Efficient high-speed cutting at 30k
With the new speedMASTER 30k, DMG MORI has developed a high-speed spindle that is an optimal solution in die and mould applications and for the use of small diameter tools. DMG MORI components like the machine tool manufacturer’s extensive spindle portfolio make a significant contribution to quality and reliability in machining.
PFERD’s CC-Grind Robust: Revolutionising metal fabrication processes with its extreme stock removal rate, improved efficiency and comfortable operation
Transform your metal stock removal applications with the CC-Grind Robust—the optimum solution for increased productivity, cost-effectiveness and improved operational efficiency.
TaeguTec has introduced Multi-L-Turn and Win-Turn products for turning
The Multi-L-Turn insert’s narrow corner angles mean the V-type insert is capable of various profiling operations. However, the clearance angle between the pressed type insert and the pocket causes the insert to rotate during machining, resulting in dimensional displacement. To reduce dimensional displacement, TaeguTec has released an all new VBMX V-type positive insert and dedicated holders that reduce dimensional displacement caused by the pressed type insert’s rotation.
Hexagon halves quality inspection cycles and enables flexible manufacturing with the Presto robotic inspection cell
Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division has launched its new automated robotic inspection cell Presto, enabling manufacturers to reduce quality inspection times, increase efficiency, and streamline workflows. Presto will enable customers, such as automotive OEMs, to cope with the dynamic demands of the market.
Kennametal has recently launched eight new metal cutting products
Kennametal has recently announced the launch of eight new products, aimed at expanding and supporting their existing metal cutting tool platforms. With a commitment to innovation and excellence in the field of metalworking, Kennametal offers cutting-edge solutions for various metal machining needs.
Open Mind introduces new Hypermill functions for mould making
Software company Open Mind will be exhibiting at Moulding Expo 2023 that takes place from 13 to 16 June 2023 in Stuttgart, Germany. The manufacturer will present the Hypermill CAD/CAM suite at the trade fair as an end-to-end complete solution for tool and mould making.
Secure and high-quality aluminium threading with next-generation Sandvik CoroTap 100 and CoroTap 400
Global metal cutting specialist Sandvik Coromant has introduced a new generation of CoroTap 100 and CoroTap 400 for short-chipping and chip-free tapping of aluminium. The taps offer high process security and predictable tool life.
InnovMetric releases PolyWorks 2023 3D metrology digital ecosystem for manufacturing organisations
InnovMetric has announced the launch of PolyWorks 2023. This new release expands the PolyWorks universal 3D metrology platform to offer a digital ecosystem integrated into the four phases of a manufacturing organisation’s global dimensional management process which is product and process design, validation and production.
Reaching new heights with OSG’s P-OIL-CXPF carbide forming tap for through and blind holes
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 line-up of taps with diameters in various sizes and with specifications suitable for a wide variety of uses.
Hurco’s VC500i 5-axis cantilever machining center
The Hurco VC500i with XYZ travel of 520mm x 450mm x 400 mm is a 5-axis cantilever machining center that includes a 12 000 RPM spindle with a CAT40 spindle taper. The VC Series by Hurco was designed for customers to support a wide range of parts and allows machinists to use standard length tooling due to the B-axis configuration. The B-axis provides superb undercutting ability with a full 110° in both positive and negative directions.
Iscar’s Multi-Master concave radius disc-type milling heads
Iscar is expanding the Multi-Master interchangeable milling heads line with concave radius disc-type milling heads. Featuring a ground, positively inclined rake face and 6 teeth with T10 threaded connection, the milling heads have a radius profile on both sides and are available in 1mm, 2mm, 3mm and 4mm corner radii.
Greater efficiency thanks to digital assistance systems in machine tools from the United Grinding Group
In the private sphere, digital assistance and communication systems have become indispensable. In a professional environment, even outside of the office, supporting systems are increasingly gaining equal status. As a machine tool manufacturer, the United Grinding Group offers digital products that not only make work easier for its customers but also save time and money.
Struers launches Xmatic, one of the world’s first fully automated grinding and polishing solutions
Xmatic, one of the world’s first fully automatic end-to-end grinding and polishing solution, was launched today. Developed and produced by Struers, a leading materialographic solutions and services provider, Xmatic delivers best-in-class reproducibility and process efficiency, enabling materialographic labs to prepare more samples with fewer resources.
TaeguTec’s innovative, advanced Win-Cut line for parting, deep grooving
Cutting-edge industries turn to Win-Cut for high performance. At TaeguTec, economic conditions and pandemics have not slowed down the advancement to supply next generation metalworking products. In fact, they accelerated it with the introduction of the Win-Sfeed line of performance-driven cutting tools.
DMG MORI launches new entry-level 5-axis machining center
At the recent DMG MORI open house held at the machine tool manufacturer’s Pfronten factory in Germany, a new 5-axis machining centre was launched aimed at the entry-level market. Less than two metres wide, the compact, competitively priced DMU 40 is capable of fully interpolative 5-axis machining to within microns within a 550mm x 450mm x 420mm working volume.
OPEN MIND releases hyperMILL 2023
Load faster, calculate faster and create backbores. The shift to hyperMILL release 2023 makes the CAD/CAM suite from OPEN MIND Technologies AG even more powerful and introduces innovative functions. Not only does the software load faster, but the calculation time of tool paths was able to be accelerated as well.
Kennametal introduces gold standard turning insert grade with advanced coating technology
Kennametal has introduced a new, higher performance turning grade with an advanced coating technology. KCP25C with KENGold is the first choice for metal-cutting inserts with improved wear and higher metal removal rates for steel-turning applications.
Powerful, automated, and sustainable: Trumpf launches new bending machine for XXL parts
TruBend Series 8000 machines from Trumpf bend oversize parts faster and more efficiently. Ideal choice for the smart factory thanks to numerous automation features. Motor with on-demand drive achieves energy savings of up to 26 per cent. Trumpf has launched the latest generation of its TruBend Series 8000.
Amada releases a fully automatic retrofittable bending cell
Amada’s RBR series, a fully automatic solution with the possibility to schedule a large production run of different parts, is now available for the European market, The bending cell is equipped with all the appropriate devices to bring the necessary flexibility required by our customers, such as the automatic tool and gripper changers, and the motorised regripping units to support the part manipulation by the bending robot.
Sandvik CoroMill Dura offers flexible roughing and finishing in multiple materials
Cutting tool and tooling system specialist, Sandvik Coromant has introduced a completely new range of high-end versatile solid end mills. CoroMill Dura will replace the existing versatile CoroMill Plura end mills. The concept is developed for roughing to finishing with different engagements in all applications and materials.
Uses for feeler gauge from Hasberg
Mechanical assemblies such as machines are built up from a series of mating parts. The fit of those parts is often designed to be within a specified tolerance that assures reliable operation for the machine – for example, the fit of a piston into the cylinder of an engine.
Mazak Integrex i-100HS multitasking machine for complex part applications
The Integrex i-100HS multitasking machine combines the abilities of a full-function machining center and a high-powered turning center to produce small and medium-sized workpieces in single setups. Mazak says its Integrex i-100HS multitasking machine offers a small footprint and simultaneous 5-axis capabilities along with maximum versatility, high precision and throughput for complex part applications.
Andor abrasives: Optimum bonding systems with Grinding Techniques
Bonding systems play a critical role in the performance of precision abrasives and can be seen as the “glue” that keeps everything together. A high-quality bonding system holds the grain in place up to the optimum point where the grain is held just long enough for it to get blunt, and then to release the dull grain, in order to expose new sharp grains to continue with the cutting operation.
Heavy-duty machining from Victor
Designed to tackle all heavy-duty machining requirements, the new Victor Vcenter G-series of machines are built with stability and rigidity in mind. The G-series is ideal for high material removal rates and applications where manufacturers are processing particularly challenging materials.
Open Mind introduces new toolmaking function to its CAM system
In the mould and die industry, the hyperMILL CAD/CAM suite from OPEN MIND is regarded as an end-to-end complete solution. This is due to its ability to cover aspects such as electrode manufacturing and wire EDM. It is now the introduction of the 5-axis radial machining function that takes centre stage.
Iscar’s new blocks for 100mm and 150mm high parting blades
Iscar has introduced new blocks for 100mm and 150mm high parting blades that carry 9.5mm and 12.7mm Tang-Grip and Self-Grip inserts. Up until now, blocks for 100mm and 150mm blades were supplied for special requirements or were produced by the end-user. As the consumption of these heavy-duty blades continues to rise, and due to ongoing requests, it was decided to offer the 2303017 SGTBU 100-9-12 and 2303018 SGTBU 150-9-12 blocks as standard items.
Amada enhances LBC technology for higher performance and lower consumption
In order to keep customers profitable in the increasingly competitive laser cutting market, Amada exhibited the new 6kW Ventis fibre laser featuring the company’s unique Locus Beam Control (LBC) technology at EuroBlech 2022, highlighting its ability to perform like an 8 to 10kW machine but with lower running costs.
Gühring has launched a new range of milling cutters especially for mould making
The demands that mould makers place on cutting tools are high. After all, these are responsible for over 90% of the product quality. However, perfect part quality can only be achieved with tools that guarantee process reliability, precision and repeatability. Gühring has launched a new range of milling cutters especially for mould making to meet these requirements.
Mazak debuts laser beam shaping technology at EuroBLECH 2022
Mazak has unveiled two new game-changing laser processing machines for the cutting of tube, pipe and sheet metal at EuroBLECH 2022: The FG-400 NEO and the Optiplex 3015 NEO15 kW. The FG-400 NEO can streamline production and improve performance by running multiple processes in one machine including 3D cutting, tapping, drilling, chamfering and flow-drilling.
Kennametal expands Kentip FS modular drill portfolio with new technologies covering more materials, more applications
Kennametal has added to its KenTIP FS modular drill platform by leveraging the patent-protected GOdrill technology for a new insert, the KenTIP FS GTP, along with several new straight-fluted drills for multiple materials and applications including the KenTIP FS SCF and KenTIP FS BF Holders.
New partnership provides G-Code simulation within Mastercam
Sandvik’s CNC Software, the developers of Mastercam have partnered with Camwerk to provide customers with the unique and easy-to-use fully-integrated machine solution called NC2Check. Mastercam developers worked closely with Camwerk to build a solution for G-code simulation within Mastercam. The integration gives Mastercam customers a solution for avoiding machine damage, downtimes, failures, and makes their production and programming even more efficient and error-free.
Sandvik Coromant offers higher productivity when milling nickel-based alloys
Cutting tool and tooling systems specialist, Sandvik Coromant extends the series of ceramic exchangeable milling heads and introduces a new ceramic grade for optimised performance in nickel-based alloys. The latest brazed ceramic CoroMill 316 offers a more productive method for roughing in ISO S materials than standard carbide milling cutters.
Sandvik expands milling products with new CoroMill MF80 for high-performance face and shoulder milling
Global metal cutting leader, Sandvik Coromant is expanding its milling product portfolio with the introduction of the new CoroMill MF80 for automotive milling applications in ISO K and ISO P materials in close to 90-degree operations with fixture constraints. Based on a technology platform similar to the existing CoroMill 345, this new milling concept offers a 40% lighter cutter body with shim protection and high number of inserts for secure and stable machining.
