2/25/2020 | 1 MINUTE READ

Index Corp.'s MS32-6 Multi-Spindle Automatic Lathe Offers Flexible Tool Slide

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Index Corp. launches next-generation MS32-6 multi-spindle automatic lathe.

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Index Corp. has launched its next-generation MS32-6 multi-spindle automatic lathe. This version of the six-spindle machine brings the benefits of multi-spindle technology to a broader range of applications thanks to a flexible tool slide platform that reduces change-over times. The INDEX MS32-6 multi-spindle automatic lathe.

 

The INDEX MS32-6 multi-spindle automatic lathe.

 

Accommodating up to 32-mm barstock, the MS32-6 easily handles a variety of complex parts, as the machine is equipped with 12 cross slides, with two v-shaped cross slides equipped with X and Z axes located at each spindle position. C and Y axes, together with live tools, can also be implemented to allow for a range of machining processes, including off-center drilling, threading, contouring, hobbing and polygonal turning. All of the machines’ slides can also be alternatively configured for grooving or drilling.

Coupled with the company’s quick clamping device, tools can be set up off of the machine and then quickly installed, reducing tool change times by 50%. Additionally, the machine incorporates the same W-serration system on its live units for drilling, milling and polygonal turning. By presetting tooling for these operations off of the machine, setup times can be reduced by up to 92%.

With the updated MS32-6, users can apply twin turrets with rigid tools in up to five spindle positions. These hydraulically controlled units can alternate between tools in less than half a second, enabling efficient use of separate tools for roughing and finishing in the same position.

The machine’s fluid-cooled spindle drum features six spindles with speeds that are independently controlled to a maximum of 8,000 rpm, allowing optimum cutting data to be applied to each individual cutting process.

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