Product Review

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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November 2018

If you thought a Mazak was beyond you … Think again.

The new campaign, which has the strapline “You don’t have to be big to be powerful” is promoting the QT-PRIMOS series, a range of compact, high performance turning centers, and its vertical version, the VC-PRIMOS 400 SG, a compact vertical machining center.

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CoroDrill® 870 from Sandvik Coromant gets three new grades

Cutting tool and tooling system specialist Sandvik Coromant is releasing three new grades for its popular CoroDrill® 870 exchangeable-tip drill. GC4344, GC3334 and GC2334 have been developed to offer significant tool life improvements and more predictable wear patterns, all while maintaining the high penetration rates and productivity for which the concept is renowned.

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Hexagon announces new flagship measuring arm

Eight years after the launch of the first Romer Absolute Arm, Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division has unveiled its new Absolute Arm range. A ground-up redesign has seen one of the world’s most recognisable portable measuring arms modernised to meet the needs of today’s metrology users, with a key focus on improved usability and versatility without compromising on speed and accuracy.

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Victor Fortune Vturn-NP16CM CNC lathe with Easyway Robot

Victor Fortune’s Vturn-NP16CM CNC lathe is equipped with a 6″ 3-jaw hollow hydraulic chuck, C-axis and BMT-45 live servo turret (12 live tools). It features a standard rear discharge chip conveyor. Optional is a right discharge chip conveyor. The lathe utilises roller type linear guide ways and features a Meehanite casting one-piece slant bed. Rapid feedr ates are 30 metres per minute for both axes. Machine width is only 1 600mm with a standard Fanuc spindle motor to save floor space.

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Milling tool removes more metal with lower machining forces – Kennametal Harvi Ultra 8X milling cutter

Kennametal’s Harvi Ultra 8X milling cutter was developed to meet needs in the aerospace and machine tool building sectors, providing high metal removal rates and enabling higher cutting speeds with lower machining forces. The company claims this tool can predictably remove 328 cm3 of Ti-6Al-4V per minute while attaining 60 minutes of tool life per cutting edge.

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The new Studer favorit

Studer is expanding its product portfolio and bringing a new machine series to the market – the favorit. With centre distances of 400, 650, 1000 and 1600mm, the favorit line is suitable for short to long workpieces and can be used universally. It comes in a completely new design and scores especially with its price-performance ratio. This CNC universal cylindrical grinding machine is designed for grinding in individual and batch production and can be automated.

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Walter product data is now available on MachiningCloud

Walter cutting tool product data is now available on MachiningCloud. Over 40 000 tool items can be accessed by Walter customers. Walter offers a wide range of precision tools for milling, turning, drilling and threading applications. MachiningCloud is a product data provider for world-leading cutting tool manufacturers, CNC machines, and workholding. The Walter MachiningCloud partnership utilises the convenience of cloud-based technology.

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Okuma’s new 2SP-2500H CNC lathe

Okuma has launched the 2SP-2500H two-spindle CNC lathe, with innovative front-facing twin spindles to provide much higher levels of productivity and far greater reliability, for auto parts and other mass production applications. The 2SP-2500H is an automation-ready machine that integrates two lathes into one unit with a standard loader that feeds blanks for continuous front and back work.

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Yaskawa Motoman MPX3500 painting robot

The Yaskawa Motoman MPX3500 demonstrates the capabilities of modern painting robots. Fields of application for this fast and flexible robot include the coating of automobile bodies, construction machines, components and many other workpieces. The 6-axis robot only needs a small amount of space to perform its work. The compact construction of the L-axis with no offset allows for the machine to be installed in small spaces close to the workpiece, while the internal cable and hose routing avoids interfering contours.

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Hurco double-column machines combine speed, stability

The latest additions to Hurco’s BXi CNC machine series are the BX50i, with XYZ-axis travels measuring 130 x 950 x 600mm, and the BX60i, with XYZ-axis travels measuring 1 325 x 1 600 x 700mm. The rigidity and thermal stability of the double-column design, combined with the weight of the machines, provide accuracy and improved surface finish capabilities. Designed for the mould making and aero-space industries, the machines are suitable for high-speed machining applications that require tight tolerances.

