Tsugami Enhances B-Axis Swiss-Type Lathe with Larger Linear Guides
IMTS Spark: Tsugami/Rem Sales announces enhancements to the Tsugami SS327-III-5AX, a 32-mm, B-Axis, chucker-convertible Swiss-type CNC lathe.
Tsugami/Rem Sales announces enhancements to the Tsugami SS327-III-5AX, a 32-mm, B-Axis, chucker-convertible Swiss-type CNC lathe. The machine now comes standard with larger linear guides, more ribs in the base casting, a 4-GB data server, thermal displacement compensation sensors, and a three-toggle clamping system.
This Swiss-types servo-driven, modular B-axis enables milling, drilling and tapping at virtually angle for single-setup, complex-part machining. Other features and capabilities include through-hole thread-whirling; high-speed spindles for small surfacing end mills; four front and two rear B-axis tools that coordinate with the C axis for angles and contours.
The modular tool zone is designed for easy changing of cartridge-type live cross and face tools on the B-axis and the sub side. Using the same tool for multiple angle cuts l also decreases the required number of tools.
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.
My behind-the-scenes tour on the shop floor of Baker Industries began and ended with its Emco Mecof PowerMill, one of the biggest five-axis machining centers in the United States. The tour also shed light on the company’s highly aggressive approach to new equipment purchases.
The additional rotary milling axis on these machines allows them to complete many types of complex parts in a single setup, but these machines have gained a reputation for being difficult to program. Today’s CAM software, however, eases the programming challenge significantly.