DMG / Mori Seiki USA, Inc.
DMG / Mori Seiki USA, Inc.
2400 Huntington Blvd.
Hoffman Estates, IL 60192 US
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Innovation Days 2013 - May 7-10
DMG/Mori Seiki USA will host Innovation Days 2013 at its U.S. headquarters near Chicago, Illinois May 7-10. The company anticipates that the event will be its largest U.S. open house to date. The show will feature more machines and seminars than previous years, and will last for an additional day. Attendees will have access to more than 40 machining demonstrations and one-on-one application consultations. Showcased industries will include aerospace, automotive, die and mold, gear production, medical, dental, heavy industry, and general machining. Read more here. Register here.
Acquisition of Tyler Machine Tool Co., Inc.
April 4th, 2013 - DMG / Mori Seiki USA is pleased to announce Tyler Machine Tool Company will join the machine tool builder as a direct sales organization as of April 1, 2013. Tyler Machine Tool, with offices in Seabrook, NH, and South Windsor, CT, has represented Mori Seiki Ltd (now DMG / Mori Seiki) for more than 35 years. Herb Tyler founded the family-owned business in 1977. According to Glenn Tyler, Vice President of Tyler Machine Tool, the current organization and staff of 38 well remain intact at both New England locations, as well the Tyler company name. Read more here .
Los Angeles Technical Center | 5740 Warland Drive | Cypress, CA 90630 Tel: (562) 430-3800
DTL Research & Technical Center | 3805 Faraday Avenue | Davis, CA 95618 Tel: (530) 746-7400
Mori Seiki Manufacturing [Opening in Summer of 2012] | Davis, CA
San Francisco Technical Center | 2629 7th Street | Berkeley, CA 94710 Tel: (562) 659-5995
As a result of the company’s acquisition of DIXI Machines earlier this year, Mori Seiki is pleased to offer the JIG 1200 High Precision Horizontal Machining Center. Manufactured in Le Locle, Switzerland, this machine offers manufacturers unmatched precision in demanding applications. A relatively large machine, the JIG 1200 provides axis strokes of 47.2” x 43.3” x 43.3” with a 49.2” x 39.3” table that is capable of supporting over 5,500 lbs. While positioning accuracy of 5 µm is typical for this class of machines, the JIG 1200 actually provides positioning accuracy of .99 µm. With volumetric accuracy for the tool tip of less than 15 µm anywhere within the machining area, the horizontal machining center offers higher precision than standard 3D measuring instruments. The incredibly high levels of precision maintained by the JIG 1200 require nearly perfect flatness, straightness and squareness on and between all guideways and axes. To attain this, hundreds of hours of hand scraping are required during the final assembly process. The JIG 1200 contains a high output motor and No. 50 taper high-speed spindle with a maximum spindle speed of 12,000 rpm. This combination provides for the highest levels of productivity available in the machine class. The JIG 1200 is an ideal solution for manufacturers producing small lots with high precision demands.
The full capabilities of a lathe and machining center are now available in one package Mori Seiki’s new NT Series of integrated mill turn centers fully combines a lathe with a machining center. In designing the series, Mori Seiki completely rethought the design and construction of multitasking machines to harness the turning ability of a lathe and the cutting ability of a machining center. The NT Series employs both DCG™ (Driven at the Center of Gravity) technology and the box-in-box construction of the NH Series horizontal machining centers, along with the turret with a built-in milling motor from the NL Series CNC lathes. The combination of these features is included with no compromises in terms of their performance. Machines in the NT Series contain a B-axis that uses a DD (Direct Drive) motor, eliminating backlash and making high-speed rotation possible. Indexing specifications for the axis cater to high precision machining requirements, allowing for input by units of 0.0001 degrees. To make the NT Series as efficient and productive as possible, special attention has been paid to machine speed. Maximum spindle speed is 5,000 rpm with a maximum tool spindle speed of 12,000 rpm. Additionally, the machines’ ATC (Automatic Tool Changer) features a tool-to-tool change time of just 1 sec. and a chip-to-chip time of only 3.4 sec. Special attention to thermal displacement allows machines in the NT Series to perform at the highest levels of accuracy and precision. The lower turret is located symmetrically in relation to the center of the spindle, forming a construction resistant to the effects of heat. Additionally, ball screw and motor jacket cooling have been implemented to completely eradicate inaccuracy caused by heat variations. The NT Series will make use of MAPPS III, the latest iteration of Mori Seiki’s highly successful control system. MAPPS III allows fast processing and is equipped with a collision prevention function that monitors machine movements in real time. The controls also take advantage of the ease and convenience of conversational input, providing high-speed canned cycles that lead to dramatic increases in programming speed. The NT Series will contain 9 models, with spindle, lower turret and no center support options bringing the total number of variations to 66. Varieties of the machines will be brought to market sequentially. Mori Seiki will host an Innovation Days event in early November at its Chicago Technical Center to formally introduce the new line to the North American market. Details on the event will be announced in late September.
