"Where others stop milling, we're just getting started from now on!" This is how Dieter Kuper (Head of Factory) sums it up when he talks about the new milling machine of the ROSEN Group at the Lingen (Ems) site. The company constantly invests in the best technology for its manufacturing and thus provides great incentives for its skilled professionals. The new milling machine – a KERN Micro HD – makes it possible that ROSEN can now machine special materials, such as tungsten carbides, with an accuracy of < 2 µm.
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"In addition, we can now mill and grind components in a single operation," explains Jochen Budde (Cutting Machine Operator). For this purpose, the new milling machine is equipped with its own centrifuge to keep the cooling lubricant clean.
In order to continue to work precisely at the high revolutions per minute mentioned above, special tool clamping is also required. "Our diamond tools are shrunk into the tool chuck. A special machine heats the chuck so that it expands. Then the tool can be inserted, and when it cools, the tool chuck shrinks tightly onto the tool," Budde explains, adding the reason: "If we screwed the tool to the chuck – as is actually customary – this small screw alone would cause imbalance at the high speeds."
For the ROSEN Group, the new milling machine is an extension of its technology toolbox. It can machine and grind copper, nickel-based, aluminum alloys and steel alloys in hardened condition, tungsten carbide, heavy metals, and plastics such as Vespel. "Previously, we had to have special prototypes manufactured externally. Now, we can do it internally within a few days," Dieter Kuper points out the advantage. This provides the company's designers with completely new possibilities for their work. Kuper is sure that these will be used, "As usual, ideas come with the upcoming opportunities."