A government-sponsored titanium-cutting machine with 50% faster cutting speeds
Did you know that HEIDENHAIN encoders are used in a new government-sponsored titanium-cutting machine now showing great promise? This is of particular note to the aerospace industry where strong but lightweight parts make a critical difference in the success of aircraft missions.
Increase Productivity and Accuracy in 5-Axis Machining
Five-axis machining places particularly demanding requirements on the accuracy of feed drives because the traverse ranges and axis feed rate grow in comparison with 3-axis machining. The generation of heat and mechanical transmission error in the feed drives turn position measurement of the feed drives into a decisive factor for machining precision. Scrap and costs are minimized with the correct position acquisition.
Angular Measurement for Rotary Tables and Tilting Axes
HEIDENHAIN absolute RCN 2000, RCN 5000 and RCN 8000 angle encoders have shafts ranging from 20 mm to 100 mm in diameter, and are characterized by numerous outstanding properties regarding scanning, design and signal interface. Their simple mounting and very high accuracy characterize the encoders. Particularly on rotational axes in machine tools, such as rotary tables and tilting axes, they are the best solution for position and speed control.
Measuring Length for Large Parts for the Space and Aeronautical Industry, Large Turbine Construction, or Large Toolmaking Dies
Absolute encoders are common because they obviate a reference run in the axes; they provide the position value immediately after switch-on, and are therefore growing ever more significant for the manufacture of large parts for the space and aeronautical industry, for construction of large turbines, or for large dies in toolmaking where axis lengths of several meters.
Advanced Diagnostics Upgrade Brings Real-Time Condition Monitoring
Did you know that HEIDENHAIN linear scales are an integral part of a unique micro-machine operation borne of two University of Illinois researchers? While they introduced the concept of “small machines for small parts” at the IMTS Emerging Technologies pavilion in 2004, researchers Andy Phillip and Andrew Honegger took that idea and incorporated a company in 2005 built on that premise and called it Microlution Inc.
Control of direct high speed cutting
GEMÜ in Ingelfingen, Germany, uses the expertise of its toolmaking people for the manufacturing of innovative valve, measuring and controlling systems. Not only is the highest possible surface quality important, but the toolmaking department has long seen itself as the “tool production department” for GEMÜ’s own needs and as a partner for outside customers. It’s all about the fastest possible door-to-door times and the highest possible productivity. Fast 5-axis simultaneous machining with an Exeron HSC 600 milling machine, controlled by a HEIDENHAIN iTNC 530, plays an important role here.
Saving Money Through Machine Tool Efficiency
Machine tools comprise numerous motors and auxiliary components whose energy consumption can vary strongly during machining. Significant savings can be realized through the proper selection of components for a machine tool. The main spindle drive, for example, and the coolant system work near their rated power during roughing with a high stock-removal rate, while the power consumption during finishing is significantly lower. From a detailed examination of manufacturing processes to the power consumption of individual components, potential for savings can be evaluated and measures can be defined for the efficient use of energy.
The CyberMill® is North America’s largest five-axis gantry machine
Did you know that North America’s largest five-axis gantry machine is located in Detroit and uses the world’s longest HEIDENHAIN linear scales? Called the CyberMill® by machine builder Ingersoll Machine Tools (www.ingersoll.com) in Illinois, this massive machine has an X-axis that is three quarters the length of a football field and is in operation at W Industries (www.w-industries.net), a leader of metal products manufacturing.