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A Strong Partner For Every Sawing Task

A Strong Partner For Every Sawing Task

Metal Cutting Service relies on the KASTOwin for cutting demanding materials such as aluminium and titanium.

Article by KASTO Maschinenbau GmbH & Co. KG.


“From a two-man company to a much sought-after service provider for industry and trade.”

This summarises the success story of the California company Metal Cutting Service (MCS). In 1956, Milon Viel and his father-in-law, Ross Clarke, founded the company, which initially focused on the development and manufacture of aluminium window frames. Both men brought their aviation industry experience to the new company—and that would pay off later. MCS decided to specialise in cutting various materials exactly to customer specifications, especially for companies that did not have their own sawing capabilities, and this decision laid the foundation for the successful development of the company.

Today, MCS is a partner and supplier for many well-known manufacturers in the aerospace, defence, aluminium and steel distribution, and semiconductor industries. The customers supply the materials to be cut, and they get them back exactly to their ordered specifications. Complex geometries and large dimensions are an MCS specialty: the company saws plate, bar, forging, and extrusions up to 50 inches (1,270 mm) thick and 700 inches (17,780 mm) long. The spectrum of materials ranges from plastics and acrylic materials to steel and special metals that are highly temperature-resistant.

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Save The Date! Blechexpo2021: Trumpf Launches New TruLaser Series

Save The Date! Blechexpo2021: Trumpf Launches New TruLaser Series

Blechexpo is an international trade fair for sheet metal working which is held once every 2 years in Stuttgart, Germany. It is a trade fair that begun in 1994 by Südblech which over the years, has gained much fanfare to be ranked top in Europe and second globally for trade fairs on sheet metal processing. 


With industry players to exhibit their latest developments and experts to be present for the three-day spectacle, there is much anticipation among visitors to attend the Blechexpo 2021.

Trumpf, one of the leading industry players in innovation and technologies will exhibit how companies can use networked solutions to streamline processes across the entire sheet metal process chain. Introducing, the new generation TruLaser Series 1000 –with more productivity, process stability, and cost-effectiveness. For the first time, the Highspeed Eco function is being used on this machine type. A nozzle developed by TRUMPF directs the cutting gas specifically to the sheet metal which significantly increases the machine’s feed rate by up to 70 percent, while reducing gas consumption by around 60 percent. Hence, the machine cuts sheet metal significantly faster than conventional 2D laser machines. In addition, the new series also features a newly added CoolLine technology. This function automatically sprays water mist onto the sheet to ensure optimum cooling during the cutting process.

Another new feature of this machine type is the intelligent Smart Collision Prevention function. TRUMPF relies here on a sophisticated algorithm that calculates, for example, the sequence in which the parts must be cut in order to avoid collisions between tilting parts and the cutting head. This reduces downtime and improves production efficiency. Hundreds of cutting data for different materials and sheet thicknesses are already stored in the operating software. Production workers can select the cutting program at the touch of a button and get started right away. “Thanks to its high productivity, broad range of applications and ease of operation, the new generation of the TruLaser 1000 is ideal for companies that want to get into 2D laser cutting. It also ideally complements the machine fleets of companies that already use 2D laser cutting and want to increase their capacity,” says TRUMPF Product Manager Jean-Baptiste Karam.

The machine design has been deliberately kept simple and thus optimally meets the requirements of beginners or companies that already work in one to two-shift operation.

The TruLaser Series 1000 can be used for a wide variety of materials allowing companies to use it for a wide range of applications. An automatic nozzle changer also contributes to the ease of use. With this technology, the new TruLaser Series 1000 automatically replaces the cutting nozzle as soon as the material changes. This eliminates manual intervention by personnel and reduces setup time. The new generation of machines will be available from Blechexpo 2021 in three external dimensions: 3×1.5 meters, 4×2 meters and 6×2.5 meters. Users can choose different laser powers between three and six kilowatts for their machine. Furthermore, the machine can be expanded to include various automation functions for loading and unloading. At the highest level, it is possible to operate it without personnel.

