Change to a smarter way of working – Vericut
The thought of change can be quite daunting, and we can all defend the reasons why not to change with excuses such as “we have always done things this way” or “if it’s not broken, then why fix it”. Many companies then carry on without looking for or considering ways to improve operations.
Hypertherm unveils new waterjet profiling components
Hypertherm’s abrasive management system is comprised of two products – the PowerDredge abrasive removal unit available now and its EcoSift abrasive recycling unit available in 2016. The PowerDredge increases waterjet productivity and profitability by automating abrasive clean-outs, reducing both labour costs and system downtime.
Sandvik CoroMill® Plura HFS for side milling and pocketing operations
Sandvik Coromant has launched a new series of end mills designed to deliver high performance and security in side milling and pocketing operations. The CoroMill® Plura HFS (high feed side milling) end mills are developed for steels and stainless steel applications, but they can also enhance productivity in difficult-to-machine materials such as heat-resistant super alloys and titanium.
Bystronic introduces global performance line products with the BySmart Fiber 3015
Bystronic has introduced the BySmart Fiber 3015, a new fiber laser cutting machine designed for users looking for quality machine performance at a lower investment cost. Equipped with the powerful ByVision control, BySmart Fiber laser cutting machine operators quickly and easily learn to control the entire cutting process.
Iscar’s Helido 800 makes short work of steel and cast iron face milling
Iscar has expanded its popular Helido 800 line by introducing effective new face mills SOF45-R18 with 45° cutting edge angles. Intended for machining mainly steel and cast iron components at high metal removal rates, the new face mill family offers users an extremely cost-effective tool for productive milling across a range of cutting conditions.
Salvagnini manufacturing cell uses single software program to optimise production flow among machines
Salvagnini has introduced FlexCell, a concept linked to the optimum management of a cell that can be tailored to meet specific needs. The system starts with bending and can be extended upstream to cutting, to optimise the workflow management of a cell comprising two or more stand-alone machines, controlled entirely by a single software program: OPS-FlexCell.
High-performance Widia VSM17™ platform adds versatility to true 90 degree shoulder milling
With cutters that can be used for shoulder milling, profiling, face milling, slotting, ramping, helical interpolation, and circular interpolation, all while achieving true 90-degree shoulders, the Victory Shoulder Mill (VSM) 17 platform from Widia is a robust and versatile job-shop winner.
SafanDarley 44-ton electric press brake
With cutters that can be used for shoulder milling, profiling, face milling, slotting, ramping, helical interpolation, and circular interpolation, all while achieving true 90-degree shoulders, the Victory Shoulder Mill (VSM) 17 platform from Widia is a robust and versatile job-shop winner.
Grooving and cut-off made easy – Beyond Evolution™ – Kennametal
In a manufacturing world of growing complexity, a straightforward solution that works excellently and saves money can be a breath of fresh air. In grooving and cutoff, Beyond Evolution™ from Kennametal is that solution. “What would it take to launch the world’s best grooving and cutoff system?” asks Kennametal senior product manager Mark Filosemi.
DMG MORI’s hybrid machining centre intersperses milling with growing parts
DMG MORI’s Lasertec 4300 3D hybrid machine incorporates additive-directed energy deposition (blown powder) into a five-axis turn-mill machining center with a working area of 600 x 1 500mm. This is the company’s second hybrid machine for additive manufacturing via powder nozzle plus milling and turning.
World’s first indexable drill with double sided inserts – Tungaloy
To enhance stability and longer tool life for the end user, the Tungaloy Corporation has developed the new TungSix-Drill for highly reliable machining credit to the strongest cutting edge. This world’s first indexable drill with double sided inserts has been designed to create an economical drilling solution for customers with 6 true cutting edges per insert that doesn’t compromise performance.
Amada HFE-1003 3i press brake with offline programming and scheduling software
The Amada HFE-1003 3i has a 19inch, 3D multi-touch screen control, with smartphone-like operation. All programme information is available on a single screen. The company’s new BendNavi 3D system enables fast programming by importing DXF/DWG/IGES cad files directly into the machine.
Small-footprint, big-bore turning centre from Haas Automation
For shops wanting more bar capacity without the space requirements of a larger-footprint lathe, Haas Automation now offers a complete line of big-bore turning centres. The newest, and smallest, addition to the company’s big-bore line is the ST-15 – a compact solution loaded with full-size features.
Trumpf’s 2D laser cutting – the TruLaser 5030 fiber – featuring both new functions and an additional choice of laser power
The performance capacities of the 2D laser machines and the solid-state lasers made by Trumpf continue to advance. Worthy of special mention are the BrightLine fiber function, which turned the solid-state laser into an all-purpose tool, and the CoolLine feature.
The MicroStep ProfileCut series – tailor-made for precise and efficient processing of profiles of any kind
For cutting of open sections, such as I, H, U or L profiles, MicroStep has recently launched a new product – ProfileCut. Its specialised 3D rotator with a tilt of ± 120° enables cutting of structural sections without the need for their rotation in the cutting process.
The Okuma Multus U series of multitasking lathes – New features for higher productivity
Satisfying the highest demands, the Okuma Multus U series of multitasking lathes are based on a solid orthogonal flatbed and are ideal for process-intensive and complete machining in complex applications. The enormous productivity of these multitasking machines has improved once again thanks to several new features.
Mitsubishi softens the issue of hard machining
Nickel based heat resistant alloys such as Inconel 718 are regarded as formidable opponents for the cutting tool industry. However, the composition of these materials sees them soften when heated to temperatures beyond 800 degrees C, making them easier to machine. To efficiently carve through these difficult to cut materials, Mitsubishi Materials has now developed its innovative new line of ceramic end mills.
Kitamura Mytrunnion 4G offers flexibility and speed
Designed specifically for manufacturers and subcontractors that demand the utmost in machining flexibility and the capability of processing precision complex parts, Kitamura has launched the Mytrunnion 4G. This powerhouse 5-axis machining centre ensures the highest level of precision with unbeatable accuracy levels of +/-0.002mm and a repeatability of +/-0.001mm.
New offerings for RhinoRush – TaeguTec
Due to the huge success of the RhinoRush family of tools, TaeguTec has announced the addition of a new line of inserts and holders to the RhinoRush family. RhinoRush, which is known for its smaller more robust double-sided design, is introducing a “V” type 1304 insert that enables excellent chip breaking performance on a range of turning applications.
Solid Edge ST8 speeds up learning curve; full-featured touchscreen capabilities
The latest release of Siemens’ Solid Edge® software (Solid Edge ST8) includes enhancements and new functionality that help users increase design speed and improve their ability to leverage synchronous technology, while providing greater flexibility in the choice of platform and purchasing options.
Vericut – It does exactly what it says on the tin
If any precision engineering company knows the vital importance of business software, it is Glasgow-based Castle Precision Engineering (awarded Manufacturer of the Year, in the UK). Having completely developed its own production control system the company knows exactly what it requires from any software package, and will only select the very best available when choosing any additional capability.
Voortman launches new angle punching and shearing machine
Developed for improving productivity in steel tower fabrication. The Voortman V505-160T has been specifically designed with the challenges and needs of the tower fabrication industry in mind. As a result of direct customer involvement in the design phase, the Voortman V505-160T offers high-speed processing and waste reduction.
Milling, turning and wire EDM updates in Edgecam 2016 R1
Turners now benefit from a new time-saving Pre-Finish Plunge option found in the Finishing Grooving cycle in Edgecam 2016 R1. A single plunge cut is generated at the centre of a groove feature, and the cycle then continues to finish the feature in the usual way. As this removes most of the material it does away with the need for a Rough Grooving cycle.
Iscar drilling heads provide enhanced self-centering capability
By popular demand, Iscar has expanded their successful SumoCham drilling head options. The revolutionary Iscar HCP drilling heads feature an innovative geometry with concave cutting edges that substantially enhances the self-centering capability of the drill, enabling the use of long drills of up to 12 x diameter without first drilling a pilot hole.
Mitsubishi Electric Wire Cut EDM series with tubular shaft motor
The high precision, machining accuracy and outstanding performance of the EDM machines sets them apart from others in their class, while energy savings of up to 42% can be expected. Furthermore, considerable cost savings are achieved through reduced consumption of wires, filters and ion exchange resins, while wear and maintenance have also been minimised.
High-production lathes benefit from robot loading
Tongtai’s newest MT Series Lathes were developed for improving cycle times and turning processes for the automotive industry where small parts are typically made within 60 seconds. After many years of working together on customising machines and turnkey projects with automotive customers worldwide, Tongtai developed the MT series…
Doosan expands range of Puma GT series turning centres
Doosan has expanded its range of Puma GT turning centers with four new models: the GT2600, GT2600M, GT2600L and GT2600LM. The chuck size is 10″ (optionally 12″) with a maximum swing over bed of 24.8″ and swing over saddle of 18.1″. Maximum turning length is 25.9″ on the GT2600 and 24″ on the GT2600M, while the long-bed GT2600L and GT2600LM versions offer maximum lengths of 42.4″ and 40.6″, respectively.
TaeguTec’s Chase2Mill small 6mm insert takes pressure off high ramping
TaeguTec has launched a new compact four corners double-sided insert for multiple applications – the 4NKT 6mm insert for end mills, face mills and modular cutters. The 90 degree entering angle insert, despite the double sided design, is suitable for high ramp down angle applications. Its high positive geometry generates low cutting force while the cross edge insert geometry prevents unexpected insert failure.
Kitagawa launch three new products at EMO 2015
Specialist suppliers of rotary tables, power chucks, work grippers and more, Kitagawa launched three new products at EMO 2015 including the Dual motor 4th Axis – DS250.
With a turning speed of up to 1000 rpm, the Kitagawa DS250 provides a lathe that can be attached to your machining centre bed. This spindle speed is achieved with an additional servomotor connected by an original patented Kitagawa mechanism.
New hobbing machine for producing larger gears
The new Genesis 400H gear hobbing machine for workpieces up to 400mm diameter and module 8mm supplements Gleason Corporation’s line of Genesis® hobbing machines in the medium-sized workpiece range. The 400H is designed to manufacture gears for trucks and off-highway vehicles (agricultural, construction equipment), along with universal job shop tasks involving parts of similar size and module range.
Sandvik’s GC3225 and GC3210 – two new grades covering all cast iron turning operations
Sandvik Coromant has introduced two new grades for machining cast iron. GC3225 and GC3210 form a new insert grade chain covering all cast iron turning operations for both grey and nodular cast iron materials. GC3225 is a first choice grade for the cast iron turning application area. It is designed to provide secure and trouble-free machining even in the most difficult conditions.
New Hurco control with adjustable keypad, remote jog options
“Maximum usability is the foundation of the new MAX5 control from Hurco,” said Maggie Smith, Marketing Manager for Hurco Companies, Inc. “The numerous ergonomic features are a testament to the collaborative relationship we share with our customers who tested preliminary designs of MAX5, and gave their feedback during usability tests we hosted during the development process.
