At this year’s JIMTOF (Japan International Machine Tool Fair), Klingelnberg is set to provide an encore presentation of two key topics from this exhibition year: solutions for the automotive industry and solutions for small-batch gear manufacturing. In line with these topics, the company will present technical milestones in cylindrical gear grinding and fully automatic precision measurement at booth E-1078 at the Tokyo International Exhibition Center, November 17–22.
Hot topics all over the world: Klingelnberg is taking its presentation of two industry topics, “ Solutions for the Automobile Industry” and “Solutions for Small-Batch Gear Manufacturers,” to the largest machine tool exhibition in Asia. In September, the company dedicated its exhibit at the IMTS in Chicago to these topics—and enjoyed great success. “This year, we are especially pleased to present the next generation of the tried-and-tested P 40 precision measuring center—a further development featuring advanced technology that delivers significantly more in the way of efficiency and convenience, thanks to new software and an innovative user interface,” explains Michinori Kusano, Managing Director of the KLINGELNBERG subsidiary in Japan. Every two years, the JIMTOF brings together a who’s who of the industry in Asia. This year’s show will take place November 17–22, 2016.
VIPER 500 W Cylindrical Gear Grinding Machine: Optimized Small Batch Production
The industrial gear unit sector consists of many different applications, all of which have one thing in common: They place considerable demands on the reliability of the toothed gears. The cylindrical gears for these sectors are often produced by companies specializing in small batch sizes and a variety of products. Manufacturers with their sights set on leading the market frequently rely on a rigid machine design and flexible, efficient tool systems. With the modification options the VIPER 500 provides, Klingelnberg has developed a modular technology platform that gives contract gear manufacturers in particular a leg up on the competition thanks to maximum process efficiency and unparalleled production quality.
The VIPER 500 W cylindrical gear grinding machine is designed for component diameters up to 500 mm and specifically for small to medium-sized batches. To suit individual requirements, the machine is available in three different configurations: profile grinding, small grinding wheels for custom jobs, and multiple-wheel technology (K) as well as generation grinding (W). The VIPER 500 W configuration allows both profile grinding and continuous generation grinding on the same machine – with minimal retooling time.
On all variants, the optional internal gear grinding arm allows retooling from external to internal gearing. Moreover, the special machine axis arrangement is a contributing factor in the machine's tried-and-tested precision and consistent quality, as well as tremendous flexibility. The highly dynamic axes allow optimized 5-axis machining of an entire range of modifications in the shortest possible grinding time.
P 40 Precision Measuring Center: As Easy to Use as 1–2–3, Thanks to Its Intuitive User Interface
The fully automatic CNC-controlled precision measuring center is designed as a compact unit for the workpiece diameter range up to 400 mm. At the heart of the P 40 is an accurate, durable rotary table. Configured as a measuring axis (C axis), it provides concentric seating of the workpieces to be tested.
And here’s what the new generation can do: All precision measuring centers are now equipped with new versions of the calibration software and an advanced graphical user interface. The new Windows user interface—unveiled in May 2016 at the Control show in Stuttgart, Germany and now established on the market under the “EasyStart” brand—allows the machine operator to operate the machine in a manner that is both significantly easier and target-oriented. A clearly structured user interface, featuring a tiled layout and a distinct set of symbols for each measuring application, ensures a quick and easy program start on the gear measuring machine. Most machine operators will already be familiar with this type of application from the current general Windows system interface.