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Fidia’s Y2K solution combines two of the company’s K-range machining centers, which face each other and share the same worktable to provide efficient modularity. According to the company, the simultaneous action of two milling heads controlled by two synchronized CNCs enables production of drawing dies for sheet metal, aeronautical components, models and prototypes in nearly half the time. Additionally, the company says its flexible software, as well as the fact that the two controls allow the use of independent milling programs for each machine’s work area, makes the solution useful for machining dies, large-dimensioned single components or separate pieces.
The unit is available with various-sized K-range machining centers depending on desired axis travel and worktable size. A tool measuring system common to both sections and a piece-alignment device provide synchronization between the machines. All series K machines feature continuous bi-rotary heads with A-axis stroke of -110/+95 degrees and C-axis stroke of ±200 degress (±360 degrees optional).
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