Following a four-year break, the world’s premier trade fair for the metalworking sector will once again be opening its doors in Hanover from 18 to 23 September 2017, attracting thousands of visitors from the trade. The WNT stand (Hall 5/B70) is sure to be extremely busy again this year, when the Kempten machining specialist will, at long last, be pre-senting its latest, highly innovative tool solutions. WNT has already announced a couple of the product highlights:
As well as achieving in-machining efficiencies through advanced tooling technologies and strategies, there are many gains to be had earlier in the process, at the design and planning stage. Here, the digitalisation of previously manual processes such as tooling item selection and tool assembly creation can help to significantly increase efficiency and machining security. Cutting tool data can in fact be gathered more accurately and used to create precise digital twin representations – a functionality that has become fundamental in the modern workflow to prevent errors at the machining stage. Today, such processes can be fully integrated with the user’s CAM software, and can be completed with a few simple clicks as part of an easy-to-use menu-driven process.
The Steadyline large-diameter turning/boring bars feature a BA connection and incorporate a BA adapter to mount GL50 turning heads. Seco’s patented, versatile GL connection features a polylobe taper-face interface for centring accuracy, 100 percent repeatability and fast tool head exchanges. The GL connection allows shops to perform both static and rotating operations with the same bar.
Ever-shortening product life cycles, the trend towards automation and development leaps in the field of peripherals lead to individual processes as well as entire machine and system concepts being made available today much earlier than was the case a few years ago. In order to keep up with the market, the equipment in particular offers…
A great deal of practice and forward-looking technology point FANUC to “Schweißen & Schneiden” [Welding & Cutting] in Düsseldorf 2017 (Hall 13, Stand B31). The selection of robot cells for different welding applications, the presentation of combinations of fibre lasers and robots as well as the introductory package for welding training demonstrate practical relevance and technological expertise.
Doncasters Precision Castings – Deritend, is a leading manufacturer of investment cast and machined industrial gas turbine airfoils. These airfoils are manufactured in nickel and cobalt based superalloys. The company is committed to growth and it backs this commitment with a willingness to invest in continuous improvement through lean manufacturing and rapid prototyping. As a result, it has seen considerable growth in demand for its machining services, which support its investment casting business. This demand has led to a significant investment of over £2 million in Mazak machine tools, infrastructure and manufacturing software to efficiently machine over 14 new products.
For production systems in the age of Industrie 4.0, it is important to have information available in real time. This is now a reality in the manufacture of carbon fiber-reinforced (CFR) components at the company’s plant in Garching, Germany. To achieve this, Voith relied on the expertise of KUKA: the Augsburg-based automation specialists helped with the horizontal networking of the system via OPC Unified Architecture (OPC UA) as well as dedicated machine maintenance.
The SCHUNK VERO-S quick-change pallet modules offer a whole bundle of advantages for users when it comes to direct workpiece clamping without interfering contours: free 5-sided access to the workpiece, a defined clamping situation, high repeat and positioning accuracy, as well as high pull-down forces for challenging operations. SCHUNK further extends its modular system for workpiece direct clamping in order to ensure that the efficient principle will also work in the field of tool and mold making industries for free-form parts with complex geometries, small lot sizes, and high precision requirements.