Enabling fast and reliable manufacturing processes through the accurate production of tooling, moulds and dies
VISI Helps Mouldmaker Rise To New Challenges
Alpha Precision say they push the boundaries of what’s possible in precision engineering, through state-of-the-art software. In particular, this helped them through the recession in their native Irish Republic by giving them a competitive edge to work in high-end markets.
Sensors solutions for increased measuring accuracy and flexibility
Creative Composites has established its reputation as a leading components manufacturer by providing its customers the best in design, manufacturing and service. So, when the company upped investment in guaranteeing its customers the highest levels of manufacturing accuracy, throughput and efficiency, it turned to Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence for a multisensor CMM and software package.
A toolmaker and injection moulder was tasked with developing a potentially life-saving medical device; and then designing and machining a complex steel mould tool with around 30 components, to produce it.
Fully Automated Robotic Cell for Integrated Quality Measurement
Isolit-Bravo was founded in 1921 at Jablonné nad Orlicí near the Polish border as the first Bakelite mill in Bohemia. After the 1960s, the rising popularity of plastic forced the company to transform itself, changing its production, buying new machines, and beginning to mould plastic parts.
VISI Gives Flexibility For Tiny and Large Mould Components
A hot runner and injector specialist for the mould and die industry uses a range of VISI CAD/CAM software to optimise their workflow, saying it’s the most suitable solution for their working requirements.
A mould maker serving the automotive industry says WORKNC software gives them a distinct advantage, setting them apart from their competitors with superior lead-times, quality and expertise. And as a Beta tester for WORKNC, they found that a new item of functionality, subsequently introduced into the latest release – 2019 R1 – slashed their finishing machining times by more than half on certain parts.
WorkNC & WorkPLAN– The Partners In Dixence’s Software/Machine Tandem
A company specialising in industrial rubber injection moulds and cold runner blocks for the automotive sector uses WorkNC to create 3+2 axis toolpath programs across a range of eight CNC machine tools and WorkPLAN to consolidate a variety of information from sales orders to invoices.
Tianjin Motor Dies Co. Ltd., founded in 1995, celebrated its twentieth anniversary in April 2015. Currently, Tianjin Motor Dies has more than ten plants in China and has even set up manufacturing facilities in Germany. The company, one of China's largest motor die manufacturers, has now begun to impact the global dies market in earnest.
Two Radio Communication Options Safeguard Processes and Reliability
Radio control of a crane system can disrupt the communication of touch probes at a frequency band of 433 MHz and also at 2.4 GHz. m&h touch probes’ new radio system works differently to the previous system at the industry area of 2.4 GHz and with new channel spread technology. In its first practical application, the system proved to be interference-resistant and helped manufacturing at BBG to achieve reliable processing procedures once more.
3D Quality Inspection of Crankcases for Four-Stroke Engines
Highly complex engine crankcases containing components rotating up to 10.000 revolutions per minute (rpm): This is where precision down to the millimeter is required! Weber Motor GmbH in Markdorf (Germany) is a member of the Weber Group and for more than 40 years has been a competent and reliable partner for their global customers for the development and production of engine components, engine systems, complete engines as well as fibre reinforced composite components.
Measuring parts in machining centres is state-of-the-art. m&h software and measuring probes also enable an immediate target/ performance comparison on eroding machines. Here, Engesser Formenbau tells us about its positive experiences and considerable time savings thanks to a harmonious production process.
Quality control as a metrological challenge: The quality of precision casting products down to the minute micrometer can only be accomplished through the components’ third dimension. A leading manufacturer in the metal processing industry, in its 300 years of corporate history the company Zollern has developed and perfected a broad spectrum of metal treatment and processing techniques in which high standard requirements with regard to integral quality inspections have always played a significant role: Thanks to the high precision three-dimensional scan data generated by the AICON StereoScan molds wax templates and finished cast parts are inspected with the necessary efficiency and accuracy.
3D Quality Inspection of Gear Transmission Casings for Commercial Vehicles
The company ZF Friedrichshafen AG is a leading manufacturer of gear transmissions in the field of commercial vehicles, developing and producing technologies worldwide for drive-line and chassis technology. The complex gear transmission casings for commercial vehicles are made of aluminum using the method of pressure die-casting.
Measuring the workpieces while they are still being clamped on the machine ensures process reliability even in automatic manufacturing cells. In this way, the mould construction and plastics specialist FKT saves reworking and thus smooths the production flow.
Measuring workpieces on the machine has become standard practice at the Saxon milling service provider Hofmann & Engel. The possibility to log work directly on the machine has helped win several orders from mould making and single component manufacturers.
Anything But A Bottleneck Coordinate Metrology in Toolmaking
The Corvaglia Group based in Eschlikon in eastern Switzerland is a top performer in every sense. The company is a specialist manufacturer of inexpensive caps and closures for PET bottles. Along with plastic injection moulding, toolmaking has a major role to play at Corvaglia.
