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Vollmer introduces new grinding technology

November 29th, 2021 9:13 am | by Admin

At the recent EMO exhibition, VOLLMER delivered the exhibition premiere of its new VGrind 360S grinding machine for the complete machining of carbide tools. Acknowledged as the new standard for the complete machining of rotationally symmetric solid carbide tools, the exciting new VGrind 360S is the perfect solution for manufacturing cutting tools for aerospace, medical, automotive and general subcontract manufacturing sectors.

This new 5-axis CNC grinding machine can be used productively to machine carbide tools with a diameter up to 25.4 mm and depending on the machine kinematics and the equipping of the grinding wheel packages, it can even be used for tools up to 150 mm diameter. The VGrind 360S incorporates wear-free linear induction motors on the X, Y and Z-axes to lower maintenance costs for the machine whilst demonstrating higher surface quality for the tool and improved precision.

The tried-and-tested vertical double-spindle concept from VOLLMER now features an oriented spindle-stop for the first time. Also known as spindle indexing, this always stops the spindle at a specific position and the result is a reduction of axial run-out errors and concentricity issues whilst offsetting wear in the HSK holding system. Another new feature is a heat plate exchanger to efficiently cool motors and spindles, which in turn leads to increased thermal stability. Furthermore, this effective cooling concept that has now been optimised and extended demonstrates absolute perfection when processing tools to the tightest of tolerances.

Simple and intuitive operation is at the core of the VGrind 360S and for customers to fully exploit its potential, VOLLMER has created an ergonomic platform whereby users can operate the control panel comfortably whilst having full visibility of the work envelope. Operation via the keyboard or touchscreen allows for precise machining of the tool and the multi-function handwheel ensures even more flexibility as it can be freely positioned on the enclosure. This design allows the setting of a required axis without using the control panel.

The VGrind 360S incorporates VOLLMER’s trusted operating concept and can be operated unmanned around the clock thanks to automation features such as a pallet magazine, free-arm robot or chain magazine. The options for automation include the HP 160 pallet magazine for up to 900 tools with a double gripper to guarantee fast changeovers, the HPR 250 free-arm robot for the automatic machining of tools with various shaft diameters and the HC 4 chain magazine that has space for 39 HSK-63A tools or up to 158 shank-type tools. This automation also extends to the 8-tool grinding wheel changer that ensures you always supply the right grinding wheel for the job at hand with no manual intervention. As an option, coolant nozzles can be automatically exchanged with the wheel sets on both spindles.

VOLLMER has everything covered for maximum productivity and performance. The optional features include the flexible loading automation options for carbide tools, grinding spindles available with direct or belt drive, automatic gripper compensation as an in-process solution, wheel compensation probes, automated changing of intermediate sleeves with bayonet, an automatic stacking unit that enables the abrasive grinding wheel to be opened during the grinding process. Other available features include the simultaneous grinding wheel package and tool change in combination with the HP 160 pallet magazine or the HC 4 to reduce non-productive times during loading and a stable, fully adjustable steady rest with automatic stroke to prevent deflection and ensure optimal grinding results.

Vollmer UK Ltd
Tel: 0115 9491040
Email: admin-uk@vollmer-group.com

Latest trends in grinding and tool grinding technology

November 1st, 2021 11:17 am | by Admin

e-mobility, digitalisation and automation: these are just some of the key trends in the grinding technology sector at present.

Research experts and the companies exhibiting at the new GrindingHub trade show will be providing insights into the latest technologies and processes in this rapidly developing industry.

e-mobility is bringing about a change in the entire powertrain in cars. Gear parts must be ever lighter and increasingly precise and robust. Liebherr-Verzahntechnik GmbH has been taking a very close look at the requirements of e-mobility. Flank line modification methods are used to minimise noise and optimise load capacities. Here, generating grinding with dressing-free CBN grinding worms can represent an economical alternative to corundum worms. The process is reliable, ensures long tool life and significantly reduces the amount of time and effort required for measuring and testing.

The grinding process and clamping equipment for the production of finely worked e-bike transmission parts must be fast and precise. Using special clamping solutions, even small and collision-critical components can be machined without any problems. The exclusive Liebherr machine concept with single-table helps achieve optimum concentricity and high reproducibility in the production of parts with quality requirements in the micrometer range. The choice of process ultimately depends on the specific requirements. Liebherr can test all process parameters using its own machines. “Often there is no right or wrong,” explains Dr. Andreas Mehr, an expert in gear grinding. “As a partner and solution provider, we advise customers and show them alternatives, allowing them to make the best decision. That’s precisely what we’ll be doing at GrindingHub 2022.”