In addition to networked machines, software and services, TRUMPF will be showcasing their compact, fully automated folding machine that can effortlessly process even thick sheet metal. At the world’s leading trade fair for sheet metal working, the company will also be demonstrating how existing machine parks can be set up and networked in a future-proof manner using entry-level solutions. For example, digital assistants that provide employees with even better support with the help of artificial intelligence, for example when sorting the sheet metal parts. Existing machinery can also be made future-proof by retrofitting. The company is also showing a “Service App” that helps employees with service cases, for example through automatic spare part recognition, digital instructions or live support with video function from TRUMPF customer service on site.

Attend the Blechexpo (26 – 29 October 2021):https://www.blechexpo-messe.de/en/ 

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Changing Times In The Metal Cutting Industry

Changing Times In The Metal Cutting Industry

Today, workpieces need to be machined using multiple tools and fast tool change systems are becoming the norm. Article by heimatec. 

Today, workpieces generally need to be machined using multiple tools, which in turn means that tool changes are required during the machining process. In order to keep the changeover and adjustment times as short as possible, the use of fast tool change systems has become the norm. Here, heimatec, manufacturer of high-precision static and driven precision tools for lathes and machining centers, introduces its wide range of solutions for fast tool changing. 

Flexible System

Efficient manufacture is made significantly easier in two aspects. If machine downtimes can be reduced, the productive time increases automatically. By using flexible universal tools, the tool inventory can also be reduced, resulting in cost savings. 

heimatec developed the flexible heimatec.u-tec tool change system for this purpose, which allows machining companies to utilise different adapters for a wide variety of machining tasks. The driven heimatec.u-tec tools are designed with a collect chuck mount according to DIN 6499, allowing the user to use the driven tools without additional tool adapters. A special feature of the heimatec u-tec change system is the short mounting length which ensures exceptionally stable clamping of the cutting tool with low cantilever forces, leading to excellent machining results and a long service life of the cutters.

Reducing Machine Downtimes

The company has developed the easy-quick HT series specially for fast changes in the area of driven and static tools. This means different tool change inserts with market-standard tool mounts can be preset outside the tool machine and when required, can be simply, safely and quickly installed by the machine operator with one hand. With this series, machine downtimes are reduced significantly. In addition, the overall tooling costs are reduced thanks to the multiple and flexible use of the easy-quick base tools. 

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Bystronic Opens New Subsidiary In Thailand

Bystronic Opens New Subsidiary In Thailand

In the immediate vicinity of the international airport Suvarnabhumi in the east of the Thai capital Bangkok, Bystronic has opened a new office as of March 22, 2021. With the new national company, Bystronic is moving closer to its Thai customers and can provide them with even more direct support with a motivated team.

After a decade of partnership with the local representative, the newly founded Bystronic Thailand Co. Ltd. enables Bystronic to work even more closely with customers in Thailand, to support them even more directly, and to advance into segments that could not be tackled before. The experienced team of engineers has been supporting customers for years. A new and dynamic sales team will further increase the awareness of the Bystronic brand in Thailand.

The company is headed by General Manager Mr. Thitipan Hirunpataya. He was instrumental in setting up the Thai subsidiary, building up the sales and service teams and fine-tuning new operating strategies to meet the needs of the market.

“The integral part of a local office is the direct link to our customers. We get to know their manufacturing needs, we offer solutions, we listen to their feedback and we are able to offer them the best service directly from the manufacturer”, said Thitipan Hirunpataya.

With the opening of the new office in Bangkok, Bystronic will have a further sales and service center in an important region for Bystronic. Sales, service, consulting and hotline services form the core services. In addition, the location will also include software and hardware training as well as spare parts. Customers will thus benefit from the comprehensive know-how of the leading technology provider.

 

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TRUMPF Acquires Lantek And Expands Software Business

TRUMPF Acquires Lantek And Expands Software Business

The high-tech company TRUMPF acquires the software house Lantek and thus focuses on software in sheet metal processing that runs independently of the machine manufacturer.

“TRUMPF is opening up to customers’ production ecosystems with this acquisition,” says Thomas Schneider, Managing Director of Machine Tool Development at TRUMPF. “Our customers’ process is our focus – with Lantek, we comprehensively cover the sheet metal process chain, even with machines from different manufacturers. In this way, we are taking another big step toward efficient and connected sheet metal production and enriching the Smart Factory solution portfolio.”

After participating in the development of umati, the open machine data interface, the development of omlox, the open positioning standard, and the cooperation with intralogistics expert Jungheinrich on automated guided vehicles, the cooperation with Lantek is a consistent step towards process optimisation and connectivity for the sheet metal production of the future.

