#TECHBRIEF

Data Enables Machines to Tell Their Own Stories

These examples reveal how a data collection system has minimized machine tool downtime and costs while simultaneously offering valuable insights into a shop’s processes.

Cutting Tools

A New Approach to Turning

Ceratizit's High Dynamic Turning, combined with the dynamic FreeTurn tooling system, uses a turn-mill’s B axis or milling spindle to perform the turning process. 

Measurement

Profilometer Choices

Learn the difference between skidded and skidless profilometers that can be used to measure the surface roughness of machined parts.

Parts Cleaning

Heat’s Impact on Parts Cleaning

Thermal dynamics is important for assisting in the cleaning of a part. Adding heat or energy influences the cleaning process through its impact on chemistry, the water within the washer and its effect on drying.

Measurement

Measure 3D Parts Without Losing Time

This high-speed metrology and inspection system is said to process complex geometries faster than traditional inspection methods.

Turning Machines

Turning to an Adhesive for Lathe Workholding

Adhesive cured by ultraviolet light is an option for securing parts for machining that could otherwise distort when traditional, mechanical clamping techniques are used.

A New Way to Collect and Sort Parts for CNC Machine Tools

This automated parts carousel not only catches and collects parts from a machine but also sorts the parts in bins attached to a rotating table. 

Parts Cleaning

Considerations for Bringing Passivation In House

If passivation is often required by your customers, moving this process in house can save time and money. However, it involves proper chemical handling and safety, compliance, equipment design and setup, and budget.

Network Quickly Connects Machine Shops with Repair Estimates

This network connects service requesters to service providers and can be a fast way for a machine shop of any size to quickly compare estimates.

Automation & Robots

Benefits of Renting or Leasing an Industrial Robot

Choosing a robot rental or leasing plan might be a wise business decision compared with purchasing a robot outright.

Measurement

Fast Fixturing for Inspection and Laser Marking

The versatility of the Inspection Arsenal and Laser Arsenal modular fixture plate systems enables fixturing to be built on the individual grid plates. The plates can be easily removed from the magnetic docking rail when not needed.

Horizontal & Vertical Lathes

Automated Hard Turning, Grinding on One Platform

This inverted vertical turning machine can perform hard turning and grinding of chucked components such as gears while loading and unloading material and completed parts itself.

Cutting Tools

Exploring the Benefits of Reaming for Finishing Bores

How does reaming compare to single-point boring? A supplier of reaming tools compares these processes commonly used to finish bores and offers tips for those considering reaming.

Cobots Gain Ability to Sort and Measure

New tooling that includes a precision robotic caliper extends the applicability of collaborative robots to perform sorting and measuring small parts.

Parts Cleaning

Improve Energy Savings and Efficiency with Vector Kinematics

The rocking, rotational nozzle movement performed by vector kinematics spray cleaning technology combined with temperature and cleaning additives provides an effective, fast and economical parts cleaning process. 

Proper Disinfectant Use to Prevent COVID-19’s Spread

Learning how to choose the proper disinfectant for surfaces throughout your shop and then using it as directed are keys to stopping the spread of viruses such as the novel coronavirus.

CNC & Machine Controls

CNC Apps You Possibly Didn’t Know You Could Benefit From

Some software capabilities go underutilized. One machine tool builder’s CNC software includes lesser-known apps that shops can leverage to their advantage.

Cutting Tools

High-Pressure Coolant Improves Profits and Productivity

High-pressure coolant that is efficiently applied to a cutting tool will enable faster, more precise cuts; prevent oxidation of the tooling and workpieces; and prolong the life of a cutting tool. 

Turning Machines

Automatically Optimize Your CNC Machining Feed Rates

New feed-rate-optimization technology can enable CAM programmers to reduce cycle times and increase tool life for milling and turning operations.

Grinding

Electrochemical Grinding Makes a Point

A programmable pointing and material handling system used on electrochemical grinding machines can accommodate a range of needle point designs while eliminating a variety of pre- and post-process operations.

Cutting Tools

Measuring the Merit of Ceramic Cutters

In testing new ceramic microtools, a precision dynamometer ensures that cutting forces are measured precisely so tool performance parameters can be determined. 

Parts Cleaning

Cyclic Nucleation System Safely Cleans Complex Parts

LPW Reinigungssysteme GmbH has developed PowerJet, a modular cleaning system that offers the safe, effective cleaning of any part using only water and the cyclic nucleation process (CNp).

The Anatomy of a CNC Machine IoT Solution

Industry 4.0 is bringing sweeping changes to manufacturing and IIoT is one of its enabling technologies. Early adopters are reaping the benefits.

Debunking the Deburring Process

A car manufacturer struggled with a complex and unreliable deburring process for its crank case production line until it was introduced to a tool designed specifically for cross-bore deburring.