The Abrasive Machining/Sawing/Finishing pavilion was a busy one at the 2018 edition of the International Manufacturing Technology Show. Here were some of the highlights:
Eriez (Erie, PA) at IMTS highlighted two machines. The first was its Burn Table Full Coverage Lift Magnet. “You can load and unload with it,” said Dan Zimmerman, director of business development. “You have full magnetic coverage throughout the whole area of the magnet and can pretty much load, unload in one motion, which is very efficient versus some of the other techniques…This does it all in one motion.” Eriez has expanded its offerings of the magnet system with additional sizes.
The other was its Sump Doc. “In fluid recycling, the main issues you’re dealing with are removing solids from your coolant…and removing tramp oil from your coolant,” Zimmerman said. “This device, our Sump Doc, does all of that.”
Also, he said, “it continually circulates the coolant back to the sump. You’re not empting and then refilling it. You’re continually circulating back to the sump so you never have to shut down your machine tool during the cleaning process.”
Schutte Abrasive Machining
Schutte Abrasive Machining (Jackson, MI) introduced its 325linear machine, a 5-axis CNC grinder with extended x- and y-axis movement plus two auxiliary slides for workpiece clamping and improved grinding wheel guidance over the entire machining envelope. Micro tools, gun drills, hob cutters and complex geometries can be deployed with the new machine, which operates in the range of 2,500-4,000 rpm, typically. The additional second auxiliary slide enables the 325linear to utilize tool guidance, part support, tailstock or workpiece pallets in operation. The machine expands the user’s automation possibilities, as it also offers significant advancements in wheel change and robotic workpiece handling.
There’s always a lot of new machine technology to see in a press tour of United Grinding North America Inc.’s booth. IMTS 2018 was no exception.
The Walter Helicheck 3D non-contact measuring machine scans and digitizes cutting tools and production parts to create 3D models with combined transmitted light camera and laser sensors. The new next-gen Blohm Profimat X heavy-duty continuous dress creep feed grinders combines rigidity and power with fast axis speeds. The Studer S131 internal radius cylindrical grinding machine extends part-production capabilities through advanced technology, and like the Studer favorit, the new Studer favorit 1600 grinds both single-part and batch production, combining cost-effective price with high productivity.
A production version of the FlexLoad automation solution was servicing a Mikrosa Kronos S 250 centerless grinding machine. The FlexLoad package uses a FANUC six-axis robot loader to group any combination of compatible grinding machines into two-machine automation cells. United Grinding Digital Solutions provides every manufacturing organization with the data, tools and assistance to understand what happens on their factory floor, what will happen next and how to keep production optimized.