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The future of optimized cutting tool production, AIMS, connects sequential tool production processes – see it at IMTS, Chicago in September
Once again ANCA is on the forefront of innovation with AIMS – ANCA Integrated Manufacturing System. An Industry 4.0 factory wide integration, AIMS is ANCA’s solution for considering the factory as a single machine. Rather than separating workflow into many different elements of design, blank preparation, grinding, laser marking, washing, packing and shipment – AIMS streamlines the entire tool manufacturing process and complementary technologies.
An interactive and fully operating AIMS cell will be on display at IMTS in Chicago, September 12-17, 2022. The demo showcases the main modules of the AIMS system – an AutoSet job preparation station, AutoLine for pallet and tool transfer as well as AutoFetch – a robot responsible for material transfer between processes — pallet and individual tools between job preparation, grinding and tool measurement on ZOLLER measuring machine.
With AIMS, ANCA is responding to common challenges in the tool manufacturing sector of labor cost and availability, as well as safety and production efficiencies. Access to skilled staff and the need for elimination of simple, repeatable tasks which could be easily automated – AIMS maximizes grinders’ productivity and, in general, improves Overall Equipment Effectiveness. Integration with ERP systems to streamline workflows is also one of the important AIMS features.
The principles of the AIMS system are flexibility and modularity. This means each system can be tailored to an individual customer’s needs using the right building blocks – or modules. It can scale from a purely software-based monitoring solution to a fully automated manufacturing cell.
AIMS is not a single product but rather a suite or ecosystem of interconnected building blocks which can be configured to satisfy an individual customer’s requirements. Manufacturers can build their AIMS system gradually using standalone AIMS Ready components, which can be easily upgraded to fully automatic when required. Customers can tackle their most pressing issues first and stagger implementation over a period of time. This staggered option makes AIMS a feasible solution for customers as they invest in this revolutionary technology and realize the potential for their business.
Jan Irzyk, AIMS Product Manager said: “We are delighted to present a physical, working model of AIMS for customers to understand the powerful potential of truly integrated manufacturing.”
“AIMS can be configured in many ways, the IMTS cell demonstrates an unattended manufacturing workflow of two varieties of endmills on one ANCA MX7 machine. An important part of this workflow is closed loop measurement and compensation process using ZOLLER Genius as a measurement station. Depending on an individual customer’s requirements, our system can automatically transfer a tool from the ground batch, clean it, measure required geometries and transfer the results to the respective grinder where grinding parameter compensation is taking place to achieve required dimensional tolerance of the batch.”
Visitors to ANCA’s booth at IMTS (Booth 237406, North Building, Level 3) can see:
Jan concluded, “In the not-too-distant future we will be able to demonstrate the AIMS capability in a production environment, which is very exciting – so watch this space, there’s much more to come!”
For further information, please contact:
Group Corporate Communications Manager
M: +61 407799779
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.Continue reading
Supply chain issues are driving more companies to bring manufacturing back in-house. Parallel to this trend in automotive manufacturing is the rise of electric vehicles and increasing automation. Nidec Machine Tool (Wixom, Michigan), responding to the needs of the industry, is debuting the new GE15HS gear hobbing machine at IMTS 2022 in Booth 237036. Emphasizing high speed, precision and efficiency, the new machine produces gears for electric and hybrid cars, as well as for robotic and automation applications.
The GE15HS model is designed for gears with a maximum diameter of 150mm, widely used in automobiles and motorcycles. The high-speed, high-torque direct-drive motor*1 for the main cutting spindle provides a maximum spindle speed of 6,000 min-1*2 – three times faster than previous models. The high efficiency spindle holding the workpiece uses a special table that provides high rigidity and high-speed rotation to handle the necessary thrust load*3 for high efficiency machining. Cutting gears with Nidec super-hard cutting tools yields a surface roughness of less than Ra0.4*4; on par with gear grinding. Scott Knoy, Nidec Machine Tool America VP of Sales says, “The GE15HS provides process efficiency, eliminating the finishing process of shaving prior to heat treatment, thereby improving productivity and reducing processing cost.” A larger machine, the GE25HS, is also available.