New Widia M200 series of indexable milling cutters
The new Widia M200 series of indexable milling cutters is now available from Widatech for linear ramping, helical interpolation, pocketing and profile milling operations. The new milling line features double-sided round carbide inserts with up to 12 effective cutting edges to improve economy and reduce tooling costs, whilst significantly improving productivity.
Okuma exhibits high-performance machines from its entire product range and smart components in Milan
Highlights for visitors were two new 5-axis machining centres and the new CNC Control OSP suite. “Machines to build the future” is the slogan that Okuma adopted and was the theme of their stand when they exhibited at the recent EMO 2015 in Milan. Highlights of the stand were the new MU-4000V and MU-8000V 5-axis machining centres, as well as the next generation OSP suite.
NOVO continues reshaping manufacturing businesses with new features
“In minutes, NOVO can supply a quick quote turnaround on modified standards of solid drills. We’re continuing to add new internal support systems that make finding the right tool even simpler. Just tell us what you’re looking for, customized for the job in front of you, and NOVO can quote it, with expected delivery – fast,” says Katie Richardson, NOVO director of program management.
Sneak peek: 15 features coming in SolidWorks 2016
It’s that time again! It’s time for SolidWorks 2016 and all of the exciting new features and enhancements that come with it. Most years users typically have to wait until the website launches and the new release goes live in order to get a first glimpse at some of the new features. Then, sometime later they can attend a local SolidWorks Reseller launch event to see all of the new features demonstrated live.
Isotropic super-finishing service now available in South Africa
The process of super-finishing is used in applications such as Formula One, V8 Supercars, wind turbine transmissions, helicopter transmissions and any area where it is desirable to reduce friction and heat, and increase efficiency and service life. Comatra has developed specialised chemicals and processes over the past decade in order to offer this service in South Africa.
Walter adds the high-end DC170 Supreme drill to its range of tools
The new DC170 Supreme for steel and cast iron workpieces is more than just another high-performance tool Walter says. Thanks to its revolutionary design and new features, this high-end drill is in a performance class, which has never before been achieved and boasts the very latest high-end technology. The flat grooves guide the coolant that is released at the tip around the drill, ensuring 360-degree cooling.
Mitsubishi Materials MC6015 – pushing the boundaries of steel turning
Mitsubishi Materials is now pushing the performance boundaries of steel turning beyond the realms of its competitors with the introduction of the new MC6015 insert grade. The new ISO series of CVD coated inserts are ideal for the ISO application range from P05 to P20 and have been developed with Mitsubishi’s patented Nano-Texture Coating Technology.
Introducing the new Tongtai SH-4000 HMC
The New SH-4000 Horizontal Machining Center from Tongtai was developed for mass production line formation and fast aluminium alloy parts machining. The new compact machine has a 35% smaller footprint than the previous model, allowing for maximum shop floor utilisation throughput.
Simulate the entire CNC machining process with Vericut 7.4
In version 7.4, the first thing a user will notice is a Welcome Screen that automatically displays when first launching a Vericut session. The Welcome Screen provides access to commonly used first actions for a Vericut session. The Vericut user interface continues to get more customisable.
Harrison Alpha 1400XC from 600 UK features C-axis
Following on from the introduction of the heavyweight Alpha 1660 and 1760 XS models earlier in 2015, 600 UK has launched a full C-axis version (1400XC) of the Harrison Alpha manual/CNC combination lathe. Equipped with an 8-station turret you can now sample the best of manual/CNC turning with the option of performing milling as well.
Lower costs per steel component: Sandvik Coromant’s new GC4305 for shorter cycle times in the automotive industry
In the automotive industry, steel continues to be the most important material by far. To further optimise steel machining processes in this industry, Sandvik Coromant has developed GC4305, an insert that offers both extremely high metal removal rates and stable conditions.
Prima Power’s Shear Brilliance cell
The emergence of servo-electric technology has improved the speed and accuracy of machines, while dramatically reducing energy consumption and operation costs. Increased punching speeds, combined with higher axis accelerations and speeds, have increased the productivity of the Prima Power punch/shear units by approximately 25% every five years.
A useful drill in a small package – TaeguTec extends DrillRush line
TaeguTec has extended the application range of its successful DrillRush line by introducing 6 – 6.9mm diameter range drill heads for 1.5xD, 3xD and 5xD drilling depth holders. The manufacturer claims this innovative exchangeable drill’s performance exceeds that of the small carbide drills available in the market today for small diameter machining.
Victor launches large capacity Vturn-V1000 VTL
The popularity of the Victor VTurn V760 vertical turning centre has now seen the company introduce the larger Vturn-V1000 for larger diameter components. The new addition to the Victor Vturn Vertical Range highlights the company’s recognition of customer demand for an increased capacity VTL.
Nikon laser scanner combines productivity and accuracy
Nikon Metrology, which 20 years ago pioneered non-contact laser scanning on a coordinate measuring machine (CMM), has introduced the new Nikon InSight L100 scanner featuring superior optics and innovative camera technology. Suitable for measurement of both surfaces and features, even on shiny or multi-material parts, the equipment quickly delivers accurate data and intuitive part-to-CAD comparison reports.
Launch of Doosan Puma 4100/5100 turning centres
There are a total of 22 different machines in the new range with customers not only able to specify different chuck size models (i.e. 12, 15, 21 inch or large bore), but also different machine functionalities and capabilities i.e. long-beds, driven tools etc. The machines’ performance and capabilities can be increased quickly and easily (without modifications) via special thread functions, tailstocks, steady rests and long boring bars.
More parts per edge and more edge for parts from Kennametal
Featuring a bronze-coloured titanium oxy-carbonitride (TiOCN) top coating that increases wear resistance, and which is also a wear indicator, Kennametal’s Beyond Drive cutting inserts come in a range of grades and geometries. The insert design and construction aim to reduce notch wear in demanding applications and crater wear in difficult materials, all while improving wear identification.
DMG MORI to launch seven world premieres at EMO 2015 exhibition
DMG MORI will be confirming its status as a world market leader in the field of metal cutting machine tools with the announcement that the company will launch seven world premieres at the EMO 2015 exhibition, which takes place in Milan, Italy from 5 to 10 October 2015.
Iscar’s tools focus on increased productivity with its progressive R&D activities
Iscar claims that it has set many ‘firsts’ for its cutting tools, inserts and tooling systems, which utilise advanced new coatings and innovative cutting geometries, because of its progressive R&D activities. The company manufactures products for turning, parting, milling and drilling with brand names such as Helimill, Tangmill, Multi-Master, Self-Grip, Tang-Grip and Chamdrill.
Alphacam exploits full PC potential with 64-Bit support
Alphacam 2015 R2 is 64-bit compatible, meaning its programs can utilise all the available memory. “With 32-bit computers only able to work with 2GB, irrespective of how much memory is onboard, some large files are extremely difficult to work with,” says Alphacam Technical Manager Paul Green. “We gave a high priority to this development, as it means end users can now process large files without any issues arising.”
Widia VariMill GP end-mills
The Widia VariMill GP (general-purpose) solid carbide end-mill is said to be suitable for roughing, semi-finishing and finishing in materials that include aluminium, steels, stainless steels and cast irons. The key benefits to manufacturing companies include reduced inventory and tool management on machines.
Okuma launches interactive “Industry Parts Viewer” to help aid in the selection of the suitable CNC machine tool
The OEM offers an extremely wide variety of CNC machine tools with a broad range of sizes and configurations for various applications. The machine selector tool takes the guess work out of selecting a machine by providing users with a convenient and effortless method of finding the Okuma machine tool that best suits their specific manufacturing needs.
Bystronic expands the versatility of its ByJet Flex waterjet cutting machine with the introduction of a new, 3D cutting head
New machines can be ordered fitted with one or two 3D cutting heads, while users of existing 2D ByJet Flex machines can opt to upgrade their equipment by retrofitting the head(s), which takes less than an hour.
Simulation and offline programming of Motoman robot systems
Virtual simulation of robot-based systems and processes provides crucial advantages not only in planning, but also in the commissioning and operation of such systems. In particular, costly errors can be reliably excluded and resources used more efficiently.
New Walter tool selection software now available
Tooling supplier Walter GB has released version 2.20 of its GPS tool selection software that offers new functionality for selecting the correct milling tool, new search options for drills and an improved graphical user interface for product-related searches.
Tongtai versatile twin-spindle vertical machining centres triple as horizontals and 5-sided machines for fast automation in high volume production
Tongtai has announced the launch of the new FV Series vertical machining centres, versatile and flexible machines that are built in both single-spindle and twin-spindle head designs for mass production lines of complicated workpieces in the automotive, appliance, electronics, and energy industries.
ProLine Series pumps making waves in water jet cutting
Cost-cutting pressures relieved. Improved productivity with robotised waterjet cutting solutions. Regardless of whether it’s a question of metal, acrylic, glass or textiles, industry makes use of water jet cutting for a wide range of materials. That is why one Swedish company, Projet System, has specialised in high-pressure pump systems for a broad variety of applications.
CNC Software unveils Mastercam X9
CNC Software has announced the release of Mastercam X9. Mastercam X9 brings a new suite of programming tools focused on delivering speed, automation, and efficiency for all machining jobs. Mastercam X9 introduces Dynamic Motion improvements, multiaxis enhancements, and many design and system features to make your job easier.
Tornos launches new small part turning centre
Six months after the hugely successful launch of the Tornos GT 26 turning centre, the Swiss sliding head turning specialist is now introducing its smaller Swiss GT13 turning centre. Developed for the production of relatively complex components, the new Tornos Swiss GT13 is the ideal solution for the subcontract manufacturer.
Kennametal launches new ToolBOSS vending solution connecting ToolBOSS with NOVO
Having tool availability confirmed during process planning can be a critical time-saving element for important jobs, avoiding downtime and expensive overnight shipping. Shops with NOVO and ToolBOSS have a distinct advantage. Driven by “Different Thinking is Better Thinking”, Kennametal continues to seize the productivity-building potential of NOVO by launching a new service offering combining its premium vending solution.
Affordable laser scanning solution for portable measuring arms
Hexagon Metrology today unveiled a powerful new non-contact sensor, the HP-L-8.9 laser scanner. Positioned at a very affordable price point, the new scanner promises to make handheld 3D laser scanning accessible to users who until now were unable to justify investment in this technology.
Colchester Triumph VS2500 centre lathe
600 UK recently unveiled a range of new products at a special 3 day Open House event from 2 to 4 June 2015. Visitors were also invited to tour 600 UK’s manufacturing facility that was significantly reconfigured and modernised through a £750,000 investment project completed last year.
