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Inspection software; High-volume gun drilling; Digital stroke gage; Hydraulic chuck for turning; PVD coating system; Twin spindle ID grinder; Ultrasonic cleaning system; Horizontal machining center; Workholding systems; CNC measuring system, measurement program; Laser measuring system; Tool monitoring system...

July 3, 2018

The HPB press brake features 4-axis, dual Y1 & Y2 ram with glass scales for accuracy, and Delem graphical touch screen controllers for programming and setup.

A rigid upper beam runs on 8-point bearings with 0.01mm (0.0004") precision with a 2-axis, ultra-strong back gage system with 800mm (31") travel and 0.01mm (0.0004") repeatability. A 6-axis ATF dual independent back gage for complex bends is also available. The bend is controlled by a CNC controller and foldable back gage fingers for reverse bending. Hoerbieger hydraulics provide synchronized working of hardened chrome-coated cylinders with up to 2,000 tons of pressure across 4ft to 20ft of bending length. The press includes quick-release clamping with Promecam-type top clamps to ensure rapid, accurate bends.

KAAST Machine Tools Inc.
IMTS 2018 Booth #338596

Inspection software

Inspection Manager software and modules automate manufacturing and quality control, improving time and cost 5x to 10x. The software automatically extracts manufacturing and inspection requirements from any PDF drawing or 2D blueprint, creating a complete bill of characteristics in a data format, including automated ballooning and geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T) extractions. The software automatically reads inspection results from CMM machines and other inspection tools, generating required reports.

High QA Inc.
IMTS 2018 Booth #135314

High-volume gun drilling

The DeHoff 518 Cell gun drilling cell uses nine gun-drilling spindles to drill opposing holes. The larger diameter, shorter hole is produced first, using three gun-drilling spindles on a single machine base. The smaller diameter, deeper hole is produced next using six gun-drilling spindles (two separate machine bases with three spindles each). More spindles are dedicated to the deeper hole because of its longer cycle time, resulting in a balanced throughput for each gun-drilling operation.

The 518 Cell has a 0.5" (12.7mm) gun-drilling capacity and an 18" (457mm) slide travel. The machine features a cast iron drill head base with hardened and ground steel boxways. Hand-scraped and fitted saddle, gibs, and straps deliver vibration damping, extended tool life, improved accuracy, and consistent surface finish.

Kays Engineering
IMTS 2018 Booth #338376

Digital stroke gage

Precision Digital Stroke Gage technology delivers more accurate stroke adjustment measurements without calipers. This easy-to-use design is accurate to ±0.001", works in any position, and has a stable base that provides reliable, repeatable measurements without looking at the spindle nose.

Precision Drive Systems
IMTS 2018 Booth #121062

Hydraulic chuck for turning

CoroChuck 935, a high-precision hydraulic chuck for turning operations, delivers fast, rigid, and secure clamping for demanding turning tasks, including those with long overhangs. CoroChuck 935 ensures a clamping length of 4x the bar diameter.

CoroChuck 935 uses EasyFix sleeves that provide correct center height, reducing setup time. It is also a solution for cylindrical boring bars where a spring plunger mounted in the sleeve clicks into a groove on the bar, guaranteeing correct center height. The metallic sealing also offers good performance in applications that require high pressure coolant.

Sandvik Coromant
IMTS 2018 Booth #431510

PVD coating system

CatArc 2500 PVD coating system combines rapid cycles and small batch sizes for optimized coating processes.

Features include:

  • Easy access to components, minimized downtime for maintenance
  • Configurable system for CatArc cathodic arc, sputtering, thermal evaporation PVD technologies
  • Green process generating virtually no effluents, hazardous wastes
  • Vergason Technology Inc.
    IMTS 2018 Booth #432195

    Twin spindle ID grinder

    The EGM-350CNC twin spindle ID grinder combines an ID spindle with a secondary spindle capable of face, shoulder, and OD grinding, as well as boring with a boring bar prior to the ID grind. With maximum grinding diameter of 15" and maximum grinding depth of 10", this multi-spindle design grinds flanges, bearing races, and other parts requiring the grinding of different locations on a single part. The ID spindle design uses a cartridge-type, motor-driven spindle enabling easy changeover; ID spindles can range from 10,000rpm to 50,000rpm while maintaining the same motor-driven design.