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Castrol widens range of long-lasting cutting fluids

XBB metalworking fluids reduce the use of additives and biocides and contribute to safeguarding workers long-term health. In 2016 Castrol reinvented the fundamentals of cutting fluid technology by developing soluble cutting fluids that dramatically reduce the need for expensive treatment additives, biocides or fungicides. Castrol is launching this technology in two new metal cutting fluids for ferrous and aluminium alloys, Castrol Hysol SL 36 XBB and Castrol Alusol SL 61 XBB.

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Feeding the positive milling champion – TaeguTec ChaseFeed high positive SBMT 09 insert line

The SBMT 09 insert comes with a high positive helix cutting edge and is perfectly suited for smooth machining applications. Similar to its SBMT 13 counterpart, the SBMT 09 is a single-sided, four-cutting-edge insert specifically suited to generate a lower cutting load during machining. The SBMT 09 insert line includes end mills in diameters 25 to 40mm, modular types in 25 to 42mm and face mill types in diameters 32 to 80mm.

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The new SH-5000P horizontal machining center from Tongtai

The new SH-5000P horizontal machining center from Tongtai was developed for mass production line formation. The new compact machine has a 35% smaller footprint than the previous model, allowing for maximum shop floor space utilisation. At only 2 300mm wide, floor space is minimised. The Tongtai SH-5000P horizontal machining center is a XY traveling column type design where the pallet moves in Z.

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EX-H-DRL – OSG’s carbide drill for removing broken taps in components

OSG’s Exocarb XH-DRL drill series is specifically designed to remove cut taps that have broken off in the hole during tapping. Sold individually or in sets, this tool is a cost-effective alternative to EDM as a means of removing broken taps. The trigon flute design ensures high rigid geometry to allow drill penetration into hardened tool steel up to 70HRC. Sold individually or in sets the Exocarb XH-DRL drill is available in 11 sizes. The drill removes straight flute, gun nose and spiral flute taps.

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Reap the benefits with Amada CFC technology – 90% faster laser cutting

Amada is making its new Clean Fast Cut (CFC) technology available as standard on the company’s 6 and 9 kW fiber laser cutting machines. CFC is said to be up to 90% faster than standard Clean Cut (CC) and can use less nitrogen when cutting 8mm stainless steel, for example. The technology was developed at Amada’s R&D centres in Japan and has been tested at the company’s European Laser Technical Centre near Munich, Germany.

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Widia’s Top Drill-S for stainless steel now available

The newly developed Widia Top Drill-S is now available for manufacturers of stainless steel parts seeking improved productivity, performance and tool life. Widia’s Top Drill-S (TDS) series has been designed to deliver pinpoint centring ability, as well as increased wear resistance and tool life when conducting heat-generating machining applications on tough materials. The geometry and gash design are said to improve chip evacuation and deliver a smooth chip transition from the cutting edge to the flutes.

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September 2018

Mazak’s versatile variaxis i-300 simultaneous 5-axis vertical machining center

Mazak’s versatile variaxis i-300 simultaneous 5-axis vertical machining center is now even more flexible and efficient with the addition of a high-capacity Auto Work Changer (AWC). Designed for automated small- to medium-size part-processing operations, the new Variaxis i-300 AWC excels in machining aluminium and other non-ferrous metals for a wide variety of industries.

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Amada unveils Silky Cut Fiber and Gas Mixer

Available for the company’s ENSIS and LCG (4 kW+) range of fiber laser cutting machines, these breakthrough innovations ensure superior quality in comparison to standard fiber lasers, allowing customers to enter new markets and win new orders. For fiber lasers, it is well documented that quality dips below that of CO2 lasers when working on thicker sheets with certain materials.

