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IMTS 2014: Metal Cutting

Come explore the very foundation of the machine tool industry, a group that represented more than $500 billion in worldwide consumption in 2009. This pavilion is where you’ll find the latest innovations in metal cutting equipment, machining centers, turning centers, drilling, boring, milling, and more.

Booth S-8136: With two tool turrets, a main spindle with C-axis and 42 mm bar capacity (7,000 rpm, max. 29 kW and 65 Nm) and a swivel counter spindle with C-axis for extensive rear end machining, the TRAUB TNL42 automatic lathe from INDEX offers high production rates with only 5,5 m2 footprint (without bar loader). The vertical design of the machine with a setup-friendly work area permits unobstructed chip flow and better ergonomics for setup operations. The stable, vertical cast machine bed is mounted on a heavy cast iron machine base, providing excellent damping properties for high-precision cutting. 
Booth S-8536: Spindles are the heart of the Nexturn SA32XII Swiss lathe from Absolute Machine Tools. The main spindle is a 10 hp, 8000 rpm built-in motor spindle. The built-in motor provides outstanding acceleration / deceleration. The full C-axis on both main and sub spindles with .001 deg position and pneumatic disc brake clamping provide high rigidity for milling operation. The synchronous sub spindle allows simultaneous front and back working to be performed. 
Booth S-8536: The You Ji AH-06/1000 Horizontal Lathe from Absolute Machine Tools features an extremely rigid 45 deg slant bed with a 55 deg cross slide inclination. The massive 12 station hydraulic turret handles extreme torque delivered by a 60 hp spindle motor and 3 speed geared headstock. The rigid spindle structure has a bar capacity of 6.05 in (9 in optional) with a 24 in three-jaw hydraulic chuck. 
Booth S-9174: The EM80 from BLM Group is an integrated CNC end machining center that is ideal to cut, chamfer, face, bore, thread and profile tube and bar. 
Booth S-9482: The BT-380 precision Micro-Machining Center from Bulova utilizes high speed linear motion guideways with linear core construction inside a 67.7 in L x 82.4 in W x 94 in H footprint. It offers axis travels of 20.47 in X, 14.96 in Y, and 13.8 in Z; a 12,000 rpm spindle speed and 7.5/ 5 hp spindle power (max/cont) for small part, high production value.
Booth S-9482: The VMC-3016L Vertical Linear Motion Guide Machining Center from Bulova comes in a 89 in L x 106 in W x 104 in H footprint with linear motion guideway construction on all three axes. It has axis travels of 30 in X, 16.92 in Y, and 18.9 in Z; a 12,000 rpm spindle speed and 15/ 10 hp spindle power (max/cont) for high speed and accuracy.
Booth S-9482: The VMC 4220 precision Box Ways Linear Machining Center from Bulova comes in a 125 in L x 96 in W x 120 in H footprint with box way construction on all three axes. It has axis travels of 42 in X, 20.9 in Y, and 30.7 in Z; a 12,000 rpm spindle speed and 20/ 15 hp spindle power (max/cont) designed for power, speed and accuracy.
Booth S-8986: The exciting line-up of breakthrough machine tools from Chevalier includes the new FSG-2440ADS automatic grinder, the new FBB- 110L horizontal boring machine and the new FBL-520D heavy-duty horizontal turning lathe.
Booth S-9092: The pneumatic V-65E (4 ft) and V-65LE (5 ft) bar loaders from CNC Indexing load spindle length bar stock into the lathe spindle and feed to a turret stop. Each has a small footprint and is extremely versatile. Both are capable of loading bar diameters from 5 mm (0.196 in) up to 66 mm (2.598 in) and can be used for small to large production runs. Patented “TRACER” LED Lights allow for easy visual monitoring of the production process while away from the lathe and bar loader. The V-65E (shown) is the most popular model due to its economical price, ease of operation and quality construction.
Booth S-8692: The KB-150W Series from Soraluce is a T-type boring machine for streamlined, multi-face machining of large sized work pieces. The combination of linear guiding and hydrostatic systems provides high dynamics improving machining capability, while the highly rigid structure and boring spindle design ensures long term machine precision. The KB-150W undergoes specific reliability and precision testing that will stand up to any demand. (first view)
Booth S-8692: The KB-150W Series from Soraluce is a T-type boring machine for streamlined, multi-face machining of large sized work pieces. The combination of linear guiding and hydrostatic systems provides high dynamics improving machining capability, while the highly rigid structure and boring spindle design ensures long term machine precision. The KB-150W undergoes specific reliability and precision testing that will stand up to any demand. (second view)
