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Siemens expands its drive portfolio with a new extra-low-voltage drive for 24–48V EC motors. The new Micro-Drive system brings industrial networking and integrated safety to a wide range of applications including battery operated equipment.

Siemens introduces its new Simatic Micro-Drive — the new servo-drive system for extra-low-voltage commercial and manufacturing applications

User benefits include seamless network integration, integrated drive safety, versatility, easy commissioning and servicing  

Siemens expands its drive portfolio with a new extra-low-voltage drive for 24–48V EC motors. The new Micro-Drive system brings industrial networking and integrated safety to a wide range of applications including battery operated equipment.

Siemens is extending its drive portfolio in the safety extra-low-voltage range for 24-48V EC motors by introducing a new servo drive system named Simatic Micro-Drive.  The new system with UL and CE marked components consists of the PDC (Profidrive Control) servo drive in conjunction with a flexible range of motors and connecting cables from product partners.

Simple connectivity to Simatic programmable logic controllers (PLCs) helps significantly reduce the engineering workload, while integration into Siemens automation technology via its TIA Portal makes for simple commissioning and servicing.  Attributes such as smart encoders and one-button tuning add to its plug-and-play startup. Communication takes place over Profinet using Profisafe and Profidrive profiles.  The new Safety Integrated function SLT (Safely Limited Torque) limits torque by monitoring motor current in running operation.

The Simatic Micro-Drive will offer units from 100 watts to 1 kilowatt and allow side-by-side rail mounting.  The Micro-Drive PDC is available in a standard (only hardwired Safe Torque Off (STO)) and fail-safe version.  STO, SS1, SLT, SLS, and SSM Safety Integrated functions are included with the Micro-Drive F variant.  TIA Portal can be used to activate the safety functions with a Fail-safe PLC via PROFIsafe.  Operating data can be transmitted directly to the controller from the Micro-Drive and transferred to Cloud-based platforms such as MindSphere over MindConnect.

To address its customers’ requirements with maximum flexibility, Siemens utilizes product partnerships with companies such as Dunkermotoren, ebm-pabst, Harting and KnorrTec when it comes to the motors and cables used with Micro-Drive.  The servo drive system is suited to a wide range of diverse applications such as precise positioning, shuttles for storage and retrieval machines or warehousing systems, automatic guided vehicle systems (AGVs) and medical technology.

Siemens expands its drive portfolio with a new extra-low-voltage drive for 24–48V EC motors. The new Micro-Drive system brings industrial networking and integrated safety to a wide range of applications including battery operated equipment.

Website:  http://usa.siemens.com/micro-drive

Siemens Digital Industries (DI) is an innovation leader in automation and digitalization. Closely collaborating with partners and customers, DI drives the digital transformation in the process and discrete industries. With its Digital Enterprise portfolio, DI provides companies of all sizes with an end-to-end set of products, solutions and services to integrate and digitalize the entire value chain. Optimized for the specific needs of each industry, DI’s unique portfolio supports customers to achieve greater productivity and flexibility. DI is constantly adding innovations to its portfolio to integrate cutting-edge future technologies. Siemens Digital Industries has its global headquarters in Nuremberg, Germany, and has around 75,000 employees internationally.

Siemens Corporation is a U.S. subsidiary of Siemens AG, a global powerhouse focusing on the areas of power generation and distribution, intelligent infrastructure for buildings and distributed energy systems, and automation and digitalization in the process and manufacturing industries. Through the separately managed company Siemens Mobility, a leading supplier of smart mobility solutions for rail and road transport, Siemens is shaping the world market for passenger and freight services. Due to its majority stakes in the publicly listed companies Siemens Healthineers AG and Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Siemens is also a world-leading supplier of medical technology and digital healthcare services as well as environmentally friendly solutions for onshore and offshore wind power generation. For more than 160 years, the company has innovated and invented technologies to support American industry spanning manufacturing, energy, healthcare and infrastructure. In fiscal 2018, Siemens USA reported revenue of $23.7 billion, including $5.0 billion in exports, and employs approximately 50,000 people throughout all 50 states and Puerto Rico.

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1. Liberty of Poetry scanned by Artec Eva. Kent State team. From left to right: Nate Mucha, Robert Clements, David Hassler, Joshua Talbott, JR Campbell, Tammy Honesty, Steve Sawicki, Tetta Askeland and Alex Barnhart.

