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Uniquely Flexible PartMaker Version 2015 Now Released

Figure 1: PartMaker Version 2015 has been released. PartMaker Version 2015 features a host of new functionality including enhanced support for the latest breed of multi-function machine tools.

Latest PartMaker version featuring a range of more powerful and flexible enhancements is now available to end users

Fort Washington, PA – Delcam has released the latest version of its PartMaker Software for programming CNC Mills, Lathes, Wire EDMs, Turn-Mill Centers and Swiss-type lathes, PartMaker Version 2015. Major highlights of PartMaker Version 2015 include improved support for today’s latest breed of multi-tasking machine tools, such as Vertical Mill-Turns, more powerful milling and turning functionality, and a unique approach to post processing for multi-axis Turn-Mill Centers and Swiss-type lathes among other productivity enhancements.

“The innovations in PartMaker Version 2015 include a unique blend of productivity enhancements that both new and existing users of the software are going to love along with a host of utterly unique and innovative technology you just won’t find anywhere else,” says PartMaker Inc. President, Hanan Fishman. “PartMaker 2015 extends support of the product’s patented approach to programming multi-tasking machine tools to support today’s latest breed of multi-function machines, allowing our customers to stay on the leading edge of multi-tasking.”

PartMaker 2015 includes specialist support for a new breed of machine tools that has been growing steadily in popularity in recent years called Vertical Mill-Turns (VMT). These machine tools are unique because they provide the turning functionality typically found on a VTL (Vertical Turret Lathe) with that of a 5-axis VMC (Vertical Machining Center). PartMaker 2015 also offers support for turret-based Swiss lathes with programmable B-axis live tooling attachments as well as more intuitive handing of angled live tooling attachments.

Also headlining PartMaker Version 2015 is a unique approach to post processing for multi-tasking machine tools. This new approach includes a variety of improvements to the software’s post processing technology and new software functionality to help guide users on how to best take advantage of their specific multi-tasking machine tool’s unique capabilities.

Comprehensive details on all the new features and functionality in PartMaker can be found at the PartMaker Version 2015 learning zone at www.delcam.tv/pmk2015/lz/.

More on PartMaker
PartMaker is a Knowledge Based Machining system, allowing it to provide a substantial gain in programming efficiency by remembering the tools, material and process information necessary to machine individual part features. It thus relieves the user from reentering the same features information for subsequent parts. It also improves productivity by placing the emphasis on tool management functions.

PartMaker pioneered the field of CAM software for Turn-Mills and Swiss-type lathes with its patented Visual Programming Approach for programming multi-axis lathes with live tooling. It assures quicker learning and easier use. It makes an extensive use of pictures to help the user describe tools, part features and machining data. Synchronization of tools working on multiple spindles is achieved by a few mouse clicks.

PartMaker Inc. is a subsidiary of Delcam, the world’s leading developer and supplier of complete CAD/CAM software solutions. Delcam is a wholly-owned, independently-operated subsidiary of Autodesk. Autodesk helps people imagine, design and create a better world. Everyone – from design professionals, engineers and architects to digital artists, students and hobbyists — can use Autodesk software to unlock their creativity and solve important challenges. In North America PartMaker is sold directly by PartMaker Inc. PartMaker is sold overseas through a network of sales partner offices operating in over 120 countries.

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EXAIR PRODUCT UPDATE: Reversible Drum Vacs Are Now CE Compliant

EXAIR’s Reversible Drum Vac and High Lift Reversible Drum Vac are ideal for the recovery of fluids like: coolant, hydraulic oils, sludge and chips, waste water, and liquid spills. After undergoing rigorous testing by an independent laboratory, EXAIR’s Reversible Drum Vacs™ have been proven to meet the stringent requirements of the European Union in order to be marked as CE compliant.

