More than 300 Attend Successful Innovation Days for Soraluce and the Danobat Group

Soraluce America, Inc., Offering Soraluce Boring-Milling Machines to the North American Market

(Rockford, IL) - A total of 312 people from 16 different countries including the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom, Brazil, and China, attended Innovation Days 2011, hosted by SORALUCE, and its parent company, the Danobat Group, June 28 through July 1, at the SORALUCE facilities in Bergara, Spain and the Danobat facilities in Elgoibar, Spain.

The five day technology event allowed SORALUCE, one of the global leaders in the design and manufacture of advanced technology and high performance boring and milling machines, to showcase its latest product and technological developments.

Visitors were particularly impressed by two of Soraluce's most recent patented technologies: the Dynamic CNC Ram Balance System and the Modular Quill Changing System.

Dynamic Ram Balance automatically corrects for the effects of spindle droop when the quill of the machine is advanced to its fully-extended position anywhere within its working envelope, which can be up to 7 m of travel in the vertical axis. It adjusts the ram traverse over the Y and Z axis, correcting both the position and the angle of the cutting tool with respect to the horizontal working plane. This CNC controlled electromechanical system, which is carried in the vertical saddle, is integrated with the automatic head changing system and can correct the mechanical ram deviation for different milling heads that can vary in weight between 20kg and massive 1,600 kg. Ram Balance guarantees a maximum deviation of less than 0.04 mm for the ram droop at the spindle nose and 0.04 mm/m over the complete ram traverse of 1900 mm, with results typically below 0.025 mm and 0.025 mm/m respectively.

Soraluce's patented Modular Quill changing system combines the benefits of traditional boring machines with the latest boring mill machine technologies. This unique and innovative system enables automatic interchange of standard milling heads with quill spindles between 130 mm and 180 mm in diameter and between 700 mm and 1,000 mm in length. Additionally, the spindle axis of the indexing head is the same as the spindle nose of the boring bar, allowing 5-sided machining in the same set-up without any additional positioning of the workpiece.

Visitors toured the SORALUCE plants in Bergara and Osintxu, Spain, including Plant 4, the 5 million euro, 2,000 square meter machine assembly plant, built in 2009, that has a 14 meter overhead crane. Additional tours included Danobat facilities and a special tour of Ideko, Danobat Group's Technological Research and Development Center, which specializes in developing new technologies for the machine tool and manufacturing sectors.

Finally, visitors got a sneak preview of the new F-MT Milling-Turning Center that will debut at EMO Hanover in September. The F-MT is an innovative solution which combines both boring/milling and vertical turning technologies in a single machine.

SORALUCE will be exhibiting the F-MT at EMO Hanover 2011 scheduled for September 19-24 in Germany. See us in Hall 13 Stand B36, one of three booths that will be highlighting DanobatGroup's technological leadership and showcasing 13 new models of machines.
Contact us today to learn more about Soraluce, Innovation Days, the F-MT, or any of the Soraluce Boring/Milling Machines, or to schedule a meeting at EMO:

Company: Soraluce America, Inc.

Phone: 815-315-9261



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