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Significantly Faster Waveform Roughing in EDGECAM 2021

New and enhanced functionality in the latest release of EDGECAM CAD/CAM software from Hexagon Production Software boosts customer productivity with lower computer-processing time and faster toolpaths. 

A number of these productivity boosts have been achieved by reducing calculation time with EDGECAM 2021’s enhanced parallel-processing capability. Two of the most popular machining cycles – Roughing and Profiling – benefit from improvements to the software’s multi-threading technology algorithms. 

Three significant time savings: EDGECAM’s world-leading high-speed Waveform Roughing strategy is now significantly faster when generating toolpath for both solid and wireframe components. 

Machining Market and Product Manager Miguel Johann says, “Numerous benchmark tests show a 30 percent improvement in calculation times compared to the previous version.” When using the profiling cycle’s Undercut function, savings of between 40 and 60 percent have been recorded, depending on the part’s size and complexity. Additionally, improvements to the software’s architecture give an average time saving of 70 percent on checking toolpaths with Machine Simulator when the software is initially launched. 

A radical overhaul of probing functionality revolves around eight new cycles, which deliver support for programming a variety of on-machine probing cycles. The cycles’ NC output can be configured to support Hexagon’s existing m&h probing macros, as well as many other popular probing systems for different controls and native probing languages of Siemens and Heidenhain controls.

Following specific customer requests, six new or updated commands have been introduced into the inspection operation, including the ability to globally edit existing features, and to specifically control the layout of both linear and rectangular-array features.    

One of EDGECAM’s most used strategies, the Face Mill Cycle now offers better toolpath control, reductions to cycle times, less tool wear, and can potentially increase machine tool longevity. 

In addition to time savings, the new Cut by Region option deploys a more even toolpath, completing each segment of a component before moving on to another region. Another newcomer – Outside To In strategy – promotes more intelligent toolpaths, as well as reducing cycle times. Previously, when set to either Climb or Conventional, the face mill cycle took longer as it moved from left to right in readiness for the feed movement. Now, however, closer cutter contact reduces that time. Also, a new Overlap Edge function guarantees no wasted cutter passes, and no surplus material left on a face.

Extra Lead In/Out functionality for lathes gives more control during the secondary movement of the Finish Groove cycle.  Applications Engineer Mike O’Neill explains, “Groove features come in all shapes and sizes, and aren’t always symmetrical. EDGECAM 2021 includes a Secondary Lead Move dialog, meaning that as the cycle completes the opposite side of a groove feature, the user can now deploy unique Lead In and Lead Out movements.”

A further turning-related enhancement incudes more control when working with angled turning tools. Two new modifiers, ‘Corner’ and ‘Lock,’ will enable a ‘dynamic gauge point,’ which maintains the same position in relation to the insert at all orientations.

Dovetail tool cutters, which were introduced in the previous version of EDGECAM, can now be used with a Profiling cycle in both milling and turning environments. Solid Features and Faces can be selected in conjunction with the Undercut command for back-facing and other collision-free toolpaths. “Also, in response to customer requests, the Protect Solid function found in the Profiling cycle has been enhanced to give safer toolpaths when using the Multi-Pass and Pick Solid Face commands.”    

The 2021 release includes two important new machine tool configuration features to harness best practice.  “Variable pitch and multiple axis support on tool mounting blocks has been introduced in Linear Turret Lathes kinematics. Using a simple switch in the Code Wizard to stipulate the exact position of numerous tool stations on a turret, while clearly showing this in the Machine Simulator.

“’Multi-Task Machine Tools’ can now support cutting tools mounted inside Angle Head attachments. This type of tool configuration has been used in EDGECAM’s milling environment for a number of years, so MTMT users are benefiting from a mature feature that’s been thoroughly tried and tested.”

Finally, Wire EDM includes a new strategy to the Wire Set-Up command and extended controller support. The ‘create pocket rough tag and finish files’ strategy supports industry best practice and allows users to create four separate NC files for Pocketing, Roughing, Tag creation, and Finishing. Technology tables for Charmilles and ONA AV have been added, along with enhanced support for a range of Mitsubishi controllers. 