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Sandvik’s new ceramic grades aid high-speed turning in demanding HRSA materials

Cutting tool and tooling system specialist Sandvik Coromant is introducing two new ceramic insert grades that are capable of performing high-speed, high-security turning operations on components made from demanding HRSA (heat resistant super alloy) materials. The CC6220 and CC6230 ceramic grades have been developed to machine demanding materials.

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Doosan Puma TW 2600/M-GL

The Doosan Puma TW 2600/M-GL, a high productivity, 240mm class, two spindle turning center with a high speed gantry loader. This new generation Puma is the direct result of input from the automotive industry for a turning center that cuts the maximum amount of time from high volume production runs. The new machine is a complete upgrade of the previous model.

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TaeguTec’s Chase2Hepta with 14 cutting edges – economical 6mm insert

As the need for machining smaller volume work pieces made from cast iron and steel has grown, so has the need for smaller size tools that can enhance productivity and reduce operating cost. The Chase2Hepta 6mm size inserts and cutters are available to meet the challenges posed by technical trends in forging and casting technologies.

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Tongtai TMS Series 5-axis mill/turn centers feature B-axis head

The Tongtai TMS Series mill/turn machines are available in four different models, each available in three different configurations with up to nine total axes. The standard Tongtai TMS machine has a programmable tailstock. The TMS-S has a sub-spindle in place of the tailstock, and the TMS-ST features both a sub-spindle and a lower turning turret.

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OSG’s Phoenix PXD

OSG’s Phoenix PXD is an exchangeable head drill series designed for efficient, precise holemaking. It is ideal for 3XD and 5XD holes in carbon and alloy steel, cast iron, and non-ferrous materials. The Phoenix PXD exchangeable head drill with internal coolant for high efficiency large-diameter and stable drilling at high speeds, offers a lower cost than larger diameter carbide drills.

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Hurco VM5i machining center gets back to basics

The VM5I from Hurco is a small, agile, fast machining center. Over the years, Hurco’s entry-level machining center, the vertical-spindle VM1, evolved into the more capable VM10 and the manufacturer has continued to improve the specification. Linear travels have been extended, a larger toolchanger is provided, spindle speed and rapid traverse are both faster and a spindle chiller and throughspindle coolant have been added.

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Renishaw unveils new ultra-compact and highly repeatable radio probe

Strain gauge probe measures complex shapes, contours. Renishaw has introduced the RMP400 machine tool probe designed for small 5-axis machine tools. This ultra-compact strain gauge probe provides a reliable and precise touch-trigger solution for part setting, feature measurement and machine performance checking.

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Okuma introduces the new LU7000EX, a powerful 2-saddle CNC lathe for manufacturing large parts

Versatile lathe has a wide range of spindle variations to cut difficult materials for the oil and gas industry. Okuma has announced the debut of the new LU7000EX. This powerful, 2-saddle CNC lathe has a wide range of spindle motor specifications to easily handle manufacturing of all types of workpieces including large parts.

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Yaskawa Motoman MH900 large-reach, heavy payload robot

The heavy-duty, large reach Yaskawa Motoman MH900 robot is the latest addition to Yaskawa’s MH-series line of material handling robots. Its parallel-link construction provides strength, rigidity and stabilisation for high movement of inertia loads, and it easily accommodates a range of large, heavy components such as car frames, sheet metal, agricultural equipment, pallet-loads of bricks and other heavy materials.

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The DMU 200 Gantry from DMG MORI

5-axis machining with up to 30 000rpm and optional technology integration. 0.5 g acceleration for highly dynamic machining of large components up to 10 000kg on less than 24m² footprint. The DMU 200 Gantry from DMG MORI impressively combines the machining of large components and maximum dynamics. Users benefit in the aerospace and automotive industry as well as in model making and the energy sector.

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Widia Varimill with duo-lock modular system interface offers ‘a revolutionary new solution’ for milling

The Widia VariMill with Duo-Lock modular system interface offers ‘a revolutionary new solution’ for milling, with the Duo-Lock interface delivering the only modular, exchangeable head milling system that parallels the performance of a solid carbide cutter. VariMill geometries allow roughing and finishing with a single tool.

