Midwest Manufacturing News March 2017 : Page 1
MW MIDWEST Vol. 11 No. 3 M ANUFACTURING N EWS Serving Since 2007 Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin Feature Editorial Quality Control & Measurement Full Measurement Automation and Integration March 2017 See Online DIGITAL EDITIONS at www.mfgnewsweb.com Renishaw Moves into New Facility Geoteck Machine Tool Solutions Named Hyundai WIA’s Exclusive Dealer for Michigan Hyundai WIA has named Detroit-based Geoteck Machine Tool Solutions as its official exclusive dealer for the state of Michigan. “Serving many industries includ-ing automotive, aerospace, medical and energy, Geoteck is a premier serv-ice and support dealer for Hyundai WIA’s high-performance CNC ma-chine tools and automation systems,” said a company spokesperson. “With Continued on Page 76 The new facility includes product displays and Renishaw’s U.S. Additive Manufacturing Solutions Center. Alicona is expanding its range of production-integrated measurement solutions. See Page 10 Additive Manufacturing 3-D Printing Technology Uses Traditional Manufacturing Materials Programmable Tooling is a hybrid process designed for low volume production. See Page 26 Renishaw, Inc. is preparing to move into a new 133,000 sq. ft. office and ware-house facility in West Dundee, IL, about 40 miles from Chicago. The two-story fa-cility will be the company’s new North American headquarters, and also in-cludes space for product development, testing, warehousing and distribution. It includes the new U.S. Additive Manu-facturing Solutions Center—part of Ren-ishaw’s network of global Solutions Centers opening over the next year. The centers are designed to provide venues where the additive manufactur-ing (AM) adoption process can be ac-celerated. “We can give companies cost-effective, hands-on experience of Continued on Page 76 Robinson Metal Enhances Laser Cutting Capabilities Mazak Optonics Expands Partnership with Modern Machinery Company Mazak Optonics Corp. has an-nounced expanded coverage with its distributor Modern Machinery Com-pany, based out of Indianapolis, IN. For over 30 years, Modern Ma-chinery Company has been a Mazak Optonics distributor. Modern Machin-ery Company will now be representing Mazak Optonics Corp in Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and Michigan. Bob Smith, President of Modern Machinery, stated, “We are exceptionally Continued on Page 78 Applying Technology Verifying Dimensional Accuracy of Complex Components Highly complex quick-couplers require tight tolerances. See Page 40 Education/Training Enhanced GibbsCAM 2016 Education Editions GibbsCAM 2016 Classroom and Student Editions now have free access to GibbsCAM VoluMill. Robinson Metal, Inc. is using a new fiber laser machine to enhance its laser cutting efficiency and reduce project lead times. The new fiber laser cutting system is an Amada LCG 4020 AJ. “As a single-source metal fabrica-tion supplier, we have a responsibility to our customers to maintain our posi-tion as a leader in laser cutting in Wis-consin,” said Jamie Tilkens, Fabrication and Machining Division Manager at Robinson Metal. “Our new fiber laser allows us to process material at a much faster rate than was possible with our older equipment.” From a production standpoint, the upgraded laser features enhanced Continued on Page 76 Forest City Gear Adds Continuous Generating Grinding Capability Forest City Gear has expanded its high volume gear production capabili-ties with the addition of a Reishauer RZ 160 gear grinding machine and Fel-somat FRC 600 high-speed load/un-load automation. The system is part of a new 8,500 sq. ft. facility located near Forest City Gear’s main plant and ded-icated to the high volume production of eight different gears for a robotics application. Continued on Page 78 See Page 46 Material Handling Vision System Improves Bin Picking Triangulation method improves resolution. See Page 60 Subscription Changes: To make name, address subscription changes contact: • Phone: 800-375-8488 • Fax: 817-488-7813 • E-mail: email@example.com • www.mfgnewsweb.com CHANGE SERVICE REQUESTED Gross Publications, Inc. MIDWEST MANUFACTURING NEWS P.O. Box 847 Grapevine, Texas 76099-0847 U.S.A. DALLAS, TX PERMIT 4245 Advertiser Index Page 55 PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID
Renishaw Moves Into New Facility
Renishaw, Inc. is preparing to move into a new 133,000 sq. ft. Office and warehouse facility in West Dundee, IL, about 40 miles from Chicago. The two-story facility will be the company’s new North American headquarters, and also includes space for product development, testing, warehousing and distribution. It includes the new U.S. Additive Manufacturing Solutions Center—part of Renishaw’s network of global Solutions Centers opening over the next year.
