10-Axis Swiss-Type Lathe Performs Complex Machining Efficiently
Star CNC, a division of Star Micronics Co. Ltd., will introduce the SR-38 Type B, a 10-axis Swiss-type automatic lathe for complex machining operations. This addition to the company’s product line is said to be capable of machining complex, large-diameter parts with high efficiency.
The rigid machine construction is designed to handle bar stock ranging to 1-½" in diameter. With B-axis versatility, complex parts can be produced in one operation with the precision and accuracy required by quality critical applications in a variety of industries. According to the company, the machine’s motion control system further optimizes machining operations and significantly reduces idle machine time.
In addition, Star CNC will introduce two other machines: the SV-20R and SR-32JII, with upgraded capabilities.
This manufacturer’s use of live-tool lathes overcomes labor cost in various ways. One of the latest sources of savings involves bringing another operation—hobbing—into these machines. INCLUDES VIDEO.
The additional rotary milling axis on these machines allows them to complete many types of complex parts in a single setup, but these machines have gained a reputation for being difficult to program. Today’s CAM software, however, eases the programming challenge significantly.
My behind-the-scenes tour on the shop floor of Baker Industries began and ended with its Emco Mecof PowerMill, one of the biggest five-axis machining centers in the United States. The tour also shed light on the company’s highly aggressive approach to new equipment purchases.