A new line of tape finishing machines for the microfinishing of crankshafts with the narrowest bearing clearances has now been developed by Thielenhaus Microfinish. With the CrankStar HP (High Productivity) and the CrankStar HF (High Flexibility), one of the market leaders in the field of high-precision machine tools for surface microfinishing meets the requirements of many engine manufacturers in terms of a flexible machine solution which is suitable for smaller crankshafts. Particularly narrow finishing units with an extremely large opening angle (80°) allow, for the first time, the economic and process-safe machining of crankshafts with a mere 33 mm depth gauge, which is required by the trend towards more compact engines with higher efficiency.
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.