Kitamura’s Mycenter-4XD high-capacity vertical machining center is designed for flexible job shop operations. The machine is equipped with a 50" × 25.2" table and X-, Y- and Z-axis travels measuring 43" × 24" × 24", respectively, making it suitable for large single workpieces, multi-fixtured components and additional axis implementation. Rapid feed rates are 1,417 ipm in the X and Y axes and 1,181 ipm in the Z axis. The 12,000-rpm, 35-hp dual-contact AC spindle system offers rigidity and stiffness for demanding cutting conditions and hard-to-machine materials, the company says, and a 30-tool capacity reduces downtime.
A heavily ribbed high-grade Meehanite casting provides increased rigidity and stability. The X, Y and Z axes feature solid box guideways and incorporate a four-slideway-base construction design to increase vibration absorption, improve surface finishes and increase tool life. All contact surfaces are hand scraped for precise alignment. A standard base wash system, internal chip augers and a scraper-type chip conveyor keep the workspace free of chips and contaminants. The machine is equipped with a Kitamura-FANUC 0iMD control with 1,280 m of memory, a 256-MD data server and AI Contour Control.
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