Production Machining

JUL 2013

Production Machining - Your access to the precision machining industrial buyer.

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Inverted Vertical Turning ur cars are full of high-tech materials that ensure a long life for the individual components and make the car safe to drive. Tese materials also weigh much less than in the past, which reduces fuel consumption levels. To ensure they are machined in a cost-efective way requires the right process and machinery. Te inverted vertical turning center, such as Emag LLC's VL 5, is a machine that is customized for hard turning. Te company pioneered the inverted vertical concept in the 1980s and continues to refne the self-load and unload capabilities inherent in the design. It's a design that creates advantages to the machine's highly demanding feld of application, which includes continuous part processing at high volume/low mix and high mix/low volume production. Te conditions faced by sub-suppliers and manufacturing companies have been the same for decades: optimal component quality, fexible batch sizes and low workpiece costs. Tese are the demands made by customers in industries and applications. However, these demands are difcult to fulfll when machining already hardened surfaces. Grinding is the method used most often for achieving the results necessary for hardened surfaces, but it is time consuming and known for its relatively high tooling costs and energy consumption. Hard turning is an alternative process O :: A conveyor belt transports the workpieces in fexible carrier prisms (there is no need to reset these) to the pickup station. This station is located behind the machining area, allowing the operator to remove fnished components and load raw parts at the front. :: The workpieces are moved to the pick-up station by a conveyor belt equipped with fexible carrier prisms that reduce the resetting efort for diferent workpiece diameters. The pick-up spindle ensures that the machine loads itself. :: 33

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