IMTS Technology Follow-Up

Oct 11, 2012

IMTS 2012 is still a hot topic, from Twitter feeds to government speeches that talk about manufacturing. I’m continuing to compile technology highlights from my own continuing research and from those following me on Twitter (@AMT_Tech). I’m providing a couple of the honorable mentions from these post-IMTS research weeks:

Automation & Integration: Siemens demonstrated its recent collaboration with KUKA Robotics at IMTS. In the Siemens booth, E-5010, a KUKA KR 60-3 was articulating parts, simulating the operation on a CNC machine tool. Key to this development is the machine builder’s ability to integrate mxAutomation from KUKA directly through the Siemens Sinumerik CNC platform, thereby allowing the operator of the machine to run both the machine tool and robot from the single control panel.

Metrology & Inspection: Verisurf Software, Inc. and select resellers worldwide also premiered 3DGageTM at IMTS 2012. Our friends at Mold Making Technology reported on the importance of the portability and affordability of portable CMMs combined with 3D model-based software. This capability is changing design and manufacturing from manual 2D inspection and reverse engineering to highly automated 3D methods that accelerate the process. Now using 3DGage, end users can customize a system to their needs by choosing from four software configurations, four portable CMM configurations and a variety of probe options. (http://www.moldmakingtechnology.com/articles/3dgage-portable-cmm)

I am Tim Shinbara, Technical Director at AMT. I will continue to follow the technology developments and potential applications found from IMTS as we move toward IMTS 2014!