Closing the loop on fine boring

For Rigibore’s automated Zenith solution, accurate in-process measurement is paramount to manufacturing a precision finished bore. Renishaw’s probing technology plays a key role in facilitating the closed-loop tool compensation cycle, allowing it to run without stopping the machining process and without manual intervention.

By integrating Rigibore’s ActiveEdge fine-boring tools with in-process measurement, the Zenith system enables the machine control to automatically compensate for tool wear, reducing machine-tool downtime by eliminating operator intervention. Customers from across sectors such as automotive, aerospace, wind power, marine and toolmaking are now benefitting from accurate and repeatable bore sizes. While Rigibore ActiveEdge tools are responsible for the final cut, this would not be possible without the role that Renishaw probing plays in the solution’s success.
“Accuracy of the finished bore is completely reliant on the measurement provided,” confirms Rigibore chairman Roger Bassett. “The measured value of the previous cut is sent directly to the machine control, where Rigibore macros monitor the measurement against predetermined tolerance limits and, if necessary, a cutting-edge compensation is applied.”
In some high-precision applications, the difference between a good and bad part is a matter of microns and, in some cases, if a bore is out of tolerance after machining, the part cannot be reworked and must therefore be scrapped. These fine margins emphasise the importance of Renishaw’s probing system’s performance and repeatability in delivering measured values, providing the right information for the ActiveEdge tool’s cutting edge to be compensated.
Through the introduction of an automated solution, users will unlock a more productive machining process, eliminating lengthy machine downtime caused by manual inspection, tool setting and adjustment. A recent project in the automotive industry saw productivity increase by 30%.
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Software set to take centre stage

FASYS and NCSIMUL will be on show as part of Hexagon’s production software portfolio. The latest releases will be demonstrated along with Hexagon’s range of various CADCAM and production control packages. NCSIMUL is on Stand 412 in Hall 20, with the other eight software systems on Stand 600 in Hall 19.

Continuing the company’s ethos of powering a successful digital ecosystem, NCSIMUL manages the complete machining process, from the NC program to the machined part, including automatic G-code reprogramming and simulation. The current release contains a number of important enhancements to both high-end machining verification and the module, which automatically converts CAM and NC programs to different machines. FASYS, meanwhile, supports the entire manufacturing workflow, from conception to the final product, including design and planning through to NC programming.
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Brunel invests in machines from Chester

Following on from a competitive tender process taking almost two years to complete, Chester Machine Tools was selected to supply and install machinery for a new national facility at Brunel University. The Centre for Advanced Solidification Technology concentrates on research into high-performance light alloys, efficient manufacturing technologies and component innovations that meet the future needs of UK engineering. Chester Machine Tools supplied Brunel with a V6L vertical machining centre with Fanuc control system and an Asteroid CSL5530 CNC slant-bed lathe also with Fanuc CNC.

“Our team of education tender specialists have been dedicated to providing their utmost support to Brunel University, ensuring the exacting specifications of the new facility and specialist machining requirements were fully met,” states Anthony Edwards, sales director at Chester Machine Tools. “Facing intense competitor activity for this project, the team at Chester feels extremely proud to have won the tender for such a globally renowned university.”
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Lambert targets future engineers

One of Yorkshire’s fastest growing manufacturers is taking matters into its own hands to help bridge the skills gap by helping inspire 1500 young people to consider a career in industry. Lambert, a provider of high-value automation systems, equipment engineering and precision components, reached the milestone figure recently after throwing open the doors of its Tadcaster factory to showcase life as a modern-day engineer. More than 200 primary and secondary school pupils and college and university students descended on the firm’s Tadcaster site and were given a taste of bionics, augmented reality, robotics and the virtual cave, thanks to AMRC’s specialist MANTRA exhibition.
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Energy sector gears up for ADIPEC

The Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC) and its host, the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), are set to welcome 110,000 attendees on 12-15 November in Abu Dhabi. Held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates, ADIPEC is one of the world’s largest, most important and influential oil and gas events that brings together industry stakeholders and experts to share knowledge and exchange ideas on a brighter future for the energy sector.

From operating companies to the international supply chain and those at the forefront of technological advances, ADIPEC 2018 is set to host more than 2200 exhibiting companies and 28 country pavilions that will showcase thousands of products, services and solutions across 155,000 sq m of floor space. With 15 dedicated exhibition halls, ADIPEC will bring together 41 NOCs and IOCs, along with the decision and policymakers that shape the future of the oil and gas supply chain. ADIPEC 2018 will also see a launch of three new dedicated exhibition zones, one of which will focus on heavy machinery.