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Key machining equipment manufacturers that have been focusing on the mold and die market are showing these wares at IMTS, with features like advanced CNC controls and higher spindle feeds that will result in a better-quality surface finish and reduced cycle times.
Hyundai WIA America’s i-CUT 320M makes its North American debut at IMTS in Booth S-8948. Marketing Manager David Barber notes that more and more moldmakers are investing in equipment engineered specifically for the machining of molds.
“While in the past a basic vertical machining center might have been purchased to machine molds, today that’s simply not practical,” he says. “To remain competitive in the global marketplace, moldmakers must invest in technology better-suited for moldmaking.” That includes moving away from typical C-frame vertical machining centers and shifting toward bridge-type VMCs with spindle speeds above 35,000 rpm and through-spindle coolant—often with five-axis capability.
Over in Booth S-8738, Hwacheon Machinery America is displaying its new Sirius UM small- to medium-size machine, which acting President Klaus Ludwig says is a “logical” new development, rounding out the company’s high-end line for mold and die.
“For more complex molds, our medium-size machine, the M2-5AX, has been specifically designed for mold and die components and complex shapes,” Ludwig says. “On the larger size scale, the five-axis version Sirius 2500-5AX provides the best solution whenever difficult 3D contours need to be machined on large molds.”
Hurco, Booth S-8640, also has a line of equipment targeted to the mold and die industry. According to Media Relations Manager Maggie Smith, the company’s new VMXHSi line of high-speed mills with an integral spindle design and higher spindle speeds address finishing operations for mold and die shops.
“Additionally, our patented UltiMotion control feature offers superb surface finish quality while significantly reducing cycle time by as much as 30 to 40 percent,” she says. “Our regular VMX line of three-axis mills—which has a generous Y-axis—has been the most popular among our existing mold and die customers who consider it the workhorse of the industry.”
Smith adds that the requirements of mold and die shops are very much in line with Hurco’s core competencies. “We deliver rigid iron to promote accuracy and precision that mold and die shops require, and flexible controls made for high-mix/small-batch manufacturing that are capable of handling large files without the need to drip feed,” she says.
As Hyundai WIA’s Barber notes, North American moldmakers are competing in a global marketplace, so any advantage that can be gained through machine tool technology is significant—especially with reshoring gaining in popularity.blog comments powered by Disqus