Automotive Design and Production

APR 2018

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ON MANUFACTURING GEAR Software Tracks Tool Circulation TDM Shopfloor Manager is a new module in the TDM 2017 Global Line tool management software program. The module records the entirety of a tool's circulation—from planning for tool assembly to presetting and tool use at the machine, to disassembling. It can be be easily configured to individual users' needs. For example, many companies combine assembly with presetting in a tool room. In this case, the tool room cost center can be represented, and all necessary actions summarized on a single screen. It is also possible to assign a presetting to a machine in the configuration. The TDM Shopfloor Manager is fully integrated into the inventory management system of the TDM Tool Crib Module Global Line. tdmsystems.com Roughing Laser for Hard Materials Agathon Machine Tools offers the Neo Roughing Laser as a substitute for grinding workpieces made of hard materials such as polycrystalline diamond (PCD). The company says that the laser's material removal rates are up to 100 times higher than grinding. The laser features three mechanical axes and three optical axes for processing the periphery and clearance angles. The system leaves the PCD product just a few hundredths of a millimeter away from the final dimension, at which point a finishing grinding machine can complete the process—providing an effective PCD processing time reduction of up to 60%. agathon.com 100-Watt Part-marking Laser The FOBA Y.1000 is a 100-Watt fiber laser designed to operate up to 40 percent faster than 50-Watt lasers while marking substrates that tend to be difficult to mark with other systems. To meet different speed and contrast specifications for customized applications, four focal widths are available, allowing for adjustments to marking field dimensions as well as marking speeds. Even for on-the-fly-marking—marking on moving products in continuous processing lines—it's possible to obtain marking field dimensions of up to 498 × 367 mm. Variable scan head tuning enables two modes—one for higher quality and the other for higher- speed marking—for sharp marking results at line speeds of up to 600 m/min. Its compact design permits a smooth integration into existing production lines. fobalaser.com Five-axis Vertical with Automated Workpiece Storage Designed for machining aluminum and other nonferrous metals in automated small- to medium-size part-processing operations, Mazak's Variaxis i-300 AWC combines the i-300 5-axis vertical machining center with a high-capacity Auto Work Changer (AWC). The machine comes standard with a multiple drum tool storage system that holds up to 145 tools, while the 32-position AWC accommodates workpieces up to 13.8 inches in diameter, 12.4 inches high and weighing up to 135 lb. The AWC and tool storage capacities can be expanded to 40 workpieces and 505 tools (in increments of 60 tools), respectively. The machining center's standard 12,000-rpm spindle is available in speeds up to 30,000 rpm. Its trunnion-style rotary table enables high rigidity and accuracy in the A and C axes, while its compact spindle cartridge, cam-driven tool changer, ballscrew core cooling and MX Hybrid Roller Guide System contribute to machining precision. mazakusa.com 44

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