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COMPLETE RANGE OF HEIMATEC LIVE TOOL SPEED INCREASERS AVAILABLE THROUGH PLATINUM TOOLING

Gear ratios of 1:2, 1:3, & 1:4 with RPM max of 48,000

1:4 Radial Live Tool Speeder from Heimatec with ER 16 output, 24,000 rpm max

Platinum Tooling Technologies, Inc., the exclusive importer of Heimatec live tools, angle heads, and multiple spindle heads, offers immediate delivery on a variety of speeders for all popular live tool lathes.  Platinum Tooling, headquartered in Prospect Heights, Illinois, serves the North American Market.

These speed multipliers are available for working the OD or Face of the workpiece, with either external or internal coolant design, and mounting configurations to suit virtually any machine tool set-up, including all VDI, BMT, and a variety of Swiss style machines.   

Speed multipliers for all BMT turrets including Doosan, Haas, Miyano, and Nakamura as well as many Citizen models are now in stock in Illinois with others available from factory stock for short lead times.    

According to Platinum Tooling President Preben Hansen, “As our presence in the American machine tool market continues to expand, so does our product line.  These speed multipliers offer the customer a way to enhance their machine tool capabilities and increase production.  These tools are available through Platinum Tooling’s extensive network of distributors and sales reps across North America.”     


For further information and literature, or to arrange a demo on these products, please contact: 

Preben Hansen, President
PLATINUM TOOLING TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
16 E. Piper Lane Suite 128
Prospect Heights, IL 60070
Phone:  847-749-0633
Fax:  847-749-2445
email:  phansen@platinumtooling.com

Platinum Tooling Technologies, Inc. in Prospect Heights, IL, near Chicago, serves its growing North American customer base with an extensive inventory of machine tool accessories. Its experienced staff is dedicated to providing the most innovative tooling and technology. Platinum Tooling Technologies, Inc. serves the auto, aero, medical, woodworking, composites and other industries, as well as an ever-increasing number of machine tool OEMs worldwide, through its network of manufacturers’ representatives. Platinum Tooling is the exclusive importer of Heimatec, Henninger, Tecnicrafts, and AMF tooling for North America.

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FEF is Getting Ready for the Virtual Fitness Challenge

The Foundry Educational Foundation (FEF) is preparing an exciting event for its students, alumni and interested parties.  The FEF Alumni/Ambassador Committee will host the first annual Virtual Fitness Challenge from April 1 to April 15. Participants can sign up as a team (maximum number of 6) representing a company, a college or just a group of friends. All FEF alumni, current students, professors, friends and friends of friends are welcome.  The goal of each team is 300 miles, whether it is running, walking, rowing, biking, swimming, even walking on the foundry floor. 

The cost is $34 per person and $8 for current students. All funds raised will go to the FEF student scholarship fund, ensuring ongoing support for all students.  All who participate will receive a medal. First and second place prizes will be awarded to the team with the most miles. First place prizes will also go to the individual with the most miles and the team that raises the most funds.

This is a great opportunity not only to help FEF students but also to enjoy some friendly competition, engage in fitness activities and earn a participation medal.

To register please go to https://runsignup.com/Race/IL/Schaumburg/FEFFitnessChallenge

If you wish to donate but not participate, please click here https://runsignup.com/Race/Donate/IL/Schaumburg/FEFFitnessChallenge

If you would like to purchase a T-shirt, click https://www.feffitnesschallenge.com/


For more information, please contact:

Brian Lewis
Executive Director
Foundry Educational Foundation
Phone: (847) 490-9200
brian@fefinc.org
www.fefinc.org

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Guill Provides Helpful Terms for Extrusion

Guill’s Chief Engineer, Denis Finn,  provides this helpful glossary of useful terms, used in the extrusion business worldwide. He would appreciate any feedback. 

