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The VT 1150 features a maximum swing of 53", a large 48" table and a 75-hp motor. The company says the lathe will turn any material and it has a maximum turning capacity of 45". Maximum turning length is 37". The lathe features a standard 12-position turret. A mill-drill option is also available. The VT 1150 is part of a series of vertical turning lathes that include (from smallest to largest): the VT 350, the VT 450 and the VT 550. All of the company’s lathes use Fanuc electronics and motors.
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Sew-Eurodrive Inc. worked with Okuma America’s authorized systems dealer, Gosiger Automation, to design an automated cell that includes an automatic, magazine bar feeder that loads 6-ft. lengths of barstock into the machine. The shop also switched to an Okuma twin spindle, twin turret turning center so all of the machining operations are completed in one setup, thus eliminating additional fixtures and operator intervention. The resultant system reduces cycle times and requires much less operator involvement. As a result, production time per part was more than cut in half – from about 5 minutes to 2 minutes, 20 seconds.