Southwest Manufacturing News September 2017 : Page 1
S W SW SOUTHWEST Vol. 52 No. 9 M ANUFACTURING N EWS Serving Since 1965 Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana & New Mexico Feature Editorial Energy Manufacturing Turbomachinery Solution A new software platform provides a streamlined approach to turbomachinery design, development and manufacturing. See Page 10 September 2017 See Online DIGITAL EDITIONS at www.mfgnewsweb.com Y-Axis VTL for Energy Manufacturing less handling to help them be more CNC Systems, Inc. and Honor competitive.” Seiki offer a solution The PL series starts at for manufacturing a 63” (1,600 mm) table the complex and can go as large and ever as a 196” (5,000 mm) growing table. The Honor part sizes in Seiki PL350CM fea-e n e r g y tures a 137” (3,500 manufac-mm) table that turing appli-can swing cations. and cut up “The real to a 157” beauty of the (4,000 Honor Seiki m m ) Y-a x i s V T L part. machine con-The figuration is stan-the ability to dard combine difficult tool operations and reduce changer on the right had manufacturing costs on Honor Seiki PL350CM side of the machine has large, complex parts,” said a 16 tool stations, which company spokesperson. “On a recent visit to a customer, we ana-can be increased to 24 stations. The lyzed their parts and were able to re-PL350CM has an additional 60 tool sta-duce operations from six set-ups to tions on the left hand side that can be two. The proposed solution will allow expanded up to 200 tool stations Continued on Page 12 parts to be made at a lower cost with U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders Continue to Gain Strength The U.S. Manufacturing Technol-ogy Orders repo r t f o r May 2017 showed gains for the month and year over year, according to AMT – The As-sociation For Manufacturing Technol-ogy. May orders were up 3.1% over April, and 21.8% over May 2016. Automotive customers made some significant orders in the month, and continued investment from machine shops indicates that manufacturers are seeking additional capacity. The gains Continued on Page 94 Quality Control & Measurement Monitoring Surface Cleanliness A non-destructive surface analyzer measures the top 2-3 molecular layers. See Page 26 Caron Engineering Integrator Gains Territory in the South Wolfram Manufacturing, an inte-grator of Caron Engineering products in the South, has recently gained new distribution territory. “Wolfram is a service-based company focused on using the most current manufacturing and automation technologies to deliver precision CNC machining for its cus-tomers,” said a company spokesper-son. Wolfram began representing Caron Engineering products in Texas Continued on Page 94 Applying Technology Lightweight, flexible finishing products keep Royal Engineering productive. See Page 48 Greater Tool Flexibility Results in Improved Workflow Tool for Rough Turning Applications ISCAR has introduced an innova-tive tool for rough turning appli-cations, DoveIQTurn. Rough turning is characterized by larger depths of cuts and higher feedrates. “Usually these appli-cations require sin-gle sided inserts in top clamp holders to withstand the in-terruptions and high machining loads,” said a company spokesperson. How-ever, using those single sided inserts in top clamp holders has many disadvantages. One such disadvantage is the lower number of cutting edges, which is not very economical. Also the top clamp obstructs coolant and chip flow in the cutting zone. In addition, many times inserts can still move in the pocket, even with a flat single sided insert.” The DoveIQTurn has a dovetail pocket similar to many in-dustry standard milling cutters, and a lever lock device for more secure clamping. This elimi-nates the need for a top clamp, which inter-feres with the coolant and chip flow. Many times in-serts that are put under heavy loads will begin to lift up at the back-side of the pocket. Even this small Continued on Page 12 Welding CMT Upgrade Production of Security Chips in NXP’s U.S. Manufacturing Facilities NXP Semiconductors N.V. has an-nounced a $22 million dollar program that expands its operations in the U.S., enabling the company’s U.S. facilities to manufacture security chips for gov-ernment applications that can support U.S. national and homeland security programs. “Upon completion of the ex-pansion project, NXP facilities in Austin and Chandler will be certified Continued on Page 94 Robotics power source can now be equipped with Cold Metal Transfer welding process. See Page 58 Workholding Adapters Provide Workholding Flexibility New adapters provide the ability to change between various collet systems in a single set-up. See Page 78 Subscription Changes: To make name, address subscription changes contact: • Phone: 800-375-8488 • Fax: 817-488-7813 • E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org • www.mfgnewsweb.com CHANGE SERVICE REQUESTED Gross Publications, Inc. SOUTHWEST MANUFACTURING NEWS P.O. Box 847 Grapevine, Texas 76099-0847 U.S.A. DALLAS, TX PERMIT 4245 Advertiser Index Page 65 PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID
Y-Axis VTL For Energy Manufacturing
CNC Systems, Inc. and Honor Seiki offer a solution for manufacturing the complex and ever growing part sizes in energy manufac-turing applications.
