EMO Hannover TRENDSPOTS — Discover the product innovations of the world of metalworking: No. 4

Solu­tions with the moves! 

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hei­matec Cap­to

ALPHA LASER and Picum have announced a col­lab­o­ra­tion that meets a long-held indus­try desire for an end-to-end mobile laser weld­ing and milling solu­tion, with­out any need to trans­port com­po­nents.

Rapid mobile ser­vic­ing of tools, molds and oth­er com­po­nents and mak­ing changes to them rep­re­sents a major cus­tomer ben­e­fit. Mobile laser weld­ing machines locat­ed direct­ly on-site can short­en the process chain con­sid­er­ably, as they elim­i­nate time-con­sum­ing trans­porta­tion of often cum­ber­some work­pieces. Yet weld­ing alone isn’t usu­al­ly enough. Gen­er­al­ly speak­ing, work­pieces need fur­ther machin­ing. This has so far been the job of sta­tion­ary milling machines, whose work first has to be planned and sched­uled by experts, involv­ing major out­lay, before the actu­al machin­ing can start. And, as a result, the resource-sav­ing on-site idea is no longer fea­si­ble. That, at least, has been the case until now. In the run-up to EMO Han­nover 2019, ALPHA LASER GmbH, a spe­cial­ist in devel­op­ing and man­u­fac­tur­ing laser sys­tems, and the start­up Picum MT have announced they are work­ing togeth­er on mobile laser weld­ing and milling – in oth­er words, com­plete machin­ing on-site.

Picum’s mobile milling machine makes this a real­i­ty. Weigh­ing just 150 kilo­grams, it can be eas­i­ly mount­ed on or next to a com­po­nent and then per­forms machin­ing oper­a­tions ful­ly auto­mat­i­cal­ly. After ini­tial set­up, the machine deter­mines the component’s posi­tion and ori­en­ta­tion and auto­mat­i­cal­ly gen­er­ates the required machin­ing code. The accu­ra­cy of this solu­tion is said to be more than a match for sta­tion­ary milling machines. Even com­plex free-form sur­faces can be pro­duced in vir­tu­al­ly all mate­ri­als on-site, thanks to five-axis simul­ta­ne­ous machin­ing. An inte­grat­ed mea­sur­ing sys­tem also enables on-site qual­i­ty assur­ance for the fin­ished geom­e­try. That’s why at EMO Han­nover, ALPHA LASER isn’t just show­cas­ing its own ALFlak 900 F laser sys­tem for repair weld­ing using wire or pow­der but also the Picum solu­tion for mobile milling.

ALPHA LASER GmbH (82178 Puch­heim, Ger­many), Hall 16, Stand F22

Con­tact: Clau­dia Thorn­ton

Tel.: +49 89 890237–113

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Crème de la crème

TECNO.team is ensur­ing all eyes are on its stand at EMO Han­nover 2019 with impres­sive pro­duc­tiv­i­ty cham­pi­ons, best­sellers and two world grind­ing firsts.

As a renowned spe­cial­ist in grind­ing and milling machines, and boast­ing decades of expe­ri­ence in high-pre­ci­sion fin­ish­ing, TECNO.team GmbH has delib­er­ate­ly cho­sen only the best grind­ing and milling machines from Euro­pean and Japan­ese mar­ket and tech­nol­o­gy lead­ers to enhance its prod­uct port­fo­lio. The com­pa­ny is now seiz­ing the oppor­tu­ni­ty at EMO Han­nover 2019 to show­case a wide range of exhibits and inno­va­tions.

Pride of place goes to the two pre­mieres from Cur­tis Machine Tools (CMT). “The two world firsts from CMT enable users to reach new heights in pro­duc­tiv­i­ty,” says TECNO.team prod­uct man­ag­er Michael Blank. CMT has sim­ply dou­bled the num­ber of spin­dles. Vec­tor Quad is fit­ted with four spin­dles, while Vic­tor Pen­du­lum fea­tures two work­piece spin­dles. This is set to boost pro­duc­tiv­i­ty when grind­ing large series of small parts to unprece­dent­ed lev­els. At the same time, the chip-to-chip time has decreased, as set­up can be per­formed in par­al­lel with the machin­ing oper­a­tions and because load­ing can be car­ried out auto­mat­i­cal­ly.