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VELO3D and Knust-Godwin Talk about 3D Printing Meter-Tall Parts

This spring, VELO3D announced its next-generation Sapphire system that will offer a vertical axis of one meter, the tallest build envelope in the powder-bed fusion category. The new system architecture will be available later this year. Knust-Godwin, an established precision-machining shop that is looking to expand into new industries, recognized the value in the industrial 3D printer and has signed up to be VELO3D’s first customer. Mike Corliss, Vice President of Technology at Knust-Godwin, and Zach Murphree, Vice President, Technical Partnerships at VELO3D, are working together to bring the Sapphire 3D printer into Knust-Godwin’s fold of high-end manufacturing processes.
Zach, why did VELO3D decide to increase the height of the new Sapphire rather than expand the overall build volume?
Murphree: When we designed the architecture of the original Sapphire 3D metal printer, it was always our intention to extend the Z-axis for future machine generations. There are several different applications where having a taller system would be beneficial—even if the width or diameter were not changed. There are some obvious applications in aerospace and other industries where taller, tubular-shaped components would be clearly beneficial. You can do some really amazing things around light-weighting, stiffening, and part-reduction when you increase the height.
Another reason it makes sense to increase the z-height without changing the diameter of the build volume is that we can do so while maintaining identical process recipes across the two machine configurations. Often when these systems change size or number of lasers, the customer is left to re-qualify the new system with new process recipes. Velo3D is keeps its customers from experiencing this pain by maintaining a consistent support-free process across our platforms.
Mike, Knust-Godwin’s heritage is in precision machining; over the past 8 years, you’ve made a significant investment in metal additive manufacturing. Tell us about why you continue to invest in AM.
Corliss: This is a question I get all the time: “When can we go taller?” Printing tall, complex parts is one of those things at Knust-Godwin that we’ve wanted to do for quite a while. It’s part of our vision for the future.
Of course, we still produce most of our products with traditional, subtractive manufacturing processes. But we have come to realize that we can apply this new technology to a lot of the parts we produce. We’re sure it will help reduce machine time, queue time, and even help reduce geometry—including the weight of the part and the size of the part—in some areas.
So we’re excited about having the 1-meter-tall Sapphire from VELO3D. AM is something that we’re very comfortable with doing, and we can predict what the benefits will be when we can print components up to one meter in height.
Mike, what are some of the advantages offered by metal additive manufacturing?
Corliss: The whole idea is to really take advantage of improving the interior geometry of some of these taller parts. With machining, we approach such parts in a very linear manner. We drill the holes from the end of the part, drill down the length of the part, and then connect it with all sorts of ports and features from the outside. With AM, though, we can change that internal geometry, take advantage of it, condense the part, and then create it with a single manufacturing process.
There are so many potential benefits. The overall length of the part may change for the better. The part may become shorter because you can take advantage of some of the geometry and of some of the internal features. And you may be able to arrange more features around the part in different orientations. Basically, you can improve the part in so many ways because you are using an alternative way to manufacture it.
Does the taller build volume offered by the new Sapphire make it possible to print integrated assemblies more easily?
Corliss: Certainly. Suppose we have an assembly that consists of maybe six components stacked up vertically. The entire assembly is just under a meter in height and takes up a lot of space, requires considerable time to manufacture, and costs a lot to produce using subtractive manufacturing techniques. If we use AM, however, and print the geometry that accomplishes all six functions in a single part, we can eliminate the purchasing and manufacturing for the six individual components and work on the final, single assembly instead. Plus, we have created a far more elegant solution for our customer that offers all kinds of benefits, such as reduced cost and improved reliability.
Mike, what kinds of parts are you printing?