Exact Metrology Scanned “Liberty of Poetry”

Liberty of Poetry scanned by Artec Eva - 3d scan
Liberty of Poetry scanned by Artec Eva

From October 11, 2019 to April 26, 2020, the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration in New York exhibited “Sisters in Liberty: From Florence, Italy to New York, New York.” The exhibit was a collaboration between Kent State University in Kent, Ohio and the Opera di Santa Croce, a nonprofit organization in charge of the Franciscan Cathedral Santa Croce. Through art and multimedia presentations, the exhibit looked to start an international conversation about the meaning of liberty and how the concept had evolved.

The exhibit featured an 80% to scale replica of Pio Fedi’s “Liberty of Poetry,” housed at the church. It is said to have served as the basis for the Statue of Liberty. “Liberty of Poetry” honors Giovanni Battista Niccolini, a poet who inspired and supported the Resorgimento the Italian struggle for self-determination.

With permission from the Vatican, Kent neuroscientist Robert Clements and Josh Talbott, both of whom have a background in 3D imaging, traveled to Florence to scan the statue over a three-day period using technology provided by Exact Metrology.

Different angle scan with Artec Eva - 3d scan
Different angle scan with Artec Eva.

Kent State University rented the Artec Eva scanner and Artec Studio software. Chris Lafferty at Exact Metrology provided the university with equipment, training and support. The Artec Eva, provided by Artec 3D, is used for making a quick, textured and accurate 3D model of medium sized objects. It scans quickly, capturing precise measurements in high resolution. Not only does it capture almost any type of object (including black and shiny surfaces), but it is used in numerous industries including quality control, heritage preservation, forensics, automotive, medical, aerospace and prosthetics. Artec Studio makes it easy to obtain accurate 3D models. It features an advanced smart mode that guides users through post-processing, automatically selecting the most effective settings for the data and producing a high precision 3D model. It offers best in class texture and geometry tracking, thus eliminating the need for targets on objects. Whether using Autopilot or manual mode, the software never compromises on precision. Furthermore, powerful algorithms process data in seconds and Artec Studio features a full range of advanced settings. Users can scan and process data on a tablet.

After scanning the statue, Clements and Talbott returned to Kent State to process 30 to 40 gigabytes of data and create a blueprint for a 3D printer.

Freshmade3D, a Youngstown-based start-up company, printed the replica in three sections, so the statues could be transported easily to New York. The statue was painted by a team of students at Kent State and combines sand and resin to replicate the original.

Commenting on this project, Chris Lafferty said, “This was a great experience for us as we got to see the finished product and how Exact Metrology contributed to this. We look forward to more collaborations like this in the future.”


Exact Metrology is an ISO 9001:2008 and AS9100 Certified Company 

Exact Metrology, with facilities in Cincinnati, OH, Moline, IL and Milwaukee, WI and affiliated offices throughout the country, is a comprehensive metrology services provider, offering customers 3D and CT scanning, reverse engineering, quality inspection, product development and 2D drawings. The company also provides turnkey metrology solutions, including equipment sales and lease/rental arrangements. 

Exact Metrology offers a complete line of portable scanning and measurement technologies as well as contract measurement for 3D laser scanning services, reverse engineering services, non-contact inspection, metrology services, and 3D digitizing. The company’s newest equipment includes a CT Scanner, the first in America being used for metrology rather than medical testing. Exact sells and rents metrology equipment solutions, in addition to providing testing as a service and application software training.

For information, please contact:

Steve Young
Exact Metrology, Inc.
11575 Goldcoast Drive
Cincinnati, OH 45249
Local: 513-831-6620
Toll free: 855-476-1431
www.exactmetrology.com
stevey@exactmetrology.com

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Grieve Truck Oven

550°F Truck Oven From Grieve

Grieve Truck OvenThis Grieve oven is a 550°F (288°C) new truck oven customized from the standard TCH-550 model and is currently used for heat processing parts at the customer’s facility. Workspace dimensions of this oven measure 60” W x 60” D x 60” H.  30 KW are installed in Incoloy sheathed tubular heating elements, while a 2000 CFM, 2 HP recirculating blower provides horizontal airflow to the workload.

This Grieve truck oven has 6” insulated walls, an aluminized steel interior and aluminized steel exterior with enamel finish. Features include a purge timer, two-position dampers on fresh air inlet and exhaust outlet and a 1200 lb. capacity stainless steel loading truck. Additional features include a 325 CFM powered forced exhauster with an airflow safety switch. The oven includes all safety equipment required by NFPA Standard 86, IRI, FM and OSHA.

Controls on this Grieve oven include a UL listed control panel, a programmable temperature controller, SCR power controller, a circular chart recorder and a circuit breaker disconnect switch mounted through control panel door.