Vis­i­tors to Han­nover can also explore the GPH, a main­stay of the port­fo­lio at SHIGIYA, Japan’s num­ber one in cylin­dri­cal grind­ing. Mean­while, MICRON, the country’s lead­ing sup­pli­er of cen­ter­less grind­ing solu­tions, is show­ing off its MSL – a high­ly pro­duc­tive machine for through-feed grind­ing. Final­ly, two inno­v­a­tive solu­tions for coolants from BIX and Inno­grind round off TECNO.team’s show­case of inno­va­tions.

TECNO.team GmbH (72138 Kirchen­tellins­furt, Ger­many), Hall 11, Stand D62

Con­tact: Kirstin Danker

Tel.: +49 7121 68085631

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Weight loss par excel­lence (and mate­r­i­al sav­ings)

Vis­i­tors to the Autodesk stand at this year’s EMO Han­nover can dis­cov­er how to use intel­li­gent pro­duc­tion tech­nolo­gies to opti­mize the entire process from design through to pro­duc­tion. In par­tic­u­lar, the com­pa­ny is turn­ing the spot­light onto the untapped poten­tial of gen­er­a­tive design.

Gen­er­a­tive design is a rel­a­tive­ly recent approach to design that involves cre­at­ing a broad range of pos­si­ble solu­tions in a short space of time. Thanks to the high-per­for­mance capa­bil­i­ties and speed of mod­ern cloud tech­nol­o­gy, gen­er­a­tive design soft­ware can exam­ine all the geo­met­ri­cal pos­si­bil­i­ties and then return a wide selec­tion of options – all based on the mate­ri­als, pro­duc­tion process­es and per­for­mance require­ments stip­u­lat­ed for the object in ques­tion. Design­ers and engi­neers using this approach can very quick­ly estab­lish an overview of dif­fer­ent poten­tial solu­tions to a spe­cif­ic design issue and then choose the solu­tion that best suits their project. All in all, the process saves time, mon­ey and resources. This inno­v­a­tive approach is also part and par­cel of Fusion 360, a prod­uct devel­op­ment plat­form that com­bines design, engi­neer­ing and pro­duc­tion in a sin­gle soft­ware pack­age – and which Munich-based Autodesk GmbH is exhibit­ing at this year’s EMO Han­nover.

One of the projects on show at the fair that demon­strates the Autodesk approach to design is the elec­tric ver­sion of the well-loved VW trans­porter, known as Bul­li in Ger­many. Dur­ing this project, sev­er­al com­po­nents from the par­tic­u­lar­ly pop­u­lar Type 2 mod­el of the trans­porter were opti­mized in a tech­ni­cal design envi­ron­ment before being pro­duced. The design­ers were able to reduce the amount of mate­ri­als used and thus achieve sig­nif­i­cant weight sav­ings, which in turn have reduced the vehicle’s pow­er con­sump­tion and increased its range. “The less a vehi­cle weighs, the less ener­gy it takes to get it mov­ing on the road,” explains Karl Osti, Indus­try Man­ag­er Man­u­fac­tur­ing at Autodesk. “This is pre­cise­ly where gen­er­a­tive design can deliv­er huge ben­e­fits. It gives us the option to min­i­mize mate­r­i­al con­sump­tion and there­fore man­u­fac­ture lighter parts, all while ensur­ing tech­ni­cal require­ments are met and with­out com­pro­mis­ing sta­bil­i­ty.”

Autodesk GmbH (81379 Munich, Ger­many), Hall 9, Stand D24

Con­tact: Tom Rut­te­man

Tel.: +49 89 54769–0

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Sparks are most cer­tain­ly fly­ing

Zim­mer & Kreim GmbH & Co. KG has com­plete­ly over­hauled its die ero­sion tech­nol­o­gy and is exhibit­ing the end result – the genius 900 NOVA – at EMO Han­nover 2019.

Zim­mer & Kreim (ZK) has more than 30 years of expe­ri­ence in engi­neer­ing cav­i­ty-sink­ing machines. Its genius range enjoys a par­tic­u­lar­ly strong posi­tion on the mar­ket and has been con­tin­u­ous­ly devel­oped and improved over the years. Recent­ly, how­ev­er, the com­pa­ny decid­ed to recon­sid­er its approach – should it con­tin­ue to tweak the tech­nol­o­gy, or break the mold? That’s how the company’s founder, Klaus Kreim, recalls the begin­nings of the “genius 900 NOVA”, a die ero­sion machine that has been com­plete­ly rede­vel­oped from the ground up and is being exhib­it­ed for the first time at EMO Han­nover 2019.

