Honing and lapping have been widely thought of as manual, low production processes, highly dependent on skilled operators. But today’s honing and lapping systems are highly automated and produce consistent, repeatable bore geometry with tolerances almost too small to measure. This presentation will discuss the rapid advances in honing and lapping, including bore geometry, surface tribology (plateau finishes, bearing ratios), burr conditions (torn and folded metal), and edge condition.
Sunnen Products Co. is the world’s largest vertically integrated manufacturer of systems for precision bore sizing and finishing, including automated and manual honing systems, custom system development and integration, abrasives, tooling, lubricants, and bore gaging. The company recently introduced the SHD series skiving and roller burnishing system, an alternative bore sizing and finishing process for certain high stock- removal applications. And with the acquisition of the BTA Heller line of deep-hole tooling and systems, Sunnen is positioned to offer complete bore sizing solutions from the creation of the primary hole to the final bore finish specifications.
Founded in 1924 by Joseph Sunnen in St. Louis, Missouri, the company has concentrated on the advancement of bore sizing technology and related equipment for industrial applications and automotive engine rebuilding shops. The mission has always been to keep pace with the needs of customers in the processing of new materials and new requirements for high volume production while maintaining the highest standards of precision. Our latest generation of advanced systems, tooling, and abrasives has taken bore sizing and finishing to an unprecedented level of sophistication and precision, leaving us well-positioned for future growth in domestic and international markets.
While still headquartered in the U.S., Sunnen employs more than 650 people worldwide, with offices, manufacturing and tech support facilities throughout Europe, the U.K., China, Brazil, and India.
Topic Track: Process Innovations Session Topic: The Blue Arc Metal Removal Process Update: A Case Study in the Benefits of Vendor Collaboration
In today’s current manufacturing environment, we are facing more complicated, multi-discipline processes. We are addressing these complicated challenges with a dwindling resource base. The ever-growing skills gap will force us to work differently in the future and the future is NOW. In the past, a company would purchase a machine, an engineer would design a fixture, another would select a tooling suite, another would create the part program, and the facilities manager would dictate the coolant used in the machine. All of these individually selected resources would come together, and the manufacturer would hope for the best. Today’s complex processes dictate a different approach. How can a deep dive into intense collaboration result in dramatic reductions in cost of manufacture and increased process reliability? An interesting case study will be shared about the GE/Mitsui Seiki partnership in the revolutionary Blue Arc process – along with an update on its applications – and suggestions for how to effectively collaborate in an era of scarce resources.
Mitsui Seiki USA Inc., Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mitsui Seiki Kogyo Co. Ltd. Established in 1928 as the first company in Japan to produce precision measuring instruments, in 1938 it became the first to create ultra-precise machine tools. Mitsui Seiki has acquired a world-renowned reputation for accuracy in its machine tools. Its product line is comprised of CNC horizontal and vertical-spindle machining centers with up to 5+ axes, CNC jig-boring and jig-grinding machines, and CNC thread-grinding machines. In the last decade, the company has focused on the research and development of machine tool technologies for the aerospace, power generation, and mold & die industries.
The optimal machining of hard metals has been a concentrated effort. Mitsui Seiki has the most current and thorough knowledge of triple nickel titanium (Ti 5553] Ti-Aluminate (TiAl]. and the newer Titanium Beta 21 machining. Its technical experts have been travelling around the world, sharing this compelling, practical knowledge regarding optimal, efficient, and profitable methods for machining challenging materials. The company is also leading development of new hybrid machine tools and the Blue Arc platform.
In addition to sharing its expertise in hard metal machining and how to achieve high volumetric accuracies and why it’s important, the company will highlight a Hybrid Vertical Machining & Grinding Center as well as a 5-axis Vertical Machining Center.
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.