Booth S-8100: By integrating the capabilities of multiple machines into one system, the Puma SMX Series from Doosan provides best-in-class machining capabilities by using multi-tasking functions that facilitate a reduction in machining time and the number of machining operations.
Booth S-8919: The new Series 0i-F CNC from FANUC boasts the same common operability, maintainability and networking options as the Series 30i CNC. Along with having a highly compatible PMC ladder, this translates into easier operation and maintenance across the plant floor. The seamless combination of using the same motors, amplifiers, peripheral devices (safety machine operator’s panel, I/O module/unit, iPendant, interface unit for handy machine operator’s panel) as the Series 30i further simplifies the ease of use and maintenance of the Series 0i-F. Seamless and common PMC functions among both the 0i-F and 30i-B CNCs include multi-path PMC, ladder dividing management, function block, multi-language comment and I/O Link i.
Booth S-9259: A unique feature of the Model- BHCR cylindrical grinding machine from Fermat is the automatic rotation of the wheel head, which can be equipped with up to three grinding wheels. This new feature significantly expands the technological possibilities of the grinding machine. In particular, this design increases the ability to grind with more tools in one clamping arrangement. This design strategy eliminates the time delays caused by changing grinding wheels for internal grinding procedures, manually tilting the head or by rotating and re-clamping the workpiece.
Booth S-9259: The WFT 13 CNC table type horizontal boring mill from Fermat features stress relieved castings for all major components. All functional surfaces are hardened as one piece to 56 HRC. The WFT 13 is equipped with directly coupled motors to the German planetary gearboxes for axis motion. Oil cooled pillow block bearing housings are provided for accurate and stable positioning.
Booth S-9059: Work removal on the DLFn flexible line configuration from Fuji Machine is performed in 5.8 seconds load/unload, and the system operates with an improved takt time over other lines. Featuring a small footprint, the DLFn occupies less than half the space of a conventional machining line. Up to 10 modules can be combined to form a maximum 14 3/4 ft (4.5 m) line. The DLFn module, conveyance unit and all peripherals are operated by Fuji’s original and easy to use UNICORN Controller.
Booth S-8754: The CUT 200 Dedicated wire EDM from GF Machining Solutions features a built-in, B-C tilt/rotary table to easily cut complex aerospace alloy components such as turbine disks using C-axis rotation and ±20 deg B-axis tilt. It also incorporates on-machine, in-process inspection that encompasses a measuring probe and supporting software. The machine delivers some of the industry’s highest levels of speed, performance, quality and productivity – in addition to the ability to control production costs for manufacturing in the aerospace industry as well as the mold and die, medical and contract machining industries.
Booth S-8754: The Mikron HPM 800U from GF Machining Solutions uses a Step-Tec spindle that provides high performance, even in applications such as large steel drilling with high torque requirements. Inline motor spindle options include a 20,000 rpm version for general machining or 28,000 rpm version for machining with small tools. Both options feature the HSK-A63 interface and are perfectly suited to complex open-die surfaces or machining basic materials. The 28,000 rpm spindle uses CoolCore, a water-cooled rotor shaft, to maintain thermal stability and maximize accuracy.
Booth S-8754: The automated Form 20 iRTC (integrated Rotary Tool Changer) sinker EDM from GF Machining Solutions allows shops to easily and automatically accommodate jobs that require either multiple electrodes or several workpieces varying in size and geometry. As the first such truly integrated and compact system of its kind, the iRTC boosts part processing flexibility while it ratchets up uninterrupted unattended production capability. It accommodates electrodes weighing up to 22 lb and measuring 5.9 in x 3.94 in or up to 5.9 in diameter as well as in height. And depending on electrode/workpiece size, the changer holds either 8 or 16 electrodes or workpieces.
Booth S-9490: The G-350 universal machining center from Grob requires less floor space than other machines with the same work zone. Its original spindle design accommodates very long tools (365 mm/14.3 in) with no interference, even with the largest work piece size. The maximum part is a 600 mm cylinder with 500 mm in height (Ø 23.6 in x 19.7 in). The G-350 will be paired with a Schuler 12 pallet system at the show to demonstrate automated scheduling and handling.
Booth S-9490: The mid-size G-550T universal machining center from Grob (shown in the center) has a turning option for parts up to 900 mm in cylinder (Ø 35.4 in). Its high-speed table rotates at 800 rpm while compensating for uneven loads. Maximum part height is 730 mm (28.7 in), and longest tool is 500 mm (19.6 in).
