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The New Dual table CNC by Milltronics

November 19, 2008

“Keep your CNC operator busy every moment”. Based in this concept Milltronics Manufacturing Company has increased up production on its newly designed Dual or Twin Table TT Series machining centers to meet the increasing customer demands.
This unique CNC machine design offers two separate work tables that shuttle outside the working area for convenient part loading while the opposite work table is inside the machining enclosure cutting parts. Finished the machining operation, the individual work tables shuttle the completed parts out and the next table enters the work area for machining, creating a non-stop machining cycle.
The rigid cast iron bridge design of the TT24 and TT40 CNC machines utilizes a single set of linear ball or roller ways with independent ball screws and axes motors for table control providing superior accuracy and cutting performance. Enhancement of the TT’s cutting performance is provided through an Inline spindle, available standard at 10,000 RPM or optional 15,000 RPM. With 1600 IPM rapid traverse rates on the TT24 and TT40, high RPMs, high speed double arm ATC on the TT24 and TT40, plus the elimination of spindle down time for part loading typical of conventional machining centers, the TT CNC Series raises a new meaning to Lean Manufacturing.
These machines are available in three sizes, the TT24 with a 24″ square work envelope, the TT40 with a 40″ square work envelope, and the TT60 with twin 60×80″ tables, the TT Series machines deliver a new level of cost effective machining to small and large shops alike.
These are some TT24’s characteristics or features according to Milltronics:
-Fully integrated twin pallet machine with a unique design requiring no pallet removal
-Conversational programming with Milltronics CNC control
-Inline spindle design – 24 HP standard with 35 HP option
-Reduced cycle times due to no part loading time
-100% cast iron design with 10,000 lb machine weight
-1600 ipm rapids
-24 pocket tool changer standard
-Large memories for part storage and execution
-Ground ball screw construction
True encoder positioning feedback
-Graphic program verification
-No leaning into the machine!
-No doors to open and close!
-No time lost changing parts!
-Accurate time management
-Superior chip and coolant control
-Designed and built by American craftsmen.

Multi-axis Machine for Mass Production

May 23, 2008

It’s called “The Pinnacle of Mass-Production”. Up to 3 turrets can be installed, all of them Built-in Motor Turret (BMT™). By placing the motor inside the turret, heat generation and vibration are reduced to a minimum and transmission efficiency is improved. Cutting performance, speed and precision are also increased. The previous model worked with a transmission structure with many heat-generating parts such as gears and belts, which affect machining accuracy, but the new nz series tourret works with a built-in motor, there is no transmission structure. The sources of heat are reduced, and the motor is also surrounded by a cooling jacket. Built in motor tourret

The new NZ Series of cnc multi-axis machines offers not only turning, but also excellent milling with the Y-axis. With the longest Y-axis stroke in its class, it achieves high-precision, high-efficiency machining.

Mori Seiki’s original technology, the Octagonal Ram Construction (ORC™), is a fundamental improvement on the weaknesses of conventional moving structures. With the symmetry of an octagonal shape, thermal displacement is controlled and stable straightness is ensured even at high speeds. It offers stable, high-precision machining. Thermal Displacement

The cnc’s engeniers had achieved both high flexural rigidity and a light body by making repeated use of the most advanced analytical techniques. They’ve used Finite Element Method (FEM) analysis to simulate the structure’s deformation under load. By making fine adjustments to every detail, from the thickness of the bed to the shape and arrangement of the ribs, they achieved high fl exural rigidity. At the same time, we managed to make the body light.
From Moriseiki’s official website.

For Aerospace Production, Integrex e-Ramtec V8

March 2, 2008

The INTEGREX e-RAMTEC V/8 is doted with a ram spindle, whose cutting heads are automatically changed by the ATC to do deep I.D. turning and I.D. angle head drilling.
This CNC machinig center was disigned for aircraft, ships, construction machinery and other large items to vertical lathe-based development of complex machining, in addition to the usual set up a dedicated spindle machining diameter of the shaft so that the diameter can not change tooling for processing.
The axis distance reach 900 MM and has a 40 collection tools, performing a long time task, along with the cars and milling function.

