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AUG 2018

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MMS AUGUST 2018 262 IMTS 2018 Systems and Software Chip Management Software Improves Tool Life, Accuracy Milltronics USA Inc.'s ChipBoss enables conversational program users to take advantage of trochoidal machin- ing strategies previously found only in CAM systems or high-end controls. The software uses proprietary algorithms to cal- culate tool paths and control maximum allowable cutter engagement. This enables the use of the whole length of a tool rather than just the tip so that profiles can be cut at full depth. This reduces the need to take multiple depth passes. The software works by automatically controlling the tool's chip load, keeping it constant, which improves cycle times, tool life and accuracy of parts. The software works to create a constant chip load, which results in smaller stepovers and greater depths of cut. In addition, it enables use of more of the tool's flute. The company says this spreads the load, heat and wear over a larger area of the tool, increasing its life. It also reduces the number of times a machine needs to accelerate and decelerate. | Milltronics USA Inc. | South, Level 3, Booth 338329 Mechanical Sensors Enable Precision Detection The MP600 series of mechanical sensors from Wil- brecht Ledco is designed to detect two positions within one product. The distance between the two positions can be customized to the user's application require- ments, between 0.3 and 1.5 mm. The fixed NC and NO contacts activate with no measurable hysteresis. Repeatability is better than 5 μm and, depending on cable selection, the operational temperature can range from -40°C to 130°C. The cable termination can be supplied with an M12 connector. The switching mechanism is designed for low-volt- age applications, no higher than 30 VDC. It is self-con- tained and can be inserted into multiple housing shapes. The IP67-rated housing sizes are M8 and M12 with a pin or ball plunger. The sensors are suitable for applications in the auto- mation, process control and OEM industries. Through the hysteresis effect, they reduce time- consuming adjustments typically problematic for brake applica- tions with air gap, wear control, and high and low limit control in process applications. The sensors can also be used for home position detection in any application with XYZ movements. | Wilbrecht Ledco, Inc. | East, Level 3, Booth 134038

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