New OKK VC-X350 5 Axis vertical mill
We are super excited about our newest machine tool. This super accurate machine features a Fanuc 31i-A5 control, among the best in our industry. The 30hp, 12,000 rpm spindle is coupled with a 60 tool magazine. Scale feedback on A axis and C axis. Renishaw probe system is built in to the machine for super accurate probing of parts, and tool length measurement. The new OKK weighs in at 18,000 lbs. Thanks very much to TMG (The Machine Group) for getting the machine setup quickly and providing top notch training. Dale Bruce, Sr. Machinist at Next Intent will be championing the new OKK VC-X350.
Zoller Tool Presetter & Measuring
Next Intent has taken delivery of a new Zoller Tool Presetter and Measuring machine. The high precision spindle, CCD Camera and Heidenhain glass scales insure that all our tools are set perfectly prior to loading into mills. This machine will improve overall setup and changeover times for our milling department. Tool length and diameter measurement within a few microns.
Haimer Power Clamp Shrink Fit System
Next Intent has invested in the Haimer Power Clamp Shrink Fit System. This inductive coil design heats up the toolholder in 10-15 seconds. The end mill or tool is placed in the toolholder, which is then cooled by the Haimer system, shrinking around the tool. This method holds the tool perfectly, with a Total Indicator Movement of only .00012″ at 3x diameter. All of the Haimer tool holders are pre-balanced to G2.5 at 25k rpm. The entire system improves cutting in both roughing and finishing passes. The balanced tool-holders also extend the life of spindle bearings on our machine tools.
Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing Training
Eight (8) employees from Next Intent completed a 3 day course in Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing. The course was organized by Dan Pittaway from Next Intent, and held at Trust Automation in San Luis Obispo, CA. The instructor, Mike Sanford from Technical Documentation Consultants of Arizona was excellent. His many years of experience as an engineer brought lots of real world experience to the class. The following employees from Next Intent completed the training: Rodney Babcock, Chris Baker, Matt Redman, Frank Vettel, Brian Buell, Dale Bruce, Galen Moyer, John Wildharber. Trust Automation had about 10 employees, and the balance of the class was made up from other local companies in San Luis Obispo county. Our thanks go out to Trust Automation (www.trustautomation.com) for hosting the class, and Dan Pittaway from Next Intent for his organizational efforts.