The standard Reversible Drum Vac’s high powered vacuum produces 96″ H2O of vacuum and can fill a 55 gallon drum in just 90 seconds, with the turn of a knob, the same stainless steel pump can quickly empty the drum. The High Lift Reversible Drum Vac is perfect for pits, below grade coolant sumps, deep wells or bulk storage tanks which require a longer vacuum hose and more power. The High Lift Reversible Drum Vac produces 180″ H2O of vacuum and lifts liquid up to 15̍. Since the Reversible Drum Vacs are powered by compressed air, they have no electric motor to wear out and no impellers to clog. In fact, the Reversible Drum Vacs have no moving parts, assuring maintenance free operation.

Both Reversible Drum Vacs attach quickly to any closed head 30, 55 or 110 gallon drum. For small jobs, a 5 gallon Mini Reversible Drum Vac System is also available (drum included, standard unit only). Reversible Drum Vac Systems include the two-way pump assembly, flexible vacuum hose (1-1/2″/38mm I.D.) with 90 degree quick release elbow connection and one aluminum wand. Deluxe Systems add a drum dolly, heavy duty aluminum tools and tool holder. Premium Systems add a 30, 55 or 110 gallon drum. Prices start at $489.

For more information contact:

EXAIR Corporation
11510 Goldcoast Dr.
Cincinnati, OH 45249-1621
Phone: (800) 903-9247
Fax: (513) 671-3363
E-mail: techelp@exair.com
www.exair.com/dvce.htm

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Universal Robot launches URCaps: The new “app store” for the UR robots

East Setauket, NY, December 11, 2014: With URCaps, Universal Robots has created the equivalent of an app store for robots. The new online platform features useful accessories, hardware and software extending the capabilities of the robot arms developed by the Danish robot manufacturer.

Until recently, industrial robots were so complex that industry most often bought them as part of a comprehensive – and expensive solution – from a machine builder or system integrator. But the new generation of small, flexible robots are so user-friendly that end users now increasingly buy a “stripped” robot from a robot distributor, custom outfitting and installing the unit with end effectors themselves.

“As a frontrunner in collaborative, user-friendly robots, we’re seeing a wave of demand in smaller companies that never before used robots. We want to make it easier to go from idea to finished installation by providing a shortcut to proven combinations of robots and accessories based on the good experiences of other users,” said Esben Oestergaard, CTO of Universal Robots.

“Many robot applications around the world actually look a lot like each other, but there is not a collective place where you can go and find out where for instance to buy a protective sleeve for a robotic arm. That’s why we decided to create the URCaps platform, which aligns with the idea that UR robots should be easy for everyone to incorporate.”

Build confidence with off-the-shelf items
Caps are an abbreviation of the word capabilities. The first 43 caps are already featured on the platform. These caps have been through a thorough trial integration testing. It is also a vital requirement that URCaps must be proven and in use within the industry.

“Quick and painless implementation and high uptime are the alpha and omegas in the global industry. By choosing solutions from URCaps, both distributor and end-user get high security and predictability that applications will run well from the start. URCaps can save weeks and months into the process from concept to operation of the robot in production. If a robot installation becomes a problem, it can be complicated to determine what the source is. URCaps allows you to choose a proven combination of robot grippers or other accessories from the beginning to prevent delays and aggravation,” said Mr. Oestergaard.

The first URCaps are a combination of workbenches, vision solutions, cables, jaws and grippers. The business model for URCaps is simple and transparent: Any supplier of robotic accessories and solutions that have proven to be suitable for UR robots can download an application form at: www.universal-robots.com/URCaps.

After this, the dialogue with Universal Robots begins. If the proposal is approved by UR, suppliers can now offer their products directly to interested buyers in the countries where the CAPS are sold. A filtering function allows prospects to sort URCaps according to different parameters.

Universal Robots does not profit from sales made through URCaps. The only requirement is that customers purchase the robots from an authorized UR distributor in their home country.

URCaps in brief
URCaps is a platform where distributors and integrators can present accessories that run successfully in UR robot applications at end users.