Henninger Air Turbine Speeders
If you are tired of expensive high-speed machines that don’t have the torque for low-speed work you have come to the right place. Now you can have both. When interfaced with your control, these high-speed spindles can be used like any other tool in your tool changer, completely unattended. You don’t even have to buy a spindle for each speed that you need to run.
Edgecam 2015 R2 – a step forward for milling, turning and wire EDM
The latest release of Edgecam’s manufacturing software contains a number of new and enhanced items of CAD and CAM functionality for milling, turning, and wire EDM. Highlights include an upgrade to the multi spindle lathe set up, a new port machining module for its renowned 5-axis cycle, and significant time savings through the enhanced hole cycle.
HyAccess extended consumables
Hypertherm is expanding availability of its HyAccess extended consumables to the Powermax65, Powermax85, and Powermax105, in addition to legacy Powermax and MAX systems with Duramax retrofit torches. Previously, the consumables were only available for Hypertherm Powermax30, Powermax30 XP, and Powermax45 air plasma systems.
New Haas bar feeder automates production
When Haas Automation introduced the Servo Bar 300 bar feeder in 1999, it was instantly popular, because it was compact, easy to use, and affordable. For 2015, Haas engineers went back to the drawing board to make bar feeder operations easier, more efficient, and faster.
Salvagnini fiber laser cutting machine incorporates patented compass head positioner
The 2015 Salvagnini L5 fiber laser cutting machine incorporates the patented, rotary motor-driven compass head positioner. According to the manufacturer, the positioner allows for improved speed, accuracy, reliability, energy conservation, and performance.
Mitsubishi Materials WSX445 double sided insert type face mill line
The WSX445 series, with the proprietary double sided Z geometry, has received a favourable reception in the market place as a revolutionary face milling cutter that provides excellent economy due to the double sided insert (4-corner inserts). It also achieves low cutting resistance by utilising features of both positive and negative rake inserts.
Doosan’s Korea show reveals what’s in store
Doosan Infracore’s tenth DIMF Show (Doosan International Machine Tool Fair) held in Busan, South Korea from 13 – 15 May 2015 proved to be the biggest and best yet with 5 700 Doosan dealers, distributors, academics and Doosan officials, and over 800 international visitors attending the event.
Expansion of Iscar’s Millshred Family
Following global customer demand, Iscar has announced the expansion of the company’s popular Millshred P290 line. The new inserts are made from the Iscar’s advanced Sumo Tec carbide grades that provide excellent levels of performance. In addition, inserts intended for the machining of aluminum are produced from Iscar’s highly effective grade IC28.
Vericut CNC simulation integrates into all CAD/CAM/PLM systems
Not all CNC simulation packages are quite what you might expect. Most CAM systems on the market come with what is called a “video simulation”, these show the toolpath removing material based on the programmed inputs within the CAM software. Other CAM systems even have a kinematic model showing the CNC machine components moving while material removal takes place along the toolpath. Surely this is what CNC simulation is?
New Widia shoulder milling platform achieves true 90 degree shoulders and floors
Numerous precision parts in transportation, moldmaking, general engineering, and more require true 90-degree shoulders and floors with superior surface finish. Economic and competitive pressures require manufacturers of all parts to maximize metal removal and tool life. The new VSM490 double-sided shoulder milling platform from Widia is a powerful advantage for achieving all this and more.
PipeWorx System delivers key benefits for pipe fabrication shops
Constructed to withstand the rigors of field use, the PipeWorx 350 FieldPro offers simplified cable management, complete remote control at the weld joint and optimised arc performance for critical pipe welding. The simplified cable management saves pipefitters time by eliminating all of the communication cables that cause clutter and hassle on jobsites.
AU-1440iA Z800 submerged wire EDM from AccuteX provides large capacity, flexibility and speed
The new AccuteX AU-1440iA Z800 submerged wire EDM is engineered to process large as well as smaller parts with accuracy, speed and convenience. The machine’s X axis capacity of 1378mm with 787mm in Y and Z enable it to handle workpieces up to 1712 x 1062 x 782mm in size.
TaeguTec’s TwinRush – A new large diameter drilling solution with an interchangeable head and inserts
TaeguTec is combining the power of two of its popular drills into one package. The TwinRush takes away the worries associated with machining large diameter holes by assuring that the new addition to the TaeguTec drilling line offers excellent performance and high productivity.
New Harrison Alpha XS combination lathes fulfill heavyweight turning demands
As part of their comprehensive new product development programme, 600 UK are bringing two new heavyweight additions to the hugely successful Harrison Alpha XS Manual / CNC lathe range. The heavy duty Harrison Alpha 1660XS and 1760XS models have been specifically designed in response to increased customer demand for turning larger diameter components accurately, efficiently and more cost effectively.
For milling, drilling, or tapping, Widia’s Vari family of tools delivers high performance
Extreme challenges are daily fare for job shops. To address the unique needs of job shop customers and the distributors who serve them, the Widia VariMill, VariDrill, and VariTap are specifically engineered to be versatile, easy to choose, easy to use, and deliver superior results in a wide range of applications and materials.
TruLaser 3030 fibre laser machine with BrightLine fibre technology
The TruLaser 3030 fibre features both high speed cutting and processing flexibility, resulting in maximum profitability. The fibre-delivered TruDisk laser excels not only at thin sheet cutting, but also in steel up to 3/4″ thick with peak performance, cut quality and low operating cost. Stainless steel, aluminium and copper can also be cut with speed and quality, giving you a full range of capabilities.
Five cutting edges make Iscar’s Penta 24 threading inserts a ‘star’ performer
Following the global success of the advanced Penta 24 inserts, Iscar has expanded Pentacut’s application range by adding threading options. The new Iscar inserts feature the ability to perform highly efficient threading applications. Full profile inserts are now available in ISO, UN, Whitworth and BSPT thread standards. In addition, partial profile inserts are available in 60o (MT) and 55o (WT) profiles.
Cut parts faster, with Vericut OptiPath
In the business world today it’s all about being productive; applying lean principles such as Kaizen, continuous improvements, 5s, one-piece flow and so on. Most of us have heard or have first-hand knowledge of these methods and how they can improve businesses that are on a journey to become more effective and efficient. By reducing waste and improving processes companies can become more competitive and more profitable.
Yamazaki Mazak previews new graphical user interface and control
Yamazaki Mazak’s Smooth Technology incorporates a new Mazatrol SmoothX CNC control alongside new machine hardware and servo systems to deliver an improved operator experience, faster machining times and further integrate CNC into the overall factory management system. The interface is operated intuitively in a similar way to smartphones and tablets.
New plug-and-play milling cutters from Walter
Milled mating faces are almost always a feature of cast parts. But it is only when the machining process has succeeded in conferring perfectly flat faces that they are able to ensure that, for example, an engine or transmission can run reliably for years to come. Walter’s new M2025 and M2026 finishing face mills are ideally suited to this, combining maximum precision with cost effectiveness.
New Hypertherm Powermax30 AIR delivers portability, with the added convenience of an internal air compressor for on the go cutting
With the built in compressor and the ability to operate on both 120 or 240 volt lines, the Powermax30 AIR is a highly versatile system that enables metal cutting just about anywhere. Weighing only 13.5 kg the Powermax30 AIR provides 30 amps of output giving it the highest power to weight ratio of any system in its class.
Hurco expands large machining centre range
Having introduced a pair of twin-column, bridge-type, vertical-spindle machining centres in 2009, Hurco Europe has now added a third, much larger model, the DCX42i. The 51 ton machine has a 4.2 metre X-axis travel, plus 2.6 metres in Y and 1.1 metres in Z, providing a working volume nearly double that of the next model down, the DCX32i, and more than four times that of the DCX 22i.
ExOne debuts Exerial™ 3D printing system designed for industrial series production
The ExOne Company, a global provider of three-dimensional printing machines and printed products to industrial customers will debut its largest 3D printing system, the Exerial™, at the GIFA International Foundry Trade Fair in Düsseldorf, Germany, which takes place June 16-20.
Feeler introduces economical FT-250SY high-performance milling lathe with true Y-axis and sub-spindle
Feeler has expanded its FT-series high performance CNC turning centers line with the new FT-250SY. A unique capability in its class, the FT-250SY features a true Y-Axis with 100mm (+/- 50mm) of travel, which provides increased rigidity and a more robust machining environment. Also, by offering an 8-inch sub-spindle in addition to the primary 10-inch spindle, the FT-250SY provides more capacity than competitive turning centers.
Upgraded Romer Absolute Arm laser scanner speeds up inspection
Available with all new Romer Absolute Arm SI portable measurement systems or as an upgrade for existing customers, the RS3 doubles the scan rate of the previous RS2 integrated scanner, enabling users to inspect like-for-like parts in approximately half the time. Point cloud density has also increased, resulting in a maximum acquisition speed more than nine-times that of the RS2 model, giving faster, more detailed scanning without compromising on accuracy.
Okuma’s new GI-10NII internal grinding machine provides high efficiency
Okuma’s GI-10NII is equipped with extremely rigid, high-speed grinding wheel spindles that produce high performance production in automated environments. Capable of simultaneous two-axis control, this model is extremely flexible in handling a variety of workpiece shapes in a simple data setting. Centralized control of lubricating and pneumatic devices allows for easy maintenance, while simplified programming and the program help function allow for easy operation.
Portable arm-based CMM scanning solution with MCAx articulated arm and MMDx scanners – Nikon Metrology
Nikon Metrology’s MCAx manual coordinate measuring arm is a precise, reliable and easy-to-use portable 7-axis measuring arm. It is the perfect partner for the ModelMaker MMDx/MMCx digital handheld laser scanners and Focus 10 handheld scanning and inspection software. This total solution’s accuracy, capability and portability make it feel perfectly at home in the metrology lab, on the shop floor and in-the-field.
Fibre laser cutting machine incorporates patented compass head positioner
The 2015 Salvagnini L5 fibre laser cutting machine incorporates the patented, rotary motor-driven compass head positioner. According to the manufacturer, the positioner allows for improved speed, accuracy, reliability, energy conservation, and performance. Available in 2, 3 and 4kW versions, the machine comes fitted with a new, all-electric pallet changer.
Tongtai TMT2000 Series has twin spindles and two individual machining areas
Tongtai’s CNC Lathes have been widely popular because of their high reliability and high cost-performance rate. Now, Tongtai has launched a new CNC Lathe series – TMT 2000 Series – that has twin spindles and two individual machining areas. The turrets and spindles are designed in parallel to each other. This design allows components, which need two machining processes, to be finished on one machine.
BLM Group model LT8 laser tube cutting system enhances processing of large tube diametres
The system provides flexibility and operator ease for up to 220mm diametre tube cutting in production environments. BLM Group has announced the introduction of the flexible Model LT8 laser tube cutting system. The LT8 is a three dimensional CO2 laser tube cutting machine that provides excellent flexibility and user-friendliness for extremely precise laser cutting on tube diametres up to 220mm and a bar weight up to 450 kilograms.