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Kitamura SupercelL-300G 5-axis, horizontal flexible manufacturing cell

The Kitamura SupercelL-300G 5-axis, horizontal flexible manufacturing cell has a 20-station APC with work ID system and 174-tool matrix style tool changer. Packing 20-pallets into a 3 835mm wide footprint, the Supercell-300G is a space saving production center with the ability to run small to medium sized, highly complex parts completely unmanned.

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Trumpf’s enlarged version of TruLaser Weld 5000 launched

Laser welding in XXL. The welding robot of the new, enlarged version of Trumpf’s TruLaser Weld 5000 processes parts up to four metres in length. There is enough space in the booth of the XXL system for large assemblies, such as big casings or water tanks. Users benefit from the advantages of the laser even when working with components on this scale.

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July 2018

Yaskawa Motoman’s 6-axis cobot eliminates operator pinch points

Featuring power and force-limiting technology, Yaskawa Motoman’s six-axis HC10 collaborative robot (cobot) works safely with or near humans by stopping in the event of contact with an operator. Featuring power- and force-limiting technology, Yaskawa Motoman’s 6-axis HC10 collaborative robot (cobot) works safely with or near humans by stopping in the event of contact with an operator.

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OSG ADO-SUS coolant-through carbide drill for stainless steel and titanium alloy

ADO-SUS drill series is OSGs next generation line of carbide coolant-through high performance drills, designed to drill stainless steels, titanium alloys and various other materials. The OSG ADO-SUS is one of OSG’s latest innovations for drilling stainless steel and titanium alloy with predictable and consistent tool life.

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A secure influence on machining – Sandvik’s CoroChuck ® 935

Hydraulic chuck for turning offers market-leading security. Cutting tool and tooling system specialist Sandvik Coromant has introduced a high-precision hydraulic chuck for turning operations that offers the market’s best pull-out security. CoroChuck ® 935 has been designed to deliver fast, rigid and secure clamping, time after time.

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Customer feedback drives number of updates in latest Edgecam 2018 R2 release

Edgecam 2018 R2, from Vero Software, contains 54 items of new or enhanced functionality that improve productivity across a range of cutting technologies and machining strategies. They include significant changes to the Pre-Drill Approach Roughing cycle, creating features from wireframe entities, 3D milling cycles in mill-turn Rotary mode, 28 new technology databases in the Wire EDM module, and Tombstone.

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Doosan DVF 5000 5-axis machining center

Compact type simultaneous 5-axis machine tool enabling high-speed and complex machining. The DVF 5000, Doosan Machine Tools’ next-generation 5-axis compact machining center, offers a diverse range of tailored options, automation, and maximum convenience, enabling unmanned machining. As such, it is part of the company’s lineup of multitasking machines designed for machining diverse and complex shapes.

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Hypertherm’s ProNest 2019

Hypertherm’s ProNest 2019 is a major version update of the company’s advanced CADCAM nesting software for automated cutting. This new release contains more than a dozen new features and enhancements designed to make customers more efficient and profitable. In addition, Hypertherm is releasing upgrades to its ProNest LT and ProNest LTS software for lighter production environments.

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Vero’s Radan offers both more automation and manual control

Vero Software’s Radan 2018 R2 sheet metal programme includes updated functionality that enables users to have a greater degree of manual control when needed. It also provides automation tools for improving productivity. While Radan 2018 R2 continues to provide important automation tools for improving productivity, according to company officials, users’ knowledge and experience of a company’s components can address certain specifics.

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Euromac’s FXbend Cell

Sheet metal bending is a relatively simple operation from a mechanical point of view, but getting a high quality bent piece is not as simple. We need bending presses with a high technological content and experienced operators, or alternatively a highly performing automated system. Euromac has decided to follow this second path by creating FX Bend Cell, a flexible and easy-to-use automated folding cell that combines the quality of processing with constant performance over time.

