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Is it time for you to divorce your current cnc lathe for the market leader in productivity? Check out the Hwacheon HiTech230 CNC Lathe.

          

 

The New Standard for 8-10" Lathe Faithful to the Basics the Hwacheon Hi-TECH 230 provides more reliable machining performance based on excellent machine rigidity and upgraded specifications compared to the existing 8-10" lathes with box-way structure and provides greatly enhanced user convenience and maintainability. The Y-axis model has Y-axis stroke of up to ±60 mm (±2.36 inch), the largest in class.

You need to check out this awesome CNC Lathe from Hwacheon

Premier is proud to be the exclusive dealer for all Hwacheon products for the state of Wisconsin and UP of Michigan. To learn more about all the great products that we offer please call Sales 414-254-5150

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Jumping out of bed or jumping on the snooze button?

How is your attitude during these turbulent times? Are you getting ready to come out on the other side of this, and PMT will be here to help you take advantage of all the great opportunities the manufacturing industry will have.

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How do you measure productivity with your Fiber Laser? How about 9 holes per second. YES, you read that correctly!

Achieving the amazing rate of 9 holes a second is all about acceleration. Sure, the Eagle’s iNspire Series has a top simultaneous speed of 13,780 ipm, but it pops holes at the rate of a machine gun due to industry leading 6g acceleration. The FASTEST fiber laser is also the QUICKEST. For most applications, acceleration is more important than velocity.

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Acceleration on Intricate Sheet Metal Parts

Machine acceleration helps reduce part cycle time on both thick and thin parts. On thick plate material, the acceleration helps you move quickly between cuts (rapid traverse moves). On thin sheet metal, acceleration helps you during rapid traverse moves and accelerating and decelerating on intricate geometry.

This part shows a lot of ornate detail that will require the machine to decelerate and accelerate on all direction changes.

Negotiate Corners Faster with 6g Acceleration

If the fiber laser is cutting left to right as shown by the solid red arrow, the machine will have to accelerate at the beginning of the segment and then decelerate as it approaches the corner. If the machine is not quick enough, then it’s likely the laser will never reach the programmed cut speed on this short segment before it has to start decelerating at as it prepares for the right hand turn (in direction of the dotted line).

DESIGNED FOR ACCELERATION

   Linear motors are used on all 3 axes (yes, even the Z)

   Polymer granite base, such as used on CMMs, provides ultimate rigidity, temperature stability, and vibration dampening

   Gantry configuration is idealized for low weight and high stiffness

   On the Eagle iNspire the bridge is carbon fiber – 2.5 times lighter than steel yet delivering greater stiffness and vibration dampening

We have already machines delivered in Wisconsin! Contact us to set up your demo to see this incredible Fiber Laser machine! Premier is proud to be the exclusive distributor for all EAGLE products for the state of Wisconsin and UP of Michigan – Sales 414-254-5150 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

EAGLE Fiber Laser - The leader in Fiber Laser Technology!

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How often have you said to yourself, I wish my vendor and manufacture would listen to me? We most certainly are listening to you as Premier recently attended the Hwacheon Dealer council meeting to better strengthen your customer experience.

Premier was very happy to attend another Hwacheon Dealer council meeting recently. It is great to have a manufacture who wants to listen to their dealers along with their customer’s. These meeting help all of us learn more about the industries you cover and the customers concerns plus any improvements you might want to see. Plus all the complements that our customer’s share with us as we always appreciate them.

We are striving to make the customer experience the best in the industry and through these meetings it makes all of us stronger as we implement improvements and provide a better solution for our customers. These are solutions that can help make you more productive and profitable!

Since 1952, Hwacheon Machinery has been a World-Leading developer of high quality, highly productive, durable machining solution for precision milling and turning applications.

Mechanical craftsmanship, technical leadership, rigid quality standards, global presence, and excellence in service ensure their customers a consistent advantage in productivity. Hwacheon Machinery will drive to earn your confidence.

From Foundry to Final Assembly, It’s what sets them apart.

Click here to see a quick cutting demo of the industries our machines cover.

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What are your current plans to find the next generation of employees for the manufacturing industry?

As we deal with all this turbulence during these uncertain times, it was great to see an article today committed to what are the best trade schools in America that was on Fox Business website today. I was excited to see that #1 on the list was a Wisconsin school but ALL these schools are fantastic at helping fill the pipeline of workers in the manufacturing industry. Here is the full article from Fox Business.

What are the best trade schools in America?

Enrollment in trade schools increased 6.4 million between 1999 and 2014

Upon graduating from high school, a many student set out to earn a bachelor's degree as they start their career. However, others will take another route: trade schools.

Trade schools, or vocational or technical schools, offer two-year programs that train students for a specific occupation. And as the cost of traditional four-year universities continue to mount, leaving students burdened by debt upon graduation, trade schools may become even more appealing.