“The real beauty of the Honor Seiki Y-axis VTL machine configuration is the ability to combine difficult operations and reduce manufacturing costs on large, complex parts,” said a company spokesperson. “On a recent visit to a customer, we analyzed their parts and were able to reduce operations from six set-ups to two. The proposed solution will allow parts to be made at a lower cost with less handling to help them be more competitive.”
The PL series starts at a 63” (1,600 mm) table and can go as large as a 196” (5,000 mm) table . The Honor Seiki PL350CM features a 137” (3,500 mm) table that can swing and cut up to a157 ” ( 4,000mm ) part.
The stan-dard tool changer on the right had side of the machine has 16 tool stations, which can be increased to 24 stations. The PL350CM has an additional 60 tool stations on the left hand side that can be expanded up to 200 tool stations using CAPTO or KM Tools. The left side tool changer allows automatic tool changing into the optional 90° (right angle head) or into special turning or boring heads for special applications.
All of the toolholders are locked into the large heavy duty RAM by the patented Honor Seiki “Solid Lock” tooling system, which allows for longer and heavier tools to be used with greater rigidity and accuracy.
The PL series features a standard FANUC 31i CNC control and also has the following capabilities: rigid tapping, vertical turning, vertical and horizontal milling, Y-axis table movement, C-axis table movement, quick change chuck/ fixtures, grinding, dual rams and full Xaxis travel with the single RAM, additional Z-axis travel and open height, hydraulic chucks and an expanded automatic tool changer that will hold 200 tools. Increased accuracies can be achieved by adding optional scale feedback in all axes with tool setting and part probes.
Parts, service and support are already in place for this machine line, along with other products that are imported through CNC Systems that have applications in energy manufacturing: Vision Wide double column bridge and gantry mills; APEC 5-axis liner motor gantry mills; AVEREX horizontal machining centers; AVEREX MTX multi-axis horizontal lathes; Ares Seiki drill tap machines and its latest introduction, the U’Chine; and horizontal boring mills (110 mm, 130 mm and 150 mm bar diameters).
For more information contact:
Tool For Rough Turning Applications
ISCAR has introduced an innovative tool for rough turning applications, DoveIQTurn. Rough turning is characterized by larger depths of cuts and higher feedrates. “Usually these applications require single sided inserts in top clamp holders to withstand the interruptions and high machining loads,” said a company spokesperson. However, using those single sided inserts in top clamp holders has many disadvantages. One such disadvantage is the lower number of cutting edges, which is not very economical. Also the top clamp obstructs coolant and chip flow in the cutting zone. In addition, many times inserts can still move in the pocket, even with a flat single sided insert.”
The DoveIQTurn has a dovetail pocket similar to many industry standard milling cutters, and a lever lock device for more secure clamping. This eliminates the need for a top clamp, which interferes with the coolant and chip flow. Many times inserts that are put under heavy loads will begin to lift up at the backside of the pocket. Even this small amount of lifting and moving in the pocket can cause premature chipping, flank wear and even catastrophic failure. The DoveIQTurn clamping mechanism can firmly hold these doublesided inserts featuring double negative prism flanks. This dovetail pocket prevents the insert from being lifted due to the cutting forces. When the insert is held more securely in the pocket there are many advantages. Larger depths of cuts and higher feedrates can be achieved. Longer tool life is attainable because more wear resistant harder carbide grades can be used. And along with more available corners all of these benefits lead to a more economical solution for rough turning applications.
The DoveIQTurn inserts come in the COMG, WOMG and SOMG geometries. These inserts are available in the 5/8”, 3/4” and even the 1” inscribed circle sizes. ISCAR offers various lead angle toolholders including the PWXOL 16-5-TF-IQ “FeedTurn” tool, which has an 18.5° lead angle. The slight lead angle thins out the chip, allowing for even higher feedrates exceeding .120” per revolution. This new tool carries a WOMG 554-T3P-IQ insert and will have a maximum cut depth of .110” in this “FeedTurn” application allowing for longer lengths of cut.
For more information contact:
ISCAR Metals, Inc.
