The most important improvement in metal the cutting industry is the continuous utilization of cutting tools and tool condition monitoring system. In the metal cutting process, the tool condition has to be administered either by operators or by online condition monitoring systems to prevent damage to both machine tools and workpiece. Online tool condition monitoring system is highly essential in modern manufacturing industries for the rising requirements of cost reduction and quality improvement. This paper summaries various monitoring methods for tool condition monitoring in the milling process that have been practiced and described in the literature.
History of original development, main advances, and a brief preview of expected future for corn dry-milling are presented. This industry has changed significantly from a booming state to a stagnant and now evolving into a new more dynamic food application technology. The processing equipment has not changed dramatically with the original processing principles still effectively practiced. Efficiencies have been adapted to new corn hybrids and improved to meet industrial conversion costs. The newly available analytical tools have allowed more targeted corn ingredients that perform appropriately through new processing technologies and food forms. Collaborations across the whole supply chain is becoming more prevalent and needed. Corn ingredients for new food applications are the topic of modern innovation strategies with its limits only established by human creativity, modern health, nutrition and regulatory, and equipment design and control capabilities.
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Firstly, the stainless steel strips are made to go through various quality checks and are trimmed at the edges. The strips pass through the number of rollers as per the required size. In the tube mill, the strip is gradually converted into a tubular shape. The fitted welding machine is then used to weld trim edges of the strip welding process. In this way, rolled pipes and tubes are formed.
The rolled stainless steel pipes thus manufactured are cut to the required lengths depending upon the industrial demand. These stainless pipes and tubes are then subjected to cleaning to remove the dirt. Further, a heat treatment is given to these rolled pipes and tubes to remove the stresses that may occur due to welding and formation processes. Heat treatment is given on the continuously rolling hearth furnace. The furnace is fitted with temperature recorders and controllers. After the heat treatment process, the stainless steel tubes and pipes are straightened and subjected to pickling for removing scales from the surface.
In some cases, the required size may not be obtained from the mill directly. Then, the cold operation process can be used to obtain the desired size. In the cold drawing process, the tubes or pipes are coated with oxalic and soap solution. This solution acts as a lubricant to reduce friction while cold drawing operation.
The drawn-out tube or stainless steel pipe is then subjected to cleaning, heat treatment, pickling, and straightening. The computerized inkjet marking machine is used to do the marking on the finished pipes or tubes.
Raw material (steel coil) uncoiling shearing and butt-welding material accumulating non-power leveling mill-forming high-frequency welding removing burrs outside of weld seam Zinc spraying cooling sizing roughly straightening fixed-length cutting run-out table
Sizing device: Mainly fine shaping pipe after welding and controlling size accuracy. Every 6 sets of the horizontal roll stand, vertical roll stand and drive gearbox, 12 sets of a universal shaft.(structure same as forming device)
CNC milling is one of the most common processes when looking to produce complex parts. Why complex? Whenever other fabrication methods like laser or plasma cutting can get the same results, it is cheaper to go with them. But these two do not provide anything similar to the capabilities of CNC milling.
So, we are going to take a deep dive into milling, looking at the various aspects of the process itself as well as the machinery. This will help you understand if you require CNC milling services to produce your parts or is there a more cost-effective alternative available.
We are going to look at the process, machinery, etc. in later paragraphs. But lets first make clear what CNC milling means and bring clarity to some of the more confusing points about the term itself.
First, people often ask for CNC machining when looking for milling. Machining entails both milling and turning but these two have distinct differences. Machining refers to a mechanical cutting technology that uses physical contact to remove material, using a wide range of tools.
Secondly, all CNC machining uses CNC machines but not all CNC machines are for machining. Computer numerical control is what lies behind these three letters. Any machine using CNC utilises computerised systems for automating the cutting process.
So CNC machining is a mix of these two terms, bringing us the answer to the question posed in the heading. CNC milling is a substractive fabrication method that uses computer numerical controls systems for automating the process.
G code can also be written manually, as was done in the past. This, however, prolongs the whole process considerably. Therefore, we would suggest making full use of the possibilities modern engineering software offers.
Although CNC machines do the cutting work automatically, many other aspects of the process need a machine operators hand. For example, fixing the workpiece to the worktable as well as attaching the milling tools to the spindle of the machine.
Manual milling depends heavily on the operators while newer models have more advanced automation systems. Modern milling centres may also have live tooling possibilities. This means they can change the tools on the go during the manufacturing process. So there are fewer stops but someone still has to set them up beforehand.
The milling process usually comprises of a few different operations but this depends on the shape of the final product and the state of the raw piece. Often, milling is necessary for giving a precise finish and adding a few features like slots or threaded holes.
But it is also suitable for creating a finished part from a block of material. The first operations use larger tools to quickly carve away the material to fasten the process until getting to an approximate shape of the final piece.
A tool change is necessary to create the highly accurate machined parts. The great precision milling is known for is achieved in the last stage, taking engineering tolerances and surface roughness to levels hard to match with any other fabrication process.
