Website Zone Provides Overview on Single-Spindle Screw Machines
PM’s Single-Spindle Screw Machines Zone provides a look at these automatic lathes’ high production volumes.
Single-spindle machines can typically handle large quantities of parts very efficiently.
Production Machining’s zone on Single-Spindle Screw Machines provides a broad look at the historic advantage of these automatic lathes. That would be their high production volumes, with these machines being able to bring several tools into the cutting zone simultaneously. This comprehensive overview includes new product listings, case studies, feature articles and related suppliers explaining how this equipment is enabling faster changeover, enabling the lower volume-higher mix demands.
Single-Spindle Screw Machines reduce time from tool changing, indexing and other non-cutting movements. As lot sizes have diminished the traditional cam actuated axis motions for these automatics is being supplanted by CNC in many applications, enabling faster changeover. While a properly setup cam actuated automatic delivers a faster per part cycle time than a CNC machine, the reduced setup time from job changeover provided by the CNC machine often makes the overall job processing time between CNC driven machines equivalent or better than cam actuated automatics.
One article (“Moving Up to CNC for Smaller Lot Sizes”), for example, looks at a small shop producing large volumes with its a lineup of single-spindle screw machines, yet added one CNC Swiss for the other work. Read the article here.