4/29/2020 | 1 MINUTE READ

Hydromat Rotary Transfer Machines Offer Modular Design Flexibility

Originally titled 'Rotary Transfer Machines offer Modular Design Flexibility'
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Units feature control architecture geared for performance and reliability.


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Hydromat’s Epic HF FANUC line of rotary transfer machines can be equipped with collets or chucks for precision metal cutting operations. The modular system consists of horizontal and vertical tool spindles mounted around a precision cast base. Epic HF FANUC machines utilize 12 or 16 horizontal machining stations, and have the available capacity of six vertical tool spindles on a 12-station machine and eight vertical tool spindles on a 16-station machine.

The machines feature control architecture said to be geared for performance and reliability, with FANUC G-code programming, one of the most widely used control languages in the world. The units use standard, affordable induction motors for most common machining operations. According to the company, the Hydromat HMI software provides maximum ease-of-use and reliability for daily operations. The vector spindle drives are located in air-conditioned electrical cabinets, and come with FANUC servo motors with optional Hydromat Shred-Advantage and Thread-Advantage deep machine learning technology.

Operational and control benefits are said to include nanometer resolution, providing high precision and smooth finish surfaces. The company says the units’ hardware is reliable and proven to provide stable performance and maximum operational uptime. With high-speed, high-precision operations, the units are designed to result in high-quality machining with reduced cycle times. Simple, familiar operation allows maximum productivity as operators to get up-to-speed quickly. Connectivity through standard 100-Mb Ethernet interface permits easy process data collection and remote diagnostics troubleshooting. Macros and PC interconnectivity extend the ability of the machine, creating customized process solutions. Simulation tools are said to provide effective training in part programming and maintenance in a safe and stable environment.

The optional Hydromat Shred-Advantage technology enables the feed axis to oscillate with each revolution of the spindle to eliminate stringy chips. With the optional Thread-Advantage technology, the thread mill is said to be up to 10x faster with precise, accurate position control, providing fast, synchronized tapping.


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