April 2014 Product Spotlight: Turning

Click through this month’s product slideshow featuring lathes and turning centers.

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April’s Modern Equipment Review Spotlight highlights turning equipment. Click through the slideshow below for vertical and horizontal turning centers, a Swiss-type lathe and several pick-up turning machines. Visit the Turning Machines Zone for more turning equipment and information.

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Robotic 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.