In fact, enrollment in trade schools swelled to 16 million in 2014, which is up from 9.6 million in 1999, according to The Atlantic.

And while there are many options. Niche, a raking and review site, formerly known as College Prowler, compiled a list of the top trade schools for 2020 based in part by student reviews using data from the U.S. Department of Education.

Here are the top five according to Niche and their overall rating as determined by the company.

  1. 1.Fox Valley Technical College: A-

The public college is located in Grand Chute, Wisc. About 2,190 undergraduate students attend the school. And about 60 percent of graduates go on to earn a starting salary of $32,200, according to Niche. Popular areas of focus include nursing assistants, welding, and machine and metalworking.

2. Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute: B+ : The public college is located in Wooster, Ohio

3. Western Iowa Tech Community College: B + : The public college is located in Sioux City, Iowa.

4. Lake Area Technical Institute: B+ : The public college is located in Watertown, S.D.

5. San Jacinto College: B+ : The public college located is located in Pasadena, Texas

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It was great to see so MANY schools from Wisconsin on this list. I hope this can help you all find more workers as we get through the uncertainty of today’s times.

Stay safe and healthy and most importantly…. Wash your Hands!

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How do you measure productivity? Two more Hwacheon machines leaving for one of our great customers to help them become productivity leaders!

As we all deal with the uncertainty of the COVID-19 outbreak, we take this situation seriously as we know you do too.!

With that said, we are doing our best to help our customers stay productive and profitable. In the picture above is another one of our happy customers that is very excited to take delivery of two new Hwacheon machines that will help them become more productive.

Contact us to learn more about the great products that Premier offers including all the great options from Hwacheon. Until you can see us in-person, we are offering to video conferencing with you on any presentation or consulting you request.

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How do your operators feel about their production machine? They would have no complaints about the Index C100/C200 as it is trimmed for production.

INDEX C100 / C200 with iXcenter - Trimmed for productivity

The production lathes INDEX C100 and C200 with their two or three turrets with Y-axis stand for maximum efficiency in the complete machining of complex rod turning parts. Of particular importance is the guide system INDEX SingleSlide, which guarantees a very high dynamic with optimal vibration damping. With automation solutions such as the robot cell iXcenter, further advantages can be realized.

The automatic lathes INDEX C100 (spindle passage 42 mm) and C200 (spindle passage 65 / 90 mm) are consistently trimmed for productivity. With their two or three turrets, the two machines are suitable for demanding simultaneous machining. The required power is provided by the main and counter spindles n. For high dynamics also the counter spindle, which reaches in the rush up to 60 or 50 m/min (C100 / C200) . The fast turret circuit also contributes to short chip-to-chip times.   Due to the possibility of using two Y-axis on the main spindle or one each on the main and counter spindles, complex workflows can be optimally divided, and the unit times can be further reduced.   In the INDEX production lathes C100 and C200, optionally up to three turrets with 10 or 14 stations are integrated, whereby a wide part spectrum can be processed. The patented INDEX W gearing of the turret helps   to realize short makeready times even with small batch sizes.

An essential distinguishing feature compared to conventional rotary gases is the INDEX SingleSlide, a sliding guide with two degrees of freedom in one flat. It consists of guide strips with wear- and friction-reducing coating as well as hardened and surface-treated guide plates. INDEX SingleSlide significantly improves the damping properties, resulting in further advantages such as up to 30 percent longer tool ingestion times and higher workpiece qualities.

The end-to-end cooling concept also ensures high production precision. Loss heat generated in the spindles, the hydraulic unit and the control cabinet is discharged from the machine via a central fluid circuit. The energy is bound in a single medium and not released to the environment of the machine. With an integrated water interface, INDEX offers two solutions for heat dissipation:   either the connection to a local cooling unit or to a central system. In this way, the machine can be adapted to the respective production environment in the best possible way.

INDEX also offers an option for the control technology used. The customer can choose between the FANUC CNC 31i-B with 15" touch screen or Siemens S840D sl, which with 18.5" touch screen serves as the basis for the INDEX control system iXpanel.   The latter serves, among other things, the complete integration into network structures and sets almost no limits to data communication.

In order to further optimize the real use of itsproduction lathes, INDEX offers automation solutions in various stages of expansion. These range from the integrated portal removal device, which ensures a fast and damage-free workpiece removal, to the robot cell iXcenter with vertical pallet memory, which supports fully automated operation. It is docked to the machine in order to then move raw and / or finished parts quickly, safely and flexibly to and from the machine. During the setup process, it can be easily moved to the right, allowing unhindered access to the working area. In production, the iXcenter is fixed in front of the machine work room. Then the 6-axis robot (6kg payload) is accessed into the work area via the work space door of the machine, which automatically opens behind the robot cell.

iXcenter contains a space-saving vertical memory with up to 22 pallets (600 x 400 mm) work stock. The pallets with raw parts are loaded by the robot at the top, pallets with parts at the bottom are removed. This can happen at any time without interrupting production. Also switched processes such as cleaning, measuring, deburring, etc. can be integrated into the robot cell.

