The Recool system from Rego-Fix enables users to quickly replace the conventional spray-pipe coolant delivery system on their live tooling (left) to through-tool coolant delivery (right).
Through-tool coolant delivery is more effective at getting coolant to a tool’s cutting edge than spray pipes or nozzles. Knowing this, Rego-Fix has developed a retrofit through-tool coolant delivery system for live tooling on CNC lathes that is said to install in minutes.
The animation shown here demonstrates how simple it is to install this affordable system. Each Recool kit contains a special clamping nut with outer ring, a coolant pipe and a few fittings. The standard kit achieves maximum speed and pressure of 6,000 rpm and 300 psi, respectively, although higher speeds and coolant pressures are available upon request.
Users of GTI’s VibePro system can monitor, record and analyze data directly on iPad devices.
Headquartered in Manchester, New Hampshire, GTI Spindle Technology provides spindle products, repairs and services for a range of industries including aerospace, defense, medical and more. The company, however, doesn’t just fix broken spindles or sell new ones—it hopes to help shops avoid broken equipment altogether with its VibePro preventive maintenance system that operates through the iPad and iPad Mini. VibePro 6, the most recent iteration, was released in November and is optimized for use with iOS 7 and Apple’s new iPad Air.
The system combines iPad hardware with GTI’s software and various accessories to monitor and analyze indicators including vibrations, balance and more. For example, the Bluetooth-enabled Node Therma sensor records temperatures ranging from -94°F to +716°F within its 15-foot measuring zone, and sends the data wirelessly to the iPad for analysis. Users can view machine data on the iPad itself, or access the information in the cloud via a free web app.
Photo by Jennifer Peterson at Eleva-Strum Schools.
Teacher Craig Cegielski of Cardinal Manufacturing says a recent open house raised over $10,000 in cash for the manufacturing program he leads. Cardinal Manufacturing, which we first reported on in this article, is the western Wisconsin high school manufacturing program that functions as a student-run machining and fabrication business. Students in this program learn about manufacturing by producing real parts for real customers.
About 400 people attending the open house allowed the program to raise about $6,000 from a raffle. The rest of the money came from direct donations, including the $3,000 check pictured from the Precision Metalforming Association.
Additionally, Mate Precision Tooling donated a Bridgeport EZ Trak milling machine valued at about $19,000 and cutting tool supplier Walter donated about $3,000 in tooling. Kennametal covered the cost of food and drink at the event.
Mr. Cegielski says, “Most of the money we received will go toward the construction of new office space and a conference room. This will provide a professional space for us to meet with customers rather than in the class room. Our current office space will then be converted to an inspection lab. The new space will take us to the next level of professionalism. We are constantly trying to mimic real manufacturers.”
He says the support of both the community and industry has been vital for growing and advancing this unusual manufacturing education program. See additional photos of the open house event.
The cover story in our December issue states that the strength of U.S. manufacturing is driving machine tool sales to their highest levels in more than a decade. According to the 2014 Metalworking Capital Spending Survey by Gardner Research, U.S. metalworking facilities will spend $7.442 billion on new metalcutting equipment next year, an increase of almost 19% over 2013.
There's a great amount of information in this story, so we made an infographic that illustrates key highlights from the survey and report. Click on the photo above to view the infographic. You can also see the print version of this infographic between pages 64 and 65 in the December issue.
Delcam’s new robotics website highlights applications, developments and case studies on machining with industrial robots, in addition to information on the company’s own
PowerMill Robot Interface software.
We’ve featured several blog posts recently about the future possibilities presented by robotic machining, like this animated vision that won Fastems’ Challenge Competition earlier this year. Now, manufacturing software supplier Delcam has launched delcam-robotics.com, a website centered on the use of robots for machining. In addition to details on the company’s PowerMill Robot Interface software, the site highlights robot applications, case studies and current R&D projects.
One R&D initiative, the Comet project, could be of particular value for the future of robotic machining. The 30-month project, funded by the European Commission and coordinated in part by Delcam, aims to resolve the current limitations of machining with industrial robots, such as a lack of absolute positioning accuracy. Visit the site to learn more.