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Large Equipment Offerings Buoyed by New CNC

As more and more manufacturers are seeking high-quality contour surface milling capabilities, Tarus Products Inc., a large U.S. machine tool builder based in Detroit, is rising to the challenge. Recently, it has made significant technology investments, spearheaded by its inclusion of the Heidenhain TNC 640 CNC on many of its large equipment offerings.

“We are excited about the changes made here over the last couple of years that give our manufacturing customers the edge they need to compete in today’s global marketplace,” explains Doug Greig, who co-owns Tarus with his brother Dave.

4 CNC Data Transfer Methods You Should Know

Every CNC operator recognizes the need to get CNC programs into and out of a controller. For a job’s setup to be completed, its program must be in the CNC and ready to run. Once the job is completed, it is equally important to save it to an external device before deleting it, especially if the job will be run again and changes have been made during the program’s verification.

There are several program transfer mechanisms available, including local devices like USB flash drives and remote devices that use serial communications, Ethernet or wireless systems. Your company surely incorporates one or more of these methods to transfer CNC programs, and it’s likely that you use them regularly.

Oliver Lawal contracted COVID-19 in late February of this year while attending an international conference about infection control. These types of conferences were routine for Mr. Lawal, who, in his role as president and CEO of AquiSense Technologies, runs a company that specializes in disinfecting water, air and surfaces containing viruses, bacteria and other pathogens.

In fact, AquiSense is considered a worldwide leader in the production of UV-C LED systems — systems that use light emitting diodes (LEDs) to generate high levels of UV-C photons. These photons can render pathogens harmless almost instantly.

High-Torque Retention Knobs Solve Aerospace Milling Production Challenge

Lack of contact between a CNC machine’s spindle and toolholder, a toolholder’s lack of balance/concentricity, and improper seating within the spindle can increase cycle times and reduce material removal rates, leading to increased time for part completion.

L.H. Thomson of Macon, Georgia, progressively addressed these issues by implementing JM Performance Products’ high-torque retention knobs. By doing so, the company was able to eliminate the toolholder expansion responsible for its costly and ongoing CNC milling and boring issues.

Use Your Machinists to Make Dies

“Becoming a tool and die maker is like driving a car — you don’t start out as a racecar driver. It takes awhile to get there,” says Neil Dohe. “You have to get a feel for what you’re doing, and that only comes with years of experience.”

In making this analogy, Mr. Dohe, who is the operations and sales manager at Dies Plus, a division of Otto Engineering, does not mean to imply a hierarchy between machinists and tool and die makers. Instead, his point is that a tool and die maker usually has a very specific skillset — one that includes the experience necessary to understand the “why” behind every cut that is made and how it translates to fitting the die components together during final assembly.