Production Machining

MAY 2018

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

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Edited by Chris Felix The Impact of MULTITASKING in Today's Shops As the technology behind multitasking machines continues to advance, shops are reaping the benefits. C ontinuing advances in multi- tasking machine tool technology are bringing shops to higher levels of productivity than ever before. e ability to produce parts of the highest complexity in a single setup, limiting human intervention and saving substantial time, provides even small shops a cost-effective solution to competing in today's challenging manufacturing environment. With a variety of configurations avail- able and builders continuing to offer new designs, shops should be able to find the right combination of components and capabilities to fit their needs. Joe Wilker, product group manager at Mazak Corp., offered us some thoughts on the current state of multitasking technology and how shops can best take advantage of it. What to Expect Among the many features that shops have come to look for in multitasking are twin turning spindles and multiple tool turrets with rotary tool stations and Y-axis off-centerline capability, along with tilt/rotary B-axis milling spindles, rotary/tilt tables and large-capacity tool magazines. According to Mr. Wilker, newer developments include integral-motor roller cam-style turrets, enhanced lower turrets, direct-drive milling spindles and servo-controlled drilling tailstocks. Additional advanced capabilities include simultaneous milling using upper and lower machine turrets and long drilling operations. :: The availability of a variety of multitasking machine tool configurations allows shops to select the best combination of components and capabilities for their specific applications. MULTITASKING 36 PRODUCTION MACHINING :: MAY 2018

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