– Shorter lead time to implement robot applications
– Lower project risks
– Higher predictability of project costs and time
– Access to well-proven technology
– Knowledge sharing
– Inspiring new applications

About Universal Robots
Universal Robots is a result of many years of intensive research in robotics. The product portfolio includes the UR5 and UR10 models that handle payloads of up to 11.3 lbs. and 22.6 lbs. respectively. The six-axis robot arms weigh as little as 40 lbs. with reach capabilities of up to 51 inches. Repeatability of +/- .004” allows quick precision handling of even microscopically small parts.

After initial risk assessment, the collaborative Universal Robots can operate alongside human operators without cumbersome and expensive safety guarding. This makes it simple and easy to move the light-weight robot around the production, addressing the needs of agile manufacturing even within small- and medium sized companies regarding automation as costly and complex. If the robots come into contact with an employee, the built-in force control limits the forces at contact, adhering to the current safety requirements on force and torque limitations.

Intuitively programmed by non-technical users, the robot arms go from box to operation in less than an hour, and typically pay for themselves within 195 days. Since the first UR robot entered the market in December 2008, the company has seen substantial growth with the robotic arms now being sold in more than 50 countries worldwide. The company is headquartered in Odense, Denmark where all development and production is carried out. The company’s global sales target for 2014 is 2,000 robots followed by a doubling of sales every year from 2014 to 2017. www.universal-robots.com.

Social media channels:
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Company Contact:
Edward Mullen, Universal Robots National Sales Manager, North America
Tel: +1 631 610 9664
emullen@universal-robots.com

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Witzig & Frank re-enters US market with long-term partner Hydromat Inc.

The Witzig & Frank production site in Offenburg/Germany.

St. LOUIS, MO/Offenburg, Germany - After a successful production and market re-launch, FFG Werke GmbH’s Witzig & Frank brand has renewed its traditional partnership with St. Louis-based manufacturer Hydromat Inc., combining their matching portfolios of high volume metal cutting solutions for the automotive communications, medical, aerospace, plumbing, and general machining industries.

Witzig & Frank, a manufacturer of highly integrated machining solutions for high volume applications based in Offenburg, Germany, is looking back at a long and successful history of machine tool engineering. Just before its 150th anniversary due next year, the machine tool builder has gone through a successful period. Under new ownership of FFG Europe, production at the Offenburg plant was re-launched in December 2013 and sales targets for 2014 have already been exceeded. Several metal forming and metal cutting machining systems for German customers are currently on the shop floor.

Caption: Matthias Walter, CSO at Hydromat Inc.: “With the combined Hydromat and Witzig & Frank portfolio, we can cover a vast range of different sizes applications, leveraging our mutual strengths and giving our customers the competitive edge.”

Following FFG’s global market approach, Witzig & Frank is now leveraging its long history in the American market. The natural choice for a partner in the US was the St. Louis, Missouri manufacturer of rotary transfer machines and multi-spindle machines Hydromat Inc. Apart from the matching portfolios, the companies have had close ties for more than 25 years when Hydromat President and CEO Bruno Schmitter co-founded a joint venture with

Witzig & Frank. Hydromat’s Chief Sales Officer Matthias Walter started his career at Witzig & Frank – where his father had been managing director for many years – and later took over Witzig & Frank’s US entity Turmatic Systems. Says CSO Walter: “We have actually sold, installed and serviced more than 160 Witzig & Frank machines in the US, so we’re very experienced in the field and know the relevant players. Also, with our portfolio and the Witzig & Frank products, we can now cover a vast range of different sizes applications, leveraging our mutual strengths and giving our customers the competitive edge.”

Witzig & Frank’s portfolio of rotary transfer machines chines can boast up to 15% increased

performance with the newly available Siemens Solution Line controls. In addition, newly developed,

application-oriented and standardized machining units, as well as a new, rotary indexing unit with an indexing time of 1.0 seconds provide for overall cost reduction and performance enhancements.

