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Turn/Mill & Multitasking Machines

Turn/Mill Machines are machines that are capable of both rotating-workpiece operations (turning) and rotating-tool operations (namely milling and drilling). Generally these machines are based on lathes. The machine is typically recognizable as a horizontal or vertical lathe, with spindles for milling and drilling simply available at some or all of the tool positions. With a machine such as this, a part requiring a variety of operations can be machined in one setup, particularly if a subspindle allows the part to be passed from one spindle to another during machining. More recently introduced turn/mill machines depart from the lathe design into something much more like a hybrid machine—combining a lathe’s chucks and spindles with the travels and milling power of a machining center. One of the most significant issues with these types of machines in general is figuring out just which parts to run on them. Many shops have discovered that, even though these machines developed from lathes, they are not necessarily limited to round parts. Various non-round parts can be machined on the same platform as efficiently, if not more efficiently, than on a machining center.

» The Five Levels of Multitasking

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Multitasking is Multiple Choice


Different levels of multitasking machine tools address different types of parts.

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Lathe JobShop Cell.

Automated Cell Enables Easier Operator Access

By: Edited by Julianne Mobilian
Methods Machine Tools offers the Lathe JobShop Cell, featuring its Nakamura-Tome AS-200 high-performance multitasking turning center with a single spindle and single turret in a compact, heavy duty machine.

Okuma Multus U

Multitasking Lathes Feature Stabilizing Technologies

By: Edited by Jedd Cole
Okuma will display its Multus U series of general-purpose, multitasking CNC lathes designed to reduce setup time, improve accuracy and minimize non-cutting time.

Turning Art into High Precision Parts

By: Lori Beckman (editor)
Since collaborating with Methods Machine Tools Inc. and implementing its Nakamura-Tome multitasking turning centers, Honor Med Maskiner Corp. (Elgin, IL) has run more efficient processes.

Mazak Integrex e-1550V/10

Multitasking Five-Axis Machining Center for Large Gears

By: Edited by Jedd Cole
Mazak's Integrex e-1550V/10 multitasking five-axis machining center suits the production of large gears.

Gosiger.

Multifunction Turning Centers Reduce Cycle Time

By: Edited by Julianne Mobilian
Gosiger specialists will be available in Okuma’s booth to support an array of machine tool products including lathes, multifunction turning centers, machining centers and grinders.


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