Midwest Manufacturing News November 2017 : Page 1
M W MW MIDWEST Vol. 11 No. 11 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 Smart Manufacturing Cloud Based Machine Monitoring Milltronics Shop View gives instant access to a machine’s status. See Page 10 November 2017 See Online DIGITAL EDITIONS at www.mfgnewsweb.com Service Pack 1 for CAD Model Translation, Repair and Simplification Knuth Machine Tool to Host Productivity Workshop K N U T H M a c h i n e To o l ( L i n -colnshire, IL) will host its first annual Productivity Workshop with an em-phasis on machine tool efficiency. The one-day event will be held November 30 with a morning session at 8:30 AM and then a repeat of the workshop in the afternoon session at 1:00 PM. Lunch and refreshments will be served. The workshop will include live demonstrations of a variety of KNUTH machine tools with an emphasis on Fagor CNC technological advantages. Continued on Page 77 An anti-rotation stopper designed into the toolholder provides insert immobility and system rigidity. See Page 24 Cutting Tools Fixed Clamping System CADfix 11 SP1’s curved facet slicer generates more accurate slices faster. International TechneGroup Incor-porated (ITI) has released Service Pack 1 for CADfix 11, a software for CAD model translation, repair and simplifi-cation. Engineers using CADfix to ad-dress problems of 3-D model data exchange will see updated native CAD interfaces for NX11, Creo 4 and SOLID-WORKS 2017, as well as neutral format CAD interface improvements, new fea-tures and innovative tools. New support for DXF/DWG as-semblies means faster model process-ing and smaller files. ITI’s recent webinar demonstrated the power of using CADfix to simplify large CAD assemblies for integration into Plant and Process design systems, where users will see file size reductions and productivity improvements as a result of this enhancement. Continued on Page 77 Applying Technology Machine Adaptation to Job Requirements Coldwater Machine Company Announces Plant Expansion Coldwater Machine Company, an engineered solutions and precision ma-chining company that manufactures and integrates assembly automation and special machines, has announced a 27,500 sq. ft. expansion to its current manufacturing space, bringing the com-pany’s facility total to 132,500 sq. ft. This new addition will double the company’s build area with the addition of three new bays, each at 60’ x 150’, dedicated to the assembly of automated solutions. Continued on Page 78 Flexible and precise lathes help Hydro-Thermal rapidly adapt to changing job schedules. See Page 40 RSXpress Service Increases Machine Safety Assessment Proposal Speed Rockford Systems has announced its new RSXpress fully-automated ma-chine safety assessment service. “The new service integrates Rockford Sys-tem’s surveying expertise with a pro-prietary, cloud-based digital platform, allowing the company to generate risk assessment and machine survey pro-posals up to 50% faster than legacy methods,” said a company spokesper-son. “It is important to note that while RSXpress delivers a final proposal to the customer faster, there is no com-promising in the thorough inspection methods Rockford Systems applies to its risk assessments and machine sur-veys,” said Matt Brenner, VP of Sales for Rockford Systems. “Because the Continued on Page 77 Material Handling Rideable Material Lift Mitsubishi Electric Automation, Bimba Manufacturing Collaborate Mitsubishi Electric Automation, Inc. and Bimba Manufacturing Co. have collaborated to combine Mit-subishi Electric’s innovative industrial automation technology with Bimba’s motion control solutions. This arrange-ment brings together Mitsubishi Elec-tric’s servomotors and control products with Bimba’s electric mechanical actu-ators. “The relationship will allow both companies to benefit from each other’s strong presence in the industrial mar-ketplace, providing greater value to Continued on Page 78 Vertical material lift allows authorized personnel to safely travel with their material between levels. See Page 50 Finishing / Grinding / Abrasives GRINDSTAR enables an entire workpiece contour to be ground in a single processing operation and with lower cutting forces than turning. See Page 66 Grinding Instead of Turning 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 57 PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID
Service Pack 1 For CAD Model Translation, Repair And Simplification
International TechneGroup Incorporated (ITI) has released Service Pack 1 for CADfix 11, a software for CAD model translation, repair and simplification. Engineers using CADfix to address problems of 3-D model data exchange will see updated native CAD interfaces for NX11, Creo 4 and SOLIDWORKS 2017, as well as neutral format CAD interface improvements, new features and innovative tools.
New support for DXF/DWG assemblies means faster model processing and smaller files. ITI’s recent webinar demonstrated the power of using CADfix to simplify large CAD assemblies for integration into Plant and Process design systems, where users will see file size reductions and productivity improvements as a result of this enhancement.
CADfix offers a large set of defeaturing tools that enable users to remove features from CAD models that might otherwise constrain their downstream applications, such as CAE meshing. A new incremental algorithm for the fillet removal tool in SP1 allows CADfix to better handle complex split fillets and junctions with a higher success rate.
