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Hexagon supports manufacturing professionals working from home with access to its smart manufacturing solution portfolio

Free offline licensing and remote access options to help manufacturers remain productive while working from home

Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division is offering a range of free offline licensing and remote access options designed to enable efficient home working for manufacturing professionals facing new productivity challenges during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Home working options will be provided for Hexagon’s production software and metrology software offerings, as well as the MSC Software range of CAE solutions, until at least June 30, 2020. Manufacturers running metrology equipment in factories can remotely monitor and analyze how key assets are performing for free with HxGN SFx | Asset Management. Users will also have access to additional online learning resources.

“The purpose of our smart manufacturing solutions is to improve quality and productivity and this challenge is especially acute during this time of extensive home working,” said Paolo Guglielmini, president of Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division. “So, to support the industries we serve, we’re offering special access to our software and learning tools for both current customers and non-customers who can benefit from our technology.”

“Like many businesses in the manufacturing sector, we have many employees working from home at the moment and we appreciate that giving them the right tools to work remotely is essential to their wellbeing and success. By offering learning and remote-working solutions, I hope we can contribute to maintaining productivity and quality while keeping employees in manufacturing safe.”

Details on how to access the home working packages can be found at www.hexagonmi.com/wahs. The offerings will include:

  • Extension of licenses for work-from-home support or alternative access options for MSC Software CAE solutions
  • License move, remote access or additional temporary home office licenses for Hexagon’s CAD CAM software
  • Free offline licenses of the latest versions of PC-DMIS and other leading metrology software
  • Free remote machine monitoring via the HxGN SFx | Asset Management asset performance management solution
  • Free access to online learning for Hexagon’s metrology and MSC Software solutions

Although Hexagon employees are also working remotely, service and support remains in operation. Full details are available from local offices.

Contact:

Stacey Wiebe, Marketing Specialist-PR
Tel: 209-479-9455
Email: stacey.wiebe@hexagon.com

About Hexagon

Hexagon is a global leader in sensor, software and autonomous solutions. We are putting data to work to boost efficiency, productivity, and quality across industrial, manufacturing, infrastructure, safety, and mobility applications.

Our technologies are shaping urban and production ecosystems to become increasingly connected and autonomous – ensuring a scalable, sustainable future.

Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division provides solutions that utilize data from design and engineering, production and metrology to make manufacturing smarter. For more information, visit hexagonmi.com.

Hexagon (Nasdaq Stockholm: HEXA B) has approximately 21,000 employees in 50 countries and net sales of approximately 3.9bn EUR. Learn more at hexagon.com and follow us @HexagonAB

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Status Pro SP ProLine 300 Machine Tool Alignment

March 26th, 2020 Chicago, Il. – – Whether machining centers, traveling column machines, portal machines, lathes or a variety of other smaller machines with 3 to 6 axes, the machine geometry is essential for the quality of the product, but also for the durability and reliability of the machines. CENTRIC International and Status Pro offer the new ProLine Laser Measurement System to meet the requirements of the digitalization. The ProLine is the modern, wireless alternative to dial gauges and granite rulers. The ProLine 300 consists of a laser and various laser receivers. Laser and receiver can be combined as desired; this makes it possible to carry out straightness, flatness, perpendicularity and parallelism measurements as well as levelling of entire machines.

Conventional measuring equipment such as the granite angle is usually too small, too heavy and still has to be transported by truck. The ProLine 300 comes in a handy case. The ProLine 300 is easily scalable in length and offers an accuracy of up to 1µm/m (approx. 0.04 mils/inch). The software and a display unit, which is extremely robust because it is designed for industrial environments, enables the operator to perform extensive measurement point recording and documentation. All important information of the measurement is automatically saved and a report in PDF and CSV format is generated.

All components are connected via Bluetooth. This allows the user to control the whole system via software and setup is possible within a few minutes. Furthermore, a live screen offers the user the possibility to correct errors directly.

See SP ProLine 300 and the entire line of Status Pro machine tool measurement instrumentation at IMTS 2020 in Booth # 135184, September 14-19.

