Vibration measurement system with powerful analysis and balancing capability

22 08 2014

Vibrotest 80 is the newest vibration measurement handheld from Brüel & Kjær Vibro. Its lightweight, rugged compact design makes it ideal for route-based data collection, and it can easily be upgraded to a comprehensive four-channel vibration measurement device providing extensive analysis and balancing functionality.

Brüel & Kjær Vibro is the leading worldwide independent supplier of condition monitoring solutions for rotating machinery. The comprehensive product range comprises vibration sensors (acceleration, velocity and displacement), vibration monitors, handhelds and rack-based plant-wide integrated monitoring solutions.

Brüel & Kjær Vibro is the leading worldwide independent supplier of condition monitoring solutions for rotating machinery. The comprehensive product range comprises vibration sensors (acceleration, velocity and displacement), vibration monitors, handhelds and rack-based plant-wide integrated monitoring solutions.

The Vibrotest 80 is a compact version of the Vibroport 80 handheld, with the same data collection, analysis and balancing functionality but with a smaller screen. Despite the extensive functionality offered by the Vibrotest 80, the user-friendly design lends itself to both inexperienced operators and specialists alike. Its modular concept gives it the necessary flexibility and scalability to tackle the simplest as well as the most demanding customer requirements, in a cost effective way. The instrument is also available in an Ex version (ATEX certificate) for use in explosive environments.

Complementary offer
The instrument is available in packages tailored to the user’s application. The Data Collector packages, for example, include all basic accessories, sensors, robust carrying case, and the powerful Report & Route Manager Software. This Windows® based PC host software includes:

  • Easy setup of measurements, alarms and routes
  • Powerful filter function to view data and make reports for a specific machine, date/time, alarm level and/or measurement type
  • Special plots and cursors – 3-D waterfall/spectrogram and gearbox cursor
  • Fast detection of machine faults with alarm indicators
  • Database of bearing fault symptoms. User-defined symptoms can be added, including harmonics/sidebands, etc.
  • Possibility to import data from Vibrotest 60 and xms® software

Complete solution
Vibrotest 80 can easily be extended to a comprehensive vibration measurement instrument by modules that are also available in the “Analyzer” and “Balancer” packages. These include the Report & Examiner Software which was introduced with the VIibroport 80 portable instrument. This software allows users to set up customized reports and to post-process and analyze measurement data.

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www.bkvibro.com
info@bkvibro.com

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Setting a standard in machine tool maintenance

21 08 2014

UK-based Precision Technologies Group (PTG) has totally revised its range of machine tool maintenance and support services, to provide what it believes to be one of the most comprehensive and cost-effective customer care packages available for machine tool users globally.

Absolute Care: Holroyd technicians maintain a TG series grinding machine.

Absolute Care: Holroyd technicians maintain a TG series grinding machine.

Under the name of Absolute Care, the company has created a suite of tailored maintenance solutions for users of its Holroyd ultra-precise milling and grinding machines. A similar range of Absolute Care services is available for owners of PTG Heavy Industries’ Powerstir friction stir welders, and Binns & Berry/Crawford Swift heavy-duty lathes, roll lathes, deep hole boring machines and roll grinding machines.

PTG care for other machine brands
In addition, extensive repair, refurbishment and upgrade services, as well as CNC repair and upgrade solutions, are available for lathes and machine tools from a wide range of other manufacturers.

Ensuring a long and reliable working life
“At Precision Technologies Group, we have always strived to offer the highest levels of machine tool maintenance,” comments Customer Care General Manager, Alan Mead. “In creating our menu of Absolute Care services,” he continues, “we have made it simpler than ever for our customers to select the precise maintenance solutions they require, and ensure their PTG machine tools provide a long and reliable working life. Additionally, by developing a bespoke range of services for owners of other machine tools, we provide the option of having their equipment maintained to the uncompromisingly high standards that Precision Technologies Group is renowned for.”

Absolute Care: the comprehensive solution
The Absolute Care services offered by Precision Technologies Group include emergency UK, EU and worldwide engineer response, remote machine support and fault diagnosis, Planned Preventative Maintenance (PPM), process enhancements, CNC repairs and upgrades, machine refurbishment and reengineering, OEM parts, and a brand new dedicated machine tool care plan.
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Holroyd Precision
Precision Components
Advanced Developments
Customer Care
Harbour Lane North
Milnrow, Rochdale
Lancashire OL16 3LQ UK
T +44 1706 508 616
F +44 1706 353 350
info@holroyd.com
www.holroyd.com

For Europe
PTG Deutschland (Europe)
Pilsener Straße 9
86199 Augsburg
Germany
T +49 821 908983 0
F +49 821 908983 20
info@ptgltd.com

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Delcam’s new PowerMILL and FeatureCAM to debut at AMB

20 08 2014

Delcam’s German and European customers will have their first chance to see the 2015 versions of the company’s FeatureCAM and PowerMILL CAM systems on stand 4B-32 at the AMB exhibition to be held in Stuttgart from 16th to 20th September.  Both of the programs contain major enhancements that will help manufacturing companies to increase productivity, improve quality and reduce lead times.

