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New Bumotec Machine Picks Through the Bones of Complex Manufacturing

Starrag will be exhibiting at the Orthopedic Manufacturing & Technology Exposition and Conference (OMTEC) in Chicago from June 13-15. At Booth 447, Starrag will demonstrate its expertise in this arena by showcasing the Starrag Bumotec 191neo.

With 12 different variants built upon a single platform, the new Starrag Bumotec 191neo is a multi-axis mill/turn center that introduces flexible and highly-productive machining solutions. At the OMTEC exhibition, the Starrag Bumotec 191neo will be demonstrating the one-hit production of a bone plate. "Manufactured in volume throughout the medical industry, bone plates are particularly challenging to machine - but not for the Starrag Bumotec 191neo," said a Starrag spokesperson.

For manufacturers in the medical profession, the difficulty when producing bone plates is the ability to machine and subsequently finish the plates on all six sides in a single operation while striving for optimized cycle times and lights-out 24/7 production. At the booth at OMTEC, the machine will feed a 1.2" (30 mm) diameter titanium bar into the work envelope and deploy 20 different cutting tools performing 26 operations to finish machine the bone plate in under 20 minutes. The challenge, as a medical device manufacturer would appreciate, is the complex machining of a long part between two stations while retaining perfect synchronization. "Not only does the new Starrag Bumotec 191neo productively achieve this by machining the bone plates from bar stock in its robust work envelope, but it eradicates any requirement for secondary operations," said the spokesperson.

"The Starrag Bumotec 191neo will machine the bone plate at OMTEC in a single operation with impeccable surface finishes, producing a part that is burr-free and free of tabs - and then delicately place the parts into a collection receptacle providing complete unmanned production. With such stringent regulations in the medical industry, machining bone plates with absolute confidence and quality conformity while delivering a completely automated production cell is exactly why manufacturers need to see the Starrag Bumotec 191neo at OMTEC," continued the spokesperson.

The new Starrag Bumotec 191neo is available in four versions, the `P' with vise, `PRM' with a multi-purpose pickup vise, the `R' with a back-working spindle and the `RP' with a combined vise and back-working spindle. With a choice of bar capacities of 1.7", 2", 2.6" (42, 50 or 65 mm), manufacturers can choose one of 12 machine configurations.

"Maintaining unparalleled thermal and performance stability during production, the Starrag Bumotec 191neo offers a formidable level of productivity," said the spokesperson. Compared to previous models, the new machine has a new tool change system that reduces changeovers by more than 15%. The machine also has a new milling spindle with increased torque and a back-working movement that is controlled by an electric motor. "This combination provides the perfect blend of high-speed cutting with the power and rigidity for increased material removal rates while enhancing positional control," continued the spokesperson.

The high-performance Starrag spindle is fed cutting tools from its 90-position tool magazine that now has an integrated tool breakage probe to support lights-out production runs. Further advancing the automation credentials of the new machine is the option of a traditional Bumotec palletizer or a robotic, modular or custom-made automated cell that delivers true 24/7 production.

For more information contact:

Starrag USA Inc.

Skyport Business Park

2379 Progress Drive

Hebron, KY 41048


Orthopedic Manufacturing & Technology

Exposition and Conference (OMTEC)

Booth 447

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