Turn/Mill & Multitasking Machines
Turn/Mill Machines are capable of both rotating-workpiece operations (turning) and rotating-tool operations such milling and cross-drilling. 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. 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.
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Feature By replacing a welding process to create rotor cooling channels with multitasking machining from a solid forging, Siemens Norwood has realized improved induction motor vibration qualities and much faster overall rotor production times.
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