This year’s International Manufacturing Technology (IMTS) Show, sponsored by the Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT), will take place September 8 — 13, 2008 at the McCormick Place in Chicago, IL. More than 1,500 companies will exhibit new machine tools, controls, computers, software, components, systems, and processes.
The show is organized in pavilions according to product category. These include Abrasive Machining/Sawing/Finishing; Controls & CAD/CAM; EDM; Gear Generation; Machine Components/Cleaning/Environmental; Metal Cutting; Metal Forming & Fabricating/Lasers; Quality Assurance; and Tooling and Workholding Systems.
Be sure to visit the IMTS 2008 Manufacturing Business and Technology Forum — “Where Technology and Business Connect.” It brings together experts from the industry to give you the most useful and up-to-date technical information available on how to improve your production and operations; and how to solve your manufacturing challenges. The sessions complement what you see on the exhibit floor.
The following are a few companies that will be exhibiting at the show.
Sapphire and ruby orifices maintain calibration
Needle valves let you easily dial in a required flow, but they can also cause problems because the customer can change those settings in the field. This can upset the calibration of the device. The alternative is to choose a fixed flow valve that cannot be altered.
Bird Precision routinely recommends flow guides and repeatable sapphire and ruby orifice retrofits to achieve the ideal flow. Often the fixed orifice can be installed directly into the manifold, which reduces the number of fittings required. With Sapphire and Ruby Orifices, the material is a cost-effective man made product. Because it is next to diamond in hardness, wear is minimal. The material is also chemically inert even to acid at elevated temperatures, so corrosion is not an issue, and it will keep its calibration even in the harshest environment.
Bird Precision offers a unique series of laser drilled, wire lapped Ruby and Sapphire orifices. Orifices and filters are packaged in a variety of stainless, brass, and plastic — fittings, connectors, and inserts. They have extreme chemical and wear resistance and ensure precise, dependable control with even the most harsh liquids and gases.
Energy efficient gearmotor
Among many other products, Baldor Electric Company will display the Dodge QUANTIS GOLD, a C-face energy efficient gear motor. It combines Dodge QUANTIS ILH (In-Line Helical) and RHB (Right Angle Helical Bevel) C-face gear motors with Baldor Reliance Super-E Premium Efficient Motors for an energy efficient gear motor package. Motor and gearbox combinations to 10 hp are pre-selected.
Both QUANTIS ILH and RHB reducers have a NEMA clamp-collar design, foot mounted housing configurations, standard inch output shafts, nitrile input and output lip seals, A1 mounting, and Mobilegear 600 XP 220 oil. In addition, the RHB unit offers flange mounted housing configurations and tapered hollow bores with twin-tapered bushings. These reducers offer greater torque density in a compact housing.
Baldor Reliance Super-E Premium Efficient Motors are manufactured with rolled steel and cast iron construction that meets or exceeds NEMA Premium efficiency levels and offer TEFC enclosures for all standard industrial applications in dusty, dirty and humid environments. These motors, 1800 rpm, 60 Hz, with voltages from 230 V to 460, are inverter capable and are suitable for use on inverter drives in variable torque and 20:1 constant torque applications.
Baldor Electric Company
Multiple product highlights
HEIDENHAIN CORPORATION’s IMTS show product highlights include recent entries into the control market. Also included will be the company’s latest digital readout (DRO) — the versatile ND 500 system — coupled with an LS linear scale. Many new touch probe options will be on display, such as the TS 444 battery-free infrared probe, the TS 740 probe, and the UTI 192 interface box which allows for probe integration to non-TNC controls.
HEIDENHAIN will also feature the DIADUR®, a significant metal etching process invented by the company in 1950.
Actuator suits clean room requirements
The CGL15N/CGL20N Actuator from THK America, Inc., has a clean, corrosion resistant, and long—term maintenance-free design and is ideal for clean room environments.
For low particle generation, it features a seal mechanism and a full size cover. AFE-CA grease reduces dust. The actuator’s Ball Screw and LM Guide come THK AP-C treated for high corrosion resistance. THK Caged Technology employs a synthetic resin cage with a curvature that cradles each ball and separates it from the next one. The spaces between the rolling elements retain grease and act as a lubrication system.
The CGL15N/CGL20N not only provides low dust generation, but also high-speed capabilities. It is compliant with ISO 14644-1 Class 4 (equivalent to FED209D Class 10) at 2,000 [mm/s].
THK America, Inc.
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