Booth S-8119: To tackle the types of jobs common in oilfield work, the ST-55 large-bore turning center from Haas is available with the proprietary Intuitive Programming System that includes powerful built-in threading and rethreading cycles for both straight and tapered threads – something found on no other machine. The ST-55 features a heavy sheet metal enclosure that provides complete protection from chips and coolant during machining. A pair of wide sliding doors provides unobstructed access to the front chuck and main work area, both from the front and the top, allowing easy overhead loading. 
Booth S-8119: The UMC-750SS universal machining center from Haas has a high-speed, roller-cam trunnion table that offers 150 deg/sec feedrates to quickly position parts to nearly any angle for 5-sided (3+2) machining, or provide full simultaneous 5-axis motion for contouring and complex machining. The trunnion provides +110 deg and -35 deg of tilt and 360 deg of rotation for excellent tool clearance and large part capacity, and the 630 mm x 500 mm table features standard T-slots and a precision pilot bore for fixturing versatility.
Booths S-8738, N-6936: The all new Conquest H51 SP turning center from Hardinge features a 20 hp, 5,000 rpm A2-6 in main spindle with 2 in bar capacity. It offers a generous maximum turning diameter of 12.3 in and a maximum turning length of 25.6 in. The 12 station turret offers ½ station index for up to 24 tools.
Booths S-8738, N-6936: The all new Bridgeport Conquest V1000 Vertical Machining Center from Hardinge features a powerful direct-drive 20 hp, 10,000 rpm spindle motor with 75.2 ft-lb of torque a 30 tool swing-arm automatic tool changer. The machine is designed for outstanding rigidity. Large, robust 45 mm ball screws are provided on all axes and 35 mm linear guides are standard on the X-axis with 45 size guides on the Y- and Z-axes. Axis travels are X 40 in (1,020 mm), Y 24 in (610 mm) and Z 24 in (610 mm). 
Booths S-8738, N-6936: All new Usach 75 ID Specialty CNC Grinding Machine from Hardinge delivers accuracy and power in a compact design. This new model is extremely flexible in handling a wide variety of work pieces for both job shops and high-production applications, especially where high-precision is required. The machine features an 8.5 in swing diameter and handles parts up to 5 in long and utilizes the Mitsubishi M70V control.
Booth S-8129: The Hi-Tech 850BB turning center from Hwacheon is the ideal choice for cutting large parts, with the best specification servo turret in its class, largest turret width (13 in) in its class, and a boring bar capacity to 31 in.
Booth S-8129: The Sirius UM 3-axis vertical machining center from Hwacheon features a 850 mm (33.46 in) x 500 mm (19.70 in) work table with 800 kg (1,764 lb) load capacity, strokes of (X, Y, Z) of 750 mm (29.53 in) x 500 mm (19.70 in) x 450 mm (17.72 in), and rapid positioning of 24 m/min. The 40 taper (BBT and HSK optional) tools are changed in 2.5 seconds.
Booth S-8136: The fluid-cooled, identical main and counter spindles of the G220 Turn-Mill Center from INDEX feature a clearance of 65 mm (chuck up to max. 250 mm diameter), and provide power of 20/ 24 kW (100 percent/40 percent), a torque of 135/ 190 Nm and a maximum speed of 5,000 rpm. A tool turret is located in the lower part of the machine, can accommodate VDI 25 and VDI 30 tool mountings in 18 or 12 stations, all of which can be equipped with individually driven tools (power 6 kW, torque 18 Nm, speed 7,200 rpm). (first view)
Booth S-8136: The fluid-cooled, identical main and counter spindles of the G220 Turn-Mill Center from INDEX feature a clearance of 65 mm (chuck up to max. 250 mm diameter), and provide power of 20/ 24 kW (100 percent/40 percent), a torque of 135/ 190 Nm and a maximum speed of 5,000 rpm. A tool turret is located in the lower part of the machine, can accommodate VDI 25 and VDI 30 tool mountings in 18 or 12 stations, all of which can be equipped with individually driven tools (power 6 kW, torque 18 Nm, speed 7,200 rpm). (second view)
Booth S-8136: With two tool turrets, a main spindle with C-axis and 42 mm bar capacity (7,000 rpm, max. 29 kW and 65 Nm) and a swivel counter spindle with C-axis for extensive rear end machining, the TRAUB TNL42 automatic lathe from INDEX offers high production rates with only 5,5 m2 footprint (without bar loader). The vertical design of the machine with a setup-friendly work area permits unobstructed chip flow and better ergonomics for setup operations. The stable, vertical cast machine bed is mounted on a heavy cast iron machine base, providing excellent damping properties for high-precision cutting.
