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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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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.



Video: Robot Flipping System for Turning

By: Stephanie Monsanty
This video demonstrates how robot flipping station can serve the same purpose as a subspindle on a one-spindle multitasking center.

Product Slideshow: Turning

By: Stephanie Monsanty
Lathes and turning machines designed for flexibility are highlighted in this month’s product spotlight.

Absolute Tongtai Q5 CNC gang-type lathe

April 2015 Product Spotlight Slideshow: Turning

By: Edited by Stephanie Monsanty
View turning centers, lathes, controls and more in this month’s product slideshow.

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.


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