The iXcenter, like other automation equipment, can optionally be integrated into various INDEX and TRAUB production machines.

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In today’s competitive market you need more than answers. You need unique manufacturing solutions to everyday challenges within the machining and manufacturing industry. Answers that we provide to our customers. Here is one of them: Hwacheon Machinery

In today’s competitive market you need more than answers. You need unique manufacturing solutions to everyday challenges within the machining and manufacturing industry. Answers that we provide to our customers.

Most people take the “band-aid” approach. Wrong answer. There is a better and more comprehensive way to solve your productivity and profit needs.

Learn about all the solutions that Hwacheon can offer with less downtime, better quality, which will give you better up time to increase productivity and ultimately increase your profits.

Since 1952, Hwacheon Machinery has been a World-Leading developer of high quality, highly productive, durable machining solution for precision milling and turning applications.

Mechanical craftsmanship, technical leadership, rigid quality standards, global presence, and excellence in service ensure their customers a consistent advantage in productivity. Hwacheon Machinery will drive to earn your confidence.

From Foundry to Final Assembly, It’s what sets them apart. Hwacheon is among the top 3 machine tool builders in Korea. Hwacheon’s dedication to creating fine machine tools has led them to become the top supplier for high speed cutting machining technology in Korea for Dies and Molds. Hwacheon is also a Top Machine and systems provider to the Automotive Industry.

Contact us today to learn about better uptime and greater service response to make you more productive and profitable.

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Now you have improved your machining capabilities but what plans have you made to prepare to improve you Metrology capabilities to guarantee your parts?

So many customers continue to buy new machines to help improve their machine production with better tolerances and speeds. But what plans have you made to prepare to improve you Metrology capabilities to guarantee your parts? We recently visited one customer who decide to finally buy a CMM and build a Metrology department to be help move his company past his competition and make him more competitive for the next ten years.

What is Metrology and how can it help you? Let Hexagon explain why they are the leaders in Metrology and can help form a plan for you.

Capture real-world quality data for measurement, positioning and inspection, and use actionable information gained by analyzing the results to improve manufacturing processes.

The role of metrology within the manufacturing process has long been associated with quality assurance – a post-production inspection of the dimensional measurements of a part against specifications. Results either indicated that the the part was either good to go, or that it was not to standard and needed, at best, reworking, or at worst, to be scrapped completely. Metrology was the necessary evil; quality the barrier to productivity.

Yet quality data provides manufacturers with much greater opportunities than simply checking components. The function of the quality department shouldn’t be to find fault. By analysing quality data to its full potential, the quality department can influence decision-making upstream and downstream. It can help other stakeholders within the manufacturing process to ensure that quality runs throughout the product lifecycle. It can be the architect of quality design, quality production and quality outcomes.

Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence’s metrology hardware captures quality data for measurement, positioning and inspection. It is the key bridge between the real and virtual worlds, bringing real-world data into the digital domain. Our technology is helping manufacturers to pioneer mechanisms for utilizing this data more effectively – using it to inform design and engineering processes and provide feedback to the production process. Our measurement-assisted production technology is best-in-class, and we continue to innovate towards more real-time feedback loop applications.

Hexagon has a proud heritage in metrology, delivering accuracy and precision from the quality room to the shop-floor. Our research and development team is committed to developing new measurement hardware across a technology portfolio encompassing hand tools, coordinate measuring machines (CMMs), portable measuring arms, laser trackers and 3D optical scanners, as well as metrology software and statistical process control (SPC) solutions. We are driving quality inspection technology trends: from contact to non-contact; from offline to integrated; from manual to automated. And, by using our metrology hardware and software solutions in parallel with manufacturing information technologies from the wider product lifecycle, we are driving new definitions of metrology and the quality department and developing processes where quality drives productivity.

Premier is proud to work with Hexagon Mfg. Intelligence with all your Metrology needs. We have helped many of our customers and we can help you too! Contact us today to get started Sales- 414-254-5150 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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How do you select your 5-axis vendor? Do you first look for a USA builder? Well did you know that GROB is located in Bluffton, Ohio? and how about the fact that we build our 5-axis universal machining centers right here in the USA?

Since being founded in the 1980s, GROB Systems Inc. in the USA has played a key role in the GROB production network. Some 560 employees and a production area of 38,000 square foot makes our USA plant the ideal point of contact for the automotive industry in North America, Mexico and Canada. In addition to universal machining centers, it produces primarily system machines, assembly lines and equipment in accordance with German quality standards.

As in other plants, many second-generation employees work in Bluffton and contribute, thanks to a training system that lives up to German standards, to the overall success of the GROB Group.

The continuous further development of in-house products and an expanded range of services guarantee our American GROB plant sustained growth and the best prospects for the future.

