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Objects of Interest: May 2008

Shop Floor CMMAvailable in three measuring ranges-20" x 24" x 16" to 30" x 40" x 24"-Sheffield Measurement's (www.sheffieldmeasurement.com) Discovery III coordinate measuring machine features hardened linear guides, lighter weigh bellows and recirculating ball bearings-in place of air bearings-for improved resistance to shop-borne contaminants.

Shop Floor CMM

Available in three measuring ranges-20" x 24" x 16" to 30" x 40" x 24"-Sheffield Measurement's (www.sheffieldmeasurement.com) Discovery III coordinate measuring machine features hardened linear guides, lighter weigh bellows and recirculating ball bearings-in place of air bearings-for improved resistance to shop-borne contaminants. Probing options range from touch trigger probes to high-performance continuous contact analog scanning probes.

 

Robotic Cleaning System

With the ability to accommodate industrial parts weighing up to 300 kg, Dürr Ecoclean's (www.durr-ecoclean.com) EcoCFlex robotic cleaning system utilizes a conveyor belt to deliver parts into the system. The conveyor reorients the parts 90o via a tilting station, ensuring improved delivery of the cleaning solution.

 

Portable Measuring Arm

ROMER's (www.romer.com) Infinite 2.0 portable measuring arm features TESA Kinemtaic probes, redesigned ergonomic wrist, integrated USB digital camera and upgraded WiFi data transmission capabilities capable of transmitting up to 200 ft. Available in six- and seven-axis configurations, the arms can measure from 4 to 12-ft. with an accuracy of 0.0006".

 

5-Axis Vertical Machining Center

Mori Seiki's (www.moriseiki.com) NMV5000 DCG features Driven at the Center of Gravity technology utilizing dual ball screws to push the structural components at the center of their gravity for reduced vibration. Direct drive motors on the B- and C-axes reduce table backlash and allow for high-speed part positioning. Axis travel is limited to 730 mm (X), 510 mm (Y) and 510 mm (Z)-B-axis movement is limited to ±170o while C-axis can travel up to 360°.

 

Spot Weld Inspection

Orbitform's (www.orbitform.com) Weld Tip System inspects spot welding electrodes to assure they are suitable for use and pass face diameter and quality specifications. Using vision sensing technology, combined with Concurrent Universal Recognition Engine memory processing architecture, the system inspects the tips to determine whether they are good or bad and sends data to the welding cell if corrective action is needed.

 

Vertical Machining Center

Based on Bridgeport's (www.hardinge.com) P3-Series VMC platform, the new GX 1000 vertical machining center features a rigid and thermally-stable spindle with a rigid C-frame fixed collar design. The three guideways and five guide trucks on the X- and Y-axes; two guideways and six guide trucks on the Z-axis provide for added stiffness, damping and surface contact area, the company claims.

 

6-Jaw Power Chuck

Designed to address the challenges commonly associated with the clamping of thin-walled and easily deformed components, SCHUNK's (www.schunk.com) ROTA NCR 6-jaw power chuck features a central piston design with three inner pendulums positioned at 120o. Each pendulum is connected to two base jaws, enabling the workpiece to be centered between six contact points, adjustable in pairs, allowing for maximum roundness with conventional jaw clamping in sizes from 165 to 1,200 mm.

 

Leak Test Instrument

Cincinnati Test Systems (www.cincinnati-test.com) Sentinel I-24 features a proprietary test algorithm processed on a 32-bit system for improved accuracy and repeatability. The flexible communication platform accommodates Ethernet, USB port or RS232 connections, with an automatic part setup feature capable of programming up to 99 part programs, along with auto calibration functionality and the ability to store up to five programmable tool controls.

 

Cutting Tool Insert

Sandvik Coromant's (www.coromant.sandvik.com/us) GC4205 cutting insert is designed to operate at high cutting temperatures on hard materials (HB>270) at cutting speeds greater than 800 fpm. When used in applications with high cutting parameters, Sandvik claims the insert's improved crater wear and plastic deformation resistance enable production of up to 30% more parts than previous grades.