Wednesday, September 18, 2013

News: AMRC testing tools that see all


Experts at the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with Boeing in Rotherham are being called upon to test a world-leading new generation of "Smart Tools."

Sandvik Teeness AS is adding sensor technology to its tools that are used to produce complex metal components.

The Norwegian firm is already causing a stir with its Silent Tools which use special damping technology to reduce bending and vibrations in the metre long tools that are needed to machine deep holes in components for the aerospace and oil & gas industries.

Based on the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) in Rotherham, the AMRC is a world-class centre for innovative research and focuses on advanced machining and materials research. Work is nearly complete on expanding its Design Prototype & Test Centre.

The AMRC's expertise is being called upon by Norway's SINTEF, the largest independent research organisation in Scandinavia, whose researchers are now producing a compact and robust sensor package to be fitted to the tip of the Sandvik Teeness tool. When the tool is machining material, the sensors will be capable of measuring temperature, vibration, position and flexing during boring.

The tools are fitted inside multitask machining units which can turn blanks into part of the landing gear for an Airbus 380, an oil valve from a "Christmas tree" or a part used in the mechanical industry.

An industry first, the collaborative project aims to improve accuracy, prevent faults arising and avoid wasted material.

Terje Mugaas, a researcher at SINTEF (pictured above, left), said: "We want to ensure that continuous feedback is provided throughout the machining process. This enables us to avoid throwing away blanks with minor flaws in material or machining. This is important because creating the blanks involves a lot of work and often expensive materials.

"When imperfections are discovered in a component today, the process is stopped and the component is normally discarded. However, with the new information the operator can interrupt the process at an early stage and correct the data to obtain the right result."

The new tool will be tested at The AMRC, which counts project partners, Sandvik and Mori Seki as members. Tormod Jensen of Sandvik Teeness (pictured above, right), explained: "This will ensure that our tool is tested in the correct processes and in materials used in this industry. It will also ensure that the tool has the required characteristics."

SINTEF website
AMRC website

Images: SINTEF


Supported by:
More news...

  © Blogger template Newspaper III by 2008

Back to TOP