  • Extrusion Die assembly- also known as crosshead, inline tubing die, head, die.  Connected to extruder by feed pipe/flange.  Forms extrudate into desired shape.
  • Tooling- comprised of two components—the tip and the die.  
  • Tip- defines ID of product for a tubing application or locates the substrate in a jacketing application.  Tips are also known as pins, mandrels,
  • Die- defines OD of product.  AKA bushing.  
  • Land length- straight section at end of the tool set. 
  • Gum space- distance between end of tip and back of die land. 
  • Draw down ratio- relationship between ID and OD of tooling vs. the ID and OD of the finished product.  
  • Linear draw- the ratio of the ID of the die and OD of the product.  And the ratio between the OD of the tip vs the ID of the product.  
  • Area draw- ratio between the cross sectional area of the output of the tooling and the cross sectional area of the finished product. 
  • Draw balance- ratio of the outer surface of the draw down cone to the inner surface of the draw down cone.
  • Concentricity- how well centered the OD of the product is to the ID of the product or the jacketed substrate.  
  • Ovality- how round the OD your product is
  • Dead spot- section of the flow where material is allowed to stagnate.  Usually causes burning and degradation issues over time. 
  • Balanced flow- uniform exit velocity over the cross section of the product.  A well balanced flow produces a higher quality product. 
  • Fish eye, gel, unmelt, comet- common terms for unmelted or non-homogenous melt
  • Melt fracture-surface defect in product caused by shear degradation (usually manifests as a grainy/frosted appearance on surface of extruded part.) 
  • Die drool- particle buildup on outside surface of tooling.  Buildup can break off and cause defects on finished product.  
  • Bulk residence time- amount of time polymer spends in the extrusion die assembly 
  • Shear- term to describe a force that the melt experiences as it is forced through the extrusion die assembly. 
  • Viscous dissipation aka shear heat- frictional heat generated as a result of shear. 
  • Viscosity- resistance to flow
  • Cold spot- section of extrusion die assembly that is not adequately heated resulting in imbalanced flow or a thermoplastic freeze off
  • Rheology- science of characterizing a fluid’s behavior
  • Draw down cone- section of molten polymer as it draws down to its final product dimension.
  • Calibrator- device to precisely establish and control the desired product dimensions
  • Stripe-feature to identify or establish orientation of finished product. 
  • Encapsulated-  stripe between outside and inside surfaces of product
  • Embedded- surface stripe with established depth. Typically a percentage of the wall.
  • Surface- stripe only on surface of product.  
  • Window- strip that goes through wall from OD to ID. 
  • Surging- inconsistent melt output that results in product dimension variation..  
  • Coextrusion- any extrusion that uses two or more extruders.  
  • Wire line/pass line- distance between face of extruder to the center line of the crosshead.  
  • Direction of travel- a way to establish production line orientation.  
  • Recommended moisture content- a qualifier of how dry your polymer should be before you process it.
  • Substrate- the material that is being coated in a jacketing process.  Can be wire, bundle of strands, fibers, etc. 
  • Jacketing- covering a substrate with melt.
  • Multi-lumen- a tube with multiple internal cavities.
  • Melt probe- a device to directly measure  pressure and/or  temperature of the melt.
  • Thermocouple- a device to measure temperature of the extrusion die assembly.  Typically used to control heater output. 
  • Heater bands- provide heat to the extrusion die assembly. 
  • Flow distributor- shapes the melt to achieve balanced flow.

For more information, please contact: 

Denis Finn
Guill Tool & Engineering
10 Pike Street 
West Warwick, RI 02893 
(401) 823-7600 
www.guill.com
dfinn@guill.com

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The popular ANCA FX5 gets a power-boost with a new 12kW grinding spindle and an even stronger upgrade option

Celebrating the versatile FX machine platform as the 1000th FX5 rolls out the door.
ANCA FX5-high-powered-spindle-load-analysis-results

ANCA has upgraded the FX5 Linear 2-wheel pack machine with a new grinding spindle rated at 12kW peak power as well as releasing a further high-powered spindle option of 19kW.

CNC tool grinders strive to achieve the shortest possible cycle times – to keep the cost per tool produced at a minimum. Machine performance and grinding cycle time are linked to the power capabilities of the grinding spindle.
 
To maximize material removal rate, a commonly accepted industry practice is limiting the spindle load to between 30% and 40% for fluting operations. If the spindle load is likely to exceed 40%, tool manufacturers tend to allow for a second fluting pass as this contributes to longer wheel life and less wheel load. Auto white-sticking becomes an important option as batch sizes increase.

