August 17, 1998 Design News
Noteworthy technology on display
September 9-16, McCormick
The first Machine Tool Show, now known as IMTS, was
held in September of 1927 at the Public Auditorium in
Cleveland, OH where it ran for five days. At the time
some 12,000 visitors and 184 exhibitors participated
in the event.
Now, 71 years later more than 1,400 exhibitors are
expected to attend the show which will be sub-divided
into ten pavilions. This year three new pavilions are
featured: Abrasive Machining/Sawing/Finishing; Quality
Assurance; and Factory Automation.
The Factory Automation Pavilion brings CAD/CAM systems
to the Supply Chain Link. Several other technological
categories that contribute to the efficiency of manufacturing
operations are also represented. They include manufactures
of custom automated assembly systems, custom automation
for machining and forming, spindles, machine components,
CNC controls, vision systems, material handling equipment,
and electrical switchgears.
The Quality Assurance Pavilion addresses the importance
of quality procedures in the manufacturing process.
Products and services within this pavilion include precision
and coordinate measuring machines; precision, automated,
and in-process gauging; tool condition monitoring equipment;
measurement software; and quality and environmental
IMTS provides U.S. builders of manufacturing systems
with the latest information on technical developments,
training methods, trade and marketing opportunities,
and economic issues. IMTS also serves as a source for
gathering and disseminating information about world
IMTS is owned and managed by AMT, the Assn. for Mfg.
Technology, an organization that supports and enhances
the activities of U.S. builders of manufacturing technology
equipment. For more information on the show visit http://www.imts.org
SERVO-FDr 755P continuous-flex cable combines signal
and power conductors under one jacket. The cable's compact
design permits a tight bend radius of five times the
cable diameter. The SERVO-FD 755P has a polyurethane
jacket highly resistant to harsh oils, coolants, solvents,
and mechanical abuse--allowing the cable to be used
in industrial applications. The cable's temperature
range of -30 to 80C also targets it for use in cold-temperature
OLFLEX Wire & CableBooth D24370
St.Fairfield, NJ 07004
FAX (973) 575-1267
MTC200 PC-based control modules are based on the company's
SYSTEM200 open-architecture control strategy. These
CNC, PLC, HMI, and I/O hardware, software, and communication
modules let users build the functionality required for
each metalworking application.
Mannesmann Rexroth Corp. Indramat Div. Booth
5150 Prairie Stone Pkwy.
Hoffman Estates, IL 60192
FAX (847) 645-6201
High-precision ball screws convert rotary motion to
linear motion. All ball screws are made with low-impurity
steels, controlled induction-hardened screws, and case-hardened
nuts. The ball-track geometry provides enhanced load
capacity with an ISO Class 3 lead accuracy of 0.012
mm/300 mm. Applications include machining centers, robotic
and automation systems, and controlled linear motion.
The Torrington Co.Booth D24499
Torrington, CT 06790
Ac servo drives
Sigma-II Series ac servo drives are available in 32
different types ranging from 30W to 3 kW. Features include
high response with load frequency characteristics of
400 Hz; a high-resolution serial encoder; a maximum
rotation speed of 5,000 rpm on the SGMAH, SGMPH, and
SGMSH types; and a settling time 1/3 that of conventional
modules. These drives are for industrial applications
including lathes and machining centers, metal processing
and winding machines, industrial robots, semi-conductor
manufacturing devices, and chip mounters.
Yaskawa Electric America Inc.Booth B16002
2942 MacArthur Blvd.
Northbrook, IL 60062
Measurement and control equipment
Precision measurement and control equipment includes
linear and rotary encoders, CNC controls, digital readout
systems, and digital height gages. New models of these
product types include the Manual Plus M lathe digital
turning control which is equipped with an integrated
drive package for controlling two axis plus spindle.
New gages include the ST 12 incremental length gage
from the company's SPECTO program and the MT 1201 and
MT 2501 length gages from its METRO program. Sealed
and exposed incremental linear scales are also available.