300 Westway Place
Arlington, TX 76018
U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders Continue To Gain Strength
The U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders report for May 2017 showed gains for the month and year over year, according to AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. May orders were up 3.1% over April, and 21.8% over May 2016.
Automotive customers made some significant orders in the month, and continued investment from machine shops indicates that manufacturers are seeking additional capacity. The gains in manufacturing technology orders are in line with other positive economic indicators for the manufacturing industry: industrial production, rising exports, continued industry expansion as indicated by the PMI and strong consumer sentiment.
“As we have now seen year-overyear growth for four consecutive months, and with that growth acceleration, all signs indicate a continued trend of strength for the manufacturing technology industry,” said AMT Vice President – Strategic Analytics Pat McGibbon. “With activity growing in many geographic regions and continued strengthening in key industries like job shops, auto and aerospace, all of this suggests the market will continue to grow and stay strong for the coming months.”
Orders for May 2017 totaled $351.85 million, compared to $341.33 million in April and $288.93 million in May 2016. Year to date, orders are valued at $1,667.18 million, compared to $1,552.37 million for the same point in 2016. USMTO is a reliable economic indicator as manufacturing companies invest in capital metalworking equipment to increase capacity and improve productivity.
The U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders (USMTO) Report
These numbers and all data in this report are based on the totals of actual data reported by companies participating in the USMTO program. This report, compiled by The Association For Manufacturing Technology (AMT), provides regional and national U.S. orders data of domestic and imported machine tools and related equipment. Analysis of manufacturing technology orders provides a reliable leading economic indicator as manufacturing industries invest in capital metalworking equipment to increase capacity and improve productivity.
For more information contact:
7901 Jones Branch Drive, Suite 900
McLean, VA 22102
Caron Engineering Integrator Gains Territory In The South
Wolfram Manufacturing, an integrator of Caron Engineering products in the South, has recently gained new distribution territory. “Wolfram is a service-based company focused on using the most current manufacturing and automation technologies to deliver precision CNC machining for its customers,” said a company spokesperson. Wolfram began representing Caron Engineering products in Texas two years ago, shortly after integrating its first TMAC system (Caron Engineering’s flagship tool monitoring system) into its production line.
Wolfram utilized every aspect of the TMAC system, including the adaptive control option, a feature that automatically adjusts the feedrate based on the power load on the tool. They immediately realized significant decreases in part cycle time, along with increased tool life. These results translated into time and cost savings, which they could pass on to its customers.
“As a company that embraces new technology and automation, Wolfram has been an ideal representative for Caron Engineering product distribution and integration,” said the company spokesperson. “With its advanced manufacturing capabilities, it can provide added services to the customer.” In addition to Texas, Wolfram will now be representing Caron Engineering in Oklahoma and New Mexico.
For more information contact:
9601 Dessau Road, Suite 104
Austin, TX 78754
Caron Engineering, Inc.
1931 Sanford Rd.
Wells, ME 04090
Production Of Security Chips In NXP’s U.S. Manufacturing Facilities
NXP Semiconductors N.V. has announced a $22 million dollar program that expands its operations in the U.S., enabling the company’s U.S. facilities to manufacture security chips for government applications that can support U.S. national and homeland security programs. “Upon completion of the expansion project, NXP facilities in Austin and Chandler will be certified to manufacture finished products that exceed the highest domestic and international security and quality standards,” said an NXP spokesperson.
“This initiative advances NXP’s long-term commitment to developing secure ID solutions for federal, state and local government programs in the U.S. and demonstrates our deep dedication to serving the American market,” said Ruediger Stroh, Executive VP of Security and Connectivity at NXP. “The expansion program further positions NXP to deliver solutions for the IoT, connected devices and many other fast-growing applications in the U.S. as we continue to be a major contributor to the country’s global leadership in the semiconductor industry.”
“NXP’s technology is included in core components that power secure government-issued ID documents in more than 120 countries, and is used by 95 countries worldwide to secure electronic passport programs,” said the spokesperson.
Steve Adler, Austin Mayor, said, “We are excited to see NXP investing in Austin and in the cyber security of our country. We trust this initiative will also secure thousands of jobs and further foster the growth of Austin as a major technology hub.”
NXP R&D manufacturing facilities in San Jose, Austin and Chandler have also undergone a thorough security cite certification process to produce Common Criteria EAL6+ SmartMX microcontroller family products. Common Criteria is an international set of guidelines and specifications developed for evaluating information security products to ensure they meet a rigorous security standard for government deployments.
For more information contact: