IMTS 2016 First Look

IMTS 2016 First Look

Matthew Jaster, Senior Editor

Because the general metalworking industry can’t have all the fun in Chicago this September, here’s a quick guide to some of the relevant products and technologies for PTE readers from IMTS as well as co-located shows Motion, Drive & Automation (MDA) and Industrial Automation North America (IANA). For the full article, check out the August issue of Power Transmission Engineering.

Motion, Drive & Automation North America

This event will feature technologies and solutions for the power transmission, motion control and fluid technology sectors together. Meet face-to-face with key suppliers from around the world and see first-hand the best new technology available. Here’s a quick preview:

ComInTec

Booth: E-5265

Originally founded in 1967 by Dante Cavalli, under the name OMC Snc, the company originally manufactured mechanical transmission components. Then, in 2010, the company changed its name to ComInTec and began exploiting its experience and know-how to offer high quality solutions through the specialized design and manufacture of: power transmission components, torque limiters, safety couplings, backlash free torque limiters, elastic couplings, disc couplings, backlash free couplings, variable speed pulleys, expanding pulleys, shaft collars and clamp collars. ComInTec manufactures special components that play a vital role in the production of automatic and mechanical transmission machines. These components create transmission connections, avoid accidental overloads, reduce machine stoppage times, increase productivity, and reduce maintenance and repair costs.

For more information:

ComInTec

Phone: +39 051 780216

www.comintec.com

R+W Coupling Technology

Booth: E-4894

RW

The SP series from R+W has an increased bore diameter capacity per body size, and adjustable positioning of the outer clamping ring, allowing users to fine tune the location during installation.

In an effort to address increased demand for its SERVOMAX elastomer couplings in high speed spindle applications, R+W Coupling Technology will be showcasing  a new ultra-precision model, SP6, at this  year’s MDA pavilion at IMTS.  Made with improved concentricity and perpendicularity, and higher grade materials, the hubs are capable of handling circumferential speeds of up to 80 m/s, and higher torque levels per size.  The SP series also has an increased bore diameter capacity per body size, and adjustable positioning of the outer clamping ring, allowing users to fine tune the location during installation.  With a choice of high strength aluminum or steel, the SP6 is available in 4 body sizes, with bore diameters ranging from 14 to 55 mm, torque ratings from 60 to 1350 Nm, and standard “off the shelf” speed ratings from 18,000 to 28,000 rpm with certified balancing for higher speeds on request.

For more information:

R+W America

Phone: (630) 521-9911

www.rw-america.com

 Industrial Automation North America

IANA made its North American debut in 2012 co-located with IMTS. Featuring factory, process, and building automation, this event is distinguishing itself as the place to see the automation industry’s most innovative solutions and technologies. Here are some highlights:

 Balluff Inc.

Booth: E-4057

 Balluff has more than 50 years of sensor experience providing integration services, application support and training. During the IANA show at IMTS, Balluff will be displaying a variety of products and technologies including a new industrial automation network, power supplies, network weldblocks and an expanded inductive coupling family.

CC-Link IE Field Machine Mount I/O Blocks

Balluff’s new family of network solutions is based on the industry’s newest and fastest industrial Ethernet network – CC-Link IE Field. “CC-Link IE (a gigabit network for industrial automation) realizes the next generation of industrial applications that require large bandwidth for data without compromising deterministic performance. We are proud to be the first in the industry to offer CLPA conformance tested and approved CC-Link IE Field network I/O modules,” states Tom Rosenberg, director of marketing at Balluff Inc. “CC-Link IE Field modules enable our customers to utilize the benefits of distributed modular architecture in applications that were not possible before.”

Balluff’s CC-Link IE network portfolio consists of IP67 protection rated machine mount I/O devices and IO-Link masters.  The distributed modular architecture utilizes IO-Link to enhance the controls architecture in a cost effective manner while integrating smart devices into the architecture.  IO-Link is the first sensor-actuator communication standard specified in IEC61131-9 and utilizes standard M12 sensor cables for communication of process data, parameter data, and events on the same line.

For more information:

Balluff Inc.

Phone: (800) 543-8390

www.balluff.com

 Mitsubishi Electric Automation

Booth: E-4102

 The Mitsubishi Electric Automation booth will feature the M8 Series CNC Controls, with gesture smartphone-like features, and e-F@ctory enterprise connectivity solutions. The M8 Series control platform is designed to address the need for a fast, precise and affordable computerized numerical control (CNC) system for complex machining applications. The M800 is a high-grade CNC designed for high-speed, high-accuracy machining and multi-axis, multi-part system control and features the industry’s fastest CNC, while the M80 provides high productivity and easy operability. Both offer a 19″capacitive touch screens with icon-based navigation for easy, intuitive, smartphone-like operation, with the ability to add screen customization.

Mitsubishi Electric’s  M8 Series control platform is designed to address the need for a fast, precise and affordable computerized numerical control (CNC) system for complex machining applications.

Mitsubishi Electric’s M8 Series control platform is designed to address the need for a fast, precise and affordable computerized numerical control (CNC) system for complex machining applications.

With e-F@ctory, all business stakeholders, from the factory floor and operations to the C-Level, have access to the data they need to make smart business decisions. This provides connectivity to manufacturing assets by leveraging open Ethernet protocols such as CC-Link IE, and open communication standards such as MTConnect and OPC. This connectivity allows broad access to Mitsubishi Electric controls used in operational technology applications such as MC Works64 visualization, AX Facility, and AX Energy analytics to improve operational efficiencies. This facilitates IT application integration supporting on-premises and cloud-connected infrastructures.

The company’s product portfolio of programmable logic controllers (PLC), human machine interfaces (HMI), inverters (VFD), servo amplifiers and motors, control software, computerized numerical control (CNC), circuit breakers, robots, motion controllers, and power monitoring and energy management products, provide a complete solution for customers.

For more information:

Mitsubishi Electric Automation, Inc.

Phone: (847) 478-2100

http://us.mitsubishielectric.com/fa/en

IMTS

The following booths will be of interest to Power Transmission Engineering readers that are not part of the MDA or IANA co-located programs:

Bosch Rexroth

Booth: E-4854

With the latest versions of the IndraMotion MTX CNC system family, Bosch Rexroth offers significant increases in performance and, thanks to additional software functions, productivity. These versions also shorten cycle times across the whole spectrum of machine tools. In the highest configuration, IndraMotion MTX now controls up to 250 axes in 60 independent NC channels using one control hardware. The system solutions are already designed for the requirements of industry 4.0 with open interfaces to the IT world, multi-touch operating devices and simulation programs.

Automate complicated systems economically
By means of a multicore processor, the system solution achieves minimal cycle times even with a maximum number of axes and replaces additional controls that were previously necessary in complex rotary transfer machines. Thanks to this, machine manufacturers can also economically automate complicated systems, especially since a PLC in accordance with IEC 61131-3 is integrated for automation in all variants. With pre-defined technology functions for turning, milling, drilling, grinding, punching and jet cutting, the system solution is suitable for universal use and has been proven for medical applications such as making dental brace components.

Simulation for shorter cycle times
With its scalable simulation software, Rexroth provides the opportunity to test and optimize NC programs at different complexity levels, both online and offline. This software monitors collisions and offers extensive opportunities to optimize NC programs in order to reduce cycle times with higher cutting force and shorter downtimes.

Ready for Industry 4.0
The IndraMotion MTX system family already fulfills all of the prerequisites for horizontal and vertical networking with an integrated OPC UA webserver and the Open Core Interface technology.

For more information:

Bosch Rexroth

Phone: (800) 739-7684

www.boschrexroth-us.com

J.W. Winco, Inc.

Booth: N-6586

  J.W. Winco, Inc., a supplier of standard industrial machine components, will feature the GN 810 Vertical Acting Toggle Clamp with Universal Fit Horizontal Base that accommodates inch/metric mounting hole patterns during IMTS 2016. The RoHS-compliant toggle clamp, with a hold-down bar and handle that move in the same direction, is made from case-hardened sheet metal (C10 steel), zinc plated, with a blue passivated finish. The bearing pins are tempered, the hand grip is high quality, oil resistant red plastic, and all moving parts are lubricated with special grease. The neoprene spindle assembly has a threaded stud made from steel, zinc plated, blue passivated finish, while the spindle tip is black neoprene rubber, 85° shore A and vulcanized.

J.W. Winco, Inc. will feature the GN 810 Vertical Acting Toggle Clamp with Universal Fit Horizontal Base that accommodates inch/metric mounting hole patterns during IMTS 2016.

J.W. Winco, Inc. will feature the GN 810 Vertical Acting Toggle Clamp with Universal Fit Horizontal Base that accommodates inch/metric mounting hole patterns during IMTS 2016.

The vertical acting toggle clamps in the U-bar version have two flanged washers that can accommodate an application specific clamping screw. The Type E version can either be utilized by welding the clasp, which can then accommodate an application specific hold-down fastener component, or by utilizing the bar in conjunction with Winco’s GN 809 Clamp Mounts to hold the workpiece in place.

For more information:

J.W. Winco, Inc.

Phone: (800) 877-8351

www.jwwinco.com

 

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Matthew Jaster

Matthew Jaster, Senior Editor, has a B.A. in journalism from Columbia College Chicago and has 15+ years of writing and editing experience in automotive, manufacturing, engineering, law and arts and entertainment.

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