For more information, please contact:

THE GRIEVE CORPORATION

500 Hart Road
Round Lake, IL 60073-2898
Phone:  (847) 546-8225
Fax:  (847) 546-9210
Web:  www.grievecorp.com
Email:  sales@grievecorp.com
Attention:  Frank Calabrese, VP

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Exact Metrology Reverse Engineering Final Product

Exact Metrology Showcases Potential of Reverse Engineering

Exact Metrology Reverse Engineering CT ScanGreenery 33 is a company in Cincinnati, Ohio that produces creative and unique plant holders and pots.  The company donates 33% of their earnings to environmental protection agencies. One of Exact’s engineers is friendly with Greenery 33’s owner, so Exact Metrology participated in a marketing campaign aimed to show the process of reverse engineering and how it can used with various materials.

Exact Metrology Reverse Engineering Plant HoldersThe first step was to scan and have a digital copy of a physical skull.  Secondly, the skull was reverse engineered using Geomagic DesignX software and NURBS. Geomagic is a leading provider of 3D software to create digital models of physical objects for industries such as: archaeology, aerospace, medical and dental, tooling, foundry and sculpture and arts. The Geomagic Design X combines history-based CAD with 3D scan data processing, enabling users to create feature-based, edible solid models compatible with existing CAD software. NURBS, or Non-Uniform Rational B-spline is used to represent curves and surfaces. Next, surface analysis is performed with Geomagic Design X for parametric modeling. Afterwards, NURBS is inspected with a color map against the scanned data of Geomagic. Lastly, .stl files rendered in Keyshot 3D of the skull are placed in product shots for Greenery 33.

Exact Metrology Reverse Engineering Final ProductThis process took two days. By using reverse engineering, Exact Metrology showed Greenery 33 an efficient and cost-saving way of working with materials like plastic, glass and ceramic without physically reconstructing it.


Exact Metrology is an ISO 9001:2008 and AS9100 Certified Company 

Exact Metrology, with facilities in Cincinnati, OH, Moline, IL and Milwaukee, WI and affiliated offices throughout the country, is a comprehensive metrology services provider, offering customers 3D and CT scanning, reverse engineering, quality inspection, product development and 2D drawings.   The company also provides turnkey metrology solutions, including equipment sales and lease/rental arrangements.  

Exact Metrology offers a complete line of portable scanning and measurement technologies as well as contract measurement for 3D laser scanning services, reverse engineering services, non-contact inspection, metrology services, and 3D digitizing. The company’s newest equipment includes a CT Scanner, the first in America being used for metrology rather than medical testing. Exact sells and rents metrology equipment solutions, in addition to providing testing as a service and application software training.

 

For information, please contact:

EXACT METROLOGY, INC.
Dean Solberg
20515 Industry Avenue
Brookfield, WI 53045
Local: 262-533-0800
www.exactmetrology.com
deans@exactmetrology.com

 

EXACT METROLOGY, INC.
Steve Young
11575 Goldcoast Drive
Cincinnati, OH 45249
Local: 513.831.6620
Toll Free: 866.722.2600
www.exactmetrology.com
stevey@exactmetrology.com

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Facet Precision Tool — Key to Success

Jeremy Bunting leverages insights gained from growing up in a hugely successful cutting tool business to build a brand new specialist company – Facet Tools

Jeremy Bunting, Managing Director of Facet Precision Tool grew up in the cutting tool industry, getting a hands-on education from a young age and then using this experience to start his own business. From laying out a brand-new manufacturing center; to shaping and promoting Facet’s reputation; to training up a high performing team who are passionate about the craft of cutting tools – Jeremy has built the foundations for success.

Jeremy begins:

I started designing my first tools at age 14 in America as part of the family business, using manual grinding as well as conventional grinding to manufacture tools. After that I moved on to the applications side – getting exposure to feeds and speeds and eventually moved to Europe.  In Europe I worked for different tooling manufacturers, seeing different approaches to manufacturing and precision tooling.

I started Facet Precision Tools in 2015 primarily to service the aerospace and automotive sectors. Both these markets require special tools with distinct needs. At Facet we produce PCD, carbide cutting and coated carbide tools through distributors and direct to customers. Based in Germany we sell locally as well as to France, England and Spain. Through distributors we service Africa, Sweden, Turkey, Hungary, Austria, Italy and Mexico.

It’s challenging starting a new business. We had a market and products in mind and were in a unique position where we could decide, if these are our target markets, what machinery and equipment do we need? I considered my past experiences in the industry and how can I apply any learnings to the future. When we entered the market, I wanted to have high quality equipment, robust manufacturing processes and be producing market leading cutting tools.

