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2017

NEUTEQ / IMPCO Exhibit at EMO Exhibition Hannover September 2017

15/06/2017

IMPCO and Neuteq Europe Limited are pleased to be exhibiting at EMO, Hannover from 18th to 23rd September 2017.  You will find us in Hall 11, at Booth C56. 

Exhibitors attend EMO Hannover from all over the world and from all segments of metalworking technology. With approximately 60% of exhibitors from outside of Germany, EMO Hannover is the world's most international trade fair for metalworking. Experts from the industry know and recognise that fact - which is another reason why no other trade fair can match the international character of EMO Hannover's visiting public.

KNOWLEDGE TRANSFER PARTNERSHIPS CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE

10/02/2017

We are proud to announce that the Knowledge Transfer Partnership between Staffordshire University and Neuteq Europe Limited from 05/04/2012 to 10/08/2016 has been awarded the highest grade of 'outstanding' by the Knowledge Transfer Partnership Grading Panel for our achievement in meeting the KTP’s Objectives. These objectives were to improve the efficiency of mass produced engines by up-scaling the Formula 1 methodologies for microfinishing of bearing surfaces and to automate the microfinishing of bearing surfaces by creating a module robotics based system that is flexible, reconfigurable and upgradeable.

The aim of the Knowledge Transfer Partnership is to: strengthen the competitiveness, wealthy creation and economic performance of the UK by the enhancement of knowledge and skills in the stimulation of innovation through collaborative projects between business and the knowledge base. With the objective of: facilitating the transfer of knowledge and the spread of technical and business skills, through innovation projects undertaken by high calibre, recently qualified people under the joint supervision of personnel from business and the Knowledge base; providing company -based training for graduates in order to enhance their business and specialist skills; stimulating and enhancing business relevant education and research undertaken by the Knowledge base; and, increasing the extent of the interactions by businesses with the knowledge base and awareness about the contribution the knowledge base can make to business development and growth.

2014

IMPCO / NEUTEQ EXHIBIT AT IMTS 2014 - CHICAGO

08/09/2014

IMTS 2014 was the 30th edition of the largest and longest running manufacturing technology show in the United States.  The exhibition attracts more than 100,000 buyers and sellers from over 112 countries, it is one of the largest industrial trade shows in the world, it features more than 2,000 exhibiting companies and IMPCO / NEUTEQ were proud to be a part of it.  The event is held every two years at McCormick Place, Chicago.  This year it attracted 50 percent more participants than in 2012.  

The exhibition had a remarkable display of new and emerging technologies that will continue to revolutionise the manufacturing world.  These innovations, including digital data integration, automation/robotics and traditional equipment, offer solutions to all manufacturers who seek increased productivity and lower costs.

NEW ADDITION TO THE ROBOT DEVELOPMENT CENTRE

04/08/2014

NEUTEQ are very pleased to have installed a new addition to our Robot Development Centre in the form of a KR AGILUS: KR 6 R900 sixx KUKA robot.  The KR AGILUS sixx has six axes and is consistently rated for particularly high working speeds and offering high precision.  The low space requirements and choice of installation, i.e. floor, ceiling or wall mounted, make the KR AGILUS sixx extremely adaptable, it also has the benefit of an integrated energy supply system, this is routed internally in the KUKA small robots, thereby saving space.  

KUKA small robots are every bit as versatile as their larger relatives.  They are operated via the KR C4 compact controller, with the same range of functions as the service-proven KR C4 controller.  KUKA small robots set standards in safety.  Only they offer the KUKA SafeOperation functionality, which radically simplifies the effective cooperation of humans and machines.  

 

 

NEUTEQ BECOME OFFICIAL SYSTEM PARTNER

30/07/2014

NEUTEQ are proud to have recently joined KUKA's Official System Partner Scheme.  This will provide us with a wide range of services such as technical support, as well as marketing assistance.  We work closely with KUKA's experienced automation team at their premises based in Wednesbury.  It also gives us access to KUKA's official system partner portal which offers us a variety of promotional material for exhibitions and presentations as well as opportunities to be involved with PR activities. 

