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JAN 2018

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MODERN EQUIPMENT REVIEW MMS JANUARY 2018 146 Five-Axis Machine's Water-Cooled Traveling Column Increases Rigidity Zimmermann is introducing the FZH400 five-axis machining center with a water- cooled traveling column. With this design, the guide carriage distance increases as the tool penetrates the material, increasing rigidity. The stepped drive guide is said to ensure constant geometry along the Z axis while maintaining rigidity in sensitive areas of the workpiece. The system is partic- ularly designed for the efficient machining of standard components for the aircraft industry. The machining center features an integral pal- let-handling system that can change pallets while machining. The handling system is designed to trans- port pallets without sagging, especially long pallets. The machine balances pallets as it raises and lowers them, greatly reducing bending and torsion forces. The pallet system is extendable, and users can add a pallet station or equip the system with additional pallet changers. The standard automation system enables interface with the master computer and efficient linking of multiple systems. The machine has a configurable modular design. A standard factory floor is sufficient for anchoring so that users can put the machine into operation more quickly and have greater flexibility when setting it up. Turnkey solutions are available from Zimmermann on request. Its specialists configure the system; provide suitable clamp- ing devices, handling solutions and tools; and write NC programs for the components that are to be manufac- tured. This enables production to start immediately. | Zimmermann Inc. Corp. 248-305-9707 | Liebherr's LP 100 gantry portal has a flexible design suited for smaller, lighter components and in-line pro- duction. The design can meet a range of production process requirements, including the option to set a wider clearance between uprights, for multiple design and installation options. It can be configured to deliver high-speed or high-load performance, making it suitable for in-line production, in which workpieces must travel longer distances, even as machining centers get faster. The gantry portal is available with Liebherr Manu- facturing System 4.0 (LMS 4.0) automation software, with modules for acquiring operating data, production planning, parts tracking and information systems. Its interface is designed to be user-friendly, enabling full control of production. Interfaces to common ERP sys- tems are available. | Liebherr Gear Technology Inc. | 734-429-7225 | Gantry Portal Suited for In-Line Production of Small Parts

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