Zone: Multi-Spindle Screw Machines

OVERVIEW: The multi-spindle screw machine is turning machine that allows multiple tools to cut multiple pieces of material simultaneously. Like a Gatling gun, the multiple spindles are carried in a precision machined drum that typically rotates in a horizontal orientation. The total number of operations needed to complete a part are divided among the number of spindles, so that a part is completed with one full rotation of the drum. However, because multiple parts are being machined simultaneously, a part is completed each time the drum indexes, making for a very efficient process. Usually configured in 4, 5, 6 or 8 spindle models, each spindle is attacked by a cross-slide and end-slide tool effectively making each spindle a 2-axis lathe. Multi-spindles are either automatic bar or chucker depending on the raw stock being used. 

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Making Complex Parts Profitably

In a highly competitive global market, finding ways to manufacture domestically and profitably is an ongoing challenge. This Massachusetts shop has found a way using CNC multi-spindles....MORE

Hybrid Multi-Spindle: Look Ma, No Cams

As the volume production market migrates from mechanical multi-spindle machines, builders are creating machine tool technology tiers that apply the correct level of cost and capability to the application. ...MORE

Here, Multi-Spindles are Alive and Well

While the nature of multi-spindle work has changed over time, the demand for parts produced using this technology remains strong for this Midwest contract manufacturer, which successfully blends older cam and new CNC multi-spindle machine technologies. ...MORE

A Collaborative Approach to Custom Machine Design

Conventional wisdom says multi-spindles equal high volume. That’s not necessarily true, as this U.K. project demonstrates. ...MORE

Yama Seiki Goodway GTW

Multi-Axis Turning Center Machines Front and Back Efficiently

Yama Seiki offers Goodway’s GTW series multi-axis turning centers for the medical and automotive industries, capable of efficiently completing complex workpieces front and back. ...MORE

Index MS16 Plus lathe

Six-Spindle Turning Center Provides 27 NC Axes

Index’s MS16 Plus lathe accommodates parts as large as 22 mm in diameter and is capable of turning, drilling, milling, tapping, deep-hole drilling or slotting in each of its six CNC spindles. ...MORE

Making Complex Parts Profitably

In a highly competitive global market, finding ways to manufacture domestically and profitably is an ongoing challenge. This Massachusetts shop has found a way using CNC multi-spindles. ...MORE

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. ...MORE

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