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Saturday, 15 September 2007
World premiere: new articulated-arm robot for precision machining

One of the big highlights at EMO 2007 (17 to 22 September) is the world premiere of the new "RX 170B HP" articulated-arm robot by Stäubli Tec-Systems GmbH Robotics, Germany. This 5-axis milling robot has a milling spindle with a top speed of 42,000 rpm for ultra-high precision machining of metal surfaces. With the entire power supply and spindle cooling system housed in the arm, the unit is also extremely rugged. It has a load-bearing capacity of up to 60 kg (132 lbs) and can be used for milling, deburring, polishing and finishing welds. As well as machining metals, it can also be used on plastics, stone, wood and glass.

Splitting hairs: micro-bores 33-times finer than a human hair

Literally one of the finest precision machining developments by Swiss engineering firm Microcut Ltd will be on show at EMO 2007 in Hannover, Germany. The Unibore 800 is a micro-bore sizing (MBS) machine that can bores as tiny as 0.015 mm across - that's about 33 times finer than the average human hair. The unit uses a micro diamond mounted on a conical-tipped cylindrical carrier rod to machine the interior surface of bores. The Unibore 800 is suitable for use on ceramics, hard metal, steel or glass. It can even be used to make minuscule watch components.

Ewag celebrates production of 3,000th grinding machine

Ewag AG is promising its customers a supporting program full of surprises when it hands over a "WS 11" universal grinding machine to a customer at Stand B26 at 3pm on 19 September.

50 years ago, the Swiss engineering firm Ewag AG unveiled the very first WS 11 in Hannover. This year the firm will be ceremoniously delivering the 3000th such machine to a customer at the fair.The "WS 11" is used for grinding and re-grinding small high-precision tools. Thanks to its comprehensive range of accessories, the machine can be set up very quickly for a whole range of machining tasks.

 Must-see stand features world's smallest 2-axis rotary table

The ultimate in precision: many of the latest JauchSchmider GmbH & Co. KG  rotary indexing tables have radial and axial run-outs of less than 0.0005 millimeters. That level of precision is easily good enough for the aerospace industry, where the production tolerances for curved turbine blades are extremely small. Extreme precision is also vital in the medical technology sector, where devices like insulin pumps, pacemakers and the like need to be made to exacting standards in order not to harm the patients in whom they are implanted. The JauchSchmider stand at EMO Hannover 2007 is an absolute must-see, featuring a wealth of innovations including the world's smallest 2-axis rotary table. JauchSchmider also specializes in electrical discharge machining equipment.

Small in size - big on performance

New: a small, compact and highly versatile laser cutting and welding system capable of machining sheet metal, tubing and even large 3D forms. The "AC 200" is made by Alpha Laser GmbH, Germany, and will be on show at EMO Hannover 2007. The machine can laser-cut and weld prototypes and series and is highly compact, requiring only 120 x 67 x 55 inches of floor space (WxDxH). The "AC 200" is the perfect tool for precision engineering, electronics production, medical technology, vehicle and machine building and jewelry manufacturing.

Quality lubrication stops chatter: new slideway lubricant

Deutsche BP AG Industrial Lubricants & Services is setting new standards in slideway lubrication with its "Castrol Magnaglide D" range. The lubricant protects machine tool slideways from wear and corrosion and eliminates stick-slip and machine tool carriage chatter. The result: machines that run smoothly under extreme loads and at extreme temperatures and produce superior quality finishes.

With special additives for adhesion and wash-off resistance, "Magnaglide D" lubricants are long-lasting and extend slideway service life. The lubricant is available in two viscosity variants. It has been under development for two years and is ready to be unveiled at EMO 2007 in Hannover, Germany.

Made to order from the rack: new modular horizontal machining centers

Look out for the bright-red "H" series from Heller Machine Tools at EMO 2007 in Hannover (17 to 22 September). This band-new generation of horizontal machining centers features the "H 2000" and the "H 4000". Modular in design, they allow customers to custom build their own solution from a diverse range of 'off-the-rack' components. There are two basic bundles: the "Speed Pack" and the "Power Pack". The Speed Pack is for customers who work with light metals and require fast, high-precision machining, while the Power Pack offers heavy-duty machining performance for castings and steel.

Each center has a standard tool magazine that can be retrofitted to accommodate oversized tools. According to the manufacturer, the new design offers even more machining performance, greater reliability, superior ease of maintenance and improved efficiency and productivity.The color is new too. In a departure from the normal blue, Heller have opted for a bold red that is sure to add a  splash of color to the machine hall at EMO Hannover 2007.

Milling and chilling at the icebar

Swedish manufacturer of precision metal turning and milling tools Sandvik Coromant is promising cool drinks at a bar milled from real ice at its display stand at EMO 2007. Apart from that, Sandvik Coromant,  a global player with 73 subsidiaries in 60 countries, will be showcasing a range of products, including the a new grade of milling inserts. The new grade enables high metal removal rates and offers superior performance in both wet and dry milling, increasing machine productivity by 20 to 30 percent. It is designed to work at high temperatures in a range of applications, from fine polishing to coarse milling.

 
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