed efficiently and effectively.

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Hurco introduces new 3D Import with 3D DXF Technology

Hurco has introduced the Hurco MAX5 control with the new 3D Import feature that includes 3D DXF technology. This control feature allows the user to simply load the file they receive from their customer directly into the Hurco control. “3D Import eliminates extra steps and is a huge time saver,” said Mike Cope, product technical specialist for Hurco.

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Bystronic BySprint Fiber: Now in the 12-metre format

Extra-large-format laser cutting systems enable users to stand out against competitors. Hence, Bystronic is expanding the BySprint Fiber laser cutting system with the 12020 format. The machine can be equipped with the Fiber 3kW, 4kW or 6kW laser sources, depending on the user’s requirements.

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Mazak spotlights multitasking: What is it good for? Absolutely everything!

Multitasking machine tool technology has revolutionised manufacturing and continues to play a critical role in today’s truly progressive shops. Besides the amazing gains in productivity, multitasking technology has catapulted shops, especially smaller ones, to levels where they can easily machine the most complex parts in the world and do so cost-effectively.

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Industrial 3D printing for tooling – Function integration, faster amortisation

Additive manufacturing from EOS increases both the productivity of the tools and the product quality. In many industries, the production of specialist tools is one of the most expensive aspects of the production processes. It is generally costly, time consuming and very technically demanding to use conventional processes. EOS has a solution.

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DMG MORI Robo2Go 2nd Generation: Flexible automation, simply programmed

With the new second generation of the Robo2Go, DMG MORI presents an innovation from its automation portfolio. It can be operated on the CLX and CLX series turning centers as well as the turn&mill complete machining centers from the CTX TC series. The flexible robot automation is easy to operate via new software.

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OSG TRS 3-flute coolant-through carbide drill slashes machining time in bulldozer track frame production

Komatsu Limited, a Japanese multinational corporation and one of the world’s largest manufacturers of construction equipment and mining equipment, is a key player in support of the growth of the heavy industry worldwide. Founded in 1921, the Komatsu Group today consists of over 180 companies around the globe.

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Amada EG-4010 press brake uses two servomotors

The bending machine EG-4010 completes the AMADA portfolio as the first ergonomic servo-electric press brake with the unique AMADA DSP system and sets standards in speed, comfort, reduced electrical consumption and intuitive programming. With 40 ton and a 1 050mm table length, it works perfectly for the production of small and precise parts.

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Victor Fortune’s 5-axis vertical machining center, the Vcenter-AX630

The Victor Fortune AX range of vertical machining centers are fully simultaneous 5-axis machining centers. Driven by a Fanuc and now also Heidenhain control systems, these machines are built utilising the strengths already established on the 2, 3-axis Victor Fortune VMC ranges.

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Messer Cutting Systems’ MetalMaster Xcel

Cutting processes are plasma and fiber laser. Messer Cutting Systems’ new high performance cutting machine, the MetalMaster Xcel has fast process cycles, high acceleration and even better cutting quality and accuracy through smooth guidance from the helical gearing and linear guides, says the company.

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Hyundai Wia XF 6300 5-axis machine offers a “box on box” design and direct-drive spindle

Hyundai Wia’s XF 6300 5-axis machine employs a “box on box” design that contributes to accuracy. It is designed for full 5-axis applications that require keeping the tool centre point in contact with the workpiece. According to the company, a rigid machine structure facilitates accurate, consistent metal cutting.

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March 2019

Amada EML-AJ Fiber laser/punch combination machine helps reduce cost per part

Amada has developed a new fiber laser/punch combination machine that is capable of delivering the ultimate in production flexibility to any subcontractor or OEM faced with manufacturing a high mix of sheet metal components. The EML-AJ slots neatly between Amada’s existing entry level and premium machines in this category.

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Latest drills complete Sandvik Coromant offer for hole making in aluminium automotive parts

Two new drills optimised for drilling aluminium automotive parts have been developed by cutting tool and tooling systems specialist Sandvik Coromant. Ideal for the machining of components in medium-to-large volumes, CoroDrill® 400 and CoroDrill 430 deliver higher throughput and lower costs, as well extended tool life and enhanced process security.

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Hypertherm introduces XPR rotational torch sleeves for bevel and robotic cutting

Hypertherm is introducing three new torch sleeves for XPR plasma cutting torches and lead sets. The sleeves allow the torch and lead sets to remain axially fixed while the torch holding device rotates 360 degrees in either a clockwise or counter-clockwise direction. This capability greatly enhances torch lead life in high-flex applications.