Process monitoring during generating grinding of e-gear tooth systems
Although the design of transmissions in electric cars is simpler than that of conventional internal combustion engines, it places far higher demands on the manufacturing accuracy of the gears. Electric motors must deliver constant torque over a wide speed range at rotation speeds of up to 16,000 rpm. There is also another condition, as Friedrich Wölfel, head of Machine Sales at Kapp Niles points out: “Internal combustion engines mask transmission noise. Electric motors, on the other hand, are virtually silent. At speeds of 80 km/h and above, rolling and wind noise are the dominant factors, regardless of the powertrain. But in the range below that, transmission noise can become annoyingly noticeable in electric vehicles.”  The fine machining of these components therefore requires the use of a generating grinding process that is both productive and, above all, optimised in terms of the noise behaviour of the ground gear teeth. It is crucial to avoid so-called “ghost frequencies” which can be caused during component grinding as the result of an unfavorable machine and process design.

It takes much less time to grind gears than to take control measurements: this makes it impossible to inspect 100 percent of all components. The best approach, therefore, is to detect possible defects during the grinding process itself. Process monitoring is crucial here. “Numerous sensors and measuring systems that provide us with a wealth of signals and information are already built into the  machines,” explains Achim Stegner, head of Predevelopment. “We use these to assess the machining process and the expected quality level of each gear in real time in the gear grinding machines themselves. This allows order analysis to be conducted on noise-critical components in a similar way to the checks performed on an end-of-line test bench. In the future, gear grinding will provide significant added value by ensuring that the quality requirements for these components are met. As a GrindingHub exhibitor, we’re very excited by the innovative concept of the show.”

Developments in tool grinding technology
The tool grinding sector is having to meet ever greater challenges. On the one hand, more and more special tools are being produced in small batches, meaning that the process design up to the first in-spec part is gaining in importance from an economic point of view. On the other hand, the robustness and productivity of existing series processes must be continuously optimised so that they can hold their own against international competition even in high-wage countries. The Institute of Production Engineering and Machine Tools (IFW) in Hanover is pursuing several different avenues of research. The first step involves simulative mapping of the tool grinding process to support the process design. The simulation itself predicts the process force-related displacement of the ground blanks before the first cutting tool is produced, allowing this to be compensated for during grinding and thus avoiding any resulting geometric deviations. Furthermore, the load on the grinding tool is analysed, permitting optimum adaptation of the process planning to the grinding tool used. This improves the machining result and minimises the number of rejects.

“Laser-based sensor technology has also been installed in the machine tool to measure the grinding wheel topography. This helps maintain the superior machining quality even at higher volumes,” explains managing director Prof. Berend Denkena, who is also a board member of the WGP (German Academic Association for Production Technology). “This allows continuous evaluation of the grinding tool status. It means it can be used to determine dressing intervals for specific processes. This helps avoid deviations in workpiece geometry due to wear and associated rejects.”

Automation + digitalisation
“There has been a significant increase in the speed of grinding technology development in recent years. Advances in digitalisation are the main reason for this,” says Dr. Stefan Brand, managing director of the Vollmer Group in Biberach, commenting on the latest trends in grinding technology. “At Vollmer we have been using digitalisation in automation and data analysis for years now. We have developed our own IoT gateway that we are feeding more and more data into. The latest trend in grinding technology is the further integration of process data. The resulting knowledge gives users helpful insights into how the grinding process can be optimised. The journey into the digital future is constantly evolving. It is becoming clear how merging classic grinding technology with digital functions is not only influencing the grinding process itself, but also changing the market for grinding technology. Digital and automated processes are being used as optimisation levers by sharpening services, tool manufacturers and globally operating manufacturing companies alike.

“This development is one reason why the new GrindingHub trade show is focusing not only on automation and digitalisation in grinding technology but also on the areas of technology/processes and productivity. That’s why we welcome the opportunity to present our grinding technology to a broad and international audience at GrindingHub.”

VDW (German Machine Tool Builders’ Association)
Tel: 0049 6975 608132
Email: g.kneifel@vdw.de



Enhancement to the range of cut-off wheels from Master Abrasives

November 1st, 2021 9:40 am | by Admin

New hot pressed cut-off wheels are Master branded

Master Abrasives has expanded its range of cut-off wheels by also offering hot pressed wheels as well as larger diameter cut-off wheels. The expansion of the Master range of cut-off wheels allows the company to offer better suited cut-off wheels to markets such as the foundry industry.