About Status Pro

Status Pro has been developing and manufacturing machine measurement and alignment instrumentation since 1995. Through close collaboration with customers, partners and suppliers, they continuously work to improve their equipment. As Status Pro’s exclusive partner in the Americas, CENTRIC offers the machine tool industry a wide range of their laser measurement tools for machine installation, machine correction, and preventative maintenance.

https://www.statuspro.com/us/

About CENTRIC International

CENTRIC is a full-service, multi-line CNC machine tool importer with its headquarters based in Chicago, IL with regional offices located in Monterrey, Mexico; Queretaro, Mexico; and Rockford, IL. For more information on Status Pro equipment or CENTRIC, please contact

Erica Reynoso
Corporate Administration Manager
Tel. +1 (872) 210-9427

José-Manuel Villalaz
Vice President of Corporate Affairs
Tel. +1 (602) 885-9796

875 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 3600
Chicago, IL 60611
E-mail: statuspro@centric-intl.com

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Starrett Introduces High Throughput Rotary Table Springs Force Tester

ATHOL, MA  U.S.A. (March 24, 2020)The L.S. Starrett Company, a leading global manufacturer of precision hand tools/ gages, a broad range of force testing, metrology equipment, and more, has introduced a newly designed Rotary Table Springs Force Tester. The system is setup to test multiple springs in a single setup without the need for additional operator input as required when springs are tested one by one. The batch testing volume production approach saves time, and significantly increases test throughput, while freeing up the operator to attend to other jobs.

Multiple springs can be loaded and tested in the Rotary Table Force Tester System, and the system will provide a pass/ fail report on each spring. Detailed information on each spring is also available including free length, spring rate, and critical load and distance points. Different rotary table options are available to accommodate a customized number of springs in a single setup.

The Rotary Table Springs Tester solution features the Starrett FMS-1000-L3, a single-column force measurement system optimized for high-volume production and quality control testing. The FMS-1000-L3 frame has a 1000N (225lbf) testing capacity, ideal for tensile or compressive testing. The system includes the test frame, controller & software. The controller features a Windows operating system with a high resolution color, multi-touch display, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and USB 2.0 port(s). The Rotary Table Springs Force Tester has L2 Plus software featuring analysis tools to measure and display results on a single graph. Once this is complete, the results are automatically measured and placed on all of the test runs within a batch. Displays include full graphs, split graphs with data tables, or as a data table complete with statistical calculations or tolerance results.

Visit starrett.com/rotarytable to See Video and More Information.

About The L.S. Starrett Company

Founded in 1880 and headquartered in Athol, MA U.S.A., The L.S. Starrett Company (www.starrett.com) is a leading global manufacturer of precision measuring tools and gages, optical comparators and vision systems and force and hardness testing solutions. Starrett also manufactures laser measurement systems, custom engineered granite solutions, custom gaging, band saw blades, power tool accessory saw blades, workshop tools and jobsite tools. The Starrett

brand is recognized throughout the world for exceptional quality and precision. Skilled personnel, superior products, manufacturing expertise, innovation and excellent service and support have earned Starrett its reputation as the “World’s Greatest Toolmakers”. Starrett has over 1,600 employees worldwide and annual sales exceeding $200 million. The company has six manufacturing locations in the U.S.A., including facilities in Massachusetts, North Carolina, Georgia, Ohio, Minnesota and California. Starrett also has three international manufacturing facilities. Plants are located in Brazil, Scotland and China, in addition to distribution centers and offices located worldwide. The L.S. Starrett Company is publicly traded on the NYSE, symbol SCX.

 

For more information on the Rotary Table Force Tester System and Starrett Force Measurement Solutions visit (starrett.com/rotarytable) or contact The L.S. Starrett Company, 121 Crescent Street, Athol, MA  01331 U.S.A.  Telephone: (978) 249-3551, Fax: (978) 249-8495, email: general@starrett.com, internet: www.starrett.com

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Bringing Flexibility to 100% Inspection of Precision Turned Parts

Whether for short or long production runs, 100% inspection is required for a wide range of parts to meet exacting Six Sigma standards

When contract machine shops create turned metal parts for the automotive, aerospace, medical and electronics industries, the parts must be increasingly precise to meet the specifications and tolerances required for today’s automated assembly processes.  As a result, contract machine shops are increasingly implementing 100% inspection and sorting procedures to achieve near zero defects, commensurate with Six Sigma standards.