United Grinding’s Studer S131r cylindrical ID-radius grinding machine shows off high-precision
Studer’s S131r cylindrical ID-radius grinding machine is well suited for the toughest ID grinding operations where maximum precision is paramount. The Studer S131r is said to excel in general grinding applications and the production of complex workpieces made from extremely hard materials, along with hydraulic components such as axial pump pistons, guide plates and housings from hardened steel, cast iron and copper.
DCNT: Iscar’s new SumoCham pre-thread hole drills
As pre-thread hole drilling is very popular in many industrial tapping applications, Iscar is upgrading the DCNT ChamDrill family to include similar drills that carry the more advanced SumoCham drilling heads. The new DCNT drills have been designed for M8 to M24 ISO M standard pre-thread holes and carry two standard chamfering inserts designated AOMT 060204-45DT IC908, symmetrically mounted so that the cutting forces are balanced for optimal performance.
DN Solutions bridge-type VMC built for cutting performance, accuracy
DN Solutions (formerly Doosan Machine Tools) has introduced the BVM 5700, the latest member of its family of vertical machining centers (VMCs). The BVM 5700 weighs 7 700kgs with a structure built for cutting performance and accuracy. With its bridge-type construction, and single-direction moving table, DN Solutions notes that customers can handle heavier parts and cut with increased rigidity.
TaeguTec’s threading line available for external threading applications
TaeguTec’s QuadRush line, known for high accuracy and surface quality, is now available for external threading applications. With this expansion into threading applications, TaeguTec is providing end-users the highest productivity and economical tools already employed by end-users in parting and grooving applications.
Hurco unveils the VM15Di 3-axis CNC mill
Hurco unveils the VM15Di (XYZ travels: 760mm by 406mm by 508mm), which Hurco says combines productivity, technology and value. The VM15Di 3-axis machining center reduces cutting times and heat transfer. It boasts a table size of 900mm by 406mm, with a table load of 680kgs and rapid feed/ cutting feed of XYZ of 36/36/30m/minute.
Cut longer with Kennametal’s KCK20 and KCKP1 indexable milling grades
Kennametal has introduced the KCK20B and KCKP10 indexable milling grades for higher wear resistance and up to 30% longer tool life when machining cast iron and compacted graphite iron components. Both grades offer higher productivity and consistent, repeatable performance during roughing, semi-finishing, and finishing operations.
VSHAPER 500 PRO 3D printer launched
The VSHAPER 500 PRO is a 3D printer for industrial use. It prints a wide range of materials from high-temperature PEEK and demanding, flexible TPU, through advanced polyamides to basic materials. Thanks to the application of a two-nozzle head, it can use two materials in one process – a main and a support or two main materials, which releases a wide range of possibilities of this 3D printer when processing complicated models.
Hypertherm introduces new single-piece cartridge consumable for HPRXD plasma systems
Hypertherm Associates has released of a single-piece consumable cartridge and cutting torch for Hypertherm HPRXD plasma systems. The new HPR cartridge is designed for use with current HPRXD systems, and aside from the new torch, requires no changes to the system or system settings. Operators can replace both in seconds without the use of tools.
Kitamura Mycenter-HX300iG/400: Compact HMC with large work envelope
Kitamura Machinery offers the Mycenter-HX300iG/400, a small footprint horizontal machining center (HMC) that features a large work envelope of 460mm by 510mm by 560mm (XYZ) with a maximum workpiece diameter of 500mm and maximum workpiece height of 745mm.
Gühring introduces expansion to 222 parting and grooving series
Gühring has now expanded its grooving and parting-off to include a new grade with a blade width of 3mm for parting-off stainless steel materials. The System 222 expansion adds to the existing indexable inserts for steel materials. With two cutting edges and a length of 22mm, the new indexable insert is ideally suited for parting off the most common bar diameters.
The new Robo2Go MAX from DMG MORI
Occupying a footprint of only 12.5m², the new Robo2Go MAX from DMG Mori allows large lathes and turn-mill centers to be easily and flexibly automated. The robotic system is designed for handling workpieces from 40mm to 400mm in diameter and weighing up to 115kg, maximum payload including gripper being 210kg.
Kennametal launches new KYHK15B ceramic grade
The new ceramic grade delivers highest productivity when machining hardened steels, high-temperature alloys, and cast irons. Kennametal has introduced its latest ceramic turning grade, KYHK15B, designed to deliver increased productivity and lower cost per edge in hard turning operations.
CAM software speeds multitask machine programming
Esprit CAM, part of Hexagon, is said to offer flexibility in Swiss-type and turn-mill machining, enabling simple programming of complex parts. It accomplishes this with features including a robust system interface that handles a variety of operations including re-chucking, broaching, thread whirling and pinch turning/milling, the company says.
Pferd’s VSM Actirox high-performance abrasive fibre discs and belts
Increased productivity and greater economic efficiency are words metal fabrication shops everywhere want to hear. Fortunately, it’s easier to achieve than one would think and can be done with Pferd’s VSM Actirox, a range of high-performance abrasive fibre discs and belts used for metal stock removal processes.
Additions to TaeguTec’s Maxi-Rush line
TaeguTec has added new solid carbide heads for 5-axis profiling to the Maxi-Rush line. Profiling with solid carbide ball type end mills on 5-axis machines has disadvantages such as excessive machining time and poor surface finish. To solve these problems, TaeguTec has added oval and lens shape solid carbide heads that are capable of doing 3D profiling.
New generation Trumpf fibre lasers for multiple applications
Two, new generation fibre lasers that offer solutions for both integrators and users, have just been introduced by Trumpf. The TruFiber S and TruFiber P series are remarkably versatile tools for welding and cutting thick, thin and particularly challenging materials and even additive manufacturing. They are robust, reliable and provide long term, high process stability.
Mastercam 2023: Industry input drives multi-axis, mill/turn advancements
Manufacturers from all over the world got the chance to test-drive Mastercam 2023 during the public beta program before it was released and provided valuable feedback to help shape the final 2023 product. Many of the improvements in Mastercam 2023 are directly driven by Mastercam users and shops.
The new hyperMILL 2023.1
The programme’s efficient programming and machining strategies promote accurate, efficient 2.5D, 3D, 5-axis and mill/turn machining. Developed with Industry 4.0 in mind, the hyperMILL virtual machining provides postprocessing, and G-code simulation, including a virtual machining optimiser that offers innovative solutions to improve toolpaths traditionally calculated in the CAM engine.
Two new 5-axis laser drilling machines from DMG Mori
For rapid, efficient production of cooling air holes in gas turbine components such as guide vanes, blades, buckets, combustors and heat shields, DMG Mori has introduced the new Lasertec 160 PowerDrill and its smaller counterpart, the Lasertec 100 PowerDrill.
New sinker Mitsubishi EDMs with artificial intelligence (AI) adaptive control technology
The new Mitsubishi SV12P and SG12 sinker EDMs optimise performance, improve productivity, reduce electrical consumption and take the guesswork out of estimating machining time. The proprietary AI technology makes logical use of condition-monitoring data.
Edgecam 2022.1 releases new enhancements
Several new enhancements have been made in Edgecam 2022.1. Major updates to highlight include: Holder collision avoidance, Advanced 5-axis deburring cycle, Tombstone manager, Thread milling, Machine tool configuration improvements, Automatically set stock and fixture attributes from Designer, Waveform roughing, Waveform turning, Rough grooving cycle and Machine simulation.
Studer’s new uniLoad loading system
Studer’s uniLoad loading system is an automatic loading system that enables users of the S31 and S33 external cylindrical grinding machines to increase quality and productivity. Thanks to the modern and intuitive control, the system is so easy to operate that no special programming training is required. The control was developed by Wenger Automation and continues the Studer operating philosophy.
Pferd’s milling process optimisation
If you are looking for tool solutions to improve the efficiency and productivity of your milling applications, consider adding Pferd’s high-performance milling tools to your daily operations. The range of tools includes spiral drills, step drills, countersinks, tungsten carbide burrs and hole saws.
The AgieCharmilles CUT P Pro series for higher productivity
Before launching the CUT X series, GF Machining Solutions launched the AgieCharmilles CUT P Pro series of wire-cutting EDM machines, designed for increased productivity and ideal for every application with the largest technology database. The series includes the CUT P 350 Pro, the 550 Pro and the 800 Pro with robust designs and the intuitive interface Uniqua as well as automation options for lights-out operation.
Iscar introduces the new TOR-6-MILL family of multifunction milling cutters
These TOR-6-MILL cutters are available in the following configurations: TR6 ER endmills in a diameter range of 16mm to 32mm; TR6 ER-M interchangeable milling heads with Flexfit adaptation in a diameter range of 16mm to 35mm and; TR6 FR face mills in 52mm, 66mm and 80mm diameters.
Mazak’s redesigned Integrex i-H Series of multi-tasking machines are designed for automation
Mazak’s redesigned Integrex i-H Series of multi-tasking machines takes optimised machining and easy automation to new heights. These machines meet and exceed the competitive need for precision and superior surface finishes on demanding parts that have no margin for error.
Making smaller better. Sandvik’s CoroDrill 862 with -GM geometry supports quality in small part machining
The growing need for smaller electronic parts presents real challenges for manufacturers, including in processes like micro drilling that involves producing holes smaller than 3mm in diameter. Micro drilling techniques are used to produce components ranging from aerospace components, hydraulic valves, watch cases and medical devices to surgical instruments, electronics, actuators, sensors, navigational systems and more.
Evolution of laser welding with Hugong HGLW fibre laser welders
The intimate relationship that exists between a welder, the torch and the metal in manual applications is not one that’s been replicated by laser welding technology developers – at least not until recently. In most metal fabricating applications involving laser welding, human involvement typically is limited to programming a robot that wields a laser welding head that moves around a fixtured workpiece. That was until the hand-held laser welding system was introduced.
hyperMILL Virtual Machining solution: All the process steps for virtual machining
Open Mind is further closing the gap between CAM systems and physical machine environments with its latest version of its hyperMILL Virtual Machining solution. The integrated all-in-one system eliminates the need for various software solutions as it maps all steps virtually, giving manufacturers absolute control over the machining process. This includes programming, NC code generation and optimisation, simulation of the NC code and networking with the machine.
Grinding Techniques’ Andor grinding wheels have advantages when high-performance internal precision grinding is needed
When bores and holes, straight or tapered need to be ground to specific tolerances and finishes, internal cylindrical grinding is the application of choice. One of the major challenges faced with this grinding application, is the restriction of coolant, as the grinding wheel is encapsulated by the workpiece.
Mastercam milling innovations: Accelerated Finishing technology
The future of CNC finishing: How Mastercam is changing the game. Mastercam, one the world’s leading suppliers of mechanical engineering software for cutting and machining professionals has just introduced the new Accelerated Finishing technology. Mastercam worked with the industry’s best tool manufacturers to bring you technology that will change how you work to gain greater efficiency and higher machining productivity, Mastercam said.
