DID YOU KNOW… – HEIDENHAIN MICROLUTION

DID YOU KNOW…that HEIDENHAIN linear scales are an integral part of a unique micro-machine operation borne of two University of Illinois researchers?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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High Stock Removal Rate, Very High Accuracy and Flawless Surface Quality

The continuously growing requirements for productivity and machining quality are driving a trend toward more direct drives on spindles. However, the lack of mechanical transmission elements increases the influence of the encoders and their signal quality on positioning and control loop performance.

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Solution for Position and Speed Control on Rotational Axes ror Rotary Tables and Tilting Axes

The RCN 5000 series distinguishes by featuring a hollow shaft with a diameter of Ø 35 mm, compact outside dimensions, relative large mounting tolerances and a pluggable cable assembly. Its new scanning process and high signal quality permits comparatively high tolerance to contamination and higher permissible shaft speeds. With its monitoring and diagnostic capabilities, the EnDat interface fulfills the requirements for high system availability and is also possible to install as a single-encoder system in safety-related applications.

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HEIDENHAIN angle encoders in Adcole Model 1200

Did you know that a HEIDENHAIN angle encoder is a vital component in Adcole’s Model 1200 measuring machine known worldwide as the standard for measuring engine crankshafts and camshafts? Adcole Corporation headquartered in Massachusetts, takes great pride as the market leader and asserts its ability to provide the highest accuracy cylindrical coordinate measuring machines (CMMs). “No other company can better measure critically important reciprocating engine components,” said Steve Corrado, Adcole’s Engineering Manager.

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An ultra-precise waterjet cutting machine for tile and stone

Did you know that multiple HEIDENHAIN components and systems, including HEIDENHAIN’s iTNC 530 contouring control, are critical components of innovative ultra-precise waterjet cutting machines? Because an ultra high-pressure waterjet machine’s ability to erode and cut through stone or metal is highly dependent on a smooth, consistent velocity, its measurement and feedback components must be reliable and in sync.

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