The TL-1 toolroom lathe from Haas Automation, Inc. has been developed to help shops transition from manual machines to CNC.
Providing a maximum cutting diameter of 16" and a maximum cutting length of 30", the lathe offers a 16" part swing over the front apron and 8.5" over the cross slide. The machine features a 7.5-hp (peak) vector drive spindle that achieves speeds as high as 1,800 rpm. Also standard is an A2-5 spindle nose, which accepts a number of optional chucks. For additional part support, an optional manual tailstock provides 30" of travel.
According to the company, the brushless servomotors on all axes provide precise positioning, and a one-piece cast iron base dampens vibration while providing rigidity for heavy cuts. The lathe can operate on single- or three-phase power.
Of special interest is the company’s Intuitive turning system, a conversational operating system, which is said to ease cutting parts and creating part programs. Through an interactive graphical environment, the control guides the operator through the steps necessary to machine a part. The operator touches the X and Z surfaces and then enters basic machining information, such as feed rate, spindle speed, depth of cut, etc. Once the information is entered, the machinist pushes Cycle Start, and the machine performs the desired operation. A Recorder function allows multiple operations to be saved, so that the information can be retrieved and the part duplicated.
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Over the past decade, technology has advanced to the point that lights-out machining is more seamless than ever before, with built-in safety systems and even the ability to switch from one part to another in the middle of the night.