IMTS Sneak Peek: “Coolest” Aerospace Demo at the Show
The demos I’ll be showing at IMTS take “cool” to a whole new level. We’ll be cutting an aerospace blisk on an MU-8000V-L that has a liquid nitrogen cooling system from 5ME, and this always draws a crowd! If you’re attending IMTS this is your chance to stop by, check it out and ask any questions you may have. Cryogenic machining may look like space age stuff, but it’s being used in shops today, it’s highly effective, and it’s a safe and proven technology.
We’ll also be showing the versatility of MU-8000V-L—it can be used for both milling and turning functions. Our slotting demonstration spotlights another handy feature called Dynamic Tool Load Control (DTLC). DLTC dynamically adjusts the feed rate to compensate for variations in the tool. To do this it measures the run out of each individual insert on the tool and then compensates for that as it detects which insert is engaged in the cut, and adjusts the spindle speed or the feed rate accordingly. DLTC optimizes the performance of each insert and also extends tool life.
General Purpose Machine Tool for Aerospace
After you check out the MU-8000V-L, definitely take a look at our MU-5000V-L demo. Here we’ll be showing some turning as well as drilling on a pretty cool looking stainless steel part, which is a section of a jet engine case. This is a great general-purpose machine for aerospace shops because it can do turning, milling, deep drilling and tapping.
My First IMTS
I’ve been to other shows before, but this will be my first IMTS. I’ll be there for a little over two weeks and I’m told Chicago is amazing that time of year and the food is off the hook. I definitely look forward to all that, but the most fun will be showing off these technologies and meeting lots of cool people in our industry. So stop by at Okuma Booth S-8500, find the cryo demo, and say hello!
Lee Johnston is Applications Engineer, Okuma America Corporation.