Corliss: Knust-Godwin is known for our precision machining in the high-end of oil & gas industry applications, what we call the MWD/LWD product line. That includes “measure while drilling” and “logging while drilling” products, along with wireline products. These are on the drilling side of the business, with alloys like Inconel, titanium, etc. They’re not the easiest materials to work with, but they are essential. Nickel alloys specifically have typical properties that we need in the oil and gas industry for high corrosion resistance and strength. Also important is the fact that these alloys are non-magnetic, which is beneficial because we have a lot of electronics that go into the products that we build.
Zach, do you see these nickel alloys being applied to other industries as well?
Murphree: Yes, absolutely. I think there’s a lot of very good overlap with other industries that are early adopters for additive, such as aerospace—which shares those requirements for intense thermal management of extreme temperatures, complex geometries, and expectations of cost-control and rapid delivery of parts.
VELO3D got its start in more propulsion-focused applications, whether that was for rocket engines or turbo pumps or gas turbine applications. And, in those, you’re really looking for corrosion resistance and the ability to function in high-temperatures. Inconel and other nickel super alloys lend themselves very well to that.
Just as Mike said, we’re seeing that the oil and gas industry is a really good application for these materials. Not just in the downhole tools, but also in flow components. So if you’re looking at compression technologies, industrial gas compression, or valving for wellhead applications, these are all places where you want to use high-strength, corrosion-resistant alloys. Inconel is a really good choice in that regard.
Zach, tell us a little about the Sapphire’s support-free capabilities and its impact on post-processing.
Murphree: This is a key differentiator for VELO3D. Existing power-bed systems often require supports for any surface below 45 degrees. Sapphire printers separate themselves from other solutions with their unique ability to print low angles and overhangs down to zero degrees horizontally, as well as large diameters and inner passageways up to 100mm without the need for supports. This greatly reduces post-processing and allows for extreme freedom when designing and building highly complex components for a variety of industries.
How will support-free printing be beneficial to Knust-Godwin customers, Zach?
Murphree: One of the commonalities we see in many of the industries served by Mike’s customers is that complex internal fluid passages are often required.  With support-free printing, the flow of fluids and gasses through a component is optimized. Whether you have a shrouded impeller or a diffuser section or a hydraulic wireline tool, the support-free structure of those fluid passage areas provides a tremendous advantage. This will be extremely beneficial to Mike’s customers at Knust-Godwin.
Mike, how will the support-free capabilities of the Sapphire printer impact your time spent post-processing?
Corliss:  All the products that we make require some kind of post-processing—such as hipping and heat treating—to get the mechanical properties that we are looking for. Post-processing with traditional manufacturing techniques can be time-consuming and expensive. I would rather take the laser powder-bed technology, print the product to the near net shape, reduce as much post-processing as possible, and then do the hipping and heat-treating.
But VELO3D takes it a step further with their support-free printing feature. With other AM systems, some products may need to deal with those supports during the post-processing phase. Obviously, this, too, can be time consuming and costly. With far fewer supports to deal with, however, the process is streamlined. We can build a better product faster and at a lower final cost.
What do you see as the future of AM in your industry, Mike?
Corliss: Subtractive manufacturing will most likely always play an important role in our industry, but as additive manufacturing systems like the new Sapphire become more robust, the potential to use 3D printing for complex products will become unlimited. It could revolutionize the way our clients put together their systems by making their component parts smaller, lighter, more durable, more functional, more reliable, and less expensive. I am very excited about what we are going to do with this technology. It will enable us to offer more capabilities for a wider variety of industrial applications.
How do you view the growth potential of this technology, Zach?
Murphree: We can’t be happier that a company like Knust-Godwin has become an early adopter of our technology. We look forward to doing great things with them this fall, and then expanding into new markets and new industries very quickly after that.  Let’s not forget that what we have here is the tallest production 3D printer in the world at one-meter in the Z-direction. That’s significantly taller than the next highest offering. What a company can do with that extra height is going to be simply extraordinary. It will open new doors to a huge variety of applications that can be served by 3D printing.