Mori Seiki has announced the inclusion of a 20-station tool turret on two new models in its NL Series of CNC lathes. Available on the NL1500 and NL2000 machines, the 20-station turret allows the machining of more complex parts on the NL Series. Since the new 20-station turret can hold up to 20 tools, it is perfectly suited for jobs with a high number of processes that made them impossible to complete with just 12 tools. By using the high-rigidity, compact tooling system found in Mori Seiki’s NT Series and NZ Series, the company has increased the machining ability and versatility of the NL Series to match those of machining centers. Like all machines in the series, the new models of the NL1500 and NL2000 feature a milling motor inside the turret directly coupled to the milling tool. This patent-pending design drastically reduces the transmission losses and inherent vibration associated with competing designs, which use a series of gears and belts to provide a milling feature. When compared to conventional models, the direct-coupled milling motor reduces tool spindle acceleration time by 2/3 and diminishes vibration and noise by 1/2. To further reduce vibration while cutting, machines in the NL Series employ a rigid triangle structure in the bed, spindle and tailstock. The box way construction further reduces vibration and increases rigidity, resulting in greater cutting depth and feed rates, and reducing cycle times by up to 50%. The machines feature a digital tailstock in which a servo drive provides all movement. This allows position and thrust to be controlled from the operation screen rather than manually setting them. Additionally, by adjusting the tailstock from within the part program, setup time can be reduced by up to 50%. The NL1500 and NL2000 further increase accuracy by minimizing the effects of heat on machining operations. Specially placed coverings isolate heat radiating from the oil controller and hydraulic unit, redirecting heat to the outside of the machine. Heat transfer devices also control the heat emanating from the headstock and servomotors. The design of the turret with a direct-coupled milling motor also reduces heat generation to 1/15 of the conventional model.
The NMV5000 DCG™ combines the best of Mori Seiki’s unique innovations to provide an unparalleled 5-axis vertical machining center. The machine answers the growing demand that has come from the parts and die and mold industries as a result of the need for high added value and increasing complexity of part geometries. The NMV5000 DCG achieves superb accuracy by increasing machine rigidity with DCG technology and a Box-in-Box Construction. DCG minimizes vibration by pushing moving structural parts along their simulated centers of gravity. As a result, machining accuracy is improved, machining time is reduced and tool life is extended. Furthermore, the machine’s box-in-box construction achieves a structure with zero overhang, so that guideways and drives are well balanced, allowing stable feeds even at high speeds. To further improve the machine’s precision, the NMV5000 DCG implements DD (Direct Drive) motors on the B and C axes. By transmitting power directly, with no gears, backlash is eliminated. Additionally, with no parts to wear out, there is less maintenance and longer machine life. Turning is also possible, with a C-axis rapid traverse rate of 120 min-1 as standard and 500 min-1 and 1,200 min-1 available as options. Throughout the NMV5000 DCG’s design, Mori Seiki paid special attention to the machine’s ease of operation. To minimize setup times, access to the table was maximized. The door opening is 36.2” wide, with a distance of just 19.7” between the center of the table and the front of the machine. MAPPS III, the latest iteration of Mori Seiki’s standard setting control, maximizes the NMV5000 DCG’s user-friendliness. This new control offers improved hardware specifications, improved operability and shorter programming times. While the setup for 5-axis machines is often thought to be difficult, MAPPS III makes it a smooth and simple process through a real-time interference check function and high-speed canned cycles.
Mori Seiki has introduced the NZ2000 T3Y3, the world’s first multi-axis machine manufactured with three turrets with built-in milling motors™ and a Y-axis function. Built for high-efficiency, mass production machining, the NZ Series is an ideal solution for machining bar material, shafts, flanges and precision equipment. The series also provides users with synchronized machining, and dramatically reduced machining time. Specifically, the NZ machine with the 2-turret, 2-spindle specifications can reduce machining time by approximately 30% when compared to other conventional machines. The machine’s second turret features a unique, high-rigidity ram structure, which ensures higher chip disposal ability. Additionally, a 3D interference checking function that runs on the MAPPS III next generation operating system is incorporated into the NZ Series design, enabling operators to monitor the complex movements of the turrets in real time. Other models in the series include the NZ1500, featuring a 6-inch chuck, and the NZ2000 with an 8-inch chuck. Customers have the option of selecting from two turrets without a Y-axis function to three turrets with the Y-axis function, resulting in ten different variations of the machine. Furthermore, a maximum of 48 tools can be installed, enabling minimal setup changes and hours of unmanned operation.
Big Attendance at Innovation Days
The recent DMG/Mori Seiki USA Innovation Days event highlighted 45 machines—five new to the U.S. market—and attendance was up 45 percent compared to last year’s edition.
DMG/Mori Seiki USA Plans Innovation Days Event
DMG/Mori Seiki USA will host Innovation Days 2013 at its U.S. headquarters near Chicago, Illinois May 7-10.
DMG / Mori Seiki Adds Sales Organization
An existing partner will now provide sales as well as support.
Innovation Days Event Planned
The event is hosted by DMG/Mori Seiki USA.
Fitting 549 Tools in 8.6 Square Meters
The machining of complex workpieces often requires the use of a number of cutting tools.
High-Precision Gantry Machine for Large Parts
Available from DMG/Mori Seiki, the DIXI 210 features a volumetric accuracy of 35 microns for machining large, heavy components.
