Transfer Machine Offers Bar Positioning Accuracy

Hydromat's Epic R/T 45-12 is a collet-style rotary transfer machine for precisely cutting stock sizes as large as 1.75" round, 1.5" hex and 1.25" square, and as long as 6".

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Hydromat's Epic R/T 45-12 is a collet-style rotary transfer machine for precisely cutting stock sizes as large as 1.75" round, 1.5" hex and 1.25" square, and as long as 6". A non-rotating barstock design provides quiet, vibration-free operation with 12 horizontal spindles and as many as six vertical tool spindles for using as many as 18 tools in the cut at once. The modular system promotes versatility and flexibility in turnkey machining of ABS, fuel, electrical, engine and steering components; plumbing and HVAC valve castings; hardware power tool and appliance housings; electrical wire connectors and switch bodies; and defense and aerospace fuse bodies, among other applications.

The tool spindle system uses presettable heads for change-overs as fast as one to three hours, according to the company.The automatic bar-change stop built into the bar feeder refines bar positioning. An updated two-axis flange offers as much as ±30 mm of extended travel for offset features, rotary OD and ID recessing, thread milling chamfering, and in-process deburring. It is also said to eliminate secondary operations for reduced costs. An overhead cut-off saw for short part applications eases access for blade changes and avoids the risk of chipping a saw tooth from a falling bar remnant.

The streamlined coolant plumbing uses a high/low coolant ring positioned above the table, enabling unlimited options for both high and low coolant pressures while eliminating excess plumbing, the company says. The machine's control includes an integrated coolant temperature sensor readout that retrieves data from probes. Users are able to preset the temperature at which the coolant goes into automatic cycles.

Other features include an advanced parts counter for breakdown of export data; a quality control system for scheduled, documented part inspection; and embedded motion control (EMC), a plug-and-play feature enabling independent functionality for each spindle unit. 

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