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New developments on show

October 29th, 2021 2:03 pm | by Admin

Machine manufacturer Hardinge presented three new machine concepts at EMO 2021 in Milan, the KELLENBERGER® 10 universal cylindrical grinding machine, the VOUMARD® 1000 platform concept for internal and external cylindrical grinding, and the Hardinge T51 SP MSY, a high-precision turning and milling machine with a newly developed grinding unit. There are also innovations in the areas applications and tool clamping technology. Hardinge has also significantly expanded its portfolio with the takeover of the lathe manufacturer Weisser, St. Georgen.

The KELLENBERGER 10 is a new universal cylindrical grinding machine: a cost-effective and energy-efficient standard machine with a centre height of 200, various options and an excellent price-performance ratio. Possible applications cover a wide range of components. High levels of operational availability, process safety, reliability, productivity and flexibility as well as easy retooling makes the KELLENBERGER 10 stand out from the rest.

Features comprise: broad X and Z axis strokes, automatic 1° indexing axis with high positioning accuracy; additional dressing options; universal grinding head for holding two external grinding disks with a diameter of 500/400 mm and an internal grinding unit; direct drive internal grinding spindles up to 60,000 rpm; lost-optimised Fanuc 0i-TFP control with 19’’ touch screen; BLUE SOLUTION programming support for fast, intuitive programming without CNC knowledge.

The VOUMARD 1000 internal and external cylindrical grinding machine was designed for workpieces with a length of 300 mm and an oscillating circuit diameter of 300 mm. If required, automation is easy with the VOUMARD 1000 internal and external grinding machine

The kinematically flexible machine construction, with two linear axes and two rotational axes, is the latest addition. The hydrostatic linear axes with newly developed HYDROLIN® guides are backlash-free for positioning accuracy in the nano range. The high-precision hydrostatic B-axes also carry out all necessary movements of the dressing and measuring devices. This flexibility offers a large number of possibilities for machining options and shortens setup times. The spindle turret on the B1 axis is equipped with a unique compact grinding spindle head with a flexible internal grinding spindle arrangement for a maximum of four grinding spindles.

The table turret on the B2-axis can optionally be equipped with a workpiece spindle head and a high-precision rotation axis (C-axis) including a direct path measuring system and torque motor. This structure enables maximum circularity as well as precision in fine adjustment of the cylindrical form of the internal diameter during cylindrical grinding. The movable X-axis and the 90/180° swiveling B2-axis allow optimal accessibility for measurements of the internal diameter (no risk of collision with the turret), providing greater ease when changing workpieces.

The Hardinge T51 SP MSY high-precision turning and milling machine on display at EMO was equipped with a newly developed grinding unit for complete machining of HSK tool holders. In this case, the grinding unit is brought into operation directly via the interface of the driven tools and used for surface- and longitudinal grinding. Whether for turning, milling or grinding, this is the perfect solution for covering all combined manufacturing requirements. The T51 SP MSY can be equipped with a wide variety of automation systems, depending on the requirements profile for a fully automatic production. The Hardinge T51 SP MSY hard lathe is used for a combined turning, milling and grinding, and comes equipped with one grinding unit

The Forkardt brand, which is also part of the Hardinge Group, presented individual clamping systems for customer-specific applications in the automotive, food and mechanical engineering sectors.

With the takeover of J.G WEISSER SÖHNE GmbH & Co. KG, Hardinge has expanded its portfolio with multi-functional precision lathes and turning centres, enabling synergies in the global sales and service network. This is an addition to the Hardinge Group’s location strategy to provide even greater service to customers in Europe. The high-performing Weisser product and technology segment, plus nearly 400 highly qualified employees are the ideal complement to Hardinge’s overall solution concept.

UK agent:
DF Precision Machinery Ltd
Tel: 0116 201 3000
Email: mike@dfpmach.com






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





New base, new direction for UK Jones & Shipman Hardinge operations

July 19th, 2019 9:39 am | by Admin

Jones & Shipman Hardinge UK managing director Mike Duignan (right) outside the company’s new UK headquarters in Clifton Dunsmore, Rugby, accompanied by Alan Fisher, regional customer service manager, Hardinge Europe


Following the acquisition of its parent Hardinge Inc. by Privet Fund Management LLC during the summer of 2018, a restructuring of the group is being implemented which has resulted in a number of changes at the headquarters of its UK Jones & Shipman Hardinge operations.

The company has relocated from its long-established Leicester headquarters and factory to a new administration, distribution and demonstration facility on the Europark at Clifton Dunsmore, just outside Rugby.

Its sister grinding companies in the group: Kellenberger, Hauser, Voumard, Tschudin and Usach, now include the Hardinge identity and are represented under the new Hardinge global umbrella website as distinct brands.

“It’s a means of clarifying what’s on offer from the significant resource we have within Hardinge Inc.,” explains UK managing director Mike Duignan.  “For example, Hauser Hardinge is recognised as the leader in jig grinding, so the Hauser name will become associated with that process, whereas Kellenberger Hardinge will be the ‘go to’ for general purpose universal and cylindrical machines and so on for all the different group brands.”

In another development, the UK company will in future be responsible for machine sales and product support across Ireland and similarly for sales of the acclaimed Hardinge Super Precision machines with their capability for sustained high tolerance machining as either a single machine or within a multi-cell environment.

There will be no change to the relationship with the UK company and the acclaimed Okamoto brand, which Jones & Shipman Hardinge represents and supports exclusively in the UK and France.

“This has proven to be a very worthwhile partnership,” adds Mike Duignan. “Okamoto machines cover a wide spectrum, but we have developed the market for their surface grinding machines and have installed a number of machines in UK manufacturers. Customers have been impressed with the quality and robust build standards of the machines and they complement the capability we offer from within the group.”

In a move that will ensure continuity, all key aftersales, applications, sales and support staff made the move from Leicester to the new facility where plans are well advanced for a new demonstration area.

An applications engineering facility has also been established, supported by an in-house workshop.  Larger and bespoke projects will be supported by Hardinge grinding experts from across the European operations.

For UK enquiries please contact:

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