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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.

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Multitasking is Multiple Choice


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



Doosan Lynx 220LSY multitasking center

Multitasking Turning Centers Equipped with Y Axis

By: Edited by Stephanie Monsanty
Doosan’s Lynx 220LSY series of compact, high-speed multitasking turning centers feature a Y axis with milling and drilling capabilities to eliminate the need for secondary machining operations.

Ganesh Cyclone 70-3TMY multitasking lathe

Multitasking Lathes on Display

By: Edited by Stephanie Monsanty
Ganesh will feature its Cyclone 70-3TMY 11-axis multitasking lathe designed for fast production of complex parts.

Turn-Mill Machine Minimizes Thermal Deformation

By: Edited by Stephanie Monsanty
Doosan’s Puma SMX 3100 S turn-mill multitasking machine combines the capabilities of a horizontal turning center and a vertical machining center.

Advanced Machinery Solutions Lico LND D seris turn-mill

Turn-Mill Center Features Eight-Position Turret

By: Edited by Stephanie Monsanty
Available from Advanced Machinery Solutions, the Lico LND D series CNC turn-mill centers are capable of producing complex parts in fast cycle times.

Mazak Quick Turn Universal 250MSY turning center

CNC Turning Center Enables Multitasking, Automation

By: Edited by Stephanie Monsanty
Mazak will showcase its Quick Turn Universal (QTU) 250MSY turning center designed for shops focused on small parts production.


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