Used in combination with Nidec Machine Tool’s new materials and coatings for cutting tools, the GE15HS model provides stable mass production with a maximum cutting speed of 1,500m/min.
More than 2,800 Nidec GE Series hobbing machines have been delivered and installed since the product launch in 2004.
The Nidec booth will also feature the ZI20A-G Generating Internal Gear Grinder. Hard finishing of internal ring gears in mass production is the final frontier for automotive and truck transmission applications. For quiet, smoothly meshing internal ring gears, the ZI20A-G utilizes patented technology for threaded wheel grinding. This breakthrough process delivers fast and very cost-effective production of internal ring gears for planetary gearsets.
*1: Direct-drive mechanism motors utilize the torque coming from a motor without passing through a gear box or other mechanism in order to control driving loss due to friction and reduce wear on parts.
*2: The “min-1” notation is a unit expressing the number of turns in one minute, synonymous with “revolutions/rotations per minute” (rpm).
*3: Thrust load is the force applied to the shaft in a horizontal (parallel) direction (the axial direction of the rotor).
*4: In-house machining result with GE15S (Workpiece data: Module 1.6mm; No. of teeth 19; helix angle: 24°; face width: 24mm)
|Max. workpiece diameter||150㎜||250㎜|
|Max. cutting module||4㎜||6㎜|
|Max. hob diameter||90㎜||130㎜|
|Max. hob length||190㎜||230㎜|
|Mount of hob shift||150㎜||180㎜|
|Max. spindle rotation speed||6,000 min-1 Direct drive mechanism||2,300 min-1|
|Main motor rated output||24 kW||25 kW|
For more information, please contact:
Nidec Machine Tool America LLC
46992 Liberty Drive
Wixom, MI 49393
Demand for mass production of high-precision gears is continuing to rise with the shift to electrification of vehicles. With the need for improvements in NVH and fuel efficiency, plus the move toward low-cost manufacturing, Nidec Machine Tool, with its expertise in both gear machine tools and cutting tools, offers a full lineup of gear production machines. By delivering precision cutting tools and processing solutions to achieve high-precision, high-efficiency processing, Nidec Machine Tool provides comprehensive support for manufacturing in a wide variety of industries.Continue reading
Under the theme of “Technology Leader with Perfect Rotation,” FISCHER will showcase its D27 milling head paired with their newest technology for high-volume material removal in their MFW-2714/20 HSK-100 at IMTS 2022, Booth 237470, in Chicago, September 12-17. With 80 years of experience in high-performance machine tool spindle design, in-house manufacturing and best-in-class repair services, the company will present this new design, a combination milling head-milling spindle that provides maximum stability and precision for aerospace and other 5-axis machining operations.
Features on this advanced milling head and spindle combination include:
Perfect Rotation – Powerful, heavy milling while maintaining accuracy and repeatability requires perfect rotation in not only the spindle but also the milling head. This is achieved by precisely calculated mono-block structures made of high-grade cast iron paired with two cross-roller bearings for A-axis and YRT for C-axis provide the highest load capacity to handle the cutting forces in all directions during power milling.
Technology Leader – Always developing and implementing industry leading technology with customer focus is a FISCHER operating principle. Highest power, highest speed, highest precision to provide our customers with the leading edge.
New Milling Head – The FISCHER D27 milling head is specifically designed for the most powerful, as well as long-tooled, milling applications. With the high power and torque output, the D27 milling head still maintains its sleek symmetric outline while being dynamic and robust. To ensure accuracy and repeatability, the unit incorporates direct optical encoders, dual motors and dual clamps on the A-axis. The D27 milling head is intentionally designed to utilize the maximum power and torque capacity of our FISCHER 275mm spindles for the highest chip removal rate.