NEW CONTROLS / SOFTWARE ENGINEER

21/07/2014

Phil Howard joins Neuteq.  Phil started out with an apprenticeship at Thorn EMI.  He gained a BEng at Staffordshire University in Electrical and Electronic Engineering before moving into industrial automation where he worked on projects for a number of Blue Chip companies and OEMs, from single cell automation systems to full steel processing lines and automotive plants both in the UK and worldwide. 

With 20 years of experience in controls, automation and robotics within most manufacturing sectors, Phil's skills within the control system design, software design, robotics, commissioning, support and service roles will help strengthen the Neuteq Robotic Automation division, combining proven controls solutions with cutting-edge technologies.  This will help to provide the most efficient and cost-effective solutions to our customers from initial concept to handover and beyond. 

BUSINESS LEADER AWARD NOMINATION FOR KTP GRADUATE

09/07/2014

Staffordshire University's success with Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) continues with our very own Diana Nyamugure being shortlisted for a Technology Strategy Board Business Leader of Tomorrow Award.  The awards celebrate the stand out successes from the year's KTPs and Diana has been shortlisted as someone who demonstrates the skills to become a future leader in business.  Since joining Neuteq as a Mechanical Design Engineer, Diana has grown from a microfinishing learner to someone who is developing her skills and gaining a reputation in the engineering industry.  Diana is also the first technical engineer from Neuteq to author and present at the Engine Expo eshibition, a presitgious global engineering conference. 

Susan Semple, the Business Development Manager at Staffordshire University said "It is wonderful to see Diana recognised for her hard work.  Neuteq and their academic team have created an environment in which Diana could utilise her skills and thrive".  

Neuteq are very proud to be a part of Diana's success and look forward to our continued working relationship in the future. 

QUALITY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM ISO9001/2008

04/07/2014

NEUTEQ have been accredited with a Quality Management System ISO9001/2008.  ISO (International Organisation for Standardisation) is an independent non-governmental membership organisation and the world's largest developer of International Standards.  International Standards give world-class specifications for products, services and systems to ensure quality, safety and efficiency.  They are instrumental in facilitating international trade.  

ISP International Standards ensure that products and services are safe, reliable and of good quality.  For business, they are strategic tools that reduce costs by minimizing waste and errors and increasing productivity.  It will help us to gain access into new markets.  To gain an ISO9000 NEUTEQ have had to demonstrate its ability to consistently provide products that meets not only our customers but also the relevant statutory and regulatory requirements. 

NEUTEQ & IMPCO EXHIBIT AT ENGINE EXPO 2014

24/06/2014

Neuteq & IMPCO exhibit at Engine Expo 2014 in Messe Stuttgart, Germany from 24th to 26th June 2014.  Engine Expo is only open to the automotive industry, no other single event offers such a well-targeted and relevant group of exhibitors.  Due to its tightly focused profile and carefully targeted audience, Engine Expo is a perfect platform to deliver business contacts that create value for each and every exhibitor.  Engine Expo encourages the most effective way to build and sustain customer relations by way of face to face communication, which we, as a company pride ourselves in.

ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT ISO 14001

20/06/2014

Neuteq have been accredited with Environmental Management ISO 14001.  The ISO 14001 addresses various aspects of environmental management, it sets out frameworks for companies to follow to set up effective environmental management systems.  The benefits of ISO 14001 can include the reduced cost of waste management, savings in the use of energy and materials, lower distribution costs and an improved company image between regulators and customers.  

An ISO 14001 system provides the framework to allow us to meet increasingly high customer expectations of corporate responsibilty as well as legal or regulatory requirements.  Recognised internationally, the standard provides a straight-forward approach to using less energy resource and reducing waste.  By achieving ISO 14001 certification it shows that we are able to clearly demonstrate our commitment to reducing waste and recycling materials where appropriate. 