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Mazak Integrex j-200S with a second spindle

The Integrex j-200 is a compact machine designed for large workpieces – maximum machining size is 500mm and maximum machining length is 500mm. Additionally, a large machining area is provided thanks to long strokes: X-axis – 450mm, Y-axis – 200mm, Z-axis – 550mm, B-axis indexing range of 220° and C-axis of 360°.

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Donaldson’s new Downflo® Evolution (DFE) dust, fume and mist collection filters

For years, the government and other organisations have studied the risks of exposure to dust in industrial settings as well as the use of oils, grease and lubricants in metal cutting and forming. For decades, Donaldson has offered manufacturers advanced and reliable dust, fume and mist collectors engineered to provide outstanding filtration efficiency and energy savings.

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DMG MORI’s DMP 70 dynamic production machine

As the successor of the successful Milltap 700 the new DMG MORI DMP 70 stands for maximum productivity on the smallest space. With a footprint of just 4.2 m² it is around 10 per cent smaller than the Milltap 700. DMG MORI has designed the compact production machine for applications in medical technology, job shop as well as the aerospace sector and other demanding industries.

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OSG SynchroMaster tap holder

Modern CNC machine tapping centers are designed to synchronise spindle rotation with the feed axis. In rigid tapping high axial forces have to be absorbed by the tap’s thread flanks. This increased abrasive flank wear reduces the tool life of the tap as well as the surface quality and accuracy to gauge of the thread resulting in a significant decrease of process reliability.

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Tapmatic self-reversing manually controlled tapping heads

The biggest advantage to a self-reversing tapping attachment is cycle time. For example, if you are tapping an M8 sized hole at 2 500rpm, a self-reversing attachment will save you 35 to 40 per cent on cycle time, compared to tapping the same hole at the same speed by reversing the machine.

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Okuma double column machining for the automotive sector offers high precision for large dies

With over 50 years of experience and a production capacity of 40 units per month, Okuma is a world leader in manufacturing double column machining centers. Currently, there are over 8 000 Okuma double column machines in use of which roughly 3 500 are used in the automotive sector.

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Heidenhain’s new ND 7013 DRO

Heidenhain’s newest digital readout (DRO) is now available to the market and promises to provide machinists with significant advantages and even more reliable tools to better utilise their manually-operated machine tools (with up to four axes) than ever before. Called the ND 7013 model, this new DRO replaces the ever-popular ND 780.

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Open Mind has released HyperMill 2019.1

The 5-axis Prismatic Fillet Finishing module can be used in accordance with the principle of a high-feed milling cutter because of the geometry and automatic setting of the barrel cutter. Processing takes place in a plunging and pulling movement with a high feed, providing optimal machining performance with conical barrel cutters (circle segment or parabolic cutters), says the company.

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Hexagon’s HP-L-5.8 Fixed-Line blue laser scanning sensor creates point cloud measurements

Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division today launched its first blue laser scanning sensor for creating point clouds. The HP-L-5.8 joins Hexagon’s comprehensive range of tactile and non-contact sensors for CMMs and is designed for companies who need a versatile, affordable, fixed-line laser sensor.

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Chase2Mill line extended by TaeguTec

Suitable for ramp and slot milling applications, Chase2Mill is available in end mill, modular or face mill designations. Initially launched with a four-corner, double-sided 4NKT 06 insert range featuring a 90° entry angle that is suitable for high ramp-down applications, the 4NKT 06 has been expanded and a newly developed 4NHT insert series released.

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Trumpf achieves major gains in productivity with Active Speed Control

With this new feature, the system looks straight through the nozzle right at the cutting zone, monitoring it in real-time and autonomously controlling the feed rate of solid-state laser machines. This new function ensures a more reliable process for both flame and fusion cutting, reducing scrap and saving on rework.

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Latest Widia Novo available

“In minutes, Novo can supply a quick turnaround quote on solid drills modified against the standard option. We’re continually adding new internal support systems that make finding the right tool even easier. Just tell us what you’re looking for and Novo can quote it, with expected delivery – fast,” says Katie Richardson, Novo director of programme management.

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New mid-size turning center from Victor CNC

Complementing the existing Vturn-26 HD and VT-A26CM, the new arrival has been re-engineered to provide a host of new features that include the option of a servo-powered C-axis to offer driven tooling stations. This new facility gives end users the option of the cost-effective 2-axis Vturn-26HD workhorse or the equally cost-effective, more flexible 3-axis Vturn-S26.