However, due to the nature of contract work there can be a wide variety of part types and sizes to inspect, in production runs large and small.  The challenge is that traditional automated 100% inspection and sorting equipment is typically custom-built for specific parts, and not easily adaptable for others.  Manually loaded inspection equipment is more flexible, but can be slow, expensive, and opens the door to human error.

Given the increasing demands, machine shops are seeking more flexible alternatives that can be used to run a variety of parts, while allowing for quick changeover as needed.

With this type of equipment, a variety of small turned, screw-machined, molded or stamped parts up to 4.5 inches long are placed on a rotating glass surface, either manually or using a vibratory bowl feeder.

The parts are then conveyed to the inspection area where digital cameras paired with a high-speed LED strobed lamp generate high quality, blur-free images of the moving parts.  Software is then used to compare the part against the specifications in a sophisticated and precise gauging process, before they are sorted into “pass” and “fail” bins.

“Increasing sigma level quality is becoming a requirement and is a driving factor for 100% inspection in today’s machine shops,” says Stephen Kaspari, Vice President at Warren Screw Products Inc, a Warren, Michigan based manufacturer of close-tolerance turned, broach, machined and assembled metal components for industries such as automotive, appliance, commercial, heavy truck, agriculture and military.

“By switching to 100% inspection with more flexible equipment, we gain the ability to run parts manually for as few as 50 pieces, to automated inspection and sorting of more than a million parts at a time,” adds Kaspari.  “Our sigma has increased to meet the tightest tolerances, which has helped us win bids as well.”

Flexible, Accurate 100% Inspection

According to Kaspari, Warren Screw Products was seeking a method to achieve flexible, high-speed inspection with accuracy up to 0.0001” and was not satisfied with traditional techniques.

“Because of variations in turning equipment and raw material, some product can be out of tolerance,” says Kaspari.  “But with manual end of the line inspection, you may only reach an 80% level of effectiveness [approximately sigma level 2.5] and will not achieve the goal of ‘zero defects’ to meet automotive industry standards.”  Not only that, he adds, but manually checking each part for thread presence or pitch diameter is extremely time-consuming and prone to human error.

Although Warren Screw Products was using a mechanical sorting system, achieving tighter tolerances was necessary to get as close to zero defects as possible.

To accomplish these goals, however, the equipment utilized for 100% inspection had to be flexible enough to inspect a wide variety of parts.

“In total, we run 600 active parts that are all uniquely designed for a customer-specific application, so we need the ability to rapidly and flexibly switch over to inspect other parts and part families,” says Kaspari, who notes that some of the parts are for a new Corvette transmission.  “So, we needed the ability to quickly inspect turned parts, which could share 10 common features yet have a different diameter, neck length, or thread size.”

Kaspari turned to a 100% inspection system, called the ShadowGage Sorter from Resec Systems LLC, a Bergenfield, NJ based manufacturer of automated 100% inspection sorting systems for small turned parts.

The sorter utilizes a rotating glass platen to transport, align, measure, and sort the parts.  Precision optics and a high-speed LED strobed lamp are used to obtain a gage quality image of the moving parts.  The part’s dimensions are extracted from the image in a fraction of a second and displayed on a monitor directly over the image.  The

monitor shows the actual measurements as well as the tolerances.

If all the dimensions are within specified tolerances, the part is ejected from the platen by a precisely timed air pulse, which places it into the PASS bin.  The rejects remain on the platen and are mechanically forced into the FAIL bin.  Each part’s measurements are stored in a file and can be retrieved by most Statistical Process Control (SPC) programs or Microsoft’s Excel®.

With the system, inspection of all external part dimensions is possible to an accuracy of ±0.0001 inches at a rate of up to 7,200 parts per hour, and the sorter can easily be configured to inspect different parts.

“Zero defects are required for the automotive market,” says Kaspari.  “So, almost every part we run off our screw machines goes to end-of-line inspection equipment like a Resec Systems unit to inspect for out-of-tolerance pieces.”

