Multitasking Machines

Shoot from the Hip

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.
Multitasking Machines: Articles

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 Distributor Northwest Machine Opens New Building

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

Hyundai WIA Names New National Sales Manager

Hyundai WIA announces the appointment of John Crean to national sales manager. 

Okuma America Hosts Technology Showcase

Okuma’s annual Technology Showcase event educates attendees on the latest technology from Okuma and members of Partners in THINC.


Multitasking Machines: Products

Hybrid Multi-Tasking Technology

As a turnkey system, the Integrex i-400AM hybrid multi-tasking machine from Mazak offers manufacturers a new innovative alternative to conventional processing in terms of part design and machining. It is ideal for small lot production of very difficult-to-cut materials used in aerospace applications. Its additive capability can easily generate/clad near-net-shape component features, then quickly complete them with high-precision finish machining operations, as well as laser mark parts if needed.
Ideal for small lot production of difficult-to-cut materials used in aerospace applications, the Integrex i-400AM hybrid multi-tasking machine from Mazak can easily generate/clad near-net-shape component features, then quickly complete them with high-precision finish machining operations.

High Speed Mill-Turn Multitasking of Complex Parts

The Puma SMX Series can machine parts up to 60 in long and 26 in diameter. The X1-axis travel is 24.8 in, Z1-axis travel is 62.4 in, and the Y-axis is 11.8 in. Rapid Traverse in X1, Z1 and Y is 50 / 50 / 36 m/min, respectively.
The Puma SMX 3100 S Mill-Turn Multitasking Machine from Doosan offers a rigid 90 deg vertical axis and forward positioned automatic tool changer for improved milling capabilities and enhanced operator ergonomics.

Multitasking Machines

The Nakamura AS-200 High Performance Multitasking Turning Center from Methods Machine Tools features a single spindle, single turret in a heavy duty and compact machine for exceptional value. The standard package is well equipped with a powerful milling drive, together with a high-speed C-Axis and 82 mm stroke Y-Axis for accurate, finished parts.
Here is a review of some of the latest multitasking machines that can mill, drill, turn, thread, bore, or groove complex, contoured parts during one setup and offer shops the competitive advantage they need in market applications ranging from aerospace, oil/energy and medical to construction and general purpose fabrication.