New Spindle Design – Paired with the D27 is the spindle type MFW-2714/20 HSK-100. FISCHER is raising the bar for highest volume chip removal. The unit offers machine builders and end users a robust HSK-100 interface, max speed of 20,000 rpm and an S1 continuous power rating of 200kW.
Visit FISCHER at IMTS 2022 in the North building, Level 3, Booth 237470.
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FISCHER USA, Inc. is the North American operation of FISCHER Spindle Group AG, based in Switzerland. The company builds and markets milling head and spindle combinations, performs spindle analysis, repair and testing at its headquarters in Racine, Wisconsin.Continue reading
HIWIN Corporation, a leader in motion control and system technology, will feature families of precision motion control components this year at IMTS, with their Torque Motor Rotary Tables, (TMRT), as a highlight of their booth. IMTS will be held September 12-17, 2022, in Chicago.
Designed for machine tool OEM’s and retrofitters, the TMRT series enables 3 axis machine tools to be readily upgraded to 3+1, 3+2, 4+1 or even 5 axis capability. High speed, high torque, built-in high-rigidity high-precision bearings, absolute encoders and a powerful brake system ensure excellent acceleration capabilities and high precision when machining complex part geometries.
HIWIN’s TMRT series rotary tables incorporate direct-drive torque motors. This innovative design eliminates any gear reducers, resulting in the highest dynamic performance and multi-axis path accuracy. Directly coupled encoders and zero backlash enables tighter part tolerance. Direct drives provide smooth motion, resulting in improved part surface finish.
The TMRT series incorporates integral liquid cooling in the table, ensuring thermal stability even during high duty cycle, high load conditions, yielding consistent part quality.
The TMRT series is compatible with most major CNC brands, making control integration straightforward.
HIWIN Torque Motor Rotary Tables utilize HIWIN’s torque motor components, which are also available for engineers who prefer to design and build a unique table.
Since 1992, HIWIN Corporation has focused on components, systems and expertise in the motion control industry. HIWIN will be celebrating their 30th anniversary in America at IMTS
Visit Hiwin at IMTS 2022 in the East building, Level 3, booth 134514.
For more information, please contact:
Andy Choi, Product Specialist
12455 Jim Dahmer Road
Huntley, IL 60142
Effective immediately, Heimatec Inc., will be selling products from Tecnicrafts Industries, a manufacturer of collets and guide bushings for Swiss Type CNC Lathes.
Tecnicrafts is an ISO 9001:2015 Certified company, with its manufacturing plant in South India with state of the art machine tools and 115 technicians. Tecnicrafts collets and guide bushings are exclusively used for Swiss Turning applications on Citizen-Cincom, Tsugami, Star, Tornos, Hanwha, Traub, Hardinge, Manurhin-Kmx, Miyano, Nomura and other popular machine brands and are widely recognized and accepted by customers in Europe and Asia.
COLLETS: The collets are offered in Steel and Carbide lined versions with Grooved, Smooth, Serrated Bores in Standard and Long Nose Types. Tecnicrafts produces special collets such as V-Line, U-Line, Over-grip Collets, for positive gripping of delicate parts without marks. The Ultra Precision (XP) W-Type collets are available for tool grinding applications on machines like Rollomatic, Anca, Ewag and others. Other collets offered includes 5C and 16C types.
GUIDE BUSHINGS: Tecnicrafts Guide Bushings are generally offered in carbide lining having Super Finish bore with roughness value of less than 0.4 micron. These special guide bushings include U-Line, Extended Nose and Long Carbide Bores (Max Land) for special turning applications.
BAR FEEDER COLLETS: The Bar feeder collets are available for various bar feeders like Fedek, LNS, Ikura-seiki, Iemca, Citizen, FMB and other popular brands.
All Collets and Guide Bushings are offered in Standard and Ultra-Precision grades. The bore profile includes Round, Square, Hexagon, Rectangular and Profile bores as per customer drawings.
