Second generation of the MAX System changes manufacturing

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James Engineering’s latest MAX System introduces the latest innovation known as Focused Deburring™. These multi-axis machines feature up to four 1- to 5-axis heads or towers, which can process simultaneously or in sequence within a single working environment. (Courtesy: James Engineering)

James Engineering has launched its new line of deburring and chamfering machines, which can process an unlimited variety of gear types: spur, bevel, spiral bevel, rings and pinions, cluster gears, splines, internal gearing blind bores, threading, and much more.

The new line of equipment is much faster than before, with less than three seconds between cycles, and changes from one part type to another in as little as five seconds. This second-generation series of the MAX System™ delivers a refined and proven line of technology the company has been advancing for more than 35 years.

Today’s MAX System introduces the latest innovation known as Focused Deburring™. These multi-axis machines feature up to four 1- to 5-axis heads or towers, which can process simultaneously or in sequence within a single working environment. This ability allows the machines to perform multiple operations on many edges and surfaces of a part at the same time. For example, a single MAX System can remove a protruding burr from an 8” spur gear, create a precision .060” chamfer on both sides of the same gear, and wash the part within 30 seconds.

These MAX systems use servos at all adjustment points, thereby memorizing the initial setups. Once created, a setup will never have to be reproduced. The initial setup time is the same as a manual system. Now that the setups are saved in the system, changing from one part to another is as fast as selecting the part number and pressing start. The MAX system is for companies who have recurring batch runs where setup time is critical, running a different but recurring part every cycle, and complex operations that may normally require multiple setups or multiple tools.

All James Engineering systems are made with a self-contained philosophy. This means all equipment on the machine is mounted within the machine. This creates a single-pick clean machine for customers. Initial installation of the machine is simple — hook up the utilities and the machine is ready to run. Moving the system is extremely simple — unhook the utilities and the machine moves in a single pick; nothing is mounted outside of the machine or to the floor.

The James Engineering patented system is an overhead design that is impervious to abrasives of all kinds. The X and Y shafts are three-inch hardened chrome, while the Z shaft is four inches for superior stability. All head (tower) servos are mounted outside the work area. The systems are all fully enclosed, making them drip-free. Systems are extremely rigid and have a robust design. Repeatability is +/-.001” and rapid travel rates are up to 1,500 ipm.

The James Engineering tool holders are non-locking for quick and easy changes. Tool holders can be changed out in less than 30 seconds. James offers a family of different types of tool holders to perform different jobs and functions to meet csutomers’ needs.

Users can also quickly replace the tool motor in less than 30 seconds; precision locating surfaces mean that tool position and recipe are never compromised.

Founded in 1980, James Engineering is operating out of facilities in the Denver metro area of Colorado.

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