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New Heimatec system reduces downtime, eliminates costly changeover; ideal for the busy job shop or production department

HT Series quick-change tool adapter system from Heimatec requires only a single clamping bolt turn for changeover. Click the image to view the animation.

Heimatec, a world leader in live tools, angle heads and multi-spindle drill heads, announces immediate availability of its newest development, the HT Series quick-change tool adapter system.  With the HT Series onboard, users do not need to change tooling, only the adapter and that action is accomplished with a single clamping bolt.  In this way, collet assemblies can be preset outside the machine tool, then simply swapped out as needed.

Whether a one-off job shop or long run production department, downtime on any machine tool is costly and the HT Series reduces changeover from an average of 15-20 minutes down to about that many seconds.  The tool head stays in the machine, so less probing is needed after the changeover, as well.

HT Series offers users a lower initial investment, minimized tooling time, reductions of tooling quantities and related costs, plus considerably lower inventories.  Further savings are realized by the high degree of flexibility in the system, the shortest gauge line of any system on the market, meaning no additional tool length consumed, standard coolant-through design, exceptional repeatability to 0.0002” and easier handling of the components, resulting in lower setup costs.

This new quick-change system is available from Heimatec with all common outputs, including collet, extended collet, collet with tension and expansion for tapping, weld-on, weld-on extended, arbor, hydro-chuck, indexable insert holder, shrink fit and blank/plug design.

Interested parties can see the HT Series in action on youtube at:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wl7_978FQ94&NR=1

For further information and literature on this new product, please contact:

Preben Hansen, President
HEIMATEC INC.
16 E. Piper Lane Suite 129
Prospect Heights, IL 60070
Phone:  847-749-0633
Fax:  847-749-2445
Email: info@heimatecinc.com
Website: www.heimatecinc.com

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Heimatec is an international tooling manufacturer, based in Renchen, Germany. Its experienced staff is dedicated to providing customers the most innovative tooling technology possible. In 2010, the company opened Heimatec Inc. in Prospect Heights, IL, near Chicago, to serve its growing North American customer base with sales and service, plus an extensive inventory of products. Heimatec serves the auto, aero, medical, off-highway, rail, energy, woodworking, composites and other industries, as well as an ever-increasing number of machine tool OEM’s worldwide.

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Heimatec axial tool with built-in U-tec system

To everything, there is a REASON…turn, turn, turn…

Here’s your best reason to stop by our booth:

At this year’s IMTS, Heimatec will display its live tooling in a unique way…a live demo on a rotating machine tool turret.   Come and see the show!

Heimatec, a world leader in live tools, angle heads and multi-spindle drill heads, today announced immediate availability of its newest development, recently unveiled for IMTS.
U-tec is the company’s patented flexible tool adapter system that allows a standard ER output live tool to accept various adapters for different applications. This allows users the ability to have  quick changeover of tools on almost any lathe, using a single live tool, without having to commit to a quick-change system on the initial purchase.  A facemill adapter, for example, can be quickly positioned into the standard holder, without the need for a completely new base being installed.  This significantly reduces inventory costs as well as changeover time, for the busy shop.

Heimatec radial tool with built-in U-tec system

The U-tec system, according to Heimatec Inc. President Preben Hansen, “…represents a real improvement in lathe and mill/turn tooling design.  U-tec allows great user flexibility, while a polygonal drive system ensures extremely high power transmission stability and faster set-up with absolutely no loss in performance or accuracy, because the live tool base remains in position and only the adapter and collet get swapped.”

He went on to explain the unique collet nuts on the U-tec system have internal  threading for rigid mounting and that this new tool adapter system enables the actual cutting tool to be brought into closer proximity to the bearing, thus further improving performance in use.  This benefit results from the short and compact tool length design.  Internal coolant up to 2000 psi(140 bar) is provided standard.

Side lock adapter

Every adapter in the U-tec system comes complete with any necessary clamping nuts and adapters are immediately available in face mill style, ER extensions, side lock, shrink fit, hydraulic and blank.

The U-tec system is available for all major turning machines on the market today.  Heimatec currently manufactures over 10,000 live tool types.