Kaspari estimates that one machine can perform the inspection of 10 to 15 people doing the same work manually.  As a result, the equipment had a quick ROI.

“With the sorters, we save tens of thousands of dollars annually in labor alone, so we were able to pay off the machines in less than six months,” says Kaspari.

The ShadowGage Sorter is offered in two configurations and Warren Screw Products has one of each operating six days a week, 20 hours a day.  Flat platen sorters are for parts that have a “flat end” and are not too long, so they can stand on their head.  Tilted platen sorters are used for longer parts or those without a flat head.  The parts lie “tilted” on their sides on the platen and the unit adjusts the camera angle to provide accurate measurement.  With either system, the measurements performed on each part can be saved as an inspection program for the part and be easily recalled at any time.

“We probably have 30 different parts that we run with O-rings on them, and we have to know the O-ring is correctly installed, in the correct location, with only one installed on each part,” says Kaspari.  “For the parts with O-rings, we have had a very high level of success using the equipment to get to zero defects for our customers.”

The ShadowGage sorters can be loaded manually or by using an automated bulk feed system such as vibratory feeder or conveyor, to load parts onto the platen.  In manual mode, parts are placed on the transport by hand and the sorter does the rest.

For further flexibility, the software is used to create and edit inspection programs, as well as set operational parameters and calibrate equipment.  A screen displays the part’s image with the overlaid measurements, and inspection programs are created directly over the interactive image.

Software tools are also provided to perform various types of measurements, which are typically applied to determine part diameters and lengths, chamfer measurements, corner radius, angle measurements, circles and arcs, and threads.  The tools can be clicked and dragged anywhere over the outline of the part.  Measurements are displayed on screen in a familiar drawing format.

After mastering simple programming procedures, it typically takes about 30 seconds to program a single measurement.  So, if a part requires 10 measurements, it will take about 300 seconds, or 5 minutes, to create an inspection program.

“Once you learn the basics of the software tools, they are easy to apply to just about anything,” says Kaspari.  “Typically, you pick a tool and drag it over a feature like length or diameter so it is pretty intuitive and easy to switch from one part to another.”

Warren Screw Products typically measures from 7 to 20 turned part features in this way, usually involving lengths, diameters, and thread pitch.

Although contract machine shops may be familiar with traditional part inspection methods, the flexibility, speed and accuracy of 100% inspection of precision turned parts can become a competitive advantage that enhances productivity and profitability.

For more info, call 201-384-6960; visit www.resecsystems.com; or write to Resec Systems LLC at 93-A South Railroad Ave, Bergenfield, NJ  07621.

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FIR: KAAST Open House

KAAST Machine Tools invites current and potential customers to their first annual Open House Friday, May 29, 2020. The event will be at their US Headquarters in Aldan, PA, just minutes from the Philadelphia International Airport.

More than a dozen machines will be running and feature hands-on demonstrations. Included in the machine demos are VMCs, lathes, saws, surface grinders, pressbrakes, plate and angle rollers, iron workers, and several other machine tools.

Customers are encouraged to test out the machines to learn about their features and available options. Existing customers will also be on site to discuss KAAST customer support and machine durability.

Local metal supply vendor Ryerson will be onsite and providing materials to test on machines. Other vendors scheduled include Lenox Saw Blades, Fagor CNC Controls, and Lehmann Rotary Tables.

KAAST will be providing a full BBQ lunch from Hog Day Catering, a friendly corn-hole competition, and giveaways throughout the day.

Customers are encouraged to RSVP on the KAAST Machine Tools Facebook event at https://www.facebook.com/KaastMachineTools/.

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Methods to Host TechDay2020 at Phoenix and Los Angeles Technical Centers

Sudbury, MA – Methods Machine Tools, Inc., North America's foremost supplier of leading-edge precision machine tools
and automation is hosting TechDay2020 – Phoenix on March 24 th -25 th and TechDay2020 – Los Angeles on March 26 th .
TechDay2020 is an open house style event where attendees will be able to attend multiple leading edge seminars, see
individual product demonstrations, and chat with Methods Engineers about applications that are specific to their
business.