Booth S-9148: The Mycenter-HX500G Horizontal Machining Center from Kitamura offers a maximum workpiece size of 31.5Ø x 43.3 in (Dia. x H) within an incredibly small footprint. Super high speed rapid feedrates of 2,362 ipm on solid box ways are by far the fastest in class and boost overall work throughput. A standard two-station APC is field expandable and is coupled with full 360 deg 4-axis capability with rotary scale meaning faster, more accurate production per pallet load. A 50 tool “fixed pot” automatic tool changer is standard with upgrade capabilities of up to 200 tools in the field. (first view)
Booth S-9148: The Mycenter-HX500G Horizontal Machining Center from Kitamura offers a maximum workpiece size of 31.5Ø x 43.3 in (Dia. x H) within an incredibly small footprint. Super high speed rapid feedrates of 2,362 ipm on solid box ways are by far the fastest in class and boost overall work throughput. A standard two-station APC is field expandable and is coupled with full 360 deg 4-axis capability with rotary scale meaning faster, more accurate production per pallet load. A 50 tool “fixed pot” automatic tool changer is standard with upgrade capabilities of up to 200 tools in the field. (second view)
Booth S-9153: Tsudakoma RG Series tables from Koma Precision are highly rigid and have increased clamp torque delivered by the new improved clamp system design. Various options such as chucks, tailstocks, support spindles, and faceplates are available. Pneumatic and Hydraulic rotary joints for automatic load and unload of the work piece are also available. The new Ball Drive System Technology features high speed indexing and zero backlash that result in shorter cycle times. This new technology also delivers the industries’ highest torque transmission efficiency. (first view)
Booth S-9153: Tsudakoma RG Series tables from Koma Precision are highly rigid and have increased clamp torque delivered by the new improved clamp system design. Various options such as chucks, tailstocks, support spindles, and faceplates are available. Pneumatic and Hydraulic rotary joints for automatic load and unload of the work piece are also available. The new Ball Drive System Technology features high speed indexing and zero backlash that result in shorter cycle times. This new technology also delivers the industries’ highest torque transmission efficiency. (second view)
Booth S-9153: Elbo Controlli tool presetters from Koma Precision are designed with a base and column of natural granite that guarantees the least thermal expansion of all construction materials. Interchangeable rotating spindle-holders with manual mechanical braking of the spindle-holders rotation are available, e.g. CAT/ISO/BT, HSK, Capto, KM, VDI, etc. The vision system for tool measuring includes a TFT 9 in color touch screen with 110 mm x 200 mm image size and 25X magnification. The unit comes with a standard cutting edge inspection feature to get a crystal clear image of the condition of the cutting edge before measuring the tool.
Booth S-8300: Mazak designed the new Integrex j-200S Multi-Tasking machine to bring maximum value, precision and throughput to the production of complex medium-sized parts. It features a main 5,000 rpm turning spindle, 12,000 rpm milling spindle and a second turning spindle for Done-In-One® capabilities, meaning it can complete machining in single setups and improve overall part accuracy.
Booth S-8519: The HU100-5X machining center from Mitsui Seiki that will be at the show is ideal for larger aerospace and power generation parts, featuring an X, Y, Z work zone capacity of 1500 mm x 1200 mm x 1200 mm. It accommodates a weight up to 4,400 lb (2000 kg). Other compelling features include maximum spindle torque of 2,000 ft-lb, HSK 125A tool taper, dual pallet changer, an automatic workpiece/fixture measuring and compensation system, non-contact laser tool setting device, 3D tool compensation, dynamic feature offset, and Fanuc 30iM control.
Booth S-8500: The MA-12500H horizontal machining center from Okuma is equipped with a 50 taper 6,000 rpm, 60/50 hp spindle. It is also available with either a 12,000 rpm wide range spindle or 4,500 rpm heavy duty spindle.
Booth S-8148: The BRIO BM850T Milling Machine was developed by SMTCL for educational users and for start-up businesses, but it is now being purchased by several large companies as it can competitively make accurate parts for a low investment cost.
Booth S-8148: The BRIO Turner 5 from SMTCL is an 8 in Chuck Horizontal Turning Center with 6-position tool turret and 16.5 in swing over the bed. The machine comes equipped with the Siemens 808d conversational control, a 3-jaw hydraulic chuck, and hydraulic tailstock.
Booth S-9080: The BA 322 is a compact, twin-spindle horizontal machining center from SW North America that is targeted for 4- or 5-axis machining of small to medium-sized steel, cast iron, and light metal workpieces. Typical examples include brake calipers, hydraulic valves, and turbocharger components including compressor wheels. The double swivel table design allows workpieces to be loaded/unloaded in cycle. The BA 322 name represents the 300 mm distance between the two spindles and two tables. It is the smallest frame size of SW’s heavy-duty machining centers. (first view)
