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Mazak’s Hyper Quadrex 150MSY multitasking turning center employs a twin-turret and twin-spindle configuration to provide productivity and precision. The machine features twin opposed turning spindles with 5,000 rpm and 20-hp each, plus full C-axis CNC control for part positioning and contouring at a resolution of 0.0001 degree. It also carries upper and lower 12-station tool turrets for fixed and rotating tools and Y-axis machine travels for each turret for off-the-centerline machining.
The main and second spindles operate together or separately, allowing a single part to be machined on all surfaces through a coordinated “hand-off” between spindles, or two different parts can be machined simultaneously on one machine. The machine’s bar-fed work capacity is 2.56″ diameter.
The twin turrets operate independently or together on the same part, making it possible to process two features simultaneously or achieve balanced machining. In balanced cutting, two tools work together on the same feature, such as rough and finish turning, rough and finish milling, or opposed feature drilling, tapping or boring using the Y axes.
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