The centers are designed to provide venues where the additive manufacturing (AM) adoption process can be accelerated. “We can give companies cost-effective, hands-on experience of metal AM, combined with application engineering support to optimize their design and post-processing capabilities to ensure that it performs as it should,” said Sir David McMurtry, Chairman and CEO of Renishaw.
Renishaw plans to set up regional technical and sales offices throughout the United States as the company continues to get closer to customers. “With the popularity and adoption of Industry 4. 0 and Smart Factory philosophies, our products and services are relevant to a larger and more diverse group of manufacturing operations,” said Howard Salt, President of Renishaw, Inc. “These new facilities make it more feasible, logistically, for us to work cooperatively with customers and potential customers in North America, and develop solutions specific to them.”
A ribbon-cutting event is scheduled for March, and the company plans to be fully relocated by October.
FoFor more information contact:
1001 Wesemann Drive
West Dundee, IL 60118
Robinson Metal Enhances Laser Cutting Capabilities
Robinson Metal, Inc. is using a new fiber laser machine to enhance its laser cutting efficiency and reduce project lead times. The new fiber laser cutting system is an Amada LCG 4020 AJ.
“As a single-source metal fabrication supplier, we have a responsibility to our customers to maintain our position as a leader in laser cutting in Wisconsin,” said Jamie Tilkens, Fabrication and Machining Division Manager at Robinson Metal. “Our new fiber laser allows us to process material at a much faster rate than was possible with our older equipment.”
From a production standpoint, the upgraded laser features enhanced reliability and reduced operational maintenance. The result is minimal downtime and quicker production timelines.
“The laser cutting process also is enhanced, with a more consistent beam emitted from a single optic. The fiber laser machine is able to run thinner material at a rate five times faster than traditional laser technology,” said a company spokesperson.
The LCG 4020 AJ features 1.4 g acceleration over an expanded 160” x 80” work area. With cutting speeds over 4,700 IPM, it offers continuous high-speed processing on a wide range of materials.
“We have incorporated the new fiber laser machine into our load and unload automation system for even faster production capability,” Tilkens said. “The combination of advanced technology and our highly skilled workforce will enhance our reputation as a leader in all facets of metal fabrication.”
Robinson Metalleveragesad - vanced technology throughout its plant to fulfill orders for customers in a wide range of industries. For example, a boring bar featuring computer numerical control (CNC) technology produces round metal parts within tight tolerances.
For more information contact:
Robinson Metal, Inc.
1740 Eisenhower Drive
De Pere, WI 54115
Geoteck Machine Tool Solutions Named Hyundai Wia’s Exclusive Dealer For Michigan
Hyundai WIA has named Detroitbased Geoteck Machine Tool Solutions as its official exclusive dealer for the state of Michigan.
“Serving many industries including automotive, aerospace, medical and energy, Geoteck is a premier service and support dealer for Hyundai WIA’s high-performance CNC machine tools and automation systems,” said a company spokesperson. “With field technicians averaging over 28.5 years experience in service and support, Geoteck offers high-quality installation and preventative maintenance. Through this new partnership, Geoteck and Hyundai WIA have teamed up to provide customers with high-precision CNC equipment, robotics, software and automation systems.”
“We are very pleased with our new partnership with Hyundai WIA,” said Richard Bee, Vice President of Geoteck. “Geoteck is located in an automotive influenced territory, and as the official dealer for Michigan, we are excited to start offering Hyundai WIA’s high-performance machine tools and full automation systems that currently produce precision parts in many automotive manufacturing plants around the world.”