Pascale Schnebelt, Sales Director Witzig & Frank: “With the proven partnership of Hydromat we have the expertise on site in the US and we can guarantee a top service for our customers”

According to Pascal Schnebelt, Sales Director at Witzig & Frank, the demand for their products in the Northern American market is strong, “There is a variety of industries in the growing American manufacturing industry and also existing German customers setting up production in the US where our solutions for high volume applications perfectly match customers’ needs. With the proven partnership of Hydromat we have the expertise on site and we can guarantee a top service for our customers.”

Hydromat’s contract with FFG Werke GmbH, Witzig & Frank’s holding company, includes the full range of services for the brand, such as sales, service, spare parts supply and retrofits.

About Hydromat

Hydromat Inc. has been building the world’s finest precision transfer machines since 1979 and is known as the industry leader in the manufacture and assembly of precision transfer machines; Rotary, Inline, and Trunnion models, as well as the revolutionary ICON line of mill/turn productivity centers. Hydromat 

has a reputation built on a commitment to product quality, customer service and technological innovation.

At their manufacturing facility in St. Louis, Missouri, teams of highly skilled craftsmen, working in close cooperation with their business partners, merge Swiss-precision machine elements with locally sourced components. Hydromat’s goal is to offer unique and innovative manufacturing solutions to customers that provide high quality and cost effective machining capabilities. These solutions give manufacturers the unsurpassed quality, reliability and performance they have come to expect from Hydromat. Offering superior metalworking solutions are the direct result of diligence, discipline, and meticulous attention to details.

Hydromat also emphasizes continued after-sale support in the form of excellent field service, engineering, a vast parts inventory, with comprehensive in-house customer service and training. Their quality initiatives and 5S programs are ongoing improvement initiatives designed to ensure that the job is done right the first time.

About Witzig & Frank

Witzig & Frank is the leading brand for highly productive manufacturing systems in the Faucet and Fittings, Automotive, and Industrial Equipment industries for small to medium sized parts. Key strengths include work piece dedicated applications, the integration of multiple technologies and turnkey system development and design, handled by experienced engineers. Based in Offenburg/Germany, Witzig & Frank is delivering to all industrialized nations, providing maintenance, service and support during the entire machine life cycle, including retooling, retrofit and service contracts.

About FFG Werke GmbH

FFG Werke GmbH unites major players from the German machine tool industry with a broad range of turning, milling, and gear manufacturing technology and the knowhow of the renowned machine tool brands VDF Boehringer, Hüller Hille, Hessapp, Honsberg, Modul and Witzig & Frank. For more than 200 years, these brands have substantially contributed to the progress in manufacturing technology and are well known as reliable and innovative equipment suppliers for the automotive and truck, machine building, general machining, railway industry, aerospace, energy and heavy engineering industries.

With more than 700 employees at four manufacturing sites in Germany, and six further locations in Germany, Russia, China and Korea, the company has a global footprint, which is enhanced by a network of strong sales & service partners in all major markets.

While being an independent group member, FFG Werke GmbH benefits from the strengths and opportunities of the global Fair Friend Group. The brand FFG Europe stands for premium technology within FFG. Apart from the German brands, it comprises the Italian manufacturers Jobs, Sachman, Rambaudi and Sigma.

Sales Contact: Mr. Matthias Walter
Chief Sales Officer
Hydromat, Inc.
11600 Adie Road
St. Louis, MO 63043

Phone: 314.432.4644
Fax: 314.432.7552

For more information, visit our website: www.hydromat.com

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New Mini Swivel Fittings Make Precision Blow Off Easy

EXAIR’s new Mini Swivel Fittings make it easy to adjust the position of our award-winning air nozzles. Using these Type 316 Stainless Steel mini swivels, even our mini Super Air Nozzles can be pointed exactly where you need it. Available in three sizes, these swivels provide our smallest nozzles a 50 degree total angle of adjustment so your nozzles can be in the best position for maximum effectiveness. The 1/8 MNPT Mini Swivel Fittings work with the M4x0.5 Atto Super Air Nozzle, the M5x0.5 Pico Super Air Nozzle, and the M6x0.75 Nano Super Air Nozzle.

