Topic Track: Process Innovations
Session Topic: The Blue Arc Metal Removal Process Update: A Case Study in the Benefits of Vendor Collaboration
In today’s current manufacturing environment, we are facing more complicated, multi-discipline processes. We are addressing these complicated challenges with a dwindling resource base. The ever-growing skills gap will force us to work differently in the future and the future is NOW. In the past, a company would purchase a machine, an engineer would design a fixture, another would select a tooling suite, another would create the part program, and the facilities manager would dictate the coolant used in the machine. All of these individually selected resources would come together, and the manufacturer would hope for the best. Today’s complex processes dictate a different approach. How can a deep dive into intense collaboration result in dramatic reductions in cost of manufacture and increased process reliability? An interesting case study will be shared about the GE/Mitsui Seiki partnership in the revolutionary Blue Arc process – along with an update on its applications – and suggestions for how to effectively collaborate in an era of scarce resources.
Mitsui Seiki USA Inc., Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mitsui Seiki Kogyo Co. Ltd. Established in 1928 as the first company in Japan to produce precision measuring instruments, in 1938 it became the first to create ultra-precise machine tools. Mitsui Seiki has acquired a world-renowned reputation for accuracy in its machine tools. Its product line is comprised of CNC horizontal and vertical-spindle machining centers with up to 5+ axes, CNC jig-boring and jig-grinding machines, and CNC thread-grinding machines. In the last decade, the company has focused on the research and development of machine tool technologies for the aerospace, power generation, and mold & die industries.
The optimal machining of hard metals has been a concentrated effort. Mitsui Seiki has the most current and thorough knowledge of triple nickel titanium (Ti 5553] Ti-Aluminate (TiAl]. and the newer Titanium Beta 21 machining. Its technical experts have been travelling around the world, sharing this compelling, practical knowledge regarding optimal, efficient, and profitable methods for machining challenging materials. The company is also leading development of new hybrid machine tools and the Blue Arc platform.
In addition to sharing its expertise in hard metal machining and how to achieve high volumetric accuracies and why it’s important, the company will highlight a Hybrid Vertical Machining & Grinding Center as well as a 5-axis Vertical Machining Center.
IMTS 2018 Booth #338519