HEIDENHAIN Corp.Booth 4458
115 Commerce Dr.
Schaumburg, IL 60173
FAX (847) 490-3931
Paraflange 1090 SAE flanging system is for making leak-free
tube connections of large-diameter, high- and low-pressure
steel tubes without welding--in less than one minute.
This system handles tube sizes from 16 to 80 mm O.D.
and features a 20-second cycle time, automatic lubricator,
foot pedal control with an emergency stop switch, self-opening
and closing of the dies, and two die-closing buttons
for operator safety. Applications include machine tool
Parker HannifinTube Fittings Div.Booth D24270
3885 Gateway Blvd.
Columbus, OH 43228
Machine vision system
The F30 machine vision system incorporates a camera
lens, lighting, and processor into a 3 3 3 3 6-inch
assembly. This system fills the niche between high-end
photoelectric sensors that cannot detect two dimensions
and which require adjustments as applications and/or
products change, and basic vision systems that require
programming and considerable set-up time. The F30 is
for inspection applications such as presence/absence,
orientation, parts sorting, and detecting foreign material
in objects or their packaging as they are being manufactured.
OMRON Electronics Inc.Booth D24387
1 E. Commerce Dr.
Schaumburg, IL 60173
FAX (847) 843-8081
GS Series linear actuators combine a brushless servo
motor with an inverted roller-screw mechanism to produce
an integrated, all-electric, compact sealed linear actuator.
The actuators provide continuous thrust ratings from
100 to 8,000 lbs and speeds to 40 inches/sec. Frame
sizes range from 2 to 6 inches. GS actuators are available
in a wide variety of stroke lengths, sizes, speeds,
and mounting configurations.
EXLAR Corp.Booth D24030
1450 Park Ct.
Chanhassen, MN 55317
FAX (612) 470-6290
Match taper attachment
Match taper attachment for rolling tapered threads
matches the large diameter of the thread-roll to the
large diameter of the part blank, and the small diameter
of the thread roll to the small diameter of the part
blank, eliminating flakes or slivers. Other features
include radial infeed, ease of adjustment, and equalized
thread-rolling pressures--all of which help eliminate
part deflection and assure thread concentricity.
C.J. Winter Machine Works Inc.Booth E12426
130 Albert St.
Rochester, NY 14606
FAX (716) 429-5095
TMC-2000 stand-alone controller can control up to 4
axes of servo and/or stepper motors and run four programs
simultaneously. The controller is available with prefabricated
cables that interface with the company's brushless motors
and digital amplifiers. The controller integrates with
factory automation systems and allows equipment designers
to opt for either host-computer or stand-alone operation.
TMC-2000 is for solving motion control problems.
Thomson Industries Inc.Booth D2-4269
2 Channel Dr.
Port Washington, NY 11050
FAX (516) 883-9039
Diaphragm accumulators come in two types: a threaded
version and a welded version. Both range in capacity
from 5 inches3 to 1g, with pressure ratings
to 10,000 psi. The accumulators are for industrial and
mobile applications in energy storage, leakage compensation,
and dampening and vehicle hydraulic systems.
HYDAC Corp.Booth 5538
Lehigh Valley Industrial Park
2280 City Line Rd.
Bethlehem, PA 18017
FAX (610) 264-9519
Linear measuring system
MONORAIL AMS linear measuring system is operated with
the company's SME100 interpolation electronics unit
and offers resolution of 1 mm. Standard accuracy grade
is 5 mm/m with typical repeatability of ±1 mm. This
system's features are the same as the prior MMS systems,
and it uses semiconductor technology and space-age material
in its magnetoresistive scanning head.
Schneeberger Inc.Booth D24085
11 DeAngelo Dr.
Bedford, MA 01730
FAX (781) 275-4749
Tuf-TracTM low-profile, permanent magnetic
chip-and-parts conveyor has a 3-inch depth that allows
it to fit under dies and at the discharge of many machine
tools, where it moves small ferrous parts, stampings,
punchings, slugs, and scrap to another location. The
conveyor features the Tuf-Trac drive system which eliminates
the need for oil in the housing, reducing maintenance
requirements. Other features include a rugged steel
frame, sealed bearings, stainless-steel slider plate,