Steve Pegram, Vice President of Hyundai WIA, stated, “We are looking forward to partnering with Jerry Pizzimenti and Richard Bee at Geoteck. Together, we will build a stronger support structure for all of our customers. The partnership represents the continuous improvements Hyundai WIA is making to continue our growth in this industry.”
For more information contact:
Hans Hansen, Regional Sales Mgr.
Hyundai WIA Machine America Corp.
265 Spring Lake Dr.
Itasca, IL 60143
Jerry Pizzimenti, President Richard Bee, Vice President Geoteck
14159 Rick Drive
Shelby Township, MI 48315
Mazak Optonics Expands Partnership With Modern Machinery Company
Mazak Optonics Corp. has announced expanded coverage with its distributor Modern Machinery Company, based out of Indianapolis, IN.
For over 30 years, Modern Machinery Company has been a Mazak Optonics distributor. Modern Machinery Company will now be representing Mazak Optonics Corp in Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and Michigan.
Bob Smith, President of Modern Machinery, stated, “We are exceptionally excited and proud to be representing Mazak Optonics Corporation in the state of Michigan. Along with the best laser technology available, we bring a high degree of experience, product knowledge and integrity. Modern Machinery Company looks forward to being a big part of the metal fabrication industry in Michigan.”
“Expanding Modern Machinery’s coverage to Michigan will be an essential part to our success in that region,” said Al Bohlen, President of Mazak Optonics Corp. “Modern Machinery has been a great partner and we are pleased to have their continued support.”
For more information contact:
Mazak Optonics Corporation
2725 Galvin Court
Elgin, IL 60124
IN, OH, KY, MI
Modern Machinery Company
4622 Independence Square
Indianapolis, IN 46203
Forest City Gear Adds Continuous Generating Grinding Capability
Forest City Gear has expanded its high volume gear production capabilities with the addition of a Reishauer RZ 160 gear grinding machine and Felsomat FRC 600 high-speed load/unload automation. The system is part of a new 8,500 sq. ft. Facility located near Forest City Gear’s main plant and dedicated to the high volume production of eight different gears for a robotics application.
The new Reishauer offers a productive and accurate continuous generating grinding process. Dual work spindles further increase productivity by enabling workpiece set-up and synchronization on the idle work spindle while simultaneously gear grinding on the other spindle.
As a result, Forest City Gear has added significantly to its capacity for hard finishing gears in volumes much higher than what was possible before, and with exceptional quality, according to Forest City Gear Director of Operations Jared Lyford. “Previously, we were using our hobbers to perform the finishing operation after heat treat using the carbide re-hobbing process, commonly known as skiving,” said Lyford. “But with volume levels now four times what they were at the start of this project in early 2015, we needed a process that would greatly increase hard finishing throughput and free up more spindle time on the hobbers for rough cutting. The RZ 160 is delivering these benefits and more.”
Lyford estimates that at current part volumes, some 13,000 hours of machining time would have been necessary to finish the gears using the carbide re-hobbing process. The new Reishauer can finish the same number of gears in just 2,400 hours. In addition, the annual cost for tooling has been reduced from an estimated $300,000 for the solid carbide hobs used in the carbide re-hobbing process to an estimated $25,000 for the multi-start grinding wheels used in the continuous generating grinding process.
Forest City Gear has also invested in several system enhancements that will add even more productivity to the system, according to Lyford. “At these volumes, wheel dressing takes place frequently, about once an hour, so we have invested in a multi-rib dressing diamond tool that dresses all five of the starts on the grinding wheel in a single pass, versus the usual process of dressing each start one by one,” Lyford explained. “We have also integrated a Felsomat FRC 600 30-station, dual-pallet parts conveyor with a high-speed FANUC robot to automate workpiece load/unload for greater efficiency.
“For those in the global marketplace that have always known Forest City Gear as a low volume, high-precision manufacturer of one-off gears, guess again,” said Lyford. “Today, we are prototyping, qualifying and producing gears at volumes no one would have expected here a year or two ago.”
Forest City Gear develops, manufactures and inspects high quality gears for use in applications that include medical devices, motorcycles, airplanes and automation.
For more information contact:
Forest City Gear
11715 Main Street
Roscoe, IL 61073