The improved Vortex high-efficiency area-clearance strategy in PowerMILL 2015 will be demonstrated at AMB.

The improved Vortex high-efficiency area-clearance strategy in PowerMILL 2015 will be demonstrated at AMB.

The new release of PowerMILL, Delcam’s programming system for high-speed and five-axis machining, includes improvements to the Vortex high-efficiency area-clearance strategy, expanded collision checking to also cover near misses, and more efficient raster finishing.

Safe toolpaths
Vortex produces safe toolpaths with a much deeper cut by using a controlled engagement angle that maintains the optimum cutting conditions for the whole toolpath.  As a result, higher feed rates and material-removal rates are possible, making the cutting time shorter by as much as 70%.  In addition, cutting is undertaken at a more consistent volume-removal rate and at a near constant feedrate, so extending tool life and protecting the machine.

Greater reduction in machining time
Two enhancements in PowerMILL 2015 will give even greater reductions in machining time with Vortex compared to conventional roughing. The first change allows toolpaths to approach the part from outside the stock at the cutting height for open pockets or in areas where earlier cuts have made this possible.

The second change allows an increased feed rate to be set for non-cutting moves. The default value is set at double the rate for the cutting moves but this can be altered as required for each machine tool.  The extra time that can be saved depends on the shape of the part but an additional saving of around 20% should be expected above the earlier releases of Vortex.

Delcam Ltd
Small Heath Business Park,
Birmingham, B10 0HJ, UK
www.delcam.com

Peter Dickin, Marketing Manager
Direct phone: 0121 683 1081
marketing@delcam.com

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Tornos CT 20: new entry-level machine

19 08 2014

Tornos made its first foray into entry-level machines in 2008 with the Delta range, and this product very quickly won over the market with its ease of use and excellent value for money. Today, a new entry-level machine is ready to win its own converts: the new CT 20. We took this opportunity to find out exactly what secrets this new product is hiding.

To guarantee good finishes and good adherence of tools, particularly close attention has been paid to the construction of the frame.

To guarantee good finishes and quality machining, particularly close attention has been paid to the construction of the frame.

“The CT project is aimed at introducing a true 20 mm machine which offers flexibility on a scale never before seen in entry-level machines”, reveals Christophe Tissot, CT project manager at Tornos. The machine should enable excellent machining performance whilst guaranteeing a competitive price. “It is a difficult balance to strike, but the CT 20 machine has succeeded with ease. This machine will allow our customers to maintain their competitiveness with Tornos”, underlines Mr Tissot.

One product, two kinematics
The CT 20 machine is, of course, a sliding headstock automatic turning machine which has a 20 mm bar capacity. The machine is available in two versions with 4 axes and 5 linear axes, and it can be equipped as necessary with two C axes which increase its machining capacity. The 5-axis version can take up to 26 tools (up to 10 rotating tools as an option), which makes it one of the best-equipped machines in its category on the market. By adding a modular tool system on the platten, it stands out from other machines currently available on the market. Unlike competitor machines, which content themselves with simply offering a fixed driven unit containing radial drills, the CT 20 machine can house other equipment so that it can be better adapted to the part being created. Parts which, until now, have required more complex machines and a greater level of investment can now be created on CT 20 machines, thanks to its excellent level of flexibility.

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The CT 20 is on sale now across Asia, and this brand new, highly flexible machine will be available in Europe from the AMB in Stuttgart.
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Tornos SA
Industrielle 111
2740 Moutier
Tel. 141 32 494 44 44
Fax: +41 32 494 49 07
contact@tornos.com
www.tornos.com

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Energy efficiency needs to pay off

18 08 2014

Keeping production energy requirements as low as possible is becoming an important competitive factor. The Institute of Production Management, Technology and Machine Tools, PTW for short, at the University of Darmstadt, will be represented with its own stand at the upcoming AMB.

Over 90,000 trade visitors and approximately 1,300 exhibitors are expected to attend AMB 2014 from 16 to 20 September 2014 and energy efficiency will be one of the important topic.

Over 90,000 trade visitors and approximately 1,300 exhibitors are expected to attend AMB 2014 from 16 to 20 September 2014 and energy efficiency will be one of the important topic. (Picture, the EvoDeco product range by Tornos includes intelligent technologies to save energy and to use it minimising waste.)

