External Cylindrical Grinder Designed for High Performance

he high-performance S32cnc external cylindrical grinder is a new addition to the Studer line of United Grinding Technologies Inc.The S32cnc is described as having “chameleon-like” properties in that it addresses a diversity of applications and can be tailored to match today’s fluctuating production demands.

This is possible due to a number of unique capabilities: an x-axis which may be arranged for angular infeeding (wheel at 30º) or infeed grinding on the left or right (wheel at 0º). This permits the machine to process very basic, straightforward workpieces or highly complex pieces. In a standard configuration, with the grinding wheel on the right and a between-centers distance of 400 mm, the S32cnc is well suited for grinding small- to average-size cylindrical workpieces. An optional C-axis permits ultraprecise form grinding routines for tooling and thread grinding. Hydrostatic guideways on the x-axis permit extremely rapid traverse rates with minimal axis lag.

Arranged for high-speed grinding (with cutting speeds in excess of 125 m/sec) the S32cnc takes on difficult-to-machine materials, such as zirconium ceramics or tungsten carbide.

Hardinge Demonstrates Economical
VDI Tool Presetter at IMTS 2002 Show

Hardinge Inc. demonstrated a manual VDI tool presetterat the recent IMTS in Chicago. The system can reduce machine downtime during job set-up on horizontal and vertical turning lathes. Machine operators can measure tool position height and length outside of a machine during cycling, thereby minimizing downtime during set-up.

This manual unit is presented as an economical solution to VDI tool presetting at every cell. The small (12 x 18 in.) footprint makes this a portable unit that could be shared by operators or individual units for every cell.

The system includes a 12-in. manual height gage, centerline block, 12 x 18–in. granite surface plate, and a choice of a VDI 30 or VDI 40 toolholder block. Individual components are also available for use with existing equipment.

Pathtrace Engineering Systems

Pathtrace Engineering Systems

Thanks to recent improvements in EdgeCAMoff-line CNC machine tool programming software that allow users to realize higher production efficiencies, EdgeCam is experiencing soaring international sales. Brian Steatham, managing director of Pathtrace Engineering Systems of Reading, UK, which produces the software, reports that overall sales in Europe are up by 20%, in North America by 13%, and in Scandinavia by a whopping 40%.

“The production engineering, mould and die markets have recognized the advantages of working with an independent CAM supplier who is able to address the flexibility and functionality needed in a single CAM product that seamlessly integrates with all the major solids-based CAD systems,” says Steatham. “This is confirmed by the fact that 80% of our sales now involve EdgeCAM Solid Machinist.”

Pathtrace has found that even though investment in capital equipment is tight, users are looking for greater return on investment based on higher efficiencies. To keep ahead of its growing market penetration, Pathtrace is once again stepping up its R&D; program, recruiting three engineers to increase its resources in software development.

Mould Tech Asia

Mould Tech Asia

Visit MTA 2003 in Singapore next May 20-24 and you’ll have the opportunity to see four major shows running concurrently at the Singapore Expo Centre: Metal Asia 2003, a metalworking show; Metrology MTA 2003, a quality trade fair; Mould Tech Asia 2003, the 6th Asian international exhibition of machinery and accessories for the mould and die industry; and Manufacturing Asia 2003, the 15th Asian international showcase for factory equipment and supplies.

All of this takes place in conjunction with Outsource & Subcon 2003, an Asian contract manufacturing and subcontracting exhibition for global manufacturing procurement and outsourcing.

The projected exhibition area will cover 18,000 m² and accommodate 1,200 companies, with about 80% from overseas, and host 12 group pavilions. More than 20,000 visitors are expected.

Numerous organizations are supporting MTA 2003, including the Federation of Asia Pacific Die & Mould Associations (FADMA).

Fidia Appoints 600 Centre as
Representative in United Kingdom

Fidia of Italy, manufacturer of three-, four- and five-axis birotary head milling centers for mold, die and resin applications, has appointed the 600 Centre organization of Shepshed as its representative in the United Kingdom.

According to 600 Centre director Tim Hately, “Fidia’s range of machines is regarded internationally as [having] leading-edge technology for five-axis machining, with the added advantage of the Fidia control system and application software.”

The Fidia range consists of the D, K, HS and Y2K Series. The K 211/411 five-axis milling center is the latest addition with a 24,000 rev/min, 27 kW bi-rotary head and up to 84-tool capacity for large, complex injection molds. Other machines have up spindle drives offering up to 60,000 rev/min, and are capable of digitizing, graphite machining, hard metal machining of forging dies and molds as well as model machining.