12/2/2015 | 1 MINUTE READ

Scout 320 Magazine Bar Feeder for Round, Square and Hexagonal Barstock

Originally titled 'Magazine Bar Feeder for Round, Square and Hexagonal Barstock'
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The Scout 320 is the newest and most economically priced Edge Technologies magazine bar feeder for feeding round, square and hexagonal barstock in a diameter range of 3 - 20 mm and lengths up to 12-ft. into CNC lathes.

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The Scout 320 is the newest and most economically priced Edge Technologies magazine bar feeder for feeding round, square and hexagonal barstock in a diameter range of 3 - 20 mm and lengths up to 12-ft. into CNC lathes. It features robust construction with heavy gauge structural steel that ensures rigidity and long-term durability. A two-pusher system reduces the overall length of the unit by as much as 4 ft. A short pusher pre-feeds the bar, then retracts, then a second full-length pusher lowers into position to continue the feeding process. The Scout 320’s double pusher system is propelled by a toothed belt for accuracy, as well as smooth, quiet running.

As a standard feature on the Scout 320, the synchronization device for Swiss-type lathes employs an electromagnetic coupling, mechanically linking the lathes headstock’s Z-axis travel to the bar feeder’s pusher to ensure synchronous movement and no loss of connection between the barstock and pusher collet.

Dual anti-vibration devices stabilize the barstock at two critical points between the guide channel and lathe spindle maximizing RPM potential. Its adjustable roller design provides superior support and easy setup of all bar diameters without the cost of multiple bearing blocks.

The Scout features a 3-20 mm bar diameter capacity with hydrodynamic quick-change polyurethane guide channels. An extruded aluminum case surrounds the Scout’s polyurethane guide channels, increasing strength and stability. The channel is flooded with oil to create a hydrodynamic effect to support the rotating bar resulting in the ability to run at higher RPM with reduced noise and vibration. The top guide channel is profiled for all barstock sizes. The “U” shaped bottom guide channel sections slide easily out of their base. To make the change for a new channel size, a new section is inserted, a screw is tightened and the Scout is ready to run a new barstock diameter.

The Scout 320 features the convenience of an easy-to-use remote control pendant with a Mitsubishi control and servodrive that provides the Scout’s motion control and functionality. Functions include: manual and automatic operation, manual load/unload of barstock for setup and/or change-over, movement of bar pusher, and the emergency stop. The control is designed to be easy to program, yet flexible enough for all applications. Parameters are set through simple F functions. Alarms are well defined and displayed on the operator control panel; panel swings out for ease of use.

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