“We are looking forward to cooperating closely with TRUMPF. Lantek has been leading the sheet metal software for 35 years thanks to its ability to bring the best manufacturing solutions to any cutting machine, and this will continue to be our goal, assuring interconnectivity and independency between machine tool builders. Our customers benefit from a close exchange in the key technologies of the future AI, data models and holistic process control. This enables us to bundle our competencies and develop software for the future of sheet metal production in an even more open and customer-oriented way in the future,“ says Alberto López de Biñaspre, CEO of Lantek.

 

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Top 5 Articles In 2020: Industry 4.0, Metal Cutting & Metrology

Top 5 Articles In 2020: Industry 4.0, Metal Cutting & Metrology

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Industry 4.0/Automation

  1. Empowering Manufacturing Transformation

Through its suite of advanced and leading-edge technologies, Siemens not only helps companies digitalise to meet the needs of the new economy, but also empowers them to carry out smart innovations to succeed in the Industry 4.0 era.

  1. Industrial Robots VS Cobots—Which Is Right For You?

Industrial robots have offered benefits to many organisations ever since it was first introduced, but collaborative robots (cobots) have been a game-changing force recently. Article by Darrell Adams, Head of Southeast Asia & Oceania, Universal Robots.

  1. Industry 5.0: The Future Of Manufacturing In 2035

The Factory of 2035 will look vastly different than the factory of today. Ever since the first Industrial Revolution when mechanisation, water, and steam power started to automate work previously carried out manually, more work has been taken on by machines. Each technological advancement – from computers and robotics to the Internet – has brought about additional automation. Advancement in technologies will remain significant, but the trend of “human touch” will also be in demand in Factory of 2035.

  1. Key Factors to Consider When Selecting the Proper Gripper

There are various operational characteristics that must be considered before an educated—and successful—gripper choice can be made. Article by Gary Labadie, Destaco.

  1. Airbus Commits To Continued Automation Of Its Manufacturing Line

Airbus has acquired industrial automation company, MTM Robotics which deepens Airbus’ commitment to expanding advanced robotics capabilities within its manufacturing processes.

 

Metal Cutting

  1. Adapting Cutting Tools To Changing Trends

In an interview with Asia Pacific Metalworking Equipment News, Jacob Harpaz, ISCAR CEO, IMC President and Chairman of the Board, discusses the current trends in the metalworking tool industry, and how the company is helping their customers address their manufacturing challenges.

  1. Increasing Automation, Connectivity And Energy Efficiency In Metal Cutting

Asia Pacific Metalworking Equipment News is pleased to conduct an interview with Armin Stolzer, Owner & CEO of KASTO Maschinenbau GmbH & Co. KG regarding current trends in the metal cutting industry.

  1. Efficient Machine Tooling

Asia Pacific Metalworking Equipment News is pleased to conduct an interview with Dr Christian Kober, Senior Vice President Asia at Hoffmann regarding current trends in machine tooling.

  1. Milling Cast and Steel Parts More Cost-Effectively

Dr. Wolfgang Baumann of Mapal explains the benefits of their latest radial insert milling range.

  1. ISCAR CTO Stresses On Productivity Improvement

Erich Timons, CTO of ISCAR Germany GmbH, speaks with Asia Pacific Metalworking Equipment News about tooling trends and challenges, and how the industry should move forward by improving productivity. Article by Stephen Las Marias.

 

Metrology

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  1. Hexagon Discusses Opportunities For Growth In Philippine Metrology Market

Taveesak Srisuntisuk of Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence speaks about the metalworking trends and opportunities for growth in the Philippines. Article by Stephen Las Marias.

  1. Importance Of Process Control

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  1. E-mobility, Additive Manufacturing Driving Growth in Metrology Sector

Daesuk Chung of ZEISS sat down with Asia Pacific Metalworking Equipment News to talk about the latest technology and manufacturing trends driving the metrology sector. Article by Stephen Las Marias.

  1. Renishaw Shares Outlook On Vietnam And Philippines

In an interview with Asia Pacific Metalworking Equipment News, Steve Bell of Renishaw Singapore provides his insights into and outlook for the Vietnam and Philippine metalworking industry.

