The digital edition of Modern Machine Shop's October issue is now available.
The digital October issue of Modern Machine Shop is now available. The cover story details how one shop established an effective process to run an HMC cell around the clock for applications in aerospace, oilfield and other industries. Another story discusses how one shop benefits from both portable metrology arms as well as standard CMMs. A third story will make manufacturers who are seeking skilled workers rid themselves of any misconceptions they may hold about hiring disabled individuals, especially those with specialized training. Finally, a fourth feature takes an in-depth look at tool monitoring for multitasking machines.
Our Rapid Traverse section chases after volumetric accuracy, links to a video that highlights extreme part-off demos, and explores a new concept for the programming and control of complex, multi-axis machine tools.
This month’s Better Production section includes case studies about cloud-based monitoring improving an aerospace manufacturer’s productivity, ERP software improving an aerospace shop’s operational efficiency, multi-pallet HMCs reducing setup times, and through-coolant capability reducing cycle time.
The Modern Equipment Review section highlights measurement and inspection products.
LED cameras enable principals at Quality Tooling, located in Corydon, Kentucky, to see if a tool or EDM wire has broken. Select shop personnel can access camera views via their home computer or smart phone to check on equipment during off hours.
Today’s camera, computer, tablet and smartphone technologies (not to mention Google Glass) make taking and accessing video a snap, even on the shop floor. Here are a few ways shops can leverage this capability to become more efficient and effective.
NanoSteel produced the video here, as well as this related video, to describe its recent success at applying additive manufacturing to build high-hardness ferrous metal matrix composite parts. The metal matrix composite in these builds combines steel in two phases, a hard phase embedded in a ductile phase. Achieving this combination through laser sintering permits parts with high hardness to be additively grown without the cracking that often hinders additive manufacturing of hard steels. NanoSteel sees this success opening the door to additive manufacturing of cutting tools, bearings, dies and downhole equipment. Read more from the company here.
Waterjet technology is well-suited to cutting large 2D workpieces out of sheets of material, but Jet Edge’s Edge X-5 demonstrates how a waterjet can effectively cut three-dimensional parts as well. The waterjet’s five-axis Permalign Edge cutting head enables it to produce features such as weld bevels and countersink holes, as well as reduce tapering in the jet stream. The waterjet offers a Z-axis travel of 12" and is available with a work envelope ranging from 5 × 5 feet to 24 × 8 feet.
In the video above, the Edge X-5 is cutting Jet Edge-branded bottle openers out of 1/4"-thick aluminum using 80 mesh garnet abrasive. The piece showcases the waterjet’s five-axis capability with features such as the angled “Jet Edge” lettering and the chamfering around the outer edges.
Tokyo’s Big Sight, home to JIMTOF, is truly an eyeful, with the dramatic architectureof its Conference Tower dominating the exhibit hall entrance area.
As a global leader in machine tool design and construction, Japan plays a key role in developing and promoting new metalworking technology. The Japan International Machine Tool Fair (JIMTOF), packs a lot of product introductions and educational events in a compact, intense event running October 30 through November 4, 2014. Look for daringly imaginative designs in machine tools and related products at Tokyo’s eye-catching Big Sight exhibition center.