Ficep’s CNC drilling line is Rapid
The Rapid from Ficep is a new CNC high speed drilling line for angles and flats offering high productivity, quality, flexibility, accuracy and lower production costs. The machine has the option of using indexable carbide drilling tools. The CNC materials handling system loads the angles on to the conveyor track which then automatically clamps the workpiece in position, and every process then takes place sequentially.
Bystronic CNC interface designed for press brakes
The operator is guided through the programming and manufacturing process. Bending sequences can be modified on-the-fly by the operator, even if the program was developed offline. The interface operates within the Windows® 7 platform. Program data transmissions are transferred between the interface and the CNC using high-speed network communications.
Asymmetric boring bar from Kennametal drives productivity
Kennametal´s new asymmetric line-boring solution increases machining robustness, process speeds, and bore quality, and reduces tool maintenance and handling. Precision boring is a vital process in manufacturing many critical components. The accuracy and finish of a multi-journal crank bore in an engine block relates directly to power and fuel efficiency, and the time it takes relates directly to the engine company’s profits.
Asymmetric boring bar from Kennametal drives productivity
Kennametal´s new asymmetric line-boring solution increases machining robustness, process speeds, and bore quality, and reduces tool maintenance and handling. Precision boring is a vital process in manufacturing many critical components. The accuracy and finish of a multi-journal crank bore in an engine block relates directly to power and fuel efficiency, and the time it takes relates directly to the engine company’s profits.
Neway CNC Equipment launches four new machines
Vertical machining centres with roller type linear guides. Neway CNC Equipment (Suzhou) Co., Ltd now offers three new VMCs – the LH/LD series- and a new CNC vertical tapping/drilling centre. These machines were designed using Finite Element Analysis (FEA) in both the static and moving state to help ensure optimum performance.
Yaskawa Motoman introduces MH280 II robot for machine tending applications
The heavy-payload of the powerful, new MH280 II robot makes it ideal for machine tending, which is one of the most common robotics applications today. With its increased payload, moment and inertia ratings, this model can also be used in material handling and press tending applications.
DMG Mori launch four world machine premieres – Large machines and large capacity in renovated Pfronten facility
Although the recent share offer has been headline news, the purpose of the annual DMG Mori event in Pfronten held in February 2015 is about machine tool technology and related developments. And a record 7 000 visitors make the pilgrimage to the town in the south of Bavaria to view this. They were not disappointed this year. DMG Mori had four world machine premieres.
Vericut for full machine simulation
Every manufacturing business has to consider costs: the initial cost of purchasing the CNC machine tools required to meet demands; the cost of developing an efficient manufacturing process; the value of the raw materials that will be machined to create the finished components and, finally, the cost of failing to deliver if any step of the manufacturing process goes wrong.
Trouble-free groove milling – the CoroMill® QD groove milling concept from Sandvik Coromant
The main challenge in groove milling is often chip evacuation. Chip issues often harm production efficiency, lower component quality or cause tool breakage, especially when machining narrow and deep grooves. Dedicated for groove milling and parting off operations, CoroMill QD takes care of chip issues with optimized geometries and the unique internal coolant solution.
Okuma’s new LU4000 EX CNC lathe utilises two tools working simultaneously to provide flexibility and high removal rates
Okuma’s LU4000 EX CNC lathe is equipped with two turrets to enable two tools to work simultaneously, promoting process flexibility as well as high metal removal rates. The lathe is the company’s latest addition of four-axis turning in the 10″ to 15″ chuck class and is said to be well-suited for automotive applications.
Widia introduces new universal high-precision collet chuck
Manufacturers of high-precision components (aerospace, transportation, die and mould, general engineering, and many more) wage a constant battle between producing high-tolerance parts and a “we-have-to-have-it-tomorrow” reality. Widia has announcing a significant new weapon to bring shops closer to victory, a universal, high-precision collet chuck offering use in multiple applications (milling, drilling, reaming, and tapping), while maintaining runout accuracies of 0.003 mm at 3xD.
Automated Amada robotic bending cell handles small, complex parts
High-precision servoelectric press brakes demonstrate their productivity benefits particularly well when they are used in combination with a bending cell that possesses an equally efficient automation system. The Amada EG-6013 AR follows this well established principle. It comprises a fully electric press brake with a press beam length of 1,300 mm and a press force of 600 kN.
Breaking chips with two new RhinoRush chip breakers – TaeguTec
The process of properly controlling chip formations are important in order to prevent the loss of production due to frequent halts in the machining process, as well as safety hazards to the operator, damage to the tools and work-piece. To eliminate the negative factors in machining, TaeguTec has expanded on the power of chip breakers with two new introductions of its highly popular RhinoRush line of small and strong inserts.
Kennametal Stellram’s 7792VXE16 high-feed milling tool is capable of pocketing, slotting, and plunging
Kennametal offers its Stellram 7792 and 7793 milling cutters that direct cutting forces axially into the spindle, lessening spindle wear and improving machining stability. Both modern and older equipment can benefit from this cutting tool technology. These Stellram face mills operate at shallow depths of cut and very high feed rates, resulting in metal-removal rates up to 5 times greater than conventional cutters.
High specification and versatility are features of new Bridgeport Conquest 1000 VMC
An all-new Bridgeport-Hardinge vertical machining centre – the Conquest V1000 – is now available in the UK from the exclusive distributor, the Engineering Technology Group. Aside from its rigidity the machine features large, robust 45 mm ball screws on all axes and 35 mm linear guides are standard on the X-axis with 45 size guides on the Y and Z-axes. Axis travels are: X – 1020 mm; Y – 610 mm and Z – 610 mm.
Iscar introduces the Helido Trigon line
Iscar has introduced a major new development in the field of high-efficiency milling. The advanced new Helido Trigon line H690-07 was designed for the highly productive rough to semi-finish milling, primarily on cast iron and steel components. Each Helido Trigon line cutter body has precise coolant holes directed to the inserts’ cutting edges, to provide the most efficient cooling action.
New and advanced Metal-Safe® protective clothing
A J Charnaud & Co (Pty) Ltd, a leading global manufacturer of protective wear for protection against radiant heat, electric arc flash, flames, fire and molten metal splash, has introduced a new, advanced Metal-Safe® range of products. The latest innovation in the Charnaud Metal-Safe® protective work wear family is a unique anti-static product that offers a new-to-market permanently flame resistant solution for protection against molten metal splash, flash fire, flames and welding.
United Grinding unveils new machines, growth strategy
At its annual Motion Meeting in Thun, United Grinding’s Studer brand CEO Fred Gaegauf unveiled several new products, and suggested that as many as six new platforms could be forthcoming during the year ahead. Following the launch of the S141 cylindrical grinding machine in 2014, for the manufacture of spindle shafts, spindle casings rotor shafts and more, Studer is launching the S131 and S151, thus introducing a new grinding series.
New Walter cutting tool material for ISO P with maximum cutting performance
The high-performance cutting tool material Tiger·tec® Silver WPP05S is Walter’s new specialist for roughing steel. The aluminium oxide layer used is 150 percent thicker in comparison to conventional layers. This ensures that indexable inserts with the new grade remain wear-resistant even at the highest of temperatures, and exhibit a correspondingly long tool life.
Victor Vturn-45CV horizontal turning centre with VDI-50 live turret
Victor Taichung Machinery Works now offers the Vturn-45CV horizontal turning centre with VDI-50 live turret. According to the company, a one piece 2 185mm centre slant bed lathe with homogenous Meehanite casting is designed to distribute stress throughout the structure. “To ensure perfect alignment in the machine structure, the bed is machined in a single set-up on a large five-face machining centre,” said a company spokesperson.
Heavy-duty scanning probe gives Hexagon Metrology CMMs new reach
This addition to the HP-S-X5 range is designed to give very high and repeatable accuracy even with heavier and longer probe extensions, accepting styli of lengths up to 800mm and weights to 650g. The HP-S-X5 HD enables coordinate measuring machine (CMM) users to accurately measure small parts as well as features deep inside a workpiece with the same probe head.
Wele launch UG-series of universal gantry-style 5-axis machines
Based on a high rigidity, overhead gantry design with a patented backlash elimination system and twin, Y-axis ballscrew drives for high precision five-axis and five-face machining, the Wele Universal Gantry UG-Series is available in capacities of 550mm by 700mm by 500mm (UG550) and 800mm by 950mm by 650mm (UG800).
New larger part Mitsubishi EDM reduces wire cost up to 60% while reducing curl ratio to less than 10%
Celebrating more than 10 000 EDM installations, Mitsubishi EDM is proud to introduce the MV4800 Advance, the latest addition to the popular MV Series EDM family. This machine’s new standout features are its cylindrical drive and its increased travel, making it ideal for larger part production.
The Hommel-Etamic Wavemove CNC measuring station from Jenoptik Industrial Metrology
The Hommel-Etamic Wavemove CNC measuring station from Jenoptik Industrial Metrology combines high-precision measurement with eight fully automatic movable axes to measure both roughness and contours in a single run. The automated measuring station is well-suited to automotive applications, including crankshafts, camshafts, cylinder blocks and cylinder heads.
Innovative insert geometry – New WSX series low cutting resistance face mill from Mitsubishi Materials
The positive geometry of the Double Z inserts for the new WSX series takes face milling to a new level of usability. The geometry produces low cutting resistance, making it ideal for all types of machines, from low power through to heavy duty types. This level of cutting resistance is only usually associated with conventional single sided positive inserts and allows end users to increase machine utilization.
Hexagon Metrology launches a new range of all-in-one high-speed laser tracker
Leading metrology solutions developer Hexagon Metrology has unveiled the Leica Absolute Tracker AT960, a walk-around coordinate measuring machine that fits in a single flight case. The latest model in the Leica Absolute Tracker range, the AT960 answers customer demand for a genuinely portable laser tracker with high-speed dynamics and six degrees of freedom (6DoF) capabilities.
SpadeRush cuts stress of large-diameter hole making
Producing large-diameter holes can be a big headache for many shops that are aiming to be cost effective and competitive in today’s global market. TaeguTec has introduced the SpadeRush, a new line of high productivity head changeable drills for large diameter hole making that removes the challenges imposed on machine and cutting tools performing such operations.
Jyoti CNC vertical machining center PX 20 series
The C frame CNC vertical machining center PX 20 series has been developed by Jyoti with the aim to deliver and the ability to cope with various arenas of the demanding manufacturing industry. The PX 20 Series fits into the 3-axis segment with the option to include a 4th axis rotary table. Various working areas are available with table sizes ranging from 660 X 360mm to 915 X 460mm. The X-axis travel range is from 510mm to 760mm.
