In the case of StrucMAC, the company has built a job shop business based on flexibility and breadth. It’s a business designed to handle parts, sub-assemblies or complete products for our clients.
In a multitasking operation, a milling cutter can machine a rotating work piece. Combining milling and turning techniques has many advantages, but only relatively recently have multitasking machine tools allowed this process to display its full benefits.
Introducing multitasking in the manufacturing process can solve quality problems and substantially improve output. And highly productive machining using this method is possible with modern machines and when correctly chosen cutting tools are used.
The new Skoda FCW 140 horizontal floor borer comes with a Siemens 840DSL control and an additional 60 ton rotary table for full simultaneous machining. Large components such as this gearbox housing for a drag line can now be machined by StrucMAC. The machine was supplied by WD Hearn.
For years, even with mass adoption of CNC technology, the development of metal cutting machine tools has been done in a very traditional manner. Machining centres integrate rotating tools, both milling and drilling, while CNC lathes are developed to handle turning tasks. Looking for new ways to make the manufacturing process more efficient by reducing setups of a machined part, and eliminating the part’s transfer from one machine to another led to the addition of a tool head with a rotary drive to typical CNC turning machines, thereby enabling turn/milling.
Modern multitasking machine tools now feature additional axes of head movement, advanced control systems, and upgraded software that allow these systems to perform the majority of machining operations with only one setting per work piece.
The working range of the Skoda FCW 140 horizontal floor borer includes a spindle diameter of 140mm, which is large by any standards, a 10 000mm X-travel and 5 000mm Y-axis travel, but Skoda can build to customer requirements. The Z+W axis is 1 700mm, the Quill (W-axis) is 800mm and the Z-axis (RAM) is 900mm.
For further details on what StrucMAC can offer you, call us on 011 822 2399.