Unattended Turning Package

The "Lights-Out" unmanned turning package is the flagship for its Tornado range of lathes. It enables highly automated production across the range of two- and three-axis machines. The new livery and ergonomic guard design of the package comprises the MBF 1000 integrated bar feed, parts catcher, swarf conveyor, tool monitoring and sister tool replacement.

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The "Lights-Out" unmanned turning package is the flagship for its Tornado range of lathes. It enables highly automated production across the range of two- and three-axis machines.

The new livery and ergonomic guard design of the package comprises the MBF 1000 integrated bar feed, parts catcher, swarf conveyor, tool monitoring and sister tool replacement. In-process gaging and production scheduling software are also included in the unit.

The T2 two-axis, 60-degree slant bed machine uses the company’s Duo-stable construction, a 42 mm bar capacity and 5.5 kW, a 6,000 revs/min spindle with 12-position VDI 30 turret.

The bar magazine is fully integrated with the Fanuc control, and as a result, has no mechanical stops, and it takes minutes to change over from hexagon to round bar (as an example). Programming is quickly accomplished through the use of a dialogue input. As each bar is measured, the onboard machine software computes the number of pieces from each bar and recalculates when to stop the automatic production cycle.

The production schedule software enables direct on-machine control over workpiece batches while the tool monitoring, based on axis torque loading, will initiate sister tool replacement from the 12-station VDI turret, or stop the machine if the problem is deemed more serious.

To help with program generation, the company’s on-board COLCAM software provides simple machining cycles. Automatic alarm generation and call out is included in the event of cycle stoppage from the Fanuc 21i-TB Series control with 10.4" color LCD display.