Workholding That Works for Jesel
The maker of racing engine components produces parts that have many permutations within each product line. Here is how Jesel sets up work for cost-effective, responsive machining.
New Machining Technology Introduced at Pfronten
Here’s some of what I saw at DMG/Mori Seiki’s recent open house in Pfronten, Germany.
New Machines and Automation at Pfronten
Here’s some of what one editor saw at DMG/Mori Seiki’s 2013 open house in Pfronten, Germany.
Worth Three Machines
A shop that closely tracks machining performance says its new horizontal machining center delivers productivity comparable to three verticals.
Mori Seiki Opens U.S. Factory
The machine tool production facility in Davis, California is the company's first in the U.S.
What JIMTOF Had to Show Us
We present here some of the interesting and visually appealing snapshots from JIMTOF 2012.
Mori Seiki Manufacturing Facility Opens in Davis
A ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the opening of Mori Seiki Manufacturing, a recently completed machine tool factory in Davis, California. The factory, described as a $50-million state-of-the-art manufacturing facility, is producing Mori Seiki NHX4000, NHX5000 and NHX5500 machines. The plant will also serve as a showplace of advanced manufacturing and automation.
DMG/Mori Seiki Exhibit Includes Machine Built at New U.S. Plant
DMG/Mori Seiki’s massive exhibit of more than 40 machine tools in Booth S-8900 includes one noteworthy machine that didn’t have to travel quite so far to get to the show.
Student Skills Center Boasts New Name, Interactive Booths
As we struggle to find skilled workers to fill positions in manufacturing facilities across the country, there are those among us working hard to interest young people in what manufacturing and technology have to offer. The National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) again is giving students the opportunity to explore manufacturing at IMTS 2012 in its Student Skills Center.
Lean from the Beginning
How would you design a new plant if you could begin today? Rolls-Royce Crosspointe is a major manufacturing site that was planned from the outset with the expectation that continuous improvement would always be part of its culture.
Four-Axis Milling/Drilling Center
DMG/Mori Seiki’s MillTap 700 milling-drilling center offers the flexibility to perform high speed machining of aluminum and heavy machining of steel.
Rethinking the 30-Taper Drilling and Tapping Machine
By enhancing milling capability in a compact, high-speed vertical machining center, DMG/Mori Seiki has redefined the role of the 30-taper machine in high-production applications.
DMG/Mori Seiki Expands Support Package
DMG/Mori Seiki has expanded 360 Support, a service package included in every machine tool purchase.
Compact Milling Center Handles Large Workpieces
Featuring stable construction and a swivel-type indexing table, the compact DMU 65 monoBLOCK universal milling center from DMG/Mori Seiki offers a large work area that can accommodate oversized workpieces as large as 840 mm in diameter and weights ranging to 1,800 kg.
Mori to Host Career Fair
As construction continues on its new factory in Davis, California, machine tool builder Mori Seiki USA has announced a career fair at the at location on October 5 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The company is seeking the following employee candidates: procurement specialists, trade compliance professionals, assembly professionals, machinists and administration.
HMC Machines Large Parts for Aircraft Industry
Mori Seiki’s NHX10000 high-precision HMC is the largest model in the NHX series of X-class HMCs.
DMG, Mori Exhibit Heralds Collaboration
Machine tool builders DMG and Mori Seiki say their joint appearance at EMO 2011 symbolizes their cooperation as they prepare to pool sales and services in Europe.
Automated machining processes enable this maker of high-performance mountain bike parts to manufacture efficiently with minimal staff.
DMG/Mori Moves to Assist Quake-Affected Students
The DMG / Mori Seiki Scholarship Fund aims to support Japanese students in the region affected by recent earthquake and tsunami.
Five‐Axis Machine Offers Rigidity, Precision
The space-saving DMU 60 eVo five-axis machine from DMG/Mori Seiki is designed to manufacture complex workpieces in the aircraft and medical industries.
Mori Brings Manufacturing Operations to North America
Machine tool builder Mori Seiki (Chicago, Illinois) has broken ground on a 200,000-square-foot factory on a 14.5-acre site in Davis, California.
DMG/Mori to Highlight Production Management at imX
At the inaugural imX (interactive manufacturing experience) industry event, DMG/Mori Seiki USA will present a learning lab about enhancing production management through information flow to and from the shop floor.
Building Machine Tools in Paradise
Last week, Mori Seiki celebrated a ceremonial groundbreaking of the machine tool factory to be built in northern California, right next door to its Digital Technology Laboratory in Davis.
Heavy Turnout for Innovation Days
Approximately 1,600 people attended the recent Innovation Days event at DMG/Mori Seiki, which featured more than 30 milling, turning and multitasking machines.
Heavy Turnout for Innovation Days
In early May, DMG/Mori Seiki USA held its annual Innovation Days event at its U.S. headquarters in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.
A New Approach to Tool Presetting
This non-contact presetter has a number of design elements that enable it to perform effectively on the shop floor. It looks and operates differently than other presetters currently available, too.
Beyond Milling or Grinding
Ultrasonic machining opens new possibilities for NASA engineers using previously unmachinable materials.