EXAIR’s mini swivel fittings with Super Air Nozzles deliver a precision, highly focused and forceful blowoff for applications in tight spaces or requiring a minimal amount of compressed air. The new mini swivels can be used with any 316SS or PEEK thermoplastic mini Super Air Nozzles. All of these nozzles have been engineered to maximize entrainment of room air while minimizing compressed air consumption. Safe operation is assured by meeting OSHA’s standard 1910.242(b) for pressure and OSHA’s noise exposure standard 29CFR – 1910.95(a). EXAIR’s nozzles are also CE compliant.

Swivels can help make your nozzles more effective when replacing existing wasteful nozzles or open tubes and are ideal for blowoff, cooling and drying applications. Price is $29.

For more information contact:

EXAIR Corporation
11510 Goldcoast Dr.
Cincinnati, OH  45249-1621
Phone: (800) 903-9247
Fax: (513) 671-3363
E-mail: techelp@exair.com
www.exair.com/minisw.htm

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Licon mt Teams With Hydromat To Show Award Winning Twin-Spindle Machine at IMTS 2014 in Booth # S-8348

ST. LOUIS, MO – Hydromat is proud to announce that they will feature the Licon LiFLEX II 444 in their booth, #S-8348, at IMTS 2014. With this twin-spindle machining center, German machine manufacturer Licon mt is appealing to new markets and target groups for the processing of small and medium-sized workpieces, a perfect fit for expanding upon the Hydromat machine platforms at IMTS.

Licon mt’s product portfolio includes a range of model types that meet different requirements for machining workpieces of different material types, workpiece sizes, and varying degrees of flexibility and productivity.  The LiFLEX II 444 was added to the line last year and represents a new machine model for processing smaller and medium-sized components up to 445 mm in size. This machine is perfectly suited for heavy machining due to the rigid and compact design in combination with the high power/torque available. By expanding its product portfolio with the new LiFLEX II 444, Licon mt is consistently pursuing its strategy for 5-axis complete machining on complex workpieces in a single clamping.

The integration of a pallet-changer facilitates simultaneous loading and unloading of workpieces. Options include spindle compensation for the Z-axis and broken tool detection. The zero point clamping system ensures a quick changeover to other workpieces. Chip removal is optimized through suspended fixtures. LiFLEX II 444 is smaller and more compact when compared with other LiFLEX machining centers. The good price-performance ratio is very attractive to the market.

Winfried Benz, Managing Director of Licon mt, explains its market orientation: “With our small twin-spindle machine, LiFLEX II 444, we are able to offer companies around the world a viable alternative for machining medium-sized parts in small or medium volumes. We aim to continually optimize the process of complex workpiece machining with the goal of minimizing costs for scrap a as well as additional quality controls. To this end, complete machining is an essential element. The price-performance ratio of LiFLEX II 444 makes a further contribution to ensuring that unit costs are reduced to the bare minimum.”

This year, an international jury of experts has presented the “iF design award” for exceptional design to Licon mt, winning the coveted trophy in silver in the “Product” category for its expanded twin-spindle machining center LiFLEX II 444. The jury of 49 international design specialists adjudicated over 4,615 products, methods of communication and packaging from 55 countries entered in a range of categories in January this year. 

Licon mt is a highly regarded supplier of production line systems for the processing of complex components. Our customers are well-known automotive manufacturers and sub-suppliers in America, Asia and Europe. In addition to machine product development, our expertise extends to manufacturing its own machine components as well as system integration and software development. With headquarters in Laupheim, Germany, and subsidiaries in Michigan, USA and Beijing, China, Licon mt has more than 200 employees around the world.

