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.
With today’s innovative continuously variable geometry end mills, large stepovers are possible and standard operating procedure for a new version of the strategy referred to as high-performance optimized roughing (HPOR) that also requires high-performance machine tools and toolholders as well as specialized CAM software.
Without periodic checking and maintenance, CNC machine tools can lose positioning accuracy and introduce errors over time. Machining complex, high-value airframe components, BAE Systems turned to a wireless ballbar system to provide the machine tool diagnostics data it needed to maximise quality and productivity.
Nowadays, when everything needs to be smart, digital and as fast as possible, conventional technologies like hand scraping can seem a bit old fashioned and unnecessary. But the truth is that this combination of art, science and craftsmanship can not be replaced by ultraprecision machining techniques performed by smart CNC machines.
Typically robots used in manufacturing are kept in cages, to protect people working near them from getting hurt. According to many handling experts, this is now changing and that the direct collaboration of humans with robots will soon be an integral part of production automation in a few years. SCHUNK, the competence leader for gripping systems and clamping technology are working on “taming” grippers for collaborative scenarios, and for the production field.
GF Machining Solutions has long been a major actor in plastic injection by providing market players with high-performance machine tools. Customers trust their solutions to manufacture the most complex molds and inserts. But now GF goes further by incorporating Additive Manufacturing (AM) technology to its portfolio.
Renishaw will be exhibiting its extensive range of metrology equipment at Control 2017 which takes place in Stuttgart, Germany, from 9 – 12 May 2017. Products highlighted in hall 4, stand 4304, will include a new surface finish probe for co-ordinate measuring machines (CMMs), new software for the Equator™ flexible gauge which allows users to fully integrate the system with CNC machine tools, and a new high productivity machining cell concept that demonstrates the power of integrating measurement technologies within a manufacturing process.
Developing more sustainable machine tools is just one facet of GF Machining Solutions’ membership in the European Association of Machine Tool Industries (CECIMO) Blue Competence Machine Tool sustainability initiative. The GF Division develops smart, complete solutions to drive customers’ energy and resource efficiency and—ultimately—their profitability across a wide range of applications and market segments.