Widely adopted throughout the machine tool industry for its simplification of programming and complex machining operations, GE Fanuc’s CNC Manual Guide is keeping pace with the rapid advances in the company’s other CNC systems. A new i system is set to become a main feature on operating screens for GE Fanuc Series 16i, 18i and 21i CNCs. In addition to all capabilities previously available for lathe and milling machining (T and M versions), the i system offers a host of dynamic new facilities.
For example, powerful part program editing provides the ability to cut and paste, or copy, a part of a program at will in a manner similar to that of conventional word processor software. Guidance messages are given as G- or M-code comments, in the form of a cursor pointing, displayed on the lower part of a screen. Also, insertion of a prefixed program is possible via a series of normal part program blocks registered as a prefixed program. Other new features include set-up guidance and animation sequencing.
GE Fanuc says that a new dual machining programming facility offers advantages to those many workshops where operators may not be familiar with both turning and milling, and where the machining motions of such dual part machining programs are difficult to check.
Mold-Masters Announces Opening of New Sales Support Office in Shanghai
Mold-Master is hot runner systems company who has taken another step in extending its global presence with the opening of its first Chinese office, in Shanghai. This new operation will further enhance Mold-Masters’ regional capabilities in a demanding Asian market and strengthen the company’s commitment to innovative service and support with a regional focus.
Mold-Masters chose Shanghai for its first Chinese office because it is one of East Asia’s busiest manufacturing areas. The new office will offer direct local assistance for spare parts, technical service, and application support. It currently employs five sales and service personnel.
An Heid, who holds a Bachelor of Plastic Mechanical Engineering degree from Beijing Chemical University, will manage the new operation. An has worked for Mold-Masters since 1991 in various capacities, most recently the company’s Asian business manager and general manager. want to buy hot runner mold?
Singapore’s MTA 2003 to Offer Four Major Concurrent Trade Events
Visit MTA 2003 in Singapore next May 20-24 and you’ll have the opportunity to see four major shows running concurrently at the Singapore Expo Centre: Metal Asia 2003, a metalworking show; Metrology MTA 2003, a quality trade fair; Mould TechAsia 2003, the 6th Asian international exhibition of machinery and accessories for the mould and die industry; and Manufacturing Asia 2003, the 15th Asian international showcase for factory equipment and supplies.
All of this takes place in conjunction with Outsource & Subcon 2003, an Asian contract manufacturing and subcontracting exhibition for global manufacturing procurement and outsourcing.
The projected exhibition area will cover 18,000 m² and accommodate 1,200 companies, with about 80% from overseas, and host 12 group pavilions. More than 20,000 visitors are expected.
Numerous organizations are supporting MTA 2003, including the Federation of Asia Pacific Die & Mould Associations (FADMA).
Fidia Appoints 600 Centre as Representative in United Kingdom
Fidia of Italy, manufacturer of three-, four- and five-axis birotary head milling centers for mold, die and resin applications, has appointed the 600 Centre organization of Shepshed as its representative in the United Kingdom.
According to 600 Centre director Tim Hately, “Fidia’s range of machines is regarded internationally as [having] leading-edge technology for five-axis machining, with the added advantage of the Fidia control system and application software.”
The Fidia range consists of the D, K, HS and Y2K Series. The K 211/411 five-axis milling center is the latest addition with a 24,000 rev/min, 27 kW bi-rotary head and up to 84-tool capacity for large, complex injection molds. Other machines have up spindle drives offering up to 60,000 rev/min, and are capable of digitizing, graphite machining, hard metal machining of forging dies and molds as well as model machining.