Production Machining

JUL 2018

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A Different Kind significant uptick in HMC purchase projections: 85 percent more than the numbers for 2017. However, Mr. Porta makes the point that if volumes and workpiece complexity demand more than one HMC, the Multicenter finds its niche. "It is a bridge between the very high production of a special-purpose machine and the lower volume with flexibility of an HMC," he says. "e multi- center is in between these two classes of machine, and it is a standard machine tool, not a special, which makes lead times much shorter." e machine is designed for a 10-inch work cube, although the design is scalable for large parts. Each of the three machining centers is served by its own tool changer, with a 12-tool capacity as standard on each. More tool capacity, up to 40 tools each, is available if needed. Each machine spindle has three axes at the tool tip and a fourth rotary axis is located on each worktable. All axes are controlled by the machine's FANUC or Siemens CNC. Smaller Footprint, Less Power e design advantage of the Multicenter, Mr. Porta says, is that a typical customer for that machine, who needs three or four HMCs to hit its production numbers, can get them in a single platform. It's easier to run the machine, it uses less :: Workpiece blanks enter the machine workzone through a load/unload station. It can accommodate manned or automated operation. power, and it takes less floor space. Floor space requirements of an HMC, with its associated loading and unloading areas, is not insignificant. "Now, multiply that floor space by three and things get fairly large," Mr. Porta says. "Because the Multicenter is essentially three HMCs on a single platform, it only occupies 87 square Scientific Cutting Tools Our pride in workmanship assures product quality every time. That's the SCT guarantee. www.sct-usa.com sales@sct-usa.com 1.805.584.9495 1.800.383.2244 Single Point - Thread Mills - Port Tools - Indexable Tools - Specialty Premium Submicron Carbide Tools are Triple-Inspected Made in America Thread Mill Code Generator Guaranteed Concentricity ATTENTION SWISS MACHINE BUILDERS AND USERS... Prospect Heights, IL 847-749-0633 info@heimatecinc.com www.heimatecinc.com Heimatec now offering Tecnicrafts collets and guide bushings for Swiss Type CNC Automatic Lathes. All popular brands. Smooth bore, groove bore, straight nose, tapered nose and other styles of collets available in various sizes. Adjustable, profile and reinforced shank style guide bushings, too. All brought to you by the leader in Live Tools... Heimatec. A perfect match! NEW FROM HEIMATEC tecnicrafts R productionmachining.com :: 35

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