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Machining Center Processes Small, Complex Medical Parts Unattended

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Available in three- and five-axis versions, the Mikron HSM 200U LP from GF Machining Solutions is designed for speed, efficiency, precision and quality surface finishes in the machining of small, complex components including medical implants and other highly detailed parts. Capable of true, five-axis simultaneous high-speed machining, the machine features linear motor technology in the main axes and optimized direct-drive motors in the B and C axes. These components are said to result in high precision and part surface finishes as fine as Ra 0.05 micron. In addition, the machine’s powerful 50,000-rpm, 11.4-hp Step-Tec spindle contributes to precise part details and excellent surface finishes, the company says.

Optional Mikron pallet magazines with System 3R and Erowa interfaces enable the machine to perform 24/7 unattended machining. These fully integrated pallet magazines can be loaded without interrupting cutting operations already in progress. The automation of tool or workpiece handling is possible from three sides of the machine.

A Heidenhain iTNC 530 control system and Smart machining modules provide advanced monitoring critical to the production of high-value precision medical parts. The system enables 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 cellphone.

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