The digitally connected factory is rapidly becoming a reality, thanks to huge leaps in affordable data handling capabilities. As more machines begin to communicate with each other, production efficiency goes up. Add the ability of analytic tools to predict maintenance needs, and productivity improves even more.
Today’s Vertical Machining Centers (VMCs) offer a wide range of features and capabilities – from 3-, 4- and 5-axis milling and user-friendly CNC controls to a plethora of options that further increase productivity and expand part processing possibilities in terms of shape and geometry. And while all the available variations of VMCs can seem overwhelming, there are three key considerations to keep in mind that will help narrow your selection down to the one that’s perfectly matched for your applications.
The aerospace industry has been on the upswing for a few years now, and all indications are that orders for parts will continue to increase. Parts manufacturers looking to capitalize on these opportunities must implement processes and techniques that will help keep them both compliant and profitable.
Multi-Tasking machine tool technology continues to evolve and push machine capabilities that make it easier to machine the most complex parts in the world and do so cost-effectively. Here are six recent machine design advancements that are particularly important to your job shop.
McLaren-Honda has further extended its contract with Yamazaki Mazak, ensuring the manufacturer continues in its role as the sole Official Supplier of CNC machine tools to the McLaren-Honda Formula One team. Mazak has supplied the team for 18 years, and currently has a total of 33 machines installed at the McLaren Technology Centre in Surrey, including multi-tasking and multi-axis machines from the Integrex and Variaxis series.
The future of production “to hand” – the new Zoller Venturion 450 not only impresses with its new, ergonomic eQ one-hand control handle and a striking look, but also offers everything you need for the networked manufacturing of the future!
Harrop Engineering is a true Australian success story. With its proven philosophy of delivering solutions based on excellence in design and manufacturing, the company has a rich history dating back more than 60 years and a highly enviable track record in the motor sport industry.
If you currently use conventional 3-axis machining, your logical part processing progression is the step up to full 5-axis or 3 + 2 machining capabilities. While both offer advantages, understanding the fundamental differences between the two is key to determining which process will best meet your specific needs.
State Minister for Industry and Employment Wade Noonan and Member for Eltham Vicki Ward visited Lovitt Technologies Australia (LTA)’s factory in Montmorency, Victoria, on 10 August to announce a $387,000 funding boost for the manufacturer.
Mazak's Smooth Technology is a complete process-performance platform that spans the entire part-production landscape, from programming and setup to metal removal operations to automation to monitoring/data collection and transfer.