The main achievements in the project up to 19.19.97 are technical reports, conceptual designs and completed prototypes.
High Speed Production System: The users requirements
High Speed Machining Centre: Specification for the design phase
High Speed Operation: Specification of the required research and development
The specifications and designs of the Modules for the prototype 5-axis machining centre
The new modular Machine tool that will fit a wide range of customer with optimised machine tool structure and column. Including a system for reduction of noise and a design that considers the safety aspects
New 2-axis head
Levelling system used when more then one module are connected together
End position stops and brakes for high feedrates and and accelerations
Module for the spindle change system
New spindle with hydraulic motor
Guideways for high feedrates and acceleration
High integrity tool holder with supporting tool changer system
Modules for the swarf handling and recycling of coolant
Modules for the fast set up of workpieces and the material handling system
Interface between operator and CNC-controller
New spindle with integrated motor
New scale system
The objective of this project is to take a large step ahead of todays' commercial development and perform the research into High Speed Production (HSP) that will enable the European industry to compete with a 10 times increase in the throughput by combining a true 5-axis HSM Machining Centre with the High Speed Operation of Machining Centres.
The objectives of the project are to:
- Design, build and evaluate a concept for a modular built prototype 5-axis high speed machining centre.
- Do the necessary technical and organisational research so that the operation of the machining centre will reach the objective of a 10 times increase in throughput.
- Integrate the 5-axis High Speed Machining centre and the High Speed Operation into a High Speed Production technology demonstrator for evaluation and qualification of the concept. The project is anticipated to keep European industry at the technical forefront of the world market for machine tools.
The project therefore not only addresses the end users need for higher speeds and accuracies, but also considers the problem of radically reducing the floor-to-floor time, or turn around time. Thus with these added benefits the European machine tool industry will obtain commercial edge over our worldwide competitors.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
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