Managing director, Paul Batson states: “There has been a gap in the Master product offering in when it comes to both hot pressed wheels and larger cut-off wheels. This addition to the range provides our customers a more complete range of abrasive consumables from our economical range.”

Previously the Master range ,included cut-off wheels up to 300 mm in diameter. Now the range includes reinforced and non-reinforced wheels all the way up to 1700 mm. The hot pressed Master cut-off wheels are designed to provide efficient cutting of gates and risers in the foundry industry. These wheels are reinforced and they provide outstanding performance for most foundry cut-off applications but are exceptionally productive for the cutting of large gates and risers where heavy feed pressures or heat build-up within the cut make cold pressed wheels unsuitable. The wheels have rilled sides for cool, free-cutting action providing less operator fatigue and more cuts per hour. High-strength fibreglass is moulded into the wheels offering high resistance to breakage. The new hot pressed straight and depressed centre wheels are available for swing-frame and chop-stroke machines, with diameters ranging from 406.4 to 762 mm.

The new Master cut-off wheels are also available in Poland, mainland Europe and Mexico from Master Abrasives’ sister companies and through the company’s distributors throughout the rest of the world. To discuss any application requirements, get in touch with our customer service team or your nearest distributor:

Master Abrasives is an independently owned company providing solutions for industry with a complete range of abrasives, power tools, tool services and machinery and equipment. The Daventry-based company has built an enviable reputation for quality and service that is as strong today as it was over 50 years ago. The well-known trademark of ‘Master’ represents the high-quality product range and services offered by the company worldwide.

Master Abrasives
Tel: 01327 703813
Email: sales@master-abrasives.co.uk


ITC invests in new tool grinding technology

October 29th, 2021 2:18 pm | by Admin

Investing during a challenging economic climate is the mark of a truly innovative, insightful and successful business. That is why Industrial Tooling Corporation (ITC) has recently installed its second Rollomatic Nano6 grinding centre. The fact that the Tamworth cutting tool specialist now has the first two Rollomatic Nano6 grinding centres in the UK. is a testament to the investment that ITC is making to retain its industry-leading market position and break new boundaries of innovation.

The second Nano6 machine investment is capable of producing cutting tools as small as 0.05 mm diameter thanks to its hydrostatic guideways and ITC’s prior investment in a centralised coolant system for all its grinding centres that maintain coolant temperature to +/-0.2 degrees C, emphasising the quality control the company maintains for all its cutting tools. The purchase stems from ITC’s communication and commitment to its customer base that has seen the demand and subsequently the expansion of ITC’s standard cutting tool ranges down to 1mm diameter.

ITC’s production manager Kevin Ford says: “Essentially, the new machine will be used alongside the first Nano6 for producing small tools up to 2 mm diameter. Both machines complement the existing Rollomatic 620 and 629 machines we have for manufacturing tools up to 6mm diameter. The first Nano6 machine enabled us to do a range of small tools, both standard and customer specials.

“It also gave us the facility to extend the range of existing standard tool ranges downward to 1 mm. The second machine gives us extra capacity but also peace of mind regarding the security of supply. Even though the entire range of Rollomatic machines is extremely reliable, we wanted to eliminate any possible supply chain vulnerabilities from only having one machine.”

Industrial Tooling Corporation Ltd
Tel: 01827 304500
Email: sales@itc-ltd.co.uk




Leader provides the drive to improve productivity with Tecnologie FRB

March 30th, 2021 10:45 am | by Admin

Established in Italy in the early 1960s, Tecnologie FRB designs and manufactures live centres and face drivers for turning, gear cutting, and grinding applications. The company has built an enviable global reputation in this sector, and its comprehensive product ranges are now available in the UK and Eire from workholding and ancillary manufacturing product specialist, Leader Chuck International.

Products started with the FRB patented 65, 80 and 85 live centre series with axial load distribution, and continuous research and development has resulted in the more recent series of 2000, 2006 for high-speed turning, and 2008 for hard turning. With high quality steel integral shafts available with or without carbide tips, interchangeable inserts and cone shaped heads means Tecnologie FRB’s live centres offer a tangible solution to manufacturing industries’ requirements.