Although the company’s in-house gen­er­a­tor tech­nol­o­gy and the 5th gen­er­a­tion of its con­trol sys­tem are still the beat­ing heart of all ZK machines, vir­tu­al­ly no oth­er stone has been left unturned. For exam­ple, the sub­struc­ture of the machine is no longer made of gray cast iron, but of ther­mo-sym­met­ric min­er­al cast­ing instead. This increas­es the weight of the machine base, which results in even faster axis move­ments and more accu­rate cir­cu­lar motions. The dri­ve of the con­trolled C axis and the posi­tion of the cou­pling have also been mod­i­fied. The aim was to gear the machine’s pow­er and per­for­mance toward the pro­file of a high-end machine. “We have set out to build the best machine in its class,” says Armand Bay­er, Man­ag­ing Direc­tor of Zim­mer & Kreim, describ­ing the project. The pre­vi­ous genius user inter­face has also been com­plete­ly over­hauled to account for ground­break­ing human-machine inter­faces. It now offers sys­tem­at­ic, intu­itive user guid­ance on a Win­dows 10-based touch­screen with an aspect ratio of 16:9. What’s more, the machine has even more inno­va­tions to offer. If all that sounds appeal­ing, then a vis­it to EMO Han­nover 2019 is high­ly rec­om­mend­ed. After all, why pass up on the chance to scru­ti­nize the brand new solu­tion in detail and put its capa­bil­i­ties to the test live?

Zim­mer & Kreim GmbH & Co. KG (64395 Brens­bach, Ger­many),

Hall 13, Stand B94

Con­tact: Michael Huth

Tel.: +49 6161 9307–0

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A real look­er!

Aus­tri­an mea­sure­ment tech­nol­o­gy sup­pli­er Bruk­er Ali­cona is at EMO Han­nover 2019 with an opti­cal coor­di­nate mea­sur­ing sys­tem designed to pro­vide opti­mum sup­port for auto­mat­i­cal­ly plac­ing and mea­sur­ing com­po­nents and sort­ing them into OK / not OK parts.

Enhanc­ing mea­sure­ment sys­tems with col­lab­o­ra­tive robots to cre­ate the cor­ner­stone of an auto­mat­ed qual­i­ty assur­ance sys­tem is noth­ing new for Bruk­er Ali­cona. What is a first, how­ev­er, is the pick & place solu­tion the com­pa­ny has devel­oped by com­bin­ing the µCMM opti­cal coor­di­nate mea­sur­ing sys­tem with a col­lab­o­ra­tive robot arm – and this inno­va­tion is on show at EMO Han­nover 2019. Vis­i­tors to the fair can see the exhib­it in action for them­selves.

The com­po­nent being inspect­ed live in Han­nover using the coor­di­nate mea­sur­ing sys­tem is a tried-and-test­ed cus­tomer appli­ca­tion from an indus­tri­al qual­i­ty assur­ance back­ground. Bruk­er Ali­cona has part­nered with Step­per, one of Germany’s lead­ing lights in high-per­for­mance punch­ing tools, to demon­strate the auto­mat­ed mea­sure­ment of 3‑up stamp­ing inserts. Only a sin­gle opti­cal sen­sor is used to mea­sure the posi­tion, shape and rough­ness of the tool. The stamp­ing insert is found in stamp­ing tools used to man­u­fac­ture auto­mo­tive con­tacts, among oth­er things. Step­per man­u­fac­tures up to 2,550 con­tacts every minute, which equates to three bil­lion parts over just a few years. “Dimen­sion­al accu­ra­cy, sur­face qual­i­ty and the posi­tion of the emboss­ing die rel­a­tive to the out­er con­tour are the most impor­tant fac­tors for stamp­ing inserts,” explains Mar­cel Heisler, Head of Laser Abla­tion and High-Speed Cut­ting at Step­per. “Thanks to Bruk­er Ali­cona, I can cov­er all that with just one sen­sor.”

The µCMM opti­cal coor­di­nate mea­sur­ing sys­tem is designed to pro­vide the ide­al solu­tion in a whole vari­ety of ways. The sys­tem exhibits excel­lent pre­ci­sion, even for shapes with tol­er­ances mea­sured in the sin­gle-dig­it µm range, and also ensures users ben­e­fit from effi­cient user guid­ance that has been designed so it can be used by sev­er­al dif­fer­ent oper­a­tors. Step­per, which uses opti­cal mea­sur­ing tech­nol­o­gy as stan­dard in qual­i­ty assur­ance, believes the use of an opti­cal coor­di­nate mea­sur­ing sys­tem ought to lead, first and fore­most, to a clear reduc­tion in mea­sure­ment times. One cru­cial con­di­tion, accord­ing to the com­pa­ny, is that there should be no need to scan the entire com­po­nent in order to check the rel­e­vant geome­tries with high pre­ci­sion. “We only mea­sure the areas of the out­er con­tour we real­ly need to,” explains Heisler. “This reduces mea­sure­ment times by more than two thirds.”