ANCA has conducted a spindle load analysis of fluting operations, identifying how many passes are recommended in relation to spindle load. The analysis compares two flute endmills ground with either 6, 8, 10 or 12mm diameters. The new FX5 which has now been upgraded from 9.5kW to a 12kW spindle can comfortably grind tools up to 10mm diameter in a single pass. A 12mm tool required a second grinding pass to keep the spindle load at 40%, rather than increasing to 60%.

This is where the new high-powered 19 kW spindle option makes all the difference. The 12mm endmill was ground at a 40% spindle load in one pass, with an overall time saving of one minute and four seconds – opposed to two passes at 12kW.



Match “One Pass Productivity” to tool diameter

The FX5, with the new 12kW spindle delivers increased productivity up to a diameter of 10mm. At 19kW, the new high-powered spindle option can enhance productivity further for tools up to 12mm and above. The high-powered spindle option on FX5 matches the grinding spindle fitted to the FX7 machine with 6-wheel packs, suited for a more industrial environment.

ANCA FX5-spindle-load-analysis

The new FX5 upgrade option features a striking high-powered decal indicating it has been fitted with the more powerful 19kW spindle.

For complex cutting tools, there can be of course further factors which influence actual grind cycles besides the tool geometry. These include the quality of the grinding wheel used and the supply of an adequate amount of cooling liquid at stable temperature, to avoid thermal damage of the workpiece. As batch sizes increase auto white-sticking helps to achieve maximum output by frequently refreshing the wheel.

Customers will benefit from the increased spindle power provided by the new 12kW standard spindle on FX5 and now have the option to purchase their new ANCA FX5 with a high-powered spindle, adding more flexibility in the tool room. Most importantly the high-powered spindle reduces the production cost and increases net output across a wider range of tools.

The use of “One Pass Productivity” for tools with 12mm diameter translates into an increased output of 15.8% – with 70 tools produced in an eight-hour shift compared to 60 tools with the new standard 12kW spindle.

The FX5 Linear continues to deliver customer satisfaction with 1000 machines sold

Contributing an impressive 1000 machines to the 1600 machines produced across the entire FX platform, the FX5 is an easy choice for customers, from light manufacturing, to regrinding and full production. Across a range of industries, the upgraded FX5 is the most versatile 2-wheel pack machine for a variety of applications.


For further information, please contact:

Johanna Boland
Group PR and Communications Manager, ANCA
M: +61 407799779
Johanna.Boland@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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ANCA’s New EDG with ANCA Motion SparX Erosion Generator Decreases Cycle Time for PCD Tools by 50%

How the fox outsmarted the hare: using intelligence to outperform brute force.

Tom Nathan, ANCA PCD Erosion Product Manager

When ANCA decided to create the ANCA EDG (Electro Discharge Grinding) machine in 2011, the mission was clear. The company wanted to create a high-performance Rotary Electro Discharge Machining (EDM) platform that was not only able to produce best-in-class tool geometries, but also have market leading cycle times.

It was the brainchild of Pat Boland, ANCA Founder and Managing Director, who realized that to outperform the incumbents, brains was needed over brawn. “The erosion process is simple in its complexity. The basis of the process uses positive and negative electrodes with electrolyte to create sparks along a material. ANCA has a 45-year history in making the world’s best carbide and HSS tools and we wanted to use that skill set in PCD tooling,” said Pat.

The main drivers behind the ANCA EDG machines were that it needed to be simple enough for all types of brazed shear-fluted tools, but complex enough to enable the creation of the infinite variety of helical solid-tipped, veined and chevron tools. Pat adds: “We realized early on that with the complexity of tool geometries we wanted to allow our customers to create, the 5-axis interpolation while maintaining the precise erosion gap distance was going to be a challenge.”

Maintain the optimum spark erosion gap with IAC

The ANCA EDG is able to maintain the optimum spark erosion gap for both simple 2D and complex 3D path interpolations, which is fundamental to the process working with high efficacy. This is very simple for 2D paths, however, when 3D path interpolation involves 4 or 5 axes moving simultaneously; surface area, volume and path variation become a challenge. From testing, we knew that the standard was to set the machine feedrate to the lowest allowable to maintain a useable spark gap distance; however, this leads to a lot of ‘air-time’ and drastically lowers efficiency. To allow the feedrate to remain high and maintain the optimum spark erosion gap, the idea of Intelligent Adaptative Control (IAC) was born.

