Topic Track: Process Innovations Session Topic: Improving Your Spindle Up-Time with the Right Workholding
Workholding is often over-looked, yet it is a critical component to the efficiency of a machine-tool. There are many factors in workholding that can contribute to keeping the spindle running longer, and the machine sitting idle for shorter periods of time. Some of these factors include part density, load/unload time, and changeover time between setups. In this presentation you will learn about the latest workholding technology, and how it can be applied in your shop to increase throughput and profitability during the changing landscape of the manufacturing environment.
Schunk is a competence leader for gripping systems and clamping technology. About 3,000 employees in 9 plants and 33 directly owned subsidiaries ensure an intensive market presence. With more than 11,000 standard components, Schunk offers the world’s largest assortment of gripping systems and clamping technology from one source. Since 2012, Goalkeeper legend Jens Lehmann is brand ambassador for safe, precise gripping and holding.
Topic Track: Quality Session Topic: How “Walk-Up Metrology” Offers QC Versatility from Manual One-Feature Measurements to Semi-Automated Multi-Dimensional Testing
Walk-Up Metrology is the capability and utilization of a vision and multi-sensor system to be effective for a wide range of measurement applications. Applications can range from simple manual measurements of one feature to measuring many features on multiple parts in a semi-automated fashion.
Systems and technology of this type are simple to use for basic measurements but are also very powerful when utilized by a trained operator for more complex measurement runs. Walk-up metrology solutions are desirable as they are versatile, offering a wide range of uses from engineering and development, reverse engineering, quality and inspection. Companies can experience a rapid pay back on a metrology system of this type.
Founded in 1880 and headquartered in Athol, Massachusetts, USA, The L.S. Starrett Company is a leading global manufacturer of precision measuring tools and gages, optical comparators and vision systems, and force and hardness testing solutions. Starrett also manufactures laser measurement systems, custom engineered granite solutions, custom gaging, band saw blades, power tool accessory saw blades, workshop tools and jobsite tools. The Starrett brand is recognized throughout the world for exceptional quality and precision. Skilled personnel, superior products, manufacturing expertise, innovation and excellent service and support have earned Starrett its reputation as the “World’s Greatest Toolmakers.”
Starrett Metrology Systems include optical comparators, vision/video-based systems and a new product category of digital comparators. A range of optical comparator configurations and options include horizontal and vertical benchtop systems, floor standing models and side bed setups, all designed to provide high performance and cost-effectiveness. The range of metrology systems from Starrett are ideal for use in QC labs, research, engineering and manufacturing environments where small to large scale high-precision measurement is critical. Many systems are available in either manual or CNC configurations.
Session Topic: Technological Advancements Within Ultra Sonic Milling, Friction Stir-Welding, and 3D Printing Markets
What is ultra sonic milling and how has the technology evolved?
New advancements within the friction stir-welding market
Fresh approach to 3D printing
How can integrated cell manufacturing benefit you?
Fagor Automation is a company with vast experience in the development and manufacturing of products for machine automation and control. Fagor excels with its ability to develop software and the versatility of its productive process to offer solutions tailored to customers’ needs.
Historically, Fagor Automation has focused its efforts on the machine-tool sector, proving to be one of the world leaders. Demonstrating its range, Fagor’s technical and sales network spreads across more than 50 countries through its own branch offices and distributors.
IMTS 2018 Booth #135237 www.fagorautomation.com
Diversified Machine Systems (DMS), a privately-held corporation with headquarters located in Colorado Springs, Colorado, designs and manufactures 3-axis and 5-axis CNC routers and machining centers. DMS’ capabilities include complete in-house mechanical and electrical engineering, welding and steel fabrication, a fully-equipped machine shop, a large-scale CNC machining center, mechanical and electrical assembly operations, control system integration, and final test processes.
Topic Track: Process Innovations Session Topic: 5-Axis Machining – Some Best Practices
5-axis machining is an advanced and complex machining process involving many aspects such as tooling, machine, CAM software, and CNC technology. A lot of development has been done in these areas to improve 5-axis machining in recent years. However, many 5-axis machine users (programmers and machinists) are not aware of the new development and have not taken advantage of the new technology. The author has worked with major machine tool builders and big end-users for 20 years and wants to share some best practices for 5-axis machining.
In this presentation, the following topics will be discussed:
How to achieve good surface in high speed
Application of advanced CNC functions to reduce tooling cost and setup time
Latest CNC development for 5-axis machining
Selection of proper CAM software for 5-axis machines
5-axis machine simulation before cutting
Use of standard part for 5-axis machine buy off
Fanuc America offers a range of industry-leading products and services for robotics, CNC systems, and factory automation solutions. They are dedicated to increasing the competitiveness of North and South American manufacturers by creating opportunities to help them maximize their efficiency, reliability, quality, and profitability. Whether you’re a small or a large manufacturer, Fanuc has a solution that will meet your specific needs. Fanuc invites you to explore the possibilities with their company.
Topic Track: Process Innovations Session Topic: Tool Lifecycle Management 4.0 – In Line with Industry 4.0 Using Integrated Tool Data Management Solutions
Integrated tool management and tool lifecycle applications play a vital role for industry 4.0 processes. Cloud-based 3D tool and technology data for complete virtual production planning, inventory management, and real-time polling of machine tools for predictive tool replenishing and Big Data analysis offer a continuous improvement process.
Tool Lifecycle Management (TLM) from TDM Systems is an IT strategy for production resources and includes tool organization for all phases of planning and production. TLM is a link between ERP, PLM, and MES, ensuring communication between planning and production systems. TLM is about capturing and providing tool data and tool graphics for CAM and simulation processes, as well as the physical organization of tool circulation on the shop floor and collecting data from machine tools. TLM consists of continuous communication and data exchange between the involved systems. It is a major part of the Internet of Things (IoT) or Industry 4.0.
TDM software provides a central location for all necessary information about cutting tools such as geometry, cutting data, and applications suitable for each process. Tool graphics are provided in 3D format and can be used in NC processes and simulation analysis. TDM´s shop floor solutions help prepare tool assemblies for each job, calculate the tool usage, and consider the tool inventory. By collecting tool life data from machine tools and examining the Tool Lifecycle Management circle, users can be pro-active, will detect idle resources, and achieve cost savings in all processes. TDM Systems is launching the next generation of products with locally hosted or cloud-based solutions.
For more than 25 years, TDM Systems has been the leading provider of tool data management in the machining industry. With the Tool Lifecycle Management strategy, TDM Systems is focusing on process optimization through optimal tool planning and provisioning. Creating and editing tool data and graphics, integrating tool know-how and 3D graphics into the CAM planning, and organizing the complete tool cycle on the shop floor level are the company’s three core competencies. As a competence center within the Sandvik Group, TDM Systems draws on the expertise of various tool manufacturers in developing its software products.