Product Review

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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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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