Now, lets see what makes up a milling machine. While new milling centres have the capabilities to perform all kinds of operations, they are also more complicated. So we are sticking to the more traditional benches here to give an overview of the machine components.
Horizontal milling machines derive their name from the positioning of the tool their axis lies horizontally. The images above show one way of using them which is plain milling. Of course, horizontal mills are also suitable for end milling.
Of course, newer machines look a little different, making them suitable for automation. Horizontal milling centres may have several spindles with a variety of tools on them for quicker turnaround times. Also, the table as well as the tools can move in more directions, including rotational axes.
There are a few differences between horizontal and vertical milling machines. But the main components are still similar. The machine head is at the end of a ram. The spindle for cutting tools is attached to the head.
The modern 5-axis vertical mills offer possibilities to rotate the part for more access and faster turnaround times. Automating all the movements results in better accuracy, quicker lead times and close to identical batches of parts.
There is a lot of variety available on the market today. Numerous ways of classification also exist. The basics remain pretty much the same everywhere, with a few modifications bringing about more possibilities and hence another type of milling machine.
The design of bed-type milling machines includes a stable machine bed. While large and heavy parts can result in instability with knee-type machines, bed-type ones can hold their ground. The long bed means that multiple parts can be attached onto the bed at once, diminishing idle times and increasing the efficiency on the workfloor.
The worktable attaches directly to the bed of the machine and can move in 2 directions. The spindle head, of course, can move axially to determine the cut depth. The position of the axis depends on the machine, as there are both horizontal and vertical bed mills, as well as universal machines. All of them can also be automated by using CNC.
Another way to increase productivity is using a two-machine stand. This helps to either mount a number of parts onto the table for simultaneous processing or one large part. This loses the necessity for re-clamping it to process the other end. It is important to note that this setup opens the possibility to tool collision which can be prevented by a correct CNC program.
These machines are suitable for producing parts ranging from small to medium size. The limitation comes from the fact that knee-type mills provide less stability than, for example, bed-type milling machines. Also, the frame sets its own limits for part dimensions.
A traditional knee-type mill is a great option for producing one-off parts, maintenance work, preparatory tasks, etc. The unidirectional movement of the cutting head limits the possibility of accidents. Using them for preparing the workpiece for later refining on a CNC station is common.
These machines require a manual change of tools after every operation, making the whole process a little slower. Still, modern CNC machining centres include the capabilities of knee-type milling machines.
The ram-type mill has its cutting head mounted on a ram that can slide back-and-forth. This increases the tool movement to 2 axes X and Y. Both horizontal and vertical options of the ram mill are available on the market. Many of such mills also include the ability for swivelling the cutting head.
Planer-type mills are very similar to bed-type milling machines. Both have large worktables and spindles that can move in 3 directions. The main difference comes from the planer-type milling machines ability to accommodate more milling tools at once. The number of different tools usually goes up to 4.
A 3-axis vertical mill means that the table can move in 2 directions X and Y. This enables positioning the workpiece relative to the cutting tool while the distance remains the same. So the third, Z-axis, is added by allowing to lower the cutting tool.
A 4-axis mill has all the 3 axes as previously described. But another one comes in the A-axis. Now the table can rotate around the X-axis, allowing face milling the sides without repositioning of the workpiece.
5-axis CNC machining centres cost a lot more than the other options but make it possible to produce very complex parts in one go. No extra setups are necessary while the tool life increases through making the suitable part positioning possible.
6-axis CNC milling centres are not too common because of the hefty price-tag. They can be up to 75% quicker than 5-axis machines but the necessity of such capabilities is rare enough to justify the expenses. The video above also shows a comparison of a 5-axis and 6-axis mill.
Milling is suitable for many different features, including threading, chamfering, slotting, etc. This allows for producing complex designs on a single CNC milling centre with enviable accuracy. The tolerances for CNC machining are around +/- 0.1 mm.
Surface milling can use different cutters, wide or narrow, depending on the necessary outcome. Using a wide cutter can result in fast material removal when coupled with slow cutting speed, fast feed rate and coarse teeth of the cutter. Of course, the surface finish of such cutting may not meet the requirements.
Therefore, a second step can include a change of tools to use finer teeth. This also requires faster cutting speeds and slower feed rates, so the amount of material removal per time unit is slower. At the same time, the final finish is more accurate. Thus, the combination of the two makes for a good choice from an economic standpoint.
Face milling often comes after surface milling, as it can produce more intricate contours and leaves a nice finish. The teeth on the sides do most of the cutting work while the teeth on the tip take care of the surface finish.
In case of a regular 3-axis mill, the use of different cutters makes the most sense. These can be dovetail cutters to produce angled grooves or just a mill with a conical cutting head for chamfering. Note that these two are basically the opposites of each other.
Form milling helps to create these surface contours in a single cut. The tools can help create round recesses, round edges, etc. The tools must have the right parameters to achieve the desired outcome.
First comes gear milling. The material softness enables creating the part with more ease while achieving great tolerances. The gears then go through a heat treatment process to harden the surface. After that, CNC turning will be responsible for the final outcome.