In-Process Grinding Gage
P1dME electronic gage amplifier is designed for in-process smooth part monitoring of grinding applications. It is intended for connecting to Marposs measuring heads and represents an economical, compact, and reliable solution for in-process ID/OD workpiece monitoring. With this solution the part is continuously measured during the grinding process, assuring that part production is within tolerance and the machining cycle optimized based on the amount of stock being removed. The flat and compact P1dME gage amplifier can be installed inside the operator panel of any grinding machine or set up as a stand-alone unit. It features a 4.3″ (109-mm) touchscreen with an intuitive operator interface. Depending on the measuring head, the P1dME has a measuring range of ±250 µm, ±500 µm, or ±1000 µm. Marposs in-process applications aren’t affected by varying machine conditions of temperature, cold start-up, or vibrations.
Web site: www.marposs.com
HB 7010-1 Turning Grade
The Garant HB 7010-1 turning grade achieves wear resistance at high speeds, making it ideal for continuous high-performance cutting. It has an extremely hard, wear-resistant and thermo-reistant CVD coating made of aluminum oxide and titanium carbonitride, which protects the carbide substrate even at high cutting speeds and process temperatures. The carbide substrate is particularly resistant to plastic deformation, splintering and brittle fracturing as it is extremely ductile. The turning grade offers significantly longer tool life with continuous cutting at high speeds.
Hoffmann Group USA
Web site: www.hoffmann-group.com/US/en/hus
Laser Systems Clean and Prepare Surfaces
The CleanTech laser line is for surface prep, paint removal and surface cleaning. Marketed under the Laser Photonics brand, CleanTech laser systems offer a nonabrasive cleaning process that is safe and eco-friendly. It is an alternative to chemicals or abrasive blasting systems that can produce hazardous fumes or substrate wear. The systems remove coatings, contaminants and residues with advanced industrial-grade Class 1 laser cleaning and surface treatment equipment. They can be used for paint and epoxy removal, mold cleaning, weld prep, metal parts cleaning, anodizing removal, surface conditioning, rust removal, and degreasing.
Web site: www.laserphotonics.us
New DrillMeister Diameter Range
A new 6.0 to 9.9-mm diameter DrillMeister range is available with drill bodies of 1.5D, 3D, 5D, and 8D for small-diameter holemaking applications in various work materials. A self-clamping system allows DrillMeister tools to perform swift drill indexing. Tools are changed out by replacing the drill head; there is no need to remove the drill body from the toolholder and re-adjust the tool overhang, eliminating a large amount of tool change time. A drill head can be mounted or removed with a small amount of torque and can be performed in the machine as needed.
Web site: www.tungaloy.com/us
Advanced Thermal Imaging Cameras
Three new Exx-Series advanced thermal imaging cameras—the FLIR E75, E85, and E95—are designed for electrical, mechanical, and building applications. The redesigned, Wi-Fi-enabled Exx-Series features intelligent interchangeable lenses; laser-assisted autofocus modes and area measurement functionality; improvements to FLIR’s patented MSX imaging technology; and a larger, more vibrant 4″ (101.6 mm) touchscreen. These features, combined with increased sensitivity and increased native resolution, help identify hot spots or building deficiencies. In redesigning the Exx-Series, FLIR developed a new range of compact intelligent, interchangeable lenses that the camera automatically recognizes and calibrates, eliminating the need for manual calibration.
FLIR Systems Inc.
Web site: www.flir.com/instruments
Permanent Dot Peen Marking
The ec1 marking system uses dot peen technology to permanently mark industrial components. Dot peen technology imparts an unalterable mark directly on the part. The ec1 column-mounted machine is precise and marks, at high speed, data such as texts, logos, 2D codes, QR codes or datamatrix codes. It is ideal for small to medium-sized parts, from plastics to hardened steel up to 62 RC. With its improved stability, the ec1 can be easily used on a tabletop and a graduated column provides efficient positioning. The ec1’s marking window is 120 × 100 mm and its controller is equipped with a HD color screen of 95 × 54 mm.