“ Through involvement in the Hyproline and Symbionica projects, ITI has responded to an increased need for innovative geometry handling for additive manufacturing,” said a company spokesperson. “The CADfix 2-D slicer has improved capabilities using curved facets to better match the geometry being sliced, and a new method for detecting multiple loop slices that handles more complex cases . Par-allelization has resulted in highly accurate slices being generated considerably faster.” A new hatching tool also allows CAM users to generate variable radius toolpaths that can be exported to a CL file.
A new shrink-wrap algorithm in SP1 offers a more robust method for capturing thin regions and sharp edges, for example on trailing edges and junctions of aerospace models, and an option to recover CAD parency enables quality re-meshing with complex size controls. The high level of automation requires minimal user input and cleanup to get a usable wrap first time. The shrink-wrap tool will continue to be developed with an aim to be fully productionized in CADfix 12.
Service Pack 1 also features a new prototype automatic mid-surface tool that provides a high level of automation. Starting from the solid CAD model, CADfix can generate either new BREP mid-surface geometry or a midsurface mesh containing thickness attributes derived from the source 3-D model. Using the 3-D Medial Object, CADfix’s mid-surface represents the true mid-surface through a solid body, taking into account complex junctions and variable thicknesses.
Andy Chinn, Commercial Director at ITI UK’s CADfix development office said, “With the release of CADfix 11 Service Pack 1 we continue to provide enhancements for our existing user base, particularly in the area of CAD to CAE integration and process automation for advanced analysis. It is also exciting to see new and innovative developments aimed at helping users in the additive manufacturing and process and plant engineering industries, who have equally challenging geometry handling issues and where the application of CADfix can bring both quality and productivity gains.”
For more information contact:
International TechneGroup Inc.
5303 DuPont Circle
Milford, OH 45150
RSXpress Service Increases Machine Safety Assessment Proposal Speed
Rockford Systems has announced its new RSXpress fully-automated machine safety assessment service. “The new service integrates Rockford System’s surveying expertise with a proprietary, cloud-based digital platform, allowing the company to generate risk assessment and machine survey proposals up to 50% faster than legacy methods,” said a company spokesperson.
“It is important to note that while RSXpress delivers a final proposal to the customer faster, there is no compromising in the thorough inspection methods Rockford Systems applies to its risk assessments and machine surveys,” said Matt Brenner, VP of Sales for Rockford Systems. “Because the recording is electronic, however, a proposal can be generated much faster and in a mobile-friendly PDF format. In some cases, generating a proposal while still on the plant floor is even possible.”
“The machine safety sector has lagged behind other industries in terms of technology adoption, with most machine surveys still being conducted today using a hand-written checklist and relying solely on the timing of the surveyor,” said the spokesperson. “In fact, during a typical safeguarding project it may take upwards of a month or more before a report/ proposal is generated detailing how a plant can update its machinery to current OSHA and ANSI safety standards,” said the spokesperson.
RSXpress is designed to meet the needs of today’s “always on” plant safety and operations managers and to deliver the sort of timely, high-quality service experience that they expect in the digital age.
“We asked our customers for input on their machine safety work with Rockford Systems,” said Carrie Halle, Vice President of Marketing at Rockford Systems. “Customers respect and appreciate our high-quality risk assessments and machine surveys but wanted the safeguarding proposals to arrive faster, oftentimes in response to a critical situation in the plant. We listened and responded with RSXpress, which delivers our best-in-class survey expertise with much faster speed to proposal. RSXpress is another way that Rockford Systems delivers on being a trusted safeguarding partner to industry.”
Equipped with Microsoft Surface Pro tablets loaded with the company’s proprietary RSXpress software, Rockford Systems personnel can now enter survey data for each machine on the plant floor, identify safeguarding compliance issues and cite the applicable standard, take photographs of all the machines and hazards and prescribe the best possible safeguarding solution set to reduce risk at the plant level. Proposals are customized with engineered solutions to bring machinery into compliance with the OSHA regulations and ANSI B11 series standards.
All RSXpress report/proposals are emailed to the customer in PDF format making it easy to share with colleagues and cultivate a more collaborative working environment.
Call or email to arrange for an RSXpress survey of your plant or shop.
For more information contact:
Rockford Systems, LLC
4620 Hydraulic Road
Rockford, IL 61109
Knuth Machine Tool To Host Productivity Workshop
KNUTH Machine Tool (Lin-colnshire, IL) will host its first annual Productivity Workshop with an emphasis on machine tool efficiency. The one-day event will be held November 30 with a morning session at 8:30 AM and then a repeat of the workshop in the afternoon session at 1:00 PM. Lunch and refreshments will be served.