A complete range of revolving live centres is available, equipped with morse tapers in different sizes, both with standard and special features to fulfil most requirements.

The company’s constant quest for innovation has seen it excel in a wide range of mechanical processing, from conventional and CNC turning and gear cutting to the more demanding cylindrical grinding and tooth grinding applications.

Live centres for grinding are in the 92 series and include the models for pipe grinding and the dead centre series for hard metal applications. For gear cutting the 82 series live centres provide axial and radial load with roller bearings.

A comprehensive range of face drivers for turning, grinding and gear cutting applications is also offered, with FRB having developed its first model back in 1965. “The range of face drivers can fit any workpiece holder from 5 mm to over 300 mm diameter,” explains Leader Chucks MD Mark Jones. From the classic spring-operated system, right up to the most advanced hydraulically powered system. FRB patented balancing and holding system, which is completely mechanical and technologically state-of-the-art, always guarantees absolute reliability, constant repeatability of results and unparalleled holding capacity.”

Thanks to the introduction of face drivers, turning and grinding processes have undergone a number of innovative improvements that have resulted in shorter cycle times for many workshops. The driver acts directly on the workpiece so the cutting tool or abrasive wheel has increased access to the whole part. With none of the raw material being held in a chuck or similar device it is often possible to finish parts in one hit, minimising any potential datum errors from repositioning for second operations and so on.

Leader Chuck Systems Ltd
Tel: 01827 700000
Email: information@leaderchuck.com

Walther Trowal expands in the United States

January 22nd, 2021 2:13 pm | by Admin

All Walther Trowal business functions are now located under one roof on an area of more than 4,000 m²


Walther Trowal has significantly expanded the facilities of its subsidiary in Grand Rapids, Michigan, that was founded in 2005. It now offers its customers in North and South America “just-in-time” delivery times for the mass finishing media and compounds.  In the substantially upgraded “Process Development Lab” experienced and knowledgeable application engineers assist the customers to optimise the surface finishing solutions for their workpieces.

With the move into a substantially larger facility, Walther Trowal LLC in Grand Rapids, Michigan has now eliminated the disadvantages of two separate physical locations. With a total area of more than 4,000 m², all the company’s business functions are now under one roof: Sales, Service and Administration and a threefold larger warehouse area for machines, compounds and media.

Walther Trowal has also expanded the „Process Development Lab“ that is now equipped with a variety of different finishing machines. It allows the American customers to quickly run processing trials with their workpieces using Walther Trowal machinery and, jointly with the company’s application engineers, improve their finishing processes. The lab is not only equipped with mass finishing and shot blast machinery but also coating systems for mass produced small parts.

In the “Tech & Training Centre,” Walther Trowal offers application and training seminars, which are primarily attended by distributors but also by customers from the automobile, machinery building and aerospace industry.

With the new facility Ken Raby, vice president and general manager of Walther Trowal LLC, can now serve his North and South American customers even better: „We have significantly expanded our warehouse capacity. This enables us to ship standard media and compounds to our customers from Grand Rapids “just-in-time”. In addition, we are stocking numerous mass finishing machines, which can now be shipped instantaneously.“

Several application and sales engineers at the Grand Rapids office support the existing nine distributors in the United States and Canada, including the subsidiary company in Queretaro, Mexico. At this location Walther Trowal LLC founded the Walther Trowal S.A. de C.V. in January 2020. With initially three employees, this office has also a test lab and a sizable stock of Trowal products.

Christoph Cruse, general sales manager at Walther Trowal in Haan/Germany, explains why the company is further expanding its presence in the Americas: „We see a continuously growing flow of customer enquiries and purchase orders from North as well as South America. Both markets are undergoing a steady growth. With short response times, a large warehouse capacity and intensive on-site technical support, our American customers have perceived us for quite a while as a local player in the field of surface finishing.“

Walther Trowal produces all its mass finishing, shot blasting and coating equipment, as well as compounds and plastic media, at its headquarters in Germany. Ceramic grinding and polishing media are still produced in Great Britain at a facility in Stoke-on-Trent.

Walther Trowal Ltd
Tel: 0121 270 4555
Email: sales@walther-trowal.co.uk


Are grinding machine safety guards overdesigned?

