Written by Humphrey Carter on August 27, 2019 in feature Events News

CompoTech is to showcase a range of composite structures that can improve machine tool performance and components that can expand machine capabilities as it returns once again to EMO Hannover in September.

The company will highlight how composite technology can extend the working range for certain milling machines. On their stand, CompoTech will exhbit a large 315mm diameter milling head produced with a composite main body. The lightweight design gives 55% percent weight saving compare to steel equivalent and higher vibrations damping and increased stiffness due to carbon and graphite fibre in the tool. This will allow a machine greater extension range, increased milling speed as well as less load on the motor. This is the largest milling head produced to date and testing has shown that composite tools can achieve better surface quality with reduced roughness.

Furthermore, at the show will be a new prototype composite boring tool in development with Makino J. The lightweight, while stiff part can allow a deeper boring without having to upgrade the machine.

Measured weight of the 315mm milling head.

Measured weight of the 315mm milling head.

These developments have in mind the trend of automotive manufacturers moving to electric engines. Changes in machining requirements from traditional combustion engines to new electric motors could lead to some production lines becoming obsolete and require major investment to replace. However, the idea coming from many tool manufactures is to broach this issue with lightweight tools. Hence composite materials as they have significant advantages in this application, for example, to save huge costs for manufacturers.

Carbon composite parts are not normally considered for machine design, thought to be more suited to Formula 1 chassis than forming structures for machine tools. However, some of the principles are the same where there is high speed and accuracy machines. On CompoTech’s stand, a team of engineers will be on hand to discuss the company’s axial fibre placement process and how to increase machine performance and accuracy by up to 50% with composite materials.

Rory Carter, Company Director, explains, “When we first came to EMO 10 years ago, we were met with some quizzical looks and asked why composites at a machine tool show. More recently carbon composite technology has become accepted as an important design consideration. We’re looking forward showing to those not familiar how composites can improve their machine performance.”

EMO Hannover 2019 takes place on 16 to 21 September 2019 in Germany. CompoTech will be exhibiting in Hall 6, Stand B25.

For more information, please contact CompoTech on +420 376 526 839, email enquire@compotech.com or visit https://www.compotech.com/