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Still, shop operators attending the show were excitedly talking about how the machine could be used to save their customers money on damaged parts that are normally scrapped, in addition to other possible benefits, such as mixing alloys on the same part or building a part out of dis- similar metals.


While the hybrid machine is an obvious choice for repair work and the production of mold tools, it offers many interesting options for lightweight components, prototypes or small batch production. For integral parts which are traditionally milled with a material waste rate of 95% and more, significant cost savings can be achieved and the rate of waste can be reduced to about 5%.


During one of the presentations at the event, Rod Jones, a senior advisor at DMG MORI USA, spoke about “Future Trends and Technologies” and said a new era of advanced manufacturing is upon us. Shops, he said, must adapt to the new trends or risk being left behind. “We tend to think


in terms of discrete machines … that’s all up for grabs now,” he said. “The sky is the limit.” ME


Touchpad Control Launch D


MG MORI’s Chicago Innovation Days 2014 also served as the North American launch for DMG MORI’s new CELOS, an intuitive touchpad-based machine control system, which was previously unveiled at EMO Hannover 2013. CELOS stands for “Control Efficiency Lean Operat- ing System.”


The new approach was inspired by modern tablets and smart phones and aims to simplify and accelerate the process of bringing an idea to production.


The control panel uses an App-style control approach. The system uses embedded Windows 7. Apps are color- coded based on function, such as green for production Apps and yellow for support Apps.


18 ManufacturingEngineeringMedia.com | June 2014


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