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Milled Parts’ usage in Aircraft (Industry report)

Stratview Research  announces the launch of a new market research report on Aircraft Milled Parts Market by Aircraft Type (Commercial Aircraft, Regional Aircraft, Helicopter, Military Aircraft, and General Aviation), by Application Type (Airframe, Engine, Interiors, and Others), by Material Type (Aluminum, Stainless Steel, Titanium, and Other Metals & Alloys), by End-User Type (OE and Aftermarket), and by Region (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and Rest of the World), Trend, Forecast, Competitive Analysis, and Growth Opportunity: 2020-2025.

The report, from Stratview Research, provides a comprehensive analysis that reflects today’s aircraft milled parts market realities and future possibilities for the forecast period 2020 to 2025. The report segments and analyzes the market in the most comprehensive manner to provide a panoramic view of the market. The vital data/information provided in the report can play a crucial role for market participants as well as investors in the identification of low-hanging fruits available as well as formulate growth strategies.

Aircraft Milled Parts Market: Highlights

Milled parts or components are those machined components which are mainly produced through the milling process. A wide and diverse range of machined components are used in the aerospace industry, made via processes such as milling, turning, and drilling. Milling offers rapid profiling of aircraft structural components, which are majorly made with aluminum, stainless steel, titanium, and their alloys; with better surface finish and greater dimensional accuracy than metal forming of aircraft structures. Rapid advancements in the milling process i.e. from conventional milling machines to advanced CNC (Computer Numerical Control) milling machines and high-speed machining centers have paved the way for milled components/parts in the aerospace industry. These advancements have also helped the industry to achieve its main objective of optimizing metal removal rates and minimizing chatter.

As per Stratview Research, the aircraft milled parts market is projected to grow at a healthy rate over the next five years to reach an estimated value of US$ 4.3 billion in 2025. The outbreak of COVID-19 is ending the longest 16 years of the industry boon, which had begun when the industry had emerged out from another infectious disease SARS (2002-2003). The aerospace industry is projected to be one of the most severely impacted industries due to the COVID-19 outbreak. As per the recent estimates of IATA, the airline industry is expecting to record a possible loss of US$ 252 billion of passenger revenues, an equivalent of a 38% loss in RPKs in 2020 from 2019. Complete lockdown of many countries, due to the pandemic, has forced several airlines to cut their flying capacity due to grounded fleets and operate at a reduced capacity of 5% to 40% of their total strength. For instance, Lufthansa Group has recently announced a 95% capacity reduction due to the outbreak.

The overall impact of the outbreak is still unpredictable; however, currently, it is anticipated to be graver than the SARS (2002-2003) and the MERS (2015). And yet the industry is optimist about its recovery as it did during SARS (2002-2003).  The demand for milled parts in the industry is largely dependent on the overall health of the aviation industry. Huge order backlogs of Boeing and Airbus (13,237 aircraft at the end of Feb 2020),  accelerating demand for replacing iconic aircraft such as A380 and B747, which are forced to retire early by several airlines due to the outbreak, with A321, A350XWB and B787, and the market entry of new aircraft programs such A321XLR, B777X, C919, and MC-21; are anticipated to assure a speedy recovery of the aircraft industry including milled parts.

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Commercial aircraft is likely to remain the growth engine of the market during the forecast period, mainly driven by an expected increase in commercial aircraft deliveries in the coming years. The short-term outlook of the commercial aircraft market seems struggling to owe to the continuous grounding of the B737 Max, reduction in production rates of A320, A330, and A350 XWB programs and expected delay in the entry of upcoming aircraft programs such as B777X and C919.

Based on the application type, the airframe segment is likely to maintain its unassailable dominance in the market during the forecast period. The dominance is majorly due to large number of applications of milled parts in the application segment with most of them being large-sized structures. However, the engine segment is projected to witness the highest growth in the coming five years, mainly driven by a handful of engines, such as LEAP, GE9X, GEnx, PW F135, PW1000G, and Rolls-Royce Trent XWB and 7000.

Based on the material type, aluminum is projected to remain the most dominant material type in the aircraft milled parts market over the next five years, owing to its widespread usage and excellent track record in the aircraft industry. Titanium is estimated to be the fastest-growing material type in the market in years to come, mainly propelled by increased penetration of titanium in the next-generation aircraft programs, such as B787 and A350XWB.

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In terms of region, North America is projected to remain the largest market for aircraft milled parts during the forecast period. The USA is expected to remain the growth engine of the North American market, owing to the presence of several aircraft OEMs such as Boeing, Airbus, Lockheed Martin, Bombardier Inc., and Gulfstream Aerospace as well as the presence of various tier players and milled part manufacturers in the country.

Asia-Pacific is expected to witness the highest growth during the forecast period, driven by upcoming indigenous aircraft program i.e. COMAC C919 and Mitsubishi SpaceJet, and opening of assembly plant of Boeing and Airbus in China for B737, A330, A320, and A350. Further, key economies, such as India and China, in the region are incessantly increasing their defense budget with the purpose to acquire the latest military aircraft to solidify their defense capabilities along with their offset policy and development of indigenous military aircraft such as Tejas and J20.