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An Industry In High Demand

An Industry in High Demand

Tom Nathan of ANCA explains how demand for carbon fibre reinforced plastics (CFRP) growing at 9.3 percent per year leads to huge potential for cutting tool manufacturers. 

Using strengthening fibres embedded in a supporting material has been around since the dawn of time. From mud brick houses reinforced with straw to the first composite bows made with wood, bone and pine resin, it was recognised that composites deliver superior compressive and tensile properties. 

The transportation, low-carbon energy generation, aerospace, defence, civil construction and sporting goods industries have all adopted composites for their high-performance and low weight applications—and the demand continues to grow year-on-year. A report by Credence Research in 2019 estimates a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 9.3% for Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastics (CFRP) during the period 2017-2025. Growth in the poly-crystalline diamond (PCD) tool market has been double that of standard carbide cutting tools over recent years, making it an outstanding opportunity for tool manufacturers looking to be active at the leading edge of cutting tool technology. 

Tom Nathan, product manager at ANCA, has witnessed the huge increase in inquiries in this area – reflecting a growing demand by tool manufacturers to produce cutting tools to service this market. “Commercial applications for composite materials continues to grow year-on-year with the market space for cutting tools also expanding. With superior strength to weight ratios, CFRP is being used in a wide variety of low weight structural applications from planes, cars, turbines and even drones,” he says.

Cutting tool manufacturers are creating and adopting a variety of cutting tool designs and technologies—developing new tooling for the wide variety of composites used today. ANCA has been working closely with its customers to design innovative solutions that help address these needs, creating new tool geometries and machine technologies that can erode and grind market-leading CFRP solutions.

Understanding the Composite Market

Industries today use a variety of composite-matrix materials (epoxies, phenolics, polyimides) and fibres (carbon, Kevlar, glass) to suit varying applications with very different material properties. In metal cutting, the creation and evacuation of chips serve to remove heat from the point of cutting. In a polymer matrix composite, the matrix tends to be soft but very tough. When analysed at the micro level, machining of polymer matrices does not form chips, but rather a fine ‘dust’ that results from localised micro-fracturing. This matrix dust does not readily dissipate heat from the cutting edge as the matrix material generally has a very low thermal conductivity. 

Nathan states that this creates significant problems when using ferrous (iron) based cutting tools for machining composites. “The increased heat leads to localised thermal expansion and lower yield strength which varies the tool geometry, ultimately leading to premature wear,” he says.

The next challenge comes from the embedded fibres. These fibres are strong, stiff and highly abrasive when machined. Different composite materials utilise different fibre orientation methods to aid the mechanical properties sought. Fibre forms can be unidirectional, fabric weaves, braided or even chopped which makes the composite materials behave very differently when being machined.

To complicate matters more, Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastics (CFRP) can be layered with backing materials comprised of aluminium or titanium to aid strength and rigidity. Alone, these substrates require their own types of tooling geometries, however, varying layers of these materials with matrix composites materials demands tool geometries that can cater for a wide variety of machining operations with dramatically different cutting properties. 

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ANCA’s Third Tool Of The Year Competition Celebrates Modern Cutting Tools That Shape Our World

ANCA’s Third Tool Of The Year Competition Celebrates Modern Cutting Tools That Shape Our World

With 28 entries, 1.2 million social impressions and almost 4500 votes, ANCA’s Tool of the Year celebrates the contribution modern cutting tools make to manufacturing, surgery, woodworking and other diverse industries. The competition shines a light on and celebrate these tools that shape our world.

Pat Boland, ANCA Co-Founder said: “The cutting tool sector has faced a significant challenge with the onset of COVID-19. In these conditions it is even more important to promote and recognise our contributions as an industry. This year we saw the most complex and sophisticated entries to date. Having been part of the industry for over 40 years, the technical advancements demonstrated by cutting tool manufacturers continue to amaze.”

“I think of ANCA’s Tool of the Year as the Oscars for cutting tools and am proud to take the time to recognise and reward the creativity and skill of manufacturers globally,” Pat continued.

Winner of ANCA Tool of the Year – ARCH Cutting Tools

The overall winner, ARCH’s entry demonstrated excellent use of multiple iGrind operations with several complex profiles. The tool came out in front of others when compared to the DXF and measured on the Zoller for Profile OD and Runout. The surface finish measurement on the Alicona produced a superb result. The tool also stood out in terms of complexity of grinding and was a large diameter (1”) multi-functional cutting tool with many features. Overall the tool was complete – ticking every box to be the Tool of the Year winner and was an exceptional effort from the team at ARCH.

