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More machines, bigger presence from ETG

More machines, bigger presence from ETG

The Engineering Technology Group (ETG) returns to MACH with an even bigger presence, two stands, 15 machines and impressive live demonstrations.

On its main stand in Hall 5 (5310), ETG will feature new machine launches from Nakamura Tome, Feeler, Chiron, Handtmann and Quaser as well as a comprehensive line-up of Hardinge Bridgeport machining centres.

ETG will also demonstrate the comprehensive end-to-end service it offers customers, including spares, service and maintenance support from Engineering Solutions, machine monitoring and productivity optimisation software from FactoryWiz, turnkey and applications engineering, and the specialised financial services of ETG Finance Solutions.

One of the highlights of the stand will be the live machining of an aluminium aerospace cleat on the new Handtmann HBZ TR 80 high-performance, five-axis horizontal machining centre.

Handtmann’s customer used to machine the part in three operations in 1 hour and 20 minutes – the HBZ TR 80 machines it from billet in one operation in just 14 minutes.

As the live demonstrations will prove, the TR 80 is a very fast, very rigid, trunnion-type 5-axis horizontal machining centre for machining aluminium or titanium at extremely high metal removal rates – up to 12 litres a minute.

At its heart is an innovative ‘Power Cube’ design in which the X, Y and Z axes are integrated in the machine frame with no travelling column.

X-, Y- and Z-axis travels of 45m/min and 0.6g accelerations are combined with 35rpm A and C swivel-table axes. A dynamic package option takes the linear axis speeds up to 60m/min with accelerations of 1.0g.

The major benefits of the HBZ TR 80 come from the horizontal five-axis machining approach.
Combined with the innovative Power Cube design, this allows five-sided machining in one setup using a very powerful ram and spindle with an extremely high metal removal rate and the swarf rapidly removed from the machining zone.

This avoids the dangers of re-machining the swarf and excessive heat build-up in the component and removes the need to regularly interrupt machining to clear away the chips.

ETG’s second stand is in Hall 4 (4301) and will highlight the capabilities of ETG’s workholding and automation specialist Hyfore and the online accessories and workholding source ShopHardinge. Finally, and by popular request, the stand will also herald the return to the UK market of the iconic Bridgeport turret mill.

Published on MTD CNC by ETG on 11 February 2014

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