TechDay2020 – Phoenix will be hosted at our Phoenix Technical Center, 615 West 24th St. Tempe, AZ 85282, and will
feature demonstrations and seminars focused on high speed machining, vertical machining, horizontal machining, and 5-
axis machining. There will be eight machines under power running live demos including the FANUC RoboDrill Plus-K, OKK
VM76R, Kiwa KMH-300A, Methods MB650U, and more. Learn more and register by visiting
https://www.methodsmachine.com/event/techday2020-phoenix/.

“We are excited to have a chance for customers to come in and talk with our engineers and service team and get a feel
for what makes Methods different,” said Tony Harrod, Sales Manager of the Methods Phoenix Technical Center. “While
showcasing the variety of world class machine tools that we offer, it is really our engineering and service that makes
customers buy machine after machine from us.”

TechDay2020 – Los Angeles will be hosted at our Los Angeles Technical Center, 1980 West Corporate Way, Anaheim, CA
92801, will feature demonstrations and seminars focused on high speed machining, multitasking, turning, vertical
machining, 5-axis machining, and automation. Ten machines will be under power running live demos including the
Nakamura-Tome NTJ-100, NTRX-300, FANUC RoboDrill JobShop Cell, RoboCut C600iB, Methods MB650U, and more.
Learn more and register by visiting https://www.methodsmachine.com/event/techday2020-los-angeles/.

“Automation is a powerful tool for shops looking to increase production through lights out machining,” said Andre
Bettuz, General Manager of the Methods Los Angeles Technical Center. “We offer customers custom automation
solutions that are specified to their business and application needs, and the JobShop Cell is a great example of that.”
Both events are also featuring a High Speed Machining Seminar and Demo by Air Turbine Spindles where attendees will
learn the secrets to successful micro machining on a FANUC RoboDrill. Attendees will see the integration of all products,
and the success of the combined implementation with a finished product to take home. By showing video examples of
applications of machining with small diameters; long cycle times, machine wear, broken end mills, and poor finish, we
will remove the fear of high speed and small diameter machining.

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About Methods Machine Tools, Inc.
Methods Machine Tools, Inc., headquartered in Sudbury, Massachusetts USA and in operation since 1958, is North America’s
foremost supplier of leading-edge precision machine tool and automation solutions – providing superior products, engineering,
service, parts, training, and integration. With over 300 employees, eight sales and technology centers, and over 40,000 machines
installed throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico, Methods supplies high quality machine tools, automation, equipment
and more. For more information call 877-668-4262 or visit www.methodsmachine.com.

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Absolute Machine Tools Grows Integrated Systems and Engineered Solutions Services

[LORAIN, OH – February 20, 2019] Shrinking availability of skilled labor and continual cost-reduction pressures are magnifying the importance of manufacturing systems, services and integrated solutions, according to machine tool importer and distributor Absolute Machine Tools, Inc. (Lorain, OH). During more than three decades of selling and supporting a comprehensive selection of machine tools, Absolute has participated in wide-ranging changes in the manufacturing industry. The company concludes that manufacturing success and growth now require engineered solutions that integrate machine tools with automation systems, process design, and maintenance services. 

Consequently, Absolute offers extensive assistance in engineering and building custom-tailored automation, robotics and turnkey machining systems aimed at reducing manufacturing costs and compensating for shortages of skilled labor. Preventative maintenance packages are designed to match a shop’s individual budget requirements, and Absolute’s technicians provide specialized service solutions such laser-assisted level and square machine alignment, ballbar circularity inspection, tram testing and CNC servo tuning. 

Absolute has steadily expanded the selection of advanced machine tools it offers, now including horizontal and vertical machining centers, duplex/double sided machining centers, horizontal and vertical lathes and mill/turn centers, Swiss-type lathes and multi-slide screw machines, deep hole drilling and finishing, wire and sinker EDMs, and essential machining consumables. 

Absolute founder and president Steve Ortner said the company’s customers today seek guidance in assembling complete turnkey system solutions for certain applications or part families as well as assistance with machine tool choice and application. “We help customers maximize the flexibility and profitability of their metalcutting investment. We’re like an architect that partners with them in planning their operations and solving their manufacturing challenges.” 