Ph: +33 04 72 54 80 00
Four- and Five-Axis Rotary Tables
The RBS Series (Rotary Ball System) from Tsudakoma is a 4th axis rotary table series suitable for single-axis vertical machining centers (VMCs) and the TBS Series (Tilt Ball System) is a 5th axis rotary table series suitable for dual-axis use on VMCs. The rotary tables are built with a new ball drive system that offers zero backlash, improved cycle times, energy conservation and a lifetime adjustment-free transmission system. Three new models are available for the RBS Series, with face-plate capacity of RBS-160 being 6.3″ (160 mm), RBS-250 with 8.27″ (210 mm) and RBS-320 with 10.04″ (255 mm). The TBS Series is being introduced with TBS-130 and TBS-160 models.
KOMA Precision Inc.
Web site: www.komaprecision.com
Electronic Weld Head for Miniature Parts
The Series 300 electronic weld head offers a controlled weld force profile for miniature parts. It enables up to three welds per second, with programmable force and weld positions, excellent force and position repeatability, and displacement monitoring. With a redesigned linear magnetic force actuator and a microprocessor-based electronic control, the Series 300’s weld force profile is ideal for miniature parts welding. By showing actual displacement (set-down) with 0.0001″ (2.5 µm) resolution, the Series 300’s graphical screen allows the user to fine tune the weld time, follow-up force, and weld energy relationships between the Series 300 and the external power supply.
Amada Miyachi America Inc.
Web site: www.amadamiyachi.com
Portal-Style Five-Axis Milling Center
The Mecof Powermill is a large travelling-gantry five-axis milling center. It permits loading of large, heavy workpieces on the stationary work table from overhead or from either end of the machine. Users may specify travel in X, Y, and Z axes, including virtually unlimited longitudinal, X-axis travel, and from 4, 5, 6 and 7 m of Y-axis stroke with vertical ram stroke from 1.5 to 2.5 m. Several milling head options and automatic head exchange systems are available. Options include double CNC platforms on each column, laser checking of tool and workpiece, high-pressure tool cooling systems, and volumetric compensation. Axes feed rate is 30 m/min.
Web site: www.emco-world.com
Ball Plungers Eliminate Machining Step
Easily and securely installed by hand in an ordinary drill hole, self-retaining ball plungers from Carr Lane Mfg. have a flexible design and compensate for hole tolerances up to 0.008″ (0.203 mm). The slotted end of the thermoplastic body expands to compensate in an oversize hole, eliminating the need for remachining. The sturdy shoulder of the press-fit ball plunger provides a fixed seating position and positively resists detent force. Available in four sizes, the self-retaining ball plungers can be installed in a plain hole, with the shoulder exposed, or slightly counterbored for flush installation.
Carr Lane Mfg. Co.
Web site: www.carrlane.com
Dial Test Indicators Offer Better Readability
Lever-type dial test indicators from Mitutoyo America offer increased durability, sensitivity and readability. A wide array of styli and ruby tips allows for probing of many applications. A glare-free, flat crystal face allows for easy viewing of graduations. In addition, the font and dial face color have been changed. Multiple layers of hard, smudge-resistant coatings on the crystal prevent scratches and contamination. An O-ring seal on the bezel provides smooth rotation and prevents oil and dust from contaminating the dial face. A flange has been added to prevent the bezel from becoming detached during use.
Mitutoyo America Corp.
Web site: www.mitutoyo.com
Machining Large-Sized Components
Soraluce PXG-W gantry-type multitasking milling machine reduces the number of clamps required and minimizes cycle times and potential errors for workpieces weighing hundreds of tons. Dimensions of the model are 19-m long with 7.25-m clearance between columns, and 7.3 m in height which is configurable with a 5-m vertical travel of the crossbeam. The PXG-W is designed to meet the machining requirements, including turning, milling, boring, drilling, and threading for parts used in the machinery, energy, marine, and general machining industries. The work area is split into two sub-areas. The main sub-area for machining prismatic parts is equipped with 12 × 6-m floor plates and has a load capacity of 25 t/m2. The second sub-area comprises a 6-m diameter turning table with a 200-kW turning head and a maximum speed of 50 rpm.