“We entered to present and showcase our capabilities as a cutting tool manufacturer and to demonstrate the complex capabilities of the ANCA Tool and Cutter Grinder,” said Jim Gray, President and General Manager, ARCH Cutting Tools – Latrobe.

Winners of Virtual Tool Category – JG Group and Turcar

“Both tools showed a high level of effort, artistry and creativity. When creating the Virtual Tools, both Turcar and JG Group used their imagination along with the power and flexibility of ToolRoom RN34 and CIM3D V9 to produce works of art,” Pat concluded.

Grzegorz Reszka CEO, JG Group said: “Achieving the Winner status, among the world class tool grinding companies makes us more marketable and gives us exposure on new global markets. It was an amazing opportunity to present our capabilities to the wider audience, worldwide and evidence of what JG Group Experts can provide for our customers. Congratulations to all Participants and the Winners!”

Tarık Öztürk, Chief Technology Officer at Turcar said: “This year we wanted to come up with something different and that is why we named our entry Katana, meaning the best work of the world – a value we brought to this competition.”

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LVD Launches New Large-Format Laser Cutting Machine

LVD Launches New Large-Format Laser Cutting Machine

LVD launches Taurus FL, a new large-format gantry-style fiber laser cutting machine engineered for extra-large sheet metal cutting capacity. A unique modular design, the machine size begins at a 12-meter bed length and can be expanded in increments of 2 meters to a maximum bed length of 40 meters to suit user needs. The large format allows a diverse range of parts to be cut and efficiently nested, increasing productivity and optimising material usage.

LARGE-SCALE ADVANTAGES

Taurus FL delivers the flexibility to process extra-large sheets or multiple sheets, cut a range ensure high machine dynamics of jobs in varying batch sizes, shapes and material types accommodating workpieces up to 3.3 meters wide and up to 30 mm thick.

Large parts can be processed without repositioning while multiple smaller workpieces can be positioned on the cutting table and processed in continuous fashion, without interruption. Parts can be cut on one section of the table, while loaded/offloaded on another, keeping downtime to an absolute minimum.

Taurus FL is designed for easy access. Only the gantry features an enclosure, not the complete machine. The mechanical design and drive system ensure high machine dynamics in large-format cutting.

The operator has use of two touch panels for convenient access to the control at all times.

A handheld control unit enables the operator to safely move all axes in manual mode for machine setup or to load the nozzle changer. A camera located inside the cutting zone and a monitor on the operator console allow continuous monitoring of the cutting process. The cutting zone has a detachable front panel, providing access for maintenance.

No special foundation is required for the machine.

EXPANDED MACHINE SCOPE

Taurus FL also provides the option of beveling cutting or 2.5D cutting up to 45°. The fiber laser is an ideal tool for reliably producing high-quality bevel cuts in a large-format cutting platform. The bevel cutting option offers a fast and cost-effective way to prepare material for subsequent welding operations or to create geometrical shapes.

The Taurus FL bevel head uses two direct-drive motors. The direct-drive principle uses no transmission components resulting in the highest possible accuracy and a fast responding system. As a result, consistently precise bevel cutting is assured.

The bevel head is able to cut on a horizontal surface as well as cut shapes in pre-formed parts or cut under angle within the limits of the Z-axis and +/- 45 deg.

An optional automatic nozzle changer increases machine uptime and throughput. The unit has storage for 30 nozzles in a turret-style holder positioned close to the cutting head. The nozzle changer features an integrated camera that checks nozzle alignment, size and condition. It offers automatic calibration of the capacitive height sensing and nozzle cleaning after a preset number of piercings.

Optional CADMAN-L software includes automated functions to simplify programming and offers advanced nesting, collision avoidance, On-the-Fly Piercing and Cutting, and process parameter tables to realise the full potential of Taurus FL. For bevel cutting, an optional plug-in is available for SolidWorks, Solid Edge and Inventor.

Taurus FL is offered with a 6-, 8- or 10-kW fiber laser source, which boasts an industry-leading wall-plug efficiency of more than 40 percent.

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