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The first NHX4000 machine made in America went to Chicagoland’s Bettinardi Golf/X-Cel Technologies. Here, the company’s Robert Bettinardi and DMG/Mori Seiki’s Mark Mohr discuss putters being made on the machine.
DMG/Mori Seiki’s massive exhibit of more than 40 machine tools in Booth S-8900 includes one noteworthy machine that didn’t have to travel quite so far to get to the show. The NHX4000 horizontal machining center was built at the new Mori Seiki Manufacturing U.S. factory in Davis, California.
Another machine is also a milestone in the continued advance of this company, which is marking its second IMTS since two leading machine tool names combined. DMG/Mori Seiki says the new Milltap 700 machining center is the result of the first true collaborative technology effort between Mori Seiki and DMG.
The company’s 32,000-square-foot booth is organized into separate technology centers for machine types, including horizontal turning, horizontal machining centers, five-axis machining centers, Ecoline (entry level) machines, turn-mill machines, and Milltap solutions. An area for advanced technologies showcases the company’s Ultrasonic and Lasertec machines.
The new Milltap 700 is a compact, high-productivity vertical machining center built to optimize characteristics such as tool-change time, chip flow and energy efficiency. In addition to high-speed milling of aluminum and heavy machining of steel, cutting demonstrations in the booth also feature the machine performing four-axis machining with a rotary table. The rotary table design is compact to preserve machine travels. As a result, the machine is suitable for many complex parts, as well as turbine components, the company says.
The U.S.-built NHX4000 is a heavy-duty HMC that handles workpieces as large as 24.8 × 35.4 inches, with a loading capacity of 880 lbs. The 200,000-square-foot factory where this machine was made, on 14.5 acres in Davis, is DMG/Mori Seiki’s first production facility in North America. The company says this $50-million plant will help meet rising market demands throughout North and South America.
IMTS 2016 ran September 12-17 in Chicago, Illinois. Visit our IMTS 2016 Zone to find information on conferences and technology that appeared at the show. Also, be sure to check out IMTSTV for segments about the show and what’s new in the world of manufacturing technology.
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