Eldorado M75-30T Machine Has Servo-Driven Option
The Eldorado M75-30T from Kays Engineering enables faster part loading and unloading.
The Eldorado M75-30T gundrilling machine from Kays Engineering features an option for a servo-driven fixturing assembly, which allows machine operators to quickly load and unload parts from a more ergonomic position. With the servo-driven option, a Beckhoff servo motor rotates the ballscrew, which provides advance/retract motion for the counter-rotation assembly. The servo-driven option is operated with a toggle switch for faster, more repeatable operation and eliminates repetitive motion for the operator. Safety features include a torque limiter on the servo drive and mechanical limit switches on the slide, which prevent the operator from crashing the fixturing assembly and damaging the machine. The machine includes a counter-rotation fixturing assembly that grips the tailstock end of the workpiece to rotate the workpiece in the opposite direction of the gundrill tool rotation, which improves the accuracy of the drilled hole.
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