Booth S-9080: The BA 322 is a compact, twin-spindle horizontal machining center from SW North America that is targeted for 4- or 5-axis machining of small to medium-sized steel, cast iron, and light metal workpieces. Typical examples include brake calipers, hydraulic valves, and turbocharger components including compressor wheels. The double swivel table design allows workpieces to be loaded/unloaded in cycle. The BA 322 name represents the 300 mm distance between the two spindles and two tables. It is the smallest frame size of SW’s heavy-duty machining centers. (second view)
Booth S-9449: The TUR1550MN 4-Axis turning center from Toolmex, with its 61 in swing over bed, 43.3 in swing over saddle and available from 78 in to 707 in between centers, has the capacity to handle the biggest jobs it encounters. The show lathe will feature the 4-axis version: X-, Z-, C- with live tooling and Y-axis vertical for larger keyways or milling large flats on outside diameter. With a massive, extra stable 40 in/43 in wide bed along with its large spindle bores options (5.5 in to 24 in), the TUR1550MN is built for heavy workloads up to 33,000 lb with option to 50,000 lb.
Booth S-9436: Sitting within a more compact 5 m x 3.5 m x 4 m (200 in x 138 in x 174 in) footprint compared to larger models, the TUE-100 vertical turning lathe from Toshiba showcases the highest rapid rate available in its class with feed rates up to 2000 mm/min, thus reducing cycle times and increasing productivity. In addition, the wide range of table speeds allows for exceptional surface finishes on a variety of materials.
Booth S-9436: The BP-150.R22 planer-type horizontal boring and milling machine from Toshiba ranges in spindle speeds from 5 to 8,000 rpm (min-1) and provides a coolant through spindle option.
Booth S-8519: The FH630SX-I horizontal machining center is Toyoda’s latest 630 mm-sized linear guideway machine. Engineered for power and rigidity, it offers a standard 8,000 rpm, high-torque (37 kW, 1,009 Nm) spindle and dual ballscrews on the Y- and Z-axes. It features improved X-, Y-, and Z-axis travels at 41.3 in (1,050 mm), 35.4 in (900 mm), and 41.3 in (1,050 mm), respectively. Constructed to withstand a greater load capacity of 3,310 lb (1,500 kg), it offers a more robust column design for more aggressive cutting on larger workpieces.
Booth S-8700: A Makino Machining Complex (MMC2) pallet handling system with an a61nx horizontal machining center illustrating multiple machining solutions in a variety of materials will be on display at the show.
Booth S-8640: Amano MJ Filterless Mist Collectors from Vega Tool are designed to collect and filter both oil mist and water-soluble mist. They provide dramatically reduced operation costs since no filter replacements are required. Utilizing disk and cyclone technology, the MJ Mist Collectors remain highly efficient while collecting 99.9 percent of mist. The fully sealed design is capable of maintaining suction for extended periods of time with a low noise level of only 72 db.
Booth S-8640: The all new Brother Compact Machining Center SPEEDIO product line from Yamazen includes the M140X1, R450X1 HT/BBT/CTSI, S700X1 27K (shown), S700X1 HT/BBT/CTSI, and the S500X1 featuring the improved, powerful and fast Brother CNC C-00 control. With high speed spindles up to 27K, high torque spindles up to 10K and having top-level environmental performance, this product line is the Every Shop Machine.
Booth S-8640: Matsuura 5-axis and multi-pallet premium machine tools from Yamazen include the H.Plus-300 20K, LX-160 42 Pallets, CUBLEX-35 20K/HSK 63 with tailstock and grinding, MX-850 15K/High Power/CAT40 (shown), and the MAM72-100H 10K/50 Taper. These machines incorporate decades of Matsuura expertise in developing and manufacturing innovative machining equipment and technology.
Booth S-8640: Large part machining from Yamazen will be displayed on the MVR30 five-face moving rail bridge and the all new MAF-E large capacity table-type horizontal boring machine (shown) from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.
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SWISS-TYPE LATHE WITH B-AXIS
In Booth S-8536, the Nexturn SA32XII Swiss lathe from Absolute Machine Tools (Lorain, OH) is a new 32 mm machine that is available with or without a rotary synchronous guide bushing. It features up to 9 total axes (Z1, X1, Y1, Z2, X2, Y2, C1, C2, and optional B) and up to 33 total tools with the B-axis (29 without), including 19 live tools. Machining capacity is 32 mm on the main spindle, 32 mm on the sub spindle, and 210 mm (8 in) maximum turning length in one chucking (60 mm or 2.36 in without guide bushing).