Heimatec Inc., with its expertise in precision tooling and having customer representatives throughout North America, is ready to meet the work holding tool needs for Swiss Turning applications with this new Tecnicrafts product line on its roster of quality tooling.
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New catalogs for Mori Seiki, TSUGAMI and Miyano machines offer standard tools from live tooling leader
Heimatec, a market leader in live tooling for the North American machine tool industry, has released a series of four new catalogs showcasing the company’s lines of machine brand specific tooling.
Already offering the most complete line of live tools available in the industry, with over 40,000 designs in its database, Heimatec machine brand specific tooling includes products for the following popular brands:
Heimatec sets the standard for the highest precision and most advanced technology in the machine tool accessory market. The company is acknowledged as a world leader in live tools, angle heads and multi-spindle drill heads.
In addition to its standard tooling and machine brand specific line, Heimatec also offers custom designed tooling. Heimatec tooling experts work directly with customers to design solutions to suit specific requirements for all CNC lathes, helping to solve the most challenging applications in multiple markets served by the company, ranging from orthopedic devices to oil & gas drilling equipment.
Heimatec North American distribution headquarters are located in Prospect Heights, Illinois (Chicago) with world headquarters plus all manufacturing based in Germany. A team of manufacturers’ representatives covers the North American market for Heimatec.
Visit Heimatec at IMTS 2016, Booth # W-2054 in Chicago.
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Standard and custom styles available for Hyundai, Miyano and Nakamura machine tools; offered for all tapers, including HSK and BT30; fixed and adjustable models; many in stock for immediate delivery
Heimatec, a world leader in live tools and multi-spindle drill heads, today announces immediate availability of live tooling for all popular models in the Hyundai, Miyano and Nakamura turning center lines. According to Preben Hansen, Heimatec president, “We’re carrying a substantial inventory of live tools for our customers’ machines now and it represents a substantial financial and warehouse space commitment we’ve made to support them in the North American market.”
Hansen added that the company will be announcing its in-stock arrangement for many other lines of machine tools, moving forward, as the company commits a major investment to the market. Heimatec Inc. serves its North American customers with a full team of manufacturers’ rep firms, plus its Chicagoland facility offers stocking, repair, application engineering and service for the company’s line of live tools, multi-spindle tool, adapters, UTEC® right angle heads and other items offered.
Literature detailing all the Heimatec products now available in stock for Hyundai, Miyano and Nakamura machining centers is offered at the company’s website, www.heimatecinc.com. Interested parties may also contact the company directly with inquiries.
CAT 40, BT 40, BT 30, HSK 63A, CAT 50, BT 50, HSK 100A and many other taper styles are available, as well as custom modifications such at 18” extension shafts. Offset, Slim, Dual and Adjustable styles. Heimatec offers a full one-year warranty on all parts and labor.
For further information and brand-specific literature, or to arrange a demo on any Heimatec tools, please contact:
Preben Hansen, President
16 E. Piper Lane
Prospect Heights, IL 60070
Heimatec is an international tooling manufacturer, based in Renchen, Germany. Its experienced staff is dedicated to providing customers the most innovative tooling technology possible. In 2010, the company opened Heimatec Inc. in Prospect Heights, IL, near Chicago, to serve its growing North American customer base with sales and service, plus an extensive inventory of products. Heimatec serves the auto, aero, medical, off-highway, rail, energy, woodworking, composites and other industries, as well as an ever-increasing number of machine tool OEM’s worldwide.
Ann Arbor, Michigan – GMTA (German Machine Tools of America) represents various top-quality German metalworking machine builders, including Wera Profilator, K + G, Pittler, Praewema and WMZ, as well as Arnold lasers and Rosink parts washers. These machines are sold to the North American market exclusively by GMTA, primarily for gear and spline production, as well as other power transmission and various metalworking applications. The company’s target markets include automotive, off-highway, energy and other heavy equipment manufacturing. Machines are provided for gear honing, gear grinding, the patented Scudding® process for gearmaking, polygon milling, turning, gear tooth pointing and multi-task machining operations, as well as various laser operations or laser line integration and parts washing. This newsletter is provided to our friends in the media to keep you and your readers updated on News of Note at GMTA.
