In line with the EMO slogan, “Connecting systems for intelligent production”, Thielenhaus Microfinish has introduced a trendsetting innovation on the path to Industry 4.0 at the trade fair in Hanover/Germany: Based on the proven and flexible platform, MicroStar, the market leading high precision tool machine manufacturer from Wuppertal has managed to develop the first self-regulating flat-finishing machine, MicroStar iQ. Until now no reducing processes were possible with parameters such as flatness.
The integrated electro-discharge dressing technology WireDress ® opens up brand new possibilities for grinding with metal-bonded grinding wheels and drastically cuts auxiliary times. According to Fritz Studer AG, it has been possible to increase grinding power in the grinding process by 30% and reduce grinding wheel wear by 70% in comparison with ceramic and resin bonds. Grinding wheels with very intricate contours can also be dressed.
Timesavers International will be introducing the latest generation of precision grinding machines from their 81 series. The grinders are deemed particularly suitable for the fine machining of titanium, corrosion-resistant steel, aluminum and other metallic materials with maximum lengths of 7,500 mm and widths up to 2,100 mm.
Currently, it is hardly possible to deburr complex workpiece contours with robots. Time and again, burr residuals stay at the edge of the workpiece or more material is removed than desired. Moreover, the tools quickly wear or prematurely break. The patented FDB high frequency spindle from SCHUNK starts out exactly from these weak points.
The flexible, adaptive tool compensates the deviations between robot path and workpiece contour.It therefore ensures for perfect results on the workpiece, and shortens programming and commissioning times.
This will particularly please users of the new S11 – the smallest production cylindrical grinding machine in the STUDER Portfolio: Now they can profit from the diverse advantages of the STUDER standard grinding cycles and the grinding software for offline programming StuderGRIND. Using the software, StuderWINfocus together with Fanuc control provides the basis for a flexible scope of use, which increases customer benefit significantly.
For years, the focus of car designers has been the steering gear. The system has been complemented by complex secondary drive systems. Drivers are now clamouring for steering systems with even more precision. In order to meet this demand, the production of associated components also changes – it has to become more efficient and more precise.