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Designed for reliability and ease of use, Toyoda's Inverted vertical turning center features a traveling inverted spindle that allows direct part pickup to aid in chip management. According to the company, the machine is flexible enough to be used as a stand-alone machine or as part of a production line.
In addition to standard inverted-spindle turning with built-in automation, fixed-spindle and live turret tooling is available. The spindles are thermo-stabilized and equipped with a hydraulic breaking system for sturdiness and an encoder for positioning. For vibration damping and rigidity, the machine is built with a mono-block polymerized concrete-filled, steel fabrication base. It is available in several models and speeds to accommodate various part sizes and materials.
Editor PickRobotic Cell Cuts Cycle Time, Improves Part Quality
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.