April 28th, 2020 11:21 am | by Admin

VDW tests the minimum wall thickness of safety guards
Guards on grinding machines are particularly important for ensuring operator safety. Grinding wheels seldom burst, but when they do, there is a great risk of serious injury to the machine operator. Recent studies suggest, however, that the enclosures commonly used in gear grinding machines, for example, could be overdesigned at present. Investigations conducted by the VDW, the German Machine Tool Builders’ Association, and the Institute of Machine Tools and Factory Management (IWF) at TU Berlin reveal that it is possible to use safety guards which are up to 70 percent thinner, depending on the width of the grinding wheel. These findings are now leading to changes in ISO standardisation.

Will overdesigned safety guards soon a thing of the past?
The minimum wall thicknesses for safety guards are specified in ISO Standard 16089 Machine tools – Safety – Stationary grinding machines. There is a directly proportionate link between the requirements concerning primary protective covers for gear grinding machines and those for the full enclosures located further away. The reason for this is that no specific safety precautions were initially specified for the safety guards of gear grinding machines, which do not normally have a primary protective cover. This is because the preceding standard, EN 13218 Safety of machine tools – Stationary grinding machines, did not explicitly include gear grinding machines. However, this proportionate scaling has been repeatedly questioned, for example by the Japanese association JMTBA, because it results in overdesigned polycarbonate safety guards and screens.

Major simplifications are possible
The member companies of VDW Working Group 5, which is responsible for machine tool component safety, therefore concluded that new specification tables were required for the full enclosures of stationary grinding machines. A two-year project was thus launched by the IWF (TU Berlin) in 2012 to develop the necessary test equipment.

“The ensuing burst and impact tests showed that the thickness of the enclosure wall can be reduced by up to 70 percent, depending on the width of the grinding wheel,” explains Simon Thom, group leader for machine tool technology at IWF (TU Berlin). “This is very good news for machine tool manufacturers, who are keen to avoid excess weight in their machines. Reducing the thickness of a sheet steel housing by half a millimetre, for example, will save 4 kg/m2 in weight.” This also yields indirect savings because the motors for opening and closing correspondingly lighter steel gates can be less powerful or are rendered entirely superfluous.

Unity among the partners
It is not only the industrial companies and the scientists who agree that guards are overdesigned in such machines. The DGVU (German Statutory Accident Insurance System) based in St. Augustin and the BGHM trade association in Hanover also carried out similar tests on a burst test stand, with comparable results. The burst tests were conducted over eight years. Then, at the end of 2019, the BGHM presented its report covering a total of over 400 burst grinding wheels and more than 800 usable impact events. Based on this, a safe design convention stipulating 3 mm for sheet steel with different grinding wheel widths was drawn up in conjunction with the VDW.

The consolidation of the results in Germany was motivated not least by comparable studies abroad. The Japanese JMTBA association carried out tests which found that some of the previous standard specifications set out in ISO 16089 could be reduced by up to 30 percent.

Finally, in January 2020, a standardisation meeting was held in Tokyo, where the Japanese and German findings were compared. The experts agreed that the Japanese results for adapting the specification tables for the primary protective cover, and the German results for the design of the full enclosure should be incorporated into the ISO standard. A consolidated working paper will soon be prepared by the ISO Secretariat at DIN in Berlin and submitted to the relevant public as a so-called “Committee Draft” for comments. This is scheduled for completion by October 2020.

Further investigations ongoing
Nevertheless, the existing results of the study on full enclosures in Project 20438 “Safely dimensioned machine enclosures” of the IGF (Industrielle Gemein-schaftsforschung) are being corroborated empirically and theoretically.

“We’re also using simulations to highlight the worst case scenario. As our burst tests have shown, this occurs when the outer edge of the fragment hits the guard. We can reproduce this type of impact in models with different materials, grinding wheel widths and safety guard thicknesses. In this way we have succeeded in simplifying the extremely complex burst tests,” reports Simon Thom. “Our plan for this year is to propose even simpler dimensioning procedures.”  The reduced minimum wall thicknesses which are now to be specified in the ISO standard could therefore be made even thinner on the basis of the further test results.

VDW German Machine Tool Builders’ Association
Tel: 0049 69 756081 13
Email: h.moedden@vdw.de

TU Berlin, Institute of Machine Tools and Factory Management (IWF)
Tel: 0049 30 314 24456
Email: simon.thom@iwf.tu-berlin.de




Peitzmeier reaps the benefit of innovation

April 24th, 2020 10:59 am | by Admin

When Ulrich Peitzmeier sowed the seeds of his start-up business five years ago, he had little expectation of such a quick harvest from the risk and hard work that he put into the project. Peitzmeier Maschinenbau GmbH produces long-belt grinding machines for use in surface processing of stainless steel, steel and aluminium components across a wide range of industry sectors. In the UK, these machines are represented by deburring and surface finishing expert Ellesco.

