Cutting Tool Engineering
April 2012 / Volume 64 / Issue 4

Amada Machine Tools hosts media briefing

By Alan Richter

Amada Machine Tools demonstrated its new S-10 modular multitask machine during a recent press briefing at its Technical Center in Schaumburg, Ill.


Video footage courtesy Amada Machine Tools America Inc.

As part of Amada Machine Tools America Inc.’s introduction of a multitask machine and a profile grinder to the North American market, the machine tool builder hosted a media briefing event Feb. 29 at its 40,000-sq.-ft. Technical Center in Schaumburg, Ill.

George Kowalewski, national sales manager, provided a presentation about the S-10 mill/turn machine, which has one spindle and two turrets that each have eight or 12 stations. The twin turrets enable simultaneous machining using live tools on each turret. The machine also has a subspindle for machining a part on six sides. A reversing vise accessory is another method for working both ends of a part in one loading. According to the company, the machine’s modular design enables users to tailor the S-10 for specific jobs. The machine is suitable for gantry loading, bar feeding and manual loading of parts.

Amada is targeting the S-10 toward hydraulic equipment and automotive OEMs and their Tier 1 suppliers, as well as parts manufacturers serving the aerospace, defense and medical industries, Kowalewski noted. General parts manufacturers are also on the company’s radar. “We don’t discount that market,” he said.

Bob Hamada, grinding products manager, detailed the features of DV-7M CNC profile grinder for producing cutting tools, cylindrical crush rolls and punches and dies. The 7-axis machine swivels the grinding wheel during grinding to reduce wheel wear, Hamada noted. “Swivel technology is the heart of the machine.”

Amada reports that the DV-7M’s vision system eliminates cumbersome charts, compares downloaded CAD files with the actual part profile, sets the swiveling wheel pivot point to the workpiece edge and then enables in-machine digital inspection of all components.

Hamada emphasized that the grinder is ideal for producing complex geometries, such as those on form tools, and can grind any relief and rake angle, including logarithmic relief for hobs. Those angles are programmable for consistent accuracy and smooth blends, according to the company.

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