Hydromat, Inc., is the industry leader in the manufacture and assembly of precision transfer machines — Rotary, Inline, and Trunnion models, the revolutionary AT Advanced Technology machines, as well as the ICON line of mill/turn productivity centers  — and has a reputation built on a commitment to product quality, customer service and technological innovation.

Sales Contact: Mr. Matthias Walter
Chief Sales Officer
Hydromat, Inc.
11600 Adie Road
St. Louis, MO  63043

Phone: 314.432.4644
Fax: 314.432.7552

For more information, visit our website: www.hydromat.com

 

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New VTM-2000YB Multitasking CNC Turning Center Provides Heavy-Duty Construction for Large Parts Machining

CNC turning center from Okuma is ideal for the aerospace industry.

Charlotte, N.C. (August 20, 2014) – At IMTS 2014 Okuma will introduce its new VTM-2000YB multitasking CNC turning center, which provides heavy-duty construction for large parts machining. The extreme rigidity and powerful cutting capabilities of this machine make it ideal for machining large diameter workpieces, such as those in the aerospace industry. The vertical architecture offers the advantage of “natural” part handling and excellent chip fall, while taking up minimal floor space. At IMTS this machine will be utilizing the full work envelope, cutting on a fan hub and engine case, featuring Super-NURBS and tooling from Sandvik, a member of Partners in THINC.

The VTM-2000YB takes the successful concept of the VTM-200YB and advances the design to increase rigidity, power, B-axis range, speed and accuracy. It utilizes Okuma’s Thermo-Friendly Concept to enhance thermal stability, and has powerful turning and milling capabilities with .001° B and C axes. This CNC turning center has 1.6 meters of Y-axis travel, combines powerful turning and milling functions for large parts in the same machine and includes a 36 tool ATC for tool changing.

For more information on Okuma’s VTM-2000YB visit the Okuma Booth S-8500 at IMTS 2014.

About Okuma America Corporation

Okuma America C-orporation is the U.S.-based sales and service affiliate of Okuma Corporation, a world leader in CNC (computer numeric control) machine tools, founded in 1898 in Nagoya, Japan. The company is the industry’s only single-source provider, with the CNC machine, drive, motors, encoders, spindle and CNC control all manufactured by Okuma. Okuma’s innovative and reliable technology, paired with comprehensive, localized service protection, allows users to run continuously with confidence – maximizing profitability.  Along with its industry-leading distribution network (largest in the Americas), and Partners in THINC, Okuma facilitates quality, productivity and efficiency, empowering the customer and enabling competitive advantage in today’s demanding manufacturing environment.  For more information, visit www.okuma.com or follow us on Facebook or Twitter @OkumaAmerica.

About Partners in THINC

Partners in THINC is a collaboration network of more than 40 industry leaders who come together to solve problems and explore new productivity ideas for real-world manufacturers. With the open architecture, PC-based THINC®-OSP control as its nucleus, Partners in THINC brings specialized equipment, expertise and a commitment to provide the best possible integrated solutions to the end-user.  For more information, visit www.okuma.com/partners-in-thinc.

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MA-12500H Horizontal Machining Center on Display for the First Time at IMTS 2014

Combination of speed and power is well suited for large part aerospace machining.

Charlotte, N.C. (August 15, 2014) – Okuma’s MA-12500H horizontal machining center will be on display for the first time at the 2014 International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS), Booth S-8500. The hallmark of this machine is its ability to provide a good balance of speed and cutting power for machining of aluminum alloys, cast iron and difficult-to-machine materials. This makes it well suited for large part aerospace machining. The MA-12500H is so fast and powerful, it’s the machine of choice for building lathes at the Okuma DS1 plant in Oguchi, Japan. At IMTS this machine will demonstrate large-part machining, utilizing the full work envelope, cutting a propeller hub.