“When I started the business it was just me. I was fortunate to have a 50m2 garage that I used as an assembly area for the initial machines. That lasted for two years before I had to upscale for the first time in 2017. A further move saw floorspace increase to 300m2, but our plan is to double this in 2020 to be better able to manage the influx of orders that saw us working to full capacity in 2019,” says Ulrich Peitzmeier.  Employee numbers have also grown, with Ulrich now working alongside six colleagues who between them generated 1.4 million Euro of turnover in 2019, a figure that will grow considerably this year.

For such a young business, export sales are a major element in its success, with almost 70 percent of its sales coming from markets outside of Germany, with the UK, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Qatar, India and China all presenting good market growth for the business. This growth is due in part to Ulrich Peitzmeier’s previous experience in machine tool sales, but also down to the traditional methods still employed by many for surface and edge preparation.

“We find that between 80 to 90 percent of the people we speak to still remove edges when processing metal with an angle grinder by hand,” he says. “This opens up so many opportunities to highlight the benefits of our machines and their automation of the grinding and deburring process, eliminating time from the operation and also reducing risk to operators.”

Deburring and polishing by hand is tiring work and brings with it its own health and safety issues. The result is that very few people want to do it, so automation had to be the way forward. By removing the bulk of human intervention in the process quality and consistency is also improved dramatically. This will increase further as more robotic systems become available, which is part of the Peitzmeier strategy. “In the world of high-quality consumer items, stainless steel cooker hoods for example, manufacturers attach great importance to this high level of consistency. We are seeing similar moves in the automotive sector also,” says Ulrich Peitzmeier. “This is something that gives us great optimism for the future and will allow us to maintain a full order book.”

One of the key advantages of Peitzmeier is its agility and ability to tailor machines to suit a customer’s specific needs. The design of the Peitzmeier Omni-Grind machines is modular, a system that was developed from day one of the company’s existence.

“Modularity is our unique selling point,” says Ulrich Peitzmeier. “Because we had the advantage of starting with a blank piece of paper, from the beginning we opted for the modular system. Many of our competitors, on the other hand, had a history of manufacturing machines for the woodworking industry and simply adapted their systems to the metalworking sector, creating compromises. Confirmation that our approach was correct came at the 2016 EuroBLECH trade fair, where the design was awarded an innovation prize.

For such a relatively small company, Peitzmeier provides a full service to customers from development and design, through to production and after-sales service. It keeps tight control on its supply base, with most components locally sourced. For example, the control system is manufactured in Verl, Peitzmeier’s hometown, while spindle drives come from Bielefeld, and the motors from Lippischen, both less than an hour’s drive away.

Focusing on quality rather than volume, Peitzmeier has just three machines in its portfolio, all of which can be adapted to suit. These are the Omni-Grind Twin, the Omni-Grind Portal and the Omni-Grind Dura, covering small to midsize, large and heavy parts and large heavy metal plate respectively. Each machine can be equipped with individual modules to match individual applications. Automation can also be tailored to suit a customer’s requirements, with programmable five-face grinding possible. The rigid machine construction makes it possible to process parts measuring from 2 m to 12 m in width, depending on machine type.

Ellesco Ltd
Tel: 01202 499400
Email: v.simonis@ellesco.co.uk          




Where craftsmanship and high-tech go hand in hand

February 6th, 2020 9:39 am | by Admin

For over a century, Okuma, represented in the United Kingdom by NCMT, has been developing grinding machines for the highest quality demands. Though a lot has changed since the beginning, some aspects remain the same. Okuma CNC grinders still achieve their high precision, productivity and longevity due to a symbiosis of craftsmanship and state-of-the-art technologies.

Okuma is the only single-source CNC provider in the industry to develop and produce all hardware components, the controls and the software for the machine tools in-house. The development and production from one single source leads to a perfect combination of hardware, software and electronics. Due to their outstanding precision and high productivity, the grinding machines can be found in several industries. They are used for a wide range of materials including soft, high-strength and temperature-resistant materials as well as sintered alloys, Inconel or chrome-plated workpieces.