The G350 5-axis universal machining center build in Ohio, offers all customers in the machining sector almost limitless possibilities for milling parts made of the most diverse materials.

Our universal machining center is designed to meet the multiple requirements of various sectors and offers a convincing range of applications.

Learn more about all the great 5 axis solutions that GROB & Premier can offer to our customers in Wisconsin and UP of Michigan that are build right here in the USA– Sales 414-254-5150 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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More and more of our customers are divorcing their current machines for NEW more Productive and Profitable Solutions from Premier

 

We visited a few more of our customers/Friends who are divorcing their current machines for NEW more productive and profitable machine solutions from Premier and our partner- Hwacheon Machinery.

This customer just took delivery of a Hwacheon Vesta 1300B and HiTech 450B that replaced two machines that became non-productive for them.

Our customers call us the solution providers, because we are the champion of profitable solutions for the machine tool industry. And we can do the same for you.

Contact us today to become more profitable with our award winning solutions!

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What do your customers think about your Fabrication production capabilities? Learn the Truth of the impact of Increasing Power with the Eagle Fiber Laser and how it can help you improve for your customers!

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Impact of Increasing Power

Eagle fiber laser is shown cutting 1/2-inch-thick steel from 4 to 15kW of power. As you increase power you increase cut speed on thick plate, but you also increase cut speed on thin sheet, if your machine has high enough acceleration (G's). Watch and read about:

•             The Power Effect - increasing laser power lowers cost & increases profits

•             The patented eVa cutting head, with only 3 consumables

•             Reliability by design - at any power level

Premier Machine Tool Midwest is proud to be the exclusive Eagle Fiber Laser distributor for the States of Wisconsin and UP of Michigan. Learn more about the impacts of increased power like some of our customers already have!

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What plans have you made to prepare for downtime productivity? How about putting the Leading the small lathe- Hwacheon HiTech 230 that out-specs the competition on your floor to improve your turning productivity.

Productivity is one of the most important needs every shop requires, and they can’t afford down time. Therefore, you need to look into the Hwacheon HiTech 230 which out specs all the competition. Along with the leading service and support from Premier Machine Tool we will increase your productivity like we have with our customers!

The New Standard for 8-10" Lathe Faithful to the Basics the Hwacheon Hi-TECH 230 provides more reliable machining performance based on excellent machine rigidity and upgraded specifications compared to the existing 8-10" lathes with box-way structure and provides greatly enhanced user convenience and maintainability. The Y-axis model has Y-axis stroke of up to ±60 mm (±2.36 inch), the largest in class

-         - Largest cutting area in its class

-         -Largest turn mill motor in its class

-       - Largest Y axis stroke in its class

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Losing hours of available manufacturing because you can't find employees? Hire us to provide System 3R Modular Automation Systems to fill your void and improve your productivity and profitability.

We are pleased to be associated with System 3R from GF Machining Solutions for many years and offer the TRANSFORMER, a modular automation system designed to integrate with a wide variety of technologies. With System 3R TRANSFORMER, manufacturers can automate a single machine and then easily expand to include up to 12 machines within the cell.

A System 3R TRANSFORMER cell is designed to accommodate a wide range of machining technologies and allows components from different manufacturers to be included within the same cell. This open-architecture approach allows end users to create an automation cell in which each individual component decision is optimized, as opposed to having choice constrained by compatibility.

We offer a range of System 3R tooling systems that allow palletization of workpieces and electrodes in a range of sizes. The System 3R TRANSFORMER system can handle all of these, as well as different tooling systems, allowing for its incorporation into production systems with existing tooling systems.

For maximum flexibility, System 3R TRANSFORMER offers additional in-process accessories that manufacturers can easily integrate into a cell. Such accessories include a multiple loading station, a draining station for emptying workpiece cavities after machining processes, a washing machine to clean workpieces and a coordinate measuring machine (CMM) for pre-setting and/or part inspection.

The System 3R TRANSFORMER system provides user-friendly cell management software whereby all production data is entered in a structured manner or imported through a data exchange interface for major enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems. The software then controls every aspect of the cell, from automatically loading jobs to machines to recording and monitoring cycle times for each job. The core of the system is an efficient database that uses chip identification of the pallets to ensure that correct data is used for every part in the cell.

Losing hours of available manufacturing because you can find employees? Hire us to provide System 3R Modular Automation Systems to fill your void and improve your productivity and profitability.

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Our customers call us the solution provider, because we are the champions of profitable solutions for the machine tool industry. And we can do the same for you.

We have been busy as we are getting ready to ship a NEW Hwacheon UM+ High Precision Milling machine and we visited a new customer last week who recently took delivery of his NEW Cutex 180B CNC Lathe.

In today’s competitive market you need more than answers. You need unique manufacturing solutions to everyday challenges within the machining and manufacturing industry. Answers that we provide to our customers.

