Toolroom Mill Makes Machining Easy
IMTS 2018: Full manual operation and other features reportedly make Fryer Machine Systems’ MB series of toolroom bed mills easy to use for anyone.
Designed to be used by virtually anyone in the shop, regardless of experience or training, Fryer Machine Systems’ updated MB Series toolroom bed mill offers full manual operation. Manual handles feature a digital readout and a manual quill with glass-scale feedback.
The machine also features “Do One” cycles that enable step-by-step automatic milling, pocketing, drilling and tapping. Manual operations and semi-automatic operations can be mixed to speed through one-piece production.
The MB machine also features Shop Mill, a conversational programming system. Developed by Siemens, this software facilitates automatic programming and features interactive graphic screens and simulations. The machine also features G-code and may be used with all CAD/CAM systems.
The cast iron body features precision ballscrews and bearings, a CAT-40 spindle, and a two-speed headstock.
Old-world craftsmanship combines with precision machining on a vertical machining center and Swiss-type lathe to produce some of the only U.S.-made mechanical wristwatch movements.
Though it won’t replace high speed machining, Boeing sees “low speed machining” as a viable supplement to higher-rpm machines. Using new tools and techniques, a shop’s lower-rpm machining centers can realize much more of their potential productivity in milling aluminum aircraft parts.
While aluminum molds are commonly used to create prototypes or to serve as stopgap bridge tooling, they are starting to receive greater attention for production work. This shop’s approach to creating aluminum molds in one day to three weeks is the same for each of these situations.