NEUTEQ & IMPCO EXHIBIT AT MACH 2014

07/04/2014

Neuteq & IMPCO exhibit at the MACH 2014 Exhibition at the NEC in Birmingham between 07 - 11 April with our largest and most successful stand yet with the assistance of our partners ABB and Svia who were exhibiting their latest vision technology.  With an attendance of over 23,000 visitors and a record 612 exhibitors, the exhibition was spread over 2 Halls of the NEC.  The MACH 2014 show has generated £177 million of new business to the industry, this is up by 20% from MACH 2012.  Our enquiries and value of orders following the exhibition has been very encouraging, which just goes to show the growing strength of the UK's engineering based manufacturing sector.

JAGUAR LAND ROVER EMC PLANT IN WOLVERHAMPTON

03/02/2014

Successful installations for NEUTEQ at the new Jaguar Land Rover plan in Wolverhampton.  JLR's new engine factory is aiming to produce its first engine in 2015.  It is set to produce an engine every 36 seconds at full capacity.  The plant itself is the size of 14 football pitches and consists of three buildings; a main factory where cylinder heads, block and crankshafts are built (NEUTEQ have crankshaft microfinishing automated machines, crankshaft debur robotic cells and crankshaft final assembly and palletising robotic cells in this building) and separate petrol and diesel assembly houses. 

It is a fantastic boost for the engineering and manufacturing industry and NEUTEQ are very proud to be involved in such a huge and important project. 

2011

NEUTEQ EXHIBIT AT THE COMPOSITES SHOW

01/11/2011

NEUTEQ exhibit at the Composites Engineering Show 2011, with an attendance approaching 7000 over two days, in the UK.

NEUTEQ EXHIBIT AT EMO

01/09/2011

NEUTEQ Exhibit at EMO Hannover 2011, the leading international trade fair for the machine tool industry.

NEUTEQ PARTNERSHIP WITH MAZAK

01/08/2011

NEUTEQ announce partnership with MAZAK for supplying Standard Flexible robotic Automation for MAZAK Machine Tools .

NEUTEQ EXHIBIT AT MACH 2011

16/06/2011

UK manufacturers and support businesses exhibiting at MACH 2010 at the NEC have reported a good show.

The exhibition attracted over 20,000 visitors from across the world, with almost 450 exhibitors. The show was opened on Monday 7th June by the Duke of York.  New business minister Vince Cable visited with Mark Prisk MP on Thursday 10th June. 

Exhibitors were talking of better quality enquiries at the show, with many of those enquiries coming from overseas, including Europe, Japan and USA. Tamworth based Neuteq Europe Ltd is a UK owned machine tool design and build specialist. Mark Hendel, sales director, said, "MACH 2010 has been an excellent show for us with enquiries well up on the 2008 show. The new product we've introduced at the NEC - an automated deburring machine - has been very well received by the automotive and aerospace sectors. All of our product is designed, manufactured and installed by us in the UK and we have our own in-house research and design facility at the Tamworth plant. 

"We have over 80 hot enquiries from MACH 2010 a great deal of which we can convert into solid business, which is great news for the machine tooling industry and particularly in the present climate. We believe we offer a unique solution - we're flexible, we design to our customers requirements and take every individual project on its merits and then design a solution to fit those requirements to the customer's budget."

Wolverhampton based R&D Tax and Grants, who help UK manufacturing businesses reclaim tax on their research and development, took an exhibition stand at the show and presented a seminar to offer advice to visitors and exhibitors on how the Government-backed scheme works. The company established over 200 contacts at the show from UK based businesses keen to explore possibilities of reclaiming tax paid on research and development from HMRC.  

Mark Evans, managing director of R&D Tax and Grants, said, "This was our first time at MACH and we've had a really positive show with many enquiries - there was a real buzz. Research and development is at the core of all manufacturing and the exhibitors we've talked with are keen to explore the scheme further. Many business owners assume that they are not eligible for tax refunds because they don't realise that what they do counts as research and development, or they think it just applies to certain sectors. In our first year of trading, ended 31 March 2010, we helped 32 UK manufacturers reclaim over £1.5 million from HMRC.