The machine is built for rigidity, accuracy, reliability, and ease of use. The highly rigid one-piece cast iron machine bed is designed using FEM software. Powerful motors for both turning and milling deliver outstanding machining capability. The use of ultra-precision pre-tensioned ballscrews and LM guides produce high accuracy. High speed positioning of 1,260 ipm reduces cycle times. A sliding operator door, as opposed to a lift up style door, provides easy access to the machining area and is drip free.

Powerful live tools provide excellent milling ability. With 1.3 hp and 6,000 rpm, a wide range of milling, drilling, and tapping can be performed.  ER-16 collets (ER-11 for back tools on the optional B-axis) for the live tools provide excellent rigidity. Rigid tapping is standard. The optional B-axis, used primarily for milling, drilling and tapping angled holes, provides 0 to 135 deg of swiveling rotation with 3 front side and 3 back side live tools. The front side tools can be used for both front and face work, doubling the useful tools to 6 possible.

The synchronous rotary guide bushing features a dual bearing structure with high accuracy. It has strong and accurate bearing support on both ends. The guide bushing is spline shaft driven. The guide bushing is necessary for precision machining of long parts. The machine can be ordered without the guide for short parts, reduced remnant length, and the ability to run cold drawn material.

Nexturn Co., Ltd., located in South Korea, is an industry leader in Swiss type CNC lathes and was the first to produce a 38 mm CNC Swiss machine. Nexturn machines use Fanuc controls, motors, and drives (Japan); NSK ballscrews and THK linear motion guideways (Japan); NSK and FAG bearings (Japan and Germany); KHK gears (Japan); Mayr couplings (Germany); CKD pneumatic valves (Japan); SMC pneumatic cylinders (Japan); and Daikin hydraulic systems (Japan).

Nexturn, listed on the Korean stock market since 2006, has been providing quality machine tools to Asia, Europe and the Americas for more than 13 years from a modern facility with a capacity to build 50 machines per month.

Also on display will be the new You Ji AH-06/1000 Horizontal Lathe that was specifically developed to replace 30-year-old heavy duty turning machinery in the oil and gas industries. Turning capacities feature a maximum cutting diameter of 35.4 in and a maximum turning length of 39 in, with optional turning lengths of 59 in, 79 in, 118 in, and 157 in. With a base machine weight of nearly 40,000 lb for the shortest bed length version, the AH-06 delivers the heavy cutting performance that customers in these industries require.

Absolute Machine Tools has offices in Lorain and Mason, OH, Livonia, MI, and the newest in Elgin, IL, plus a network of experienced machine tool distributors in the U.S. and Canada. www.absolutemachine.com

AUTOMATED SAWING AND END MACHINING OF TUBE AND BAR
In Booth S-9174, BLM Group USA (Wixom, MI), a global leader in the manufacture of tube processing equipment, will showcase the EM80, a combined automatic sawing and end machining center for tube and bar processing. The company will also address myriad options for tube processing, including laser tube cutting, tube and wire benders, tube end formers and cold saws for a variety of industries, such as aerospace, automotive, fitness, recreation, and the oil and gas industries. Its tube processing applications are used to process tube and bar products used for everything from stadium bleachers to fracking tubes.

An overview and demonstration of the EM80 cut-off and end machining center.

