Hurco’s TM18L is a true slant-bed lathe with a maximum cutting length of 79.4" (approximately 2 m) to accommodate longer stock for the energy and mining industries. The 15-ton turning center is designed to handle heavy stock without vibration or chatter, the company says. The steady rest supports long stock sizes, a two-speed gearbox provides high torque, and optional chuck sizes range to 24".
The turning center features 17" × 80" X- and Z-axis travels, a 25.6" swing-over cross-slide, 6.5" bar capacity, and 787-ipm rapids. The 1.6-K, 53.6-hp spindle features 1,252 foot-pounds of torque at 225 rpm.
The control, which is powered by WinMax, enables users to program on the shop floor with the company’s conversational programming or to download files directly from their CAD/CAM workstations.
Filling Bins While the Building is Empty
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.