Ali­cona Imag­ing GmbH (8074 Raa­ba-Graz, Aus­tria), Hall 6, Stand E39

Con­tact: Astrid Krenn

Tel.: +43 316 40 30 10 742

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Bear­ing up in tight spaces!

HIWIN is set­ting out to make a big impres­sion at EMO Han­nover 2019 with the com­pact and excep­tion­al­ly rigid crossed roller bear­ings of its CRB range. The space-sav­ing solu­tions have been designed specif­i­cal­ly to help engi­neers work­ing on  robots, machine tools and oth­er automa­tion sys­tems.

HIWIN GmbH has spe­cial­ized in devel­op­ing, man­u­fac­tur­ing and dis­trib­ut­ing lin­ear tech­nol­o­gy for more than 25 years. Besides lin­ear guide­ways, its prod­uct port­fo­lio also includes ballscrews, lin­ear actu­a­tors and ball bear­ings, not to men­tion com­plete posi­tion­ing sys­tems that incor­po­rate lin­ear motor axes, lin­ear mod­ules, pla­nar motors, torque motors, posi­tion mea­sure­ment sys­tems, rotary tables and indus­tri­al robots. HIWIN man­u­fac­tures both stan­dard solu­tions and spe­cial cus­tomer-spe­cif­ic designs, and its ser­vice team offers con­sult­ing and prod­uct train­ing, in addi­tion to a main­te­nance and repair ser­vice. Among the company’s cus­tomers are indi­vid­ual users and OEMs from numer­ous and var­ied branch­es of indus­try, such as machine tool man­u­fac­tur­ers and busi­ness­es that man­u­fac­ture pack­ag­ing machin­ery, spe­cial­ist machin­ery and med­ical tech­nol­o­gy. The HIWIN exhibits at EMO Han­nover 2019 include a solu­tion for engi­neers who repeat­ed­ly come up against the same chal­lenge when devel­op­ing robots, rotary tables, machine tools and many oth­er automa­tion sys­tems – how to inte­grate pre­cise and rigid bear­ings into an incred­i­bly tight space.

Accord­ing to HIWIN, this is one chal­lenge that nobody need fear now – thanks to the crossed roller bear­ings of the CRB range. The cross­wise arrange­ment of the rollers at an angle of 90 degrees means the bear­ings can accom­mo­date axi­al forces from both direc­tions, radi­al forces, over­turn­ing torque loads and any com­bi­na­tion of these. The secret to their high load-bear­ing capac­i­ty becomes clear on look­ing inside the bear­ings. Thanks to their spe­cial geom­e­try, the spac­ers between the rollers need very lit­tle room, which means more rolling ele­ments can be incor­po­rat­ed into the bear­ing than is the case with sim­i­lar mod­els. The spe­cial shape of the spac­ers also min­i­mizes the points of con­tact with the rollers, there­by reduc­ing fric­tion loss­es to a min­i­mum. The end result is a clear advan­tage over angu­lar con­tact ball bear­ings and designs that use two bear­ing points – the HIWIN crossed roller bear­ings are much more com­pact and can there­fore be used in the tight­est of instal­la­tion spaces. What’s more, the HIWIN crossed roller bear­ings score high­ly when it comes to rigid­i­ty, too. Accord­ing to the man­u­fac­tur­er, the lin­ear con­tact of the rolling ele­ments makes the bear­ings three times more rigid than con­ven­tion­al ball bear­ings. The com­pa­ny offers five dif­fer­ent designs of crossed roller bear­ing, two pre­load class­es and three accu­ra­cy class­es and sup­plies the bear­ings with or with­out option­al seal­ing. In short, it has the right vari­ant for pret­ty much any appli­ca­tion.

HIWIN GmbH (77654 Offen­burg, Ger­many), Hall 8, Stand A20

Con­tact: Wern­er Mäur­er

Tel.: +49 781 93278–0

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See what’s real­ly what!

vec­tor­cam GmbH is exhibit­ing a whole load of inno­va­tions from the lat­est ver­sion of its vec­tor­cam soft­ware at EMO Han­nover 2019. It aims to show how its cus­tomers can make their pro­duc­tion even more effi­cient by direct­ly machin­ing a 3D mod­el and uti­liz­ing the NC-Fea­tures Groove Milling and Cir­cu­lar Pock­et.

