Since it was founded 25 years ago, AVANTEC has established itself in the field of metal machining: with highly efficient tool systems, intelligent manufacturing strategies and, above all, with a rigorous orientation to high positive machining.
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Since the founding 25 years ago, AVANTEC has established in the metal working area high efficient tooling systems, intelligent manufacturing systems with the consistent focus on high positive machining. There is much more that revolves around our proud 25th anniversary such as our new development in telecommunication tools and innovative products that strengthen media presence at trade shows and on the market.
Expert Tünkers GmbH in Lorsch is well-known for its automation components, which use index drives to generate the desired indexing time for linear or rotary operations. They are mainly used in the automotive industry, but also in packaging, pharmacy and beverage bottling. With regard to the most demanding manufacturing step of its rotary index tables, Expert Tünkers benefits from a longstanding partnership with AVANTEC.
The patented design principle of Expert Tünkers enables low-maintenance and extremely efficient system construction for rotary index tables. The component that is the most time-consuming in terms of manufacture is the spiral roller made of various hardenable steel qualities.
Initially, the profile needs to be milled, which proved to be problematic for the following reason: the drives for the series were developed about 30 to 40 years ago!
That is why the special machines for cam milling and grinding also date from this period and are not available "off the peg". The machines at Expert Tünkers have therefore been maintained over the years and adapted to the state of the art again and again. The technology of the machines, their dynamics and performance, however, have long since failed to match the performance potential of modern tools. Milling was carried out for a long time with HSS milling cutters.
In 2005, the first trials with shell end mills were started. The complex milling geometry, however, meant that the geometry of the tool, the inserts and the insert seats, was not suitable. Constant insert breakage due to sporadic overload was the consequence. "We then carried out trials with several well-known tool manufacturers, with a wide variety of tool types and milling strategies," says Alexander von Schwech, responsible for work scheduling at Expert, "but we did not obtain a satisfactory outcome.
All attempts failed again and again due to tool breakage." An innovative solution needed to be found. A visit by AVANTEC employee Ralf Unzeitig brought the new approach: a trial using high-feed milling cutters and inserts, or copy milling cutters and round inserts respectively
However, the control system struggled to cope with a 9m feed. A better outcome had been obtained with the copy insert. The copy system was therefore pursued further. 4.5m was now traversed with 1.0mm ap. It was not possible to get more from the DMU. A switch was therefore now made to Schiess Kopp, the actual target machine with a more powerful drive, 50mm steep-angle taper and therefore far higher possible infeeds. To be sure: the machine achieved only 2m feed, but with 3mm ap – without problems, without cutting fluid and without insert breakage.
The result was now transferred to the entire series of groove widths, with milling cutter diameters of between 32 and 125 and optimised parameters in each case. The savings compared with earlier HSS tools were enormous: there were savings on cutting fluid, and primary and secondary processing times were reduced by 80%. The processes are now 5 times as quick. To reduce the throughput times further still, an investment was made in new machine tool technologies, in powerful turning-milling centres and milling-turning centres with up to 10 axes.
The capacity of these machines enabled the throughput time of all parts to be more than halved and flexibility to be acquired: while manufacture of the rollers for the flexible rotary tables as one of many parts groups has become standard on the turning-milling centres, the fixed indexing rollers are being manufactured on the milling-turning centres. On these machines, the AVANTEC milling cutters were able to display their full performance profile with a further doubling and trebling of the milling performance.
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