PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Koepfer America to Feature New Technology at Gear Expo


Koepfer America continues to supply gear manufacturers with the latest technology in machines, tools, and services, and will demonstrate that at Gear Expo 2017. At the Expo in Columbus, Ohio, the company will show three important features for hobbing, shaping, and deburring that all gear manufacturers will want to see.

First, gear manufacturers will see the proven technology of the Koepfer Model 200 CNC gear hobbing machine with a completely redesigned control interface. This new Vektor control ushers in the latest generation of Koepfer’s user-friendly control concept. It optimizes functionality by using a minimum number of control elements. Instead of a fixed menu structure, the Vektor control’s adjustable apps make operation more intuitive. The control panel interface is 50 percent larger compared to the previous generation, and the panel has complete touch and swipe technology. The front panel is also flush and sealed, allowing for effortless cleaning. Other updates with the Vektor control include a compact design, integrated NC and PLC, and a USB interface for data backup and easy updates.

The TM 200 R3 stands apart from previous deburring machines due to its CNC automatic loading and unloading system. (Courtesy: Koepfer America)

The next feature in the Koepfer America booth at the Expo will be a gear deburring machine that is new to the North American market: the Tecnomacchine (“TM”) 200 R3. Gear manufacturers will be familiar with the deburring concept, which uses five work stations that produce a fully deburred and brushed part in approximately 25 seconds. CNC work stations also allow automatic tool wear compensation. What makes the TM 200 R3 stand apart from yesterday’s deburring machines is its CNC automatic loading and unloading system. The TM 200 R3 features two rotary magazines, each comprising eight adjustable turrets, making this a versatile, flexible deburring solution for job shops with parts up to 200 mm (7.874”).

Third, Koepfer America continues to innovate by showing the CLC 200-SZC CNC gear-shaping machine. As with all CLC machines, the 200-SZC features robust components, such as direct drive torque motors, for maximum quality and machine life. This show machine will feature CNC cutter relief, crowning, and taper. Traditionally, these CNC features have limited stroking speeds; however, a new design concept from CLC provides both CNC cutter control as well as mechanical control. This allows up to 2,000 strokes per minute. No longer must gear manufacturers choose between flexibility and speed. That is not all to see on the CLC 200- SZC; this machine will also feature on-board robotic loading and unloading with Koepfer-style gravity and conveyor parts magazines.

Koepfer’s new Vektor control optimizes functionality with features such as adjustable apps, a control panel interface that is 50 percent larger compared to the previous generation, and touch and swipe technology. (Courtesy: Koepfer America)

Gear Expo 2017 in Columbus will be an exciting show. Koepfer America will be celebrating 30 years of service to the industry in tandem with Koepfer Germany’s 150th anniversary. All gear manufacturers are welcome to join Koepfer America in booth 807 to celebrate and see the new TM 200 R3 gear deburring machine, the new CLC 200-SZC CNC gear-shaping machine, and the new Koepfer Model 200 Vektor control.