The supply chain of this market comprises of raw material suppliers, aircraft milled parts manufacturers, distributors, tier players, aircraft OEMs, airlines, aircraft leasing companies, and MRO companies. Some of the key players in the aircraft milled parts market are Precision Castparts Corp., GKN plc, Spirit AeroSystems, Inc., Magellan Aerospace Corp., Triumph Group Inc., Senior plc, Minebea Mitsumi, Inc., LMI Aerospace, Inc., Air Industries Group, Inc., and Gardner Aerospace.

Report Features

This report provides market intelligence in the most comprehensive way. The report structure has been kept such that it offers maximum business value. It provides critical insights on the market dynamics and will enable strategic decision making for the existing market players as well as those willing to enter the market. The following are the key features of the report:

  • Market structure: Overview, industry life cycle analysis, supply chain analysis.
  • Market environment analysis: Growth drivers and constraints, Porter’s five forces analysis, SWOT analysis.
  • Market trend and forecast analysis.
  • Market segment trend and forecast.
  • Competitive landscape and dynamics: Market share, product portfolio, product launches, etc.
  • Attractive market segments and associated growth opportunities.
  • Emerging trends.
  • Strategic growth opportunities for the existing and new players.
  • Key success factors

This report studies the global aircraft milled parts market and has segmented the market in five ways, keeping in mind the interest of all the stakeholders across the value chain. Following are the five ways in which the market is segmented:

Aircraft Milled Parts Market, by Aircraft Type

  • Commercial Aircraft (Regional Analysis: North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and RoW)
  • Regional Aircraft (Regional Analysis: North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and RoW)
  • Helicopter (Regional Analysis: North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and RoW)
  • Military Aircraft (Regional Analysis: North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and RoW)
  • General Aviation (Regional Analysis: North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and RoW)

Aircraft Milled Parts Market, by Application Type

  • Airframe (Regional Analysis: North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and RoW)
  • Engine (Regional Analysis: North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and RoW)
  • Interiors (Regional Analysis: North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and RoW)
  • Others (Regional Analysis: North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and RoW)

Aircraft Milled Parts Market, by Material Type

  • Aluminum Milled Parts (Regional Analysis: North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and RoW)
  • Stainless Steel Milled Parts (Regional Analysis: North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and RoW)
  • Titanium Milled Parts (Regional Analysis: North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and RoW)
  • Other Milled Parts (Regional Analysis: North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and RoW)

Aircraft Milled Parts Market, by End-User Type

  • OE (Regional Analysis: North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and RoW)
  • Aftermarket (Regional Analysis: North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and RoW)

Aircraft Milled Parts Market, By Region

  • North America (Country Analysis: The USA, Canada, and Mexico)
  • Europe (Country Analysis: France, Germany, the UK, Russia, and Rest of Europe)
  • Asia-Pacific (Country Analysis: China, India, Japan, and Rest of Asia-Pacific)
  • Rest of the World (Sub-Region Analysis: The Middle East, Latin America, and Others)

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https://www.stratviewresearch.com/market-reports/Aerospace-Defense.html

Some of our other premium market reports in the aerospace & defense industry:
Aircraft C-Class Parts Market by Aircraft Type (Commercial Aircraft, Regional Aircraft, General Aviation, Helicopter, and Military Aircraft), by Part Type (Hardware Parts, Bearings, Electronic Components, and Machined Parts), by Sales Channel Type (Direct Sales, Distributors, and Part Brokers), by End-User Type (OE Sales and Aftermarket Sales), and by Region (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Rest of the World), Trend, Forecast, Competitive Analysis, and Growth Opportunity: 2019-2024.
Aircraft Specialty Fasteners Market by Aircraft Type (Commercial Aircraft, Military Aircraft, Helicopter, Regional Aircraft, and General Aviation), by Product Type (Blind Rivets, Blind Bolts, Solid Rivets, Panel Fasteners, Studs and Inserts, and Others), by Material Type (Titanium, Aluminum, Steel, and Others), by Application Type (Airframe, Engine, Flight Control Surface, Interior, and Others) by End-User Type (OE, and Aftermarket) and by Region (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Rest of the World), Trend, Forecast, Competitive Analysis, and Growth Opportunity: 2019-2024.
Aircraft Brackets Market by Aircraft Type (Commercial Aircraft, Regional Aircraft, General Aviation, Military Aircraft, and Helicopter), by Application Type (Fuselage, Wings, Control Surfaces, and Others), by Bracket Type (Class A, Class B, and Class C), by Material Type (Aluminum, Steel, and Others), by End-User Type (OE and Aftermarket) and by Region (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Rest of the World), Trend, Forecast, Competitive Analysis, and Growth Opportunity: 2018-2023.