Intelligent Adaptive Control (IAC) is an in-time, servo-controlled feature that automatically monitors and controls the erosion gap distance, in-process. Utilizing the EtherCAT functionality of the ANCA Motion AMD5x control system, IAC synchronizes the machine moves with the generator performance. IAC adjusts and maintains the optimum spark gap which is vital while eroding 3D geometries such as PCD flutes and gashes on drills and endmills. With geometry changing in up to 5-axes at once, IAC automatically adjusts the gap distance and machine feedrate to optimize the erosion speed and surface finish. This involves not only speeding up feedrates when erosion is along linear paths but also slowing down feedrates when path changes occurs.

Twists and turns along the erosion path leads to scenarios where the electrode wheel is likely to come into close contact with the tool, or comes off the tool. This can lead to optimal, bad and missed sparks along the trajectory. IAC automatically accounts for this and maintains the fastest possible feedrate along the length of any changeable path. This results in increased feedrates, minimum thermal damage, superior surface finish, increased MRR and decreased cycle time.

An added benefit of IAC is the ease in which PCD and carbide micro-tools can be manufactured. Since IAC maintains the optimal distance, the chance of wheel collisions and hence tool breakage is very low which is critical when eroding tools under 0.5mm.

Optimize the erosion process with ASC

The current, voltage, duration, time-off and therefore intensity of sparks changes based on the material that is being eroded. That is, PCD will require certain parameters as opposed to carbide (HM) and High-Speed Steel (HSS). The challenge is that PCD wafers are generally 0.6mm PCD with a 1mm carbide backing – sintered PCD, chevron tools and solid-tipped tools are formed onto carbide backing also. When aggressively eroding along the PCD-carbide border, erosion parameters optimized for PCD can inadvertently over-erode the carbide backing. This in turn leads to over-erosion at the PCD-carbide border, named an “undercut” as it selectively erodes the carbide under the PCD. Additionally, it can lead to “cobalt leeching” which is when the PCD binder, cobalt, is preferentially eroded away.

This is akin to digging under the foundations of a paved pathway. If you dig too much material away from under the path, eventually the path will collapse. Machine testing showed that the undercut and cobalt leeching during heavy roughing lead to a brittle border along the cutting edge and premature tooling wear. To avoid this happening and to optimize the erosion process, Adaptive Spark Control (ASC) was created.

Simple and very complex PCD tooling. Note the solid tipped PCD drill

ASC uses the DSP (Digital Signal Processors) and FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Arrays) on the generator itself. The EDG erosion generator is able to monitor and process every spark, in real time. The waveform of each spark is automatically monitored and categorized based on material being eroded, erosion gap distance and other factors essential to optimal erosion process. The generator can then dynamically adapt the energy level of each-and-every spark (current, voltage, duration and time-off) to suit the material being eroded.

ASC optimizes the erosion process leading to less cobalt leaching and a reduction in undercut at the PCD-carbide border.  This leads to a stronger cutting edge and a finished tool that is less prone to chipping. This helps achieve longer tool life, less tool wear and lower tooling costs. Testing on tooling suited to the machining of CFRP (Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic) showed a tool life increase of up to 100%.

A 0.4mm solid-tipped PCD drill

Boost the power electronics with ANCA Motion SparX Erosion Generator

ANCA leant on the expertise from their sister company, ANCA Motion to optimize the electronics to enable even higher and more aggressive erosion all-the-while maintaining very high surface finish results. When compared to equivalent componentry, the “mega-amp per pulse” technology enables ANCA customers to broaden the power range they can access and utilize. The ANCA Motion SparX Erosion Generator exhibits superior performance over the range of Extra-Heavy Roughing to Ultra-Fine Finishing operations, utilizing Pico-pulse technology for high energy-density ablation. This enables vastly superior controllability, providing customers with optimized feedrates, superior surface quality and drastically reduced cycle times. This pulse precision allows erosion that ranges from ultra-low energy pulses for exceptional ultra-fine finishing, through to high energy pulses for fast material removal.

