This slide show offers examples of some new technologies and products on display at the 2011 Taiwan International Machine Tool Show.
Executive Editor, Modern Machine Shop
The BMP 1416B horizontal boring mill from YCM has a rotary table measuring 1,400 mm by 1,600 mm and 500 mm of W-axis reach.
This large VTC from Wele Mechatronic Co. is an example of how Taiwanese machine tool builders are increasing the capabilities of their equipment. The VTC-2500H, which can mill, turn and grind, won the top award for the show’s Excellence in R&D contest.
The Mega5 G from Awea is a five-axis, gantry-type machine is designed for large, complex components. It can be purchased with a high-torque 12,000-rpm spindle or high-horsepower 24,000-rpm spindle.
Leadwell, part of the Fair Friend Group, displayed its TM-1500 turn-mill, which offers -10 through +230 degrees of B-axis rotation and a 12,000-rpm spindle.
The actual version of this double-column grinding machine from Kent was too large for the show. The largest version offers table area of 1,500 x 4,200 mm.
The two-spindle TFH 200BP from TongTai has a total of four B-axis rotary tables and can perform simultaneous machining on two workpieces.
The Ding-Koan DV 3000 MT vertical turning center has a table measuring 3 meters in diameter to accommodate large workpieces.
Luren’s LFG-8040 vertical gear profile grinding machine offer 8 CNC axes and has integral part probing for accurate production of complex components.
The DMV-2000 from Dahlih has a number of features to facilitate accurate, five-axis machining, including a tool tip collision interference function, collision retract system and spindle thermal compensation.
The five-axis, 15,000-rpm Pinnacle BX700 offers +/- 120 degrees of B-axis spindle rotation and a 630-mm-diamter C-axis rotary table.
The You Ji HFB 150 horizontal boring mill offers XYZ travels of 5,000 x 3,000 x 800 mm and W-axis stroke of 750 mm.
Fortune’s five-axis Vturn-X200 turn-mill is a two-spindle machine with a nine-station turret and B-axis with 30 hp/12,000 rpm spindle.
Wire EDM machines from Chmer like this model have an air-conditioned enclosure and a thermally balanced structure for accurate EDM work.
Femco’s NVL-12 vertical turning and milling machine that offers maximum bed swing diameter of 1600 mm, maximum turning height of 1300 mm and table capacity of 8 tons.
The two-pallet Litz LH 1000B horizontal boring machine offers maximum pallet capacity of 3,000 kg.
Soco won an award for its 12-axis SR-series CNC booster benders offering tube capacity of 130 mm.
Hiwin highlighted a number of its motion control products with this robotic piano playing demonstration.
Machine tool builders in Taiwan are striving to increase equipment capabilities while keeping unit prices down. Click through the slide show below to see some of the machines I saw on display at the Taiwan International Machine Tool Show in March. Read the article listed under "Editor’s Picks" at the right for more about the Taiwanese machine tool market.