Composite forming press

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May 7, 2018

To support lightweight materials, the 3000 T GMT press with Eco Servoforming handles composite materials such as sheet-molding compounds (SMC), bulk-molding compounds (BMC), glass-mat thermoplastics (GMT), and carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP). The presses can reach high accuracy and consume at least 20% less energy.

Lien Chieh Hydraulic Industrial Co. Ltd. (LCH)

Robot mounted metrology solution

A robot-mounted Laser Radar 3D metrology solution offers coordinate measurement machine (CMM) quality measurements on the shop floor in short time cycles. A single software suite controls the Laser Radar and robot, simplifying part measurement programming and inspection.

Silma X4 i-Robot is a virtual off-line programming and simulation tool capable of generating optimized Laser Radar and robot positions. It manages robot constraints (singularities, over speed, limits) and Laser Radar specifics (line of sight, incidence angle) for optimized, collision-free trajectories.

Demonstrated on a Fanuc robot, Metrolog X4 i-Robot controls can accommodate any robot cell, including a 7th axis rail, a rotary table axis, or multiple robots. The solution is independent of the robot accuracy; robot drift, warm-up, and backlash do not influence results.

Metrologic Group

Nikon Metrology

Deep-hole drilling, milling

USC and USC-M series machines combine deep-hole drilling and milling, allowing mold shops to reduce setup time, increase accuracy, and eliminate mold design restrictions associated with traditional machining centers.

USC series column-type machines provide a reliable, compact solution for mold manufacturers to perform Boring and Trepanning Association (BTA) and gundrilling operations, generating accurate holes up to 1.5" in diameter in large workpieces. Available in table weight capacities up to 50 tons, milling spindles and rotary tables are available as options.

The USC-M series of 7-axis deep-hole drilling and machining centers can improve productivity and efficiency in mold production, allowing manufacturers to process large and small parts with four-sided machining in a single setup. The machines use two independent spindles: one for gundrilling and BTA drilling and a second CAT 50 machining spindle. When combined with a rotary workpiece table and programmable headstock inclination, accurate deep-hole drilling and standard high-performance machining capabilities are available within the system’s working envelope.

Machines are available with full-enclosure guarding, a 120-position automatic tool changer, a laser tool presetter, and probing. Training includes process optimization and gundrill tool sharpening.