MS16 CNC Multi-Spindle Lathe Features Six Spindles

With the new extended version Index MS16 Plus in the MultiLine series, the multi-spindle lathe features six spindles for as large as 22-mm diameter parts.

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With the new extended version Index MS16 Plus in the MultiLine series, the multi-spindle lathe features six spindles for as large as 22-mm diameter parts. The machine, built from a multi-spindle modular component system, is intended to replace the cam-controlled multi-spindle lathes, the company says.

The machine scores not only because it combines the speed of a cam-controlled machine with the flexibility of CNC technology, but also because it is compact dimensions (1,300-mm-width) require no more space than current cam-controlled, multi-spindle machines. In addition, the MS16 Plus offers a high ease of setup and more versatile machining options compared with cam-controlled machines.

In the expansion of the MS16 Plus, each spindle position can optionally be associated with grooving or boring slide with one NC axis and a cross-slide with two NC axes (X and Z axes) that are arranged around each work spindle in a V shape, allowing easy use of several tools simultaneously on each work spindle. The NC-controlled synchronous spindle for gripping the workpiece and an NC cutoff and back-boring slide provide optimal conditions for efficient production of turned parts with simple to medium complexity and as long as 70 mm. Optionally, machining on the cutoff side can be divided between a cutoff slide and a separate rear machining unit to reduce cycle time, the company says.

As usual with Index multi-spindle machines, all technologies that are available on turning centers and automatic lathes can also be used on this new six-spindle MS16 Plus, such as turning, drilling, milling, tapping, deep-hole drilling or slotting.

Live tools and auxiliary equipment that can be mounted on all slides as well as the C axes of the work spindles open up additional production options, such as off-center drilling and tapping without compensating chuck, oblique and cross drilling, contour milling, hobbing and polygon turning. 

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