The EM80 handles tube diameters from 10 mm to 80 mm, with wall thickness from 0.8 mm to 12 mm and solid bar from 10 mm to 65 mm. Bar stock lengths run from 2,500 mm to 12,000 mm. The blade cuts by utilizing constant chip load technology at travels from 20 m/min to 450 m/min. The unit comes with a bundle loader to handle up to 4,000 kg and can be loaded at any time during the operation. A ‘conveyor’ brings the parts toward a two-position chute to allow the parts to be dropped in to the appropriate bin. A second conveyor handles chip removal. www.blmgroup.com

QUALITY CNC MACHINING CENTERS AT AFFORDABLE PRICING
Bulova is one of the most recognized names in the world, known for quality, precision, and value. Bulova Technologies Inc. (BTGI; Tampa, FL) has over 60 years of precision manufacturing experience and entered into the machine tool business in 2013 with the formation of Bulova Technologies Machinery, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary distributor specializing in imported world-class precision CNC vertical machining centers and related equipment that is designed for power, speed and accuracy that is making their industry debut in Booth S-9482.

A demonstration of the VMC 4220 precision Box Ways Linear Machining Center from Bulova.

Bulova machine tools generally range from $50,000 to $250,000 per machine and are used on a variety of materials, including titanium, steel, aluminum, ceramics, glass, composites, wood and plastics in a variety of industries, including automotive, aerospace, medical, off-road, energy, defense, electronics, consumer products, music and job shops. These machines are sold through a select and growing distributor network across the U.S. and Canada.

Visitors can meet the Bulova team, comprised of experts in engineering, manufacturing and application, service, and support and hear first-hand how this team searched the globe for the best builders to partner with on their machine tool lines. Unlike their competitors, they have designed their line to include features that will provide outstanding quality and value exclusively for the North American market. Bulova has its corporate offices in a 29,000 sq ft building in Tampa that also houses a showroom, technical training center, and service, parts and warehouse. www.bulovatech.com

BREAKTHROUGH MACHINING TECHNOLOGIES
In Booth S-8986, Chevalier Machinery, Inc. (Santa Fe Springs, CA) will display nine machines, along with a FANUC intelligent robot teamed with a Chevalier heavy-duty horizontal turning lathe to demonstrate increased production efficiency through automation.

A rundown of the nine machines begins with the new FBB-110L series, a T-type horizontal boring mill that expertly handles heavy-duty, high-precision machining with 120 in x 83 in x 80 in machining capabilities. The extra-rigid design of the main machine body and column ensure outstanding structural stability. The fully supported base on the X- and Y-axis assures no overhang or vibration during cutting. The series features a one-piece Meehanite® cast iron base with heavy-duty large box ways on X-, Y-, and Z-axes and is coated with an anti-friction Turcite material for consistent accuracy and smooth movement. The 35 hp, 50-taper, large-diameter, cartridge-type, air-purged spindle runs with a two-speed gear head stock that generates a maximum of 1500 Nm to overcome most tough-material cutting conditions.

The spindle can be extended (W-axis) for deep-hole boring with high-rigidity and superior machining accuracy. The table features a full C-axis contouring with 0.001 deg minimum intervals. It also has a hydraulic break disk plus a locking pin every 90 deg, designed for maximum stability. The rotary table is driven by an AC servo motor with a worm shaft and gear that provides high torque for heavy workpieces. The angular scale is built in the table to assure the accuracy of ± 15 arc-second.

Visitors can See the FBL-360B heavy-duty horizontal turning lathe teamed with a FANUC. The 45 deg slant bed lathe features a rigid box ways structure and programmable tailstock; engineered with ease of access and trouble-free maintenance in mind. The series also comes with a 15 in chuck, maximum swing and maximum turning diameter of 22.4 in and a maximum turning length up to 80 in. The lathe features up to 35 hp AC digital spindle motor with two-speed gear box, spindle bar is 4.5 in diameter and speed up to 2,500 rpm. It’s the best machine in the market for mixed volume, short-run or dedicated high-volume applications.

Chevalier’s new FBL-520D heavy-duty horizontal turning lathe, perfect for machining heavy parts and large pipe threading, is in demand by the energy and aerospace industries. The series features highly accurate machining that can handle rough- and fine-turning operations. The gear box provides enough horsepower for heavy-duty turning. With live tooling capability, this series can save time by milling and turning a part in the same set-up. The series structure features a 45 deg slant-bed design, comprised of single-piece Meehanite® cast iron with a wide-span, ribbed box structure.

