Something I’ve not seen at a show before (and in fact, can’t actually recall seeing them anywhere else for that matter), but there was a stand, promoting firework exhibitions. Given that Guy Fawkes is almost upon us (still celebrated in NZ, and what’s more you can still buy firecrackers legally!) this stand was particularly fitting, though I doubt you could ever buy these fireworks for personal use! More a bomb than a cracker!!!!
Auckland is the home stamping ground for one company of particular interest… Teknatool.
What Teknatool had to show, was their working prototype of the DVR drill press, which I have been desperately waiting for! So I had a good play 😄
The drill press motor has depth sensing, load sensing and vibration sensing. It can either stop normally (running down the motor by cutting power), or emergency stop, which uses electronic braking.
The motor is a direct drive of the spindle, and can run from 50RPM to 5500RPM. It has a 6″ quill stroke, and 18″ swing (9″ from column). It has intelligent speed selection, auto pilot hole, break through detection, and a tapping assist function.
The LCD screen provides a wealth of information- actual speed, depth, load, recommended speeds for different bit types, sizes and materials etc etc.
Now we just need Teknatool to turn this proposal & prototype into a production model!
I took the unit through a few demo runs- from lowest to highest RPM, and it was rock- steady. So little vibration or noise- it was a beautiful thing.
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