VMH teamed up with Okuma’s Partners in THINC to demonstrate a modular, economical solution to 5-axis high-precision machining at the Winter Showcase. This approach can put high-precision manufacturing within reach for all aerospace manufacturers. Read the article here
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.’”
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.
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).
“Sconce is excited to join Siemens PLM Software’s partner community,” said Vern Heyer, President of Global Sales and Marketing of Sconce Solutions. “The strength of our two organizations working together will deliver significant value to our customers.”
“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.
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.
Congratulations to Matthew Overall who has been promoted to the position of Director of Customer Success. In this new position, Matt will focus on overall customer satisfaction, maintenance and service. He currently lives in St. Louis and while prior to joining VMH, Matt sold cloud-based SaaS software along with managing a sales team for 10 years. He has also sold non-destructive test equipment. We wish Matt continued success at VMH International.
In our last week of this year’s Dream Team, we managed to setup a business trip to the St. Louis Science Center. The whole experience was a blast! We got a behind the scenes tour of their exhibit creation lab, Omnimax theater, and planetarium. More importantly though (and the main reason we were there), we saw the progress of the new Blue Angels exhibit we contributed on last year. It’s still in progress, but should be implemented within the year! It’s exciting to see our work being used in such a popular place!
Spool of Omnimax Film (Weighs ~260 lbs!)
One of the most fascinating parts of the trip was seeing the innerworkings of the Omnimax theater. We were allowed to go behind and above the massive, domed screen to get a closer look. Did you know that the Omnimax screen is perforated with millions of small holes? It’s so the huge speakers can be placed behind the screen and still be able to sound amazing. Next we got to up close with the Omnimax projector and its huge spools of film! Once the reels began feeding film through the projector, I realized how mechanical of a device this was. It seemed to have very little (if any) digital technology to create such an awesome experience for audiences. In a world where nearly everything else is digital, I came to respect this incredibly mechanical system.
OMTEC 2015 was an experience like no other. OMTEC, which stands for Orthopaedic Manufacturing & Technology Exposition and Conference, is first and foremost a medical device trade show. Here at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, my co-intern and I witnessed the cutting edge in medical technology. From the 3D printed titanium biomedical implants displayed by Arcam AB, to Gsell Medical Plastics AG’s exhibition of the carbon fiber medical tools and instruments used to perform these surgeries, OMTEC easily gathers a plethora of new and innovative ideas together that challenge the way one thinks about the medical industry. (The all-included catered lunch buffets were an added bonus as well.)
The VMH Booth at OMTEC 2015
Orchid Orthopedic Solutions, the main sponsor of the show, arranged a small presentation near the end of the second day. As the speaker takes you into an in-depth journey about why the event is held every year and the importance of manufacturing quality parts at competitive prices, I started to realize the significance of this convention to the medical industry and the world as a whole.
Overall, this trade show has taught me a great deal about the advanced engineering behind the scenes of the medical world. Moreover, I was able to benefit from the experience of talking to other engineers at all levels about what they do on the job at their respective companies. At the end of day two, as my team and I began tearing down our both, I was approached by a fellow exhibitor attendee. He was amazed that there were interns at this trade show and explained how his company opted not to bring along any of theirs. This is just another testament as to how fortunate I am to be part of the Dream Team here at VMH International.
A new feature in Siemens NX 10 is called “NX Layout”. NX Layout is a fully integrated 2D conceptual design solution for NX.
It’s built on proven NX technology, and uses intelligent, reusable objects called 2D components to enhance 2D concept design. NX Layout provides a number of dedicated tools to support 2D design and delivers industry leading 2D to 3D capabilities to accelerate the product design phase.
Essentially, NX Layout lets you start in the conceptual phase of product design, creating a 2D layout of the core ideas of your product. This allows you to get the basic shape and function in a quick, easy setup. After you hammer down the basics of your design, the integration between 2D and 3D allows for a quick transition to the final stages of your product design phase. This is a powerful tool that is now available to you in NX 10.