The Hardinge Group showcases its GS 51A horizontal turning center, a compact high-productivity lathe that is equipped with integrated automation. The machine features a collet-ready spindle that delivers exacting part roundness and tight tolerances on each workpiece, the company says. A prototype version of the RS T-42 turning center is also displayed so attendees can provide feedback that the company will use to improve the machine before the official introduction in the first quarter of 2010.
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This machine can run for a long time without any operator intervention, and users can machine finished parts from slug stock or cast blanks while achieving the same high productivity as if they were machining from barstock, the company says.