The Advanced Machine Tool Testing Facility is an important facility that plays a crucial role in the development and advancement of machine tools. It provides a comprehensive platform for testing and evaluating the performance and accuracy of machine tools.
The Advanced Machine Tool Testing Facility (AMTTF) in Bengaluru, India, is a facility that specializes in providing testing and calibration services for Machine Tools and other Engineering industries. The facility was established in the year 2011 as a joint project by the Government of India, Central Manufacturing Technology Institute (CMTI), Indian Machine Tool Manufacturers’ Association (IMTMA), and industry partners.
The primary objective of AMTTF is to support the Manufacturing industry pan India by providing accurate and reliable testing and calibration services for machine tools, in particular, and generally for other manufacturing industries. With experienced and highly skilled engineers, AMTTF assists industries to improve the quality and accuracy of machine tools and other manufacturing equipment.
One of the main areas of focus for AMTTF is the development of new testing and calibration standards for machine tools along with the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS). The facility works closely with industry partners to develop and implement new testing procedures that help ensure and enhance the quality and accuracy of machines.
AMTTF offers a wide range of testing and calibration services, including geometric testing, vibration analysis, thermal analysis, and accuracy testing. The facility has a variety of equipment for Vibration Analysis, EMI/EMC Testing, Modal Analysis, Spindle Error Analysis, Thermal Analysis, Residual Stress & Retained Austenite Testing (XRD), and other equipment including Laser Interferometer, Ball bar, and Spindle Balancer. AMTTF has carried out more than 2,500 assignments and has served more than 200 customers since its inception.
The facility also houses dedicated test rigs for performance evaluation of Spindles and for reliability testing of Telescopic Covers. AMTTF has a 4m x 4m x 4m Thermal Chamber which is used to study the thermal behavior of the machines and equipment at different ambient conditions and support in developing thermal compensation algorithms.
The core motto of the facility is Testing, Troubleshooting, and Problem-Solving. AMTTF has carried out several root cause analysis projects in the user industries to troubleshoot various problems in the machines like chatter, reduced tool life, and abnormal noise. Some of the case studies include solving chatter issues on a VTL, enhancing tool life on a VMC, solving tool breaking issues on a Twin Spindle HMC, and eliminating chatter lobes on a precision grinding machine.
The vast list of customers includes major machine tool builders like ACE Designers, AMS, BFW, MGTL, Precitec, UCAM, and Kennametal; defence & aerospace companies such as HAL, NAL, L&T, Boeing, BFL, and Poeir Jets; auto companies like ARAI, Ather Energy, Bosch, Brakes India, Hero Motors, Wheels India, TVS, Mahindra, Mahle, Musashi, TAFE, and Rane; and other institutes and companies like PSG College, IIT-Madras, NIT-K, GE, Lam Research, Timken, Triveni Turbines, TUV, and Wipro.