Soraluce America Inc.
Web site: www.soraluce-america.com
Gear Finishing Honing Machine
Präwema SynchroFine 205 HS gear honing machine features direct-drive, digitally controlled spindles for the tool and the workpiece, enabling precise, rigid synchronization. The Präwema Honing gear finishing process produces quality comparable to grinding results for spur and helical gears, as well as shafts. The machine’s software checks the stock allowance and workpiece runout and then optimizes the X-axis approach distance. Measuring the workpiece does not affect the cycle time and the process can reduce cycle times by 3–5 sec. The machine features a pick-up design to enable automation. The workpieces and dressing tools are loaded and unloaded by the workpiece spindle. The large X-axis travel enables placement of additional stations adjacent to the loading/unloading station inside the machine, such as a two-flank roll-checking device. External robots and conveyor systems can also be integrated by GMTA engineering.
GMTA (German Machine Tools of America)
Web site: www.gmtamerica.com
Solid-Carbide Milling Cutters
MC232 Perform solid-carbide milling cutters are well-suited for shops that frequently machine small and medium lot sizes where universal applicability for a larger range of materials types rather that simple tool life is desired. The new addition to the Perform line is a versatile, cost-effective new cutter type available with two, three or four flutes, in a diameter range of 1/8 to 5/8″ (2–20 mm). Smaller diameters are offered with cylindrical shank and larger diameters with a Weldon shank for higher horsepower cutting. MC232 cutters feature 35° spiral, WJ30ED grade. New shoulder/slot milling cutters are suitable for all common milling operations such as lateral milling, full slotting, pocket milling, ramping and helical plunging. MC232 solid-carbide milling cutters can be used in industries ranging from mechanical engineering, mold and die, to the automotive and energy industries.
Walter USA LLC
Web site: www.walter-tools.com
High-Feed Solid-Carbide End Mill
Jabro-HFM JHF181 is designed for high-feed milling strategies in hardened steels and nickel-based alloy. Jabro-HFM increases metal removal rates and tool life by up to 30% over traditional methods when processing ISO H materials. The JHF181 is especially effective at machining complex parts that require long tool overhangs and a mix of multiple axial and radial machining operations. With Seco’s new HXT coating, the JHF181 gains a hard layer that delivers advanced thermal protection and high wear resistance. The JHF181 is available in two, four or five-flute options with cutting diameters from 0.0787 to 0.6299″ (2–16 mm) and length options ranging from 2×D to 7×D. This end mill also has through-tool coolant capability. Jabro-Solid2 JS564 and JS565 represent Seco’s continued focus on developing tools for optimized roughing strategies for materials such as steels, stainless steels, and titanium alloys.
Seco Tools LLC
Web site: www.secotools.com/us
Cartesian Motion Gantry Planar
Two new larger model EXCM-30 and EXCM-40 planar gantries deliver two or three-axis Cartesian motion for benchtop assembly machines and medical laboratory devices. EXCM-30 is used in small parts assembly and handling applications or in electronics manufacturing and laboratory processes. Energy supply for the EXCM-30 is flexible and simple with a 3D chain and a universal flange adapter. The Y stroke can be expanded to 16, 18, and 20″ (410, 460, and 510 mm). The EXCM-40 has a larger working area of up to 78″ (2000 mm) in the X direction and 39″ (1000 mm) in the Y direction. With a 48-V power supply, loads up to 8.8 lb (4 kg) can be handled dynamically.
Web site: www.festo.us
Versatile Six-Edge Turning Insert
Versatile six-edge turning insert is designed to fit one holder. The multifunction inserts deliver high productivity and cost efficiency in applications including threading, grooving, parting, and back and front turning. The fully ground profile delivers high precision and the unique shape provides strong and stable clamping. Designed to fit a range of diameters extending from small, thin-wall applications up to 2.5″ (63.5 mm), the system creates a smooth surface finish even in hard materials. Internal coolant capability controls temperature and relieves chip contamination at the cutting edge. The G-6 tool is constructed of rugged K20 carbide with proprietary BLU coating.