In the PCD erosion process, cycle time is directly related to the Material Removal Rate (MRR). The ANCA Motion SparX Erosion Generator delivers unrivalled increases in MRR utilizing the new Extra-Heavy Roughing, Super Fine Finishing and Ultra-Fine Finishing operations. What this equates to is an unsurpassed increase in MRR and a 50% decrease in cycle time compared to competitor machines – arguably the fastest cycle times in the market. Additionally, erosion surface quality also sees an improvement across all power modes. Polished surface finishes of Ra < 0.1µm and Rz < 0.5µm can be easily achieved using the newly release “Ultra-Fine Finishing” process with Pico-pulse technology. These operations enable the production of superior cutting edges necessary for the most demanding of cutting tool applications.

Combining intelligence in a domain once dominated by brute force electronics, not only gives ANCA customers an edge over the competition but enables a smarter approach to tool making. The difference between our approach and the approach of our competitors is that ANCA focuses on what our customers want to achieve with their erosion process. They strongly told us that they wanted a process optimized for helical and round PCD tooling. We worked closely with ANCA Motion to design our erosion generator to suit not only shear tooling but the infinite array of highly complex geometries, rather than re-using generator technology originally created for Wire Electro Discharge Machining (Wire-EDM). Our approach turned the industry on its head. We let the geometries dictate the process, not the process dictate the geometries available.

We used intelligence to outperform brute force, like the fox outsmarting the hare.

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For further information, please contact:

Johanna Boland
Group PR and Communications Manager, ANCA
M: +61 407799779
Johanna.Boland@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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InspecVision Planar: A High Speed Integrated 2D and 3D Measurement System

Exact Metrology, a comprehensive 3D metrology service provider and hardware sales company, represents Planar from InspecVison. This 2D inspection machine allows manufacturers to simply and quickly verify product quality by performing 2D inspection, CAD comparisons and reverse engineering in seconds.

Planar 2D front view

Planar is ideal for shop floor use, requires minimal operator input and increases production throughput across a wide range of applications. These include flat and folded/formed sheet metal components, gaskets and seals, laminations, O-rings, paper acetate and electronic drawings and other opaque and semi-transparent flat materials.

A standard feature on every Planar system is 2D reverse engineering.  Existing parts can be reverse engineered quickly, creating dxf or dwg CAD files. The software allows the user to edit and clean the data such as standardization of hole sizes and clean edges and eliminates the need for hand measurement and CAD programming. Physical parts or even paper, acetate or electronic image files can be reverse engineered to create CAD files. Furthermore, reverse engineering processes can also be carried out in 3D using optional 3D modules. For full 3D capability, users simply add Opti-Scan 3D, while the SurfScan module extends Planar to 2.5D.

Opti-Scan 3D is a non-contact white light scanning system that uses a high speed, high resolution camera and an LED DLP projector to scan the surfaces of an object. Patterns of light are beamed from the projector onto the part, recorded by the camera and used to create a 3D point cloud of the scanned surface. The Opti-Scan 3D outputs the ultra-high resolution points into a number of different file types which can be used in virtually any 3D inspection or reverse engineering software package.

SurfScan integrates seamlessly with the Planar 2D automatic inspection software to allow accurate inspection of both the part’s 2D shape and its 2.5D features with a single click. The SurfScan is a high resolution projector which mounts onto the existing Planar vertical column. The projector shines structured light on the part which is then imaged by the Planar’s camera to create a 3D scan of the upper surface of the part. The point clouds created by the system can then be loaded into free and readily available 3D inspection software for comparison against a 3D solid CAD model. Point clouds are also compatible with Geomagic Control, Control X, Polyworks, etc.

InspecVision Planar offers fully automated one click inspection with machine sizes ranging from 500m to 3000mm. The machine is scratch resistant, features no moving parts, has simple calibration and minimal maintenance, requires minimal training and offers rapid return on investment.

Exact Metrology is ISO, AS9100 Certified as well as FFL and ITAR Registered.

Exact Metrology, with facilities in Cincinnati, Ohio, Moline, Illinois and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, plus 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.  

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.comstevey@exactmetrology.com

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Exact Metrology Offers Raytech Measuring Tables

Exact Metrology, a comprehensive 3D metrology service provider and hardware sales company, sells Raytech Measuring Systems. These are shop-floor dimensional measuring machines like the single axis and the three axis table for industrial manufacturers. The company offers machines for measuring parts for cutting, bending, punching, waterjet cutting, laser cutting, drilling and tapping. Custom machines are also available.