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Sumitomo’s Sumiboron NCB100

Major product launches by Sumitomo Electric Hardmetal at recent international machine tool shows in Japan, Germany and the USA featured developments in Cubic Boron Nitride (CBN) and poly-crystalline Boron Nitride (PCBN) for hard turning, along with new milling inserts and drill range extensions.

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January 2019

SafanDarley R-Brake: The flexible bending cell

The SafanDarley R-Brake is a revolutionary bending-cell concept based on the SafanDarley E-Brake press brake. For the SafanDarley R-Brake, the press brake and the robot have been integrated into a single system. The robotic arm moves horizontally along a six metre long traverse at the top of the press brake.

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Trumpf ushers in new era of autonomous factories

Connected production environment gives rise to the smart factory. Trumpf showcased numerous solutions for autonomous factories at EuroBLECH 2018. The company presented a range of digitally connected applications for sheet metal processing that are designed to make manufacturing processes simpler and more efficient.

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New Sandvik Coromant insert grades boost steel milling operations

Cutting tool and tooling systems specialist Sandvik Coromant is launching GC4330 and GC4340, two new insert grades for steel milling. With the development of advanced production technologies, such as a new substrate, Inveio® coating and an improved post-treatment technology, the new grades provide great opportunities for substantially increased tool life and process security in comparison to the previous generation.

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Networked manufacturing processes, integrated automation and digital service solutions with Bystronic

Bystronic presented its range of networked sheet metal processing solutions at EuroBLECH 2018, including new automation and software solutions for laser cutting and bending. The firm has been focusing on fusing the individual processes relating to laser cutting, bending and automation into a network of intelligent components.

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OSG solid ceramic end mills

OSG Corporation announced the release of its new ceramic end mill series for high efficiency machining in heat resistant alloys. Ceramic end mills have been developed as an effective tooling solution for high efficiency roughing of heat-resistant super alloys (HRSA), which are widely used in the aerospace and energy industries. HRSA are classified as hard materials that are difficult to machine because of their excellent high-temperature strength and low thermal conductivity.

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Amada’s theme was processing innovation with new technologies

Pushing the limits in speed, energy efficiency and quality. Complete solutions for sheet metal processing. Next generation of IoT concept “V-factory” with machine monitoring and direct-response service possibilities. Amada presented the latest highlights from the world of sheet metal processing with a special focus on laser technologies and production benefits delivered by IoT.

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Iscar’s DCNT CHAMDRILL family

Iscar offers a complete package of hole making solutions for various machining challenges while taking the customer’s requirements into consideration, in terms of cutting parameters and many different production floor factors. We offer a wide range of drilling tools starting from Ø0.8 (in full solid carbide) up to Ø80mm (with indexable inserts). The drilling ratio is available from short 1.5XD to extremely long 100xD (as BTA and gundrill systems).

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Hypertherm introduces new X-Definition class plasma and industry’s first predictive maintenance waterjet pumps

Hypertherm introduced two new systems at EuroBLECH2018. Those systems are an XPR170, which joins the XPR300 as the only two X-Definition capable systems in the world and the industry’s first predictive maintenance waterjet pumps, called HyPrecision Predictive, to substantially reduce maintenance costs and disruption caused by non-planned service.

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TaeguTec’s QuadRush TQS type goes up to 8.2mm

When it comes to choosing a tool to perform grooving, parting and recessing operations, TaeguTec’s QuadRush is hard to beat but now the line has become even more interesting due to its expansion. In response to customer demand, TaeguTec introduced a widened width of up to 8.2mm TQS type insert which is characterised by its flat geometry and is made available in both special and profile formats.

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The Mazak Integrex AG series for gear cutting

Integrating multi-tasking machining with gear cutting processes such as gear milling, gear skiving and gear hobbing. Done-In-One processing with gear cutting and measurement functions. Mazak is perhaps the company most associated with multitasking – multi-axis machines that turn, mill and more to make complex parts complete in a single setup.

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Kennametal develops vibration-free boring system

“Perhaps the most important thing to know about the new bar is that it’s plug and play. There’s no need whatsoever for tuning or adjustments – you simply pull it out of the package, mount it in the turret, and get boring,” says Sam Eichelberger, product engineer for lathe systems engineering and part of the team that developed the internal dampening mechanism.

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