Since opening we have been growing steadily, in fact last year we doubled our sales. As we expand we are looking at how we can attract more customers, consider if we need to add additional products and as many people in the industry experience – are always looking for good people.

Establishing grinding capabilities

After deciding on a shop floor blue print, we invested in a range of ANCA machines with two MX7 Linear’s, an FX7 and an EDGe as well as other equipment. We use the MX7s primarily for automotive tooling as they work well when grinding tools with larger diameters of 20, 25 and 32. We also run a lot of pocket grinding for PCD cutting tools on this model. The MX7 has a lot of horsepower that allows us to grind these tools in a very stable way. We use the FX for high volume carbide tooling. As an extremely rigid and thermally dynamic, stable machine I can rely on it to grind highly repeatable cutting tools.

On the MX7 we have an ANCA spindle speeder that allows us to achieve higher rpm. We worked with ANCA to adjust the software to be able to provide a better stable pocket and more accurate pockets in our grinding process.

On the EDGe we manufacture PCD tools. In the past couple years we have been developing PCD vein tools with our own blanks and cutting tool designs – working through and refining our processes. The EDGe has allowed us to have a high degree of accuracy when trying to grind a lot of the geometries. I found that as a process, erosion enabled the repeatability and the quality we were looking for. We also added a vision camera system on the EDGe, allowing for a quick inspection inside the machine, to get higher repeatability and better quality versus taking it out of the machine, and putting it back in.

And then there is ANCA’s 3D Simulator program. Up to 95% of the designs and problem solving are done on the simulator; testing the grinding process, reviewing and modifying before you go into a machine. It is our strongest tool to increase efficiency and reduce waste and that is a major help to our profitability. For example, carbide is extremely expensive where you can be paying from 400 euros for a 32mm standard rod.

The simulator also shows estimated grinding times which has been a great tool for us to reduce cycle times. Last time it took us, for example, 20 minutes to make this tool, but after considering a new idea or different approach we can reduce that time to 18, 17 or even 15 minutes all through experimenting in a simulated grinding environment.

We have touch probes on all the machines that allow us to easily change wheel packs, qualify the wheel and start moving quickly. It also allows us to remove human error and ensures a higher finished quality. To be able to dress and probe the wheel, picking back up where you left off without having to change the setup is very advantageous.

One of the main reasons we love the ANCA machines is because of the software. We have found it to be extremely flexible and at Facet we don’t use a lot of the standard ANCA programs and designs and instead do a lot of our work in profile editor, changing angles and profiles to meet the tool designs that we need. My Dad always said that ANCA was a software company that built a machine.

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Facet Precision Tool comments on why building a team of craftspeople is key to success and whether the electric car be the demise of the cutting tools

Jeremy Bunting, Managing Director of Facet Precision Tool grew up in the cutting tool industry, getting a hands-on education from a young age and then using this experience to start his own business. From laying out a brand-new manufacturing center; to shaping and promoting Facet’s reputation; to training up a high performing team who are passionate about the craft of cutting tools – Jeremy has built the foundations for success.

Specials are a relationship business – requiring communication and trust

As we build our company we want to be known for quality. From the start we have been trying to build our reputation for offering high quality tools rather than just entering a market and throwing anything out there and seeing what sticks. We are methodical in our approach to manufacturing certain tools or entering a marketplace or approaching certain things. Even if this means we are a bit slower and more tactful.

Just as important, is our responsiveness to the customer through deliveries and application support. These are the foundation of our company. We start by listening – what does the customer want to achieve, am I understanding their needs correctly? Then I consider how the product could be improved, can we make other recommendations. We turn that request into a tool design that is checked by the customer.

In aerospace, a common misunderstanding is the need for standard tools. Tools for aerospace require different lengths, diameters and applications. There is also a high requirement for accuracy, in Europe for example, we find aerospace have applications that need to be measured to a couple of microns and use a variety of methodology to make holes in different materials. It is a challenge making a product meet quality standards while working across a range of material applications.

Building a team of craftspeople

I think working in specialty tools excites an element of craftsmanship. Every day is different, and you can take pride in your work, was it correct, was it to print? That is why we look for a person who is flexible, shows an ability to learn, grow, and absorb information.

I train everybody in my plant like they’ve never seen a grinding machine before. We invest time to build their knowledge base to understanding the manufacturing and measuring equipment. Again, partially because we’re into specials where every tool design is different, we don’t have pre-written programs.

