Modern Machine Shop

JUL 2018

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MARK: MY WORD MMS JULY 2018 20 mmsonline.com Vytek Compact Elite machine. A self-guided cart from Gibson Engineering carried trays of parts from station to station as the production control system commanded it. The Robert E. Morris Co. displayed several CNC machine tools from Tsugami and Okuma being monitored by Caron Engineering (cutting tool performance) and MachineMetrics (machine- tool utilization), much like a shop might network existing machine tools. A robotic loading/unload- ing system from Gosiger Automation showed practical automa- tion for turning centers. These are good examples of "next-step" technology for implementing the connected, data-driven machine shop. At the nearby Haas Factory Outlet booth, two add-on robotic loading/unloading systems were displayed tending Haas machining centers. The Halter LoadAssistant is a self-contained unit with an attached robot arm that can be set down next to a machine and interfaced to the programmable logic controller for integration with the machining center. A second system from APT Manufacturing serves a similar function, however, it comprises a portable robot and a tool cabinet with drawers that can be accessed by the robot to load and unload workpieces. Makino's booth was the essence of simplic- ity. It consisted of a DA300 five-axis machining center and a display screen showing the compa- ny's MPmax factory visualization and machine monitoring software. The point was that even a single complex machine generates a substantial volume of critical data that must be interpreted and presented meaningfully to decision makers. MPmax also can be used to monitor data over long machining cycle times to optimize machining pro- cesses dimensional accuracy. The digitalization of manufacturing has been described as a new age, another industrial rev- olution and a sea change. Indeed, it is all this. Attendees at the Smart Manufacturing Experience were encouraged to immerse themselves in the transformative technologies it encompasses. We must do this in every way we can while keeping our heads cool and above water. EDGE CUT From precision deburring to maximum removal, PFERD has the right carbide bur for your specific material or application requirements. Call us today to learn more. Does your bur make the cut? STEEL CUT MICRO CUT CAST CUT INOX CUT ALU/NF CUT DOUBLE CUT www.pferdusa.com (800) 342-9015 sales@pferdusa.com TRUST BLUE SHOW ME PHOTOS See pictures of the technology found at this event: gbm.media/sme18

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