New Leadership at DMG/Mori
Mark Mohr has been appointed president of DMG/Mori Seiki USA.
Mori Seiki DTL Announces Interconnect Event
The Mori Seiki Digital Technologies Laboratory (DTL) will demonstrate software, networking and machining solutions at the annual Interconnect Showcase, which is scheduled for April 7 and 8 in Davis, California. The two-day event will include technical seminars presented by industry specialists nad spanning several topics.
A New Milling 101: What Customers Demand
Part 5. For W Machine Works in San Fernando, a custom variation of the WIDIA-Hanita VariMILL II solid end mill proved especially effective in roughing and semi-finishing applications in stainless steels, high-temp alloys, nickel- and carbon-based alloys, and titanium.
Mori, Ellison to Open Joint Canadian Tech Center
Machine tool builder Mori Seiki (Chicago, Illinois) and distributor Ellison Technologies (Santa Fe Springs, California) will host a grand opening event for a new joint Technical Center in Mississauga, Ontario on April 27 and 28. Event attendees will be the first to see Mori’s NVX5080 VMC from the new X-Class, as well as the NMV5000DCG five-axis VMC, the NT1000/SZM turn-mill and the NL2500SY lathe.
Automatic Turning with Short Job Times
The SPRINT 20 linear production lathe combines driven tools and a main-spindle Y axis with an accommodating, functional work area to simultaneously machine with two tools, the manufacturer says.
Cutting Dream Contest 2010 Award Winners
The prize-winning entries for the Cutting Dream Contest 2010, which was hosted by Mori Seiki Co., Ltd., have been chosen.
X-Class Machine Tools Offer Affordability, Rigidity, Stability
DMG/Mori Seiki’s X-Class machine line has been designed as a result user feedback on the company’s popular N Series.
Full Model Change for Vertical machining center Series
The NVX5000 series of VMCs from DMG/Mori Seiki has evolved from the NV5000 series as a result of a full model change.
DMG, Mori Collaborate in Mexico
Through a new business collaboration, the Mexican divisions of machine tool builders DMG and Mori Seiki are offering comprehensive sales, engineering and customer service for both product lines.
Machine Line Offers Precision, Affordability
The X-class machines from DMG/Mori Seiki build on the performance of the company’s N series.
Houston Tech Center Offers Energy, Oil Field Focus
Machine tool builder DMG/Mori Seiki USA (Chicago, Illinois) and distributor Ellison Technologies will open a new joint technical center in Houston that will showcase machine tools and technology for the energy and oil field industries.
My Evening at Andretti Autosport
DMG/Mori Seiki invited me to visited Andretti Autosport in Indianapolis. Here’s a slideshow of some of the neat machining- and racing-related things I saw there.
Last Glance at IMTS 2010
It would be impossible to cover all of the key exhibitors at IMTS 2010—even if every booth got merely a quick glance. However, the editors of MMS did get glimpses of some interesting technologies exhibited at the show...
Taking Spindle Health Seriously
Minimizing machine downtime became all the more important as this shop began targeting higher-production automotive work. To that end, it is in the early stages of implementing predictive spindle monitoring technology to head off problems that could take out key machines for extended periods of time.
Mori Partners With Ellison in Canada
Machine tool builder Mori Seiki (Hoffman Estates, Illinois) has announced that Ellison Technologies (Santa Fe Springs, California) is now its exclusive distributor in Canada.
Five-Axis Machining Centers
The range of five-axis machining centers from the combined product line of these allied companies includes the Mori Seiki NMV1500 DCG for smaller workpieces (9.8" diameter workspace) and from DMG, the DMU 210 P DuoBlock for large gears or aircraft components weighing as much as 8 tons.
What it Takes for Oilfield Success
Hunt and Hunt’s president says adopting turn/mill machines was one of the most challenging endeavors his 55-year-old shop ever undertook. He also says it’s the best thing the shop could have done to become more efficient at contract work.
CAM Community Gathers for Annual Conference
The 2010 edition of DP Technology’s Esprit World Conference attracted more than 200 end users, resellers, business partners and other members of the company’s CAM software community from around the world.
Finished Molds Overnight
In the highly competitive athletic footwear market, moving from concept to design to production at breathtaking speed is imperative. Fast and efficient five-axis machining is a key accelerator in this process.
DMG / Mori Seiki Announce First Joint Event
DMG / Mori Seiki USA has announced that this year’s Innovation Days will take place at the company’s headquarters and Chicago Technical Center May 24-26.Innovation Days 2010 marks the first joint event organized by DMG / Mori Seiki USA under the partnership that began last month.
The Progress of a Progressive Die Maker
This shop sees no long-term threat in the reality of lower prices. Machine tool investments related to various die components allow the shop to use skilled labor more efficiently.
DMG, Mori Combine U.S. Operations
Machine tool manufacturers DMG and Mori Seiki will join forces in the United States.
Pinch Milling from Top to Bottom
A multitasking (turnmill) machine that can mill a workpiece top and bottom at the same time has advantages for long, slender workpieces such as turbine blades, propellers and aerospace structural components. Includes video.