Machining challenges – Sandvik Coromant presents the innovative CoroMill® 5B90
A high-performance tool for finishing aluminium components. The greatest challenge when machining cylinder heads is to minimise the cycle time and at the same time produce components with close tolerances and a defined surface quality. Deburring, irregular tool wear and unpredictable insert tool-life typically provide long cycle times in the face milling operation.
Sisma laser systems for mould maintenance
The Sisma SWA-150 IV class laser system is suitable for welding and repair of moulds with and without filler material and other open laser welding work on large workpieces. Thanks to the many adjustments of the optic head and to the motorised axes, the welding operations are made easier and allow fast action with excellent results. Laser parameters are managed through an easy and intuitive touch screen that allows the control of the waveform, the diameter of the welding and an eventual rotating spindle.
Generate NC programs at the touch of a button – Trumpf TruTops Boost
TruTops Boost, the new software solution developed by Trumpf, merges into a single system all the steps needed to generate sheet metal manufacturing programs. This includes everything from part design and data import to nesting and even writing NC programs for cutting, punching and bending. The new operating reasoning makes TruTops Boost easy to understand and, thanks to the Boost Technology, makes it unbeatably fast.
Iscar’s Spinjet HSM spindle – Seriously cool(ant) speed
It provides true high-speed machining at a fraction of the cost of a high-speed machine, and with great ease of use. It enables manufacturers to very economically increase productivity. When it was first introduced, NC machining was a game changer, revolutionising the metalcutting industry and making it possible for machined parts to be cut with greater speed and precision than ever before. As a result, productivity and production were greatly increased.
DMG Mori Sprint 50-3T, B-axis next generation automatic lathe provides highly productive bar machining with three turrets and unique B-axis
The DMG Mori Sprint 50, an automatic CNC lathe is equipped with three turrets, of which the lower turret has a B-axis, a unique feature for automated production turning machines. Three turrets allow highly productive machining of short workpieces and collision-free machining with three turrets on the main and counter spindle.
Press brake display moves on beam to correct bending location
Haco has introduced a new concept for press brake controllers: SyncView, a dynamic display located on the beam that moves horizontally to the correct bending location. The tablet screen is positioned automatically where the workpiece is being worked on by the operator, allowing the operator to watch both the screen and the workpiece simultaneously during the bending process.
Widia Victory turning portfolio expands, maximising performance in wide range of materials
For difficult-to-machine materials like Inconel and Rene in complex aerospace applications or cobalt-chromes and high-alloy stainless steels in precise medical applications, the new Widia Victory FS geometry is a ground, high positive design best used in finishing tasks where surface finish and minimising part deflection are critical.
Continuous cutting through thick and thin – Amada Ensis-3015 AJ
As fiber lasers claim more and more market share in industrial applications, particularly by matching or surpassing the capabilities of more established CO2 machines, Amada is offering an innovative new player in the field. Amada’s latest fiber laser boasts a very special feature, namely the ability to continuously adjust the beam to match the material thickness. What in the past could only be achieved through manual lens changes is now performed automatically by the system itself.
Yaskawa Motoman MH50 II-Series robots for processing large parts
The new powerful, high-speed MH50 II-series robots have an extremely flexible design, allowing them to be used for a variety of applications, including coating, dispensing, machine and press tending, material cutting and handling. The long reach of the MH50 II model and the extended reaches of the MH50 II-35 and MH50 II-20 make these robots superior for processing large parts.
Prima Power delivers a revolution in high productivity 3D laser for automotive applications
Automotive parts manufacturers need highly specialised equipment for trimming formed sheet metal components while meeting all their specific requirements. With the new Laser Next machine, Prima Power has drawn on its 35 years of experience in this field. Collaborating with customers and partners operating in the automotive industry resulted in the design of a fast, compact and highly efficient 3D laser for high volume automotive production applications.
Travelling column VMC machines five sides simultaneously – Doosan VCF850LSR
The Doosan VCF850LSR vertical machining center features a versatile traveling-column design with a tilting B-axis spindle head and a 500-mm rotary table for machining multiple sides of a workpiece at once. The headstock is mounted to a rigid swiveling base driven by a heavy-duty, high-precision worm gear. The B axis is capable of 1200 Newton metres during contour machining and can be locked down using a hydraulic piston with 1 965 Newton metres of torque for heavy-duty cutting.
Software eases 3D waterjet cutting
FlowXpert 2015, Flow International Corp.’s upgrade to its FlowXpert software suite, offers new capabilities for 3D pathing and cutting to enable waterjet users to work more effectively in 3D with less complexity. The CAD/CAM software platform expands on the company’s FlowMaster intelligent software suite and includes Design powered by Spaceclaim, an integrated 3D CAD/CAM programming tool with Flow Sequencer. This integration, engineered in partnership with Spaceclaim, increases flexibility and is specifically designed for waterjet cutting, enabling faster waterjet programing.
Inserts feature bronze TiOCN top coating – new Beyond Drive™ cutting tool inserts from Kennametal
Kennametal has announced the availability of the new Beyond Drive inserts featuring a bronze TiOCN top coating for increased wear resistance and wear indication. The new Beyond Drive cutting tool inserts from Kennametal are helping component suppliers succeed in this environment by facilitating enhanced performance and extended tool life, resulting in increased productivity in the form of more finished pieces per cutting edge.
Safan H- Brake 175.32/27 with E-control EC 20 and E-Bend L
Electric-powered press brakes have been more widely available in recent years as fabricators have looked for more energy-efficient, quicker, and more precise bending machines. One of the forerunners in this equipment segment is SafanDarley. The company’s newest generation of electric brakes employ a servo-electric drive with a double-pulley system. The new press brakes have a C-frame, a narrower press beam, and the ability to deliver greater tonnage per metre than previous generations.
Inspection system for automotive, aerospace gear
The Gleason 300GMS analytical gear inspection system enables complete inspection of gears for automotive, aerospace and other like-size gear applications, as well as non-gear workpieces. The system is capable of inspection tasks including gear geometry, surface finish, form measurement and prismatic measurement. A Renishaw 3D probe head provides accuracy and flexibility for gears and gear-cutting tools, especially finer pitch gears, Gleason says.
Suite of blade measurement, analysis tools offered
Renishaw offers hardware and software for CMMs that are specifically designed for measurement of aerospace blades, including ApexBlade planning software for Revo sweep scanning and DMIS programming, Modus airfoil analysis for the calculation and reporting of blade section profile and airfoil characteristics, and SurfitBlade to aid reverse engineering of the complete airfoil.
Salvagnini’s new press brake tooling management
Salvagnini has introduced a new twist on press brake tooling management. Instead of maintaining a storage area on the side or in the rear of the press brake, the B3’s tooling is stored within the press brake itself, and it adjusts the positioning of the tools according to the next job. Like with panel benders, on which the tooling shifts in the toolholder to accommodate the current bending job, so does the tooling in the press brake. Salvagnini calls this an ATA—Automatic Tool Adjuster—option.
Okuma’s Multus U series multitasking CNC lathes reduce setup time
The series includes two machine sizes: the Multus U3000 (maximum diameter of 650mm and bed length of 1 000mm) and the Multus U4000 (maximum diameter of 700mm and bed length of 1 500mm). The series of lathes is equipped with a comprehensive package of the company’s Intelligent Technologies (thermo-friendly concept, collision avoidance system and Machining Navi) and a variety of efficiency features.
Delcam’s PartMaker 2015
PartMaker Inc is bringing out the latest version of PartMaker Software for programming CNC mills, turn-mill centers, Swiss-type lathes and wire EDMs. The CAM software, PartMaker Version 2015 that is designed for programming various CNC machines is bound to change the future of CNC machine operations.
Transmission manufacturing with steel turning grades GC4325 and GC4315
With new technological developments emerging on the automotive horizon, manufacturers are faced with extremely high demands in terms of quality, security and productivity. The new Sandvik Coromant grades GC4315 and GC4325 with Inveio™ are designed to support the automotive industry with outstanding reliability and process security.
Okuma’s GENOS L300 MYW horizontal CNC lathe offers variety and flexibility at an affordable price
As part of Okuma’s Affordable Excellence product line up, the Genos L300 MYW x 500 horizontal CNC lathe offers cost-effective turning options for parts up to 460mm in length and up to 300mm in diameter. The model can be fitted with live tooling, Y-axis and W sub-spindle for maximum flexibility.
Mate Precision Tooling introduces new special spring packs and guides for Boschert busbar presses
“Busbar presses such as the Boschert CU Profi and the CU WK II were developed for the efficient processing of copper bars. Mate Precision Tooling has created special spring packs and guides specifically for these punching machines,” reports John Galich, Mate’s Marketing Manager.
Kasto releases Kastologic warehouse management software
To complement its range of storage systems and controls, Kasto has upgraded its warehouse management software from Kastolvr to Kastologic. Core functions consist of an intuitive graphical user interface, an interface to the customer’s host computer system and a dashboard for overall visualisation of warehouse management.
One for all: a single tap solution for multiple applications – Iscar’s new Onetap taps
Iscar has introduced a product line, called Onetap, which has an optimised cutting geometry for universal use in a wide range of materials. It is said to allow customers the opportunity to significantly reduce their tap stock usage and also achieve the highest efficiency in production.
SMTCL introduces VivaTurn lathes
SMTCL has introduced a new line of lathes called VivaTurn, which will bring high performance and high productivity to job shops. These lathes were designed by SMTCL’s Schiess-Tech design center in cooperation with designers in Shanghai, China.
Achieve true 90° shoulder milling with high-performance Widia VSM11™ platform
As a job-shop owner, how would you describe an ideal, go-to tool? Certainly, it should be a high-performance tool that can cover multiple functions such as shoulder milling, slotting, pocket milling, ramping and helical interpolation. And naturally it should have the performance and working life that make it an economical win for present and future production tasks.
Bystronic’s ByVision Bending on tablet PCs and voice control
As of now, ByVision Bending, the user interface for Bystronic press brakes, can also be installed on Windows tablet computers. Users are now able to access the processes and manufacturing details of press brakes and discuss them with customers, around the clock and regardless of location.
Powerful control hardware for compact CNCs – Siemens
The Siemens Drive Technologies Division has developed new control hardware with greater computing power for its panel-based Sinumerik 828D and Sinumerik 828D Basic compact CNCs for turning and milling. The new PPU2xx.3 panel processing units replace the previous PPU2xx.2 generation, and are available for all six versions of the Siemens compact CNC.
Hypertherm expands Powermax line-up with the launch of Powermax125 air plasma system
Hypertherm, a manufacturer of advanced cutting systems, has announced the launch of the Powermax125®, a new cutting and gouging system delivering the most power of any portable air plasma available on the market. The recommended cut capacity for the new system is 38mm at speeds of up to 457mm per minute, though it can sever metal more than 57mm thick if needed.
