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.
The company says that users in the automotive, medical and precision mechanics industries are following this approach to significantly lower part costs.
With so many choices in five-axis machining technology, how do you know which is best for your shop? First, consider the parts. Then, look at existing processes and potential five-axis benefits.
The recipe for best results is simple: Start with a rigid machine, add a high pressure through-the-spindle coolant system, then combine these with the right drill geometry plus the right speeds and feeds.
Hand-scraping the mating surfaces of a CNC machine tool’s motion system offers myriad advantages.