The most important issues facing production of tomorrow will be organised according to four clusters – one of which will focus on energy efficiency. Here, energy-optimised machine components and production machinery will be presented, as well as the research and demonstration project “eta-Fabrik”. In addition to the energy-related improvement of individual production facilities, their energetic networking, the machine periphery, utilities management and the factory building will also be considered. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Eberhard Abele, Executive Director of the PTW Institute, took a few moments to talk with us:

In your experience, what energy measures have the highest cost/benefit effect for manufacturers and customers?
Over the past few years, there have been a number of good solutions developed and implemented for energy-efficient machine tools. The measures are very diverse, ranging from constructive solutions such as the targeted optimisation of individual machine components, to new drive concepts, regenerative motors or the optimisation of processing. We must also bear in mind that a reduction of the cycle times is one of the most effective levers, as this often sees energy consumption linearly reduced. These measures that have been mentioned often involve additional costs for the customer. The key question is: are additional costs for energy-efficiency solutions economically feasible?

Efficiency involves more than just an economical machine tool. How can the production industry achieve a high degree of efficiency across the entire process?
The German industry is in direct international competition with a number of successfully producing countries such as China or South Korea. The competitive pressure on the international scene has increased dramatically the past few years. In my opinion, the challenge for the manufacturing industry will be adapting to new market conditions as flexibly and efficiently as possible. We need to learn to be faster than the competition in order to maintain our technological lead. This also calls for the communication of existing knowledge about known methods, such as lean system technology for example, in technical studies as early as possible. This is why, at PTW, we are working hard on the concept of learning factories – for students and employees of industrial concerns. Based on the success that we have had with this concept, there are currently further learning factories emerging in the area of Logistics and Energy Efficiency.
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Measuring instruments with wireless Fluke Connect system

15 08 2014

The innovative Fluke Connect system enables maintenance technicians, electricians and safety technicians to measure, save and forward data to their team by means of a smartphone app. Suitable measuring instruments of the Fluke 3000 FC series are available from the electronics distributor Distrelec starting immediately.

The wireless measuring devices of the Fluke 3000 FC series support the innovative Fluke Connect system, which enables central storage and sharing of measurement data and thermal images via a smartphone app.

The wireless measuring devices of the Fluke 3000 FC series support the innovative Fluke Connect system, which enables central storage and sharing of measurement data and thermal images via a smartphone app.

More than 20 measuring instruments manufactured by Fluke can be connected wirelessly (via Bluetooth or WiFi) to the Fluke Connect app, including digital multimeters, thermal imaging cameras, insulation testers, process displays and specific voltage, current and temperature measurement devices. The Fluke Connect app can be used with the iPhone (iOS 7 or higher), Galaxy S4, Nexus 5 and the HTC One (Android 4.4.x or higher).

Fluke cloud database
Thus equipped, technicians can save measurements and thermal images in the Fluke Cloud database, where they are available to other team members. This makes it possible to conduct several measurements simultaneously and it is no longer necessary to write down or otherwise record the results. Fluke Connect also features other useful functions – for example, measurements can be forwarded in real time to team members in other areas of the plant by means of a video call function.

In addition, Distrelec offers practical measuring device kits in different combinations.
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Robotised finishing center

13 08 2014

Well known for its multifunctional machining centers (rotary transfer machines), Precitrame Machines SA is also a historical provider of high performance polishing machines. The company has just presented a concept of robotic linear transfer machining centers with features that open new perspectives in terms of finishing and polishing. Meeting with Mr. Vincenzo Bonavoglia, Sales Director of the company.

Under a relatively small footprint, the Cyberpolish 640 T can offer up to 5 online cells offering two workstations each. It is controlled through the new Cybermotion 5.0 that offers features never seen before as the high performance trajectory following and the simultaneous management of six robots.

Under a relatively small footprint, the Cyberpolish 640 T can offer up to 5 online cells with two workstations each. It is controlled through the new Cybermotion 5.0 that offers features never seen before as the high performance trajectory following and the simultaneous management of six robots.

The basic concept is simple, let’s imagine a working cell including a robot and two workstations allowing six or seven axes machining. Then let’s multiply these cells to create machines with two to five stations. Parts are gripped in holding devices that move from one station to the next. Thus, it is possible to implement a global chain of finishing (e.g. deburring, felting, polishing and brightening) within a single machine, and in one clamping.

Incomparable cycle time and flexibility
The logic of the sequential work on several stations (and therefore always with operations in hidden time) allows the achievement of extremely short cycle times. Compared with a conventional solution, the tests show gains of 5 times or more.

To gain steps of production?
Nowadays the quality produced by machining centers is steadily increasing and, depending on the part to be done, they can be directly loaded into the Cyberpolish T for all operations from grinding to brightening without having to pass through a specific grinding machine before. M. Bonavoglia says: “In some cases, specialised grinding operations before finishing are always necessary, but for all the others, we can directly finish the parts in one machine and in one clamping just after the milling operations”.

Precitrame will be present at the next AMB with a multifunctional machining centre that will perform an automotive part. The new Cyberpolish series T will be shown through the many multimedia tools of the company.

Precitrame Machines SA
Grand-Rue 5
CH-2720 Tramelan
Tél. +41 32 486 88 50
Fax +41 32 486 88 51
contact@precitrame.com
www.precitrame.com

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