In the news…
-GMTA has formed an alliance with Star SU LLC in Hoffman Estates, Illinois to manufacture Scudding® tools for the North American market. Scudding® is the radical improvement on traditional power skiving technology for gear production, long proven in the market to be faster, more accurate and versatile in use. Often thought to be limited to internals only, Scudding is fast beginning to compete in certain applications with hobbing on external gears and splines, as well. David Goodfellow of Star SU signed the agreement with GMTA president Walter Friedrich and VP Scott Knoy.
-GMTA continues to expand its representation of K + G (Kristen + Gormann), a tooling manufacturer in Germany that supplies the industry with products for inside grooving, turning, profile milling, facemilling, geartooth milling, chamfering and back angling. K + G became the third line added in 2014 to the family of manufacturers currently represented by GMTA, joining Arnold lasers and Rosink parts washers.
-GMTA now offers a full integration service for production lines on gears, splines and other powertrain components. Bringing the various machine tool, laser and parts washer lines together, along with robotics, transfer mechanisms and other high-end automation, GMTA engineering has the ability to provide nearly end-to-end capability to many shops and production departments at major OEM’s and Tier vendors. As VP Scott Knoy explains, “We now offer our customers a comprehensive package of equipment, application engineering, tooling support, commissioning and after-sales service.”
-GMTA will be exhibiting at Gear Expo and EMO, this year, the latter in conjunction with partner companies in Europe.
-GMTA is supplying Magna Powertrain a variety of machine tools and systems for its Audi Flex program, both in Muncie, Indiana and Mexico.
-Both Ford and General Motors plants have purchased additional Praewema honing machines for various transmission programs.
-Jernberg Industries, Inc. in Bolingbrook, Illinois has added its fifth Profilator machine for ring gear production.
-GMTA hosted a field trip for the students in the German Clubs at two local schools to the famous Kristkindlmarkt at Daley Plaza in downtown Chicago. The festival is a recreation of the classic German street markets set up for the Christmas season, featuring artisans and craftsmen selling their wares, plus music, food and drink for the season, including gluhwein! The students and their leaders had a good time. Froeliche Weihnachten…that’s Merry Christmas in German. Leading the event for GMTA was the corporate treasurer, Claudia Hambleton. A good time and much gemütlichkeit were had by all!
Remember when IMTS 2014 announced their photo contest and we submitted this scrumptious morsel of photography?? For #TBT, I’d like to pay tribute to this delicious day in Bernard & Company history: “Chicago’s Favorites” featuring Bernard & Company, IMTS, Portillo’s Chicago-Style Hot Dogs/Fries and Italian Beef Sandwiches, Lou Malnati’s Deep Dish Pizza and Garrett’s Chicago Mix Popcorn.
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Keep warm and keep having fun, manufacturing world!
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When IMTS 2014 announced their photo contest, we couldn’t wait to get to work!
— IMTS 2018 (@IMTS_2018) February 24, 2014
— IMTS 2018 (@IMTS_2018) February 19, 2014
Presenting our entry:
“Chicago’s Favorites” featuring Bernard & Company, IMTS, Portillo’s Chicago-Style Hot Dogs/Fries and Italian Beef Sandwiches, Lou Malnati’s Deep Dish Pizza and Garrett’s Chicago Mix Popcorn. What could be better?? Nothing, I tell ya.
Do NOT miss IMTS this upcoming September!! Our clients, including Siemens Machine Tools, Siemens Production Machining, Rattunde, Advanced Machine & Engineering, Heimatec, TCT Stainless, GMTA, Suhner and Chemtool will all be exhibiting!
And if the photo above did not leave you reaching for a napkin to wipe the drool, IMTS will be home to over 100,000 decision makers showing new manufacturing technology and ideas. So come on over to Chicago and get a taste of everything IMTS will have to offer!Continue reading