Modern Machine Shop

JUL 2018

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MODERN EQUIPMENT REVIEW Modern Machine Shop 135 SPOTLIGHT | Grinding Tool Grinder's CNC Facilitates Unattended Automation Star Cutter's NTG 6RL five-axis tool and cutter grinding machine, based on NUM's Flexium+ CNC platform, auto- mates the high-speed production and reconditioning of complex cutting tools. The grinding machine handles fluting, tertiary grind- ing, relief grinding and automated wheel changing. The NUMDrive X modules accommodate third-party linear and direct-drive torque motors as well as high-fre- quency grinding spindle motors. The bandwidth of the servo drive and internal processing are said to provide sub-picometer accuracy. The platform can run grinding programs as large as 40 MB directly from the NCK memory. The CNC exe- cutes complex cycles from the system's disk drive via a high-speed data transfer protocol, expanding CAD/CAM grinding operations. The grinding machine's servo-assisted popup mechanical steady rest takes advantage of the system and drive modules' detachable axes. Users can place the rest into the machine for longer parts and remove the full motor and mechanical assembly when it is not needed. The operator station is designed to simplify machine setup and operation. The optional six-axis robotic part loader essentially programs itself with NUMroto tool files, NUM says. Notifications can be set to alert shop personnel of process completion or issues during unat- tended production. The machine can be integrated with automation systems and handling robots. The CNC platform offers a variety of system communication busses. Measured process or post-process data can be fed back to the NUMRoto software for on-the-fly corrections, facilitat- ing adaptive, real-time control of the grinding process. Shopfloor data can be shared with the plant and to the cloud with an MTConnect interface. | NUM Corp. | 630-505-7722 | | Star Cutter Co. | 248-474-8200 LICENSE TO OUTLAST YOUR COMPETITION! Free Design Consults 800-543-3580 MiteeBite .com Don't lose your travel or power! Place a steel rail behind the Pitbull Clamp ® WORKHOLDING SPECIALISTS Premium Submicron Carbide Tools are Triple-Inspected Made in America Thread Mill Code Generator Guaranteed Concentricity Scientific Cutting Tools Our pride in workmanship assures product quality every time. That's the SCT guarantee. 1.805.584.9495 1.800.383.2244 Single Point - Thread Mills - Port Tools - Indexable Tools - Specialty

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