The new Maier C6 – economical, accurate and fast

Maier Werkzeugmaschinen, Wehingen, has just launched a new Swisstype range from its ML-series: the ML C6. These machines offer a wide range of processing possibilities and are thus equally suitable for simple and complex parts.

The machining area has been developped to allow a large flow of chips.
The machining area has been developped to allow a large flow of chips, though the outside remains compact.

To produce long parts such as bone nails or screw economically, the new ML C6 can work with up to three simultaneously engaged tools, two at the main spindle and one at the counter-spindle, thus  shortening cycle times. The cutting forces acting transversely on the part can be equalised by the two independently programmable platten. Up to 7 mm, cutting depths are possible per tool without compromising precision. Maier has also worked on the main spindle motor and offers optionally up to 15 KW power, water cooling and optional clamping system.

One base for every machine
The machine concept of the ML C6 has a modular structure. The basis of the nine axes machine is a stable, polymer concrete machine bed. In all axes, fast feed reaches 32 m/min. The main spindle can be selected as needed between 220, 320 or even 450 mm. Main and counter-spindle include C-axis. A pneumatic ejector is available for parts with maximum 100 mm length.

With or without guide bush
The ML C6 is available as 20, 26, 32, 36 mm bar passage as sliding headstock lathes, with or without guide bush with the MLK C6. The latter model uses a special guide bush and can be transformed in just 20 minutes.

Many options to complete the offer
Numerous options allow customers to change the standard C6 machines into tailored solutions. So, each machine can be equipped with additional driven tools for cross, front and rear machining. Other options offered are fire protection, high pressure pump, chip conveyor, Esprit programming and process software, Blum measurement capabilities, thread whirling units, electric clamping system on the main and counter-spindle and integrated bar feeder.

Maier can be found on the METAV 2014 in Hall 17, stand C33

By using two tools at the spindle simultaneously, the forces can be balanced.. and indeed it's possible to do rough/finishing simultaneously.
By using two tools at the spindle simultaneously, the forces can be balanced.. and indeed it’s possible to do roughing/finishing simultaneously.
The machine also offers the capability to work simultaneoulsy on the spindle and in counter operation (with 4 tools).
The machine also offers the capability to work simultaneoulsy on the spindle and in counter-operation (with 4 tools).

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Maier Werkzeugmaschinen GmbH & Co. KG
Siemensstraße 10
78564 Wehingen
Tel.: +49 (0) 7426/5286-0
Fax: +49 (0) 7426/5286-50
[email protected]
www.maier-machines.de

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Aerospace and much more at Simodec

Willemin-Macodel offers high-end tailor-made machining solutions to realise high value-added, complex and highly precise parts. At Simodec, the company will present two machines on its stand.

Willemin-Macodel offers a personalised service – from initial feasibility studies to providing support for the customer's machining centres over their life cycles. Next step? To discover them at Simodec.
Willemin-Macodel offers a personalised service – from initial feasibility studies to providing support for the customer’s machining centres over their life cycles. Next step? To discover them at Simodec.

The part realised on the 408S2 will be a blisk and the part machined on the 408MT will be a pinion realised by gear-hobbing. This machine will also present a 500 mm bar loading device.

408S2 – Simultaneous 5-axis machining centre
The 408S2 machining centre is equipped with a high precision, rotating dual-divider. This machine is designed for machining complex, prismatic workpieces of 80 mm of edges and offers turning operations up a speed of 4,000 rpm. Its compact size, its significant static and dynamic rigidity make it a leader in simultaneous 5-axis machining.

408MT – Simultaneous 5-axis machining centre for bar or slug stock
This machining centre meets the production requirements of both small and large production runs of complex workpieces. This machine tool perfectly combines bar machining technology up to 32 mm diameter (option 36 mm) with the flexibility of automatic back working operation. The high performance motorspindle (up to 42,000 rpm) is adapted to the most demanding operations. Tools storage up to 48 positions offering a chip to chip time of 0.8 seconds as well as the various bar loaders offer great potential for machining.

To be discovered on booth D2 at Simodec.