The single axis table is ideal for checking flat sheets with straight edges and square corners.  It features reduced setup time for production machines, reduced scrap rates and reduced backlog of parts for inspection. In addition, it integrates with SPC software for quality tracking and reporting, reduces operator-to-operator variation, offers long-term durability and simple operation.  Squareness gage allows users to check sheets for perpendicularity of the edges or check edge camber, while diagonal blocks allow the user to check corner to corner squareness on sheets. All single axis tables come standard with interchangeable probe tips. Heidenhain readouts and scales used on the single axis tables are designed for use on machine tools and are well suited for use on shop floor gage. The edge lift gage allows users to edge waves in sheets.

When parts are more intricate or bulkier than flat sheets, then the three axis table is recommended. It is suitable for checking laser and waterjet cut parts, sheet metal parts with many features and parts that are bent and formed.  The three axis table includes flexible metrology software, sealed Heidenhain encoders, low-maintenance linear bearings and a versatile Renishaw touch probe. Furthermore, it has the ability to integrate with SPC software for quality tracking and reporting and reduces operator error. As with the single axis table, it offers long-term durability and simple operation.  Features include a Renishaw indexing probe for flexible probing and reduced operator-to-operator inconsistency. It also includes a standard readout system with a simple yet durable color touch screen, serial output for SPC, multiple points of error correction and multiple point feature measurements. The PC-based system allows for the full capability plus additional reporting capabilities, as well as greater program storage capacity.


Exact Metrology is ISO9001, AS9100 Certified as well as FFL and ITAR Registered.

Exact Metrology, with facilities in Cincinnati, Ohio, Moline, Illinois and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, plus 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.  

For more 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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NEW ACHIEVEMENTS AND A TIME-TESTED OLDIE…with a high-tech twist

Welcome to our newsletter, brought to you by our strictly industrial, full-service ad/PR agency in Chicago.

In this issue, you’ll see one client who’s moved aggressively into the emerging EV market with the addition of a laser line, as well as another client’s Tool of the Year announcement, a very prestigious award in the global machine tool market. Finally, our stamping press giant client is touting the next step in the Press Room of the Future, rapidly coming onstream at Porsche. We are proud to be associated with all these great clients. We celebrated 50 years with one client in 2020 and have entered our 63rd year in service to another. Both are the global leaders in their equipment categories. Hmmm.  

Our PR Coordinator runs down a list of upsides you can derive from working with us on her specialty.  

What’s changed over my 46 years in the business is neither the formulation of the message nor the target audience strategies we bring to your marcom efforts. They are the nexus of our PR service and what differentiates Bernard & Company from consumer or b2b agencies. We’re i2i, industry to industry, engineers talking to engineers. We speak your language…and your customers’.  

What HAS changed, of course, is the method of delivery, especially in Covid times. We’ve identified SEVEN ways industry gets its information and we help our clients in all those areas…including digital, social and experiential. If you want a needs assessment to be sure you’re achieving success on all those platforms, talk to us.  

Contact me for more details and stay safe,  

Tim Daro 
President 
847-934-4500

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Close-up of AIFM

Leica Absolute Tracker AT960 Offers Speed, Accuracy and Portability

Exact Metrology, a comprehensive 3D metrology service provider and hardware sales company, now offers high-performance laser tracker technology in a portable and easy-to-use form factor thanks to the Leica Absolute Tracker AT960.

Leica Absolute Interferometer (AIFM) in action
Leica Absolute Interferometer (AIFM) in action

This is a robust, all-in-one laser tracker that fits in a single flight case. Offering high-speed dynamic measurement as standard, it is a complete solution for six degrees of freedom (6DoF) probing, scanning and automated inspection as well as reflector measurement.  The AT960 laser tracker can be transported easily, unpacked quickly and powered up in minutes to deliver high-performance measurement almost anywhere. Featuring wireless communication and a battery operation option, the integrated-technology design of the AT960 reduces setup time drastically. The Leica Absolute Interferometer (AIFM) enables accurate high-speed measurement of a moving target, while the innovative PowerLock function ensures an interrupted beam is instantly re-established without user intervention, reducing operator workload and training requirements. Intuitive touch-screen controls minimize the potential for user error, thus saving time, effort and money. Check and compensation architecture means basic adjustments can be made in the field, while robust design guarantees on-specification operations with minimal calibration and servicing.

