5ME Demonstrates Cryogenic Machining Technology at IMTS


5ME® will showcase its cryogenic technology and production management software with high-profile partners at IMTS on September 12-17, joining forces with Mazak, Okuma, FFG MAG, Star SU, Fullerton Tool, Hydromat, Sunnen, Bosch Rexroth, and NUM to demonstrate the cost-saving and production benefits of cutting with cryo and digital management of the shop floor.

5ME’s multi-patented cryogenic machining process is a breakthrough technology that enables higher cutting speeds for increased material removal and longer tool life by transmitting liquid nitrogen at  minus 321°F through the spindle/turret and tool body, directly to the cutting edge. This environmentally friendly machining technology increases throughput, part quality, tool life, and profitability while reducing energy consumption. It also provides a healthier, safer work environment through the elimination of traditional water-based or oil-based coolants.

The revolutionary Variaxis i-800T with cryogenic machining technology will be unveiled at Mazak’s Booth #S-8300. The machine, a 5-axis VMC with a trunnion table and turning capability, manufactures high-value titanium aero engine components. 5ME and Mazak aim to launch cryogenic machining technology across numerous Mazak platforms and create a “designed for Cryo” machine tool by 2019 to coincide with Mazak’s 100-year anniversary.

At Booth #S-8500, 5ME and Okuma will offer 5ME’s cryo technology across numerous Okuma platforms, showcasing it on the MU-8000VL 5-axis VMC with trunnion table and turning capability. The machine is particularly suited for processing tough materials commonly used in aerospace part production, such as blisks and aero engine components. 5ME and Okuma look to tackle difficult-to-machine alloys for the aerospace industry as they collaboratively expand the application of this technology.

In 2017, FFG and its U.S. distributor, Star SU (Booth #N-2964), will offer 5ME cryogenics on the Boehringer VDF lathe platform. BlueZoneTM cryogenic tool technology licensed by 5ME will be at the Star SU/Star Cutter Booth #N-2964 and #W-2258 as well as the Fullerton Booth #W-1693.

Also at IMTS 2016, Hydromat (Booth #S-8348) and Sunnen (Booth #N-7400) will demonstrate 5ME’s new Freedom 4.0 smart manufacturing IoT platform, running on their equipment with the new Freedom GatewayTM hardware appliance with Edge Analytics software. Okuma, Mazak, FFG MAG (Booth #S-8129), Bosch Rexroth (Booth #E-4854), and NUM (Booth #E-4837) will all show Freedom 4.0 with the new SmartBoard (smart dashboards) feature from 5ME. Highly configurable, SmartBoard allows users to create their own dashboards with the data they select, as well as the ability to embed images, websites, work instructions, and spec sheets.

The Freedom software suite leverages the MTConnect standard and automatically extracts critical manufacturing data to produce web-based reports and analytics on asset utilization, availability, performance, quality, and OEE. It is brand, asset, and process agnostic. The software integrates seamlessly with ERP, MES, maintenance, and quality business systems and can be accessed anytime via smartphone or tablet device.