Feb 15, 2019

With stunning ‘Mitra’ robots welcoming visitors at the show to cool #IMTEX hashtags flooding social websites, IMTEX 2019 attracted eyeballs for all the right reasons. Cutting-edge technologies from the machine tool industry dominated the show and some of these innovations have been shared below:

7th Sense

Jyoti presented the 7th Sense, an Industry 4.0 machine capable of performing mundane and repeat tasks independently allowing humans to focus on the outcomes of these operations. The company states that the machine is the next generation’s Industry 4.0 tool that redefines the conventional PPC model to Plan, Produce &Complete. The machine combines the sets of features such as productivity, machine health monitoring & tool life management which helps in processing the most sophisticated operations in the industry. With features like a virtual machine screen that displays an updated status of the process, intelligent navigation to reduce errors, and various smart reports that gives smart analysis of the processes and outcomes, leaving little for interpretation by humans.

Multi-Laser RenAM 500Q

Renishaw’s latest AM system – the new multi-laser RenAM 500Q increases productivity in the most commonly used machine platform size. Equipped with four high-power 500 W lasers, each laser is capable of accessing the whole powder bed surface simultaneously. RenAM 500Q achieves significantly higher build rates, vastly improving productivity and lowering cost per part. The multi-laser AM system features automated powder and waste handling systems that enable consistent process quality, reduce operator intervention time and ensure high standards of system safety. With a deposition rate of up to 150 cubic cm per hour, the system significantly improves productivity.

High Dynamic Turning with Free Turn Tools

High Dynamic Turning, or HDT, from Ceratizit has turned conventional turning methods completely upside down. This new turning technology combined with the dynamic Free Turn tooling, means that in the future it will be possible to carry out all traditional turning operations such as roughing, finishing, contour turning, face turning and longitudinal turning with just one tool. HDT is therefore a completely uncompromising method of turning.

The solution offers 360° of freedom, 200 % of higher productivity, 100 % less tool changes, 90 % less free travel, 66 % tool savings, and 40 % higher feed rates. It is also capable of offering variable approach angles. The angle can be changed during the machining process and feed rates can also be optimally adapted.

Robofinish RCF Series

Ideal for ferrous castings, Grind Master’s Robofinish fettling machine increases productivity, quality and saves time. The Robofinish RCF series is an ideal and economic machine for fettling operations including riser and gate cutting, parting line grinding, deburring of sharp edges, milling inaccessible areas and breaking of holes. 

Robofinish RCF addresses specific problems of the foundry industry like unhealthy working conditions, heavy components and stock removals, complex shapes, variation in components by selection of right processes, tools and specially developed software. Quick change fixtures makes the machine suitable for a wide range components such as motor housing, differential housing, hydraulic housing, pump housing, flywheel housing, engine and transmission housing/covers manufactured in large volumes.

BMV 65+ VMC

BFW launched the BMV 65+ VMC machine at the Indian machine tool show. The indigenous composite cast iron technology (iCTech) is developed and implemented to improve the vibration dampening of machines along with a multi-physics simulation driven platform to design intelligent machine tool sub-systems. This results in higher productivity. In addition to this, the iRTC (Intelligent Real-time Thermal Control) application developed and deployed through the company’s Industry 4.0 offering – IRIS offers a real-time model-based on reduction, control, and compensation of thermal errors.

Colour 3D Printer

HP introduced its new Jet Fusion 300/500 series of 3D printers which is claimed to be the industry’s first low-cost full-colour 3D platform. The technology is expected to enable manufacturers to produce engineering-grade, functional parts in full colour, black or white. The 3D printer proves beneficial for small- to medium-sized product development teams and design businesses, entrepreneurs, and universities and research institutions. With a compact design and enhanced workflow solution, the printer offers greater unattended operation, ease of use, and dramatically increases production efficiency and output. The 3D printer also supports the three leading colour file formats (OBJ, VRML, and 3MF) enabling the world’s designers to reliably and easily produce the parts they want without the inconvenience of file conversion or data corruption.

Apart from these, there were many more innovations that focused on offering enhanced efficiency, Industry 4.0 compliant solutions and better productivity. With record number of visitors attending the trade fair, this year’s show was a huge success.  

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