About Absolute Machine Tools, Inc.

Absolute Machine Tools, Inc. sells and supports Johnford Bridge & Gantry Mills; You Ji Vertical Turret Lathes; Tongtai Horizontal Machining Centers (former Hitachi-Seiki OEM); PCI Horizontal Machining Centers; Quicktech Multi-Axis Multi-Spindle Mill/Turn Centers; Lico Multi-Slide CNC Screw Machines and Twin Spindle Multi-Slide Mill/Turn Centers; Nexturn Swiss-type Lathes; AccuteX Wire EDM and Die Sinker Machines; APEC 5-axis Gantry-style Linear Motor Machining Centers; and Precihole Gundrilling Machines. The company has worked with several of its principal machine tool partners for over 25 years to offer some of the most heavy-duty, accurate, and productive machines in the industry. The company has built its reputation on exemplary applications engineering, service, customer support, comprehensive training, and effective preventive-maintenance programs. In addition to its headquarters in Lorain, Ohio, the company has established direct full-service technical centers in Mason, Ohio; Livonia, Michigan; and Rockford, IL. For more information, contact Absolute Machine Tools, Inc. at 800-852-7825 or www.absolutemachine.com.

 

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Larger 303SS Air Conveyor Converts Standard Pipe to Convey in Corrosive Environments

EXAIR’s new Type 303 Stainless Steel 2-1/2 NPT Threaded Line Vac Air Operated Conveyors convert ordinary pipe into a powerful conveying system for parts, scrap, trim and other bulk materials. They are ideal for food, chemical, pharmaceutical and medical processes or areas likely to be wet and corrosive which require the benefits of 303SS including excellent chemical and corrosion resistance, performance in higher temperatures, long service life and low maintenance. Their larger size makes them perfect for conveying bigger parts and large volumes of material over long distances. The Threaded Line Vac is designed to attach to standard plumbing pipe couplers, making it easy to build a complete system using common pipe and fittings that are readily available.

Threaded Line Vac Conveyors eject a small amount of compressed air to produce a vacuum on one end with high output flows on the other. Response is instantaneous and regulating the compressed air pressure provides infinite control of the conveying rate. Applications include scrap trim removal, material conveying, part transfer, fiber tensioning and filling operations.

2-1/2 NPT 303SS Threaded Line Vacs are CE compliant and meet OSHA pressure requirements. The complete size range is 3/8 NPT through 3 NPT. Threaded Line Vac models are also available in type 316 stainless steel for even more demanding high temperature, corrosive and hygienic environments. See EXAIR for the large variety of Air Operated Conveyors available including Light Duty, Standard, Threaded, Heavy Duty and Sanitary Flange. 303SS Threaded Line Vac prices start at $327.00.

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MC Machinery welcomes Regional Sales Representative to the team

Chicago, IL – MC Machinery is excited to announce Mark Kauffman has joined the team as a Regional Sales Representative for Southern California, Nevada, and New Mexico. Kauffman will utilize his industry expertise to increase product sales and customer satisfaction.

With over 30 years of experience in the metal fabrication industry, Kauffman is an accomplished member of the industry in many aspects. His experience includes engineering, quality control, production and facility management, manufacturing, and sales.

“I am excited to work alongside the MC Machinery team,” Kaufmann said. “I look forward to developing and providing customer-based solutions.”

For more information visit www.mcmachinery.com.

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MC Machinery Systems’ superior products are backed by industry-leading service and support. For more information about Laser, Press Brake, Wire EDMSinker EDMMillingHigh-Speed VMCTurningAutomation or Consumable Products, contact MC Machinery Systems, Inc., 85 NW Point Blvd, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007, Phone: 630-616-5920 or visit www.mcmachinery.com.

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New hyperMILL® 2020.1 CAD/CAM Suite Offers 3D and 5-Axis Machining Enhancements, New Automation, Additive Manufacturing Strategies and More

NEEDHAM, MA U.S.A. (February 12, 2020) – OPEN MIND Technologies AG, a leading developer of CAD/CAM software solutions worldwide, has introduced hyperMILL® 2020.1, a new version of its advanced, comprehensive CAD/CAM software suite. In addition to powerful 3D and 5-Axis Machining enhancements for complex part manufacture, the new version increases ease-of-use and overall programming performance, and includes key new automation and additive manufacturing strategies.