Cover more turning applications with Kennametal’s GUP-V geometry
The new Beyond Evolution profiling geometry enhances the capability of the best-selling grooving and cut-off platform. Kennametal has introduced the new Grooving Universal Positive Profiling geometry (GUP-V), expanding on its Beyond Evolution grooving & cut-off platform. With the addition of the new V-shaped single-sided insert, Beyond Evolution can cover now more applications than ever and helps to save tooling cost.
Mazak’s CV5-500 entry-level 5-axis machining center
Mazak’s CV5-500 entry-level 5-axis machining center has been designed to combine high-speed precision machining with ease of operation. The bridge construction design of this 5-axis VMC with a fully supported trunnion table provides uncompromising levels of rigidity for precision machining, defining a new standard for exceptional value 5-axis machine tools.
TaeguTec’s Tang-SFeed now available in ultra-small 05 size inserts and end mills
TaeguTec has introduced a small 05 size insert to the Ø10 (2 teeth) end mill Tang-SFeed product line currently available in 09 and 14 sizes. Along with the smaller size end mills, two new inserts have been added; a LPKU 05 utility type and a LPHU 05 precision type. Both inserts along with the end mills, modular head type are available in a 10mm to 32mm diameter range and extended flute end mills in a 16mm to 25mm diameter range.
Hurco’s new TMX8MYSi CNC lathe with Y-axis and driven tooling
The models include 8-inch and 10-inch chuck versions with the option of a programmable W-axis to position the tailstock or sub-spindle. The new TMX turning centers offer higher specification and performance than the well-established and popular TMi and TMMi models. The major differences are higher power and speed plus a larger, heavier machine frame and the addition of a Y-axis in addition to the W-axis axis to allow more versatile machining.
Pferd offers comprehensive solutions for the metalworking industry
By drawing on the more than 200 years’ expertise and experience of its parent company in Germany as well as its own since its establishment in 1968, Pferd-South Africa can offer users in Sub-Sahara Africa a full-circle-service in the form of tailored solutions specific to each customer’s requirements for surface preparation, material cutting as well as finishing.
AgieCharmilles CUT X series of wire cutting EDM machines available worldwide
With the new high-end CUT X series, GF Machining Solutions makes use of its over 100 years of experience in wire cutting EDM. The new CUT X series in the Pinifarina design, which includes the CUT X 350 and the CUT X 500 machines, features new technologies that significantly increase operating precision. The machines are capable of holding extreme pitch positioning and contouring capabilities.
Guhring’s new RF100 Sharp Series of high-performance end mills
To address the issue of machining soft, tough and high-alloyed materials that create an issue with swarf clearance, Guhring has now introduced its new RF100 Sharp Series of high-performance end mills. Chip jamming and swarf sticking to the cutting tool can create a major impact upon productivity and machining performance. To eliminate this problem, Guhring has developed the new RF100 Sharp Series of solid carbide end mills.
Amada launches large bed Ensis-6225A fibre laser
Amada recently launched its ENSIS-6225AJ fibre laser cutting machine into the European market. With the ability to process a 6.2m x 2.5m sheet of material, the new machine is available in 6, 9 and 12kW variants, with all powers able to cut up to 25mm mild steel, stainless steel and aluminium.
New Kennametal KMH drill for hardened materials without coolant holes (external coolant)
The all-new KMH solid carbide drills are engineered for hard material applications up to 65 HRC. The B94 drill series without through coolant is specifically designed to machine hardened and surface-hardened materials using flood coolant. With its 145° point angle, it is also perfectly suited as a pilot drill for the B95 drill series with through coolant and 140° point for deeper applications.
Jetlaser: The flexible laser cleaning system by 4JET
4JET has extended its product offering for laser surface processing systems by introducing a new range of flexible laser cleaning systems. Contact-free laser cleaning is a superior alternative to many conventional cleaning technologies in industrial manufacturing and maintenance. Laser cleaning is non-abrasive to the surface, environmentally friendly and works at almost neglectable consumable cost.
Hypertherm: Bye, bye consumables, hello cartridge
Until now, plasma consumables have all worked the same way. You would grab five consumables, put them in the right order and screw them onto your torch. It sounds simple, but in real life it wasn’t. You had to find the right consumables, double check part numbers, assemble your stack and then carefully install onto the torch. Not too loose, not too tight. Everything needed to be just right.
Sandvik Coromant launches new tools for precision machining: The CoroDrill462 and the CoroDrill862
Sandvik Coromant, a global leader in machining solutions, has launched two new microdrill families specifically designed for precision machining. The CoroDrill462 with XM geometry and the CoroDrill862 with GM geometry support industries that demand small parts manufacturing, such as medical, automotive, electronics and aerospace. Designed to cover a variety of workpiece materials, the new drills offer precise performance where accuracy is key.
Thin-gauge sweet spot – Amada
An example of a technology that is helping companies do more with fewer kilowatts is Amada’s Locus Beam Control (LBC) technology, which currently is available only on the company’s Ventis 3015 AJ fibre laser table, a 4kW machine. But with the technology the machine can reach speeds similar to those of a 6kW machine with an improved finish on parts. And being a 4kW machine, it has a lower initial investment associated with it.
Pferd’s Actirox, a superior ceramic abrasive
“Ceramic abrasives continue to increase in popularity because it significantly increases productivity while leaving high-quality surfaces finishes. Renowned for their high grinding performance and longer lifespan, ceramics improve economic efficiency, and it is a trend we expect to continue,” explains Dennis Phillips, National Sales Manager at Pferd South Africa.
Widia introduces the next generation in versatile end milling
Widia has announced the launch of the WCE solid end milling platform, delivering affordable performance and reliability for small to medium machine shops. The initial release of the WCE platform features WCE4, a four-flute geometry which combines advanced, high-performance features with a brand new, versatile grade offered at a highly competitive price.
Mazak focuses on new machines, CNCs and the environment
New machines, easy controls and a focus on environmentally friendly manufacturing are the headline-makers for Yamazaki Mazak in 2022. Mazak’s new entry-level vertical machining centre, the VCE-600, is a high-specification machine available at a competitive price, that features a large Y-axis stroke offering maximum space for workpieces and fixturing.
TaeguTec has introduced the Flex-Turn family
New modular head type holders for Swiss machines. TaeguTec has introduced its Flex-Turn family of modular heads and holders for Swiss machines. TaeguTec’s unique assembly mechanism provides higher rigidity. Combining the taper with the lever principle ensures a rigid assembly.
Hypertherm’s Powermax SYNC plasma systems feature built-in intelligence and single-piece cartridge consumables
Hypertherm has introduced three new air plasma systems called Powermax SYNC. This next generation of Powermax65/85/105 systems features built-in intelligence and a single-piece cartridge consumable. Powermax SYNC and its SmartSYNC™ torch replaces the traditional five-piece consumable stack-up with a single color-coded cartridge.
Gühring’s RT 100T solid carbide spiral flute deep-hole drills
The RT 100T drills includes standard drills for drilling depths up to 15XD, 20XD, 25XD, 30XD and 40XD with diameters available from 3mm to 14mm with an exceptional range of diameter increments. The RT 100T demonstrates an outstanding cost-performance ratio whilst permitting the highest cutting and feed rates. The spiral-flute deep hole drills possess a special flute geometry that is optimised for evacuating chips from deep holes.
Grinding Techniques – Precision to the point with tungsten carbide burrs
When your application requires a precision cutting and or milling process, turn to Grinding Techniques for high quality tungsten carbide burrs that will effortlessly shape, cut, grind, or remove burrs, sharp edges and excess material from your workpiece, castings, and forgings. tungsten carbide burrs also known in the industry as either rotary files or die grinder bits, are considered precision tools commonly used in industries like foundries, shipbuilding, aviation, automotive and metal fabrication shops.
Gamor hydraulic and pneumatic tapping machines
If you need to tap in hard materials from M3 to M60 Gamor, a manufacturer based in Spain, will have a machine for you. They offer hydraulic tapping machines, pneumatic tapping machines, electrical tapping machine, drill bit grinding machine, endmill resharpening machines, profile bending machine, section pipe bending machines and forge twisting machines.
Kennametal introduces lightest weight version of electric vehicle tooling solution saving setup and machining time
Award winning 3D printed stator bore tool weighs just 7kg, ensuring fast tool changes and spin-up on machining centers. Kennametal has introduced its next generation 3D printed stator bore tool for the machining of aluminium engine housings for electric vehicles.
Mazak Integrex i-630V AG Hybrid vertical multi-tasking machine eliminates gear-cutting guesswork
The Mazak Integrex i-630V AG Hybrid Multi-Tasking Machine combines full five-axis milling, powerful turning operations and pallet-changing capabilities, enabling shops to add gear cutting to their part-processing repertoires and eliminate contracting out such work. It is built on the Integrex milling and turning platform and performs gear milling, hobbing and skiving via its Smooth Gear Cutting software suite.
Hanita’s VariMill high-performance chip splitter maximises metal removal rate
Hanita’s VariMill Chip Splitter is said to deliver higher metal removal rate (MRR) by separating long, undesirable, stringy chips from deep cavities and dynamic milling paths by cutting material into shorter, more manageable sections. Hanita, a Widia brand, announced its release of the VariMill Chip Splitter for dynamic and trochoidal milling operations in steel, stainless steel and heat-resistant superalloys.
Doosan introduces new BVM 5700 machining center
Doosan has introduced a new bridge-style vertical machining center into the market. The new BVM 5700 is a premium machine that the company says owing to its rigid design and build, delivers exceptional accuracies and greater flexibility. The thermally stable construction ensures that thermal deformation is minimised and, as a result, that high accuracies can be achieved irrespective of the materials being machined.
Gühring develops new gun drilling series
The productivity of deep hole drilling has now taken a huge step forward with the arrival of a new 4-fluted series of gun drills from Gühring. The new VB 80 4-fluted deep hole drills with a solid carbide head and the solid carbide VB 100 Series is the ideal productivity partners for cast iron drilling.
Open Mind Technologies offers an additive manufacturing capability option to hyperMILL to support 3D printing/additive processes such as DED, WAAM and laser powder
CAM software enables hybrid and additive manufacturing in one process. Global CAD/CAM software solutions provider Open Mind Technologies offers an additive manufacturing capability option in its hyperMILL CAM software to support 3D printing/additive processes.
Kennametal introduces FIX8 for heavy-duty turning with eight cutting edges per insert
Kennametal has released the FIX8 heavy-duty turning system, delivering maximum metal removal rates in steel, stainless steel and cast iron. With eight cutting edges per insert, the firms said the FIX8 turning system increases productivity of any heavy-duty turning operation, providing the lowest cost per edge while reducing cutting forces up to 15%. FIX8 is designed to cover a wide range of applications, including turning and facing, smooth surfaces, interrupted, and heavily interrupted cuts.