    The secondary face grinding spindle handles grinding wheels up to 5" diameter. NSK linear guideways coupled with precision ballscrews are used on all 3 axes. The work head features an A2-6 spindle with 8" 3-jaw hydraulic chuck; an optional 6-position automatic tool changer (ATC) handles complex jobs.

    Supertec Machinery
    IMTS 2018 Booth #236922

    Ultrasonic cleaning system

    The stainless-steel GMC ultrasonic cleaning system is an optional package to achieve chemical compatibility with aggressive caustic and acidic agents.

    Units are self-contained, supported on casters, and operate from commonly available power supplies. Systems include a pump and dual stainless cartridge filtration; a surface sparger; automated controls for heat, pump, and ultrasonics; a lid; and one standard basket. A drip pan allows draining one basket of parts while cleaning another.

    Cleaning Technologies Group
    IMTS 2018 Booth #121513

    Horizontal machining center

    The compact GE40H, with its standard ram-type 33.5hp, 12,000rpm, Big Plus/CAT40 taper spindle, can take on jobs usually done on much larger machines. The 500mm (19.7") axis travels (X, Y, Z) plus a fourth B-axis, give the GE40H flexibility for parts machining. It comes standard with Fanuc 31iMB control, 400mm pallets, rotary automatic pallet changer, and a 40-tool capacity magazine.

    At 180" x 112" x 139", the GE40H can be used as a stand-alone machine or in a lean line production environment, enabling customers with limited floor space to maximize productivity and output.

    Enshu USA Corp.
    IMTS 2018 Booth #338592

    Workholding systems

    Photo-activated adhesive workholding systems secure parts for tight-tolerance machining and inspection, and reduce the number of operations, scrap, and labor. Apply BlueGrip workholding adhesive to grippers and spot cure by ultraviolet light for 60 seconds before 5-axis machining. Once done, the part debonds with a one-quarter turn of the gripper. Residual adhesive is removed with pressurized steam or hot water spray and a light peeling action.

    The accompanying universal fixture kit enables immediate use of the workholding system.

    Blue Photon Technology & Workholding Systems LLC
    IMTS 2018 Booth #431392

    CNC measuring system, measurement program

    Various products will be on display at IMTS 2018, including:

    • HR-530 series Rockwell hardness testers: Performs Rockwell, Rockwell Superficial, Rockwell testing of plastics (A & B) and Light Force Brinell hardness testing; tests hardness of an inside ring wall without cutting the ring
    • MiCAT Planner V.1.5: One-click generation of measurement programs based on CAD models containing geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T) information, as well as dimensional measuring equipment (DME); when no GD&T information exists, it can easily be added
    • MACH Ko-ga-me: 3D CNC measuring system with 15.0" x 14.6" x 27.7" (382mm x 373mm x 705mm) envelope; available using a fixed base or moving-axis mounting system; available for horizontal, vertical installation; used in stand-alone applications, integrated into work cells

    Mitutoyo America Corp.
    IMTS 2018 Booth #135215

    Laser measuring system

    The LC50-Digilog laser measuring system generates thousands of measurement values per second while adjusting measuring speed according to nominal tool speed. The system measures each cutting edge, enabling comparison from the shortest to longest, so runout errors are automatically detected. In addition, LC50-Digilog detects any contaminants and cooling lubricants adhering to the tool, deducting them for reliable measurement results.

    Blum smartDock standard interface contains all necessary pneumatic valves and electrical, mechanical, and pneumatic connections between the machine and laser measuring system.

    Blum-Novotest Inc.
    IMTS 2018 Booth #135527

    Tool monitoring system

    The TMAC 3.0 is a tool monitoring adaptive control system that uses sensors for power, vibration, or strain to measure tool wear. By measuring tool wear in real-time, TMAC will automatically expire a tool if excessive wear is detected (and can signal a redundant tool) or immediately stop the machine and retract the tool in the event of breakage.