The new generation of the Zeiss Contura coordinate measuring machine
The new generation of the Zeiss Contura coordinate measuring machine is more attractive than ever: it now offers additional measuring ranges and a wide spectrum of optical sensors. Zeiss Industrial Metrology has introduced the latest generation of the successful Zeiss Contura. This system provides a platform for flexible, reliable and uncompromising quality assurance.
Welding torches feature close-to-process wire feeding – SKS
Perfect results for automated arc welding are only possible if all components meet the highest technical standards. This applies, in particular, to the torch systems – the interface between the robot and the joint. SKS Welding Systems developed specific solutions for this very feature. SKS Welding Systems offers the Frontpull 8 family of welding torches.
Walter extends Cut-SX single-edged grooving system
The grooving blades and internally cooled toolholders for the new Walter Cut-SX single-edged grooving system are now available in two additional dimensions and designs. Process reliability is the top priority for grooving and parting off, particularly when the tool cuts deeper grooves into the workpiece.
TaeguTec’s Typhoon adds power to low RPM machines
Machine shops looking for the power of mother nature in order to transform their limited RPM machines into speedy F-1 style workhorses at a fraction of the cost can now look no further than TaeguTec’s newest offering. The Typhoon, TaeguTec’s revolutionary high-speed jet spindle, was developed for applications that need high RPMs for small diameter tools on slow RPM machines.
A CNC turning machine for those without CNC programming skills
Knuth Machine Tools has introduced new and redesigned models of its Numturn 420 CNC Cycle Lathe. This machine features a Siemens 808D MM Plus CNC control, which, according to the company, allows users without any previous CNC programming skills to produce parts with complex geometries.
Welding tubes quickly and easily with the laser
The Trumpf TruLaser Cell 1100 Basic Edition is a beam guidance system that makes starting to weld tubes and profiles far less complicated. The system was conceived especially for companies that work a smaller number of differing tube sizes and that wish to make the transition from conventional tube welding to welding with the laser.
Dassault Systèmes introduces Solidworks 2015
Solidworks 2015 covers all comprehensive aspects of the product development process with an intuitive, integrated 3D development environment that includes 3D design, simulation, electrical design, product data management and technical communication.
Reaming tools enable efficient machining of hard materials – Komet
The Fullmax universal reaming tool optimizes cutting geometry to yield high cutting performance in a variety of materials, including hardened steels ranging to HRc 62. Its modified cutting edge pitch is said to reduce chatter marks and improve chip formation, while targeted coolant holes promote smooth chip evacuation.
Victor Fortune Vcenter-H630HD heavy-duty horizontal machining center
The Victor Fortune Vcenter-H630HD heavy-duty horizontal machining center (HMC) has been upgraded and features a whole host of new functions. These include three-axis rapid feeds that have been increased (compared with the original VC-H630 model) to 944 IPM and are now heavy-duty box ways.
Redesigned CAM engine anticipates mill, lathe evolution
Gibbs and Associates has introduced GibbsCAM 2015 for programming CNC machine tools, which is built on the GibbsCAM UKM (Universal Kinematic Machine) software engine. Though backward compatible, the completely reengineered engine is designed to address what the company sees as an increasingly blurred line between the definition of mills and lathes with the advent of turn-mill machines and multitasking machines.
The new size for entry level five sided machining – DMG Mori DMU 70 ecoline
With the DMU 70 ecoline, DMG Mori is now offering a further high-accuracy universal milling machine for 5-sided machining of simple to highly complex workpieces in the entry-level sector alongside the highly popular DMU 50 ecoline. With longer travels and more powerful spindles, the DMU 70 ecoline continues the successful concept of 5-sided machining for price-conscious and quality-oriented users.
Sandvik Coromant unveils easy-choice, secure tapping series
The new CoroTap™ –XM is an easy-to-select range of taps for customers faced with working in a multitude of materials and/or the need to switch almost constantly between medium and small batch sizes. The flexibility of these innovative taps is a result of optimized grades and unique geometry created especially for working in ever-changing machine shop environments.
Victor Vcenter-AX350 advanced 5-axis vertical machining center
The Victor Taichung AX350 VMC is a fully simultaneous 5-axis machining centre. Driven by a Fanuc control system, this machine is built utilising the strengths already established on the two, three axis VMC ranges. The advanced 5-axis application (by integrating a trunnion table into a Vcenter-A72) has lowered the table surface to facilitate the loading of larger and heavier parts than by fitting a 5th axis table onto a 3-axis VMC.
Hypertherm introduces HyPrecision Waterjet, a complete line of waterjet products with Advanced Intensifier Technology
Hypertherm has announced the introduction of HyPrecision Waterjet, a complete line of waterjet products. These products include pumps ranging from 15 to 150 horsepower, precision cutting heads, and abrasive delivery equipment. The announcement is the result of Hypertherm’s acquisition of AccuStream…
TaeguTec’s ApexMills offer economical solutions
TaeguTec is now offering economical solid carbide end mills for general purpose machining on small depths-of-cut applications. The ApexMill economical type’s two and four flute flat end mills are offered in various lengths to cover a wide range of roughing and finishing application on various materials such as alloy, carbon, cast iron, tool, stainless, hardened and pre-hardened steels.
A-Tap – new product that showcases OSG’s 75 years
The A-Tap is an all-purpose tap series designed to simplify tool management and to excel in a wide variety of materials and applications. The A-Tap is made from powdered metal HSS and has OSG’s patented V coating to achieve excellent wear resistance. The spiral flute series has adopted a variable helix flute design, which encourages stable chip evacuation and reduces cutting forces.
SMTCL Brio Miller 8 vertical machining center
SMTCL’s Brio Miller 8 CNC vertical machining center is available for machining complex parts demanding high precision such as plates, discs, shells and moulds. It performs a series of processes like milling, drilling, tapping, boring, reaming and contouring. Main components such as bed, table, slide carriage, column and spindle box are made of high-strength resin bonded sand casting.
Edgecam 2014 R2 released
New functionality in Edgecam 2014 R2 includes automatic conversion of 2D design data to a 3D model, and other significant enhancements to Edgecam Worfklow, from the user interface to improved automatic machining processes. In addition to the 2D to 3D for Part Modeller feature, Edgecam 2014 R2 includes a new Edgecam Workflow Solids modeller, comprehensive machining strategies in Edgecam Workflow, and dynamic co-ordinate system creation.
Iscar’s latest developments in parting and grooving systems
Through the work of the company’s prolific R&D Department, and prompted by the evolving needs of global industry, each year Iscar introduces a multitude of advanced new cutting tools. This desire to provide customers with the very latest, most efficient metal cutting technology is reflected in the recently launched additions to Iscar’s comprehensive Grip range of parting and grooving tools.
Yaskawa presents new high-end DX200 controller for Motoman robots
The DX200 controller for Motoman robots from Yaskawa will be exhibited at EuroBLECH 2014. The new high-end controller is an extension of the highly successful DX100 model with a range of additional options, e.g. safety features, and offers more than 120 application-specific functions. This particularly benefits system integrators and industrial end customers who use Motoman robots for welding and handling tasks.
Mastercam’s Dynamic Motion Technology slashing time, cost, wear
Machining program developer CNC Software Inc. (Mastercam) is promising a new look at its toolpath engine — Dynamic Motion, describing it as a time saver for programmers and machine operators, one that “can slash machine time by as much as 75%.” Dynamic Motion is the title given to a toolpath generating method that Mastercam developed for milling and turning operations.
Feeler FT-Series CNC turning centers
The Feeler FT-Series CNC turning centers line has been expanded with the new FT-250SY. The FT-250SY features a true Y-Axis with 100 mm (+/- 50 mm) of travel, which provides increased rigidity and a more robust machining environment. Also, by offering an 8-inch sub-spindle in addition to the primary 10-inch spindle, the FT-250SY provides more capacity than competitive turning centers.
Okuma’s LB4000 EX-II CNC lathe accommodates large workpieces
The LB4000 EX-II 2-axis CNC lathe is equipped with Okuma’s high power, high torque PREX motor, delivering high quality machining for heavy to high-speed cutting with a through-hole diameter that can accommodate larger work pieces. This versatile machine provides the capacity to efficiently turn and mill pipe-type products for the oil and gas industry. At IMTS 2014 this machine will be shown cutting a downhole part using tooling from Sandvik, a member of Partners in THINC.
Hurco’s five-axis machine with large work zone
Hurco’s five-axis VMX42SRTi milling center has a flush-mounted, direct-drive C-axis rotary table that provides a larger work zone than other models, the company says. Hurco’s five-axis VMX42SRTi milling center has a flush-mounted, direct-drive C-axis rotary table that provides a larger work zone than other models, the company says.
Precision grain technology reinvents grinding wheels – 3M
3M is effecting a paradigm shift in South Africa’s metal fabrication, casting and forging industry with its Cubitron™ II metallurgical grinding abrasives. Industries that have generally utilised generic, low-grade abrasive technology in metal fabrication, now have access to a product that produces a more consistent finish at a faster rate, over a service life that is at least double that of its nearest competitor, according to the company.
Renishaw introduces surface finish measurement for CMMs with new probe for Revo® five-axis system
Renishaw’s new SFP1 probe option for the Revo® five-axis measurement system is the first to allow surface finish inspection to be fully integrated within coordinate measurement routines. With a measurement capability of 6.3 to 0.05 Ra, the SFP1 surface finish probe makes the CMM a “single platform” metrology system.
Doosan’s all-new Puma SMX 3100 S mill-turn multi-tasking machine
The Puma SMX Series is Doosan’s third generation mill-turn multi-tasking machine, integrating the capabilities of a vertical machining center and horizontal turning center into one platform. The Puma SMX Series distinguishes itself with a more rigid 90⁰ vertical axis and forward positioned automatic tool changer, for improved milling capabilities as well as enhanced operator ergonomics.
The world’s fast fastest indexer – Kitagawa RK200
Rather than utilising traditional gear sets, the RK200 is fitted with a free roller gear cam reducer. The removal of parameter adjustment that is required by direct drive rotary tables means that a shorter indexing time is achieved to 180°, with the RK200 able to index through 90° in just 0.31 seconds and 180° in just 0.46 seconds. The roller gear cam reducer also greatly reduces heat generation.
Tongtai Q5 gang-type CNC lathe, engineered for fast production of small workpieces
The Tongtai Q5 gang-type CNC lathe, engineered for fast production of small workpieces. In addition to a 25 mm through-spindle bar capacity, the machine features a 6,000-rpm, 5.6-kW spindle motor, and offers a rapid traverse rate of 30 mpm. An 8,000-rpm spindle is also available as an option. The turning center’s straightforward gang tooling and lack of subspindle further promote fast machining.
