Mikron Multistar CX-24 Shortens Cycle Times
EMO 2019: The Mikron Multistar CX-24 rotary indexing machines produce simple and complex turned and milled parts finished in a single clamping.
The Mikron Multistar CX-24 rotary indexing machine produces simple and complex turned and milled parts finished in a single clamping. Up to 44 machining operations can run simultaneously on 24 stations, with 24 parts clamped on the rotating table being processed from above, below and latterly. Depending on the machining process, the parts are clamped in fixed or rotating collets. Measurement of the parts during production shortens the cycle time, and machining operations that determine cycle times can be divided between several stations.
The machine integrates hydraulic units, chip conveyors and oil mist separators. For more demanding operations, Mikron recommends a CNC version with up to 20 CNC axes.
The new machine is equipped with a Bosch-Rexroth control system for the interpolated axes and the machine table with SS1 and SLS functions (
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.
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.
One of the largest vertical turning and milling centers in the country will be installed in this Cincinnati-area job shop. Although installing the foundation for this huge machine was a massive undertaking, the company is building on other “foundations” as well.