Carmex Precision Tools LLC
Web site: www.carmexusa.com
Carbide-Tipped Band Saw Blades
QUAD 7 carbide-tipped band saw blades are designed for demanding production cutting operations such as steel service centers, foundries, and aerospace sawing applications. QUAD 7 blades are well-suited for alloy, high-chrome alloy, Inconel, and other nickel-based alloys, titanium block and plate, stainless, and mold, tool and bearing steels. Blades feature a positive rake angle four-tooth pattern that produces seven distinct chips. QUAD 7 blades are available in five widths: ¾” × 0050; 1 ½” × 0.050; 2″ × 0.062; 2 5/8″ × 0.062; and 3 1/8″ × 0.062 and are shipped in 150′ (45-m) coils. There a number of variable tooth pitch (TPI) options to choose from.
Web site: www.simondsint.com
Higher Performance Steel Drills
New generation of the twin cutting edged MEGA-Drill-Steel-Plus offers users a significant boost in wear resistance and performance for reliable and cost-effective drilling in steel materials. Chip flute geometry has been optimized and a newly developed coating is used. In combination with the modified cutting edge preparation, this offers a 50% longer tool life. Performance of the new drill has been significantly improved, and drilling is possible with a 15% higher cutting speed and a 15% higher feed rate compared with the predecessor model. MEGA-Drill-Steel-Plus drills are available in the diameter range from 3 to 25 mm and shank forms HA and HE for steel machining. With internal cooling the drills are available in lengths of 3×D, 5×D and 8×D, without internal cooling in lengths of 3×D and 5×D.
Web site: www.mapal.com
Aerospace Portal Milling Machine
FZH400 five-axis high-tech portal HMC features a patented, water-cooled travelling column that was redesigned to increase penetration into the material and expand the guide carriage distance. This increases the rigidity and eliminates the lever effect, ensuring a constant geometry along the Z axis as well as maximum rigidity of the workpiece. This new model range is especially useful for efficient machining of standard components for the aerospace industry, with special patented features to eliminate the lever effect and improve pallet handling. The FZH400 features a patented integral pallet-handling system which allows pallets to be changed during machine time and transported without sagging, making it especially suitable for long pallets. Pallets are raised and lowered in such a way that the load is balanced, virtually eliminating bending and torsion forces. No special foundation is required for the compact modular machine.
Web site: www.zimmerman-inc.com
Pulsed Fiber Laser Welding System
LMWS pulsed fiber laser welding system features an integrated LMF70-HP 70W pulsed fiber laser for advanced processing for welding metals, plastics and dissimilar metals including copper to aluminum, aluminum to stainless and steel, and copper to stainless steel. The highly configurable, compact unit is designed for lean manufacturing. By simply changing the settings, this laser can also be used to mark or cut welded parts. The versatile high-power, high-speed laser LMWS is available with a variety of integration options to match process needs. It is equipped standard with an XY galvanometric scanner. XYZ and rotary stages or through the lens and off axis camera options are also available.
Amada Miyachi America Inc.
Web site: www.amadamiyachi.com
High-Production CNC Turning Centers
Quicktech i-42 Ultimate and i-60 Ultimate high-production CNC turning centers allow complete machining of medium-diameter bar stock. Machines feature two turning spindles, two milling spindles and two B axes for a total of 10 axes and capacity for up to 49 tools. Bar capacity for the 15-hp (11-kW) main spindle is 42 mm for the i-42 model (60 mm for the i-60), and 30 mm for the 7.5-hp (5.6-kW) subspindle on both models. Both main and subspindles feature full continuous C axes and are synchronized for fast, accurate part transfer. A four-axis (linear X,Y,Z and rotating B axes) gang-type vertical tool post serves each spindle. Each tool post has a Y axis for off-center milling operations. Live tools are mounted in a continuous 360˚ B axis and powered by a 2-hp (1.5-kW) spindle motor.
