International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) Sept 12-17, McCormick Place, Chicago
At IMTS 2016, GROB significantly expanded exhibit space to 5,000 sq ft (465 m2) to better showcase the G-Series line of horizontal machining centers and automation. The new stand location came with some challenges due to a very compressed set up time. With careful planning and preparation, the GROB engineers sucessfully installed three machining centers and a pallet storage system in little more than two days! The eye-catching demonstrations were ready for a busy opening day at McCormick Place.
Visitors to the GROB booth were amazed at the compact footprint of the new G350 – Generation 2 universal machining center. The width of this 400mm pallet machine has been reduced by 15% (79" or 2000 mm) by placing the double-disk tool magazine over the work area, rather than to the side. „GROB’s commitment to horizontal manufacturing allows the company to quickly develop and realize original concepts in response to our customers‘ requests,“ says GROB Vice President Bill Vejnovic.
The mid-size G550T showed a new technology development combining GROB TRAORI-Turning and 5-axis milling in a gear hobbing demonstration. The combined benefits of using shorter tools, reducing cycle time, and extending tool life are useful in many die/mold and aerospace applications, in addition to gear production. The retractable spindle, a standard feature of all GROB 5-axis machines, acommodates both maximum part size and longest tools without risk of collision. „Many manufacturers find they can buy a GROB machine one size smaller than other brands because of this intelligent spindle design,” says Mr. Vejnovic.
The G550 with rotary pallet storage system (PSS-R) was the third new technology development IMTS. The PSS-R is available in one to three level configurations for compact storage of up to 13 pallets. The double-fork robot handles two pallets simultaneously, and places pallets directly into the machine. Since no additional machine pallet changer is needed, the GROB PSS-R is both faster and lower cost than other solutions. “The new owner of the G550 PSS-R is so pleased with his investment that he asked us to put his company name and a ‘sold’ sign right on the machine during IMTS,” says GROB Regional Manager Mark Schem.
With expanded booth space GROB was able to host more than 800 visitors over six days. This was an increase of 60 percent over 2014, showing the growing popularity of GROB Universal machining centers in the North American market. Leading journalists from the major trade magazines for aerospace, die/mold and medical industries also visited the booth and were highly interested in the original technology concepts shows by GROB Systems.
IMTS 2016 was the 31st edition of the premier manufacturing technology show in North America. More than 2,000 exhibiting companies filled 1.3 million net sq ft (120,774 m2) of exhibit space at the McCormick Place complex in Chicago, Illinois. IMTS is held every even-numbered year in Chicago and attracts more than 115,000 buyers and sellers from over 112 countries.