Okuma Winter Showcase to feature economical approach to 5-axis machining

The part chosen for the demonstration is representative of landing gear components used in the aerospace industry.

One of the key demonstrations at the 2017 Okuma Partners in THINC Winter Showcase, which will be held in Charlotte, North Carolina, Dec. 5-6, 2017, will feature a modular approach to enable manufacturers to generate high-precision 5-axis parts without investing in a dedicated 5-axis machining center.

The part chosen is a representative aerospace landing gear component and will use the combined products and capabilities of Okuma, which will supply an Okuma GENOS M56O-V machining center, Hainbuch America (precision workholding), Kennametal (tooling), Haimer-USA (shrink fit toolholders), MP Systems (high-pressure coolant and chiller systems), Lyndex-Nikken (5-axis rotary tables), Blaser Swisslube (mineral oil-based coolant), and Siemens PL (systems software).

According to Wade Anderson, Okuma Product Specialist and Tech Center Manager: “This demonstration, and the others that will be presented, provides a vivid example of the success that can be achieved when companies that are unquestioned leaders in their fields work together to create optimal solutions to defined customer challenges. Much of the current manufacturing environment is characterized by the need for complex parts produced in small-to-medium-batch quantities. As parts requiring 5-axis machining have become more in demand, manufacturers are faced with the problem of justifying a dedicated 5-axis machine for a limited number of parts or parts families. Working together, our Partners in THINC have devised a solution that will enable their customers to achieve 5-axis capability and high precision without incurring a prohibitive financial commitment.”

Landing gear part for demo

John Soukup, team leader and regional sales manager (Southeast) at Hainbuch America Corp., comments: “The part that we chose for this demonstration is representative of landing gear components used in the aerospace industry. Constructed of 7075 T-6 heat treated aluminum, the part will be clamped on the ID by a Hainbuch MANDO Adapt workholding system affixed to an 8″ Nikken 5-axis rotary table. The Hainbuch system can be used for both ID and OD applications. The ID application features a system that incorporates both hardened steel clamps and patented elastomer segments that provide maximum clamping force without marring the part finish. The Nikken rotary table is equipped with a carbide worm screw and an iron-nitride worm wheel that hold accuracies of +4 sec.”

The Kennametal tooling package includes the 7792 high-feed cutters with 6mm inserts, carbide end mills with TiB2 coating, a Romicron boring system for the large bore application, and drills of various diameters. Comprehensive tool management will be achieved through the use of Kennametal’s NOVO digital tools. Tooling will be equipped for delivery of high-pressure coolant.

Precision performance will be ensured through the use of Haimer shrink-fit toolholders and balancing equipment. Due to the incorporation of induction coil heating, the Haimer system delivers more than 2x the clamping force of the nearest competitor. The balancing process reduces vibration and results in longer tooling life, better finishes, and improved boring performance.

For the demonstration, Blaser Swisslube has selected Vasco 6000, an ester-based Liquid Tool chosen for its effectiveness in high heat hard machining operations. A high-pressure coolant and chiller system from MP Systems operating at 1000psi and 8gpm will facilitate faster cutting and drilling by efficiently evacuating chips while maintaining thermal control to prevent distortion.

Siemens PL (Product Lifecycle) NX, an integrated CAD and CAM platform, will ensure correct geometries and provide full digital modeling capabilities. In the event of any changes, the system will reconfigure tool paths and ancillary modifications.

Despite the seeming complexity of the system, the entire 5-axis modification can be easily removed from the machine table and stored for further use.

Anderson states, “This is the sixth year of our Partners in THINC Winter Showcase, and over that time we have seen how, working together, we not only solve specific application problems but also advance technology as a whole. If I had to summarize why our partnership has worked so well, it is because all of us are intent on delivering ‘the best from the best.’”

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I’m Ashwin Ramakrishnan. I’m a senior majoring in Mechanical Engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology. During this internship, I hope to refine my design skills and add two more software proficiencies (or competencies) to my arsenal. The internship projects that I’ve read from previous blog posts sound like a lot of fun. The idea of being able to design and network with big name companies like Boeing, Samsung, and GM excites me. My goal for the end of the summer is to come out a better engineer than I am now.

