Multitasking Swiss-Type Lathe Enables Single-Setup Machining
Ganesh Machinery’s twin-spindle, eight-axis SL-20Y2 Swiss-type lathe is designed for “Done-in-One” machining to complete the work without follow-up operations that require fixtures and tie up multiple machines and operators.
Ganesh Machinery’s twin-spindle, eight-axis SL-20Y2 Swiss-type lathe is designed for “Done-in-One” machining to complete the work without follow-up operations that require fixtures and tie up multiple machines and operators. According to the company, it is capable of performing as much as ¾" of work efficiently in one operation with all the axial and radial milling features accurately timed and deburred.
The multitasking, 20-mm lathe can be operated with or without a guide bushing for job flexibility. The 10,000-rpm main spindle is powered by a 5-hp spindle motor; the subspindle turns at 8,000-rpm. A toolholder accommodates 30 tools, of which eight are driven using ER-16 collet spindles. The main spindle can bring 17 tools to work the part, and the subspindle can use 13 tools in the basic machine configuration. Many tooling options are available to address the specific requirements of each workpiece. A high-performance C axis on both the main and subspindle provides accurately timed axial and radial milling feature placement.
A parts catcher and parts conveyor facilitate the removal of valuable parts from the machine without any damage. A cutoff confirmation sweep-arm switch is provided to ensure that the part is separated from the barstock successfully. Cutting oil flow confirmation monitoring ensures that the cutting oil is properly lubricating the cutting tools.
In addition to the SL -20Y2 20-mm lathe, Ganesh also offers 32- and 42-mm models.
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