I think one of the best characteristics of a toolmaker is an attention to detail. Often people can become over invested in the productivity side – how many parts can I get through, how fast can I get them through the line. I train my team to be focused on the quality of the tool first and productivity second. And to meet these expectations of quality you have to have a high attention to detail.

Just as important is to develop your team to have a passion for grinding. The more passion someone has for the product, the more likely they are to stay. Teaching your employee how to make a better-quality tool feeds their creativity and teaches them it is ok to have your own approach and style. At Facet we have an open dialogue with our teams of why we do the things that we do.

Trends in the market – will the electric car be the demise of the cutting tools?

If I think about what I am seeing in the market I would say there is more competition in the automotive field than there is in the aerospace field, probably because aerospace requires more project work, more support, more testing, more engagement with the customer. Automotive expects high quality tools at very high tolerances, we have reamers that have tolerances of only a couple of microns. Another focus for this industry is price.

As the use of composites in aerospace has increased so has the demand for PCD or diamond coated tools. For example, the Dreamliner or A350 or Boeing Dreamliner uses a large amount of composites. These are extremely abrasive so if you use a carbide tool to grind composite materials, initially the tool works great but the wear curve is extremely high so after a 150 holes, the amount of wear is accelerated on that tool until it becomes blunt.

This changes the dynamic of the cutting, the heat, burr creation; causing problems for the manufacturer. Whereas if you use a qualified diamond or PCD tool, you may be able to make up to 1500 holes. For a customer that means higher productivity, fewer changeovers, less inventory and a higher degree of quality for a longer period of time.

There is speculation that combustion motors will disappear and as motors disappear then the need for a lot of the cutting tools disappears. This is bringing up questions on how much electric cars will replace all other means of transportation. Personally I think there are a lot of hurdles that have to be overcome and we will see other opportunities as the market changes. I think as far as aluminum and composite manufacturing is concerned we will see them trying to go lighter to make combustion engines more efficient.

I think there will always be a need for niche and special products and that means more special cutting tools. That’s one of the reasons why we were very comfortable moving into this industry. So as materials change – if it’s more glass, carbon composites or aluminum – we’re in a good position to move with the market and respond to those changes. I have established the foundations of Facet Precision Tools to be agile with design expertise, workforce skills and manufacturing capabilities. We can and do adapt and invest in the machinery or develop our knowledge so we can meet the markets’ changing needs rather than focusing on materials.


For further information, please contact:
Sepideh Zandieh
PR and Communications Manager, ANCA
M: +61 439 316 131
Sepideh.Zandieh@anca.com

ANCA is a market leading manufacturer of CNC grinding machines. It was founded in 1974 in Melbourne, Australia where the company still has its global headquarters. ANCA has offices in the UK, Germany, China, Thailand, India, Japan, Brazil and the USA as well as a comprehensive network of representatives and agents worldwide.

ANCA CNC grinders are used for manufacturing precision cutting tools and components across a diverse range of competitive industries including cutting tool manufacture, automotive, aerospace, electronics and medical.

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Suhner Economaster

Suhner Economaster® Drilling Units Help Mid-State Engineering

Quill-feed drill used Suhner drill heads for accuracy and reliability

Suhner Economaster at CompanyOn a recent project for Mid-State Engineering in Tipton, Indiana, Suhner custom ECONOmaster® drill units were used to automatically drill holes into fiberglass panels for a truck trailer body. The range of hole sizes are half an inch. ECONOmaster® is used to reduce the center to center point of the holes drilled by a quill-feed drill.

This quill-feed drill unit has selectable drill heads that can be used at once or individually. Using servo drive motors, the machine auto indexes down a table to ensure precision hole locations across a 60-foot span. According to Tom Raver, engineering manager at Mid-State Engineering, “The machine helps give our transportation customers a competitive advantage, increasing production volume while reducing rework at the same time.”

Suhner EconomasterThe ECONOmaster® line of drilling units is ideal for multiple materials such as:  light metal, wood, composite, plastic and foam. This drilling unit features low power and air consumption, adjustable motor housing, adjustable total stroke up to 4”, hydraulic feed control cylinder, J33 taper spindle end, 0-1/2” drill chuck, electric front & rear position limit switches, belt tensioner and chrome-plated quill.  Basic unit weight is 45 lbs.   Other key features include adjustable feed stroke of ½-3”, 400 lb. thrust at 85 psi, operating pressures to 110 psi, TEFC/IP56 protection, standard 230V/460V, concentricity of .002” TIR, speed ranges to 9600 RPM and an air connection retract/advance of ¼”-20 NPT.