Craftsmanship for highest quality
In addition to the modern technologies that Okuma is constantly developing and optimising, the machine tool manufacturer also relies on skilled craftsmanship that has become rare. In the CNC grinders, for example, hand-scraped sliding surfaces are used on the guideways and mounted components. The manufacturing process of hand scraping is very time-consuming and requires a high degree of skill and experience. Nevertheless, it is worth not neglecting this demanding manufacturing method, as the resulting sliding surfaces have a degree of durability, precision and quality that could not be achieved with other methods. With the exceptionally long service life and availability of the machines, Okuma ensures that the total cost of ownership (TCO) remains as low as possible.

In-house developed control facilitates operations
All Okuma CNC grinders are equipped with the in-house control OSP-P300GA, which was developed specifically for grinding applications. The control has an intuitive user interface, and very little user input is required. In addition, the control is easy to customise and can be modified and individualised with apps allowing for ergonomic and productive workflows. An example for this is an app for determining the optimal dressing parameters, which can be used to perform dressing simply, quickly and with highest precision.

All-in-one processing from a single source
In addition to stand-alone standard machines, Okuma offers complex production cells. This not only means an automation of the grinding processes. Rather, it covers the entire machining of a workpiece including turning and milling operations on Okuma machines. Users benefit from the consistently high manufacturing quality of Okuma solutions and only need to be familiar with one type of control. As a result, the Okuma solutions can be used for a wide range of applications, and only one operator is needed to control and monitor the entire manufacturing cell. Especially in times of a shortage of skilled workers, this proves to be a considerable advantage.

Okuma Europe GmbH is the Germany-based sales and service affiliate of Okuma Corporation, a world leader in CNC machine tools, founded in 1898 in Nagoya, Japan. The company is the industry’s only single-source provider, with the CNC machine, drive, motors, encoders, spindle and CNC control all manufactured by Okuma. Okuma’s innovative and reliable technology, paired with comprehensive, localised service protection, allows users to run continuously with confidence, maximising profitability. Along with its industry-leading distribution network, Okuma facilitates quality, productivity and efficiency, empowering the customer and enabling competitive advantage in today’s demanding manufacturing environment. For more information, contact:

Tel: 020 8398 4277
Email: daveburley@ncmt.co.uk



High calibre, high precision

December 11th, 2019 11:53 am | by Admin

Jones & Shipman Hardinge to handle Super Precision sales and support in UK & Ireland

Sales and technical support for the acclaimed Hardinge Super Precision (SP) range of turning and turn/grinding machines are now being handled in the UK and Ireland by Jones & Shipman Hardinge.

Based at its UK headquarters at Clifton Dunsmore near Rugby, Jones & Shipman Hardinge represents the interests of sister companies in the Hardinge group, i.e. Kellenberger, Hauser, Voumard, Tschudin and Usach, and now the SP products which were previously sold and supported from Germany. The company also represents the interests of Okamoto grinding solutions in the UK.

As Jones & Shipman Hardinge UK managing director Mike Duignan explains, while filling a niche roll, SP machines are widely recognised as production machines of the highest calibre:

“Machines in the SP and SP Quest range can offer combined turning and grinding systems specifically designed to optimise the high precision machining of complex parts. As well as their turning capability, the machines can be equipped with grinding spindles, giving them the capability of maintaining a continuous machining accuracy of 3 microns over extended periods of operation”, he explains.

Super Precision machines offer a very compact footprint and, with turnkey packages or optional automation, can operate as a stand-alone single machine or within a multi-cell environment.

“These machines are a perfect complement to our well-established capability across the spectrum of grinding,” adds Mike Duignan. “They allow us to offer an optimal solution for customers’ high precision, complex parts production, be it grinding, super precision hard turning or a combination of both.”

Hardinge, Inc. is the trusted global provider of high precision, computer-controlled machine tool solutions for critical, hard-to-machine metal parts and advanced workholding accessories. With over 125 years of experience, Hardinge offers the largest variety of metal-cutting turning machines, grinding machines, machining centres, collets, chucks, index fixtures, repair parts, standard and specialty workholding devices, and other machine tool accessories. Hardinge’s solutions can be found in a broad base of industries including aerospace, agricultural, automotive, construction, consumer products, defence, energy, medical, technology, and transportation. Headquartered in Berwyn, PA, the company designs, manufactures, and distributes machine tools in over 65 countries across North America, Europe, and Asia.

For UK enquiries, contact:

Jones & Shipman Hardinge
Tel :0116 201 3000
Email sales@jonesshipman.com