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Software Update Adds 50 Operational and Ease-of-Use Features for Cobots

[LORAIN, OH – May 2020] New software updates add 50 operational and ease-of-use features to the line of OB7 collaborative robots from Absolute Machine Tools’ partner Productive Robotics. The software updates enhance the cobots’ connectivity, expedite efficient integration with other equipment, and facilitate real-time status monitoring.

Included in the list of new and upgraded features is full linear control that broadens the cobots’ “no-programming, no coding,” simple-to-teach intelligence. The updated software also strengthens the cobots’ ability to directly monitor and control the machines they work with, including providing instant connection to equipment with Rockwell Automation’s Ethernet IP. Live online monitoring with email and text alerts provides real-time updates and notifications of machine stoppages or other issues. Complete interoperability with Cognex and other smart camera systems expedites systems integration.

With seven axes, OB7 cobots have extended flexibility that enables them to reach around obstructions and operate in confined workplaces. The family of four different OB7 cobots is engineered to accomplish simple to complex tasks for various payloads and sizes. Because they are manufactured in the U.S., Productive Robotics cobots benefit from fast, reliable technical support and part supply services.

Productive Robotics products support Absolute Machine Tools’ commitment to providing comprehensive engineering assistance for custom-tailored automation, robotics and turnkey machining solutions aimed at reducing manufacturing costs.

“Productive Robotics is an innovative leader in the development of next-generation collaborative robotics technology,” said Courtney Ortner, chief marketing officer at Absolute Machine Tools. “With this new software launch, Productive Robotics reinforces that the OB7s are the smartest, simplest to use, and easiest to deploy 7-axis cobots on the market.”

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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EXAIR – No Drip Spray Nozzles Sanitize, Clean and Cool While Conserving Liquid

EXAIR’s new 1/2 NPT No Drip External Mix Air Atomizing Spray Nozzles work in the same way our standard atomizing nozzles do, but have the added benefit of positively stopping liquid flow when compressed air is shut off. External Mix Air Atomizing Spray Nozzles have the highest flow rates and allow the air and liquid flow to be adjusted independently. They can be used on liquids above 300 centipoise. The patented No Drip design requires no additional airline to control the No Drip feature.

Like any of EXAIR’s spray nozzles, these are ideal for sanitization, decontamination, cooling, cleaning, dust mitigation, coating or humidification. When spraying any type of liquid, post-spray drips can cause big problems. Unwanted drips can ruin product function on sealing or mating surfaces and ruin painted or coated finishes. Also, excess liquid flow wastes resources such as expensive coatings, chemicals or water. When the compressed air supply is shut off, the no drip nozzle positively seals off the flow of liquid eliminating the possibility of drips.

EXAIR’s 1/2 NPT No Drip External Mix Atomizing Nozzles are available in a narrow angle flat fan pattern. They are for pressure fed applications with independent air and liquid control.

The No Drip and standard Atomizing Nozzles are fully adjustable to minimize air and liquid consumption and have interchangeable liquid and air caps. Flow ranges from 141 Gph to 303 Gph (534 Lph to 1147 Lph). They are also available in 1/8 NPT and 1/4 NPT, and are CE compliant and conflict mineral free. Prices start at $972. https://exair.co/1-2ndext

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BIG KAISER releases two new chip breaker inserts for finish boring

Hoffman Estates, IL –  BIG KAISER Precision Tooling has released two new insert chip-breaker types designed to improve surface finish in long-chipping materials. Long chips that are difficult to evacuate can lead to poor surface finishes when chips are dragged around by the tool. Insert life can be severely reduced if these chips are re-cut by the insert, and in small-diameter applications stringy chips can wrap around the tool to the point where a crash occurs.

