SW’s BA 322i Operates as an Independent Machining Cell
EMO 2019: Schwäbische Werkzeugmaschinen’s BA 322i is designed as an independent cell.
Schwäbische Werkzeugmaschinen’s BA 322i HMC is designed to function as an independent cell, since a six-axis robot and pallet storage system are incorporated into the machine. The two-spindle HMC offers double the output with a smaller footprint and less energy consumption. Additionally, the pallet storage area can be refilled without having to stop the machine. The machine’s working area measures 300 × 450 × 375 mm with a spindle travel of 300 mm.
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