Willemin-Macodel SA
Communance 59
CH-2800 Delémont
Tel. + 41 32 427 03 03
[email protected]
www.willemin-macodel.com

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Hexagon Metrology cooperates with olympic skeleton team

Multiple British, European and World Skeleton champion Kristan Bromley’s technicians use Romer Absolute Arm to optimize sled design and set-up for the Sochi Winter Olympics.

With more than 20 production facilities and 70 Precision Centers for service and demonstrations, and a network of over 100 distribution partners on five continents, Hexagon Metrology empowers their customers to fully control their manufacturing processes, enhancing the quality of products and increasing efficiency in manufacturing plants around the world.
With more than 20 production facilities and 70 Precision Centers for service and demonstrations, and a network of over 100 distribution partners on five continents, Hexagon Metrology empowers their customers to fully control their manufacturing processes, enhancing the quality of products and increasing efficiency in manufacturing plants around the world…. and why not, winning a cold medal.

Hexagon Metrology has started a co-operation with the UK-based skeleton racing team Bromley Technologies. Bromley Technologies use a Romer Absolute Arm with integrated laser scanner to optimise sled design for Kristan Bromley, multiple Champion, and competitor at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.

Where technique meets with performance
Skeleton racing is a high-speed winter sliding sport. The athlete rides a small sled, lying face down and head first. Racers regularly reach up to 145 km/h. “The G forces are trying to push your head into the track, so you really need to feel that the sled is an extension of your body”, says Kristan Bromley. “We place huge importance on analysis and simulation, and with Hexagon Metrology, we have found a partner that provides the perfect tool for measuring and digitizing the sled. With the Romer Absolute Arm, we can scan a sled’s physical characteristics within minutes.”

The Skeleton competitions in Sochi take place between February 13th and 15th, 2014.

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More information about the Romer Absolute Arm is available at http://hex.ag/rCxKa
More information about Bromley Technologies can be found at
http://www.bromleytechnologies.com/

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A very successful year of trade shows

For several decades, the Schall name evokes the largest private German organisation of fairs, whether it be technical fairs or general public well-known exhibitions. Created by Paul Eberhard Schall in 1962, the company is now called “the Schall group “.

Paul Schall (left), and his wife Bettina, in a discussion with an exhibitor.
Paul E. Schall (left), and his wife Bettina, in a discussion with an exhibitor.

The success of the recent exhibitions Motek and Blechexpo comes to close the year 2013 as very positive. The fair specialist Paul E. Schall tells us more. (Full interview in our next issue).

Eurotec: On what relies the almost legendary success of your business after all these years?
Paul E. Schall: The pillars of this success and its duration are:

  • our policy of niche markets,
  • our ability to continuously innovate and
  • the quality of service we provide to our exhibitors and our visitors.

We base our strategy on niche markets, which explains our success for several decades. We develop quality trade shows on future oriented topics. They are specialised fairs with visitors from the Euro-area and which represent all facets of a field of specific activity in one place, moreover this place keeps human dimensions. These events highlight major current trends in the landscape of trade shows. Control and Motek, our two leading international trade shows, have also been developped from old market niches. They have also led to the creation of eponymous events on the same theme in other European countries and also in Asia.

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Eurotec: Were there some important new features at the level of shows this year?
Paul E. Schall: Clearly yes! For instance Motek was like-new, it presented itself under a new light by seeking to adapt to the ever-changing market requirements. For example the sector of assembly facilities, complete turnkey solutions, manufacturing and integration of robots has been completely redesigned and thus considerably widened. On the 941 exhibitors present at Motek, near 18% originate from this area of activity and this “trade show in the trade show” is positioned as a pole of expertise unique in the world.

Influx of visitors in the halls of Motek.
Influx of visitors in the halls of Motek.
  • The duo of trade fairs Motek and Bondexpo aimed very specifically at industrial users will open its doors to the world experts in this area from October 6 to 9, 2014.
  • The next Blechexpo and Schweisstec will be held from November 3 to 6, 2015.

