Swiss-Type Lathe Features Integral Laser Cutter
An integral laser cutter brings another capability to this multifunction machine platform.
Swiss-type lathes are known for their multitasking capability. REM Sales, the exclusive North American importer of Tsugami machine tools, now offers a Swiss-type that features an integral laser cutter. The Tsugami S206-II with IMG 400LS laser cutting system combines six-axis Swiss machining with laser cutting on one platform, enabling manufacturers to perform both operations with a single setup. The system, designed and built by REM Sales’ sister company, Innovative Machinery Group (IMG), is being introduced at IMTS 2014 in Booth S-9410.
While originally designed to speed production of small, cylindrical parts such as stents for the medical industry, the Swiss Laser has potential applications for other industries that manufacture similar-sized parts. It replaces two machines with one, eliminating the need for multiple part setups while reducing part production time.
REM Sales Vice President Michael Mugno says the laser isn’t simply an attachment to the machine, but is an entirely new system that completely integrates the laser with the machine. All laser cutting operations are programmed and driven from the machine’s FANUC 32i-B NC control. The nozzle standoff adjustment is also NC-controlled, and the laser’s frequency, pulse width, focus and power are all adjustable “on the fly” and programmed through the control.
The Tsugami S206-II opposed gang tool lathe also features a Y-axis tool post that enables users to machine complex parts while using the main and back spindles simultaneously. In addition, the machine is a “convertible” model, meaning it can be run as a traditional sliding headstock machine with a guide bushing or as a chucker with the guide bushing removed. To maximize productivity, the system includes an automatic bar feeder, which enables unattended operation.
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