High-Speed, High Performance Medical Machining

 GF AgieCharmilles’ Mikron HSM 400U ProdMed is a high-speed, high-performance machining center that is especially suited for medical manufacturing. The center includes a Heidenhain iTNC 530 control system and smart machining modules that provide advanced levels of monitoring critical to the production of medical implants and equipment, the company says. The system allows the machine to automatically check and evaluate tools and workpieces, inspect tools for breakage and perform measurements of the workpiece.

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GF AgieCharmilles’ Mikron HSM 400U ProdMed is a high-speed, high-performance machining center that is especially suited for medical manufacturing.

The center includes a Heidenhain iTNC 530 control system and smart machining modules that provide advanced levels of monitoring critical to the production of medical implants and equipment, the company says. The system allows the machine to automatically check and evaluate tools and workpieces, inspect tools for breakage and perform measurements of the workpiece. Additionally, the smart machine modules automatically monitor spindle vibration, calibrate machine geometry and transmit process status messages to an operator’s cell phone.

With vector spindles available at 30,000, 42,000 or 54,000 rpm, the center provides quality surface finish and part detail while reducing machining time for semi-finishing and finishing operations, the company says.

The center is capable of unattended machining through the inclusion of a pallet changer with 20 pallets. According to the company, the machine also includes an automatic table and workpiece cleaning system, efficient chip evacuation and the ability to measure workpieces arranged outside the machine.

The center’s monoblock bridge design is said to achieve high precision by maintaining a high level of rigidity. The machine’s polymer concrete construction provides increased performance in the areas of damping, thermal stability and tool life.

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