There is no need to change the tooling, which minimize the processing time for instance before you’d needed 1oo hours of processing now you only need 12 hours to complete a mechanical task and the precision has increades as well.
This smart machine can detect thermal deformation and prevent mechanical interference, can inspect the center of gravity position.

CNC Milling Machine

April 20, 2007

CNC Milling
A milling machine is a machine tool used for the complex shaping of metal and other solid materials. Its basic form is that of a rotating cutter or endmill which rotates about the spindle axis (similar to a drill), and a movable table to which the workpiece is affixed. That is to say the cutting tool generally remains stationary (except for its rotation) while the workpiece moves to accomplish the cutting action. Milling machines may be operated manually or under computer numerical control (see CNC). Milling machines can perform a vast number of complex operations, such as slot cutting, planing, drilling, rebating, routing, etc. Cutting fluid is often pumped to the cutting site to cool and lubricate the cut, and to sluice away the resulting swarf.
There are two main types of mill: the vertical mill and the horizontal mill. In the vertical mill the spindle axis is vertically oriented. Milling cutters are held in the spindle and rotate on its axis. The spindle can generally be extended (or the table can be raised/lowered, giving the same effect), allowing plunge cuts and drilling. There are two subcategories of vertical mills: the bedmill and the turret mill. In a turret mill the spindle remains stationary during cutting operations and the table is moved both perpendicular to and parallel to the spindle axis to accomplish cutting. In the bedmill, however, the table moves only perpendicular to the spindle’s axis, while the spindle itself moves parallel to its own axis. Also of note is a lighter machine, called a mill-drill. It is quite popular with hobbyists, due to its small size and lower price. These are frequently of lower quality than other types of machines, however.
Most CNC milling machines or machining centers are computer controlled vertical mills with the ability to move the spindle vertically along the Z-axis. This extra degree of freedom permits their use in engraving applications, and also allows to create 2.5D surfaces such as relief sculptures. When combined with the use of conical tools or a ball nose cutter, it also significantly improves milling precision without impacting speed, providing a cost-efficient alternative to most flat-surface hand-engraving work.

CNC lathes

April 20, 2007

CNC Lathe

CNC Lathe and turningCNC lathes are rapidly replacing the older production lathes (multispindle, etc) due to their ease of setting and operation. They are designed to use modern carbide tooling and fully utilize modern processes. The part may be designed by the Computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) process, the resulting file uploaded to the machine, and once set and trialled the machine will continue to turn out parts under the occasional supervision of an operator. The machine is controlled electronically via a computer menu style interface, the program may be modified and displayed at the machine, along with a simulated view of the process. The setter/operator needs a high level of skill to perform the process, however the knowledge base is broader compared to the older production machines where intimate knowledge of each machine was considered essential. These machines are often set and operated by the same person, where the operator will supervise a small number of machines (cell). The design of a CNC lathe has evolved yet again however the basic principles and parts are still recognisable, the turret holds the tools and indexes them as needed. The machines are totally enclosed, due in large part to Occupational health and safety (OH&S) issues. With the advent of cheap computers, free operating systems such as Linux, and open source CNC software, the entry price of CNC machines has plummeted. For example, Sherline makes a desktop CNC lathe that is affordable by hobbyists. Most CNC Swiss style lathes today utilize two spindles. The main spindle is used with the guide bushing for the main machining operations. The secondary spindle is located behind the part, aligned on the Z axis. In simple operation it picks up the part as it is cut off (or parted off) and ejects it into a bin, eliminating the need to have an operator manually change each part, as is often the case with standard CNC turning centers. This makes them very efficient, as these machines are capable of fast cycle times, producing simple parts in one operation in as little as 10-15 seconds. This makes them ideal for large production runs of small diameter parts.