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When Okuma America hosts its Winter Showcase at its Charlotte, North Carolina headquarters Dec. 5 - 6, 2017, it will include demonstrations by members of Okuma’s Partners in THINC, a consortium that brings together leading manufacturing technology companies to generate new ways to improve productivity and enhance the customer experience.
While Partners in THINC projects have long been a collaborative effort, the upcoming December event further empowered the individual participants to come up with their own goals for each of six team projects. In the past, Okuma has set the direction for such undertakings. However, for this event and going forward, Partners in THINC leader Wade Anderson explains, “I don’t want a project dictated by Okuma. I want to flip that around and have our partners tell us what their exciting products are and what opportunities they see to improve productivity and the overall customer experience. With this freedom, they can focus their expertise on the three pillars of success: strategic solutions, strategic thinking, and strategic innovation.”
Among the featured presentations is a collaborative team effort by 7 Partners in THINC companies nicknamed Team Dynamic. The team uses the latest technologies from each of the seven companies to take advantage of the Okuma MA-500HII HMC’s strengths, such as an oversized linear guide system, advanced motion controls for high speed, dynamic machining, Okuma’s OSP control that provides PC modularity and the open system OSP Suite, and a stable platform with damping characteristics for demanding precision machining.
Contributing Partners in THINC Partners on the team are:
- LNS America – SFcompact chip conveyor that handles virtually all kinds of chips and filters coolant to 50µm; WS2 oil/coolant mist collector that exceeds OSHA & NIOSH requirements for removing oil/coolant mist, smoke, other fine aerosols and particulates; and IIoT-enabling e-Connect digital communications system.
- Blum-Novotest – Wireless 3D Tool Measuring Probes for tool setting and tool breakage detection; Automatic, In-Process Roughness Measuring System.
- Vero Software – Edgecam with multi-axis milling and mill/turn cutting strategies for complex parts.
- Allied Machine & Engineering – Hole making Solutions including Gen3sys XT Pro high penetration drill, Accuthread Threadmilling, Accuport One, and 4TEX indexable drill line.
- Koma Precision – Tsudakoma RBA-250K 5th axis rotary table with a cable management system that allows the rotary table to stay constantly connected through an Automatic Pallet Change.
- Tombstone City – Horizontal machining Center Tombstone.
- Busche Workholding – Custom Workholding Solutions; Rotary Table Baseplate.
To see this collaboration and other advanced technology demonstrations, register to attend Okuma’s Winter Showcase by visiting www.okuma.com/americas
Arconic and Airbus have reached a multi-year cooperative research agreement to advance metal 3D printing for aircraft manufacturing. The companies will develop customized processes and parameters to produce and qualify large, structural 3D printed components, such as pylon spars and rib structures, up to approximately 1m (3ft) in length. The deal combines Arconic’s expertise in metal additive manufacturing and metallurgy with Airbus’s design and qualification capabilities, building on its experience with regulatory agencies for certification.
“This agreement combines the expertise of two of the world’s top aerospace additive manufacturing companies to push the boundaries of 3D printing for aircraft production,” said Eric Roegner, executive vice president and group president, Arconic Engineered Products and Solutions and Arconic Defense. “Additive manufacturing promises a world where lighter, more complex aerospace parts are produced cheaper and faster. We’re joining forces to make that potential a reality in a bigger way than ever before.”
Under this agreement, Arconic will use electron beam high deposition rate technology to 3D print parts. This technology is suited to produce larger aerospace components because it prints them up to one hundred times faster than technologies used for smaller, more intricate parts.
In addition, Arconic will demonstrate the benefits of its proprietary Ampliforge process, which combines traditional and additive manufacturing. The Ampliforge process treats a near complete 3D printed part using an advanced manufacturing process, such as forging, which enhances the properties of 3D printed parts – increasing toughness, fatigue, and strength versus parts made solely by additive manufacturing – and reduces material input and production lead times.
Arconic will draw on additive and advanced manufacturing capabilities at its facilities in Cleveland, Ohio, and at the Arconic Technology Center outside Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Last September, Airbus announced a 3D printing breakthrough involving a smaller component equipping the airframe – a 3D printed titanium bracket installed on a series production Airbus commercial aircraft, the A350 XWB. This achievement is paving the way for Airbus to design 3D printed parts in the future that are even more complex and lighter weight. Arconic is producing these titanium brackets using laser powder bed technologies at its additive manufacturing facility in Austin, Texas.
Arconic announced three agreements with Airbus in 2016. Under those deals, Arconic agreed to 3D print titanium and nickel airframe components, such as fuselage and engine pylon components, made using laser and electron beam powder bed processes. Those agreements established Arconic as an innovation partner to Airbus in the fast-growing metal 3D printing space.