Most people take the “band-aid” approach by just buying another machine. Wrong answer. There is a better and more comprehensive way to solve your productivity and profit needs.

Our customers call us the solution provider, because we are the champions of profitable solutions for the machine tool industry. And we can do the same for you.

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Just had Hexagon delivery of two of their Global S CMM to two of our Wisconsin customers

Hexagon is the World Leader in Metrology and we are excited to be able to offer these solutions to our customers in Wisconsin. One of our Wisconsin customers just took delivery of their third Global machine and the other just received their first Global machine. We are super excited for both customers as they will see why the new Hexagon machines will lead them past their competitors with Metrology excellence!

GLOBAL S CMM Overview & Video

With productivity being the key competitive driver in manufacturing, it’s crucial that the measurement process provides the data required for the application and fits seamlessly into the production workflow and cycle times. The GLOBAL S coordinate measuring machine (CMM) provides superior measurement performance and enhanced productivity for your specific production needs.

Find out how you can Push Your Productivity Further with GLOBAL S

As production changes, quality standards need to keep pace. The GLOBAL S coordinate measuring machine (CMM) delivers measurement productivity tailored to your workflow, addressing the widest range of production requirements including throughput, precision, multi-purpose and shop-floor capabilities.

Click here for a quick demo on the Leader- Hexagon Global S CMM

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This Awesome HWACHEON SIRIUS-UM+ is a high precision vertical machining center will be delivered to one of our Wisconsin customers next week

One of our customers is excited to take delivery of this awesome high precision and high-speed vertical machining center for his high tolerance work. The latest machine from hwacheon will make you more profitable and productivity. Read more about why Hwacheon UM+ machine is going to make a big difference for our customer and could for you too!

New High-Speed Compact VMC

The HWACHEON SIRIUS-UM+ is a high precision vertical machining center (VMC) equipped with a wide selection of built-in motor spindle options ranging from 20,000 RPM to 45,000 RPM. With travels of 29.53" x 19.69" x 17.72", the SIRIUS-UM+ has a competitive advantage in high precision applications. "The very compact design of the machine, high accuracy and superb machining performances have made the HWACHEON SIRIUS-UM+ a highly anticipated machine within the high precision, parts and tooling industries," said a Hwacheon spokesperson.

The HWACHEON SIRIUS-UM+ is designed using 3D simulation and FEM analysis to achieve structural rigidity. The insulated machine frame is a rigid bilateral gate structure that firmly supports the X-axis drive and diverts load, vibration and heat from the upper section of the machine evenly throughout the frame. Equipped with an insulated detachable cover, vibration is isolated under the coil conveyor for quieter machining. "These features help keep the feed drive stable after hours of operation. Additionally, the short distance between the X-axis drive and the tool's point of contact is a plus for maintaining rigidity and for enhancing machining precision," continued the spokesperson.

The high-performance spindle integrates with Hwacheon's patented oil-jet lubrication technology to provide consistent quality results after hours of operation. The oil-jet cooling and lubrication system injects a jet of oil directly onto the spindle bearing for effective cooling. The motor and spindle assembly are jacket cooled to limit displacement caused by heat. More notable upgrades are the spindle motor power, which has increased on the SIRIUS-UM+ to 37/18.5 kW from 18.5/11 kW; the 30-tool magazine holder; and the high-rigid, symmetric machine structure.

Hwacheon-designed machining software components monitor different variables related to the work environment and machining conditions, then make adjustments for best quality results and optimum machining efficiency. This software was specifically developed to increase thermal accuracy and machining performances to the highest level.

HWACHEON SIRIUS-UM+ features:

   HTLD-Hwacheon's Tool Load Detect provides real time measurement of tool load ensuring consistent and safe machining. HTLD constantly monitors tool damage and deterioration for prevention of complete tool failure causing workpiece damage. To ensure accuracy and performance, HTLD measures tool load every 8 msecs.

   HECC-Hwacheon's High-Efficiency Contour Control System offers an easy to use programming interface system that provides a precise, custom contour control for the selected workpiece engineered to prolong machine life and decrease process time. HECC offers different options for cutting speed and accuracy, and for surface finish and geometry. The customizable display provides real-time monitoring and quick, easy access. HECC may be used with existing NC data systems and is compatible with G-code programming.

   OPTIMA-Hwacheon Cutting Feed Optimization System utilizes an adaptive control method to regulate the feedrate in real time to sustain a consistent cutting load while machining. "As a result, cutting tools are less prone to damage and machining time is reduced," said the spokesperson. OPTIMA controls the feed velocity to maintain consistent cutting load. Features provided with OPTIMA include a graphic display of tool load and feedrate, convenient operation using G-code programming, and a number of data sets for specific tool and process control. To provide high productivity, OPTIMA operates in conjunction with HTLD.

   HFDC-Hwacheon Frame Displacement Control System is equipped with highly sensitive thermal sensors mounted at various locations in the machine castings where thermal displacement is possible. HFDC monitors and corrects detected thermal displacement.