NC-Fea­tures are designed to open up a wide range of func­tions for users and include impres­sive fea­tures such as excep­tion­al­ly straight­for­ward han­dling, opti­mum ease of use and a high lev­el of safe­ty in pro­gram­ming. Accord­ing to the com­pa­ny, both sim­ple and com­plex work­pieces can be cre­at­ed with ease and dra­mat­i­cal­ly reduce run times. Machin­ing, which takes place direct­ly on the 3D mod­el, facil­i­tates the auto­mat­ic adop­tion of geom­e­try data. Intel­li­gent machin­ing strate­gies enable short tool paths, and vec­tor­cam auto­mat­i­cal­ly rec­og­nizes mod­el fea­tures and shapes such as grooves, slots, drilled holes, con­tours and curves.

What’s more, machin­ing process­es that are repeat­ed fre­quent­ly are imme­di­ate­ly saved and can also be called up and edit­ed as often as nec­es­sary. Mean­while, the inte­grat­ed col­li­sion check safe­guards tools, mate­ri­als and machines. “Work­pieces are becom­ing more com­plex and pro­cess­ing times are get­ting short­er, which makes smooth, flex­i­ble and cost-effec­tive machin­ing process­es essen­tial.” explains Gün­ter Böh­n­ing, Man­ag­ing Direc­tor of vec­tor­cam GmbH. “We pro­vide the per­fect solu­tion – inno­v­a­tive CNC soft­ware that is not only easy to han­dle and easy to learn but also uses the fresh­est tech­nolo­gies in the area of CNC pro­gram­ming. Through our CAD/CAM sys­tem, we help our cus­tomers get ahead – and we’ve been doing that for more than 25 years!”

vec­tor­cam GmbH (33100 Pader­born, Ger­many), Hall 9, Stand A23

Con­tact: Lisa Non­nen­mach­er

Tel.: +49 5251 180 80 16

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Tools at the cut­ting edge

Machine tool man­u­fac­tur­er CERATIZIT is using its exper­tise to devel­op spe­cial tools for elec­tric motor pro­duc­tion. This Lux­em­bourg-based com­pa­ny is now unveil­ing two inno­va­tions at EMO Han­nover designed for cost-effec­tive and reli­able use on large-series involv­ing com­plex sta­tor bores.

CERATIZIT, a pri­vate­ly owned com­pa­ny head­quar­tered in Lux­em­bourg, has been a pio­neer in sophis­ti­cat­ed hard mate­r­i­al cut­ting and wear pro­tec­tion solu­tions for over 95 years. It devel­ops and man­u­fac­tures high­ly spe­cial­ized cut­ting tools, index­able inserts and car­bide rods. Indeed, the com­pa­ny is the world mar­ket leader in var­i­ous appli­ca­tion areas for wear parts. It is also suc­cess­ful­ly devel­op­ing new car­bide, cer­met and ceram­ic grades for the wood and stone work­ing indus­tries, for exam­ple. At EMO Han­nover 2019, the world’s pre­mier trade fair for the met­al­work­ing sec­tor, CERATIZIT is show­cas­ing two com­plete new devel­op­ments that are ide­al for the cost-effec­tive and reli­able series pro­cess­ing of com­plex sta­tor bores.

Sta­tors, the rigid coun­ter­parts of rotors in elec­tric motors, for instance, are play­ing a key role in the increas­ing shift toward e‑mobility. As sta­tor bores gen­er­al­ly have a diam­e­ter of over 200 mil­lime­ters, CERATIZIT’s tool devel­op­ers had to pay par­tic­u­lar atten­tion to the bor­ing tool’s weight. Thanks to inge­nious designs and addi­tive man­u­fac­tur­ing process­es, the com­pa­ny has now suc­ceed­ed in going well below the stan­dard min­i­mum on the mar­ket, which means the mul­ti-blade bor­ing bars can also be used on CNC machin­ing cen­ters. What’s more, CERATIZIT offers use­ful add-ons such as dig­i­tal fine adjust­ment and ser­vice life mon­i­tor­ing that are designed to increase process reli­a­bil­i­ty.

