Helios Gear Products Upgrades Gear Deburring Machine
July 18, 2019
Helios Gear Products, formerly Koepfer America, recently announced the newly upgraded 2019 Tecnomacchine (“TM”) model TM 200-R3 CNC gear deburring machine. This design iteration offers complete CNC deburring and brushing stations with the ability to save all parameters within each part program. Each of the machine’s four stations use CNC for vertical, tangential, radial, and inclination positions.
Like previous TM 200 models, this automated solution alleviates human error and increases gear deburring productivity by removing the need to repeated setups. This machine is ideal for job shops and other gear manufacturing facilities for the machine’s ability to process diverse part types and sizes. The machine’s base configuration allows part diameters up to 200 mm (7.9”), but alternative configurations allow for parts up to 300 mm (11.8”) and larger diameters.
For the TM 200-R3’s processes, a TexComputer control panel is integrated directly into the machine enclosure and offers user-friendly dialog programming. Users can store programs on a memory stick or USB drive to be saved for later use, thus reducing set-up time. The TM 200-R3 also is equipped with an RJ45 port for cost-effective remote assistance with Helios Gear Products or Tecnomacchine service personnel.
The TM 200-R3 CNC deburring machine has 5 workstations: the first is the loading/unloading station, followed by stations for deburring top, deburring bottom, brushing top, and brushing bottom. Stations can be equipped with milling tools, cutoff wheels, and brushes depending on the operation and all stations work simultaneously for highly productive deburring; moreover, each station can be individually turned off to allow down to a single station to run.
Setup personnel can easily adjust all tools for position, orientation, pressure, and speed up to 30,000 rpm. Each of these CNC settings are programmable and can be saved within the part program. The stations are programmed via the control panel and are equipped with electric high-frequency tools or a silicon-coated nylon brush if it is a brushing station. The TM 200-R3 also includes CNC radial tool wear compensation and uses flexible work holding solutions to accommodate a variety of part sizes and types.
The loading table of the 2019 TM 200-R3 CNC has up to ten total carriage towers that rotate past the loading/unloading station. The operator loads all but one of the carriage towers with raw parts to be deburred, and a pneumatic loader arm picks and places parts into the work area. The machine’s rotary table then transfers workpieces between stations allowing each part to be deburred and brushed before returning to the loading/unloading station. The placement and removal of the parts to and from the carriage towers occurs while the machine is brushing or deburring other parts. This saves operation time and increases productivity.
The TM 200-R3 CNC machine’s SPC (statistical process control) station offers another advantage. This allows the operator to conduct quality control on a part without stopping the machine’s part-to-part cycling. The SPC station also allows operators to manually load / unload single workpieces safely and efficiently.
The TM 200-R3 CNC produces finished workpieces in under a minute. This productivity comes from the machine’s CNC workstations and flexible automatic loading and unloading system, and it offers gear manufacturers a long-term competitive deburring solution. The TM 200-R3 CNC provides an optimum balance between productivity and flexibility, which is perfect for job shops as well as gear manufacturing departments with a complex variety of parts.
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