Windsor, Connecticut – Tsugami/Rem Sales, the exclusive North American importer of Tsugami machine tools, will host the 2nd annual Technology Center Open House in Fullerton, California, Dec. 5-6, 2017, at the Tsugami/Rem Sales office, 1521 E. Orangethorpe Ave., Suite E, Fullerton, California.
The two-day event will consist of presentations by long-time Tsugami/Rem Sales industry partners, Esprit and Edge Technologies. Representatives from Esprit and Edge Technologies will present on Programming Tsugami Swiss and 10 Things Everyone Should Know About Bar Feeding, respectively.
“Edge Technologies has continued to build and maintain a close relationship with Tsugami/Rem Sales that has the workability to overcome almost any obstacle, while focusing on the customers’ best interests. I am grateful to be part of a team that blends the demarcation lines between machine and bar feed and I very much look forward to sharing our insights on the dynamics of Bar feeding as well as the impact that those dynamics have on the machining world at the upcoming open house in Fullerton, California,” explains James Peterson, regional sales manager, Edge Technologies.
All attendees will have the opportunity to meet with Rem Sales’ Swiss CNC Engineers and local Tsugami specialists. All are encouraged to bring questions, ideas, and drawings of parts for consultation sessions.
“Our annual Fullerton open house is the perfect chance for anyone interested in learning more about the capabilities and power of Tsugami to stop in, look at the machines, and speak with our experts. We pride ourselves in the engineering and customer support behind Rem Sales’ products and partnerships and look forward to welcoming all of the open house attendees,” shares Michael Mugno, vice president, Rem Sales.
Tsugami Machines featured at the open house:
- Tsugami BW129Z: The 12mm 9-axis split-slide lathe with a simultaneous 3-path control system and dual independent gang slides
- Tsugami B0326-II: The 32mm, 6-axis machine, ideal for round or prismatic parts, slashes cycle time by permitting synchronized operation of the main and sub spindle
- Tsugami B038T: The 38mm high performance gang/ turret turning center that can perform 7 types of instantaneous machining operations involving the front, back and cross spindle
- Tsugami B0126: The 12mm, 6-axis convertible Swiss turn adds Y2-axis capability to the back-tool post for additional flexibility to the B0 configuration; with 25 tool positions, this CNC Lathe allows back milling operations to be overlapped with the machining operations on the main spindle
Hours for the Fullerton open house are, Tue. Dec. 5, 10am - 4pm PST and Wed., Dec. 6, 10am – 3pm PST. Lunch will be supplied for all registrants both days.
Please register for the event at www.remsales.com/openhouse or by calling Valentina Ciotto, Tsugami/Rem Sales’ sales coordinator at 860.687.3422.
Officials from Indigo Partners’ four portfolio airlines signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the purchase of 430 additional Airbus A320neo family aircraft. The aircraft will be allocated among the four ultra low-cost carriers: Frontier Airlines (United States), JetSMART (Chile), Volaris (Mexico) and Wizz Air (Hungary) upon the completion of final purchase agreements between Airbus and the four airlines.
Indigo Partners LLC, based in Phoenix, Arizona, is a private equity fund focused on worldwide investments in air transportation.
The 430-aircraft commitment, comprised of 273 A320neos and 157 A321neos worth $49.5 billion at list prices, was announced at the Dubai Airshow by Bill Franke, managing partner of Indigo Partners, and John Leahy, Airbus COO Customers, Airbus Commercial Aircraft. When added to existing Airbus A320 family orders, the new agreement will make Indigo Partners one of the largest customers by order number for the Airbus single-aisle aircraft family. Airlines in the Indigo Partners family previously have placed orders for 427 A320 family aircraft.
Also present at the announcement were Enrique Beltranena, CEO of Volaris; Barry Biffle, CEO of Frontier Airlines; Estuardo Ortiz, CEO of JetSMART; and József Váradi, CEO of Wizz Air. They confirmed their firm’s individual aircraft orders as follows:
Wizz - 72 A320neo, 74 A321neo
Frontier - 100 A320neo, 34 A321neo
JetSMART - 56 A320neo, 14 A321neo
Volaris - 46 A320neo, 34 A321neo
Indigo Partners’ Franke indicated that engine selections will be made and announced later.
CDB Aviation confirms A320neo order
Also during the Dubai Airshow 2017, Dublin-based CDB Aviation Lease Finance DAC (CDB Aviation) officials announced a firm order for 90 Airbus A320neo family aircraft. The agreement was reached in two steps: an original purchase agreement signed in 2014 for 45 A320neo family aircraft, which remained undisclosed to date, and the firming up of the MoU announced at the 2017 Le Bourget Paris Airshow in June 2017 for an additional 30 A320neo and 15 A321neo aircraft.
“By confirming today’s order for 90 A320neos, we have doubled our overall order position for the aircraft family,” said CDB Aviation President and Chief Executive Officer Peter Chang.
The A320neo family has received more than 5,200 orders from 95 customers since its launch in 2010.