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GF Machining Solutions Introduces Updated Look to Its Machines

Posted by: Jedd Cole 10. October 2019

Ahead of EMO Hannover 2019, GF Machining Solutions announced a new modular design for its machines. Nearly two years in the making, the redesign is expected to improve the appearance of machines and be more immediately recognizable. 

“This machine design update will bring a cohesive appearance to all of our many products across all of these technologies,” says Fabio Ferraro, machine design and standardization manager. “We want customers to see our machines and immediately know they are looking at a GF Machining Solutions product.”

Products with the new design fully applied will have the LED-lit logo and technology identifier as well as additional features. These include:

  • Cohesive machine colors in white, gray and black
  • A cubic shape and a winged black design element at the top of the machine whenever possible
  • A black handle on a gray operator door
  • Horizontal orange unifying stripes above and below the machine panels
  • A homogenous approach to the design of the operator console and its supporting arm

For products developed with partners and dedicated products, the design includes a white operator door with unifying orange stripes running vertically along each side as well as the LED-lit GF logo, the partner’s logo in white LED lighting and the technology identifier.

“This is an ambitious undertaking because we have so many different technologies, products, and production sites around the world,” says Mr. Ferraro. “As our new machine design becomes visible, customers will recognize all machines across our portfolio as coming from one source: GF Machining Solutions.”

 

New Specs: Large-Part Machining Centers from Promac

13. September 2019
Zephyr VTR

Techspex has added several updated machine specs to our database of machining centers from Promac. Among the machines we’ve updated are the three- to five-axis Zephyr VTR; the three- to ten-axis Zephyr VTT high-speed machine; and the three- to six-axis Etesian horizontal

You can see and compare among Promac’s newly added machine specs by visiting itsTechspex showroom, linked above. While you’re taking note, be sure to subscribe to our free email newsletter and follow us on Twitter @techspex to stay current on additions and updates to the Techspex database.

 

Starrag Demonstrates New NB 151 Machine at Turbine Event

29. August 2019
Starrag presentation NB 151

With a new blisk and impeller machine making its public debut, complemented by a host of technology developments and demonstrations on a range of machines and partner workstations, Starrag’s seventh Turbine Technology Days hosted visitors from 18 different countries to discuss the manufacturing of turbine blades, blisks and engine casings. The event was held in Rorschach, Switzerland.

While the spotlight was firmly on the new Starrag NB 151 for the machining of impellers and blisks of up to 600 mm in diameter and weighing 300 kg, there was a range of other machine presentations. These machines were showcased alongside several workstations featuring the latest in tooling, tool setting and tool management systems, CNC technologies, CAD/CAM and inspection routines, as well as in-process grinding. 

The presentations included:

  • The production of compressor blades (with a blade length of 46 mm and an airfoil length of 32 mm) in one setup using a Starrag LX 021 machining center that also used diamond wheels to grind the blade root. 
  • How coolant (Synergy 735 from main event partner Blaser) can improve tool life and promote environmental friendliness. The comparative tests on the Starrag LX 251 machining center demonstrated the benefits of this “liquid tool” coolant, which is free from chlorine, boron and formaldehyde.
  • The combination of Starrag Group machines to develop cost-effective and efficient flexible manufacturing systems for workpieces in the aerospace and energy sectors — for example, a system incorporating three Starrag STC 800 machining centers and a trio of Berthiez TVU 1400 vertical turning lathes (VTLs).

Colin Sirett, chief executive of the Sheffield, U.K.-based Advanced Manufacturing Research Center with Boeing, used his time a keynote speaker to reinforce how the challenges of turbine machining are being met by Starrag in terms of machining technologies that improve production rates, accuracies and validation/verification.

Starrag Managing Director Dr. Bernhard Bringmann emphasizes that “The starting point for every Starrag Group solution is the component, not one of our machines. We vary machine configurations and machining concepts to determine the overall effect on cycle times; pushing everything to the maximum to develop an all-embracing solution that is specific to each workpiece.” He continues: “We are not in the market to sell ‘standard’ machines; we strive to continue to be the ‘application champion’ on specific parts required in either low- or high-volume. Our customers have to be competitive and, likewise, we have to remain focused on delivering cost-effective and efficient solutions.”

The development of the new NB 151 impeller and blisk machine is the latest example of this focused approach. The machine features a number of developments for the effective and efficient machining of blisks. In particular, innovative rotary-axis (A and B) spindle movement enables the tool/cutting angle to be positioned relatively closer to the workpiece, resulting in not only a more stable machining process but also a much more effective route to minimal cycle times. Importantly, this improved accessibility to the workpiece is courtesy of a B-axis stroke of 280 degrees which, together with the compact A axis and relatively slender spindle, enables the component to be accessed in all directions, including at the bottom of the Y-axis stroke.

“Components are increasingly becoming more complex and require more demanding machining, so we have to work closely with customers to also develop and provide special-purpose fixturing and tooling, for example,” says Mr. Bringmann. “Nowadays you need the whole package!”

 

New Specs: Milling Machines from Jingdiao

7. August 2019
new Jingdiao specs

Techspex has added several updated machine specs to our database of machining centers from Jingdiao. Among the machines we’ve updated are the HGA1600 three-axis, high-speed machining center; the MRA600 five-axis machining center; and the PGA600 graphite machining center. 

You can see and compare among the scores of other machine specs added to Jingdiao North America by visiting itsTechspex showroom, linked above. While you’re taking note, be sure to subscribe to our free email newsletter and follow us on Twitter @techspex to stay current on additions and updates to the Techspex database.

 

New Specs: Machine Tools and EDMs from Mitsubishi

22. July 2019
new specs

Techspex has added a number of updated machine specs to our database of milling and turning machines from MC Machinery Systems and electrical discharge machines from Mitsubishi EDM. Among the machines we’ve updated are:

  • Among the turning machines updated is MC Machinery’s LT1-76YM, a multi-axis turn-mill with a 45-degree slant bed and the option of as many as three servo-driven turrets. 
  • Among the milling machines updated is MC Machinery’s Eagle V5, a 23-hp five-axis machining center with the capacity to handle a 550-pound workpiece on its 15.75" table. 
  • Among the EDMs updated is Mitsubishi EDM’s MV4800 Advance, a wire EDM whose modified auto-threader casting increases the maximum workpiece thickness to 32". 

You can see and compare among the scores of other machine specs added to these two Mitsubishi manufacturers by visiting their Techspex showrooms, linked above. While you’re taking note, be sure to subscribe to our free email newsletter and follow us on Twitter @techspex to stay current on additions and updates to the Techspex database.

 
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