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www.schall-messen.de

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Kuka robots inspires watch designer

Kuka robots have inspired the watchmaker Sevenfriday to put a watch with the Kuka look and feel on the market. For a short time now, “Sevenfriday P1-03 Automation Orange” has been available from the company’s online shop.
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Sevenfriday was founded in May 2012 and is today considered a respected and established newcomer among watch enthusiasts and collectors of luxury watches. One reason for this is the consistent orientation towards the aesthetics and feel of the industrial environment. Steel, industrial buildings, tools, machines, and gear wheels are reflected in the form and materials of the watches. The collections are aptly named “P1 Industrial Essence”, “P2 Industrial Revolution” and “P3 Industrial Engines”.

Robots inspired
The designers had the robots from Kuka in mind while developing the P1-03 Orange. Arnaud Duval, Head of Design at Sevenfriday, witnessed Kuka robots in an automobile factory years ago and remembers his first impression: these machines stand for high tech, reliability, precision and speed. Their clear and powerful design language places them among the avant-garde of industrial design.
 “Seeing state-of-the-art robots in action makes a tremendous impression. It is dynamics in perfection!” explains Duval. “If you want to take this as inspiration, there’s no way around Kuka. Kuka robots stand for top quality – technologically speaking, but in terms of design language as well. Each detail is carefully considered, functional and a delight to the eye. The characteristic orange alone makes designers’ hearts leap for joy. That is exactly the effect we too wish to achieve with our watches.”

Innovation and top quality
“Innovation, functionality and top quality are important criteria when we develop new products,” adds Dr. Andreas Bauer, Marketing Director at Kuka Robotics. “But we also place great value on ergonomics and excellent design. It is sensational, that Kuka as an engineering company are setting trends for a luxury product like a watch. We are very pleased that the watch is based on our orange robot. That’s absolutely unique!”

Kuka Roboter Schweiz AG
Industriestrasse 9
CH-5432 Neuenhof
Tel: +41 (0)44 744 90 90
Fax: +41 (0)44 744 90 91
www.kuka-roboter.ch

Shop online at http://www.sevenfriday.com/index.php/

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Superior tapping performance in multiple materials

With VariTap, Widia presents the latest tools built on 140-year legacy in tap design and engineering to deliver performance without compromise.

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VariTap™ from WIDIA delivers superior tapping performance in multiple work materials without sacrificing part quality or tool life.

Manufacturers, especially job shops, know better than most the pressures of ever-increasing customer demands and the equally demanding requirements to control costs. Multi-purpose tools have been one method many shops use to bridge the gap – excellent in certain materials and good enough in others to get the job done.

The best of both worlds
Field tests are confirming the Widia VariTap delivers the best of both worlds: superior tapping performance in multiple work materials without sacrificing part quality or tool life. “Job shops by nature require the broadest possible toolbox to deliver different jobs that come in daily”, says Marcelo Campos, Manager Global Product Management for tapping at Widia. “VariTap draws on more than 140 years of application experience to provide today’s shops the ability to address different applications and materials with one solution. As opposed to having to stock custom or specific taps for aluminums, stainless steels, cast irons, etc., the VariTap design gives them high performance without compromise”.

Optimised design
VariTap’s design engineering includes a proprietary spiral point geometry that lowers tapping torque, extending tool life while efficiently driving chips forward in through holes. Optimized spiral flute geometry additionally aids chip evacuation, reducing bird-nesting in blind holes.

Lasts five or six times longer
One of the first customers says: “We had been using regular HSS taps mainly in 347 stainless. They were good quality taps, we just felt we weren´t getting as much performance as we should. When we agreed to field-test the VariTaps, they lasted at least five times as long as the taps we were using, in a few cases, six”.

A VariTap for all conditions
Widia  is not bringing just selected VariTap options to the market, but a broad array of VariTap choices, more than 1600 SKUs. “There’s a VariTap for all tapping conditions”, says Campos. There are DIN dimensions for Europe, ANSI for North America, (including DIN lengths on ANSI shanks), and JIS for Asia.

www.widia.com

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