Mahr showcases cylindrical CMM with multi-sensor technology
At the recent EMO 2021 exhibition Mahr introduced its new Cylindrical Coordinate Measuring Machine (cCMM). The Mar4D PLQ has been specifically developed for the measurement, close to production, of rotationally symmetrical workpieces. The Mar4D PLQ represents a state-of-the-art multi-sensor solution incorporating both optical and tactile measurement sensors in a single setup. Workpieces of up to Ø 200mm, 1 000mm in length and 50kg in weight can be measured by the system.
Edgecam 2022 CAD/CAM software advancements anticipate more efficient production
Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division has revealed future capabilities for milling and turning under Edgecam 2022, as well as the “manufacturing aware” WorkNC CAD feature for mould and die makers. Edgecam 2022’s newly added support for 6-axis milling and turning machines enables programming of the cutter head into positions in one set up, which Hexagon says required a series of sequences in the past.
DMG Mori machine performs 3D printing and turn-mill operations
The Lasertec 3000 DED, built by DMG MORI, has turn-mill and additive manufacturing capabilities. The hybrid machine performs conventional metal cutting and directed energy deposition AM, the process of 3D printing or repairing part features by applying and lasing layers of metal powder that harden on the workpiece. The machine rapidly deposits material on workpieces up to Ø 400mm by 1 321mm.
TaeguTec has expanded its POS-S-Turn line by adding the 70-degree corner angle XNMV 1105 insert for multi-directional and high-feed turning applications
The POS-S-Turn line dramatically improves productivity due to its all-directional and high-feed turning capabilities. The XNMV 1105 is a double-sided 4-corner insert with a 70-degree angle. It combines the advantages of the ISO CNMG and DNMG inserts for various machining applications such as external turning, face turning and external profiling.
Working with stainless steel
Stainless steel is often a first choice material to work with because of its corrosion resistance, longevity and cost-effectiveness. Working with stainless steel, however, does pose some challenges, especially if incorrect tools and processes are used. As part of their service to customers, Pferd South Africa offers guidance on working with stainless steel and ensure customers benefit from everything this versatile material has to offer.
Kennametal introduces flat bottom geometry for KenTIP FS
New replaceable drill tip saves tooling costs and eliminates process steps. Kennametal has expanded its replaceable drill offering for KenTIP FS modular drill series with the new FEG insert for flat bottom hole applications. Applicable in steel, cast iron and stainless steels the FEG insert eliminates end milling operations and completes a task in a single operation, saving time and tooling costs.
Integrated automation systems in the limelight for Mazak at EMO Milano 2021
At this year’s EMO Milano, Yamazaki Mazak presented twelve machines complemented by a range of automation and technology solutions that promise to deliver the three key customer benefits of productivity, profitability and environmentally-aware manufacturing operations.
TaeguTec’s Rhino-X-Turn line, the XNMG 70 degree corner angle insert and holder line
TaeguTec’s Rhino-X-Turn’s XNMG insert has the advantages of both the CNMG and DNMG inserts. Not only does it keep their advantages but the new line overcomes their shortcomings as well. The Rhino-X-Turn line of inserts and holders is a multi-functional line that can be used for internal and external turning, face turning and profile turning.
Fanuc’s factory automation and new products at EMO Milano 2021
At EMO Milano 2021 Fanuc demonstrated what the automated future looks like today. Visitors to the company’s stand discovered new and innovative products, technologies and solutions that help them improve competitive edge and profitability of their production. Fanuc’s Factory Automation area showcased both physical and virtual exhibits.
Expansion of Iscar’s CombiCham large diameter drills for the wind turbine industry
Iscar is expanding the CombiCham drill family by adding three drill diameters – 33.2mm, 36.2mm and 39.2mm – in drilling depths of 7 and 8 L/D ratio. The new drills provide a solution for drilling the most popular hole diameters in wind turbine parts, such as tower flanges, blade bearings, yaw rings and planetary ring gears.
Eliminate chatter marks with Grinding Techniques
When it comes to precision grinding, chatter marks can pose a real challenge, especially with the pressure of meeting production deadlines. This problem is typically only identified when products get to the QC stage for quality inspection, and parts have already been ground within the required tolerance.
Sandvik Coromant launches new software module for controlled chip breaking
Sandvik Coromant has unveiled a new machining method that enables controlled chip breaking in thread turning applications. Launched within the existing CoroPlus Tool Path software, OptiThreading is a new software module that will help manufacturers overcome one of the most significant issues within thread turning, the risk of chip jams and their associated downtime.
Gühring launches the RF 100 Sharp – new solid carbide milling cutter
Milling soft, tough and high-alloyed materials presents particular challenges when it comes to the tool. If you choose the wrong one, you will end up with chips that stick and jam, causing the tool to break. With Gühring’s sharpest solid carbide milling cutter to date, you don‘t have to worry as you’ll always achieve high-quality machining results.
Okuma’s affordable GENOS M460V-5AX 5-axis vertical machining center
Okuma’s GENOS M460V-5AX 5-axis vertical machining center is specifically designed to manufacture high-precision parts and deliver impressive metal removal rates in a compact design. Its solid double-column structure, full 5-axis simultaneous control, and thermal stability performance give it the ability to easily cut a variety of materials.
Widia introduces M1600 face milling platform suitable for variety of machine conditions and setups
Widia has announced the release of the M1600 face mill for roughing to semi-finishing operations in steel, stainless steel, cast iron and nodular iron materials. With 16 cutting edges and a smart insert design the M1600 performs in various machining conditions including low-power machines, unstable, non-rigid setups, long overhangs, weak machines or weak fixture conditions.
Pferd’s high-performance tools for high-tech industries
Aviation, gas turbine and power generation are industries synonymous with specialised materials, high safety standards and strict protocols, especially with the sensitive materials involved and critical components that require extreme precision of manufacturing, maintenance or repair.
Enhanced Mazak Variaxis i-800 Neo efficiently machines multiple workpiece surfaces
The simultaneous 5-axis design increases automation integration capabilities and more rapid machining. The Mazak Variaxis i-800 Neo vertical machining center is said to offer shops an enhanced version of a popular 5-axis machine, with a powerful CNC, faster machining cycle times, expanded workpiece capacities and more automation options.
Expansion of Iscar’s Mill-4-Feed Line with FFQ4 tools carrying new 9mm inserts
The new FFQ4-09 tools cover a wide range of applications and are available in the following configurations: FFQ4 endmills in 22, 25, 32 and 35mm diameters, FFQ4-M interchangeable milling heads with FlexFit adaptation in 22, 25, 32, 35 and 40mm diameters and FFQ4 face mills in 40, 50, 52 and 63mm diameters.
Component alignment at the touch of a button – Open Mind’s hyperMILL Best Fit
Open Mind’s hyperMILL Best Fit is a new function that is revolutionising planning in machining operations. Instead of having to align the unmachined part in the clamping to the NC programme manually, the hyperMILL CAM system aligns the NC programme automatically to the component position. This method saves time and increases process reliability.
The new Victor Vturn-A20Y turning center
Victor Fortune has introduced the Victor Vturn-A20Y turning center that has now been upgraded with increased structural rigidity on the headstock, box slideways, turret and carriages, making the next generation Vturn A-Series more formidable than ever before. It has the latest technology such as Direct Drive Spindle (DDS) built-in as standard.
TaeguTec’s sleeves for quick and easy setting of Hush-Bore boring bars
TaeguTec has released specific sleeves for quick and easy setting of Hush-Bore boring bars. The vibration free Hush-Bore boring bars are cylindrical shank type products, with no flat parts, for deep internal turning operations in 7xBD to 10xBD (BD: shank diameter) range. Therefore, based on the flat surface design of the head, set up time can become an issue.
New large-capacity Doosan multi-tasking mill-turn machines
Doosan has introduced a new range of large-capacity, multi-tasking mill-turn machines into the market. The Puma SMX 5100L series, the largest in Doosan’s SMX range, has been designed and built to handle large, heavy workpieces typically found in the aerospace, energy and oil and gas sectors – and machine them to completion in a single setup.
Hexagon automates complex 6-axis production of large, heavy parts to improve operational efficiency
New computer aided manufacturing (CAM) technology introduced by Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division makes it possible to efficiently use complex 6-axis milling machine tools to produce large parts for a variety of industries and applications. The specialist programming tools provide accurate simulation and generate efficient 6-axis toolpaths to ensure that the advanced machinery can be used to its full potential for increased productivity.
Mazak’s new QTE turning center Series: First machines to be equipped with SmoothEz, the latest generation of Mazatrol CNC
A new easy-to-use turning center with a revolutionary CNC for simple setup, operation and programming has been launched by Mazak. The new QTE Series of high-speed, high-accuracy CNC turning centers from Mazak are the first machines to be equipped with SmoothEz, the latest generation of Mazatrol CNC.
Kennametal introduces HiPACS for aerospace fastener hole drilling and countersinking in one step
High-precision tool achieves tight tolerances in one operation and significantly reduces cost per hole in aerospace applications. Kennametal has introduced the HiPACS drilling and countersinking system for aerospace fastener holes. Designed to drill and chamfer holes in one operation, the high-precision tool meets the aerospace industry’s stringent accuracy requirements, while delivering increased tool life in machining composite, titanium and aluminium aircraft skins.
Trumpf presents the new Trulaser series 5000 with intelligent assistance systems
Machine tool specialist Trumpf has equipped its latest TruLaser Series 5000 laser cutting machines with a TruDisk 12001 disk laser with 12 kilowatts of laser power. The new machines also come with intelligent assistance systems that increase feed rates for medium and high sheet thicknesses by up to 50% compared to conventional laser machines with a 10kW laser.
Open Mind releases hyperMILL version 2021.2
The 2021.2 Version of the hyperMILL® CAD/CAM suite provides ease of use, improved machining strategies and a range of options for data communication. The latest version leads the way when it comes to programming and machining (from 2.5D to 5-axis simultaneous). It has also supported additive manufacturing for a long time, and with the new version, the advancement of additive manufacturing continues even further.
Precision grinding with Andor – Innovative solutions for your application
Back in the day, some of the first materials to be ground were metal substances and wood. To grind these particular materials, quartz in combination with sand and flint were used. These were the first type of abrasives utilised. As time progressed, a lot of engineering and grain development was done to produce abrasives to satisfy industry demands.
Widia introduces M8065HD indexable milling platform for heavy roughing
New platform offers reduced set up times and inventory costs by utilising one tool for multiple operations when milling steel and cast iron. Widia has released the M8065HD indexable milling platform for heavy-duty milling operations in steel and cast iron materials. Designed with eight cutting edges and extra wide chip gashes, the M8065HD is capable of achieving deep depths of cuts while producing high metal removal rates.
The latest addition to the Fanuc tabletop robot family has a 14kg payload
Fanuc, a leading supplier of CNCs, robotics, and Robomachines has introduced the LR Mate 200iD/14L, the tenth model variation of the popular LR Mate series of tabletop industrial robots. Since the LR Mate series was launched nearly 30 years ago, it has become one of Fanuc’s biggest sellers, with over 70 000 units installed across the globe.
