Industry News for 10/2020

AMF zero-point clamping technology ensures great flexibility during the five-side processing at Koller Formenbau.
The tool and mold industry is designing and specifying ever more complex geometries and freeform surfaces and the industry is placing ever greater demands on clamping technology to accomplished these needs. Zero-point clamping technology from Andreas Maier Fellbach (AMF).helps them meet these challenges.
Crankshaft grinding with the NUMERIKA GH 1500 corundum grinding machine
The ThyssenKrupp Crankshaft Co. in Danville, Illinois, operates up to 21 shifts per week to produce forged crankshafts for the North American heavy-duty automotive, truck, and engine markets. Meeting production needs requires precise technology, including a Zema Numerika GH1500 grinding machine from Junker.
The graph below includes the 12-month moving average for the durable goods shipments and cutting tool orders. These values are calculated by taking the average of the most recent 12 months and plotting them over time.
While the latest data on cutting tool orders shows a decline, orders appear to have “found a bottom” and tool suppliers look to the future with the release of a multitude of new tooling, workholding, machine tools and accessories into the marketplace.
A Digital Twin creates a virtual replica of a machining environment, revealing potential tooling conflicts without the need for costly dry runs (Photo: DP Technology)
The fourth Industrial Revolution promises new efficiencies and productivity gains for manufacturers. Machine tool suppliers are integrating Industry 4.0 capabilities and software companies that are providing powerful new tools such as those that utilize artificial intelligence. CAM software from ESPIRIT from DP Technology offers features to drive production improvement.
VOMAT ultra-fine filtration systems can be used, among other things, for machine tools grinding carbide, HSS and mixed metal operation.
Whether operators use neat oils or water-miscible coolants in wet cutting machine tools or tool grinding machines, the coolants are subject to heavy contamination. VOMAT technology offers a variety of clean coolant technology to solve this problem and produce better cuts.
Omni Aerospace needed to produce large, flight-ready parts within strict design tolerances and surface finishes in a time-sensitive manner. Starrag's Ecospeed F1540 machining centers fit the bill.
Upgrading VitcBN wheels can increase productivity and part quality, and lower tool costs
When considering upgrading a cylindrical grinding process from a conventional vitrified aluminum oxide or ceramic wheel to Vitrified cBN (VitcBN), there are 5 main reasons that can help justify the use of cBN over conventional abrasive grains. 
Hoist drum simulation.
Sam Roberts has more than two decades of experience in programming and manual and CNC skills, but still remembers the day in 1999 when he was introduced to Mastercam CAD/CAM software (CNC Software Inc., Tolland, Connecticut).  As a machinist proficient in G-code, Roberts was impressed with the software.
In 1928, a precision optics machine arrived on U.S. shores on a ship from Europe.
In 1928, a precision optics machine arrived on U.S. shores on a ship from Europe. The SIP MP4 machine, serial number 88, was bound for its new home at the General Electric plant in Lynn, Massachusetts, a town located 14 miles northeast of Boston. Today, it is home at the U.S. offices of Starrag in Hebron, Kentucky.
Fastem's online open house.
Fastems Group will host an online Open House & Conference entitled "Productivity Beyond Machine Tending" that will showcase the latest developments in automation and surrounding technologies.
Custom roof rack from Hamar Industries.
Utilizing the NVision 3D HandHeld laser scanner, a Texas job shop was able to produce highly precise, custom roof racks.
F-35 jets built from precision components machined with Starrag equipment.
The F-35 Lightning is one of the most complex and lethal combat fighter jets in the world, and this machine is constructed with thousands of precision components. Starrag machinery are used to produce some of the most complex components on these precision jets.
VERICUT CNC machine simulation and optimization software.
Contract programming houses are an excellent resource for shops with overloaded programming departments, a troublesome project, or are venturing into five-axis territory for the first time. Ron Branch, vice-president of 5th Axis CG Inc. shared valuable insights about machining optimization with Gene Granata, Vericut product manager at CGTech.
Sandvik's sintering process.
The main driver of business sustainability goals is to make an impact on the environment. Another benefit is the economic value of implementing sustainable actions. Can businesses save money, and protect the planet? Sandvik thinks so.
One Source is continuing to raise the bar when it comes to die cast tool building.
When it comes to designing, CAD software has its place, but purchasing and maintaining multiple CAD licenses can be expensive. Kisters offers a solution for supplying CAD to multiple users.