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On the straight and narrow – Kennametal Narrow Slotting (KNS) cutter

The Kennametal Narrow Slotting (KNS) cutter has been developed to ease some of the issues associated with this common machining operation. Kennametal’s KNS has a double-V design for secure insert retention. A combination of radial and axial positioning not only improves tool life but part accuracy as well, says the company. The insert range accommodates slot widths from 1.6 to 6.4mm.

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Trumpf XXL laser for tube processing

The TruLaser Tube 7000 fiber processes tubes with diameters of up to 254mm. Its solid-state laser and RapidCut functionality allow it to cut at high speeds. Delicate tubes for office furniture. Large profiles for agricultural machines. The new TruLaser Tube 7000 fiber processes both, and does so extremely quickly. This tube-cutting machine combines the high speeds of a solid-state laser with a broad range of processing capabilities.

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5th generation GOM optical sensors enable large volume scanning

ATOS 5 and ATOS 5X high-speed sensors have been added to the GOM ATOS product series. The new robust 5th generation 3D scanners are fast and precise with Blue Light Equaliser, a component specifically developed and resulting in an ultra-powerful light source enabling the scanning of large measuring volumes. ATOS 5X uses an integrated Laser Light Compressor to generate the ultra-bright blue light.

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DMG MORI DMU 50 – Compact universal milling machine for 5-axis simultaneous machining

This compact DMU 50 3rd generation sets new standards in 5-axis to 5-axis simultaneous machining. With its extended swivel range, more powerful spindle, and innovative cooling concept, the machine guarantees a competitive edge in a range of industries. It’s areas of application range from training, to general mechanical engineering, fixture construction, and on to include applications in demanding branches such as the medical, aerospace and automotive.

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Scara expands Fanuc small robot lineup

With the introduction of two new Scara robots, Fanuc has expanded its small robot offerings for high-speed pick-and-place, assembly, testing/inspection and other applications. Fanuc’s new Scara robots feature high-speed, precise operation for pick-and-place, assembly, testing, inspection and packaging processes in a wide range of industries including consumer electronics, auto component, plastics, food and beverage, lab automation, appliances and medical device manufacturing.

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May 2018

VMC enables precise five-axis machining

Okuma’s MU-5000V vertical machining center is suited for five-axis, multi-sided machining. The VMC is available with a No. 40 or 50 spindle, providing a configuration for many five-axis jobs. Ballscrew cooling and a rigid left-right mobile trunnion table support high-precision and heavy-duty cutting.

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Heidenhain’s DROs offer useful software features

Heidenhain’s Acu-Rite brand has released a line of three digital readouts (DROs) with software features and hardware for milling, turning, grinding and boring applications. Heidenhain’s Acu-Rite brand has released a line of three digital readouts (DROs) with software features and hardware for milling, turning, grinding and boring applications.

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Mazak five-axis HMC mills aluminium for aerospace, superconductors

Mazak’s HCR-5000S five-axis, single-table HMC is designed for efficient small- to mid-sized aluminium component processing. Mazak’s HCR-5000S five-axis, single-table horizontal machining center is designed for efficient small to mid-size aluminium machining for the aerospace and semiconductor industries.

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Castrol metalworking fluids reduce the use of additives and biocides

The new XBB cutting fluid technology from Castrol, however, now maintains constant pH levels and stable conditions for longer than other standard cutting fluids. Metalworking fluids can suffer from bacterial growth and contamination, resulting in a shortened service life. This leads to pH depletion, unpleasant odours, unstable emulsion and poor performance.

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Doosan compact VMC designed for lean manufacturing cells

Able to make aggressive cuts, the VMC is designed for machining small parts in tough-to-machine materials for a range of industries including medical, aerospace, automotive, firearms and die/mold manufacturing. Featuring a 12 000rpm, 18.6kW, 40-taper spindle with 116.6Nm of torque and a standard Big-Plus dual-contact interface, it delivers short cycle times, quality surface finishes and long tool life.

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Four launches for Hurco in its 50th year

Two machining centers and two CNC lathes made their European debuts at the recent MACH 2018 exhibition. The BX50i bridge-type three-axis Hurco machining center is a 13-ton machine with axis travels of 1 350 x 950 x 600mm, giving it a work envelope over twice as large as that of its smaller counterpart. The feedback of axis position is via linear scales.

