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.
It’s nice when personal and professional interests cross paths. That happened to me last week when DMG/Mori Seiki invited me to visited Andretti Autosport in Indianapolis. DMG/Mori Seiki is one of the Indy Racing League team’s technology sponsors. The team provided three CNC machines—a DuraTurn 2550MC turning center, an NV5000DCG vertical and a DMC635 V Eco vertical—used by the team to create a variety of car components. (Other sponsors include Siemens, Big Kaiser, Faro, Lincoln Welders and Seco.)
The lead machinist at Andretti Autosport commented on how easy the transition was to the new machines in terms of quick installation and training that was provided. This was important because there was no overlap between the removal of the previous machines and installation of the new ones. Ellison Technologies played a key role in helping integrate these machines.
Prior to the event, the team hid all the “super-secret” stuff they didn’t want anyone to see, so we were allowed to take photos throughout the exceptionally clean facility. Here’s a slideshow of some of the neat machining- and racing-related things I saw there.
Optimizing a camshaft lobe grinding cycle has traditionally been based less on science and more on educated guesswork and numerous test grinds. Now, computer thermal modeling software can predict areas where lobe burning is likely to occur, in order to determine the fastest possible work speed that won't thermally damage lobes and greatly reduce the number of requisite test grinds.
Machine tool builders in Korea have been playing a catch-up game for the past decade. A review of current developments in machine tool technology indicates that Korea is rapidly pulling up with manufacturers in Japan, Europe and the United States. The products from Korea closely match their counterparts from other global suppliers in terms of capability and quality.
Hypereutectic aluminum is saturated with silicon particles that must be exposed during honing. A two-stage process first hones a cylinder’s wall to a mirror-like finish and then relieves aluminum around the silicon particles.