“The new version of hyperMILL® encompasses a wide range of user friendly enhancements and important new machining strategies, further advancing the capabilities for accurate, efficient 3D and 5-Axis machining,” said Mr. Alan Levine, Managing Director of OPEN MIND Technologies USA, Inc. “We are also very pleased to reinforce our commitment to additive manufacturing and automation in hyperMILL®  2020.1.”

For highly productive rest material machining, hyperMILL®  2020.1 offers new Corner Rest Machining strategies for 3D and 5-axis techniques that provide significant benefits in complex machining applications including mold and die. Enabled by a simple instruction, corners can be machined largely by vertical stroking motions. Then traditional z-level steps can be used to blend with the vertical section and the lower floor area. The top section has an automatic surface extension to enable the production of sharp edges.

hyperMILL®  2020.1 features a new 5-Axis Blade Tangent Milling strategy which increases efficiency and improves surface quality when milling with conical barrel cutters that have a large primary angle. As a result, higher feed rates are possible, while avoiding center-cutting. Large stepovers provide an excellent surface finish. 

Programming is simplified within the Mill-Turn module by a new Automatic Contour Feature Splitting capability, enabling hyperMILL® to automatically determine the area to be machined based on the turning contour. The grooving job will automatically recognize if a contour is a groove, making it faster and easier to program certain areas.

A new hyperMILL® Automation Center allows users to automate the job list creation processes in hyperCAD® -S, serving as both a development and runtime environment. New features also include the ability to select and position the clamping device, as well as define a uniform process for all programmers. 

The powerful ADDITIVE Manufacturing  process in hyperMILL® CAM software supports 3D printing/ additive processes and provides efficient hybrid processing with simultaneous additive manufacturing and subtractive machining on one machine tool. hyperMILL® ADDITIVE Manufacturing technology offers flexible strategies for additive material applications, including filling strategies for both planes and free-form shapes, and in 2D and 3D sections. Applications also include hybrid machining to fix damaged parts and additive machining of an existing component.

Improving probing, new hyperMILL® CAM software includes Slot-Rib Probing to measure slots and ribs using familiar technology parameters. For high stock removal rates, 3D machining strategies in hyperMILL®  2020.1 now include 3D Optimized Roughing in high-performance hyperMILL® MAXX Machining mode. The roughing process also offers improved area sorting, resulting in fewer retractions and improved collision checking. In addition, two new user-friendly functions are now available in 3D Profile Finishing including automatic face extension and free tool geometry. Automatic face extension can be used during programming to extend the circumference of selected milling surfaces, eliminating the need to modify the milling faces in the CAD system beforehand. Free tool geometry enables the use of any tool type for highly detailed programming and collision control. 

Click here to read more details about hyperMILL® 2020.1.

About OPEN MIND Technologies AG

Headquartered in Germany, OPEN MIND is one of the world’s leading developers of powerful CAD/CAM solutions for machine and controller-independent programming. The company develops optimized CAD/CAM solutions that include many innovative features unavailable elsewhere, to deliver significantly higher performance in both programming and machining. Strategies such as 2.5D, 3D, as well as 5-axis milling, mill/ turning, and machining operations such as HSC and HPC, are efficiently designed into the hyperMILL® CAM system, providing maximum user benefit and compatibility with all current CAD solutions and extensive programming automation. OPEN MIND strives to be the best, most innovative CAD/CAM developer in the world, and has earned the top five ranking in the CAD/CAM industry according to the 2018 NC Market Analysis Report by CIMdata. OPEN MIND CAD/CAM solutions meet and exceed the requirements of the most demanding industries such as automotive, tool and mold manufacturing, production machining, medical, job shops, energy and aerospace industries, and is represented in all key markets of Asia, Europe and the Americas. OPEN MIND is a Mensch und Maschine Company. http://www.mum.de/  For more information visit www.openmind-tech.com.

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