Modern Machine Shop

JAN 2017

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48 MMS January 2017 SHOP TALK BY S TE PH A N I E H E N D R I XS O N Machine tool builder Bimatec Soraluce, part of the Danobat Group, welcomed more than 800 European, American and Asian customers to its Technology Days celebration November 14-18. Soraluce is a manufacturer of large milling, turning and boring machine tools, with work envelopes ranging to 8 meters high and 90 meters long. Custom and turnkey solutions are among the company's specialties. Its primary markets are Germany and Italy, but its machines are used around the world for large-part machining appli- cations such as oil and gas equipment, industrial vehicle engine blocks, and tool and die work. Though Soraluce is headquartered and man- ufactures its products exclusively in Spain, its annual customer Technology Days event takes place at the company's Center of Excellence in Limburg, Germany. Renovated in 2012, the build- ing boasts 2,500 square meters of showroom and machine demonstration space plus offices and a SORALUCE TECHNOLOGY DAYS HIGHLIGHTS MULTITASKING, AUTOMATION AND PRODUCTIVITY service center. The 2016 Technology Days cel- ebrated the 25th anniversar y of this location, established in 1992. In addition to obser ving this milestone and honoring key employees and customers, Soraluce used the event to unveil new technology and emphasize three core themes: multitask ing, automation and productivity. 1. Multitasking. Soraluce specializes in large gantry-type machine tools for milling, boring and turning of large par ts, with its smallest model accommodating workpieces 1.8 meters tall and the largest 8 meters. The company offers dedi- cated multitasking machines as well as those that can be equipped for multitasking. The TA-M 20 milling machine launched at Technology Days, for example, is also equipped for turning work with a rotary table and a device that enables the spindle to be clamped in place for stability. 2. Automation. While there were no robotic Smart Machine, Soraluce's Industry 4.0 solution for machine monitoring and data reporting, was one of the most popular displays. The monitor at the event displayed real-time data from a machine tool at the company's facility in Spain, as well as from an FL 8000 floor-type milling-boring center located just around the corner inside the Limburg Center of Excellence.

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