Deburring, perfect finishing or heavy slag removal with Timesavers
First Cut has recently added the cost-effective and efficient Timesavers 22RB series wide rotary brush machine to its portfolio of products that it markets. The 22RB, manufactured by Dutch deburring and finishing company Timesavers International is the most compact, affordable model in the range. It is ideally suited for deburring, edge rounding, finishing and laser oxide removal of various sheet metal parts.
12kW power added to Amada Ensis fiber laser cutting machines
Amada has released its latest high-power fiber laser cutting machine, the Ensis-AJ 12kW, which adds to the currently available 3kW, 6kW and 9kW versions. The Ensis fiber lasers are aimed at any manufacturer needing fast piercing and cutting across a wide range of materials. The new 12kW Ensis incorporates all the features of the 6 and 9kW versions, such as Amada’s original Variable Beam Control and Auto Collimation technologies.
New thread mills from Gühring
When it comes to hole making and threading, Gühring is an industry leader with a wide, extensive product portfolio. Now, the product range has been expanded with the arrival of the MTMH3-Z. An expansion of the Drifter series of thread mills, the new MTMH3-Z Drifter helical drilling thread mill demonstrates impressive performance levels when processing materials up to 66HRc.
OSG ADO 40D and 50D coolant-through carbide long drills
Although conventional carbide twist drills are capable of producing finely divided chips, when machining steel materials such as carbon steel, alloy steel and stainless steel, elongation of chips can easily occur. The unstable chip shape interferes with chip evacuation, which is especially problematic in deep- hole drilling, and may lead to sudden tool breakage.
Composite filament brushes from Pferd
Composite brushes from Pferd have been specifically developed for industrial, automated use. These brushes are particularly suitable for deburring complicated components such as cylinder heads, gear toothing and are even approved for aerospace use. A benefit of Pferd plastic filament brushes, when compared with traditional wire brushes, is their cool grinding capability and lack of sparks.
Simplified robot and CNC integration from Fanuc
The Quick and Simple Startup of Robotisation platform allows operators and machine tool builders to programme robots easily through the CNC in ISO standard G-code format. Fanuc CNCs now have the ability to control connected FANUC robots providing machine tending or other assistance through FANUC’s Quick and Simple Startup of Robotization (QSSR).
Deburr it while you make it – Tapmatic DeBurr-Z
Tapmatic’s new deburring tool for CNC machines, the DeBurr-Z floating deburring tool, will deburr it while you make it, eliminate secondary operations, is fast and offers consistent deburring, floats in compression and has an extension for top edge and underside edges, even when these are not clearly defined.
Iscar’s Logiq-4-Feed small diameter fast feed tools carrying inserts with four cutting edges
Iscar continues to add to its lines of cutting tools that are appropriate for a wide range of applications including die and mould making. Logiq-4-Feed tools, a family of small-diameter, fast-feed milling tools, for example, features narrow, bone-shaped, double-sided inserts with four cutting edges. The family is designed for roughing operations, especially when machining deep cavities like those typically found in mould making.
InnovMetric releases PolyWorks Metrology Suite 2021
InnovMetric has announced the launch of PolyWorks MS 2021, the latest release of its 3D dimensional analysis and quality control solution. PolyWorks MS 2021 delivers powerful curved surface analysis tools, transforms the measurement operator experience, and facilitates the deployment of PolyWorks|Inspector as a standard offline CNC CMM sequencing solution. PolyWorks MS 2021’s curved surface analysis toolbox offers a built-in isotropic surface defect detection technology.
TaeguTec’s innovative indexable head solid carbide end mill type, the Maxi-Rush line, has been expanded
The recently released Maxi-Rush product line is known for its minimised set-up time due to the easy indexable head replacement with high rigidity. This enables excellent machining precision. The innovative head changeable type solid carbide end mill, launched under the brand name Maxi-Rush, replaced most of the existing conventional solid end mills machining range.
Widia expands Top Drill Modular X (TDMX) drill platform to machine stainless steel and super alloys
Widia has announced the release of a new MS geometry insert for the brand’s best-selling Top Drill Modular X (TDMX) drill. With the MS geometry expansion, the TDMX platform now offers three material-specific inserts, broadening the platform’s application capabilities to include inclined entry and exit, stacked plates and cross-hole drilling in stainless steel, super alloys, steel and cast iron materials.
United Grinding”s digital solutions aid maintenance and more
United Grinding’s Digital Solutions app and software can facilitate process optimisation and simplify maintenance tasks through monitoring and conference capability, respectively. In response to the lockdowns of the coronavirus pandemic, the United Grinding Group has increasingly used technology to support its worldwide customer base and keep machines running with minimal downtime.
Kennametal introduces FBX Drill
Kennametal has introduced the FBX drill for flat-bottom drilling of structural aerospace parts. The patented FBX drill delivers superior stability and up to 200 percent higher metal removal rates when machining high temperature alloys, stainless steel, and other materials. The new modular drill is the critical first step in a three-part tooling concept including the HARVI Ultra 8X and the HARVI end mill series, specifically designed by Kennametal to decrease cycle time for these types of applications.
Hexagon unveils wireless laser scanner for on-machine part measurement
Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division has launched a wireless multi-sensor laser scanner with metrology levels of precision, designed specifically to work inside CNC machine tools. The m&h LS-R-4.8 can capture around 40 000 measurement points a second – compared to the status quo of taking individual points with traditional touch probes – and securely transmits the data to the receiver, via radio, which enables operators to change the sensor automatically without manual intervention.
Doosan Machine Tools launches VX series of vertical machining centers
Doosan Machine Tools has recently launched the VX series of vertical machining centers. The lineup consists of the VX 6500G, which is optimised for graphite processing and the VX 6500C, which is optimised for ceramic processing. Equipped with a dual-column structure, the series provides unrivalled processing performance. High-precision processing has been enhanced with the adoption as standard features of a newly developed low-noise, high-precision spindle and a range of peripheral devices.
Hypertherm announces release of Rotary Tube Pro 3
Hypertherm, a U.S. based manufacturer of industrial cutting systems and software, has announced the release of Rotary Tube Pro 3, a major version update of its tube and pipe cutting software for machines with a rotary axis. This new release contains new features and enhancements making it easy to design and cut tube parts. These features include common line cutting which allows operators to cut two or more parts so that they share at least one common line with one another.
Guhring introduces new micro diver end mills
The Guhring Diver Series of end mills has been an unparalleled success since its market introduction and now Guhring is extending the multitude of benefits of this industry-leading series to the micromachining sector. Recognised as the ‘smallest diver in the world’, the new RF100 Micro Diver end mills have been introduced for high-performance machining of small components.
Mazak’s Integrex i-200H ST multitasking machine
Mazak continued the rollout of its i-H series of machines with the Integrex i-200H ST multitasking machine, which features a new design that increases flexibility and enhances machine performance for significantly easier automation integration, allowing shops to boost the output of their existing workforces with the utmost in cost efficiency.
GasiQ Optimator introduced at Bell Equipment
Most companies working with MIG/MAG and TIG welding know very well the price of welding wire per kilogramme. But, relatively few are aware that the cost of the shielding gas is at least as high, per metre of weld. GasIQ Optimator is designed for one sole purpose, to reduce your consumption of expensive gas, generally by 30%. In just a few months of using your GasIQ Optimator you will get your money back – the rest is pure profit – according to the Swedish manufacturers.
Kennametal makes flat-bottom hole production easy with new FEG insert for KENTIP FS
Kennametal has expanded its replaceable drill offering for KenTIP FS modular drill series with the new FEG insert for flat-bottom hole applications. Applicable in steel, cast iron and stainless steels, the FEG insert eliminates end milling operations and completes a task in a single operation, saving time and tooling costs.
Fanuc introduces the new α-CiC, the latest model of the Fanuc Robocut Series
Highly reliable and high-performance wire-cut EDM. Fanuc has introduced the latest model of the widely popular Fanuc Robocut, the new α-CiC Series. This new model features the biggest changes to the machine in many years, including a new mechanical structure, new discharge device and new discharge control technologies.
OSG’s Ado-Micro small diameter coolant-through carbide drill
Stable and high-efficiency in small diameter deep-hole applications. OSG Corporation’s Ado-Micro is the company’s first small diameter carbide drill with oil holes designed for stable and high-efficincy drilling in deep-hole applications. The sense of size upon hearing the phrase small diameter” will be understood differently among users in the manufacturing industry.
Hexagon streamlines reverse engineering from metrology to manufacturable parts with new REcreate software
Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division has unveiled REcreate, a powerful and flexible new software solution designed ‘from the ground up’ to make it easier and faster to reverse engineer parts from metrology scan to manufacturable model. Reverse engineering processes are routinely employed throughout manufacturing and maintenance processes.
Thermacut’s Ex-Trafire plasma cutting system
The Ex‑Trafire portfolio of single-phase plasma cutting power supplies from Thermacut includes the Ex-Trafire 30H and the Ex-Trafire 40SD. The 30H system is for handheld applications, while the 40SD system is designed for use with manual or machine torches in lengths of 4, 5, 7.5 and 15 metres. The power supplies range from 30amp to 100amp. Thermacut are constantly looking to bring fresh ideas into plasma cutting technology.
Entry-level machining center launched by DMG MORI
Global machine tool manufacturer DMG MORI has entered the vertical machining centre (VMC) market at the lower end of the price range with a new, nominally half-metre-cube model, the M1. This is the least expensive machine in the company’s portfolio and offers small job shops and subcontractors the opportunity to access equipment from DMG MORI.
Grinding Techniques: A preferred partner to the essential pipeline industry
With an estimated 3 800 kilometres of petroleum pipeline in South Africa it is safe to say that that the Pipeline Industry is an essential part of the country’s economy. Numerous manufacturing concerns are involved in this industry, supplying both up and down stream products and services to government and private entities in the petrochemical and power generation markets.
Amada HRB 1003 hybrid drive press brake includes double-clamp backgauge
Amada has introduced the HRB series of press brakes with automatic tool changer. New features include a double-clamp backgauge for stable processing of complex material shapes, as well as a natural crowning design to help ensure a consistent angle across the entire bend length. A bend indicator sensor helps ensure accuracy for stable processing without a trial bend.
Hurco HM1700Ri horizontal machining center for maximum efficiency
The Hurco HM1700Ri (XYZ travels of 1 700mm by 1 000mm by 900mm) CNC horizontal milling machine is designed for maximum efficiency and is equipped with pre-tensioned, dual ballscrews for increased rigidity. The large, front and side access doors allow for easy operator use. It is fully equipped with an 8 000rpm motorised spindle and suitable for a wide range of applications. The HM1700Ri is also equipped with a direct drive B-axis torque table.
Iscar’s upgraded Groove Turn JHP tools and new JetCut double coolant Modular-Grip with coolant channels
Iscar has upgraded the GHDR/L-JHP, CGPAD-JHP and HGPAD-JHP Groove-Turn tools and adapters by adding a bottom cooling channel to the existing upper channel design. The bottom channel effectively cools the frontal flank of the insert. In most cases, the upgraded two-directional coolant tools and adapters provide improved tool life when compared to the tools and adapters with a single-top coolant channel, at both low and high pressure.