Absolute Machine Tools Inc.
Web site: www.absolutemachine.com
Redesigned Turn-Mill Center
Redesigned G200 turn-mill center features increased maximum turning length to 660 mm, a higher performance milling spindle, and expanded live tool complement as well as the XPanel with i4.0 readiness. High-speed machining of both bar stock and chuck parts complete in one setup is possible. Fluid-cooled main and counter spindles feature a bar capacity of 65 mm (chuck diameter max. 165 mm ). Motorized spindles allow productive turning machining with a power of 31.5/32 kW (100%/40% duty cycle), a torque of 125/170 N•m and a maximum speed of 6000 rpm. Three tool carriers allow tools to be assigned to almost any machining type on the main and counter spindles independently for programming flexibility. An upper tool carrier has an additional Y axis (±65 mm) and a 360° swiveling B axis. It is designed on one side to provide an added 14 tool positions and has a milling spindle on the rear.
Web site: www.indextraub.com
Standard, Replacement Saw Blades
Full line of standard saw blades and side chip clearance saws are suitable for a wide range of precision cutting applications with diameters from 1 to 8″ (25–208 mm) and from 20 to 250 mm, with fine, medium, and coarse tooth pitch. Replacement blades for Hydromat, Georg Fischer, Rohbi, Bimax, and different screw and Swiss-type machines are available. Standard saw blades are manufactured from high speed steel (HSS), cobalt steel (HSSCo), or solid carbide and are available with or without PVD or CVD coating to enhance performance and service life. Applications include gold and silver jewelry, fastener production, resistors, electronics, thin or thick-walled pipes and profiles, extrusions, abrasive, and high-tensile materials.
Web site: www.conrox.com
Vision CPU, Inspection Software
Teledyne Dalsa’s new BOA Spot vision camera/sensor combines a vision CPU, inspection software tools, camera, integrated light, and optics all in one small IP6-rated package. The BOA Spot is offered in 640 × 480 and 1280 × 960 resolutions and with two levels of software inspection tools. Programming is accomplished either right on the camera with its web browser server or with an off-line emulation package. The software’s GUI interface is extremely easy to use, self-navigating and designed for customers with no or very little vision experience. On board I/O and industrial Ethernet protocols such as Ethernet I/P and PROFINET allow the BOA Spot to seamlessly integrate into control systems.
CPU Automation Inc.
Web site: www.cpuauto.com
Meclab and Supermeclab laser micrometers from Aeroel S.R.L. are designed to be used off-line as benchtop flexible gages to check a wide range of workpieces with different shapes and sizes. Typical parts include small shafts, lathe or grinder machined parts, rubber rolls, and hard metal tools. Laser micrometers measure diameter and ovality, run out, edge position, gap between parts, taper, throats, peaks, cutting diameter, and more. Tolerances are checked by comparing the actual dimensions to the programmed limits. Reports are printed out with simple statistics performed on measured data. Results are stored in memory and can be downloaded to a remote computer.
Web site: www.freedomlaser.com
Mold Polishing Equipment
Compact, lightweight Foredom Portable Micromotor system has plenty of power for fine detailing, polishing. and even grinding on metal, wood, glass and many other materials. Perfect for users who work at multiple stations outdoors with no power or with limited to no bench space. Product features include a 1/8″ (3-mm) collet and control unit with a digital rpm display at the top that makes it easy to monitor speed as you work. The dial on the front adjusts speed from 0 to 30,000 rpm. The built-in rechargeable Li-ion battery run time is approximately 5 hrs, depending on how long the micromotor is in continuous use when in battery mode, or plug it in for day-long use.