The exclusive FLM 3D chip-breaker design is used on PCD-tipped inserts ideal for finishing of aluminum components, where traditional flat-top inserts may produce a large continuous nest of chips that is difficult to remove from the bore and/or tool, even with high-pressure coolant. Three different radius options are available: .008”, .016” and .031” for the insert TCGT2 (1.5).

For finishing in mild- or construction steels, cermet inserts with chip-breaker form ELM should be used. Available in .008” radius and combined with a light depth of cut, this chip-breaker creates a high-shear angle to shorten the cutting chips for better evacuation and gives superior surface finishes in these traditionally difficult materials.

Learn more about these and other boring inserts from BIG KAISER here,  including several pressed and ground-geometry designs for optimum performance and tool life.

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BIG KAISER is a worldwide leader in high-precision tooling systems and solutions for the metalcutting industry that guarantee extreme accuracy and repeatability. Our products are of the utmost quality — manufactured with materials and craftsmanship that enable superior performance. As a member of the BIG DAISHOWA Group (Osaka, Japan), BIG KAISER has grown into a well-recognized global tooling provider, with manufacturing facilities in North America, Switzerland and Japan. In addition, BIG KAISER is the North American representative of Speroni tool measuring machines, Sphinx high performance drills, mptec measuring stands, Tekusa spindle cleaners and the UNILOCK zero point workholding system by Innotool.

For more information, contact BIG KAISER, Hoffman Estates, IL at 224-770-2999, e-mail bigkaiser@us.bigkaiser.com or visit www.us.bigkaiser.com.

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Methods Machine Tools Introduces High Precision Nakamura Multitasking Machining Center with World’s Shortest Tool Spindle

Sudbury, MA, U.S.A. (April 22, 2020) Methods Machine Tools, Inc., North America’s foremost supplier of leading-edge precision machine tools and automation, has introduced the Nakamura-Tome JX-250 High Performance Multitasking Turning Center which offers the largest machining area envelope in its class for high precision milling and turning of complex parts, along with a unique twin lower turret configuration allowing ultimate flexibility of complex component manufacturing. The ATC-style Nakamura JX-250 features NT Smart Cube Tool Spindle, the shortest tool spindle on the market today. The 12,000 RPM tool spindle permits maximum part length on the left and right spindles, including when the horizontal tool spindle and lower turrets are in the cut. 

To optimize part transfer, independent right spindle guideways on lower turrets minimize the distance between the spindles at 11.8” (300 mm). For highest processing flexibility, a single or twin lower turret design is offered with overlapping travels and Y-Axis box guideways are standard. The new multitasking machining center provides up to 168 tool stations.

“We are pleased to offer the highly precise and efficient Nakamura JX-250 mill/ turn solution for precision manufacturing in a broad range of industries, including aerospace, medical and automotive,” said Mr. Sergio Tondato, Nakamura-Tome Product Manager at Methods Machine Tools, Inc. “The JX-250 is exceptionally productive ‒ allowing maximum part length and performing left and right simultaneous machining.”

The Nakamura JX-250 offers high accuracy and exceptional rigidity due to its horizontal bed design with a wide, low center of gravity and vertical column structure, weighing 55,000 lbs. NT Thermo Navigator AI technology controls thermal growth during machining and compensates for temperature changes.

The new multitasking turning center has a maximum turning diameter of 12.6″ (320 mm) and a maximum turning length of 65″ (1,650mm). The left and right spindles have 3″ (80 mm) and 2.5″ (65 mm) bar capacity, respectively. Tool spindle X,Y,Z travel is 25.4″ x ± 4.9″ x ± 32.5″ (645 mm x ±125 mm x ±825 mm). The B-axis tool spindle positioning range is 240°

The JX-250 features a SmartX PC-based 19″ high-resolution color touch screen, which works in conjunction with the Fanuc 31i-B5 control for a high degree of functionality. A 5-Axis Precision Milling software package ensures optimal 5-axis milling.