Key Features of Okuma’s MA-12500H Horizontal Machining Center

Built on an integral bed and base, and designed with reinforcing ribs for increased stability and load carrying capacity, the MA-12500H incorporates Okuma’s exclusive Thermo-Friendly Concept to achieve maximum thermal stability and accuracy. Standardly-equipped with a 50 taper 6,000 rpm, 60/50 horsepower spindle, it is also available with either a 12,000 rpm wide range spindle or 4,500 rpm heavy duty spindle.

*Maximum load capacity of 11,000 pounds

*Rapid traverse (X, Y, Z) of 1,653 ipm

*Maximum part size: 78.72” diameter x 62.99” high, 10,141 pounds

*Axis travels: X-86.61”, Y-62.99”, Z-64.96”

*.001 degree B-axis rotary table

*49.21” square pallet

*Parallel-type 2 pallet APC

*81 tool matrix ATC standard, up to 171 tool matrix optional

For more information on Okuma’s MA-12500H horizontal machining center visit http://www.okuma.com/ma-12500h and Okuma America Corporation booth S-8500 at IMTS 2014.

About Okuma America Corporation

Okuma America Corporation is the U.S.-based sales and service affiliate of Okuma Corporation, a world leader in CNC (computer numeric control) machine tools, founded in 1898 in Nagoya, Japan. The company is the industry’s only single-source provider, with the CNC machine, drive, motors, encoders, spindle and CNC control all manufactured by Okuma. Okuma’s innovative and reliable technology, paired with comprehensive, localized service protection, allows users to run continuously with confidence – maximizing profitability.  Along with its industry-leading distribution network (largest in the Americas), and Partners in THINC, Okuma facilitates quality, productivity and efficiency, empowering the customer and enabling competitive advantage in today’s demanding manufacturing environment.  For more information, visit www.okuma.com or follow us on Facebook or Twitter @OkumaAmerica.

About Partners in THINC

Partners in THINC is a collaboration network of more than 40 industry leaders who come together to solve problems and explore new productivity ideas for real-world manufacturers. With the open architecture, PC-based THINC®-OSP control as its nucleus, Partners in THINC brings specialized equipment, expertise and a commitment to provide the best possible integrated solutions to the end-user.  For more information, visit www.okuma.com/partners-in-thinc.

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Edge Technologies Introduces New FMB Turbo 20-100 Bar Feeder To The Precision Bar Turning Marketplace at IMTS Booth #A-8348

ST. LOUIS, MO – Edge Technologies introduces the new FMB 20-100 bar feeder at IMTS 2014, Booth #S-8348. This unit expands on the already established Turbo “Heavy Metal” line of hydrodynamic 12’ through 24’ Bar Loading Magazine Feeders. Quick change polyurethane guide channels allow for quiet operation at high RPM while feeding round, square or hex bar stock. This unit also offers a one size channel set that automatically adjusts for all material sizes.  This feeder is compatible with all types of sliding or fixed, CNC or cam operated lathes with spindle bores up to 102mm.

The robust design of the Turbo 20-100’s cast iron base and support stands are resistant to flexing.  With the unit weighing over 8,200 pounds, this keeps vibration from bent bars to a minimum, so a smooth operation is guaranteed. Double-pusher space-saving design is 4 foot shorter than single pusher bar feeders.

The Turbo 20-100 features a Bosch IndraDrive controller with a servo motor drive to the feed mechanism. Flexible control of bar length and rate of feed guarantees the optimum practical and economic use of the bar feeder. Easy options on the operator control panel guarantee proper interaction between the bar feeder and the CNC lathe, with parameters clearly shown on the text display.

The polyurethane guide channels can be changed quickly and easily in about 10 minutes to accommodate multiple bar stock diameters. Oil filled guide channels envelope the stock, providing the ideal guiding system for high RPM turning operations. During this process the rotation of the bar creates a hydro-dynamic effect, centering the bar stock in the channel reducing noise and vibration. The guide channel is securely closed with a toggle lever system while machining bars.