Large VMC for batch production, high speed machining – Victor Fortune
Victor Fortune has introduced a larger size vertical machining center to their range. The Vcenter-165 features XYZ travels of 1650 x 850 x 900 mm. All three axes feature boxway design for improved dynamic stiffness. The four box slideways used on the Y-axis are designed to eliminate table overhanging and stabilize machine performance.
Start-up toolkits available from Sandvik Coromant
Buying a new machine? Why not add a start-up toolkit? It’s a fact that relatively few machine tools are acquired direct from the manufacturer as a complete, turnkey package. Indeed, some 70 per cent of new machines are sold un-tooled by machine tool suppliers, agents or distributors.
Tongtai launches TC turning series
Available from long time South African agent PBS Machine Tools the TC series of CNC lathes, manufactured by one of Taiwan’s leading machine tool manufacturers Tongtai, are said to have improved machine efficiency and structure through finite element analysis, despite the reduction in saddle and tailstock weight.
Iscar introduces T465 FLN – R-22ST face-mills
The robust new range features protective seats to improve durability across a variety of heavy machining applications. The tools are available in a diameter range of 125 mm to 315 mm and are designed for machining large parts such as those found in power generation or in marine industry applications.
Quaser MV234 VMC is brand’s largest capacity model available
Quaser have launched the MV 234 CNC vertical machining centre. The MV 234 has a 2 210 by 762 mm table and an X-axis travel of 2 040 mm, which the company says is ideal for machine shops specialising in large mould and die manufacture or for those requiring a pallet-changing machining centre.
New functions added to Bystronic fibre laser machines to increase productivity
Sheet metalworking machine manufacturer, Bystronic, has extended the functionality of its fibre laser profilers to make them even more efficient. The BySprint Fiber range of machines will in future have two new options, one that monitors the cutting process in real time and corrects it, and another that allows automatic nozzle exchange.
Hypertherm introduces ProNest 2015 CADCAM nesting software
Hypertherm, a manufacturer of plasma, laser and waterjet cutting systems has announced a major version upgrade to its ProNest® advanced CAD/CAM nesting software for automated cutting. ProNest 2015 contains a number of improvements designed to make the software more efficient and easier to use.
SolidWorks Inspection application is now available
Meeting international standards is key in today’s global manufacturing world. Regardless of whether a company does business locally or globally, it has to submit early design and manufacturing reports such as a First Article Inspection (FAI) report, inspection report or ballooned drawing (where dimensions for inspections are drawn in a balloon or bubble shape).
Haas introduces line of big-bore turning centers
For shops wanting more bar capacity without the space requirements of a larger-footprint lathe, Haas Automation now offers a complete line of big-bore turning centers. Each of these versatile turning centers offers more power, a larger chuck, and greater bar capacity – without having to step up to the next larger machine.
Hexagon HH-A-2.5 probe heads unveiled
Hexagon Metrology has launched the new HH-A-T2.5 | HH-A-H2.5 Probe Heads for CMMs. The HH-A-2.5 range of probe heads feature a number of new innovations including a fully embedded controller, capacitive crash protection and the all new heavy duty kinematic joint.
Walter extends X.treme micro drill range to cover depths up 30 times diameter
Tooling giant Walter has extended its range of X.treme DM micro drills with the addition of 2 mm to 2.95 mm diameter drills for depths up to 30 times diameter. Walter’s X.treme DM micro drills are now available for producing highly-accurate holes at five, eight, 12, 16, 20, 25 and 30 times diameter, to cover a host of small hole demands.
The new Studer S141 universal internal cylindrical grinding machine
Studer is advancing into a new market segment with the launch of the S141 universal internal cylindrical grinding machine, namely that of long work pieces. The company says the S141 is the ideal machine for grinding spindle shafts, spindle housings, rotor shafts or axes.
New inductive absolute rotary encoders with hollow shaft
With its new generation of inductive absolute rotary encoders, Heidenhain has expanded the capabilities of its ECI/EBI 100 series. The preferred area of application covers demanding tasks, e.g. for hollow shaft motors and torque motors as well as for the limited installation space in modern machine designs.
Complete range of cut-off and grinding wheels – Norton
Over the last few years, there have been significant improvements in the steel used in rails. Today’s standards in track rail are purer and harder. Especially hardened heat treated rail with high levels of carbon, manganese and silicon are tough to cut and grind.
Compact cutting machines with either fiber laser or CO2 laser, ready for flexible use – Knuth
The laser cutting machines of the type Laser-Jet from Knuth Machine Tools have been well proven in many industrial branches for small series and single part production. Due to the compactness they need only small installation space. They are extremely flexible in use, ergonomically to handle, and very economical.
Victor Fortune introduces a new range of heavy-duty lathes
Victor Fortune has introduced a new range of heavy-duty lathes into the South African market. Occupying the larger end of the turning range, the heavy-duty lathes and larger through-bore machines will complement existing products offered by Victor Fortune.
Edgecam is first CADCAM system to incorporate Sandvik Coromant Adveon tool library
Edgecam, CADCAM software from Vero Software, is the first package to integrate the Sandvik Coromant Adveon tool library, allowing easy construction of tool models for use in NC programme generation and testing. The capability will be built into Edgecam’s 2014 R2 software release.
Heavy duty 65° face mills with tangentially clamped inserts – Iscar
Iscar is introducing the T465 FLN D…R-22ST, a modified family of 65° cutting edge angle face mills with protective seats, thus improving their durability in heavy machining applications. The 65° cutting edge angle is a very efficient solution for high metal removal face machining of cast iron and steel components. Using these face mills minimises burrs and edge chipping, especially for cast iron applications.
Yaskawa Motoman MA1440 welding robot offers improved welding speed
Sleek, strong and fast, the new 6-axis MA1440 arc welding robot features a six kilogram payload, up from three kilograms on the MA1400 model. Additionally, compared to the MA1400, the new MA1440 features a 23% larger wrist hole for utilities and is up to 15% faster.
Vargus makes additions to grooving and thread milling ranges
Vargus Tooling has made numerous additions to its Groovex, TSMD deep hole thread milling, Mega Line thread generation ranges and has also introduced a special clamping system for its Vargus gear milling inserts. Vargus’ Groovex grooving, boring and micro-machining solutions now include GrooVical indexable inserts for internal grooving and parting-off applications.
Servo-electric turret punch press fits in compact spaces – Prima Power
Prima Power offers a comprehensive product range in 2D and 3D laser systems, turret punch presses, cells combining punching with right angle shearing or laser cutting, press brakes and automated bending solutions and Flexible Manufacturing Systems, all supported by sophisticated software and extensive service offering.
TaeguTec expands RhinoRush line
Due to the huge success of the new RhinoRush family of tools that was released last year, TaeguTec has expanded the line with new insert designs and holders, which cover a wider range of applications for various sectors. The T-Holder clamping system is just one of the new additions to the RhinoRush family, a tool that is widely known for its simplified mounting design, smaller size inserts and rigid clamping system.
Economical bending – The new generation Trumpf TruBend series 3000
The new generation of the Trumpf TruBend Series 3000 combines high joint speeds with simplified controls and an attractive cost-to-benefit ratio. The TruBend Series 3000 has a multi-touch-control and the space-saving design as the predominant features. But the design is convincing not only in visual terms.
Walter AG expands its Tiger·tec Silver® range with three efficient, positive, steel cutting geometries
Walter AG has expanded its Tiger·tec Silver® range with three efficient, positive, steel cutting geometries – an often underestimated insert type, which shows its full potential with low cutting pressures and on small diameters. The three new ISO P geometries with a positive basic shape are called FP4, MP4 and RP4. The indexable inserts for steel machining are available in the proven WPP10S, WPP20S and WPP30S Tiger·tec Silver® cutting grades.
DMG Mori CTX 450 ecoline and 650 ecoline
The DMG Mori CTX 450 ecoline and 650 ecoline are the first jointly developed turning machines from DMG and Mori Seiki and come with advanced components. The large turning and spindle passages, along with the rigid and compact design, demonstrates how much emphasis is put on ergonomics. Emphasis is placed on top technology with proven components at the best price.
Hypertherm expands torch line-up with new Hyamp torches including new 1.2 meter long torch
Hypertherm, a manufacturer of plasma, laser and waterjet cutting systems is expanding its industry leading line-up of Powermax air plasma torches with the introduction of Duramax Hyamp torches. The new offerings include “long” torches for extended reach cutting and a number of robotic torches.
SigmaTUBE® tube and pipe cutting
SigmaTube is a tube cutting solution for 4-axis profile cutting machines that runs completely inside the native SolidWorks design environment. It is designed as an add-on to SolidWorks which provides users with a simple yet powerful wizard based interface for generating toolpaths for their tube family of products.
Kasto Unitower C storage tower for sheet metal
A Kasto Unitower C storage tower for sheet metal is a space-saving tower that stores 3 metre by 1.5 metre sheets, plates, flat products and other materials such as bar, tube, boxes and semi-finished goods in a compact footprint. It offers many advantages compared to conventional storage on shelves, cantilever arms or on the floor.
Feeler reveals four new machines at MACH 2014
All have new styling and fresh branding, which brings a more European look and feel to a Taiwanese machine. On show for the first time was the Feeler U600-5AX 5-axis machining centre. The U600-5AX is a travelling-column, trunnion-style machine aimed at the general machining, mould and die, and low volume manufacturing sectors.
Saint-Gobain Abrasives’ latest generation of medium diameter cut-off wheels
Saint-Gobain Abrasives has introduced the latest generation of medium diameter cut-off wheels for foundry environments, under the Norton brand. Developed with the new Foundry X bond technology, the cut-off wheels are engineered to increase cut rate and wheel life in all foundry cut-off applications.
Hurco machining center extends Y-Axis travel
Designed to meet the demands of moldmaking applications, Hurco’s VMX6030i vertical machining center provides more Y-axis travel in a footprint smaller than the company’s VMX64. X, Y and Z-axis travels measure 1525 x 760 x 610 mm, respectively, and the machine also features a 12,000-rpm spindle and 40-tool swing-arm-type automatic toolchanger.
Doosan DNM 200 5AX 5-axis multi-axis milling machine
The new, compact DNM 200 5AX, first exhibited by Doosan at EMO in September 2013 is the third Doosan 5-axis model launched in the last three years. The DNM 200 5AX is a flexible and functional 5-axis machine designed for full simultaneous 5-axis or 4 + 1 machining and its versatility means it…
FeatureCAM supports right-angle heads and multiple roughing tools
Delcam has released the 2014 R2 version of its FeatureCAM feature-based CAM, which provides support for milling and drilling with right-angle heads, and one-stop programming of multiple roughing operations.
EPN-F solid endmills for machining CFRP and honeycomb parts
The increased popularity of composites in aerospace applications creates new challenges for shops that are used to cutting metal. One of these substances, Carbon Fiber-Reinforced Plastic (CFRP), can be especially difficult to machine.