Extended ER collet chuck adapter

For further information and literature on this new product, please contact:

Preben Hansen, President
HEIMATEC INC.
16 E. Piper Lane Suite 129
Prospect Heights, IL 60070
Phone:  847-749-0633
Fax:  847-749-2445
Email: info@heimatecinc.com
Website: www.heimatecinc.com

Connect with Heimatec Inc:  twitfbliytgplus

Heimatec is an international tooling manufacturer, based in Renchen, Germany. Its experienced staff is dedicated to providing customers the most innovative tooling technology possible. In 2010, the company opened Heimatec Inc. in Prospect Heights, IL, near Chicago, to serve its growing North American customer base with sales and service, plus an extensive inventory of products. Heimatec serves the auto, aero, medical, off-highway, rail, energy, woodworking, composites and other industries, as well as an ever-increasing number of machine tool OEM’s worldwide.

Face mill adapter

ER collet

ER collet chuck adapter

Tooling supplier expands headquarters, offers specific machine tool brand product lines, detailed in new full-specification catalogs

Heimatec, Inc., the North American operation for a world leader in live tools, angle heads and multi-spindle drill heads, today announces it has relocated to substantially larger headquarters near Chicago.

Heimatec will display a complete line of high-quality live tools for all major turning machine brands, as well as angle heads for milling applications, during the upcoming IMTS 2012 in Chicago. The company will feature its unique HT quick-change system and patented u-tec flexible machining system.

According to company president Preben Hansen, “We made this move to increase our inventory and our staff to better serve the growing ranks of our customers, both end users and distributors alike.”  The new location is in Prospect Heights, Illinois, previously home to Heimatec.

It represents a 50% increase in the office and warehouse capacity for this growing supplier to the North American machine tool market.  Hansen anticipates hiring new staff for the facility soon.

In related news, Heimatec has introduced complete lines of tooling, each designed for specific brands of machine tools, including the major builders of turning machines used in the North American market, such as Haas, Okuma, Mazak, Spinner, Miyano, Nakamura and others. This full-specification literature by machine brand is immediately available from the company in print and online pdf versions. Interested parties should contact the company.  Heimatec also offers its new corporate capability brochure, in which all lines are presented.


For further information on this news release, please contact:

Preben Hansen, President
HEIMATEC INC.
16 E. Piper Lane Suite 129
Prospect Heights, IL 60070
Phone:  847-749-0633
Fax:  847-749-2445
Email: info@heimatecinc.com
Website: www.heimatecinc.com

Connect with Heimatec Inc:  twitfbliytgplus

Heimatec is an international tooling manufacturer, based in Renchen, Germany. Its experienced staff is dedicated to providing customers the most innovative tooling technology possible. In 2010, the company opened Heimatec Inc. in Prospect Heights, IL, near Chicago, to serve its growing North American customer base with sales and service, plus an extensive inventory of products. Heimatec serves the auto, aero, medical, off-highway, rail, energy, woodworking, composites and other industries, as well as an ever-increasing number of machine tool OEM’s worldwide.

Schaumburg, IL. — SIGMA Plastic Services Inc. has donated SIGMASOFT® polymer process simulation software to Penn State Erie’s School of Engineering at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, a gift valued at $3.7 million.

With this software, the campus has new technical capabilities for its soon-to-open Medical Plastics Center of Excellence and current Medical Plastics certificate program, two initiatives that address the emerging medical plastics market.

The U.S. market for medical plastics is growing at a rate of 5 percent to 10 percent annually and sales are projected to reach $6.55 billion in 2012.”Thanks to SIGMA Plastic Services, our students and faculty members will be able to develop the next generation of medical devices. This is a great partnership between academia and industry that ultimately benefits our students,” said Ralph Ford, director of the School of Engineering.

The $3.7 million gift supports Penn State Behrend’s goal of raising $32 million during the University’s current capital campaign, For the Future: The Campaign for Penn State Students. To date, the college has secured 81 percent of that goal.

Penn State Behrend’s Medical Plastics Center of Excellence is an applied research and outreach center that supports companies in the development of new medical devices and packaging, technologies that could not exist without advanced plastics materials. SIGMASOFT® software, designed for the molding of advanced elastomer, silicone and thermoplastic materials, supports these technologies.

Students enrolled in the Plastics Engineering Technology bachelor’s degree program can pursue the Medical Plastics certificate. The 14-credit certificate program prepares graduates for careers in medical product development with courses in advanced materials, new product design, manufacturing, and FDA regulatory issues. Nationwide, this is the only medical plastics certificate or degree program offered at the undergraduate level.