Kitamura’s Mytrunnion-5G: Solution for complex machining applications
Kitamura Machinery has introduced the Mytrunnion-5G 5-axis vertical machining center (VMC), further expanding its Mytrunnion 5-axis line-up. The Mytrunnion-5G has been mechanically and electronically designed specifically for speed, rigidity and flexibility in complex 5-axis machining. Features include an induction hardened solid box way construction offers the vibration damping properties necessary for fine surface finishes.
Trumpf presents new TruPunch 3000 punching machine
The manufacturer said the TruPunch 3000 scores high on productivity, process reliability and part quality while numerous intelligent assistance systems make life easier for machine operators. From the outside, the new TruPunch 3000 looks almost identical to its smaller sibling, the TruPunch 1000, because Trumpf has now incorporated its tried-and-tested Delta Drive into the Series 3000 to boost throughput and shrink the machine’s footprint.
Fanuc releases the newest version of its popular CNC control system: 0i-F Plus
Fanuc has introduced the latest version of the company’s popular CNC control. This huge upgrade features many improvements to make your life easier through intuitive and smooth operation, while keeping all of the best features from the previous model. Some of the improvements include larger part programme storage memory as standard, faster block processing speed, a new user interface as well as a modern flat design with dark theme.
Updates to Open Mind’s hyperMILL CAD/CAM software suite bring a range of user-friendly enhancements and new machining strategies for accurate, efficient 3D and 5-axis machining
Virtual machining, AM and automation in CAD/CAM suite. The latest version of HyperMill from Open Mind Technologies features enhancements and machining strategies that can improve the accuracy and efficiency of 3D and 5-axis machining.
Messer Cutting Systems makes entry easy with SmartBlade
Cutting machines need space and are expensive to procure and run. With a new plasma cutting machine, Messer Cutting Systems GmbH supplies a powerful counter argument: The SmartBlade. The fact that affordable entry level models can also give savings in performance in economy mode refers only to the purchase price and running costs but not to the cutting performance or quality.
Kennametal introduces new line of PCD tools
Kennametal has introduced a new line of PCD round tools for aluminium machining that delivers up to 10 times higher productivity than carbide tooling. The new line of drills, reamers and end mills provides exceptional tool life and wear resistance even in very abrasive aluminium alloys and are available with very short lead times. “Our new PCD round tools line enables our customers to machine aluminium significantly faster, for greater productivity on the shop floor.”
New Mazak VC-Ez series delivers affordability and performance
To provide job shops reliable, maximum machine-tool performance at a lower capital investment, Mazak has launched the new VC-Ez Series of 3-axis vertical machining centers. Featuring the company’s new MazatroL SmoothEz CNC and optimised for simple operation as well as fast and easy installation, VC-Ez machines offer enhanced ergonomics, stable and reliable part processing and long-term dependability.
Tapmatic DeBurr-Z floating deburring tool for CNC Machines
Tapmatic have introduced a new deburring tool for CNC machines. The DeBurr-Z Floating DeBurring Tool will deburr it while you make it, eliminate secondary operations, is fast and offers consistent deburring, floats in compression and has an extension for top edge and underside edges, even when these are not clearly defined. With its internal tension-compression mechanism, the DeBurr-Z deburrs both sides of a workpiece and internal hole intersections.
Hyundai WIA KF-II Series vertical machining centers
The Hyundai WIA KF-II Series is a vertical machining center that was introduced last year by the company. Improvements on the existing KF series, Hyundai Wia’s steady seller, are made on the spindle performance, linear roller guideways, chip disposal and are offered with the latest Fanuc 15” touch screen controller. The Hyundai WIA KF-II Series has various spindle and column options for customised machining.
Thermacut laser cutting head with autofocus
The EX‑Trabeam PRO from Thermacut is a new solid-state laser cutting head with an autofocus function, which is intended to improve penetration into the material. The cutting head is suitable for use with modern, high-performance laser cutting machines equipped with a solid-state beam source operating in the wavelength range of 1 030nm to 1130nm and with a maximum power output of 8 kW.
Widia Hanita introduces VariMill Xtreme, a solid carbide end mill solution
After the iconic VariMill I design, Widia Hanita are pleased to present the recently released VariMill Xtreme, the next generation of versatile high-performance end mills. Engineered to excel in a variety of aggressive machining conditions the product design uses key features of the already successful VariMill I but enhances chip evacuation and corner stability to exceed performance expectations on a wide range of materials.
New Doosan 10” chuck Lynx lathe models with Y-axis and sub-spindle capability
Two new Doosan 10” chuck Lynx lathe models with Y-axis and sub-spindle capability will be available markets in early 2021. The newly-designed Lynx 2100/2600 Y-axis horizontal turning centers may be small in stature, but they more than make up for it when it’s time to produce. These machines are born with a chip on their shoulders. There are two models in the new range – the Lynx 2600Y (Y-axis model) and the Lynx 2600SY (Y-axis and sub-spindle model).
Solidworks 2021 is now available, including new 3DExperience platform-enabled offers
Dassault Systèmes has launched Solidworks 2021, the latest release of its portfolio of 3D design and engineering applications. Solidworks 2021 enhances the capabilities and workflows for design, documentation, data management and validation that enable users to get their work done faster. Solidworks 2021 users can also expand their capabilities by connecting to the 3DExperience Works portfolio to tackle more challenges.
Hyundai WIA has announced that it has released a total of 22 new machines
“Hyundai Wia previously launched the 5-axis XF series that has been recognised for its precision, performance and quality. However, this time, the company plans to re-establish its position by rebuilding its line-up with market leading products from entry models to premium models by releasing a large number of low and mid-priced products with excellent performance,” said a company spokesperson.
Kennametal introduces the HPR solid carbide drill
Next generation high-performance drill for cast iron applications featuring a low-thrust drill point design. Kennametal has introduced an expansion of its solid carbide drilling portfolio, the HPR drill for high-performance drilling of cast iron workpieces. Designed for high-speed and high-feed drilling up to 8 x D in any ISO-K material, the HPR drill provides excellent hole straightness even at highest cutting parameters.
Spindle health monitoring system on Mazak Integrex i-300ST
Mazak recently demonstrated its Integrex i-300ST multi-tasking machine featuring the company’s Spindle Health Monitoring System. Powered by AI technology, the system monitors spindle health to help minimise unexpected machine downtime. “The spindle health can be viewed on the Smooth control or any device connected to the machine network using a web browser,” said a company spokesperson.
The Renishaw XK10 alignment laser system
The XK10 alignment laser system has been developed to measure geometric and rotational errors of machine tools. Used with the XK10 machine tool fixturing kit, it enables faster and easier measurements over traditional methods, such as dial gauges, autocollimators and metrology artefacts. It can be used on linear rails to ensure that they are straight, square, flat, parallel and level, as well as to assess spindle direction and co-axiality of rotary machines.
High-precision gear tooth deburring process developed by PH Horn
While deburring can be carried out relatively easily with brushes and discs, this approach leaves undefined chamfers at the tooth edges and today higher levels of precision and quality are often demanded. In response, Paul Horn GmbH has developed a production technology to enable milling of defined chamfers and is, for example, capable of creating a 45-degree chamfer on both sides of a module 1 gear with 25 teeth in less than five seconds.
Fanuc introduces LR Mate 200ID/14L multi-purpose industrial robot
Fanuc has expanded its LR Mate series of multi-purpose industrial robots with the introduction of the strong yet compact LR Mate 200iD/14L. Building on the success of the 6-axis LR Mate series, the 200iD/14L offers an exceptional weight-to-payload ratio, weighing just 27kg but able to handle workpieces up to 14kg. By doubling the maximum load capacity in comparison to its predecessors, the LR Mate 200iD/14L is able to support a range of applications.
Duncan Macdonald & Company introduce new cutting and grinding fluid concentrate
Duncan Macdonald & Company have introduced a new cutting and grinding fluid concentrate, tailored to specific customer needs and able to meet a wide range of extreme technical constraints. Manufactured locally for the metalworking market Maclube M.W.O is designed to operate and perform well on many operations including face milling, cut-off turning, grinding, tapping, and drilling depending on the specific product and is compatible with alloy steels, tool steels, cast irons and copper alloys.
VSM Actirox – the latest generation of abrasives
Ceramic abrasive grains have been used in the manufacturing of coated and bonded abrasives for numerous years. VSM Abrasives has become well known for its range of ceramic grain coated abrasives that combine optimum performance with an extended product service life to achieve the best possible performance to price ratio. VSM AG has used its experience of more than 150 years in the coated abrasives industry to further develop and enhance the performance of their ceramic grains and its associated products.
Kennametal introduces the eBore fine boring system
Kennametal has introduced a new line of digital-ready fine boring tools that make precision adjustment easy, enabling more productive, predictable, and accurate boring. The eBore Fine Boring System consists of cutting units to cover a diameter range from 6mm to 1 020mm and an optional digital display that makes precision adjustments as simple as turning a screw and costly mistakes a thing of the past.
Hurco introduces practical job shop automation for high-mix manufacturing
Hurco has developed a streamlined automation package for high-mix manufacturing by partnering with ProCobots to make job shop automation practical, which means the automation packages are flexible, easy to programme, and easy to move to other Hurco machines without the need for customers to call an integrator each time they need to make a change.
Radan 2021 from Hexagon provides updates for CAD/CAM, tubes, nesting
Hexagon Production Software has introduced Radan 2021 with enhancements for CAD/CAM, tubes, bending, quoting, and CAD-for-CAM modelling. It allows the use of Radnest Ultimate on a punch press for optimising batches of nests. Setup sheets can be generated automatically and sent to each machine. The NC code for the job goes to the machine and the setup sheet to the operator.
Nikon Metrology’s new MCAx S articulated arm
Nikon Metrology’s new and advanced MCAx S articulated arm, partnered with ModelMaker H120 laser scanner, offers improved precision, confidence and connectivity. The combination of the industry-leading ModelMaker H120 laser scanner and the new MCAx S articulated arm helps users improve quality, accelerate time-to-market and streamline manufacturing processes. It guarantees unprecedented levels of detail.
Next generation 5-axis technology in a compact footprint
Yamazaki Mazak has unveiled a new high-accuracy simultaneous 5-axis vertical machining center, the Variaxis C-600, suitable for a wide range of sectors including the aerospace and automotive markets. The C-600, which is the successor machine to the highly successful Variaxis j-600/5X, is being marketed at a highly attractive price point to provide a high performance and cost-effective 5-axis solution.
Doosan Lynx 2100LY Series
Doosan Machine Tools offers its Lynx 2100LY Series of compact turning centers with a Y-axis. “This generation of Lynx line comes fully loaded with features that are typically optional, including a variety of toolholders (both static and live tools), a toolsetter, a parts catcher and a parts conveyor. Built to deliver high value to shops of all sizes, the Lynx 2100LY is designed and equipped for high productivity,” said a company spokesperson.