A Roller Steady device on the Turbo guides the bar stock between the bar feeder and lathe. Rollers or blocks provide excellent feeding of round or profiled material. The rollers are quickly adjusted to the bar diameter.

Bars are placed in the storage magazine at the side of the guide channel. This area features a loading capacity of 11 inches. The new bar is automatically positioned in the lathe ready for facing before the first component is produced. Loading time for a 12‘bar is 30 seconds. Maximum adjustable feeding speed is 700 mm per second and maximum adjustable return speed is 1000 mm per second.

The bar remnants are withdrawn to the back end of the magazine and a gripper extracts it out of the collet and deposits it in a remnant basket. The gripping device is used to both insert the new bar into the bar stock collet and to extract the remnant. It is not necessary to chamfer the bar if it is cleanly cut. No adjustment for bar size is necessary and it is completely “Self-Centering”. Bar pusher collet changes can be done less than 1 minute.

Edge Technologies is a leading productivity solutions provider to the precision metal working industry. Edge Technologies has extensive experience and a history of success and innovation demonstrated by 30 years providing bar feeder and lathe automation solutions, including over 10,000 successful installations of magazine bar feeders in the North American marketplace.

Sales Contact: Mr. Rick Bauer
Sales & Operations Manager
Edge Technologies
11600 Adie Road
St. Louis, MO 63043
Phone: 314.692.8388
Fax: 314.692.5152
rbauer@edgetechnologies.com

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Polygon Solutions’ New Rotary Broach!

Polygon Solutions’ latest rotary broach product not only expands their tooling product line, but it also brings an innovative solution to manufacturers hoping to capitalize on the ‘Made in USA’ re-shoring trend.

Polygon Solution Inc.’s new ‘Made in USA’ broach is a rotary broach with multiple text letters allowing machinists to stamp or mark their part in a lathe or milling machine without removing the part from the machine. Polygon’s rotary broaching system is usually used for making hexagon or square holes in precision machined products. The new ‘Made in USA’ broach will have its official debut at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS), September 8-13, 2014 in Chicago, IL.

Polygon Solutions first introduced an innovative and award winning adjustment free Rotary Broach Tool Holder in 2010, ideal for CNC machines because of maintenance free sealed bearings and a new pressure relief system. The company later announced a series of letter broaches in 2012. The broaches have letters or numbers and are inserted into Polygon’s broach holder to mark parts. The different identifying marks improve quality to distinguish between mixed lots of parts made in the same machines.

Students examining a Polygon Broach

The ‘Made in USA’ broach was first tested during Polygon’s annual National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Manufacturing Day tour in 2013. Lee Virtual School students in Fort Myers, FL were taught about product development and how the new rotary broach ‘wobbles’ or displaces material to create the text. Polygon showcases new products to students in hopes of promoting the desire for STEM education in a new generation of engineers and machinists.

“Made in America is one of the strongest selling points we have, even for our U.S. Customers,” says Matt Chambers of Marine Concepts in Cape Coral, FL. “The quality of the overseas product has been from the start an inferior product, and as the cost of quality is more than ever being taken into account, not only are we sought after for quality but our total cost for our customer is less.” Marine Concepts and Polygon Solutions Inc. actively work together as members of the Florida’s Southwest Regional Manufacturing Association (SRMA).

Polygon’s new broach is not limited to the ‘Made in USA’ mark. The company sells its tools worldwide and is also developing the system to mark logos, slogans and symbols. “We’ve had a few challenges to get it to work perfectly,” says Peter Bagwell, Product Engineer at Polygon. “But we keep working with our customers and our partners to get it right. Customers re-shoring their parts want to show they are now made in the United States.”

Partners include the Precision Machined Product Association and National Tooling & Machining Association. Bagwell adds “We’ve learned from our customers that our rotary broach holder is very easy to set up in the machine and very easy to use for making small hexagon and square holes. We hope the new ‘Made in USA’ broach helps them achieve an even higher level of satisfaction in both their parts and ours.”

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