   HTDC-Hwacheon Thermal Displacement Control system integrates the Hwacheon Spindle Displacement Control system and the Frame Displacement Control system.

   HSDC-Hwacheon Spindle Displacement Control System-As a spindle rotates at high speed, centrifugal forces and heat expand the spindle taper, causing error in the Z-axis. HSDC constantly monitors temperature at a number of points within the spindle assembly predicting thermal displacement. The HSDC system then makes necessary adjustments and effectively minimizes thermal displacement, correcting Z-axis error occurring from taper expansion as the spindle rotates at high speed.

"The HWACHEON SIRIUS-UM+ with its Optimal Machining System delivers a total production method from tool selection to final product and has proven to be the perfect choice for high precision applications of various kinds and materials," said the spokesperson.

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With over 50 years of experience in building the best double column machines – Why look at anyone else than SNK. Your productivity and profitable solution for you.

We are so excited to represent SNK who has been building bridge machines since 1958 with many incredible developments. So many are trying to play catch up but why? When you can have the best from SNK who will make you more profitable and productivity. Read more about why SNK is the moneymaking solution for you.

SNK has been manufacturing Double Column Machining Centers for over 50 years, with over 5,000 units installed world-wide. RB-M Series Machining Centers deliver productive 5-face, single set-up machining at an affordable price. Rigid double column design and construction assures peak precision and excellent work envelope access. These machines have both an automatic tool changer and right-angle attachment changer. A wide assortment of spindles is available to meet specific machining requirements. In addition to the X,Y & Z axes, a CNC controlled 4th axis (W) expands machining capability and provides exceptional rigidity for rigorous cutting conditions. The generous quill stroke (Z) allows exceptional access to cavities simplifying deep hole cutting.

Features/Benefits

5-Face, Single Set-Up Machining

-1 degree indexing (standard) expands multi-face machining capability

-Reduces set-up time - boosts productivity

-Maintains geometries for optimum precision

-Wide assortment of special attachments available including universal, 30 degree inclined and more

Affordably Priced

-Fast return on investment

Rigid Double Column Design and Construction

-Optimum machine rigidity for rigorous machining

-Superb accuracy and finish capability

-Easy access to work table simplifies set-up

Automatic Tool Changer and Right Angle Attachment Changer

-Streamlines 5-face machining operations

Wide Assortment of Spindles

-High-speed, High-power, High-torque

CNC Controlled 4th Axis (W)

-Allows expanded machining capability with added rigidity

Generous Quill Stroke

-Ideal for deep pocket machining and tall workpieces

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Do you need leveling for your fabricated parts? Did you know we have a contract leveling center right here in the US- ARKU

Service the way you want it: at the ARKU Leveling Center we offer you state-of-the-art machinery and services. Benefit from professional contract work including final inspections, packaging and shipping. Worldwide. Save time and costs – easy and uncomplicated: contract leveling in the Leveling and Deburring Center. We level a broad range of different parts and sheets for various thicknesses and widths.

Lead the competition with contract work from the specialist- ARKU.

Fulfilling demanding quality requirements as efficiently and economically as possible is an increasingly important factor in order to prevail against international competition. That is why ARKU is your ideal partner. Our services include the world’s largest range of precision levelers together with innovative deburring technology. Everything from a single source.

Trained employees work under the supervision of experienced leveling specialists and deburring experts at our Leveling and Deburring Centers in Baden-Baden (Germany), Cincinnati (USA) and Kunshan (China). We offer you state-of-the-art, high-performance machinery with comprehensive services:

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3 Key Considerations When Selecting a Fiber Laser - C. Burnham, B. Kent – Fairmont Machinery

Watching a fiber laser cut is amazing. They remove material so quickly it often looks more like an inkjet printer than a metal cutting machine. And when it comes to maximizing profit time is of the essence.

Part cycle time is vital for American manufacturers because fixed costs are so high. Part costs explode if parts are produced slowly. Today, technological advancements in machine design and drive technology enables fiber lasers to move at amazing speeds, often over 10,000 ipm, or 250 m/min. But speed alone does not relate directly to throughput. Your overall productivity relies on other factors. If your machine is under powered then cut speed will be unnecessarily slow. If your machine dynamics are poor, then all the power in the world won’t help you. And, if your sheet exchange is slow, your machine will sit idle for hours of the week.

The 3 Key Elements of Fiber Laser Productivity

   Laser Power

   Motion Dynamics

   Material Exchange

Yes, we could also look at programming, up time, tolerances, edge quality and other elements, but most reputable fiber laser manufacturers offer reasonable solutions. For your shop, these three key elements will have the greatest impact on productivity and profitability.

#1 Laser Power

We’ve all watched wattage rise. Top fiber laser power now reaches 15 kW, when just a few years ago they were stretching to reach 6 kW. The power levels seem so incredibly high today, we must be at the limit. However, from a pure technology point of view we are not. Fiber laser welding systems today can exceed 100 kW, so it isn’t the power that is holding us back. It’s the beam delivery system.

