Kaast's C-Turn Teach-Style Lathes Feature Vibration-Damping Construction
Lathes in Kaast Machine Tools’ C-Turn series are made with high-tensile-strength Meehanite castings for vibration damping. These teach-style lathes can repeat long strings of directions for multiple reproductions. The Fagor 8055i/A TC control panel provides a conversational graphical interface which does not require the user to have a prior CNC programming or G-code background, the company says. For those who wish, programmable logic and ISO (G-code) control are also fully integrated.
All slide ways and drive elements are automatically lubricated, and the undersides of the saddle and the cross slide are coated with Turcite-B to ensure accuracy and long component life. The headstock also features forced lubrication and an oil bath.
The main spindle bores, machined and ground from a single forging, range from 3" to 14". Double-chuck systems are also available. The spindle and gears are made of carburized and ground CrMO steel. The three-point support on the spindle is said to ensure accuracy and rigidity. Three automatic toolchanger systems are available as options (H4, V8 or V12). The lathes also include a built-in tool library for easier tool management.
C-Turn lathes have electronic hand wheels for manual operation, with a simple and intuitive DRO mode, the company says.
Machine tool builders in Korea have been playing a catch-up game for the past decade. A review of current developments in machine tool technology indicates that Korea is rapidly pulling up with manufacturers in Japan, Europe and the United States. The products from Korea closely match their counterparts from other global suppliers in terms of capability and quality.
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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.