Industry 4.0-compatible project develops workholding that doubles as inspection equipment on a 5-axis machining centre

​Two German firms, 5-axis vertical machining centre manufacturer Wenzler (Heller group) and workholding equipment specialist Roemheld, have developed a process that allows a casting or other component to be secured ready for machining, while at the same time checking it for accuracy of form and position before machining starts.

It avoids adding value to defective workpieces that will later be scrapped, increasing process reliability, raising productivity and lowering production costs. Details of the project are available to manufacturers in Britain and Ireland through Roemheld UK.

The idea was conceived by Wenzler, which wanted to be able to offer its customers, particularly in the automotive industry, turnkey production centres for reliable machining of aluminium chassis and suspension components, 24/7.

The company's technical manager Sebastian Knaus said: "We wondered in early 2019 how workholding technology could contribute to making our customers' production even more stable and efficient.”