"In the current financial year we've already helped businesses claim back over £200,000 in tax paid to HMRC, with an average per client of £50,000. Our largest to date was a single reclaim of £244,000. It's vital that our manufacturing industries get all the financial support they need, and not just in the recession - they are the backbone of the UK economy." 

MACH 2010 is owned and organised by the MTA (Manufacturing Technologies Association). Graham Shearsmith, exhibition manager at MTA, said, "MACH 2010 was a great success, with visitor numbers exceeding our target and exhibitors reporting a high number of sales throughout the week. We were delighted with feedback from the visitors on the innovative nature of the show, particularly regarding the new products on display. Exhibitors were equally impressed with the excellent quality of the visitor group, made up of buyers and decision makers ready to do business. We are now looking forward to our centenary MACH exhibition in 2012." 

Source: http://www.midlandsbusinessnews.co.uk/2010-06-/mach-2010,-nec-june-7-11-update.aspx

 

NEUTEQ EXHIBIT AT ENGINE EXPO

01/05/2011

NEUTEQ EXHIBIT AT MIDLANDS DESIGN & MANUFACTURING SHOW

01/04/2011

NEUTEQ EXHIBT AT THE SOUTHERN MANUFACTURING SHOW

01/02/2011

2010

NEUTEQ INVEST IN FUTURE

01/12/2010

Signed agreement with German Service Engineers (Galek & Kowald)

ABB LIGHTS OUT PRODUCTION

01/12/2010

NEUTEQ teams up with ABB partner to present the lights out production.

NEUTEQ EXHIBIT AT PROFESSIONAL MOTOR SPORT EXHIBITION AT KOLN

01/11/2010

NEUTEQ EMPLOYS JOLYNE BRUCE

01/11/2010

NEUTEQ employs Jolyne Bruce as Sales Administrator.

NEUTEQ INVESTS IN NEW STATE OF THE ART ROBOTIC DEVELOPMENT CENTRE

01/10/2010

NEUTEQ PRESENTS AT THE GERMAN SOCIETY OF MATERIAL SCIENCE

01/10/2010

Thomas Witt makes speech at German Society of Material Science in Stuttgart.

TRIBOLOGIST CONFERENCE

01/09/2010

Thomas Witt presents speech at Tribologist Conference (Geottingen)

NEUTEQ ATTENDS EAME OPEN DAY

01/09/2010

 

NEUTEQ EMPLOYS RICHARD MARTIN

01/07/2010

NEUTEQ employs Richard Martin in the Design Office.

NEUTEQ EXHIBIT AT MACH 2010

01/06/2010

NEUTEQ EMPLOYS ROB FRANKUM

01/05/2010

Rob Frankum joins as European sales Executive.

NEUTEQ EXPAND

01/02/2010

2009

NEUTEQ EXHIBIT AT PROFESSIONAL MOTOR SPORT EXHIBITION AT KOLN

01/11/2009

THOMAS WITT PRESENTS AT VDI

01/10/2009

Thomas Witt Presents Speech at VDI (union of German engineers) - Munich

TRIBOLOGIST CONFERENCE

01/09/2009

Thomas Witt presents speech at Tribologist Conference (Geottingen)

NEUTEQ SUCCESSFULLY HOUSES ITS FIRST OPEN DAY

01/07/2009

NEUTEQ HOLD EVENT TO DEMONSTRATE COST EFFECTIVENESS OF ROBOT AUTOMATION AND HAAS MACHINES

22/06/2009

Haas Automation says robot-based automation for its machine tools can cost as little as £150/week.

To back up its claim, the company is extending an invitation to Neuteq Europe, 34-36 Sandy Way, Amington, Tamworth, Staffordshire B77 4DS on 23 June to see a cost-effective package developed by Haas, ABB, Neuteq and Renishaw. Other partners include Schunk - workholding; Flexlink - material handling; Festo – pneumatics; and Troax – guarding.