    TMAC optimizes almost any cutting operation, mitigating specific manufacturing challenges with difficult-to-machine materials by overriding the machine tool feed rate to make adjustments based on the cutting power load of the tool; increasing feed rate with low-power cuts and decreasing with high-power cuts and as tools wear. Real-time adaptive control feed rate adjustments optimize the cutting process, extending tool life and reducing cycle time up to 60%.

    TMAC uses a separate high-speed processor to process data from multiple sensors including power, vibration, strain, coolant pressure, coolant flow, and spindle speed. Users can overlay cutting data to compare cuts, interrogate alarms and events, and more.

    Caron Engineering, Inc.
    IMTS 2018 Booth #135636

    Turning center with Y-axis

    The Lynx 2100LY compact turning center with Y-axis includes various tool holders (static and live tools), a toolsetter, a parts catcher, and a parts conveyor. It incorporates a 15kW (20hp), 4,500rpm spindle, and larger turning capacity in a compact footprint. The Y-axis and optional sub-spindle makes diverse, complex part machining easier in one setup.

    Standard features include a 12-station servo-driven BMT tool turret with a half index feature (24 positions), Easy Operation Package (EOP) software, and CNC tailstock.

    Doosan Machine Tools America
    IMTS 2018 Booth #339100

    5-axis CNC grinder

    The 325linear 5-axis CNC grinder with extended X- and Y-axis movement has two auxiliary slides for workpiece clamping and improved grinding wheel guidance across the entire machining envelope. The 2,500rpm to 4,000rpm machine accommodates gun drills, hob cutters, micro tools, and complex geometries. The second auxiliary slide enables tool guidance, part support, tailstock, or workpiece pallets. This machine expands automation possibilities within wheel change and robotic workpiece handling.

    Collet, hydraulic expansion, or multi-range chucks can be installed on the A-axis, and with the machine’s automated collet changer, workpieces with different diameters are clamped with high concentricity in the unmanned loader station. The A-axis configuration also permits position-oriented clamping of non-rotationally symmetrical workpieces so sequential workpieces with various roughing and finishing requirements can be preset for continuous processing.

    The grinder offers scalable automation with an available 140-position tool changer, 5-24 grinding wheel magazine, and flexible robotic tool gripper. Motion control is maintained on a Siemens 840Dsl CNC with compatible drive technology.

    Schütte North America
    IMTS 2018 Booth #237288

    Optical 3D surface metrology systems

    MarSurf CM optical 3D surface metrology systems feature confocal technology with 16-bit high definition resolution (HDR) technology for high-resolution 3D surface topography data and insight into surface structures and processing.

    The technology allows for the physical acquisition of a true-height signal as opposed to measuring height via pixel contrast pattern projection. Confocal technology can be used on material from highly light scattering to highly reflective. The series provides micron and nanometer resolution surface finish and micro-geometry information including 2D and 3D surface roughness, bearing area, flatness, depth, and volume.

    Measurement and data evaluation processes can be fully automated; from fiducial recognition, which automatically detects and corrects possible errors in sample positioning, to automatic generation of Go/No-Go reports.

    Mahr Inc.
    IMTS 2018 Booth #135608

    5-axis CNC tool, cutter grinder system

    Model 9300, with its 21.5hp (16kW) direct-drive dual grinding spindles manufactures ultra-precise drills, endmills, and reamers. It features Yaskawa AC drive amplifiers and servomotors as well as an automatic pick-n-place parts loader/unloader for continuous grinding of parts. Equipped with a Schaublin pneumatic workholding system and a precise probe assembly for repeatability, Model 9300 is built on a polymer cast base and can be equipped with an on-board electric wheel dressing system.

    EZ Software allows operators to customize and/or modify tool geometry by filling in blanks and verifying the part program via the machine's real-time 3D parts predictor. Each machine is supplied with a complete software package and library of tool programs. The system’s computer control monitors machine functions and alerts operators to problems during grinding, tracking, and logging errors within the control to identify problems.