For stability and support, the machine provides box guide ways that are 5.1 in wide by 3.1 in thick. A powerful 60 hp spindle motor, which features a three-stage gearbox and generates 3,049 ft-lb of torque, satisfies most cutting conditions of large-diameter work pieces or tough material applications. The 12-station turret is 200 mm thick for deep hole boring and rough turning. The 15 in through hole is perfect for pipe yard threading and meets API and parameter thread standards.

The company also introduces the new FSG-ADS series high-precision, fully automatic, three-axis grinder with a PLC controller. The cutting-edge device provides a grind cycle with rough grinding, fine grinding, spark-out passes and an automatic over-wheel dresser with compensation, which can be added to fully automate the grind process. After the cycle is finished, the table will “park” either left or right of the saddle and at the front to facilitate unloading and loading. The series, which is well suited for mass production and easy to set-up, program and operate features user-friendly conversational programming.

The machine’s spindle can be set to “stop running” or “continue running.” The wheel head can also be set to return to the start position or to park at a reference point. Once the cycle is started, the wheel head moves rapidly to the start point and repeats the grind cycle. If material is required to be removed from both sides, “flip over” can be selected so that the wheel head position is at the finish grind height, which then starts grinding immediately without touching off. The fully automatic grind feature consists of rough and fine grinding cycles, switching from rough grinding down-feed increments to fine grinding down-feed increments at preset points during the cycle. This crossfeed also switches from a rough to fine cross-feed increment, resulting in a finer surface finish and finer accuracy. www.chevalierusa.com

COMPACT BAR LOADERS ECONOMICALLY ADD AUTOMATION
In Booth S-9092, CNC Indexing & Feeding Technologies (Mason, OH), a provider of rotary tables, high pressure coolant systems, bar feeders, oil skimmers, and other CNC machine tool accessories, will be highlighting a popular line of bar loader/feeders. The company now offers several styles of short bar loaders in both pneumatic and servo styles. The pneumatic style of bar loader is an ideal solution to economically add unmanned production capability to a lathe. The servo style of bar loader will also allow unmanned production capability while being able to feed to higher accuracies or be used on lathes with a sub-spindle.

All of the MTA brand of short bar loaders that CNC Indexing offers include Pusher Cylinder with Linear Guides, Trouble-free Pusher Locks, V Channel Adjustments, X-Axis Sliding Rail System, fully functional PLC with comprehensive data bank software, New Bar Position Sensors, and Hand-held Remote Control. www.cncindexing.com

ROBUST, PRECISION HORIZONTAL BORING MACHINE CHANGES THE GAME
In Booth S-8692, Soraluce America, Inc. (Chicago, IL), a Danobat Group company, will be introducing the KB-150W horizontal boring machine, a robust, precision solution that changes the game in boring by providing an efficient and durable state-of-the-art machine that can meet a wide assortment of requirements.

This machine offers high performance, high feed forces of the cross axis and quill spindle, resulting in high stock removal capacity. Its heavy duty design and high dynamics provides optimum power and cutting speed capacity. With all main machine elements made of cast iron, the rigid, robust and stable design provides for the highest precision. The machine has been developed using the finite elements method and tested for maximum rigidity to reduce vibration problems to a minimum. It has a user-friendly machine configuration which allows the operator to be next to the working area, enabling easy part setting, measuring operations, etc. In addition, a full enclosure is available.

The technical specifications of the KB-150W are:

Quill Diameter mm 150
Quill Traverse, W axis mm 80
Longitudinal traverse, X axis mm 2000-3000-4000-5000
Vertical traverse, Y axis mm 2100-2600-3200
Cross traverse, Z axis mm 1500-2000-2500
Spindle power hp Up to 47
Spindle speed range rpm 3000
Table Size/Loading Weight mm/kg To 2500 x 3000/To 60,000

The rigid quill spindle is mounted on large angular contact ball bearings, lubricated with an air-oil system. The quill’s maximum thermal stability is due to a complete cooling system of the bearing, gearbox and spindle motor systems, This, combined with a high power transmission, guarantees high stock removal capacity as well as great feed force.

The rotary table rotates by high precision bearing and low friction surfaces for smaller load capacities and hydrostatic bearings for larger load capacities. These rotation systems ensure no surface wear, meaning it is optimal for highly demanding and accurate processing. Table rotation is via a dual drive system utilizing a large external crown gear with helical gearing and zero backlash precision gearbox.  The hydraulic clamping system allows for maximum tangential clamping force up to 140,000 Nm / 103,244 ft-lb. www.soraluce-america.com

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