CERATIZIT Deutsch­land GmbH (87435 Kempten, Ger­many), Hall 5, Stand B70

Con­tact: Nor­bert Stat­tler

Tel.:    +49 831 57010–3405

Mobile: +49 170 448 36 43

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A col­league of few words but many tal­ents

Indus­trie-Part­ner has devel­oped Robo Oper­a­tor to help out when staff short­ages loom and is unveil­ing its state-of-the-art solu­tion at EMO Han­nover 2019.

Many parts man­u­fac­tur­ers, par­tic­u­lar­ly SMEs, con­tin­ue to use CNC machine tools that can­not be auto­mat­ed or are not con­fig­ured for automa­tion. These tools need at least one skilled employ­ee to oper­ate and mon­i­tor them at all times, which means the tools are idle when the employ­ee is not present. If there is a short­age of skilled staff due to annu­al leave, sick­ness, parental leave or urgent orders, it is often dif­fi­cult, or impos­si­ble, for com­pa­nies to adapt their capac­i­ty. Indus­trie-Part­ner, an inno­v­a­tive and cus­tomer-focused sup­pli­er of mechan­i­cal engi­neer­ing solu­tions, is at EMO Han­nover 2019 to unveil Robo Oper­a­tor, which aims to help out when staff short­ages loom.

Robo Oper­a­tor is designed to be a mobile and flex­i­ble automa­tion solu­tion that can be used to run vir­tu­al­ly any CNC machine tool inde­pen­dent­ly. Thanks to the min­i­mal prepa­ra­tion, set­up and pro­gram­ming involved, Robo Oper­a­tor can be start­ed up in next to no time, even by staff with no pro­gram­ming expe­ri­ence. The robot is then instant­ly able to take on the third shift or week­end work com­plete­ly autonomous­ly, thus also sig­nif­i­cant­ly improv­ing machine tool pro­duc­tiv­i­ty.

Prospec­tive users can check out the ben­e­fits of Robo Oper­a­tor for them­selves on a com­plete­ly risk-free basis by sim­ply rent­ing the robot from Industrie-Partner’s sub­sidiary Equip­men­tRental for a short time. Indus­trie-Part­ner points out that any prob­lems can gen­er­al­ly be resolved quick­ly and eas­i­ly by a mem­ber of the ser­vice team, who can access the robot direct­ly via the cloud. What’s more, thanks to AI and machine learn­ing, Robo Oper­a­tor “notes” the trou­bleshoot­ing strat­e­gy so that it can use it autonomous­ly for future issues.

Indus­trie-Part­ner GmbH (01640 Coswig, Ger­many), Hall 6, Stand J15

Con­tact: Ulrike Pol­nick

Tel.: +49 352 3831–0

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True blue sys­tem 

Along­side a series of process con­trol solu­tions for the smart fac­to­ry, Ren­ishaw is also at EMO Han­nover 2019 to unveil the new NC4+ Blue sys­tem, designed to ensure greater pre­ci­sion in non-con­tact tool set­ting thanks to a blue laser.

UK-based Ren­ishaw is a glob­al engi­neer­ing and tech­nol­o­gy com­pa­ny with exper­tise in pre­ci­sion mea­sure­ment and health­care equip­ment. The com­pa­ny sup­plies prod­ucts and ser­vices for a wide range of appli­ca­tions, from jet engine and wind tur­bine man­u­fac­ture to den­tistry and brain surgery. Its Ger­man branch is at EMO Han­nover 2019 to present Renishaw’s lat­est solu­tion for non-con­tact tool set­ting.

The new NC4+ Blue sys­tem is the lat­est ver­sion of Renishaw’s non-con­tact tool set­ting sys­tem. It is said to offer much greater pre­ci­sion in tool mea­sure­ment than the exist­ing NC4 series, with tool-to-tool per­for­mance proven to indus­try stan­dards. NC4+ Blue fea­tures blue laser tech­nol­o­gy – an indus­try first – and enhanced optics. These two ele­ments are set to deliv­er much greater accu­ra­cy in tool set­ting, which means work­pieces can be machined more accu­rate­ly and effi­cient­ly. Com­pared to the red laser sources used in most non-con­tact tool set­ting sys­tems, blue laser tech­nol­o­gy has a short­er wave­length, result­ing in improved dif­frac­tion effects and opti­mized laser beam geom­e­try. This makes it pos­si­ble to mea­sure even very small tools accu­rate­ly, while also report­ed­ly min­i­miz­ing tool-to-tool mea­sure­ment errors.

Ren­ishaw GmbH (D‑72124 Pliezhausen), Hall 6, Stand D48

Con­tact: Ris­shu Bergmann

Tel.: +49 7127 9811404

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