A the event, visitors will see the Haas/ABB robot cell being put through its paces and be able to talk to the experts from the various partner companies. The event will demonstrate - how to reduce cost per part; how to increase throughput; how to reduce lead time; that automation isn't expensive; that automation isn't too dedicated.

And, as a guest of Haas, visitors will also be able to buy a selection of its CNC machines at greatly reduced prices.

For more details call 01603 760539 

Source: Event to demonstrate cost-effectiveness of robot automation and Haas machines

NEUTEQ TAKES PART IN HAAS OPEN DAY

01/06/2009

NEUTEQ EXHIBIT AT ENGINE EXPO

01/05/2009

NEUTEQ BEGINS TO SPONSER HUDDERSFIELD PHD THESIS

01/04/2009

NEUTEQ EMPLOYS THOMAS WITT IN NAGOLD OFFICE, GERMANY

01/02/2009

Technical Sales Engineer Thomas Witt joins NEUTEQ (German Representation).

NEUTEQ EXHIBIT AT AUTOSPORT EXHIBITION

01/01/2009

NEUTEQ PARTNER WITH HAAS AUTOMATION FOR ROBOTIC SOLUTIONS

01/01/2009

2008

NEUTEQ EXHIBIT AT PROFESSIONAL MOTOR SPORT EXHIBITION AT KOLN

01/11/2008

NEUTEQ EXPAND

01/06/2008

NEUTEQ Europe secure additional premises and invest in a new R+D facility, Process Development Area and Sales Office.

NEUTEQ EXHIBIT AT AUTOSPORT EXHIBITION

01/01/2008

2007

NEUTEQ EXHIBIT AT PROFESSIONAL MOTOR SPORT EXHIBITION AT KOLN

01/11/2007

2006

NEUTEQ EXHIBIT AT AUTOSPORT EXHIBITION

01/01/2006

2005

GRINDMASTER IN MARKETING DEAL WITH TWO EUROPEAN FIRMS

20/10/2005

Aurangabad-based machine tools company Grind Master has forged a marketing tie-up with two European companies, Teknoliantiki (Greece) and Neuteq (UK) for venturing in the European markets.

This follows its successful participation in Emo, the largest biannual machine tool exhibition held at Hanover, Germany recently.

Mohini Kelkar, the company;s managing director said, “Grind Master displayed micro finishing, tube polishing, bar grinding and centre-less belt grinding machines and sold all of them.”

Nearly 2,000 exhibitors from 39 countries had put up stalls at the event. Grind Master, claims to have the world’s widest range of machine tools for deburring, polishing, grinding and micro finishing.

 Milind Kelkar and Mohini Kelkar had built up a thriving niche for manufacturing business from a small investment of Rs 25000 11 years ago.

Today, they run a four-company group with a total investment of Rs 5 crore and employ more than 200 people. It was a just a beacon in the backwoods of the backward region like Marathwada in which Grind Master became the master in grinding and finishing business in an innovative manner and exporting the material worldwide.

They are reputed Auto component makers like Delphi, Honda, Halberg Guss have got the special purpose machines developed Grind Masters.

Grind Master also represents two German companies, Vereinigte Schmirgelund Maschinen-Fabriken (VSM) for a complete range of coated abrasives and Lippert Unipol - a Fuchs group company for the latter’s grinding and polishing tools.

Source: http://www.business-standard.com/india/storypage.php?autono=224286 

 

GRINDMASTER EUROPEAN REPERSENTATION PARTNERSHIP AGREED

01/10/2005

MICROFINISHING R&D FACILITY COMPLETED

01/09/2005

NEUTEQ TAKE ON NEW TEAM MEMBERS

01/08/2005

NEUTEQ take on Mechanical Engineer Manager Dave Phipps, Electrical Manager Darren Billett, R&D Manager Allen Barber, Mechanical Engineer John Hill, Electrical Engineer Steve Spittle, Design Manager Paul Kerr and Purchase Manager Lee Aplin.