Founded in 2008, Mid-State Engineering features an in-house electrical and mechanical engineering staff with over 100 years of manufacturing engineering experience. This vast experience is used to design and build unique systems tailored to customer applications. In addition, the in-house mechanical and engineering staff also provide in-house fabrication. This makes Mid-State Engineering a one-stop shop for companies looking to enhance their processes or implement new ones.

Suhner Economaster at Mid StateMike Ricketts, regional sales manager for the machining division at Suhner felt that this collaboration was a perfect match for both companies. It allowed Suhner to offer a wide variety of products with an innovative partner that can offer superb turnkey solutions to meet customer needs. He says, “The team at MSE is very easy to work with as they are able to help fill and prioritize the customer’s wants and needs with their “out of the box” approach each project. It is refreshing to partner with a company that can do almost anything from small, intricate assembly cells all the way up to large industrial automated robotic assembly lines.”  Tom Raver was also pleased with the partnership commenting, “Mid-State Engineering is appreciative of the partnership with Suhner to provide a quality long-lasting equipment/drill heads to our customers.”


For more information, please contact:

Lee Coleman, National Sales Manager-Machining Division
Suhner Industrial Products Corp.
25 Anderson Road SW
Rome, GA 30161 USA
Direct: 706-314-2927
Mobile: 706-409-1876
Fax: 706-235-8045
lee.coleman@suhner.com
www.suhner.com

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Parts loaded in the machine (photo courtesy of Staub Precision Machine)

CERATIZIT USA Partners with Companies in the Ventilator Manufacturing Process

CERATIZIT USA has joined forces with several companies to make ventilators.  The CERATIZIT Group has extensive experience in the carbide production process, from the powder to the finished cutting tool. Not only does this allow special-purpose tools to be developed for customer-specific applications but it also means that a full range of industry-specific standard tools are held in stock and quickly available. High-precision drilling, reaming, countersinking and boring are specialties of CERATIZIT. Involved in this effort is Staub Precision Machine and the industrial distributor Abrasive Tool.

Parts loaded in the machine (photo courtesy of Staub Precision Machine)
Parts loaded in the machine (photo courtesy of Staub Precision Machine)

Staub Precision Machine used CERATIZIT reamers to perform a finishing operation of high-precision holes to size.  The reamer was a solid carbide PCD tipped (polycrystalline diamond) with through-tool coolant diameter of .626” +.0005 -.0000.  The material cut was aluminum and the production run quantity was 2,500 parts per week.  In addition, Staub designed and machined two tombstones as well as collets.  There were 33 parts on each of the four sides of the tombstone in the machine and Staub made 132 parts at a time. The machine was running at 4900 RPM (revolutions per minute) and 78 inches per minute feed. The hole was only .250” deep, taking less than a second per hole to ream. In addition, the hole was sized .616” before reaming, leaving .010” of stock allowance.  While the hole has a .0005” tolerance, the reamer cuts the same size every time with a high mirrored finish.

Located in Hamburg, New York, Staub Machine Company was founded in 1975 in Tony Staub’s garage.   Over the next 43 years, the company developed into an industry leader in precision machining and the precision industry. In 1995, Staub moved into an old Super Duper grocery store located at 206 Lake St. in Hamburg. Tony Staub decided to sell the assets of Staub Machine Company to Staub Precision Machine, Inc. to keep the company intact, innovating and growing. Today, the company supplies high-volume production to match the needs of customers, producing machine component parts for a number of manufacturers across the country, especially in Western New York.

The Fullmax reamer (photo courtesy of Blackhawk Industrial)
The Fullmax reamer (photo courtesy of Blackhawk Industrial)

The close collaboration between Staub and CERATIZIT was achieved thanks to Abrasive Tool. Located in Buffalo, New York, the company is a distributor of high quality tooling solutions. Jay Janca, distributor sales engineer, supplied Staub Precision Machine with the reamers, helped process the part and also coordinated delivery of several other parts. He and Tony Staub started this project on a Thursday evening in his garage with a set of drawings and a part he needed to make for a ventilator client. Through Janca, he reached out to Chuck Somerville, CERATIZIT sales engineer and told him about the project. Quickly, Tony, Jay, Chuck and the staff at CERATIZIT worked on confirming details of the tool. CERATIZIT had an approved drawing at the beginning of the week and the reamers were shipped on Friday of the same week and in production the following Monday. This was just over a week after the initial discussion. Staub machines run unattended for maximum productivity 24/7, so CERATIZT worked to make the process as smooth as possible. Tony was very happy with CERATIZT, saying, “I was amazed at how quickly they responded and the reamers produced a beautiful part. I am sure we will continue working with CERATIZIT in the future.”

