Vektek New Products: IMTS 2018

Vektek released 12 New product lines shown this year at IMTS Chicago 2018.
Download the New Products PDF to review all the latest releases.

In The Port Sequence Valves
High Capacity Work Supports
Block Body Pull Cylinders
…and much MORE!

Please contact us for more information on any of these new products.


Horn at AMB 2018!


HORN was on display at AMB 2018 with a three-storey stand (Hall 1, Stand 1J18) presenting a host of innovations and product enhancements. The key highlights of JET-Whirling with Internal Cooling, Speed-Forming and Polygon Turning were presented at the AMB.

Other major features of the stand was the opportunity to present professional and expert advice on the HORN product portfolio, and the chance to exchange ideas on the latest topics and trends.

Please visit Horn for more info on the latest products released at AMB 2018




Waterless Cleaning and Surface Pre-treatment for Parts Prior to Painting

Cleaning and surface preparation prior to painting, coating, varnishing, bonding and welding is of critical importance in a wide range of industries. Manufacturers have unwanted contaminants on the surface of the part that must be removed prior to painting, coating and varnishing. Common surface preparation defects include dust, residues, particles, mold release agents, and other contaminants. The traditional surface pre-treatment process technologies are aqueous-based cleaning, manual solvent hand wipe operations, and air blow systems.

Aqueous-based cleaning systems require a large footprint and large quantities of water and detergents, while requiring a large electric energy demand and wastewater handling system. Manual hand wipe systems demand a trained workforce using solvent dipped rags which yields inconsistent cleaning results. Air blow systems do not have the cleaning force to remove heavier dusts and contaminants from the surface, affecting the bond adhesion.

CO2 spray cleaning systems provide cost effective no-touch cleaning technology that can be dropped into many production lines with a fraction of the footprint. Because the primary cleaning agent is solid CO2 particles, or snow, which sublimes upon contact with the surface, there is no cleaning agent residues to manage. The cleaning spray can be combined with an integrated solvent injection to modify the chemistry of the cleaning spray. CO2 spray used in conjunction with atmospheric plasma and ionized air de-static systems can provide additional surface preparation capability.

CO2 is non-abrasive, won’t cause any damage to the surface, and is a green alternative that is safe for workers. Cool Clean’s CO2 spray cleaning systems are being implemented as an automated tool that integrates into the specific line, requiring no loss of production and improves on efficiency. This waterless cleaning process requires no post drying after the cleaning stage, allowing parts to move directly to a painting/coating step. A multiple nozzle CO2 spray works seamlessly with existing robotics providing complete coverage of the part, ensuring a high quality clean finish.

Please contact us for more information on CO2 solutions from Cool Clean Technologies.


TAV Digital, the new standard of Variable Angle Heads

New standard on Variable Angle Heads by O.M.G.

TAV series is now equipped with a display to check spindle inclination.  Easy to use, high accuracy system, compact design allow Users to set Variable Angle Head tool inclination directly on the machine to perform requested machining operation.

Now available on three Variable Angle Heads main versions: TAV10, TAV13 and TAV20.

The development of this solution will be sooner extended to all models of Angle Heads TAV series.

Please contact us for more detailed information.




MAPAL: Machining of Valve Seat and Valve Guide

Modern precision tool provides more production capacity with lower costs at the same time on the machining of Valve Seat and Valve Guide

Machining Task
The machining of the valve seat and valve guide is one of the primary cost drivers during the machining of cylinder heads. Exact angles at the sealing chamfers on the valve seat rings and close tolerances on the concentricity between valve seat and valve guide must be met. In addition to the high geometric requirements, the increasing requirements on the high-temperature stability of the valve seat rings mean that in general very hard and difficult to machine sintered materials are used.

The tool concept that meets these requirements while reducing costs at the same time must make use of the most suitable cutting material and have corresponding precision. Cutting material and insert geometry are responsible for the tool life and make a significant contribution to the costs per workpiece. However, the overall design of the tool is also important.

Our Solution

The solution for these tasks is a MAPAL tool with indexable blades and guide pads. It guarantees a qualitatively flawless result due to the high precision of the inserts, the insert seats and the connection in relation to the valve guide. The HX inserts for machining the chamfers on the valve seat ring are of a hexagonal shape and have six cutting edges. Due to a clever arrangement, these inserts can even be used several times for the different chamfers. The precision insert seat in which the HX inserts are mounted makes it possible to change the inserts without any setting process, as all the angles match exactly.

Conversely, all the tools previously used for this machining task require to some extent time-consuming setting work on an insert change. Also it was normally necessary to set the radial run-out on the replacement of the valve guide reamers mounted in the base tool. In the new MAPAL concept the tool for machining the valve guide is now connected using the proven HFS connection. The tool is changed with a radial run-out accuracy of < 5 µm by simply screwing in or unscrewing. This very stable connection also makes it possible to increase the feed rate.

MAPAL Effect
The comparison of the conventional system with the MAPAL solution produces a very clear result. The much higher feed rate and the related cycle time reduction result in a significant improvement in the production capacity, or even in less investment in machinery for new projects. As no setting work is required and it is only necessary to change inserts and tools, there are also significant savings in the area of the non-productive times. However the most important effect on the costs per workpiece is the inserts for machining the valve seat rings. Due to the stable mounting, the right PcBN grade and the ideal cutting edge geometry, the tool lives are increased by five to ten times compared to other systems.

Cycle time reduction due to much higher feed rate
Setting no longer necessary
Five to ten times higher tool lives