The Gen 3 version TNC 640 control is for 3-axis milling to 5-axis simultaneous machining with milling, turning, and grinding operations with up to 24 axes.
Powerful inverters and controller technology – key components in the complete control package system – provide higher spindle and axis dynamics during manufacturing. The drives require less space in electrical cabinets, reducing storage, mounting costs, and servicing time.
With Gen 3 drives, TNC 640 customers will realize high availability and surface quality, shortened machining times, and other path-breaking control functions.
A laser interferometer measures and compensates CNC machines and CMMs to minimize downtime and improve cost-efficiency. The Status Pro µLine laser interferometer allows fast, easy, regular checks and compensations. A complete functional check can be performed in less than an hour, and the entire machine can be calibrated within a few hours. Software runs automatically after setup, writing automatic compensation files based on the measurement, which is read into the machine control to position the machine accurately. Straightness, perpendicularity, dynamics, and vibration can also be measured.
The µLine laser interferometer measurement system includes the laser interferometer with integrated compensation unit, reflectors, wireless environmental sensors, and software.
Status Pro’s exclusive partner in the Americas is Centric Int’l.
Additions to the AQ150 series single-axis positioning stages are available off-the-shelf in travel lengths of 600mm (23.622"), 700mm (27.559"), 800mm (31.496"), 900mm (35.433"), and 1,000mm (39.370"). The low-profile, aluminum- and-black anodized stages can handle loads up to 50kg (110.2 lb) and can be ordered in X-Y or X-Y-Z configurations.
Two-phase, stepper-motor driven models feature 2.1µm resolution (achieved with 10 micro-steps per step). The knob on the AQ150 stepper motor series (shown) can be replaced with an optical encoder for position verification. For closed-loop operation, high precision, higher travel speeds, and greater throughput, the stepper motors are replaced with three-phase brushless servo motors and quadrature incremental optical encoders.
Stage tables are 150mm x 150mm (5.90" x 5.90") with a pattern of threaded holes for mounting fixtures or other tooling. The high precision, low-profile rail stages have top and side rail covers. Featuring a 5mm per-turn lead screw, they have 10µm positional accuracy.
The compact linear stages integrate into new and existing systems and are available as complete plug-and- play systems including a single or multi axis controller.
Three grades for stainless steel turning featuring Duratomic coating offer superior mechanical and thermal properties, and chrome-colored Used-Edge Detection technology reduces potential waste.
TM grades TM1501, TM2501, and TM3501 secure operations and improve productivity in materials ranging from austenitic stainless steel to high-alloyed, super-duplex stainless steels. The expanded range of TM inserts also includes new geometries with chipbreakers optimized for finishing and medium-roughing applications in stainless steel.
Wichita, Kansas-based manufacturer of sheet metal aircraft components and assemblies H&R Parts Co. has ordered a 200-ton Triform sheet stretch-forming machine from Beckwood Press Co., St. Louis, Missouri.
“Due to a fire in January 2019, our skin stretch press was destroyed,” says Lon Legleiter, president of H&R Parts Co. “The guys at Beckwood were able to design a press that would fit my existing pit with very few changes. I cannot wait to get the machine installed and up and running.”
Designed for stretch forming aerospace and defense parts made from aluminum sheets up to 3/16" thick and 114" wide, the machine will feature 40" of stroke with a 12" x 100" mounting table that includes a ±15° tilt. The jaws travel horizontally to allow for a maximum distance of 72" and a minimum distance of 18" between them. The segmented jaws provide 6,000 lbf/inch and will allow for clamping of a wide range of sheet sizes.
“In a collaborative effort with the team at H&R Parts, we were able to design a solution that fits their needs and supports their growing operation,” says Beckwood Sales Engineer Caleb Dixon. “This will be H&R’s second Triform machine, and we look forward to continuing our partnership long into the future.”
Solar Atmospheres installs gas nitriding furnace
To support increasing demand for high-value gas nitriding, Solar Atmospheres, Souderton, Pennsylvania, has installed a vacuum gas nitriding furnace built by sister company, Solar Manufacturing.
The front-loading furnace incorporates a state-of-the-art nitriding and recipe system. The automated controls meet AMS2759/10, Automated Gaseous Nitriding Controlled by Nitrogen Potential, in addition to the standard AMS2759/6, Gaseous Nitriding of Low-Alloy Steel Parts. The automated control system is suitable for single- and two-stage (Floe) processing. All hot zone components are made of graphitic materials inert to the anhydrous ammonia used during nitriding.
In addition to a forced gas cooling system, the furnace incorporates a convection heating system. This design increases efficiency and reduces cycle time up to 50%.