The workshop will include live demonstrations of a variety of KNUTH machine tools with an emphasis on Fagor CNC technological advantages.
Industry experts will present a variety of industry specific technologies and services. Presenters will include:
• Daniel Maerklin, President, KNUTH Machine Tools USA, will present a history of KNUTH, including a look at the present day and future.
• Frank Fontana, Vice President of Sales, KNUTH Machine Tools USA, will introduce the KNUTH machine tool line-up.
• Goetz Waehner, National Service Manager, KNUTH Machine Tools USA, will discuss the KNUTH service organization as well as preventative maintenance tips and basic electrical troubleshooting in hands-on course.
• Mark Menconi, Account Manager, MTI Sales, Kennametal, will preview the future of tooling with a presentation on Innovations 18, the latest in cutting tool technology launching in 2018.
• Alex Escamilla, Midwest Sales Manager, Fagor Automation: as KNUTH’s automation partner, Escamilla will present the Fagor Automation CNC and DRO product line-up based upon the Power of Simplicity philosophy.
• Souli Intounas, Technical Manager, Fagor Automation, will discuss how the Fagor Automation Service Department Organization and the Philosophy of Lifetime Support can help customers.
• Jim Jackson, Sales Manager, Factory- Wiz Monitoring and DNC, will demonstrate how to monitor shop floor machine tool activity and production output.
• Harvey Sullivan, Relationship Manager, US Bank, will present the advantages and disadvantages of leasing or financing, current rates and incentives, including section 179 tax deduction.
Plenty of time will be allowed for networking, viewing technology and products and Q&A sessions.
Breakout sessions will also be available and include topics such as Fagor CNC simulators, live machine demonstrations, Factory Wiz demonstrations and a facility tour.
KNUTH Machine Tools is a supplier and manufacturer of conventional and CNC machine tools including advanced solutions for milling, turning, grinding, sawing, drilling, sheet metal and laser cutting.
For more information on how to register for this free event , visit fagorautomation.us/knuthfagortechnical-seminar/.
KNUTH Machine Tools USA
590 Bond St.
Lincolnshire, IL 60069
Coldwater Machine Company Announces Plant Expansion
Coldwater Machine Company, an engineered solutions and precision machining company that manufactures and integrates assembly automation and special machines, has announced a 27,500 sq. ft. expansion to its current manufacturing space, bringing the company’s facility total to 132,500 sq. ft. This new addition will double the company’s build area with the addition of three new bays, each at 60’ x 150’, dedicated to the assembly of automated solutions.
Coldwater Machine’s climate-controlled facility features over 45 machine tools and overhead crane systems up to 25 tons. There is also an on-site Solid State Joining Center dedicated to the development of technologies that address the joining of lightweight and dissimilar materials. Additionally, Coldwater has inspection and test equipment to support internal machining needs as well as its customer’s build-toprint activity for precision parts.
For more information contact:
Coldwater Machine Company
911 North Second Street
Coldwater, OH 45828-8736
Mitsubishi Electric Automation, Bimba Manufacturing Collaborate
Mitsubishi Electric Automation, Inc. and Bimba Manufacturing Co. have collaborated to combine Mitsubishi Electric’s innovative industrial automation technology with Bimba’s motion control solutions. This arrangement brings together Mitsubishi Electric’s servomotors and control products with Bimba’s electric mechanical actuators. “The relationship will allow both companies to benefit from each other’s strong presence in the industrial marketplace, providing greater value to customers by offering a turn-key electric motion solution from a single source,” said a company spokesperson.
Mitsubishi Electric supports the industrial automation needs of North American customers with automation solutions such as robots, HMIs, PLCs, servos and motion control products. These products serve a wide range of applications and industries, such as manufacturing, food and beverage and energy.
Bimba, an innovator of pneumatic, vacuum, hydraulic and electric mechanical motion products, markets worldwide to original equipment manufacturers and end users in industries such as automotive, medical, food and packaging.
“By combining our industrial automation products with Bimba’s advanced mechanical motion components, we are maximizing the functionality of our products for the benefit of our mutual customers,” stated Robert Miller, Senior Manager, Strategic Alliance Business Development, Mitsubishi Electric Automation, Inc. “This collaboration reflects Mitsubishi Electric’s ongoing commitment to automation, productivity and value to production facilities.”
“Our electric actuators are perfectly suited to Mitsubishi Electric’s pioneering platforms for factory automation,” said Ed Long, Product Manager, Electric Motion, Bimba. “This collaboration reflects and reinforces Bimba’s dedication to bringing innovative solutions to engineering challenges by combining our offerings to fit the needs of our customers.”
For more information contact:
Mitsubishi Electric Automation Inc.
500 Corporate Woods Pkwy.
Vernon Hills, IL 60061
25150 S. Governors Hwy.
University Park, IL 60484