Multitasking Machines

Under the Hood: Automotive Machining

New powertrain components. More sensors and electronics parts. Increasing part complexity. Difficult to cut materials. Faster delivery. How do automotive suppliers navigate to profitability through this stormy sea of lightweighting and driverless cars? 
Multitasking Machines: Articles

Flying High: Aerospace Machine Tools

Supplemented by optional rotary axes with direct drive technology, the MFZ 4-2W horizontal machining center from SAMAG is equipped with two independent Z-axis spindle units with a clearance of 450 mm for five-sided or five-axis simultaneous machining of aerospace parts. This is the fastest two-spindle horizontal machining center in its class for highly productive horizontal complete machining of cube-shaped parts made of steel, cast iron or aluminum.
Competition can be brutal in the aerospace supply chain. To help your shop stay competitive on job bidding, these new machines can hit your bottom line by saving more time and labor, processing ever more complex parts quicker and more accurately – and doing it all with less of that extremely expensive material.

Shoot from the Hip

Custom shoulder implant parts on the NTX 2000 turn-mill center, which has opened up new possibilities for parts that previously required at least two operations. Rasp handles that were previously contracted outside will become some of the first components loaded on the new machine.
This orthopedics manufacturer achieves one hit machining in an automated lights-out environment using advanced turn-mill machines that take their custom implants for coated hip replacement to a whole new efficiency.

A New Look at Pipeline Intervention

Machined pipes in the Badentoy plant. In the pipeline section, the tubes are 2.375 in to 14 in diameter and 40 ft long. They can also be slightly bent, which puts tremendous force on the machine tool bearings and toolpost.
The DMG Mori machine tools used by Hunting Energy Services play a crucial role in manufacturing well intervention equipment and threaded tubulars for the oil and gas industry.

Cutting Organ Pipes Is a Different Matter

With the Sinumerik-controlled Spinner U5-620, Laukhuff uses new options for the more productive manufacture of organ components, such as chimes.
The art of classic organ building has merged with the highest level with modern CNC techniques as German manufacturer August Laukhuff relies on a five-axis milling center from Spinner equipped with a Sinumerik 840D sl control from Siemens for small-series production.

Multi-Tasking Sharpens Turbine Blade Machining Output

5-axis multi-tasking machines can use bull nose endmills for blade machining. Bull nose cutters feature flat ends with a generous corner radius that allow for a greater step over (than ball nose endmills) while still maintaining cusp height. The greater the step over, the shorter the part machining cycle time.
Take It To The Next Level: Combining machining processes and operations inside a single work envelope to improve part quality and reduce labor content in that part is making multi-tasking automation more popular with shops in the turbine blade machining arena.


Multitasking Machines: Industry News

Mazak Adds New Technical Center in Texas

The Dallas facility will serve the defense, aerospace, medical, automotive, energy and construction industries.

Multitasking Takes Center Stage

During the event, Methods Machine Tools displayed the latest Nakamura-Tome multitasking turning centers and strategies for machining precision parts, including the NTMX ATC machine, the world's first Twin ATC Multitasking B-Axis lathe. It offers easy access and set up approach via two front ATC locations and can change inserts without stopping the machine.
A wide range of Nakamura-Tome multitasking turning centers and strategies for machining precision parts was recently displayed by Methods Machine Tools.

Mazak Distributor Northwest Machine Opens New Building

Mazak's area manufacturers gain applications support, training and comprehensive production solutions.


Multitasking Machines: Products

Precision Machining of Spherical Medical Components

The flexible, compact, high precision Sphero machining system from Thielenhaus Microfinish uses a tool spindle unit that can swivel up to 90 deg for optimal and absolutely reliable machining of the entire outer surfaces of spheres and the inner surfaces of cups on medical parts. (first view)
The Sphero from Thielenhaus Microfinish is ideal for absolutely reliable machining of the entire outer surfaces of spheres and the inner surfaces of cups.

Flexible Machining Center Configures to Wide Range of Applications

Booth S-8129: The compact Hüller Hille NBH P 80 machining center from FFG allows flexible configuration for a wide range of applications, includes a pallet changer with an ergonomic 90 deg indexable setup station, and has a service-friendly drive unit mounted on top of the machine.
The compact Hüller Hille NBH P 80 from FFG has a choice of spindles, highly precise and dynamic rotary tables, and CNC controls that allow for flexible configuration. Its chain-type magazine has 60 locations that can be manually loaded during machine operation.

Space-Saving, Multi-Tasking HMC Reduces Cycle Times

Booth S-9148: The ultra-compact Mycenter-HX250iG HMC from Kitamura provides elevated high speed, high precision drilling, milling, boring, tapping, threading and turning light to heavy duty materials on a single machine.
The Mycenter-HX250iG from Kitamura Machinery uses ultra-high speed rapids for high efficiency and the ability to drill, mill, bore, tap, thread and turn light to heavy duty materials on a single machine.