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The new TruLaser Tube 5000 now also creates threads in tubes

Trumpf integrates an additional process step in its tube-cutting machines. The TruLaser Tube 5000 adapts to the individual production material flow. Two in one: The new TruLaser Tube 5000 integrates the tube and thread cutting processes in one machine, saving time and logistical effort in production.

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OSG Exocarb ADF drills

OSG’s Exocarb ADF drills combines two operations in one for the drilling of inclined surfaces and counter boring applications. The ADF was developed with an “all-purpose” concept for versatility, reliability and quality for flat-bottom holes. Machining a flat hole traditionally required the use of an end mill and a drill. The ADF enables one-step drilling thereby simplifying machining time and tool management.

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Amada’s 3kW Ensis fiber laser machine

This machine was built on the success of the 2kW version with improved cutting speeds and quality. In line with the existing high specification level of the 2kW Ensis, the 3kW machine will also be fitted with an automatic nozzle changer and Amada’s original WACS (Water Assisted Cutting System) for stable thick mild steel processing.

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Kennametal KBH10 – Mastering the challenges of hard turning

KBH10 is an uncoated PcBN turning insert that offers wear resistance and very low cutting forces. As a result, many customers are now enjoying double the tool life together with improved part quality. KBH10, a new breed of polycrystalline cubic boron nitride (PcBN) hard turning insert designed specifically for the challenges of today’s demanding market place.

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Victor CNC 5-axis 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 roller-cam drive to deliver “unparalleled rigidity and stiffness”, while shortening cycle times, when compared to conventional worm gear mechanisms.

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Tungaloy expands its TungCap programme for small part machining in CNC lathes

Tungaloy is expanding its TungCap family of PSC quick change tooling system, ensuring high productivity and precision machining for CNC lathes and multi-task machines, to include cutting heads and clamping units in C3, C4 coupling size. More manufacturers producing small parts for automotive and aerospace industries are incorporating a modular quick change tooling system in their CNC lathes to further improve productivity.

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Colchester launch new generation of Typhoon CNC turning centers

As part of the new brand launch at MACH 2018, Colchester Machine Tool Solutions have launched the new range of Colchester Typhoon CNC turning centers. Colchester Machine Tool Solutions demonstrated both linear and box-way Typhoon models at the show. The new Typhoon series introduces Colchester’s next generation in CNC turning, following on from the highly successful Tornado range.

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Iscar indexable tools challenge solid carbide for small diameters

Rotating one-piece solid carbide tools traditionally dominate the market for diameter ranges of up to 20mm and indexable tool manufacturers have not yet succeeded in penetrating this solid stronghold. Several important factors contribute to the historical perception of solid carbide as a better bet for tooling reliability. Solid carbide tool accuracy compares favourably with that of indexable tools.

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Renishaw’s SFP2, a new, improved surface finish measurement probe for use with the Revo 5-axis measurement system on CMMs

The SFP2 probe increases the surface finish measurement ability of the Revo system, which offers a multi-sensor capability providing touch-trigger, high-speed tactile scanning and non-contact vision measurement on a single CMM. Combining surface finish measurement and dimensional inspection on the CMM presents unrivalled advantages over traditional inspection methods.

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Studer introduces a new CNC universal cylindrical grinding machine to the market

The Favorit is for those that thought Studer was out of their budget. Studer has expanded its product portfolio and introduced a new machine to the market – the Favorit, with a centre distance of 1 600mm. If you believe that a large Studer machine will exceed your budget, have a look at the Favorit. This machine, top in price and performance, can be used universally and thanks to the centre distance of 1 600mm can also handle long workpieces.

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Vero Software’s Edgecam 2018 R1 release

Vero Software’s Edgecam 2018 R1 release includes updates that are designed to prevent unnecessary CAM regeneration and save time on roughing cycles for milling, turning and MTM. This version of the software does not automatically regenerate the remaining instructions when a user makes an edit to an existing command.