Keeping the rollers rolling in your roll grinding shop: Partner with Grinding Techniques for perfect steel production
Steel manufacturing companies play a significant role within the South-African economy, not only by providing much needed jobs but also by being responsible for the manufacturing of material to be used in various parts of the construction, mining and manufacturing industry.
AgieCharmilles Cut P 550 Pro wire cutting EDM solution with its new and easy-to-use interface
To make the most of advanced manufacturing technology, even a single machine’s productivity can be enhanced with the appropriate automation. In this model cell, the AgieCharmilles CUT P 550 Pro wire EDM solution is made even more productive with the addition of a System 3R WorkPartner 1+ (WPT1+), an automation solution that offers maximum magazine capacity in minimal floor space.
Open Mind launches hyperMILL 2020.2 CAD/CAM
Open Mind Technologies AG has introduced its latest hyperMILL 2020.2 CAD/CAM software suite that offers users new and enhanced features for 3D and 5-axis machining, such as the hyperMILL Automation Center Advanced option. New features include the addition of plunge-milling cycles to the 3D and 5-axis strategies for machining cutting edges.
Amada EM series with automatic tool changing system
The EM ZRT punching machine can handle large sheets without repositioning while minimising scrap. The EM ZRT punching machine is a further addition to the existing EM punching machine series and boasts an ultra-modern suite of features: Punching drive with energy recovery capabilities, tool identification system and a brush table that makes use of intelligent punching machine technology.
CNC Software releases Mastercam 2021
CNC Software Inc., developer of Mastercam CAD/CAM software, has released Mastercam 2021. According to the company, this latest version of Mastercam increases machining productivity and reduces overall production costs with faster and more flexible multiaxis improvements, improvements in turning and turning-related applications, advances in speed, safety and more.
Custom carbide form tools for turning
To allow users to reduce cycle times and cut production costs during series production on turning and turn-mill centers, Horn Cutting Tools has introduced customised carbide form inserts for machining diameters from 16mm upwards. Based on its 117 tool system, the patented insert seat guarantees high concentricity and minimal axial runout as well as high repeatability of insert exchange to within microns.
Edgecam 2021’s optimised processing increases CAD/CAM productivity
Faster Waveform Roughing and a number of productivity boosts have been achieved by reducing calculation time with Edgecam 2021’s enhanced parallel-processing capability. Two machining cycles – roughing and profiling – benefit from improvements to the software’s multithreading technology algorithms. Edgecam’s high-speed Waveform Roughing strategy is now faster when generating toolpath for solid and wireframe components.
InnovMetric releases PolyWorks|DataLoop 2020 for data management and digital connectivity
Leverages the industry standard Microsoft SQL Server to offer a robust large-scale 3D data management solution and facilitate digital collaboration processes. InnovMetric Software Inc., a leader in smart 3D metrology software solutions, has announced the 2020 release of PolyWorks|DataLoop, a major upgrade to its data management and digital connectivity solution.
Gühring’s extensive range of threading products includes the Pionex threading line
Gühring’s extensive range of threading products includes the Pionex threading line. The fluteless and cut machine taps have been developed to reduce axial forces and torque by up to 30% whilst improving surface finishes and tool life. The Pionex machine taps covers over 85% of the industry applications. The Pionex Series includes 45 degree helix geometry with a reduced rake angle, back tapering and improved relief.
Kennametal introduces the B21*SGL Solid carbide drill for improved productivity
Kennametal has introduced another high-performance cutting tool, the B21*SGL solid carbide drill with coolant-through. Designed for stainless steel, nickel, and cobalt-based alloys, the B21*SGL with patented point geometry and monolayer PVD AlTiN coating, offers improved productivity and longer tool life for aerospace applications requiring predictable, high-production drilling.
The largest vertical machining center in Okuma’s MB-V series, the MB-80V has table dimensions of 1 600mm by 800mm and XYZ travel of up to 1 600mm by 1 050mm by 600mm. When used, for example, for machining cubic parts, mould components or semiconductor components, the vertical machining center especially excels with its high repeat accuracy, excellent dynamics and high-performance milling.
Micro-precise high-speed machining – Mazak
Mazak has introduced the precise Ultimate Die & Mould (UD) 400/5X vertical machining center (VMC). Designed for applications ranging from medical and dental instruments to mould and die components and beyond, the machine features a rigid composite base and double-column symmetrical construction that allow its state-of-the-art spindle to reach the highest levels of precision and speed.
When tolerance is key it is vital to choose the correct partner for your precision grinding operations – Grinding Techniques
The precision industry requires parts to have tighter tolerances and attain a specific surface finish whilst maintaining a low production input cost per unit, a challenging factor for many when wanting to maintain a competitive edge in the market. To achieve optimum performance, one needs to consider the complete grinding process.
Special taps for space flight components
The Design and Production of special tools for manufacturers of aerospace equipment is among the most sophisticated and challenging segments in the metal-working industries. Workpieces are usually made of the toughest, heat-resistant materials to allow for maximum performance in zero-gravity conditions under high thermal stress. SCHUMACHER has developed a tap series with customised geometries and special surface treatments to meet the expectations of this industry segment.
Mastercam’s multiaxis add-on improves 4, 5-axis machining productivity
The Multiaxis add-on for Mastercam Mill 3D, Router 3D, Mill-Turn and Mastercam for Solidworks is designed to improve productivity with simultaneous four- and five-axis machining. Cut Patterns guide the tool along specified paths. These patterns can be simple 2D or 3D wireframes, solid primitives, or complex multi-surface grids.
Amada Miyachi’s WL-300A laser workstation marks larger parts
Amada Miyachi’s WL-300A laser processing workstation, a larger version of the LMWS laser marker workstation, is designed for nanosecond pulsed fiber laser applications. The workstation is equipped with Amada Miyachi’s LMF fiber lasers (10 to 70W). The machine features a fast and precise motorised Z-axis for focus adjustment, easy access to parts and tooling, and an optional XY table for step and repeat motion, the company says.
Kennametal’s KBH10B and KBH20B PcBN grades deliver higher productivity and lower cost per part
Kennametal offers hard turning KBH10B and KBH20B PcBN grade double-sided inserts for materials up to 65 HRC. “Kennametal’s KBH10B and KBH20B grade inserts are an excellent choice for high-volume production of hardened gears, shafts, bearings, housings and other drivetrain components, where tooling cost per part is an important metric,” said Robert Keilmann, Product Manager, Turning.
High-efficiency ADO-Micro drills for drilling solutions – OSG
OSG has identified a need for better chip evacuation in the medical and electrical industries and thus created the ADO-Micro drills. The ADO-Micro is a small diameter coolant-through carbide drill series that is designed to provide stable and high efficiency drilling in small diameter deep-hole applications. “Poor chip evacuation is a common occurring complication in small diameter deep-hole drilling,” said the spokesperson.
LK Metrology introduces new range of compact CMMs with the latest multi-sensor technology
A range of CMMs has been introduced by LK Metrology offering high accuracy and repeatability in a compact footprint. The new Alterac machines are available in three sizes – 7.7.5, 10.7.5 and 10.7.7. Typical applications are likely to be found in the aerospace, automotive, medical and other industries with demanding inspection requirements.
Leadwell introduces new 5-axis machining center
Taiwanese machine tool builder Leadwell CNC Machines has introduced a new model, BC-600, at the smaller capacity end of its of BC-series of 5-axis machining centers. On all four models, the rotary axes are provided by a ±110-degree B-axis spindle and an integrated C-axis rotary table, both of which may be interpolated with X, Y and Z to allow full 5-axis production. The competitively priced, highly specified machines, which are fitted with scales in the linear and rotary axes as standard.
PFERD’s CC-GRIND grinding wheels
Grinding wheels – reinvented. Grinding wheels are tried and tested, and seem irreplaceable in certain applications in spite of their drawbacks in terms of ergonomics and efficiency. Yet PFERD, the Marienheide, Germany-based specialist for work on surfaces and cutting technology, supplies numerous modern and highly efficient alternatives for most applications.
TaeguTec’s Tang-SFeed inserts and cutter line
TaeguTec has launched a new and wide range of inserts and cutters named SFeedTec. Part of the range is the Tang-SFeed insert and cutter line, a double-sided four-corner tangential insert line. TaeguTec’s new tangential type Tang-SFeed line is a double-sided four-corner tangential type insert, high-productivity shoulder mill with tangential insert for a higher productivity perpendicular machining solution capable of ramping applications.
Fiber laser in XL size formats – Bystronic
Bystronic has expanded the ByStar Fiber laser cutting system format to accommodate material up to 2 500mm wide and in lengths of either 6 000mm or 8 000mm. The ByStar Fiber XL is available in two formats, 6225 and 8025. The larger format increases the machine’s productivity because large metal sheets allow the cut parts to be nested more efficiently.
Reducing inventory costs with vertical lift modules – Modula
Many manufacturers employ sophisticated CNC lathes, CNC machining centers, fiber lasers, robotics and measuring devices yet still store their parts, components and jigs on racks or on the floor. The costs of doing so are clear, but what’s the solution? Vertical lift modules (VLM) are fully enclosed automated storage units containing trays accessed by a lifting platform with an inserter/extractor. The trays are delivered to operators at an ergonomic height for easy access.
Widia TDMX: The top drill modular that drills holes faster and with more reliability
Drilling is not always a simple, straightforward job. Workpiece instability, vibrations, and chip control are just a few challenges typically encountered in drilling applications. In addition to these challenges, the cost per hole becomes a critical subject in many shops with pressure to achieve sustainable production at the lowest cost possible. The Top Drill Modular X (TDMX) holemaking solution is able to address such machining applications and economic requirements with ease.
Reliable helpers at the machine: Fanuc makes automation easier thanks to new functions
Fanuc has already installed more than 590 000 industrial robots worldwide. The versatile machines perform important tasks throughout production. It has never been easier to automate a processing machine with a robot and therefore making production highly productive and efficient. This applies in particular to automation with the QSSR package developed by Fanuc.
Kitamura’s Mycenter-HX300iG 400 combines large work area in small footprint
Kitamura Machinery’s Mycenter-HX300iG/400 expands the company’s small-footprint HMC offering, providing heavy-duty cutting, accuracy and reliability. For its size, the machine is still designed with a large work envelope, with a maximum workpiece diameter of 500mm, a maximum workpiece height of 745mm, and XYZ axes measuring 460mm by 510mm by 560mm, respectively. A 400mm table option offers additional workholding possibilities.
New STA Synchro Tap Adaptor designed specifically for ER collet chucks and driven tools
The new STA Synchro Tap Adapter was designed specifically for ER collet chucks and driven tools and allows for synchronised thread cutting and forming to be achieved with all suitable machines. The STA Synchro Tap Adaptor with quick change saves considerable time and optimises tool life. Synchro Tap Holders are the best way to dramatically increase tool life in a rigid tapping environment.
Guhring’s MTMH3-Z Drifter series
Guhring’s MTMH3-Z Drifter series of helical drilling thread-mill products are capable of thread milling in material up to 66 HRc. The Drifter series combines core drilling and threading in a single operation. The MTMH3-Z Drifter is suitable for wet or dry cutting, and features two oil grooves on the shaft to provide optimum cooling, as well as a left-cutting geometry that stabilises performance during climb milling.