Mori Sponsors Machining Contest
Machine tool builder Mori Seiki (Hoffman Estates, Illinois) has announced a call for entries for the 2010 Innovation of the Americas contest, the third edition of the biennial competition.
Mori Could Build New U.S. Plant
Plans for a new Mori Seiki manufacturing plant in the United States could begin as soon as 2011.
The DMF 260 linear from DMG now offers a 3,150-ipm rapid traverse, 15. 7" longer Y path and 7.9" more space in the Z direction, compared to the smaller machine. All of the moving-column machining centers in the series are suited for aerospace applications and machine construction as well as tool making and mold production.
Mori Lab Wins “Green” Certification
Mori Seiki’s Digital Technology Laboratory (DTL), a 71,000-square-foot laboratory and technical center in Davis, California, has achieved LEED Gold certification for sustainable design.
Service Package Aims For More Comprehensive Support
Machine tool builder Mori Seiki says its new Mori360º service package was created to go beyond standard service and provide more comprehensive customer support from every angle.
Five-Axis Machine For Dental Applications
Sauer’s Ultrasonic 10 from DMG is a compact, five-axis machine designed for dental indications in soft plastics, demanding metals and high-strength zircon oxide materials.
Mori Lab Wins “Green” Certification
Mori Seiki’s Digital Technology Laboratory (DTL), a 71,000-square-foot laboratory and technical center in Davis, California, has achieved LEED Gold certification for sustainable design.
Machining Reimagined As A Lean Resource
It was a bold move for this company to install four new machine tools, including two turn-mills, at one time, but it was the only way to take the lean journey to a higher level.
Shop Enjoys Five-Axis Benefits Without The Cost
Integrating Lyndex-Nikken rotary tables into three-axis Mori Seiki VMCs provided this shop with five-axis capability at a fraction of the cost of a new five-axis machine.
Mori Celebrates Opening Of New American HQ
Machine tool builder Mori Seiki says the grand opening event for its new American headquarters was a “resounding success,” attracting more than 2,200 visitors for four days of machining demonstrations, seminars and facility tours. A showroom, quality control room and workroom comprise 40,000 square feet—roughly 40 percent—of the new facility, which is located just north of Chicago in Hoffman Estates.
Mori Sells, Services DMG Machines In Japan
Japanese machine tool builder Mori Seiki has signed a distributorship agreement with German machine tool manufacturer Gildemeister AG (DMG) for sales and service activities in Japan. Under the agreement, Mori Seiki will take responsibility for sales and service of all Mori and DMG products in Japan.
Leadership Skills Also Characterize A Champion
The WorldSkills Competition is a biennial event in which students compete with their international peers in occupational trades. This year, the team from the United States entered in both the CNC turning and CNC milling categories. Includes VIDEO.
Universal Milling Machine For Small Parts, Series
The DMU 50 and DMU 70 CNC five-axis milling machines from DMG are suited for milling single parts and small series—from simple to highly complex workpieces. Highlights include digital drives in all axes, a rapid traverse rate ranging to 944.9 ipm and a motor spindle with speeds ranging to 18,000 rpm.
Mori Celebrates Opening of New U.S. HQ
Machine tool builder Mori Seiki will host a grand opening ceremony and open house from November 3-5 to celebrate the completion of its 102,000-square-foot North American corporate headquarters northwest of Chicago in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. The three-day event will showcase more than 25 machine and cutting demonstrations, technologies in development and technical presentations from the Mori Seiki engineers and guest speakers.
High-Precision Universal Milling Machine
DMG’s CNC universal milling machine, the DMU 50 eco, is designed for high precision and reliability in workshop, training and laboratory settings, as well as for tool, fixture and mold construction applications. With its sturdy cross-slide construction and large, easily accessible machining compartment, the machine is suited for both one-off production and efficient manufacture of small lots, the company says.
Tool Presetters With Linear Drives
DMG offers the Microset VIO Linear, the company’s first series of tool presetting units with linear drives for presetting of drilling, milling and turning tools. The direct drives in the X and Z axes provide repeatable accuracy of about ±1 micron, the company says.
Turn-Mill Turns Flexibility From Vision To Reality
A change in focus to lower-volume jobs led this manufacturer to sell its multi-axis screw machine and seek a new, flexible process to avoid tying up its traditional mills and lathes. DMG’s CTX 310ECO V3 turn-mill has helped the shop improve productivity and part quality while reducing labor costs.
Mori Tapped As Supplier to WorldSkills Competition
Machine tool builder Mori Seiki has been selected to serve as an official supplier to the WorldSkills Calgary 2009 competition. Scheduled for September 1-7 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, the biennial competition was created to promote increased technical proficiency within participating countries.
Hobbing on a Turning Center
This manufacturer’s use of live-tool lathes overcomes labor cost in various ways. One of the latest sources of savings involves bringing another operation—hobbing—into these machines. INCLUDES VIDEO.
VMC With Wide Envelope Handles Hard-To-Cut Materials
Mori Seiki’s MV-1003L VMC uses cast iron columns and beds to achieve the high rigidity needed for heavy-duty cutting in the aircraft, shipping and energy industries. The machine’s four types of spindles enable a range of processing options—from high speed machining to heavy-duty cutting.