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Hexagon’s CMM offered in four capability packages

Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence’s Global S coordinate measuring machine (CMM) series can be customised for specific inspection work and changing manufacturing objectives. Four capability packages focused on productivity drivers are available: Throughput, Precision, Multi-Purpose and Shop-Floor. Built on the company’s Enhanced Productivity Series (EPS) concept, the CMM uses smart technologies and sensor configurations to streamline the creation, execution and analysis of measurement routines.

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Flexible Flow Mach 200 waterjet

The Mach 200 is specifically engineered to affordably meet waterjet applications from stone to carbon fiber. With the Mach 200, Flow has introduced a new cutting head technology: Pivot+ Waterjet for bevel cutting and taper control. Featuring the all new Pivot+ Waterjet cutting head, the Mach 200 provides capabilities not previously available on Flow’s economical Mach 2 waterjet systems. The modern electrical system improves reliability of the overall system.

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Yaskawa Motoman welding robot provides extra long reach

“It is the longest robot arm designed for arc welding,” said a company spokesperson. Available in floor, wall or ceiling-mounted configurations and suitable for multiple robot layouts, the MA3120 has been improved over the previous MA3100 model robot with twice the payload, longer reach and improved through arm wrist design for arc welding.

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Kitamura Mycenter-2XD Sparkchanger

Kitamura Machinery, a manufacturer of precision horizontal, vertical and 5-axis machining centers, has introduced its latest vertical machining center (VMC), the Mycenter-2XD Sparkchanger. It is designed to be a compact, powerful, all-in-one solution for fast, accurate simultaneous 3-axis machining. “With a host of value-driven performance features, Kitamura’s Mycenter-2XD Sparkchanger is the ideal machine for high production machining,” said a company spokesperson.

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Mobile job costing and quoting software – TurboTime

Using tablet selfies and QR codes. As a business owner, you know your monthly expenses (raw materials, salaries, rent etc.), but not many know how these expenses are broken down so they can be allocated to individual tasks. Do you ever wonder when you have finished a project, if you have made a reasonable profit, a decent profit or no profit at all?

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March 2018

Divide and conquer with latest Sandvik parting-off tools

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

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Innovative 3D control for DMG MORI’s universal machines

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

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Turning inserts for machines with limited cutting parameters

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Tungaloy’s face mills adjustable insert pockets reduce axial runout

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

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Doosan two-spindle vertical machining center doubles capacity

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

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A new look for gear milling – Iscar

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

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TruLaser 2030 fiber: Compact powerhouse for laser cutting

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

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

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

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HSG Laser fiber laser cutting machines and tube profile cutting machines

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

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

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

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Sumitomo AC8000P series grades for steel turning

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

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Amada Acies-AJ punching and fiber laser cutting combination machine

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

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Automated sheet metal handling and sorting for laser cutting – Bystronic

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

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KCSM40 is Kennametal’s new indexable milling grade

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

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Durma AD-S Series CNC Synchro press brake

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

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

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

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Fanuc RoboDrill machining center α-DIB5

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

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Mitsubishi M800 EDM control displays various information in a single view

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

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January 2018

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

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

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Hypertherm announces major overhaul of its Design2Fab sheet metal layout software

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

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New drive design: Hurco improves lathe performance

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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OSG VP(O)-DC-MT taps

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

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

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

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

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

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Radan 2018 R1 focuses on CAD/CAM and Industry 4.0

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

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DMG MORI Lasertec Shape – Unique products thanks to laser texturing

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

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Bystronic gives emphasis to remote maintenance

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

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Taegutec – Making the hard easy with HardMill end mills

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

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Focus CNC linear way series CNC lathes with Syntec controls

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

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Tongtai’s milling and tapping centers – VTX series

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

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

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

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

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

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Durma’s AD-R series of press brakes

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

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Heidenhain’s LIP 6000 linear encoder system

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

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Sumitomo AC1030U turning insert is for small part machining

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

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Renishaw’s four-laser additive system improves productivity

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

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