“Students will acquire in-depth knowledge of SIGMA products and will be better prepared to put what they have learned into practice after graduation,” said James Chiamardas, president of TPStek. “This is the first gift of SIGMASOFT® to a college or university in the United States. We’re pleased to work with Penn State Behrend on this important initiative.”

James Chiamardas, a Penn State Erie plastics alumnus and Erie native, played a key role in securing the gift. Chiamardas earned his associate and bachelor’s degrees in Plastics Engineering Technology. He is president of TPStek, LLC, a SIGMASOFT® reseller.

TPStek will provide technical support for the software, which is included in the value of the gift.

Christof Heisser, President of SIGMA Plastic Services, Inc. says, “We are happy to provide the School of Engineering at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, with 25 seats of SIGMASOFT®, thereby giving students access to state-of-the-art Polymer System Simulation. Simulation has revolutionized the manufacturing world in the last 25 years and has become an integral part of the manufacturing process. It is, therefore, essential to integrate this technology into the education of the next generation of engineers and we at SIGMA are proud that one of the leading universities in the manufacturing world has decided to work with our simulation tool.”

SIGMA Plastics Services is in Schaumburg, IL. Located outside of Chicago, SIGMA Plastics Services Inc. is part of SIGMA Engineering GmbH, headquartered in Aachen, Germany. SIGMA provides 3D Polymer System Simulation software and engineering solutions to companies throughout the world.

For further information on this announcement, interested parties should contact: SIGMA Plastic Services, Inc. 10 N. Martingale Road, Suite 425 Schaumburg, Illinois 60173 USA

Phone:  +1 847 969 1001 x 225 Email:  cheisser@3dsigma.com Web: www.3dsigma.com Attention:  Christof Heisser, President

Agency contact for SIGMA: Wendy McCormick Bernard & Company Palatine, Illinois (Chicago) USA +1 847 934 4500 wendy@bernardandcompany.com

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MAGMA presents the economic benefits of casting process simulation at GIFA 2011

The process orientation of MAGMA5 illustrated using die casting

During the upcoming GIFA 2011 show in Dusseldorf, Germany, Magma will present its new software generation for casting process simulation, MAGMA5. At the 300 sq. m stand 12A16, the company will demonstrate how casting process simulation with MAGMA5 can be used for optimization at all stages of casting manufacturing to contribute to foundry profitability. MAGMA will show the newest version MAGMA5 5.2 with extended capabilities for all cast materials and processes, introduce its new software MAGMA C+M for the simulation of the core production processes and provide a view into the future of autonomous optimization of casting processes. Additionally, MAGMA is participating in the initiative “ecoMetals” from the Messe Düsseldorf, which supports companies who develop innovative products and processes leading to a more efficient use of energy. MAGMA will demonstrate, using practical examples, how the application of casting process simulation considerably increases a foundry’s energy and resource efficiency.

MAGMA5 – optimized simulation

Autonomous optimization of casting processes and layouts, shown here for gating optimization in die casting, is the future of casting processsimulation.

MAGMA5 5.2 introduces several new simulation capabilities: new process modes for permanent mold, low pressure sand and low pressure die casting, as well both hot-chamber and cold-chamber die casting, allow for detailed process-specific definitions. The software also supports process design by controlling process parameters during a simulation run. For gravity casters, process modules for DISAMATIC and investment casting are now available.

At GIFA, MAGMA will also present its newest developments for the quantitative prediction of as-cast and heat treated local microstructures and properties in aluminum, iron and steel castings. MAGMA5 simulates sand and reoxidation inclusions during mold filling and predicts defects related to molding materials. MAGMAnonferrous calculates the final microstructure and mechanical properties for aluminum alloys considering the metallurgy, inoculation, and hydrogen content of the melt. MAGMAiron predicts local microstructures for iron materials from graphite growth through to the distribution of phases making up the matrix. MAGMAsteel calculates macrosegregation in steel castings and the local microstructure resulting from heat treatment.

The stress module MAGMAstress for the first time offers casters the option to calculate thermally induced casting stresses in permanent molds for all manufacturing steps, including heat treatment and finishing, in order to predict casting crack problems and distortion. The simulated distortion results can be evaluated just as on a coordinate measuring machine and compared directly with real measurements. For the first time, the new module MAGMAdielife facilitates the evaluation of the effects of tooling design and thermal stresses on the durability of permanent molds.