Combined with the Real-Time Feature Pack and Leica T-Mac, the AT960 becomes a laser tracker that meets the deterministic measurement data-delivery requirements of high-end automated installations. Built on industry-proven EtherCAT protocol, it enables the delivery of 6DoF measurement data with accurate timestamps at an output rate of up to 1000 Hertz. Known as 7DoF measurement data, this enables real-time machine control within even highly-dynamic robotic setups.

With a measurement volume of up to 160 meters in diameter, the AT960 is compatible with Leica T-Probe, Leica T-Mac, Leica T-Scan 5 and Leica Absolute Scanner technology. This flexibility allows AT960 to cater to a wide variety of applications — from quality lab to in-line; from the factory to the field –ensuring users have the right tool for any measurement challenge.


Exact Metrology is ISO9001, AS9100 Certified as well as FFL and ITAR Registered.

Exact Metrology, with facilities in Cincinnati, Ohio, Moline, Illinois and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, plus 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.  

For more 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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Smart Press Shop Takes Shape at Porsche

Fully networked servo press line for joint venture between Porsche and Schuler to be put into operation in 2021

Canton, Michigan, January 14, 2021 – The first major members of Smart Press Shop GmbH have arrived at the Star Park industrial area in Halle (Saxony-Anhalt). These are the components for a ServoLine 20, induction press and laser blanking line, which is to be put into operation in 2021 in the state-of-the-art press shop of the joint venture between Porsche and Schuler. In this newly emerging press shop, the body parts of the Porsche Macan II are pressed, followed by assembly at the body shop in the Porsche plant in Leipzig.

Crossbar Feeder Schuler

The press line with an output of up to 20 strokes per minute (for example 40 doors, 80 fenders) has numerous intelligent functions from the Industry 4.0 kit by Schuler.

For example, cameras monitor the drawn edge of the shaped components. Under consistent conditions in the forming process, the shape and size of this drawn edge remain largely the same. If there is a change here, it indicates a deviation in material properties, lubrication or pulling forces. Process monitoring is used to inform the plant operator, so corrections can be made at an early stage to avoid expensive scrap/rework parts to a large extent.

The camera-based tool monitoring “Visual Die Protection” controls the correct attachment of connections, detects foreign objects such as wrenches or punch residues in the tool and checks whether the parts have been inserted, reshaped and removed correctly. In the event of a registered deviation from the target state, the press stops immediately to avoid costly consequential damage in the tool.

The oil circulating in the system is continuously monitored to determine the aging of the lubricant. The aim is to change the oil only when its condition really requires it, which significantly increases the useful life. In addition, lubricating oil monitoring allows detection of short-term changes in oil properties, for example indicating contamination with water or foreign particles.

The documentation of the entire system is also available in digital form. This saves employees from spending time searching. The files are available from each control station with HMI and screen as well as from mobile devices that all employees of the Smart Press Shop carry. For faster identification, electrical and fluid components of the system are equipped with a DMC code.


About the Schuler Group – www.schulergroup.com

Schuler offers customer-specific cutting-edge technology in all areas of forming technology – from the networked press to press shop planning. In addition to presses, the product portfolio also includes automation and software solutions, tools, process know-how and service for the entire metalworking industry. Customers include automotive manufacturers and suppliers as well as companies from the forging, household appliances and electrical industries. Presses from the Schuler Group mint coins for more than 180 countries. As a provider of innovative system solutions, we support our customers worldwide in the digital transformation of forming technology. In the 2019 financial year, Schuler generated sales of 1.136 billion euros. Schuler AG, founded in 1839 at its headquarters in Göppingen (Germany), is represented with approximately 6,000 employees at production sites in Europe, China and America as well as service companies in more than 40 countries. The majority of the company is part of the Austrian ANDRITZ Group.

For further information on Schuler Inc., North America, please contact:

Guido Broder, Vice President of Sales & Marketing
Schuler Incorporated
7145 Commerce Blvd.
Canton, MI 48187 USA
734-207-7200
Guido.Broder@schulergroup.com

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