A close-up of the part with the holes being reamed (photo courtesy of Staub Precision Machine)
A close-up of the part with the holes being reamed (photo courtesy of Staub Precision Machine)

Another two companies that joined CERATIZIT in the manufacturing of ventilators were Blackhawk Industrial and another manufacturer of precision metal components.  As CERATIZIT products are distributed by Blackhawk, the company helped connect CERATIZIT with their customer. Commenting on why CERATIZIT was chosen, sales engineer Mitch Vraja said, “We were asked to provide reamers because they know our quality and we had a quick delivery.”   Blackhawk Industrial is an industrial distributor in Brunswick, Ohio.  The machining process performed by their customer company involved machining adapters.  In order to ensure that the tool holding device could accommodate various types of cutting tools, CERATIZIT reamers were used to create a hole for better positioning. Different cutting tools in the adapter were used on various machines. The tool involved was number 52M.57.0497, known as Fullmax – DBGU – Ø4,97 +4µ.  The material cut was stainless steel. The ventilators had to fit in a precise location, thus dowel pins were used to locate the mounting brackets to the mobile unit. In this process, five reamers were used to provide a true position diameter. The tool diameter of the reamed blind hole in stainless steel was .1958 +/- .0005.  There were three holes in each bracket and over 10,000 brackets were made.

Blackhawk’s customer blends old world craftsmanship with cutting- edge technology. Capabilities include precision turning, grinding, milling, automated assembly and inspection, semi-automated assembly, manual assembly and wire EDM. Additional capabilities are CNC machining, Swiss machining, machining ranges between 3mm and 66 mm and material neutral machining. The company serves the automotive, hydraulics, sensor, recreational vehicle, plumbing, application, natural gas, firearms, off-road vehicle and medical equipment markets.  Within the medical field, the company specializes in manufacturing small diameter components requiring strict tolerances and superior finish.

As an industrial distributor, Blackhawk specializes in metalworking equipment categories such as carbide cutting tools, abrasive, fabrication and machining equipment. In addition, the company has a wide offering of packaging, MRO products and a proven ability to provide custom industrial vending solutions, as well as creative supply chain solutions.


For more information, please contact:

CERATIZIT S.A.
101, Route de Holzem
LU-8232 Mamer, Luxembourg
Tel: +352 31 20 85-854
www.ceratizit.com

CERATIZIT USA, Inc.
Canada, United States
11355 Stephens Road
Warren, MI United States 48089-1833
Tel: +1 586 759 2280 (Toll free: +1 800 783 2280)
www.ceratizit.com

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Exact Metrology Scans Monument Circle in Indianapolis

Innovative, an ad agency in Indianapolis, was contacted by Downtown Indy Inc. to create a light projection at Monument Circle for Veterans Day. Located in the heart of downtown Indianapolis, it features the Soldiers & Sailors Monument and the Colonel Eli Lilly Civil War Museum. Downtown Indy Inc., the city’s nonprofit organization, received a grant from the Lilly Endowment for the show and the goal of the ad agency was to produce a projection show that will be image mapped on two buildings in the circle’s southwest quadrant. To accomplish this, Innovative became the creative content provider for Exact Metrology. 

Mesh data created by the Leica scanner

Mesh data created by the Leica scanner

Greg Hoeting, the application specialist at Exact Metrology, used a Leica P40 to collect point cloud data. Leica ScanStation P-Series 3D laser scanners are ideal for capturing 3D geometry of civil infrastructure, creating an as-built representation of large industry complexes, reconstructing crime scenes or generating 3D data for integration into Building Information Modeling (BIM). In addition, these laser scanners offer unsurpassed range and angular accuracy with low-range noise and survey-grade dual-axis compensation that form 3D color point clouds mapped realistically.

Next, Hoeting used Polyworks® to mesh the data and export a .stl file. The Polyworks® software suite maximizes productivity, quality and profit when integrating 3D measurement devices into the industrial manufacturing process. The software interfaces directly with major brands and technologies of single- point and point cloud 3D models through plug-in extension models. Furthermore, Polyworks® supports a wide array of native point cloud and polygonal model file formats.

Lastly, Hoeting used Leica Cyclone to align the color texture with a center point at the base of the monument. This point cloud processing software provides the widest range of options for 3D laser scanning projects in engineering, surveying, construction and related applications.

Exact Metrology scanned around the monument and several buildings such as: Novel Coworking Circle Tower, IPL, Guaranty Building, Salesforce Tower (Chase Tower portion). 

