The high-precision WIG (Wolfram Inert Gas) welding of thin sheet metal or exact circumferential seams is a complicated process, which to-date could not be performed to satisfaction either using conventional machines or by hand. To solve this puzzle, the Augsburg, Germany-based machine builder Castro GmbH has developed an innovative welding cell based on parallel kinematics. With the support of system integrator Böckstiegel Automation in Penzberg, the new machine has quickly entered series production with the help of PC-based control technology and TwinCAT 3 CNC.
Perfect service processes increase the availability of production systems and minimise the risk of costly production stoppages. DMG MORI was presenting NETSERVICE 4.0 under this banner at the Open House at DECKEL MAHO Pfronten. Together with CELOS NETbox and the coordinated serviceCAM (optional), NETSERVICE 4.0 will set new standards for remote services in machine tool manufacture from May 2018 onwards.
HEIDENHAIN is pleased to announce the addition of an exciting new product — the AMO LMF 9310 multi-section linear encoder — to its line of robust linear encoders. This TTL encoder is specifically designed for long length applications (over 10’) on manually operated machines and is compatible with HEIDENHAIN’s ACU-RITE brand of digital readouts.
Meeting the needs of the evolving digital manufacturing initiative, OPEN MIND Technologies has recently partnered with HEIDENHAIN TNC controls to provide exclusive first use of their new NC code-based simulation solution hyperMILL® VIRTUAL Machining. The CONNECTED Machining module allows networked HEIDENHAIN TNC controls to be run from remote locations, a key component for digital production systems. The new simulation solution is available with the hyperMILL® 2018.1 release.
The tool terminal developed by Wassermann Technologie in collaboration with system integrator Becker Engineering is characterized by an exceptionally compact design and high flexibility. This is largely due to the open and modular control technology from Beckhoff, with which machine tools can be seamlessly connected to the most diverse control systems available.
Every shop has deadlines that can’t afford to be interrupted by machine downtime. At no cost to its Pro5 control customers, Makino offers ProVis Remote Diagnostics (RD) technology to ensure maximum uptime. This new utility puts a Makino subject matter expert in your shop in just a few minutes ready to help solve any machine issues that might arise.
FANUC is releasing a new controller, the J-30iB, which represents a FANUC controller, including servo drives, but without mechanical unit and robot kinematics. FANUC offers the established standard controller as a platform for any automation solutions that have positioning requirements. Due to the proven FANUC robot technology, the J-30iB is highly flexible in any automation requirement and integration motion control.