Mori Seiki Open House Celebrates Facility Expansion
Machine tool builder Mori Seiki will host an opening ceremony and open house to celebrate the expansion of its Digital Technology Laboratory (DTL) in Davis, California. The three-day event, scheduled for May 20-22, will introduce media and guests to the new 70,000-square foot DTL headquarters and research and development center. According to the company, the facility is both environmentally and technologically friendly.
Gildemeister, Mori Seiki Announce Strategic Partnership
Machine tool builders Mori Seiki (Nagoya, Japan) and Gildemeister AG (Bielefeld, Germany) have signed a cooperation agreement to promote global business activities. The agreement covers production, purchasing, machine development, and sales and services in selected markets. In particular, the companies plan to control costs by leveraging their joint procurement and purchasing power on a global basis.
Open House Highlights Machine Tool Offerings
DMG America will conduct a 4-day open house from April 21 to 24 at its Chicago Technology Center in Itasca, Illinois, located just west of the city near O’Hare airport. The center is the company’s North American headquarters and houses an 11,500-square-foot showroom as well as 130 sales, customer service, application engineering, technical support and corporate management personnel. From 9 a.
Turn/Mill Centers Designed For Precision, Rigidity
DMG’s CTX beta TC and CTX gamma TC series turn/mill centers feature an integrated, moving column with a turning/milling spindle and an interpolating B axis. The machines are capable of turning workpieces ranging from 49. 2" to 78.
What Is The Right Way To Become An Aerospace Shop?
This Atlanta shop succeeded at becoming an aircraft-industry parts supplier. The lessons of its success have a lot to do with commitment and enthusiasm.
Mori Seiki Joins AMT
Machine tool builder Mori Seiki announces that it has become a member of the AMT-The Association for Manufacturing Technology. Founded in 1902, AMT represents and promotes the interests of American providers of manufacturing machinery and equipment. Its goal is to promote technological advancements and to act as an industry advocate on trade matters to governments and trade organizations throughout the world.
Mori Seiki has developed a text-engraving function that allows companies to engrave company or product names onto workpieces. The function is included on all its machines with Mapps III, a high-performance operating system with improved processing capacity and conversational functions. This system is said to improve tool management and facilitate short programming and setup times.
Bringing It All Together
Shops that serve medical instrument and implant manufacturers face special challenges. Their customers typically want precisely machined parts plus the extras such as finishing, marking, assembly and expert handling of the regulatory paperwork. That’s why this shop is focused on providing more than just the machining.
DMG Opens L.A. Tech Center
Machine tool builder DMG American has opened a new Technology Center in Cypress, California, in the greater Los Angeles area. According to the company, the new facility is a demonstration of its commitment to better serve the West Coast aerospace, medical and general machining market at all levels and with more equipment diversity. Hundreds of visitors from local job shops and OEMs attended the grand opening ceremony in late October.
Contest Winners Display Creativity, Skill
Mori Seiki USA has announced the winners of the 2008 Innovation of the Americas machining competition, which is designed to recognize talented machinists in the metalworking industry. Four professionals from reputable industry organizations and universities, led by Professor Kazuo Yamazaki of the University of California, Davis, judged more than 130 entries in four categories. The entries represented a wide range of materials, sizes and shapes, and were of such high quality that selecting winners was challenging for the judges.
Lathe and Feeder Talk Via Ethernet Interface
Research into the connectivity and communication between machine tools and equipment like bar feeders, part unloaders, pallet systems and even high-pressure coolant systems is yielding useful ability on the shop floor. In this case, LNS uses Internet technology in its S65 bar feeder to communicate with a PC-based Fanuc CNC running a Mori-Seiki NZ2000 lathe.
Mori Breaks Ground on New HQ
Mori Seiki U. S. A.
Lathe And Machining Center In One
Mori Seiki’s NT series of integrated mill-turn centers fully combines a lathe with a machining center. The NT5400 DCG/1800S employs both driven at the center of gravity (DCG) technology and the box-in-box construction of the NH series HMCs. The center also employs a turret with a built-in milling motor from the NL series CNC lathes.
Spinning Turning Tool Offers Alternative To Single-Point Cutters
CAM developer DP Technology recently performed a successful test cut of a new cutting tool for turning applications that is designed to reduce vibration and heat buildup. The company's CAM software package, Esprit, now contains an add-on for programming the new tool. Developed jointly by machine tool builder Mori
HMC Accommodates 1,102-lb Loads
An addition to the company’s Ecoline series of fully featured CNC machine tools designed for job shop use, the DMC H Eco is a compact HMC with X-, Y- and Z-axis travels of 22.1" × 23.6" × 23.6"; a 26.8-hp main drive; spindle speeds to 18,000 rpm; rapid traverse to 1,970 ipm; CAT 40 tooling; a 45-position tool magaz
Two-Man Shop Runs Unattended With Automated Turning Center
After investing in a gantry-loaded turning center equipped with machine-mounted gaging system, this two-man shop nearly tripled its productivity.
