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:
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.
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.
New CoroMill® Plura routers unveiled by Sandvik Coromant offer optimised milling and slotting operations in composite materials such as CFRP (carbon fibre reinforced plastic) and GFRP (glass fibre reinforced plastic). Production engineers, machine shop managers and operators will all benefit from the patented geometries provided by the new routers, particularly those in the aerospace industry, where these materials are increasingly prevalent, as well as others in sectors such as automotive, motorsport, wind power and marine.
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.
In a move designed to greatly improve efficiency and quality in CAM operations, CoroPlus® ToolLibrary and PrimeTurning™ method from Sandvik Coromant have been integrated in Mastercam® 2018. The CoroPlus suite of connected solutions provided by Sandvik Coromant facilitates digital machining and the transition of the manufacturing industry into Industry 4.0. Mastercam is the first CAM software to integrate solutions for both CoroPlus ToolLibrary and PrimeTurning technologies.
Cutting tool and tooling system specialist Sandvik Coromant has introduced its next generation of rough-boring tools, which includes a Silent Tools™ solution. These new CoroBore® rough-boring tools are designed to surmount the challenges typically associated with rough boring, namely vibration, chip-breaking and process security – all while delivering high-end productivity.
Considerable success has been made in automated machine loading: even in the production of extremely small batches it is possible to significantly reduce setup-related downtimes and to achieve full machine utilization around the clock with minimal manpower. The well-considered choice of clamping devices and gripping systems is a decisive factor in this respect.