Sandvik Coromant opens new centre, plans to focus on digitalisation
Sandvik Coromant India has established its new global meeting place in Pune for productivity, application, machining and research in manufacturing. This 18,000-sqft facility, one of the 6 such centres across the Sandvik Coromant portfolio, is the result of an investment worth SEK 35 million (about Rs 27 crore). The other centres are in Langfang, China; Schaumburg and Fair Lawn, USA; Queretaro, Mexico; and Sandviken, Sweden.
Javier Guerra, the new President of Sandvik Coromant India said, “It gives me immense pleasure to announce that, in our endeavour to offer cutting-edge solutions and expertise to customers, we now have a worldclass Sandvik Coromant Centre in Pune. The facility will be of great service to anyone who is interested in productivity gains, cutting-edge research and the future of global manufacturing.”
Guerra in his new role in India is to strengthen Sandvik Coromant’s leadership position along with broadening product offerings of the brand to the customer value chain. He will also be responsible for leading the digitalized world of manufacturing and ensuring quality with focus on customer satisfaction in India.
Sandvik Coromant Centre, Pune, will strengthen the company’s position as the global leader in competence and innovation within India’s manufacturing industry. The facility is a meeting place where visitors can interact and co-operate in a modern and inspiring environment, enabling physical and digital collaboration.
The new Sandvik Coromant Centre is equipped with Digital Live Machining (DLM), a technical platform that streams live machining demonstrations (via the cloud) to remote locations
CoroPlus is the company’s new offering on Digital Manufacturing which brings added value in all parts of the production value chain. With the possibilities given by the digital transformation of the industry, it will transform knowledge into new offerings and create additional value for the customers. This is its concrete roadmap towards Industry 4.0.
Sandvik Coromant, part of the global industrial engineering group Sandvik, is at the forefront of manufacturing tools, machining solutions and knowledge that drive industry standards and innovations demanded by the metalworking industry now and into the next industrial era. Educational support, extensive R&D investment and strong customer partnerships ensure the development of machining technologies that change, lead and drive the future of manufacturing. Sandvik Coromant owns over 3100 patents worldwide, employs over 7,900 staff, and is represented in 150 countries.
Guerra said, “My focus will lie on securing the continuity of Sandvik Coromant’s success and strengthening our role as market leader in India. Also, we would reiterate our commitment to the Indian market and would focus on leveraging our international expertise to serve our customers and give them value at all point of time.”
‘All directional turning’
The cutting tool and tooling system specialist Sandvik Coromant has unveiled a revolutionary solution called `PrimeTurning’ that offers improved machining flexibility, significant productivity gains, tool life and production efficiency.
The PrimeTurning methodology
and supporting tools provide manufacturers, particularly in aerospace and automotive sectors, the industry’s first true ‘all directional turning’ solution.
Sharad Kulkarni, Vice President, Round Tools, South and East Asia, Sandvik Coromant said, Unlike conventional turning operations, which have remained largely unchanged for decades, PrimeTurning allows machine shops to complete longitudinal (forward and back), facing and profiling operations with a single tool. The methodology is based on the tool entering the component at the chuck and removing material as it travels towards the end of the component. This allows for the application of a small entering angle, higher lead angleg and the ppossibility y of machining with higher cutting parameters. Furthermore, conventional turning (from part-end to chuck) can be performed using the same tools.
PrimeTurning is initially supported by the introduction of two dedicated CoroTurn Prime turning tools and the PrimeTurning code generator, which supplies optimised programming codes and techniques. CoroTurn Prime inserts have three edges/ corners; one for longitudinal turning, one for facing and one for profiling, thus delivering efficient edge utilisation and longer tool life.
The 2 unique and dedicated inserts are offered: CoroTurn Prime A-type features three 35° corners and is designed for light roughing, finishing and profiling, while CoroTurn Prime B-type with its it ultra-strong corners is designed specifically sp for rough machining. Suitable S for ISO P (steel), S (heatresistant re super alloys and titanium) and a M (stainless steel) category materials, m nine CoroTurn Prime A-Atype and 6 CoroTurn Prime B-type B inserts are currently available, a with expansion to other materials m envisioned for the future. The T inserts are supported by 52 variants va of tool holder, including Coromant C Capto, CoroTurn QS and shanks. sh Sandvik Coromant believes that some applications could see productivity increases by over 50% through the deployment of PrimeTurning rather than conventional techniques. Some of these improvements are due to the small entering angle and higher lead angle, which creates thinner, wider chips that spread the load and heat away from the nose radius. The result is both increased cutting data and extended tool life. In addition, as cutting is performed in the direction moving away from the shoulder, there is no danger of chip jamming (a common and unwanted effect of conventional longitudinal turning). Higher machine utilisation due to reduced set-up time and fewer production stops for tool changes also enhances overall productivity.
“Experienced operators know that a small entering angle allows for increased feed rates,” says Håkan Ericksson, Global Product Specialist at Sandvik Coromant. “However, in conventional turning they are restricted to using entering angles of around 90 degree to reach the shoulder and avoid the long, curved chips that a small entering angle characteristically delivers. PrimeTurning solves these problems by combining a perfect reach at the shoulder and the application of 25-30 degree entering angles with excellent chip control and maintained tolerances. This innovation presents countless possibilities to perform turning operations in much more efficient and productive ways. It’s not just a new tool, but a totally new way of turning.”
The PrimeTurning code generator not only ensures maximum output but also process security with suitably adjusted feed rate and entry radius parameters. It creates ISO codes that are compatible with various CNC systems.
Sandvik Coromant Centre in Pune
(L-R) Sunil Joshi, Head of Digital Machining, South & East Asia, Sandvik Coromant; Sharad Kulkarni, Head of Round Tool Business, South & East Asia, Sandvik Coromant and Javier Guerra, President, Sandvik Coromant India