Three-Spindle Transfer Machining Center Saves on Space, Energy
The Multicenter 3Spindles transfer machining center from Porta Solutions is said to provide in one machine the same capacity as three single-spindle machining centers. The company claims that this cuts down on upkeep and maintenance costs in general, but in addition, the Multicenter also provides more efficient use of machining power, with one automated cell (involving one Multicenter) consuming less than half the power of three separate machining cells. Additionally, the use of one machine rather than three cuts down on the number of skilled personnel needed to manage the same machining capacity. With regard to part change-over, the Multicenter can produce the same number of parts with fewer clampings per pallet, easing production as well as quality standards approval according to ISO TS, which requires each workpiece fixture location to be checked before releasing to production, even if the workpiece has already been produced in the past.
The machine is serviced by a large rotary table with four independently-rotating tables. The three horizontal milling spindles access each of the parts in turn. Each spindle has its own ISO HSK toolchanger for a total capacity of 72 tools.
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