Nobody expects an Elvis sighting at a manufacturing trade show. But The Tonight Show's Jay Leno, who is being touted to host next year's Academy Awards, was seen checking out vertical machining centers at a number of booths, apparently to make parts for his extensive collection of vintage and otherwise cars and 'cycles.
A number of new machines were introduced at Westec, a good run-up to IMTS 2002. The strong regional identity of Westec with the aerospace, high-tech racing and the electronics industries is an inviting opportunity to introduce technology specifically aimed at it.
Here are a few of the highlights from Westec 2002.
Racing car enthusiasts were in for a special treat at the Fadal Machining Center booth, where two prominent race car drivers were autographing pictures--and a couple of machines that were sold at the show. Gary Densham signed a big Fadal 50-taper VMC 6535 that was going to B&B Machine in Muscatine, IA. And funny car champion John Force signed a Fadal EMC VMC that was being delivered to Stevens Precision in Newbury, CA.
Hitachi Seiki demonstrated how wireless communication could provide real-time monitoring of machines located 1,000 feet away on the show floor. Heart of the Hitachi Seiki's PC FlexLink communications capability is the Yaskawa Siemens 840D CNC control. The company also introduced several machines, including its new VSC50 a multi-tasking vertical machining center and grinding center designed for hard-cutting materials such as ceramics, carbide alloys and hardened steels.
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Chevalier Machinery introduced two new machines: the FSG-818S combination slicing and grinding machine for machining hard and brittle materials like quartz, ceramics, glass, silicon, graphite and tungsten carbide and the compact 1418VMC Mini Mill that features a 11.4 lip spindle motor that runs at 8,000 rpm, 1,217 ipm rapids, rigid tapping, and 12-station carousel-type ATC.
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Marubeni Citizen-Cincom introduced the Cincom R04 Type VI CNC turning center for machining tiny parts. Main spindle speed is up to 20,000 rpm for machining parts with maximum diameter of 5/32 that are 2" long. The new slide is driven by a linear motor without any deflection and backlash from power transmission. The lathe is equipped with two independently driven gang tool posts that can accommodate a maximum of 13 tools.
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