Exact Metrology is an ISO AS9100 Certified along with being FFL and ITAR Registered.

Exact Metrology, with facilities in Cincinnati, Ohio, Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Moline, Illinois and affiliated offices throughout the Midwest, is a comprehensive metrology services provider, offering customers 3D and CT scanning, reverse engineering, quality inspection, product development and 2D drawings. The company also provides turnkey metrology solutions, including equipment sales and lease/rental arrangements. 


For more information, please contact:

Steve Young
Exact Metrology, Inc.
11575 Goldcoast Drive
Cincinnati, OH 45249
Toll Free: 866-722-2600
Local: 513-831-6620
www.exactmetrology.com
stevey@exactmetrology.com

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Grieve 976 Jumbo Electric Walk In Oven

Jumbo Electric Walk-In Oven From Grieve

Grieve 976 Jumbo Electric Walk In OvenNo. 976 is a 500ºF (~260ºC) electrically-heated jumbo walk-in oven from Grieve, currently used for heating molds at the customer’s facility.  Workspace of this unit measures 13’W x 28’D x 7’6”H.  360KW are installed in Incoloy sheathed tubular elements to heat the oven, while 49,000CFM from two 20HP recirculating blowers provide a combination airflow to the workload.

This Grieve jumbo walk-in oven features 4” thick insulated walls, removable top-mounted heat chamber (shown in the right foreground of the attached photo), aluminized steel interior and exterior, door seals eliminated and doors equipped with drag seals, plus the unit was constructed to split into four sections for shipment to the customer’s location.

Oven controls on No. 976 include a 13,500CFM powered forced exhauster (shown in the left foreground of the attached photo) and other safety equipment required to handle up to two gallons of flammable solvent at 370ºF (~188ºC).  Also onboard are a digital programming temperature controller, SCR power controller and motorized dampers on the intake and exhaust for accelerated cooling and rapid purging.  This Grieve jumbo walk-in was built to NEMA 12/NFPA 79 electrical standards.


For more information, please contact:

THE GRIEVE CORPORATION

500 Hart Road
Round Lake, IL 60073-2898
Phone:  (847) 546-8225
Fax:  (847) 546-9210
Web:  www.grievecorp.com
Email:  sales@grievecorp.com
Attention:  Frank Calabrese, VP

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Exact Metrology Helps Sculptor Create Life-Size Statues of First Responders

Cincinnati native Tom Tsuchiya is a well-known artist whose previous work includes bronze statues of former Cincinnati Reds players near the entrance of the Great American Ball Park and the inductees of the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.  Now, Tsuchiya’s artistic skills are on display in Florence, Kentucky. The Florence Community Plaza features life-size statues of a firefighter, a public service worker and a police officer.

Although Tsuchiya has used 3D software, digital scanning, 3D printing and CNC (Computer Numerical Control) to help create sculptures in the past, the Florence project was the first time digital scans of actual people were used to create a sculpture.

Tsuchiya planned the general pose of the firefighter, the public service worker and the police officer with a little girl, using a 3D design program. He asked Matthew Martin, the Division Manager of Exact Metrology, and Scott Menne to digitally scan actual employees from the City of Florence, Kentucky. The firefighter in gear was scanned at the fire station, while the police officer and Martin’s daughter were scanned at the Florence city headquarters. A friend of the City of Florence posed as the public service worker.

Exact Metrology Public Works StatueMartin explained that Tsuchiya usually makes clay miniatures of his sculptures and has Exact Metrology 3D scan them. Concerning the Florence statues, Martin said, “Tom took a different approach and had Exact Metrology 3D scan the life-size figures using the Artec 3D Eva scanner. The figures were captured using a series of images at 30fps.”

After Tsuchiya finished the sculpting, the clay/foam/wood statues were delivered to the Sincerus Bronze foundry in Indianapolis to cast them in bronze. The whole process, from concept to bronze finishing, took four to five months for each sculpture.


For more information, please contact:

Steve Young
Exact Metrology, Inc.
11575 Goldcoast Drive
Cincinnati, OH 45249
Phone: 614-264-8587
Local: 513-831-6620
www.exactmetrology.com
stevey@exactmetrology.com

Exact Metrology is an ISO 9001:2008, AS9100, FFL and ITAR Certified Company.

Exact Metrology, with facilities in Cincinnati and Milwaukee and affiliated offices throughout the Midwest, is a comprehensive metrology services provider, offering customers 3D and CT scanning, reverse engineering, quality inspection, product development and 2D drawings.   The company also provides turnkey metrology solutions, including equipment sales and lease/rental arrangements.  

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