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The SJ-20, a 45-degree slant bed lathe from Absolute Machine Tools, has been added to its Ecoca line of CNC lathes. This turning center is said to be ideal for high production and job shop operations requiring speed, power and accuracy for small parts turning. The machine features linear ways, and its compact size saves floor space. An optional bar feed package is available for shops seeking turnkey productivity. Lathes can be fitted with a C axis and live tools for gaining additional productivity.
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.