Turning Is Optional
The part requires only milling and drilling, but it is still run on a lathe. Except for the cutoff tool, all of the turret positions on this lathe hold rotating tools. In other words, turning is not essential for using a lathe effectively. This application illustrates the productive possibilities of a modern turn-mill machine.
Mori Seiki Expands U.S. Headquarters, Training Opportunities
Machine tool builder Mori Seiki has announced that it will move its U.S. headquarters to a larger facility this year. The expansion will accommodate the growth of the company's Chicago office since becoming the national headquarters in 2005. The new facility is currently in the planning stages and will be located
DMG Opens New Tech Center
DMG America recently opened an 11,500-square-foot technical center and showroom in Itasca, Illinois. The facility offers a chance for visitors to see the company's various milling, turning, ultrasonic and laser machining equipment in action. Featuring 15 machines, the facility offers demonstrations of the company'
Mori Seiki To Demonstrate Latest Machining Technology
Mori Seiki's Innovation Days event for 2008 will coincide with the company's 25th anniversary celebration. Scheduled from May 14-16 at the company's Chicago Technical Center, the event will feature presentations on topics including the latest machine innovations, new technologies and workforce developments. Attend
Heavy investment in this Swiss builder’s production facility will allow its output to rise just as the demand for large machine tools capable of nano-precision is also rising.
Continuous Turning On Turn-Mills
A new CAM feature continuously manages B-axis head rotation to allow turn-mills to completely turn inner and outer workpiece profiles using a single tool.
A Productivity Double-Take
As revealed at EMO 2007, DMG’s line of machine tools has a new look which strengthens the corporate identity of the product line while giving each brand distinctive design elements that differentiate it. The look is part of a “New Design” concept that the company says is based on the interaction among functionality, ergonomics and form. Significantly, a number of elements in the new design reflect attention to the role of the operator, thus indicating that the operator’s role is very important in overall machine tool productivity.
Milling Chuck Pumps Up Productivity
Rigid toolholding offers a platform for productivity on this pump manufacturer's mill-turn center.
Turning Center With Ample Tool Positions
This multi-axis machine extends beyond the capabilities of a turning center, offering the tooling capacity similar to that of a machining center. As a result, it enables efficient machining of complex-shaped workpieces in large quantities.
From Out Of The Lab
Disruptive technology's purpose is to disrupt the way machining is done. This article includes some of the developments to come out of the Machining Technology Laboratory (MTL), an R&D initiative dedicated to finding innovations in metalworking processes.
Always In The Learning Mode
Finding what works is both a guiding principle and a driving force for this machine tool builder.
Self-Reversing Tapping Head Speeds CNC Production Job
When Prestige Precision Products (PPP), a shop in Rochester, New York, began ramping up for a recent high-production job, it made a substantial investment in new equipment dedicated to the project. Among the acquisitions were a new HMC with a pallet changer, customized tombstone fixtures for the pallets and some innovative tooling items. The part, an aluminum component for the automotive industry, had one hole to be drilled and tapped.
Vises Eliminate Multiple Setups
Manufacturing an array of component parts in small to medium quantities required that Purakal Cylinders Inc. (Eugene, Oregon) consider functionality and quality when deciding to upgrade its production capabilities. The manufacturer of hydraulic and pneumatic cylinders and manifolds, which offers standard and custom-built products, explored various options in an effort to streamline production.
As The Turn/Mill Concept Evolves, Is New Terminology Needed?
This series of turn/mill machines combines the full turning capability of a pure turning center and the full millig capability of a machining center. Design features address critical issues of vibration and heat.
Motor Type Vs. Machine Design
On a machining center, the choice of ballscrews or linear motors may not be as important as where the motors apply their force.
Vertical Integration Reduces Cycle Times
In the fast-paced marketplace, manufacturers may feel the pressure to shorten turnaround times without compromising quality. This shop has enacted a strategy that has allowed it to provide shorter turnaround times and also to become more adaptive to its customers' needs.
“Too Hard” Is Just Right
A user of ultrasonic machining looks for parts that are too hard to cut on other machine tools.
Vertical Grinding Has Advantages
In vertical grinding, the workpiece is held upright in a rotary chuck with the grinding spindle overhead. This configuration can improve roundness, facilitate single-setup processing and prolong the life of the machine. Loading and unloading may gets easier, too. Workpieces with relatively large diameters and short lengths benefit the most from vertical grinding.
Continuous Flow Manufacturing: A Model Of Success
At first glance, it might appear that this investment casting company, like many of its peers, reduced its workforce to get through difficult times. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Prototyping Has Its Place
This shop takes on prototype projects not only to lure production work, but also to educate its employees and demonstrate advanced machining capabilities to new and existing customers.
Adding Four-Axis Lathes To The Production Line
Usually thought of as stand-alone machines, they fit right into this automotive stamper's automated production lines.
Making It In Medical
Examining this shop's healthy medical machining business shows that both medical components and medical customers require special care.
