Southwestern Industries’ Trak line of mills and lathes feature the company’s ProtoTrak CNC technology. The conversational language is designed to be powerful, but easy to use, the company says. It is also said to reduce time-consuming setups, enables machinists with lower skill levels to do higher-level work and increases the productivity of skilled machinists. The Trak line increases productivity in low-volume work, including prototypes, tooling, fixtures, molds and repairs.
In addition to the Trak bed mills, knee mills, lathes and retrofit products, the company offers the Trak LPM machining center, which also features ProtoTrak CNC technology.
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