Ditzingen, April 23, 2009 – For welding the body of the new Peugeot 3008, which will be launched in summer 2009, PSA Peugeot Citroën is using three TruDisk 6002 lasers as well as a TruDisk 4002. The disk lasers from TRUMPF with power ranges of 6 and 4 kilowatts are used to weld the doors and body reinforcements of the new Peugeot at the assembly plant located in Sochaux, France. Instead of individual spot welds, the disk lasers lay a full-length weld seam. "This enables us to achieve high body stiffness in our new Peugeot 3008," says Jean-Charles Schmitt, Product and Process laser manager at PSA, who describes the benefits of laser welding.
Yamazaki Mazak’s QUICK TURN NEXUS series of lathes has been a resounding success since its introduction in 2002, with more than 14,000 machines having been delivered worldwide from its nine factories. This has opened up many new markets and introduced a new generation of customers to the capabilities of Mazak products.
The TRUMPF TruMark Series 3000 and 6000 laser markers are able to meet the material requirements of the widest variety of plastics by using appropriate laser-active media and different wavelengths. These systems are designed to be directly integrated into automated manufacturing lines and thanks to their small footprint they are ideal where space is at a premium. Open architecture allows quick and easy connection to existing control networks. New additions to TruMark Series include the TruMark 3130 that is ideal for high precision applications such as day and night design. Cell phone key pads and illuminated switches in cars are good examples. This new model uses yttrium-vanadate as the laser active material making it suitable for the best possible high pulse frequencies from 30 to 100kHz. In this frequency range the TruMark 3130 exhibits exceptional pulse-to-pulse stability.
The EdgeMaster is an optical 3D measurement device for the fast and accurate measurement of cutting edges. Critical dimensions such as radii and angles are measured quickly and robustly and without contact. Edge radii >3µm are measured with a vertical resolution of up to 10nm.
Following NCMT’s successful titanium machining roadshow, which visited six venues around the UK during March and April and attracted more than 150 engineers, principally from the aerospace, power generation and medical sectors, the company has announced two one-day seminars on a similar theme.
Yamazaki Mazak will be hosting a two-day Done in One master class in association with CAD/CAM specialist OPEN MIND Technologies between 16th June 2009. The event, which takes place at Mazak’s European headquarters in Worcester, will highlight the savings that can be made through the application of the latest machine tool hardware and software.
Renishaw’s new LM13 linear magnetic encoders bring big performance to small spaces and tough applications. Just 14mm tall and consisting of only a readhead and separate self-adhesive scale, the LM13 gives OEM designers an ultra-compact package that's ideal for industry's toughest applications. Magnetic sensing delivers dependability in applications too dusty, dirty, greasy or destructive for optical encoders.
Subcontractors in China, India and Eastern Europe have traditionally undercut British firms when bidding for contracts to produce large volumes of turned parts, but that is changing. Last autumn (2008), DJJ Precision Engineering, Pontypool, invested in a German-built Index MS32C six-spindle multi through sole UK agent, Geo Kingsbury Machine Tools, and immediately started to win work back from Asia.
A new range of industrial component cleaning machines has been introduced by the Finnish manufacturer, FinnSonic, that allows users to order systems that exactly suit their needs for the same price as a standard system. Availability in the UK is through Turbex in Alton, Hampshire.