Click image to enlarge

Precision, speed and automation take centre stage at annual DMG/Mori Seiki event 

Canadian manufacturers, who were among the 5000-plus people who attended the annual DMG/Mori Seiki open house in Pfronten, Germany in late January, had the chance to see one of the largest high precision machine tools in the world and some of the fastest five axis high speed machines in the industry.Click image to enlarge

Shop Metalworking Technology Magazine was invited to the open house as part of an international press delegation. The event is considered one of the largest in-house exhibitions of machine tools in the world.

During a press conference at the event in Pfronten, Dr. Rudiger Kapitza, Chairman of the Executive Board of Gildemeister, and Dr. Masahiko Mori, president of Mori Seiki stated they expect to see growth in 2013 across the world, although the most significant growth will come from North America (Canada 5.7 per cent, US 7.6 per cent and Mexico 7.1 per cent), where they expect to see growth for the company of 7.3 per cent.

While North America and Europe have been quick to pick up on new technologies offered by DMG/Mori Seiki, other parts of the world, such as China, have been slower to embrace the, notes Dr. Mori. "Machine shops are shifting technologies to more higher precision and five axis and with three to five years Chinese customers will be buying more of these types of higher end technologies."

The week-long open house is an opportunity for DMG/Mori Seiki to showcase new machines and technologies and this year's event was no exception. The company introduced six machines that made their world premieres and nine innovations.Click image to enlarge

Click image to enlarge

"The event demonstrates to customers that there is constant development in the design and production of new machines and new technologies," says Daniel Medrea, managing director of DMG Canada, who Shop Metalworking Technology caught up with in Pfronten.

DMG Canada invited 16 manufacturers from across Canada.

"We want customers to have access to all of our technologies and understand how they work and why their so effective. For instance, when they see how some of our duoBlock-based machines work, they understand why the machines offer better performance, stability and accuracy. Linear drives are another example. The technology is not very popular in Canada yet because it is expensive but when customers see the speed and performance of machines with linear drives, they understand that investments in these types of machines will pay off."

New Machines

Among the highlights was the new Dixi 210 P, a new joint development gantry machine from DMG and Mori Seiki that features a X, Y, Z work area of 1,800 x 2,100 x 1,250 mm and volumetric accuracy of less than 35 micrometres. The machine can handle large, heavy components with diameters up to 2,500 mm, heights of 1,250 mm and weights of 8,000 kg maximum.

New machine tool technologies always focus on addressing customer needs. In manufacturing, whether it's Canada, Europe or any other part of the world, that focus is on helping manufacturers improve productivity and become more competitive. Two technologies stood out: linear drives and automation.

The company's popular DMU eVo line of universal machining centres is one good example. The linear series machines are considerably faster than their non-linear counterparts and offer higher accuracies and faster machining speeds. This year, the company introduced a level of automation with one of the models. The DMU 40 eVo linear FD (turn-mill) is equipped with a pallet changer. One of the popular features of this machine is its compact size. Even with a pallet changer, the machine's footprint is still only 1.3 sq m larger than that of the same machine without the pallet changer.

Click image to enlarge

 Faster machining 

"The DMC 80 H linear is a horizontal machining centre with full five or four axis capabilities and it's the fastest machine in the world because it has linear drives on all axes," says DMG Canada's Daniel Medrea. Designed for larger workpieces, it comes equipped with an HSK-A100 too taper and 430 Nm spindle. The machine will soon be offered with an RS12 rotary pallet magazine (with pallet dimensions of 500 x 500 mm) for great machining flexibility. It features a 2.6 second chip-to-chip time and rapid traverses of up to 80 m/min and 0.8 g of acceleration.

Integrating Automation

Many of the machine tools on display illustrated how the role of automation in machining, from material handling systems to robotic tool changing units. An example was the CTX beta 1250 TC turn mill machine equipped with a linear workpiece handling system. The WH-H TOP system includes an integrated workpiece magazine into which stacking trolleys can be inserted. Automation options include the integration of secondary work such as deburring, cleaning and measuring operations.


Welding groups donate to Fort McMurray Red Cross campaign

Several Canadian Welding Association (CWA) chapters and the Canadian Welding Bureau Group (CWB Group) came together to raise money for the Red Cross Fort McMurray fundraising initiative.

Tool wear observations

Tool wear observations according to Moshe Goldberg, manager of marketing, training and engineering support for Iscar Ltd., Tefen, Israel.

Viking, PAL Aerospace partner to fight fires

Canadian owned and operated aerospace companies Viking Air Ltd. and PAL Aerospace Canada have partnered to support wildland firefighters around the globe.

Manufacturing capacity utilization rate on the rise

Canadian manufacturers continue to increase their factory capacity utilization.

Zero-emission vehicle supply chain alliance launched

Accelerate, Canada’s first supply chain alliance for zero-emission vehicle partners, has been launched.

Is the US electrical vehicle credit plan dead?

US president Joe Biden’s controversial electrical vehicle (EV) incentive plan, which could prove disastrous for Canada’s fledgling EV assembly ambitions, has been left teetering in uncertainty following the loss of support from a key Democrat senator yesterday.

70° lead on face milling tool

Tungaloy has expanded its DoPent face milling line with a new cutting edge geometry and grade. The cutter has a 70° lead to enable it to take greater depth of cuts than traditional 45° lead cutters, says the company.

Heidenhain launches next generation education support program

HEIDENHAIN is offering a collection of educational services and products to meet the demands for digitization of data in NC metalworking in training the next generation of manufacturing professionals. 

Canadian exports strong despite supply chain challenges

Canadian merchandise trade continued to rise in November despite the significant transportation disruptions caused by flooding and landslides in British Columbia, Statistics Canada data revealed today.

An ecosystem for the sheet metal processing industry

The future belongs to networked manufacturing.

Ontario manufacturers keep the PPE coming

Ontario has been investing in local manufacturers in order to keep frontline workers and communities safe during the COVID-19 outbreak, and more of these innovative businesses are receiving financial support through the Ontario Together Fund to re-tool their processes and increase their capacity to make personal protective equipment (PPE).

GF Machining brings OPC UA to North America

GF Machining Solutions now offers North American manufacturers its Open Platform Communications (OPC) Unified Architecture (UA) interface Version 1.0 as a single connectivity solution.

New general manager for Seco Tools in Canada

Brancko Hohnec has been appointed general manager, Canada, for Seco Tools. He joined Seco 11 years ago and most recently was managing director of Seco in Slovenia. He has a background in mechanical engineering. He will be based in Mississauga, ON.




How Canadian manufacturers can alleviate supply chain issues

Even though restrictions related to COVID-19 ease across the country, many of the supply chain issues that we have experienced over the past two years continue. At its worst, this has left many companies completely unable to send or receive the goods they need, due to delayed shipments, unavailable products, and product price inflation – all due to a lack of availability.

Aftermarket adapter fits most machines

U-tec a patented flexible tool adapter system from tool maker Heimatec, allows a standard ER output live tool to accept various adapters for different applications.

Stay In Touch

twitter facebook linkedIn