MAGMA Core+Mold – transparency in core production

With MAGMA C+M, the simulation of the core shooting process is possible for complex tools, shown here for three cores including blow tubes in a single core box.

With MAGMA C+M, MAGMA introduces an integrated tool for the simulation of core production processes. MAGMA C+M simulates core shooting, blowing and hardening of organic and inorganic cores. Processes where binder hardening is driven by a catalyst gas as well

as core production with tempered core boxes are supported. MAGMA C+M considers all aspects of core production starting from the core shooter, in order to calculate the flow of the air-sand mixture based on the real shot parameters. An integrated database provides the ability to specify the characteristics of the sand and the binder system as well as core box vents and blow tubes. The program simulates gassing, purging and the curing reaction of gas-hardened cores. The design and control of core box tempering for heat-cured cores (hotbox, croning, inorganic) is effectively supported by modeling of heating cartridges and oil channels.  For inorganic cores, MAGMA C+M calculates the drying of the core in the heated core box as well as due to transport of water vapor by hot air during gassing. MAGMA C+M takes advantage of all the functionality of MAGMA5 and is available as an add-on module to MAGMA5 or asa stand-alone product.

Autonomous optimization is the future

With autonomous optimization, foundrymen can make use of simulation in order to pursue their objectives for quality and cost. Autonomous optimization makes proposals for the right casting layout or the optimum process parameters. The virtual test foundry in the computer enables variation of parameters and systematic examination of influencing variables leading up to the optimum configuration. Based on the fundamental physics embedded in MAGMA5, the program finds the best possible dimensions and positions of ingates, as well as the location of feeders and chills including their optimum size. Using industrial examples, MAGMA will present state-of-the-art capabilities and provide a view into the future of optimization.

MAGMA – very involved

At the accompanying WFO Technical Forum, MAGMA will give presentations on the topics of aluminum casting, core production, and optimization. At the NewCast exhibition, which takes place in parallel with GIFA, simulation specialists will discuss the prediction of residual stresses and distortion in cast iron components.

MAGMA also has a further exhibition stand (12A15) as part of the “Get-In-Form” project “Youth-Technology-Future” (“Jugend-Technik-Zukunft“).  Here, the attractiveness of work as a professional or specialist in the metal casting industry will be illustrated to students and apprentices in an entertaining and interactive manner.


About software for casting process simulation

Casting process simulation software considers the complete casting process including mold filling, solidification and cooling, and also provides the quantitative prediction of mechanical properties, thermally induced casting stresses and the distortion of cast components. Simulation accurately describes a cast component’s quality upfront before production starts, thus the casting layout can be designed with respect to the required component properties. This results in a reduction in pre-production sampling, but also the precise layout of the complete casting system leads to energy, material and tooling savings for the foundry.

The range of application of MAGMA solutions comprises all cast alloys, from cast iron to aluminum sand casting, permanent mold and die casting up to large steel castings. The software supports the user in component design, the determination of melting practice and casting methodology through to mold making, heat treatment and finishing. This saves costs consequently along the entire casting manufacturing line.

During the last 10 years, the use of casting process simulation has become a valuable business asset for many foundries. MAGMA5 now expands the capabilities of casting process simulation and will further accelerate the acceptance of this technology.


About MAGMA

 MAGMA offers comprehensive solutions to the metal casting industry, casting buyers and casting designers worldwide. The MAGMA product and service portfolio includes the powerful modular simulation software MAGMASOFT®,with the newest release MAGMA5, as well as engineering services for casting design and optimization.

Today, MAGMASOFT® is used throughout the metal casting industry, especially for the optimization of cast components in automotive and heavy industry applications.

MAGMA Giessereitechnologie GmbH was founded in 1988 and is headquartered in Aachen, Germany. A global presence and support are guaranteed by offices and subsidiaries in the USA, Singapore, Brazil, Korea, Turkey, India and China. Additionally, more than 30 qualified partners represent MAGMA around the world.

 For more information on this release, please contact:

Christof Heisser President MAGMA Foundry Technologies, Inc. 10 N. Martingale Road, Suite 425 Schaumburg, IL 60173 Phone 847-969-1001 ext. 225

Email: cheisser@magmasoft.com Web: www.magmasoft.com

 Agency contact: Tim Daro Bernard & Company 847-934-4500 tdaro@bernardandcompany.com