Starrag USA relocates warehouse near headquarters
Starrag USA Inc. has moved its parts warehouse from Dallas, Texas, to a site within 10 miles of the company’s Hebron, Kentucky, headquarters for greater logistic control of spare parts inventory.
The 4,500ft2 warehouse, 15 minutes from Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Int’l Airport (CVG), helps ensure prompt parts delivery to North American customers.
The relocation brings Starrag parts warehousing close to special tooling and equipment warehousing in Hebron, allowing parts and tools to be combined in one shipment.
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Manufacturing aerospace components in a WFL Millturn Technologies MILLTURN machine is the all-in-one solution that highlights smart technologies for factories of the future.
Heavy-duty cutting of exotic alloys can place huge requirements on a CNC machining center when manufacturing large aerospace components such as landing gear, engines, and flaps. WFL’s competence allows manufacturers to produce parts that other machining centers can’t handle.
The MILLTURN by WFL
Aerospace demands maximum precision and reliable machining of complex geometries. WFL’s modular system minimizes distances between the workpiece, tool, and slide rails while giving the widest possible guideway distances. This creates stable conditions and geometries and ensures machining is flexible, accurate, and economical.
The goal is to clamp the workpiece once and machine it completely. Tools can be stored and kept ready in the tool magazine, minimizing clamping times while significantly improving positional accuracy – important because 6-sided, deep-hole machining can only be performed during one clamping, two at the most. Setup times fall sharply, and any finishing work can be performed immediately.
Hard material manufacturing
Hard-to-cut material, such as titanium, requires expertise. WFL has shown its competence in this area with machining solutions for aircraft landing gear. WFL provides turnkey solutions that include production strategy, tool selection, and cooling in addition to the machine. MILLTURNs can be adapted precisely to customer requirements – such as the emergency retraction to remove the tool from the workpiece immediately if a power outage occurs to prevent workpiece damage.
Special technologies & software
WFL’s wide range of technology expertise includes internal machining and feed-out tools: deep drilling, boring, bottle boring, and facing heads. All benefits of complete machining for aerospace work are exploited, setting new standards in value and precision.
WFL iControl protects the MILLTURN with up to 16 freely configurable process signals. New functions also record data using a black box with process recording, guaranteeing maximum safety and protection for the machine, tool, and workpiece. In aviation, data must be recorded when performing special machining operations. Logs can verify that no notable incidents occurred in process forces, coolant supply, or other sensors.
Highest accuracy through integrated measurement methods
Machining large, heavy, complex workpieces poses significant challenges for in-process probing. MILLTURN’s touchprobing complete measurement system can evaluate surface roughness or run-out roundness. After surface turning or milling, the scanning probe measures the feature and feeds the information to the machine tool’s control for automatic correction before the final cut. This assures the finished part corresponds with dimensional requirements.
In-process measuring: Easy programming and probing of complex geometries with a comprehensive cycle package
Ultrasonic measurement for automatic wall thickness correction; the measurement is displayed at the control in real time
The J55 3D printer quickly validates new product designs with color 3D printing. A rotating build platform uses a fixed print head that maximizes reliability and simplifies maintenance. The technology provides greater output from a small footprint while eliminating most sound. Remote monitoring capabilities simplify the print process.
The 3D printer supports design with same day send-to-print and minimal post-processing. It provides the same resolution and detail as J8-series 3D printers with models matching the shape, material, color, and finish of final products.
It has a maximum build volume of 1,340in³ (22L) and a 4.6 ft2 (0.43m²) footprint. The five-material capacity (plus support material) allows operators to load frequently used resins and avoid downtime associated with material changeovers.
The team at 3DprintUK optimized the design of the Prusa face shield so that the EOS Formiga P110 could accommodate much larger numbers. Nesting the main PEAK component inside one another allowed 260 units to be printed in a single print with a 27-hour build time.
Benefits include a closed PEAK design that allows for extra protection, biologically safe material, and shape that can be flat packed for inexpensive postage and storage.
To scale up production, the company also partnered with Arts University Bournemouth. They were able to produce more than 5,000 units.
America Makes, in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), held the Fit to Face – Mask Design Challenge, a rapid response challenge to support the ongoing shortage of safe and effective personal protective equipment (PPE) for COVID-19 frontline workers.
Participants were tasked with optimizing a face mask’s continuous fit-to-face contact for various face types. Five digital headform datasets were shared by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to assist participants in crafting submissions. Top design submissions were also fast-tracked through the VA, FDA, and NIH testing and evaluation process.