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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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Use the Machine Tool to Machine Tools

This shop has developed various time-saving tool components by creating them internally, including one tooling solution now being used by other shops as well.

The Stem Solution

A small shop committed to labor-saving automation added a nine-axis turning center to machine mountain bike stems. The value of this complex machine is that it delivers a simple process. The learning curve was worth it, the owners say.

Multitasking is Multiple Choice

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

DMG MORI Wasino A-18S turning center

Compact Multitasking Lathe Provides Long Axis Travels

By: Edited by Jedd Cole
The Wasino A-18S compact turning center from DMG MORI features a turret with 18 tool stations and multitasking capability.

Multi-Spindle to Multitasking: A Journey in Productivity

By: Lori Beckman (editor)
After switching from its outdated multi-spindle machines to multitasking turn-mill centers, this company immediately began reaping the rewards of productivity and throughput increases as well as cost reductions.

Nakamura-Tome NTRX-300 multitasking turning center

Twin-Spindle Turning Center Offers Large Machining Area

By: Edited by Jedd Cole
Methods Machine Tools introduces the Nakamura-Tome NTRX-300, a multitasking turning center capable of complete part machining in one operation with a built-in automated load/unload system and operator recognition management software.

Hyundai Wia L2100SY multitasking lathe

Multitasking Turning Center Performs Complex Machining

By: Edited by Jedd Cole
Hyundai Wia’s L2100SY multitasking wedge-type Y-axis CNC turning center features an 8" chuck on the main spindle and a 6" chuck on the subspindle to support complex machining in a single setup.

NLX 6000 from DMG MORI

Universal Turning Machine Accommodates Long Workpieces

By: Edited by Emily Probst
DMG MORI’s NLX 6000|2000, which is the successor of DMG MORI’s SL series, is designed for applications in the energy and oil industries as well as hydraulic and mechanical engineering.

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