NEUTEQ FOUNDED

01/07/2005

Roger Bristow, Martin Edge, Mark Hendel & Steve Kerr, found NEUTEQ.

2002

Closing in on Machined Perfection

01/09/2002

Machining has come a long way in the last 100 years. Machine tools have become increasingly accurate, routinely achieving workpiece tolerances not even imagined 50 years ago.

The surface texture or roughness imparted by shaping and planning is generally a roughness average (Ra) from 32 to nearly 150 micro inches (mu), a very rough and unusable bearing surface. Surfaces produced by milling, drawing and extruding are not much better. Drilling is worse. Boring and turning produce inadequate bearing surfaces. Grinding, honing and polishing are a step in the right direction, with the latter resulting in surfaces ranging between 4 and 16 mu. Lapped surfaces com in at 2 to 16 mu. Lapping is no longer adequate in the manufacturing of more fuel-efficient automobile and truck engines. The top of the line is microfinishing (superfinishing), a process that consistently produces parts with surfaces ranging from 2 to 8 mu.

While the perfect bearing surface will never be achieved, it is possible to come very close with microfinishing (superfinishing). Automobile companies from Audi to Volvo demand crankshafts and camshafts with bearing surfaces that are consistently in this 2 to 8 mu range. IMPCO Machine Tools, Lansing, Michigan USA has spent more than a half-century developing the metal removal process needed to produce reliable and fuel-efficient engines.

Surface Measure, Ra

Ra surface measurement is nearly always shown on engineering drawings where surface finish is specified, but it is not the only surface measurement that indicates a good bearing surface. When measuring the surface for Ra values only, both Figure 1 and 2 will have the same Ra values, even though they appear to be quite different. While the upper surface shown on Figure 1 is basically flat with deep grooves, it could be a good bearing surface that features good oil film retention. The surface of the bearing in Figure 2 would be quite unsuitable for such a bearing application.

Nodular iron surfaces leave ferrite caps protruding above the part surface. Unless removed with microfinishing, these can cause bearing or part failure.

Bearing Ratio, Tp

This parameter is a percentage of the value of the sum of flat areas at a specified slice level over its length. This level would be more representative of the surface after a normal break-in period when the highest peaks have been worn away in a short time, leaving a larger supporting surface. The slice level can be specified to a depth (measuring below the highest peak) or a height (measuring from the Ra mean line). The bearing ratio distance, Htp, is the distance between tow specified bearing ratio slice levels.

More fuel-efficient smaller engines produce higher bearing loads than engines produced a decade ago. Tests have shown that some bearing surfaces with cross-hatch finish specifications help engines maintain maximum hydrodynamic oil film on journals, but oil seal surfaces generally do not require cross-hatch finishing. A cross-hatch finish on an oil seal may cause a vane-type pumping action to pump oil past the seal. An oil seal with a straight-line finish is much more effective.

Grinding operations on crankshaft main bearings and connecting rod journals, camshaft lobes and bearing and transmission shafts will produce bearing journals with many different types of cylindricity errors, including errors in roundness, waviness, chatter, taper, barrel and hourglass. The hydrodynamic oil film cannot be maintained if any of these conditions exist.

The ideal bearing journal is a right circular cylinder with a finish that is as smooth as possible. Some wearing surfaces may require a small amount of texture to retain lubrication, since a journal-to-bearing interface requires a cushion of oil under pressure to keep the two mating surfaces separated. The smoother the surface, the thinner the lubricant cushion can be before rough spots come into contact, and the higher the load capacity of the bearing.

These two surfaces have identical Ra values, but will perform quite differently as a bearing surface. That is why auto makers are looking at other surface finish parameters to characterize a "good" part.

