10/10/2007

Bar Fed High-Output Milling Center

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TPS International's Bumotec S-1000C high-output milling center has a nine-barstock carousel that resembles that of a multi-spindle lathe, but it machines parts most companies would associate with vertical machining center work. The machine is targeted to higher volume, complex parts or part families that require three or more VMCs and has found its most captive audience in the medical industry. Eight of the nine bars are fed through a collet or chuck housing, each having full C-axis capability.

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TPS International's Bumotec S-1000C high-output milling center has a nine-barstock carousel that resembles that of a multi-spindle lathe, but it machines parts most companies would associate with vertical machining center work. The machine is targeted to higher volume, complex parts or part families that require three or more VMCs and has found its most captive audience in the medical industry. Eight of the nine bars are fed through a collet or chuck housing, each having full C-axis capability. A three-axis, four-spindle machining unit is positioned in front of each of the eight C-axis housings. The four spindles (two horizontal and two vertical) provide as high as 10,000 rpm. High part output results from all stations operating simultaneously. Unlike a transfer machine where part cutoff is associated to the first operation or station, part cutoff on the milling center is one of the last operations. The ability to keep the bar clamped allows machining along all sides of very complex parts. Following cutoff, a retaking unit completes backside machining requirements. The machining is capable of working from round or profile stock and has a diameter of 1.65" capacity.

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