Emily Probst is the associate editor for Modern Machine Shop. She joined the staff in the summer of 2006 as the editorial intern editing product releases for the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS). Hired full-time in 2007 after graduating with a B.S.J. from Ohio University, she edited product releases and columns until 2012, when she moved to her current role of writing and editing case studies for both print and online media channels. In this role, she has been fortunate enough to travel the world as well as visit some interesting shops and trade shows in the United States. She also administers Modern’s blog as well as its Facebook, Twitter and YouTube accounts.
TRAM (Trends in Advanced Machining Manufacturing and Materials), the aerospace industry’s premier conference, has announced this year’s technical program. Taking place September 14-15 alongside the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in Chicago, Illinois, the program consists of a day and a half of technical sessions covering smart machining, super alloys, near-net-shape primary processing, automation, future manufacturing technologies, adaptive control, intelligent fixturing and more.
The conference program is a collaboration between industry, academia and media to bring attendees the latest trends in aerospace manufacturing. Conference highlights include keynote presentations from Boeing and Jaguar, as well as 20 sessions from technical experts at leading OEMS, suppliers, MRO facilities and advanced manufacturing providers.
As an added value to conference participants, TRAM is co-located with IMTS. TRAM attendees have full access to the IMTS show floor, which includes access to more than 2,000 exhibitors. This year also includes an exhibit and networking room where sponsors and exhibitors will be displaying the very latest in aerospace technology.
The Additive Manufacturing Conference (AMC), presented by Modern Machine Shop and Additive Manufacturing magazines, has announced the complete lineup of technical sessions.The agenda includes presenters from Autodesk, DMG MORI, Optomec, EOS, Catterpillar, ITAMCO and more. The two-day event will offer attendees unique ways to connect with leading suppliers, end-users and researchers of industrial applications of additive manufacturing technologies.
Taking place alongside the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS), at Chicago’s McCormick Place September 13-14, the AMC program includes 20 technical sessions examining design, material, machinery and applications technology used in metal additive manufacturing. Registration to the AMC also includes access to the more than 2,000 exhibiting companies at IMTS. Specific AM Conference topics include lightweighting, robotic additive manufacturing, combining additive and traditional manufacturing, software, automation and much more.
The AMC is dedicated to exploring the ways that additive technologies can be implemented in an industrial setting, offering technical insights on additive manufacturing technologies past and present, as well as the future impact and potential applications of emerging technologies. In addition to the technical sessions, attendees will have access to the more than 20 sponsors who will be showcased in the exhibit/networking room, where continued conversations can be conducted in a more relaxed setting.
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Every two years, we do something special with our August issue and devote it entirely to promoting the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS). This year is no different. With more than 2,000 companies exhibiting in 1.3 million square feet of exhibit space at Chicago’s McCormick Place, this show is well worth the extra attention we provide in print and digital editorial. But don’t take my word for it, see why Mark Albert thinks this show is so special.
The feature story, “Seeing the Whole of IMTS,” discusses how potentially disruptive manufacturing concepts and advancements in proven technologies will come together at next month’s show. Read the full story here.
Of course, this wouldn’t be our biennial show issues without hundreds of pages of the magazine devoted to new products and technology that will be on display. Begin browsing here.
Minimum quantity lubrication (MQL) has great potential for assisting in machining a wide spectrum of materials. As manufacturers continuously seek to reduce manufacturing costs, waste and improve health and safety profiles, this technology can help in the drive to get there.
So says Optis, a joint venture between TechSolve and Castrol. According to Optis, flood coolant uses as much as 60,000 ml of fluid per hour, while MQL typically uses less than 500 ml per hour. This is due to the coating of the interface between the tool and the material being cut with a thin film of lubricant, preventing heat build-up caused by friction. This significantly reduces the amount of fluid that needs to be procured, maintained and disposed of, saving money, manpower, and health and safety issues associated with residual fluid and contaminated chips.
When properly applied, whether externally or through the tool, MQL can lead to improved surface finish and increased tool life. It also has a positive impact on emissions and waste, boosting a facility’s overall health, safety and environmental profile.
According to Optis, the cumulative cost of cutting fluid can total as much as 15 percent of a part’s total production cost. Therefore, minimizing its use has major cost-efficiency implications for manufacturers. Also, there are many routes to doing so with many cutting operations primed to benefit from MQL, including turning, milling, drilling, circular and band sawing, reaming, tapping, routing and broaching.
However, despite the opportunities and benefits MQL machining can offer, there are still challenges to overcome and some key considerations in implementation:
MQL does not have comparable chip evacuation abilities to those of wet machining.
MQL is still not well suited for deep-hole drilling, energy-intensive processes such as grinding, special operations like honing and small-hole drilling, or for difficult-to-machine materials such as titanium and nickel-based alloys.
MQL still produces a very fine mist, which can be more difficult to filter.
MQL implementation may require changes to the machine tool and processing strategy.
Despite these challenges, Optis says MQL provides a cleaner, greener alternative to classic fluid supply, on which could take manufacturers forward in embracing sustainability initiatives and implementing “Factory of the Future” capabilities. However, industry update has been relatively low so far. This reticence may be due to how counterintuitive it seems that using less fluid will yield the same cooling and lubricating properties as traditional flood or high-pressure systems. The fluid itself must be carefully selected based on the material that’s being cut, and its application must be carefully considered based on tooling , type of operation, cutting parameters and machine tool being used, the company says.