TC 20 alpha drilling and tapping centre – Feeler
With the launch of Feeler’s advanced TC 20 alpha drilling and tapping centre, Craft Machine Tools can offer a machine that competes directly with market-leading brands on performance, but at around half the price.
New Kitagawa CK160 rotary table
At just 99mm deep, the body of the new Kitagawa CK160 rotary table has a smaller footprint than any other model on the market, according to Kitagawa. The ultra-compact fourth axis is suited to mounting on the table of a BT30 taper machining centre and provides manufacturers with a larger machining envelope on any size of machine.
Wele MG and MG-U (universal) high capacity, moving gantry multi-purpose machining centres
The range of Wele MG and MG-U (universal) high capacity, moving gantry multi-purpose machining centres have a working volume up to 20,000 mm in X, 5,000 mm in Y and a Z-axis of 1,400 mm. Tables are up to 16,000 mm by 4,800 mm and are well able to accept loads up to 2,500kg/m² of area.
Sandvik CoroCut QD – Secure and efficient parting off with plug and play coolant
CoroCut QD, a reliable system from Sandvik Coromant for deep grooves and parting off with long overhangs, expands the offer of inserts and durable tools with over and under coolant. The system is supported with plug and play adaptors for easy handling and efficient coolant supply.
Reducing heat input the smart way
Every tried and tested welding and soldering method offers advantages in its specific field of application. For microMIG, this is especially the case with sheet thicknesses between 0.5 and 1.5 mm: well controllable reduced heat input, good gap bridging, minimum distortion and virtually spatter-free results.
5-axis, vertical-spindle machining centre MU-6300V introduced by Okuma
The Japanese machine is designed to accept large workpieces up to 830mm diameter, 550 mm in height and weighing 600kg. It is ideal for multi-sided machining of complex parts in one hit. Rapid traverse at 50m/minute in the orthogonal axes minimises non-cutting times and promotes high productivity.
Safan electronic press brakes
Advances in electric brake technology, featuring belt and pulley systems in place of hydraulics, have expanded machine capacities, boosted accuracy by eliminating crowning, and doubled cycle speed. New, faster technologies like the fibre laser are doubling the number of parts that can be cut per hour.
Heidenhain TNC developments boost machining rates and accuracy
Heidenhain’s Dynamic Efficiency and Dynamic Precision are said to offer innovative control system functionality for faster, more stable and more predictable machining. Around 20-25% improvement in heavy machining metal removal rates and higher levels of surface finish and accuracy are also achievable, says Heidenhain.
TaeguTec’s new deep hole drill
TaeguTec recently expanded on its highly successful head changeable DrillRush line with a 12xD drill that produces deep holes accurately, repeatedly and economically. The DrillRush 12xD drill range for deeper hole drilling and the body’s polished flutes offers smooth chip evacuation without damaging the surface finish.
CNC operator panel made for advanced machine tool applications
The Sinumerik black line panels OP 015 black and OP 019 black from the Siemens Drive Technologies Division are a new generation of operator panels for the Sinumerik 840D sl CNC system and offer new options for machine operation.
Norton Saint-Gobain Abrasives bring their latest abrasive technology products to South Africa
Norton Abrasives has developed the Norton Vitrium3 bonded abrasives products, engineered for maximum performance and cost savings in precision grinding. Having manufactured in South Africa for decades and with the world becoming easier to trade across it’s continents, it was time to introduce the many technical advancements of abrasive products to South Africa
Hurco to launch nine new machines
MACH 2014 (Birmingham NEC, 7-11 April) is the first national machine tool exhibition in the UK since Hurco redesigned its entire range of machining centres and lathes. As a result, every model on Stand 5628, Hall 5 will be new.
Walter Xtra▪tec® Insert Drill, now with Walter Capto™ clamping
The main factors for boosting productivity in machining tend to concern the tool itself, but tool handling is also important. Walter AG takes on board both of these approaches with its new Xtra▪tec® insert drills with Walter Capto™ clamping. Drills with indexable inserts are talented all-rounders and can be used for cutting a variety of materials ranging from steel and cast iron through to stainless and difficult-to-cut materials.
Toolquip & Allied launch NuAir Rhino air compressor
Toolquip & Allied has launched a large 250kW air compressor into the South African marketplace. The new air compressor, The Rhino, will be used predominately in the mining industry. With the recent formation of the Compressor Division, Toolquip & Allied wanted a good quality reciprocating compressor to suit their industrial based clients.
Studer S11 production cylindrical grinding machine for micro components
The Studer S11 cylindrical grinding machine is the youngest S11 and the smallest machine in the company’s portfolio and is tailor-made for workpieces up to 200 mm in length. Anyone who still uses a Studer S36 and produces parts up to a maximum length of 200 mm can now use two Studer S11s on the same floor space as that required for an S36, the company says.
Hypertherm introduces the new Powermax125
Hypertherm, a manufacturer of advanced cutting systems, has announced the launch of the Powermax125, a new cutting and gouging system delivering the most power of any portable air plasma available on the market.
Iscar expands Helido line
Iscar is further expanding the Helido line by introducing the OXMT 0507R08-FF insert, which was designed to add the Feedmill’s extremely high feed ability to the popular Helido 845 and 890 milling lines and the moderate feed advantage to the Helido 865 line.
New Trumpf BrightLine fiber function for solid-state laser cutting
The new BrightLine fiber function makes the TruLaser 5030 fiber with its 5-kilowatt solid-state laser an all-purpose machine for 2D laser processing. A swift change from maximum productivity and quality in cutting thin sheets to the quality cutting of thick sheets – the TruLaser 5030 fiber achieves this flexibility with the new BrightLine fiber function.
Exchangeable tip drill range extended – Sandvik
Sandvik Coromant has extended its innovative CoroDrill® 870 range of exchangeable tip drills to include new pilot-hole geometry. In addition, a new Tailor Made offer is introduced for producing chamfered holes in a single operation.
SKS Welding launches Frontpull 7 welding torch
In automated welding production, highest quality heavily depends on the perfect mastery and consideration of all influencing factors. One of the key factors is the evenly precise feeding of the wire – which is especially true for soft welding wires.
Control your robot
Continued automation of processes within the manufacturing industry in southern Africa is fuelling demand for world-class robotics that will enable local companies to compete on a global stage.
Walter AG X·pert taps with variants for ISO K and ISO N materials
The distinguishing feature of the X·pert tap family is the ease of association with a range of applications. This is achieved by a clearly visible inscription with the ISO material group and the X-pert name.
MX – exchangeable head end mills – a world first* in tooling – carbide head and carbide holder
The iMX series is a revolutionary end mill system that combines the advantages of both solid carbide and indexable end mills. Huge performance advantages and savings can be gained especially when long overhang applications are required.
New A-axis: Studer is revolutionising thread grinding
Special grinding machines have previously been the first choice for technically complex external and internal threads with large pitches. This will now change with the introduction of an A-axis on the Studer S41 and S22 cylindrical grinding machines.
MicroStep has developed a system that pushes the boundaries of bevel cutting towards greater effectiveness and reliability
The auto-calibration system of tool geometry – ACTG – brings improved accuracy for a long-term continuous performance of bevel tool stations.
Small-footprint, live tooling ST-10Y turning center from Haas
The ability to turn and mill complex parts and perform multiple operations on one machine increases throughput, reduces handling, and improves accuracy.
TaeguTec’s carbide T-FlexTec is no simple long shot
Long-reach machining has always brought about some difficult to overcome challenges but there are tools that offer excellent precision even in long overhang conditions.
SolidWorks 2014 released
Dassault Systems has introduced SolidWorks 2014, which delivers productivity and usability gains, the company says. Added mobility support for Android and iOS devices allows users to connect new 3D designs for mobile users.
Vardex Mega Line presents heavy-duty solutions for extra large pitches
Vargus Ltd. has launched its Mega Line from Vardex, a new range of solutions for heavy-duty applications with extra large pitches.
Steel turning – shorter cutting times with higher process security
Sandvik’s Grade GC4325 brings a new generation coated cemented-carbide grade for steel turning. There is a considerable loss in productivity in steel turning due to machine shops holding back on cutting speed with an emphasis on establishing a safe, predictable tool-life.
New Okuma App provides customised, scheduled maintenance reminders for CNC machines
CNC machine tool builder Okuma now offers a new app available on THINC® -OSP -CNC controls that allows users to receive scheduled maintenance and inspection reminders and avoid downtime.
Parting made easy – Walter
New Blaxx™ F5055 mill optimises parting and slitting. Together with the Walter Cut SX grooving system, Walter AG has launched a new Blaxx™ designed parting and slitting mill, the F5055.
Introducing the Haas UMC-750 universal machining centre
Haas Automation introduces the Haas UMC-750 Universal Machining Centre, for 3+2 and simultaneous 5-axis machining.
Tools, inserts improve efficiency – Iscar
Iscar emphasized the theme of ‘Machining Intelligently’ on their stand at the EMO 2013 exhibition where they displayed their latest leading-edge tools. According to Iscar these tools help its customers adapt to high speed, high feed machining, minimum quantity lubrication (MQL) and other modern machining strategies.
ByAutonom now with rotary axis
The Bystronic laser cutting machine ByAutonom is now available with a rotary axis. The rotary axis and the corresponding tailstock are integrated in the machine frame making it extremely user-friendly and ensuring short setup times when switching from sheet to tube processing.
Easy selection breaker system – Mitsubishi
Mitsubishi has simplified the way in which its range of chip breakers are named and New MC5000 series inserts are available.
Feeler launches U600-5AX and FVT-1000
Feeler’s U600-5AX 5-axis vertical machining centre is aimed at general machining, mould and die and low volume manufacturing and the small footprint FVT-1000 vertical lathe, which is easily integrated into a production line.
“EcoTurn” – Tungaloy’s new series for cost reduction in general turning
The new EcoTurn series incorporates the same chipbreaker designs as Tunagloy’s industry leading turning lines.
Heidenhain’s new user-friendly straight cut control for milling, drilling and boring machines
The TNC 128 is a compact straight cut control in the now familiar stainless-steel design along with an integrated 12.1-inch TFT colour flat-panel display.
Tapping into the market with TaeguTec T-Tap
TaeguTec unveiled its new high-speed steel line of taps that provides universal metal cutting solutions on a variety of materials.
Dynamic workpiece handling with Sinumerik Integrate Run MyRobot
Integrated operation, programming, and diagnostics via the Sinumerik Operate user interface.
Starrett Galileo vision systems
With the combination of precision mechanics, powerful and intuitive software and support, Starrett Galileo Vision Systems take camera-based measuring systems to the next level.
GOM introduces ATOS Triple Scan 12M – high resolution 3D scanning
The proven and established ATOS Triple Scan series has now been extended with the ATOS Triple Scan 12M.