Fiber laser cutting heads designed for 1 to 4 kW cannot handle the energy density of the ultrahigh-power lasers. Only those manufacturers who have studied and perfected the fiber delivery, optical purity, and optical contamination issues are able to reach 8, 10, 12 or 15 kW with the reliability and up time demanded by high production shops.

When buying a fiber laser, this Q&A can help you select the right power for your application.

Q: How much power do I really need?

You need as much power as your applications can efficiently use. Start by understanding the typical thickness range of 80% of your work. As you might expect, ultrahigh-power is not needed for cutting 26 gauge (0.5 mm) material. If you have a 15 kW laser in your shop you would turn it down to 6kW to cut this material at top speed and low cost. Here are some general rules when cutting common metals such as steel, stainless steel, or aluminum with Nitrogen.

Thickness of common metals      Recommended power level

Up to 9 gauge (4 mm)     6 to 8 kW

0.25 to 0.75 inch (19 mm)             8 to 10 kW

Over 0.75 inch   8 to 15 kW

Does this seem like these power levels are pushing the envelope a bit? It shouldn’t. Part production per hour increases and the part cost plummets as you kick up the power, so long as you have a machine quick enough to utilize that power, but we’ll get into that in a moment.

Higher power also gives you more process forgiveness. To take it to an extreme, you can cut 9 gauge (4mm) stainless steel with a 1kW of laser power, but such low power yields not only slow cutting but, more importantly, a very small process window. You will require a highly experienced operator and a perfectly functioning laser to achieve good results. Additional power not only cuts faster, but requires less expertise and material quality; a view supported by a posting from Engineering.com, April 2018. Manufacturing operations that require perfect execution will eventually yield scrap. Higher power gives you a wider material and process error band, delivering quality parts day in and day out.

Q: What about the impact of increasing power on operating cost?

Operating costs vary from different brands, especially as power goes up. For example, many manufacturers struggle with cutting head component life beyond 6kW. Generally, you’ll find doubling power will increase laser operating cost by 20 to 30 percent. But, does this amount of increase really matter? No, not if the added power can decrease part cycle time.

The fact is, laser operating costs represent a minor component of hourly operating cost when you consider fixed costs.

Your fixed costs include, at a minimum, operator labor, programming costs, facilities costs, taxes, equipment depreciation (monthly lease payment), shipping, other general SG&A overhead, and of course raw material cost. You can probably think of more fixed cost categories. These costs outweigh the laser operating cost by a ratio of 4:1 for most shops.

Increasing power will increase the hourly operating cost. However, if you can put that power to use by decreasing cycle time you reduce the impact of variable and fixed costs and raise profitability.

Q: Is there a time when more power is not needed?

Yes, you don’t need to purchase a machine with more power if you don’t have enough work to load the machine. For example, if your processing load is not expected to grow and consumes just ½ a work shift, then paying for a more powerful laser to reduce to the workload to ¼ a shift will probably not deliver an ROI.

Conversely, if you have a lot of work for your laser do whatever you can to keep from spilling over into a second shift. Running a second shift incurs a lot of production costs, and let’s not forget how hard it is to find operators and managers for first shift, let alone second shift. In addition, if you have multiple lasers in your shop now you might be able to replace some of them with one new high-performance laser, reducing programming and operation labor demands and increase available shop floor space.

Select the laser performance level that matches the product needs of today and the immediate future, and error on the side of faster production.

Laser Productivity Curves

Figure 1: Trend graph showing productivity and cost as power increases. This graph assumes the target material is thick enough to see advantages across the entire power range

#2 Motion Dynamics

Fiber laser motion dynamics include three main performance specifications: maximum rapid traverse speed, maximum cut path speed, and acceleration.

Let’s start with speeds.

It’s easy to get confused by the speed specifications used by fiber laser manufacturers. Is the speed specified reflecting rapid traverse moves where the laser is off and jumping to the start of the next cut path, or is the specification reflecting cutting speed where the machine will maintain specified tolerances while on the cut path? Some manufacturers state the speed of each axis, and others specify simultaneous motion. The latter is always higher since the fastest speed will occur when both X and Y axes are driven at top speed moving the head at 45 degrees.

Do your best to understand rapid and cutting path speeds so you can compare manufacturers.

Q: Do I need a fast machine for thick material cutting?

It helps. When cutting thick material, the machine speed comes into play during rapid traverse moves between cut paths. In addition, a fiber laser that can cut thick can always cut thin, so be careful not to limit your future applications.

Q: What speed should I be looking for?