Measuring is an important resource for more precise work and time saving – not a luxury but necessity at contract manufacturer Laro. With m&h touch probes and 3D Form Inspect software, many hours are saved and set-up times are reduced considerably.
Foundry Finds Competitive Edge With Laser Tracker System From Leica Geosystems
The portable measuring system in use at Silbitz Guss is an all-round performer: it can scan, take tactile measurements, mark the parts and automatically connect the Laser Tracker to handheld devices. To the benefit of the foundry‘s customers.
Ballerstedt, the renowned plastic-injection moulding company, uses probes and Form Inspect software from m&h when constructing their moulds. Mould inserts can now be made to fit accurately and to be easily replaceable. This shortens downtimes and increases productivity.
Innovation and customer benfit, these are the maxims that have established mould maker Hofmann of Lichtenfels enviable reputation. At Hofmann, measuring workpieces while still clamped on the machine has been an everyday occurrence for over seven years. Using touch probes and software from m&h, Hofmann has improved quality and reliability of the production process while speeding up the manufacturing cycle at the same time.
Measuring contours on the machine tool not only ensures quality but also considerably shortens set-up times and speeds up manufacturing cycles. A mould making and jobbing company reports its experiences using m&h 3D Form Inspect software and proves that quality assurance also reduces manufacturing time.
The mould production of Color Metal produces mould inserts in an automated facility with a large pallet storage on five-axis machining centres by Grob. For this purpose, the tools are calibrated by an m&h laser and checked for tool breakage.
At Jochum, a mould manufacturer, tool length measurements and blade fracture checks are performed on a removable Tool Setter by m&h, even in unmanned shifts. The Tool Setter communicates with the control via the same infrared receiver as the probe.
The contract manufacturer SHW Bearbeitungstechnik GmbH has equipped its machining and turning/milling machines with radio-wave touch probes by m&h and regularly calibrates the machine tables with it. That provides accuracy, and the probes save set-up times and allow for an accelerated and secure production of mostly large and complex cast parts.
An Italian manufacturer of injection moulds provides for clear vision in production through measuring workpieces while still clamped on the machining centres. This is achieved by using German m&h touch probes and software on Japanese machine tools.
More Speed and More Accuracy With Laser Tool Setters
For years, model and mould construction has been measuring using probes and software by m&h. Now tools are also measured in the machine using m&h laser tool setters – with significant improvements in manufacturing.
An ideal partnership exists when all involved parties benefit from each other. This has been achieved in the partnership between Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence, a leading provider of technical measurement and production solutions, and Zimmer & Kreim GmbH & Co KG.
Integrated Measurement Technology For Maximum Quality
A power plant somewhere in Europe, in operation for many years or even decades. A component, such as a burner bend, is damaged and needs to be replaced as soon as possible. A spare part is needed immediately, since downtime causes high costs. Schmehmann Rohrverformungstechnik GmbH has the solution.
Expanding the business is Metrolab’s every day focus. Its Managing Director Yogesh V. Amte worked in international automobile product and process design over the last past 12 years and tells us, “When creating Metrolab, we were looking for a strong, quality partner focused on innovation and with great local support to help us fulfil our vision”.
Zeno Tech lays like a jewel in a nice and peaceful part of Okayama district in the southeast of Japan. Established in June 1974 as the mold department of Xeno Tool Co., Ltd., the company was later separated, becoming independent in 1991, and now specialises in powder metallurgy dies, precision cold forging dies and precision tools.
In Hyderabad, India, EQIC is synonymous with the high-quality manufacturing of jigs, fixtures, gauges and press tools. The business owes part of its success to its early adoption of high-quality measurement technology, and is confident that an ongoing relationship with Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence will be a key part of its future growth and success.
3D Quality Inspection Of Gear Transmission Casings For Commercial Vehicles
The company ZF Friedrichshafen AG is a leading manufacturer of gear transmissions in the field of commercial vehicles, developing and producing technologies worldwide for drive-line and chassis technology.
VISI - The “Communication Tool” Connecting Alpha Precision’s Mouldmaking Team
An injection mould manufacturer has seen a recent resurgence of toolmaking in its native Irish Republic, and says state-of-the-art software helped them through the recession by giving them a competitive edge to work in high-end markets.
Company Vorwerk check mould inserts and slides while still clamped on the machine tool using m&h’s touch probes and 3D Form Inspect software. A mould manufactured this way, with two sets of ten slides, was burr-free first time and released for volume production after the very first sample.
Through injection moulding processes, plastic moulded parts can be produced economically and in large quantities. Melted plastic is injected under high pressure into the mould cavities of a tool.
By means of electrical heating, hot-runner systems keep the polymer melt flowing on its way to the cavities.
Automation, Innovation and High Precision Machining: a Mould-Maker Relies on WorkNC
A high-volume mould-maker for the French food processing industry says WorkNC, from Vero Software, is an “irreplaceable” asset to their production process. The software helped them to implement a completely automated workshop, freeing up time to take on new projects.