The JX-250 comes equipped with several smart features including the NT Work Navigator that can recognize the coordinates of machine parts with non-round shapes such as those in forgings and castings, without any additional costs involved. This feature eliminates the need for costly positioning fixtures and clamping devices. The Advanced NT Nurse System all-in-one software package is also included, providing convenient, easy-to-use support for the operation, programming and production on the JX-250. Critical functionality includes phase recognition (key for multitasking), direct chucking enabling transfer without positioning error, and precise synchronization of the left/ right-hand spindles. Additional functions include a load monitor for identifying tool wear/ breakage, tool life management and machine monitoring.

All Nakamura-Tome machines are equipped with a standard electronic detector safety feature that greatly reduces the impact and force of a machine collision. Should a crash occur, within 4 milliseconds after the crash, servo motor-feeding direction is reversed and the machine will stop in EMG mode. 

Methods is the exclusive U.S. importer of premier Nakamura-Tome Multitasking Turning Centers. Click here for more information on the Nakamura-Tome JX-250

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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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 gaging 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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Diode Laser Offers High Output Power in a Compact, All-in-One Package

Santa Clara, CA., April 16, 2020 – The Coherent HighLight™ DL HPS is an industrial diode laser that offers high power output (1 kW to 4 kW) in a compact, self-contained package, making it particularly useful for systems integrators and end users performing metal cladding, heat treating, brazing, and welding. The HighLight DL HPS utilizes an “all-in–one” configuration, meaning that the laser head, power supply, water chiller, and heat exchanger are all contained in a single enclosure. Yet, this enclosure measures only 670 x 1050 x 1760 mm, making it suitable for space-constrained applications, such as those often found in the automotive industry.

Another significant advantage of the HighLight DL HPS is that its conduction-cooled laser diodes enable the closed-loop chiller to utilize distilled water. This allows for a much easier implementation when compared with products which require the complexity and expense of deionized water.

The HighLight DL HPS is available with numerous factory options and accessories. The near-IR output is delivered through a detachable delivery fiber terminating in a choice of QBH or QD connector. Coherent also offers a wide variety of processing heads, including zoom focusing units, which enable the output to be tailored in size, shape, and intensity to the specific requirements of each application. This makes the HighLight DL HPS suitable for a wide range of applications in industries as diverse as oil/gas, agriculture, construction, 3D additive manufacturing, and semiconductor fabrication.

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Founded in 1966, Coherent, Inc. is one of the world’s leading providers of lasers and laser-based technology for scientific, commercial and industrial customers. Our common stock is listed on the Nasdaq Global Select Market and is part of the Russell 2000 and Standard & Poor’s MidCap 400 Index. For more information about Coherent, visit the company’s website at www.coherent.com for product and financial updates.

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EXAIR Announces New Product – Dual 316SS Cabinet Coolers With Digital Control Resist Heat and Corrosion

EXAIR’s new Dual 316 Stainless Steel Cabinet Cooler Systems with ETC (Electronic Temperature Control) keep electrical enclosures cool with 20 degrees F (-7 degrees C) air while maintaining the NEMA 4X rating of the enclosure and removing the heat that could adversely affect the internal components. The wear, corrosion and oxidation resistance of Type 316 stainless steel assures long life and maintenance free operation within food, medical, pharmaceutical, chemical and other harsh environments.  Cooling capacities up to 5,600 Btu/hr. are ideal for larger enclosures and heat loads.

EXAIR’s digital ETC (Electronic Temperature Control) provides precise temperature control for your electrical enclosure that is constantly being monitored by a quick response thermocouple. It joins EXAIR’s complete line of NEMA 12, 4 and 4X Cabinet Cooler systems which are available from 275 through 5,600 Btu/Hr. They are available from stock in aluminum, 303SS and 316SS materials. EXAIR offers Hazardous Location Cabinet Coolers with UL classified listing for classified areas in need of cooling. The broad line also includes non-hazardous purge models, high temperature models, continuous operation and thermostat-controlled models.

Dual 316 Stainless Steel Cabinet Coolers are available with cooling capacities of 3,400 up to 5,600 Btu/hr. All Cabinet Cooler systems are UL listed and CE compliant. Applications include cooling control panels used in food processing, pharmaceutical, foundries, chemical processing and other corrosive locations. Prices start at $4180.00.

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