Look first at the rapid traverse speed since it will be a factor for all your cutting jobs, thick or thin. 15 to 25 percent of head movement over each sheet or plate will be with the jet off. Machines that deliver higher rapid traverse speeds, greater than 12,000 ipm (300 m/min) simultaneous, tend to also deliver high cut path speeds. Since cut path speed comes into play more on thinner materials than thick, consider the sheet metal applications you have in your shop today and what might come in tomorrow. For example, 26-gauge (0.5 mm) aluminum requires a machine that will have cut path speed of 5,900 ipm (150 m/min) using at least 6kW, and for stainless you need 3,000 ipm (76 m/min).

Now for acceleration. Acceleration is usually a more important aspect of motion dynamics than speed.

Acceleration / deceleration performance is denoted by Gs: the acceleration of gravity. Gravity is 32.2 ft/sec2 (9.81 m/sec2). A 2g machine has an acceleration of 64.4 ft/sec2 (19.6 m/sec2), and so on.

Per Galileo and others, when starting from rest:

Velocity = Acceleration x Time

Distance = Acceleration x Time2 ÷ 2

After one second a 1g machine is traveling with a velocity of 32.2 feet per second (9.81 m/s) and a 2g machine is traveling at twice that speed. Double the G’s and the distance and time it takes to reach the programmed speed is cut in half.

Fiber lasers cut material quickly. The rate the machine can decelerate into and accelerate out of corners and tight arcs usually has a greater impact on cycle time than laser power or maximum machine speed. Another way to look at it is to see that purchasing a powerful and fast machine is not a good idea if the machine is not quick. The often-hidden parameter of acceleration is vital.

Consider cutting 20-gauge (1mm) aluminum. A 4-kW laser can cut at the rather high speed of around 2,250 ipm (57 m/min). However, if you are cutting a 3-inch line with a 1g machine, that 4kW laser will never accelerate the potential cut speed before it has to start decelerating, while a 6g machine will be at the cutting speed for 2.4 inches of the 3-inch line.

Acceleration is important.

Q: What acceleration do I need?

The quicker the better. Since the impact of acceleration and deceleration has such a large impact on cycle time, consider machines with 3 to 6g capability for sheet metal work. As you look to higher laser power, such as 10, 12, or 15kW, acceleration starts to also play a large role in cycle time for plate cutting of 0.25” to 0.6” (6 mm to 15 mm).

Q: What if the laser manufacturer doesn’t provide acceleration data?

Although most manufacturers don’t publish acceleration data, they will probably tell you if asked. However, understand that you’ll see the impact of machine quickness in the test cutting. When parameters such as power, geometry, material, and gases are roughly the same, the higher G machine will always produce parts faster; a lot faster on thin material, and somewhat faster on thick.

#3 Material Exchange

Modern fiber lasers burn through a sheet or plate quickly, so it’s important not to waste time loading in a fresh sheet. Most pallet changers were originally designed for CO2 lasers, where cutting performance was slower. They often use hydraulics and take 30 to 60 seconds to exchange a sheet.

The fastest pallet changers today are servo driven and swap a pallet in under 10 seconds. Since a shop can change sheets 6 to 10 times an hour, you save one to two hours of cut time per week.

High production applications often require automation beyond the laser’s pallet changer. Automated material handling systems can store many types of materials and automatically unload and load the fiber laser’s pallet changer. Material handling automation can keep the fiber laser running as much as possible throughout the day and offer the opportunity to run a second shift unattended.

Q: Do I need a fast pallet changer for thick material cutting?

Although thick cutting yields fewer pallet changes per hour, time is still wasted exchanging material. In addition, it is common for the operator to want to check on the cut by pausing, pulling the material out, inspecting the cut, then returning the pallet to the machine to resume, such as for a first article inspection of a new production run. Make sure the pallet changer is fast and is capable of returning the sheet to the same location and quickly resume cutting after it has been withdrawn for inspection.

Q: What capacity do I need in a pallet changer?

Your pallet changer should be able to handle your thickest, heaviest material. A 1-inch (25mm) thick 5’ x 10’ (1.5x3m) plate of steel weighs 2,100 pounds (950 kg). For most shops, a 2200-pound pallet changer (1,000 kg) should be sufficient. If you envision cutting over 1-inch thick full plates, note that iron and steel weigh just under 500 lbs/ft3 (8000 kg/m3) and request a heavy-duty system.

As fiber lasers become more productive, material exchange systems become a larger component of part cost.

Total Productivity

Looking back on laser power and machine dynamics, it might be helpful to think of it this way: higher power cuts faster, especially on thicker materials, and higher acceleration produces parts faster, especially on thinner materials. As for material exchange, no parts can be produced while the cut parts are being removed from the machine and raw material inserted, so faster is always better.

The success of a manufacturer often relies on squeezing every penny out of production costs. The best way to do that is to produce faster, thereby reducing the impact of fixed and variable costs per part. Selecting the right machine for your application can be daunting. However, you can see through the haze of specifications and options by focusing on the three largest factors driving fiber laser productivity – laser power, motion dynamics, and material exchange.

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