    Unison Corp.
    IMTS 2018 Booth #236630

    Tooling, turnkey services

    At IMTS 2018, Seco will display tools, services, and an immersive augmented reality (AR) experience.

    • QuattroMill 22 face mill for roughing, semi-finishing: Features free cutting geometry, insert placement reduces cutting forces, delivering workpiece stability, improved tool life, and maximum productivity
    • Feedmax-P Solid carbide drill: Boosts hole-making performance for ISO P (steel) and cast iron workpiece materials; can increase drilling productivity up to 35%; geometry, TiAlN coating provides longer tool life; 0.078" to 0.787" (2mm to 20mm) available diameters, length-to-diameter ratios of 3xD, 5xD, 7xD
    • Perfomax indexable insert drill: Helix angle flutes for smoother chip flute exit; engineered wave pattern minimizes contact between chips, flute surfaces; laser hardened front flutes for 140% longer tool life; HRC 60 allows drill to withstand chip erosion; available in 0.594" to 2.375" (15mm to 59mm) diameters; length-to-diameter ratios of 2xD, 3xD, 4xD, 5xD; most spindle interfaces
    • MZN, MBZ high feed milling cutters: AlTiN-coated solid carbide end mills for high wear resistance, consistent performance in hardened steel, cast iron, nickel-based super alloy workpiece materials; reduces machining time, costs by using one tool for several operations

    Seco Tools LLC
    IMTS 2018 Booth #431564

    Tool grinder

    VGrind 360 features enhanced travel distances for machining carbide tools up to 100mm diameter. With two vertical spindles, it allows tool manufacturers to precisely produce large numbers of milling cutters, drills, etc., with blanks made from solid carbide or high-speed steel (HSS). Automated solutions, such as an 8-wheel pack changer, wheel compensation, and a free-arm robot allow unattended machining.

    With five CNC axes, the VGrind 360 achieves interpolation with short travel distances for the linear axes and swivel ranges. An optional tool magazine with eight grinding wheel packages ensures automatic changeover of vertical spindle tools. An HP 160 pallet magazine can supply up to 272 workpieces for lights-out machining. The HPR 250 free-arm robot can be used for automatic manufacturing of rotary tooling with various shaft diameters.

    The optional VGrind 360 roughing unit enables removal of residues on the diamond-tipped grinding wheel, maintaining longer grinding wheel sharpness. Users can also automatically change grinding wheel sets and coolant nozzles within the VGrind 360. The VGrind 360 is the successor to the VGrind160.

    Vollmer of America Corp.
    IMTS 2018 Booth #237047

    Horizontal machining center

    The FZH 6-axis horizontal machining center (HMC) can be equipped with the VH30/VH40 2-axis milling head for high precision and repeatability in the A- and C-axis or the M3ABC 3-axis milling head (A, B, C), which offers improved efficiency when milling structural parts with its increased swiveling range. In tandem with the machine’s X, Y, Z axes, the B-axis head design allows fast, accurate 6-axis milling of aluminum and carbon fiber parts.

    A water-cooled travelling column increases penetration into the material and expands guide carriage distance, increasing rigidity and eliminating the lever effect to ensure a constant geometry along the Z-axis as well as maximum rigidity of the workpiece.

    Zimmermann Inc.
    IMTS 2018 Booth #339336

    5-axis vertical machining center

    The Vertex 100 5-axis vertical machining center (VMC) is compact, high-speed, and capable of high-precision milling of larger parts.

    The machine’s tilt/rotary table, supported by the cast iron base, provides high precision and rotation speed up to 100rpm. The table’s C-axis motors are direct drive while the A-axis has tandem direct drive motors. The machine handles workpieces up to 1,250mm (49.25") diameter.

    The X- and Z-axis is driven by single ball screws, with dual ball screws on the Y-axis; linear axes are capable of 1G acceleration and deceleration. The machine features Fanuc controls.

    Mitsui Seiki (USA) Inc.
    IMTS 2018 Booth #338519