Bar Feeder And Gantry Loader Technology

New Product Announcements From: 6/23/2008 Modern Machine Shop

The company features its bar feeder and gantry loader technology. The Elite 112 bar feeder will operate on a Star CNC lathe, and it is designed to feed bars of 0.8 to 12.7 mm on lathes with high rotation and headstock acceleration speeds without limiting performance. It has a minimum inertia mechanical synchronization system to ensure precision following of headstocks, even those actuated by linear motors, regardless of bar diameter. The bar feeder is engineered with closed, calibrated, round section channels to enable high performance, even with high-rotation spindle speeds. No special adjustments are necessary when switching jobs, and quick-fit channels help minimize retooling time, the company says.  

Designed for sliding headstock lathes, the Smart 320 bar feeder will operate with a Tsugami CNC lathe. The bar feeder accommodates small-diameter bars of 3 to 23 mm and offers automatic remnant recovery and bar-headstock synchronization. 

The compact Prodigy bar feeder will operate with a Doosan lathe. The bar feeder’s dimensions make it suitable for use when floor space is limited. According to the company, it offers the flexibility to support a wide range of bar diameters and the versatility to run small- or high-volume production.  

The Automata gantry loader system will be operating with an Okuma Captain L370. The gantry loader system is designed for increased productivity and efficiency of lathes, grinding machines, rolling machines and machining centers. Its high-capacity magazine permits unsupervised loading and unloading, which allows operators to monitor more machines, the company says.  

Other bar feeders featured are the Master 880 and the VIP80. The Master offers a compact design and flexibility to run a wide range of bar diameters with change of collet and split bushing only. The VIP80 is a short bar feeder, suited for single-spindle, fixed and sliding headstock lathes.   The company offers several other bar feeder technologies, including a hydrodynamic guide channel system which is said to enable quick change-over and reduced noise and vibrations. The guide channel design allows the guide diameter to be changed by only changing the front guide sections. The bar pusher is contained in a tube fixed to the upper wall of the rear guide.

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