„The demanding expectations in the area of gear production claim the highest quality and profile correctness combined with reliable and flexible solutions (especially in the manufacturing area of small and medium sized batches).”
This is the answer fromKenneth Sundberg, General Manager „After Market Sales“ bei WFL Millturn Technologies, as we talked with him about his passion for gearing solutions. Even though machining operations on traditional gear cutting machines is well-established, there is a new trend in this business. Become differentiated with the 5 axis complete machining centers from WFL Millturn Technologies.
Competitive pressure is in the air. Constantly changing customer requirements set a new framework in the area of gear production. It gets more and more evident that the times when the complex methods of gear production were reserved only for niche markets or specialists come to an end. The trend towards shorter lead times and consequently an increased production output needs a strategic rethinking of gear manufacturers as an economic method of production is only possible when all gears engage seamlessly. To play in the top league of metal processing, manufacturer have to be able to deliver both: highest quality and flawless results. Thanks to the 5 axis complete machining centers and the advanced WFL technology “flawless” is an achievable goal.
The manufacturing process of gearing solutions is based on stable processes. Machining operations are affected even by the smallest changes. Therefore, the perfect combination of machining center, process data, clamping tools and measurement systems are significant. Thanks to the latest measure and scanning technology, inflexible manufacturing methods with customized high-speed steel (HSS) tools fall into oblivion. In return, the importance of automatic quality inspection increases rapidly. A precise interpretation of the evaluated data enables the operator to take eventual corrective measures. When it comes to the competitive production of a single gear piece or pinion it is essential to have individual and flexible control over the production system.
The Efficient Alternative
WFL Millturn Technologies back its 5 axis complete machining centers with experience, know-how in the area of application engineering and outstanding durability. The usage of complete machining centers has proven in various branches and now it is time for the gear manufacturing industry to benefit from its flexibility.
Innovative technologies enable high machining rates, flexible machining cycles, various process measurement techniques combined with comprehensive programming and simulations. Several WFL cycles qualify the machining of gears, pinions and other complex parts. To guarantee high precision and solidity, continuous development of innovations and advanced tungsten carbide tools are at the top of our agenda. Quality is further ensured through the few numbers of clampings. Mature performance, modern tools and realized machining cycles resulted in extremely shortened lead times, which proves the sustainability of the MILLTURN.
The MILLTURN – A True Allrounder
The perfected development of robust precision tools and specific gearing tools guarantees excellent results. Depending on profile and application, module sizes up to M6/M8 can be processed without hesitation. The deployment of a MILLTURN opens up previously undreamt possibilities and realizes absolute flexibility due to various machining processes such as turning, boring, milling, profile milling, InvoMilling™ and gear skiving. This unique transformability establishes a strong leading edge for gear manufacturers.
Technological Lead through the Right Partner
WFL Millturn Technologies builds up close relationships with industrial leaders of the market to keep the technological advantage. The machining of gears will transform heavily over the next decade and WFL is ready to present advanced enhancements and innovations.