Porta says its Multicenter machining cell is suited for production of high volume parts, but also of small/medium batches requiring frequent tooling/fixture changes. Essentially, the center groups CNC machining units around a pallet indexing table, which presents each pallet to the units sequentially.
According to the company, the center is built in standard configurations to reduce delivery and construction costs. The flexible production approach, along with true four-axis CNC and generous tool storage, allows the machining cell to be adapted to virtually any application, the company says.
The center can completely machine all six sides of a part in one cycle. As with machining centers, only tooling, fixtures and programs are changed part to part. This allows maximum flexibility for the component types to be produced, but also meets customer demands for turn-around, part costs and other production needs, the company says.
According to the company, the center can be used as an alternative to a transfer machine for companies running large part volumes. The center’s speed allows for low cycle times, while its flexibility allows for more than one part to be produced simultaneously. Also, a variety of parts can be run on the center. It also has the flexibility to add operations or future parts to the cell and to change tools without entering the work area.