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The VL-Y from Emag is fully equipped with a Y axis (50-mm travel); a chip conveyor; a machining area extraction unit; a fluid-cooling system for spindle motor and turret; and automation equipment for loading and unloading workpieces. The machine features a recirculating workpiece storage conveyor on which “carrier prisms” deliver raw parts and collect the finish-machined components from the pick-up spindle. The pick-up station is located behind the machining area, so the operator can continue removing finish-machined components and inserting new raw parts into the carrier prisms at the front. For asymmetrical components or workpieces that have to be accurately aligned for machining, the prisms can be fitted with workpiece-specific carriers or with pallets. This system allows for fully automatic loading and unloading of a multitude of workpieces.
Companies that manufacture a variety of components in both small and large batches require a universal, quickly reprogrammed and reset machine for small batches and an automated, high-productivity manufacturing system for large ones, the company says. The VL series is designed to provide both. Originally designed for simple, heavy-duty machining in applications such as rough turning, the machines have since been used for hard turning applications and for machining complex components.
Editor PickRobotic Cell Cuts Cycle Time, Improves Part Quality
Sew-Eurodrive Inc. worked with Okuma America’s authorized systems dealer, Gosiger Automation, to design an automated cell that includes an automatic, magazine bar feeder that loads 6-ft. lengths of barstock into the machine. The shop also switched to an Okuma twin spindle, twin turret turning center so all of the machining operations are completed in one setup, thus eliminating additional fixtures and operator intervention. The resultant system reduces cycle times and requires much less operator involvement. As a result, production time per part was more than cut in half – from about 5 minutes to 2 minutes, 20 seconds.