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My name is Nicholas Lindenfelser. I am a senior in Mechanical Engineering at Iowa State University in Ames, IA. My goal for this experince in the dream team is to learn and become comfortable with NX and Creo by the end of my internship with the Dream Team. I want to complete projects with the other interns to provide real world experience to simulate life as a mechanical engineer in the workplace. I hope to complete models and designs for different companies. By working with Mr. Banks and the other associates in VMH International, I wish to gain experience in this industry and to use this internship to fully progress my learning as a mechanical engineer. By working in VMH, I will be able to learn Creo and NX, which is not widely available at my university. A lot of companies will use Creo or NX to develop models and simulations that are used in the design and manufacturing process. I can develop the skills necessary to progress as a mechanical engineer with the dream team by solving real world engineering problems. I look forward to see what projects I will be assigned as an individual and with the other interns.

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I am a senior at Purdue University majoring in electrical engineering and pursuing a minor in physics as well as a certificate in entrepreneurship and innovation. I have been interested in engineering from a very young age and began taking engineering classes in sixth grade. One of the very first things that I learned in the class was what computer aided design was and how to use it. I immediately fell in love with it and knew that I wanted to pursue it for my future career.

This summer at VMH International, I hope to take my knowledge to the next level. Here, I am surrounded by people with a variety of experiences and I want to be able to learn everything I can from them. I want to become familiar with the PLM software and gain valuable experience that I can use in my future career as an engineer. I also hope to learn about the way a company such as VMH functions and how each member of the team contributes to the success of the company as a whole. I have worked in research labs before but actually applying design principles to real world problems in a corporate setting is new to me. I am greatful for this internship opportunity and I look forward to learning a lot.

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Engineering Interests: Automotive, Consumer Electronics

Applied Software Announces the Acquisition of Tekni

With world-class integration, consulting and training services, Applied Software recently acquired Tekni expanding its capabilities to provide Digital Prototype Solutions. Tekni is a reseller of Autodesk software for the manufacturing industry located in Chesterfield, Missouri with a proven track record of customer satisfaction and support.

“Customers of both companies should see almost immediate benefits from the combining of solutions and resources.” said Vern Heyer, former owner of Tekni and current president and CEO at VMH International.

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Sconce Solutions joins Siemens PLM Software Solution Partner Program as a Consulting and Systems Integrator Partner



Durham, NC – Sconce Solutions, a provider of product lifecycle management (PLM), computer-aided design (CAD), and engineering services worldwide, today announced that it has joined the Siemens PLM Software Solution Partner Program as a Consulting and Systems Integrator Partner. This agreement enables Sconce Solutions to help implement Siemens PLM Software’s technology for its customers.

Siemens PLM Software is a leading global provider of PLM software and services. As part of the partnership, Sconce is able to augment its current offerings with services for Siemens PLM Software’s Teamcenter® portfolio, the world’s most widely used digital lifecycle management software, and NX™ software, a leading integrated solution for computer-aided design, manufacturing and engineering (CAD/CAM/CAE).

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“We are pleased that Sconce has joined the Siemens Solution Partner Program as a Consulting and Systems Integrator Partner,” said Jon Thompson, Director of Business Development, Global Sales and Services of Siemens PLM Software. “Sconce’s PLM and enterprise consulting services provide our customers complimentary solutions that add value to their PLM software investment.”

About Sconce Solutions

SCONCE is a global provider of comprehensive turn-key PLM services and solutions across a wide range of industry verticals. Since 2001, we have helped Fortune 500 companies and small organizations alike to maximize the value of their PLM (Product Lifecycle Management), and ALM (Application Lifecycle Management) investments.

Legal note: Teamcenter and NX are trademarks or registered trademarks of Siemens Product Lifecycle Management Software Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States and in other countries.

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VMH International Announces Daniel Snyder as Director of Sales

VMH congratulates to Daniel Snyder on the promotion to Director of Sales. In this new position, Dan will be responsible for growing top-line revenue within the United States.

Residing in Berkley, Michigan, Dan has spent over 10 years in a variety of sales-related positions.  Prior to joining VMH, he spent several years in both Document Management sales as well as PLM sales working within the PTC ecosystem.  He has an impeccable track record of success and we are looking forward to a prosperous year ahead with Dan at VMH International.

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