The Solution

Microfinishing (superfinishing), as developed by IMPCO, removes what is best described as unstable surface material from a dimensionally finished part. This amorphous (non-crystalline) material layer exists on every ground or turned part. That is not a problem with previous machining operations but simply an undeniable physical fact. Left on bearing journals, this layer can, at best, cause poor performance and, at worst, bearing failure.

When a precision ground part is examines under a microscope, fragmented material will be seen. This material loosens and the erodes the mating component. This type of surface also breaks up the supporting film of lubricant, and will not support the load

Transfer System Streamlines Crankshaft Microfinishing

01/07/2002

An innovative machining process and statistical process control performed by a new type of microfinishing (superfinishing) system will be used to guarantee correct circular and other geometry characteristics and surface finish of a steel automotive V-8 crankshaft.

"An innovative linear synchronous transfer system within the two-station IMPCO Machine Tools microfinisher (superfinisher) costs 50% less and uses 20% less floor space than a gantry type transfer system and is quicker to install. The internal transfer can be loaded manually or with automation and provides a 25% faster part transfer time. Automotive companies are constantly looking for ways to reduce the cost of manufacturing and IMPCO's innovation is a direct response to that objective," said a company spokesman.

"The engine plant will save manufacturing cost and improve part quality by utilizing the new Worldstar Model 1640 microfinishing system with two levels of microfinishing to improve circular geometry, straightness and surface finish of main and pin journals and other surfaces on the 30" crankshaft. The microfinishing (superfinishing) process will eliminate the need to match journal diameters to bearing sand will help improve engine performance. Production rates will be up to 60 pph with the patented FlexShift part transfer solution and 120 parts per hour with a standard tooling arrangement," continued the spokesman.

Crankshafts are transferred from the grinding line and automatically loaded into the first station. The part is centered between a fixed quill headstock, which provides servo-driven part rotation, and a pneumatically operated tailstock. The abrasive film is applied by horizontal arms which close around the part and press the abrasive against the part at predetermined pressures for specific time to achieve the desired surface finish and geometry. Independent of part rotation, the part is also oscillated while rotated. Within each station, the crankshafts are Flex-Shifted left to right to present journals tot he tooling, saving time, space, and machine cost. According to the spokesman, this procedure also allows the manufacturer to use less tooling to complete each part without inhibiting required production.

Surface finish achieved on main and pin journals was statistically held to a part print spec maximum limit of 0.15 micrometers (mu). Ra. Circular geometry was reduced to less than 2 micrometers (mu), typically better than 50% over incoming condition and less than one-half of the part print allowance. The IMPCO microfinishing system was designed to reduce material handling cost and improved production quality and efficiency while allowing the manufacturer flexibility to accommodate future production.

Manufacturers of precision shafts are increasingly using microfinishing to achieve tight part surface finish and geometry specifications required for many products from pumps and compressors to instruments and automotive engines and transmissions. IMPCO microfinishing (superfinish) process is widely used in the auto industry to improve the geometry and surface finish of crankshaft bearings, increasing bearing life by increasing the contact area.

All tooling maintenance is accomplished from a single location at the front of the machine. Microfinishing tooling is within easy, safe reach from the front of the machine, and operators can easily observe tooling. it is also designed to be simple to changeover or expand for future production needs.

Worldstar's modular design and quick tooling changeover provide the flexibility needed to keep up with changing part specifications and production volumes, and the machine design is expandable to accommodate changes in plant layouts.

The patented IMPCO process is called Generating Bearing Quality (GBQ) and is the key to finishing crankshaft bearings and correcting geometric errors such as lobing and waviness. As they arrive at the microfinisher, parts typically exhibit geometry and form errors as a result of previous processes and differing material hardnesses. The Impco GBQ process uses a noncompressible abrasive film pressed against the workpiece by nonresilient "shoes" precision-machines to create the desired diameter on the workpiece. This tooling provides a predictable performance. Most vehicle crankshafts produced in North America and many in Europe and Asia are treated to GBQ Generating Bearing Quality microfinishing.