Durma introduces entry-level fiber laser
Designed specifically as an entry-level flat-bed laser system, the HD-FO fibre laser manufactured by Turkey-based Durma is a compact, competitively priced and easily transportable machine designed specifically to accommodate sheet up to a maximum size of 3 000mm by 1 500mm. The maximum sheet weight is 575kg. The HD-FO can be specified with a Durma fibre laser power source of 1kW or 2kW.
Kennametal’s KOR 5 end mill enables higher feed rates for roughing
Representing the latest innovation in high-velocity aluminium roughing is the KOR 5 solid carbide end mill. Designed for maximum productivity in aerospace machining, with this five-flute end mill table feed rates increase up to 66 per cent compared to commonly used three-flute tools Kennametal says, redefining productivity for aircraft manufacturers and their suppliers. KOR 5 is aimed at removing large amounts of metal and getting it away from the work zone as quickly as possible.
The Prima Power Combi Genius combined punching / laser cutting machine
It seems to be the future – companies and manufacturers looking to design and manufacture machinery that can produce parts in one-hit – a combination of punching, laser cutting and automation. The Prima Power Combi Genius comes with servo-electric punching and two different performance suites; Pure meets the targets of efficient production with attractive price level and Dynamic offers the best productivity and highest performance on the market.
Mazak’s newly developed fully simultaneous 5-axis machining center targeting your first investment in 5-axis machining
Yamazaki Mazak’s newly developed fully simultaneous 5-axis machining center, the CV5-500 has been designed specifically for customers engaged in, or aspiring to 5-axis machining. The machine, which is being brought to market at a competitive price point, has a high-rigidity bridge construction with a fully supported trunnion table.
SigmaNEST V20 now available from SigmaTEK
SigmaTEK Systems, a specialist in developing CADCAM software solutions for the fabrication industry, has released V20 of its flagship SigmaNEST product portfolio. V20 is a substantial release, introducing many features in all areas of the product, with continued emphasis on user experience, optimising material utilisation, and data management. A newly developed SigmaTEK launcher provides a common, customisable desktop platform.
Mitsubishi MV4800-S Advance Type M800 Wire EDM Machine with CNC Control
The new Mitsubishi MV4800-S Advance Type M800 is now capable of 20” submerged cutting. The auto-threading system’s optional casting creates a removable 12” insert that when removed increases the maximum workpiece thickness to 32”. The option includes tank wall extensions and upper head skirts to contain the cutting splash created by the workpiece extending above the maximum submerged level.
Additive manufacturing capability for CAM software
OPEN MIND Technologies AG has announced it offers an additive manufacturing (AM) capability option in hyperMILL CAM software to support 3D printing/additive processes. hyperMILL together with AM also provides efficient hybrid processing with simultaneous additive and subtractive processing on one machine. For highly complex 5-axis simultaneous processing, hyperMILL Additive Manufacturing enables an array of flexible options for DED.
TaeguTec launches SFeedTec range
The South African launch of TaeguTec’s new and wide range of inserts and cutters were presented by Jacob Harpaz, President and CEO of the IMC Group. Harpaz emphasised to 320 delegates that clients were looking to improve the productivity of their equipment and reduce the cost per part and the only way you can do that, in this age of advanced machining that is feeding into Industry 4.0, is to increase the feeds and speeds of your CNC machine cutting process.
Bystronic press brake range can be customised
The Classic Edition is intended for prototype manufacture and job shops producing small batch sizes. With the Performance Edition, medium-sized companies can produce parts in larger series, while the Dynamic Edition is suitable for companies needing even more speed to handle batch sizes of 1 000 parts or more. Bystronic says the machines will be among the fastest on the market, with bend speeds up to 20mm/sec.
GF Machining Solutions controls sparks to improve EDM wire life
At the heart of the innovation is GF Machining Solutions’ generator technology – specifically its ISPS (Intelligent Spark Protection System) module – which identifies the intensity and location of sparks along the wire and, when necessary and required, adjusts current and voltage rates to prevent any concentration of wear. Spark Track provides real-time spark distribution information to manufacturers, enabling them to push their EDM machines to the limit.
Widia Novo tool assemblies can now be imported directly into Mastercam
The Widia Novo online platform, which is available in the UK from Industrial Tooling Corporation (ITC), now allows tool assemblies to be directly imported by users of Mastercam, credit to a newly formed collaboration. The partnership between Widia and CNC software developer Mastercam provides a solution that enables information importing from Novo directly into Mastercam 2018.
Submerged Wire EDM – AccuteX
The AU-1440iA Z800 submerged wire EDM is engineered to process large as well as smaller parts with accuracy, speed and convenience. The machine’s X axis capacity of 1 378mm with 800mm in Y and Z enable it to handle workpieces up to 1 791mm x 1 062mm x 782mm in size. The machine structure, designed via Finite Element Analysis (FEA), includes a Meehanite cast honeycomb-type base, highly-ribbed column mounted with oversized UVZ axis and a reinforced lower-arm to increase stiffness.
Prima Power’s new eP Genius 1030 press brake system and Laser Genius 1530 fiber laser machine with 10kW laser source
Prima Power exhibited at the eP Genius 1030 bending solution, the Laser Genius 1530 fiber laser machine, the Combi Genius 1530 and the servo-electric technology of BCe Smart bending cell at the Blechexpo 2019, held in Germany. Ideal for minimum batches, the reliable solution offers precision and accuracy in its performance.
Hexagon’s asset management tool helps optimise CMM performance
Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division has launched HxGN SFx | Asset Management, a cloud-ready software solution that helps manufacturers achieve operational excellence by offering easy access to real-time machine status and utilisation reporting. The software unlocks the data typically stored in individual coordinate measuring machines (CMM) to provide real-time insight into the performance, use and status of multiple CMMs across one or several sites.
Mahr introduces new vision capabilities for Precimar® ICM 100 IP
Image processing enables automated testing of dial and digital indicators, test indicators and dial comparators. Mahr has announced the expansion of its proven Precimar® ICM 100 Dial and Digital Indicator Calibrator with image processing, designed for the automated testing of measuring equipment. Existing Precimar Optimar 100 devices can also be upgraded with the new vision capabilities.
Trumpf’s Track & Trace connected system for intralogistics
“This system allows customers to determine the position of parts within just a few centimetres, enabling them to reduce throughput times on the shop floor and significantly increase their productivity,” says Thomas Schneider, Managing Director Research & Development at Trumpf. The solution accurately locates sheet metal parts in real time and also tracks and documents the routes they take.
Hypertherm introduces subscription pricing model for ProNest LT nesting software for use on smaller CNC cutting tables
Hypertherm, manufacturer of industrial cutting systems and software, recently announced low-cost subscription pricing for its ProNest® LT CAD/CAM nesting software for light industrial cutting applications. Rather than purchasing the software outright, as is typically required, smaller companies and individuals who have air or conventional plasma and oxyfuel cutting machines can now subscribe to ProNest LT.
Doosan introduces compact entry-level 3-axis, 8 000rpm VMC – DEM 4000
The compact DEM 4000 machine is the latest addition to Doosan’s impressive range of vertical machining centers – a range that includes the best-selling and ever-popular DNM- and Mynx-series. And, as one might expect from a new Doosan machine range, quality, reliability and a cost-competitiveness, are amongst the new DEM 4000s key selling points. Despite its relatively small footprint the DEM 4000 boasts 550mm x 400mm x 450mm XYZ axis travels with 24m/min rapid rates on all three axes.
Kennametal expands ER range
“Together, the newly developed TACU ER units and solid ER collets are a great marriage of technology,” states Ronald West, manager – tooling systems. “Available in sizes ER25 through ER40, with thread sizes ranging from M8 to M16, this innovation provides machining center-like capabilities to live-tool lathes. These new products offer the flexibility to use standard ER collets with solid end mills, or the new solid ER collets together with screw-on indexable milling cutters.”
Wire EDM from GF Machining Solutions designed for metal AM applications
The newly developed AgieCharmilles Cut AM 500 wire EDM (WEDM) from GF Machining Solutions has been purpose-designed for use in the metal additive manufacturing (AM) market. WEDM is a mature technology, but GF Machining Solutions says it continues to push the boundaries with its latest horizontal Cut AM 500, which has been designed to be fast, accurate and automation-ready. The machine is specifically intended for the metal AM market.
hyperMILL CADCAM software: The Open Mind Additive Manufacturing suite
Open Mind Technologies hyperMILL CADCAM software’s – The Open Mind Additive Manufacturing suite – is designed to satisfy the requirements of industrial 3D printing processes. As a universal software solution, hyperMILL, together with this option, will provide efficient hybrid processing with simultaneous additive and subtractive processing on a single machine platform. Open Mind’s hyperMILL Additive Manufacturing opens up an array of flexible options.
Yaskawa’s lightweight 6-axis robot
Yaskawa Motoman Robotics division has unveiled what is believed to be the smallest, lightest, 6-axis industrial robot specifically designed for small handling and assembly applications. The MotoMINI 7kg lightweight, portable robot is easy to carry and install close to workpieces and other machinery in existing production lines or cells, providing a payload of 500 grams, a maximum horizontal reach of 350mm, vertical reach of 495mm and repeatability of 0.02mm.
Taegutec’s Chase-4-Feed – a versatile high-feed mill with strong four cutting edge insert
To meet market demand, smaller double-sided four corner designed BLMP 04 inserts have been launched for small and high feed machining applications. The smaller size inserts mean more inserts can be mounted to the same diameter cutters, which will greatly improve productivity over the existing BLMP 06 type under similar conditions. Available in Ø8(1z) and Ø10(2z) sizes.
Guhring adds to hole-making portfolio
Guhring has developed the latest addition to its hole-making portfolio – the RT100XF. Created to reduce cycle times for difficult-to-machine materials and special applications in series production, the hard drilling line is said to be extremely resilient to potential breakages. This bold claim is based upon the carbide grade developed by Guhring for the RT100XF, which performs a balancing act between hardness and toughness.
Hyundai Wia’s HS6300 high-speed horizontal machining center plus PLS (Pallet Load System)
The Hyundai Wia HS6300 horizontal machining center (630mm pallet) features a ‘T’ all-in-one structure bed designed with ample bed height and casting thickness to ensure the optimal level of rigidity. The double wall structure of the column is designed to prevent heat transformation, proving excellent in cutting performance and accuracy. The Hyundai Wia high-speed horizontal machining center has a maximum work area of 1 000mm high x 930mm diameter.
Bystronic’s BySort add-on adds flexibility to unloading, sorting of laser-cut parts
BySort is the new extension module for the ByTrans Cross loading and unloading automation system. The upgrade sorts the completed cut parts and thus accelerates the automation cycle of all the processes related to fiber laser cutting. With the newly developed BySort upgrade, the ByTrans Cross is now an even more versatile unloading solution. An additional bridge is installed on the ByTrans Cross system, which can accommodate up to two sorting heads.