New Turning Center Design Aims At Maximum Turning And Milling Rates
Much of machine tool development is based on an incremental approach to design. In such cases, each "new" design is more a refinement of the previous generation of proven technology than a reinvention of the machine type and its purpose. With Mori Seiki's new NL series of turning centers, however, the builder was
Manufacturer Develops High Tolerance, High Volume Parts Niche With Five Axis Mac
Magnus Precision has developed a niche cutting high-volume precision parts in tough materials such as titanium using five-axis machining.
Center Of Gravity Is Key To Reduced Vibration
The metalworking industry's keen interest in high speed, high accuracy machining during the last decade has focused attention on one topic in particular - vibration.
Investing In New Business
When this South Carolina screw machine shop started losing jobs to China, it looked for ways to replace the lost business with more challenging jobs where labor costs are not the only consideration. The firm invested in a pair of turn-mill machines that run 24/7, producing parts complete in one setup. The new machining capability has attracted new business that more than compensates for that which was lost.
Eliminating Setup Means Parts On Demand As Needed
Long setup times on individual machines were stifling productivity. Setup times of 8 to 24 hours were not uncommon. Something had to be done, but it had to be done carefully.
Training By The Numbers
A formal training program not only helped ease this firm’s transition from cam automatics to CNC lathes, but it also enabled the firm to staff a third shift in record time.
Turning Center Helps Medical Company Reduce Cycle Times
Keen competition in a growing market segment and maintaining necessary standards of quality make the medical implant industry a challenging business. This shop designs, develops, manufactures and markets products used primarily by orthopaedic medical specialists in both surgical and non-surgical therapy.
Securing A New Process
A Minnesota manufacturer of precision parts boosts productivity by expanding its workholding capacity.
Moving To Lean Manufacturing
Machining cells have replaced transfer lines as part of a $100-million-plus modernization program to machine drivetrain parts more efficiently and more cost effectively.
Vertical Machining Center Helps Job Shop Stay Competitive
This shop has applied this vertical machining center to help with its core business of prototype and small runs.
The Software Around The Machine
Walk into Mori Seiki's Digital Technology Laboratory (DTL) in Sacramento, California, and you might think you've instead wandered into a West Coast extension of the United Nations. The facility is dedicated to software development and engineering for the machine tool builder worldwide, and the makeup of the staff certainly speaks to diverse needs of a global market.
Turning The Downside Up
An Ohio shop uses inverted-spindle machines to improve production of a high-volume part.
Software And Five-Axis Machining Center Provide Speed And Efficiency
Mold maker A.F. Gaskin (Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom) has customers who operate in fiercely competitive international markets, including Formula 1, and measure performance on the ability to deliver quality products in the shortest possible time.
New Contours Of Competition
Toronto aerospace shops improve productivity with faster five-axis machining centers.
Yet Another VMC--Why Not?
With so many vertical machining centers on the market, why would a major machine tool builder introduce yet another entry into this highly competitive environment? The only logical answer can be that this builder believes no one else is producing a machine that compellingly fills an existing need.
Ultrasonic Technology Helps Machine Hard Materials
Unlike applications in medicine, inspection and parts cleaning where ultrasonic (high frequency sound) waves are applied directly, ultrasonic machining is a metalcutting process that is facilitated by ultrasonic technology.
Merging Functions For Better Efficiency
By eliminating extra steps, a multi-process machine enables a medical manufacturer to streamline its production time and conserve shop space.
Pushbutton Die Making
High speed milling let this automotive forging company reverse a decades-old practice and bring die making back in house.
Laser Aimed At Mold Makers
The DML 40 and the DMU 60L, sister 100W YAG laser cutting machines made by DMG America Inc., could be the first shot in a battle between lasers and ram-type EDM machines for die and mold machining applications.
Machine Improvements Save On Lathes For Oilfield Manufacturer
Some shops would measure a productivity improvement in terms of the extra capacity freed up on a given machine tool. Texas Arai measures its productivity gains in terms of the number of machines it no longer needs.
High Volume, High Flexibility
Does a highly automated process have to be highly customized? Here is a snapshot of one low-manpower process machining thousands of parts per week on standard CNC machines.
Hitachi Seiki Introduces Open CNC/PC Network Connectivity
There are many ways to integrate a personal computer (PC) with a computer numerical control (CNC) system.
Four Types Of Five-Axis Machining Centers
Different machines offer different approaches to rotary travel, and each design has its own strengths. Here's how they compare.
High Speed Machining In The Mix
Can shops have machining centers versatile enough to handle both high speed and conventional cutting? Yes, but with some qualifications. And contrary to what you may be hearing, mechanical qualities may be the most important factors of all.
DMG Expands Profile In U.S.
The names Deckel and Maho have long ranked among Europe's principal players in milling machines and machining centers. Those names have been put together to form a single company, which in America is known as DMG America.
Why Y-Axis For Turn/Mill Machines?
Live tooling on turning centers greatly expands multiple processing capability. With the addition of Y-axis, turning and machining process integration takes a significant step further. Here's how the technology works.
VIDEO. Valve maker Richards Industries took a part that used to machined at one machine tool and added an additional setup on a vertical machining center. Higher throughput was the result.
Linear motors take the place of ballscrews on this machine performing high speed cutting of aluminum at a job shop near Atlanta.
A vacuum system for the machining center draws particulate through the center of the tool.