Zone: Turn/Mill Machines

OVERVIEW: Turn/Mill Machines are machines that are capable of both rotating-workpiece operations (turning) and rotating-tool operations (namely milling and drilling). Generally these machines are based on lathes. The machine is typically recognizable as a horizontal or vertical lathe, with spindles for milling and drilling simply available at some or all of the tool positions. With a machine such as this, a part requiring a variety of operations can be machined in one setup, particularly if a subspindle allows the part to be passed from one spindle to another during machining. More recently introduced turn/mill machines depart from the lathe design into something much more like a hybrid machine—combining a lathe’s chucks and spindles with the travels and milling power of a machining center. One of the most significant issues with these types of machines in general is figuring out just which parts to run on them. Many shops have discovered that, even though these machines developed from lathes, they are not necessarily limited to round parts. Various non-round parts can be machined on the same platform as efficiently, if not more efficiently, than on a machining center.

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Multitasking is Multiple Choice

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Multitasking Helps Detroit Shop

Brothers Arnot and Matt Heller are 30-something, degreed engineers running Central Screw Products and Detroit Gun Works. They are also fourth generation, hands-on machinists and know a thing or two about machine tools, automation and the critical role of new technology in business growth....MORE

Making the Case for B-Axis Machining

As precision part designs become more complex and the economic pressure to complete more operations in a single setup increase, turning center designs are changing....MORE

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A One Stop Shop

 Combining flexible manufacturing with volume production capability helps this shop cover all the bases. ...MORE

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Machining Complex Workpieces Complete

Multi-tasking machines deliver many benefits. ...MORE

Optimizing B Axis on Gang Tool-Based Swiss Machines

This technological innovation has been increasing in popularity as well as multitasking sophistication. ...MORE

Multitasking Goes Vertical

This article looks at part processing and CNC programming considerations for vertical multitasking applications. ...MORE

Starrag Bumotec SA S-191 Linear

Machining Centers Offer High Repeat Accuracy

Available from Starrag, Bumotec SA’s S-191 Linear series of CNC turning/milling centers uses linear motors to ensure maximum precision and reliable repeat accuracy when processing gold, silver or platinum for producing parts such as watch components, medical implants and instruments. ...MORE

Advanced Technology Drives 40 Years of Manufacturing

Mazak has been manufacturing machine tools in Florence, Kentucky, for 40 years. The growth and development of the production technology deployed in this plant reflect the most important advances in manufacturing during this span—from enhanced flexible manufacturing systems and multitasking part processing to automation and digital-driven manufacturing. ...MORE

One Turret, Two Drives, Zero Time Loss

The Traub TNL32P or TNL32 turn/mill centers include several new features that set new standards for sliding/fixed headstock machining, including an even larger workspace, ten-station turrets, higher performance data and the “dual drive,” which is a turret, with two integrated drivetrains that reduces secondary processing times.   ...MORE

Lathe JobShop Cell.

Automated Cell Enables Easier Operator Access

Methods Machine Tools offers the Lathe JobShop Cell, featuring its Nakamura-Tome AS-200 high-performance multitasking turning center with a single spindle and single turret in a compact, heavy duty machine. ...MORE

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