Doors set to open at Star event

Star GB will host its most advanced open house event yet on 8-10 October at the company’s Technology Centre in Derby. The open house is an educational event that will welcome visitors from across the UK and Ireland. Guests will gain an insight into Star sliding-head technology with a special focus on automation and Industry 4.0 solutions.

At the event will be the UK premiere of a newly developed 38 mm sliding-head lathe following its unveiling at EMO 2019. In addition, an array of Star’s most popular machines, including the ST-38, SR-38 Type B, SR-32JII Type A, SR-20RIV Type A, SB-20R Type G, SV-20R and SW-12RII, will be on show producing demonstration components.
All machines will be equipped with High Frequency Turning (HFT) swarf-control software, which has been developed by Star to increase machine efficiency on difficult-to-chip materials. HFT works on any linear axis on any channel, and is said to be the only chip-breaking software of its kind which is capable of being fitted to both new and older Star models dating back to 1996.
An Industry 4.0 machine monitoring system from Star will be set up at the event using live data from several machines operating in the showroom. SMOOSS-i is a web-based application which allows the remote monitoring of up to 100 FANUC-controlled CNC machines (with FOCAS software) via PC, tablet or smartphone. The software provides a real-time analysis of machine status, cycle time, part count, production rate, production history and tool life, with the additional benefit of email notifications for any important machine alerts.
NC Assist programming software will also be on display, with the company’s engineers showing how quickly and efficiently CNC programs can be generated via its conversational interface.
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