Boride Engineered Abrasives
Web site: www.borideabrasives.com
Dimensional Measurement System
ProTable X is a semi-custom system designed to measure sheets, disks and more up to 4 × 12′ (1.2 × 3.6 m) with accuracy of ±0.003″ (0.08 mm) across the entire linear range of measurement. The surface features anodized aluminum plate or stainless steel and is designed to be used in a manufacturing environments. ProTable is battery operated and includes automatic temperature compensation. ProTable X uses aluminum extrusion and long-life steel bearings to ensure smooth operation and to minimize orthogonal, Abbé, and cosine measuring errors.
Web site: www.proscale.com
Enclosure Modification System
ASG modifies electrical enclosures in as little as one to three days in-house, saving their regional customers labor and effort that detracts from their core business. The state-of-the-art automated computer-controlled Hoffman system virtually eliminates manual drilling, cutting, and tapping hand tools and produces assembly-ready enclosures. ASG’s machining center accepts standard electrical enclosures of various materials, such as carbon steel, stainless steel, aluminum, fiberglass, and other nonmetallic materials. Modification involves everything from cutting simple holes to complex cutouts on almost any material, any shape, or size.
ASG, Division Hesco
Web site: www.ctasg.com
Swiss-Style, Small Parts Manufacturing
Tools and accessories for Swiss machining include multidec-Lube tool clamp system that permits a repeatable jet flow even after multiple tool changes or setups or teardown and replaces the original equipment gang slide tool clamps provided with the Swiss machine. PCM 4X high-speed spindles with a new planetary-style gear system feature a low-profile configuration that suits Citizen Swiss A, L, M and the new L32 series machines for improved performance of micro drills, end mills and high-speed thread milling tooling. The Louis Belet carbide Expert series tooling packages feature optimized geometries and coatings for drills, end mills, slotting saws, thread mills, engraving and spotting tools for greater productivity, higher material removal rates, superior surface quality, and extended tool life.
Genevieve Swiss Industries Inc.
Web site: www.genswiss.com
High-Performance Metal Cutting Band Saws
DoAll S-280CNC StructuralAll miter CNC automatic band saws are ideal for fabricating shops, maintenance facilities, and tool and manufacturing plants. The new S-280CNC can also be classified as a horizontal, structural scissor-style miter-cutting saw. The new DS-400CNC StructuralAll dual-miter, CNC automatic band saw is ideal for fabricating shops, maintenance facilities, tool and manufacturing plants. Designed for vertical and angular cuts, the DS-400CNC is adjustable to 45° left and right in semiautomatic mode. The DoAll 400-S general-purpose band saw is designed for small-to-medium fabricators or machine shops looking to make extremely accurate straight or miter cuts in smaller quantities. The 400S features a 9″ (229-mm) high by 16″ (406-mm) wide capacity of rectangles and 10.75″ (273-mm) rounds.
Continental Machines Inc.
Web site: www.doallsaws.com
Finger-Mounted, Hands-Free Barcode Scanning
BellHawk systems provide low-cost and easy-to-use systems that integrate manufacturing execution systems (MES) with industrial warehouse management systems (WMS). BellHawk systems make extensive use of mobile computers with integral barcode scanners, as well as Android tablets with external barcode scanners to track the receipt, storing, and use of raw materials. After picking and conversion into intermediate and then finished products, the systems track picking, packing, and shipping of finished products. Bluetooth wearable finger-mounted barcode scanners offer hands-free scanning receiving, the stock room, production operations, and picking and packing of parts for shipment.
BellHawk Systems Corp.
Web site: www.bellhawk.com
Swiss Modular Quick-Change System
Nanofix modular quick-change system is designed for Swiss-type tooling with a minimum spindle distance of 22 mm, making it simple to change tools inside the Swiss lathe in as little as 15 seconds. Utilizing a Torx locking mechanism, the Nanofix adapter can be released and removed with one hand and a slight turn of the wrist. Nanofix adapters feature a high concentricity of 5 μm on 30 mm, repeatable accuracy, short projection and play-free centering of tapering. Adapters can be preset outside the machine offering the ultimate in production flexibility.
Web site: www.benztooling.com