Modern Machine Shop

OCT 2017

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BETTER PRODUCTION Shops Using Technology 98 MMS October 2017 Chevalier' 5-Axis a 40-taper, high-speed vertical machining center, features 5-axis simultaneous or 4+1 axis applications. The standard QP5X-400 machine is integrated with a 2-axis, 12.6" Trunnion Table. The machine is designed for high-speed, high-precision and high-productivity machining, suitable for the aerospace, medical and mold making industries. Heavy-duty construction offers high rigidity, with major parts of the machine constructed of high-quality Meehanite cast iron, offering superior stability. The pre-tensioned, Class C3 ball screws are used in all three axes. All servomotors are directly coupled to ball screws, increasing movement sensitivity while dramatically reducing backlash. • Trunnion Table Size: 12.6" • Fanuc 0i-MF (4+1) Control (31i 5-axis Opt.) • Spindle Motor: 25HP • Table Load: 220 lbs. • Work Piece: 15.7" x H13.7" • Spindle Taper: #40, Big Plus • Tool Capacity: 30+1 Tools • Spindle Speed: 10K rpm (12K, 15K opt.) Learn how the higher profitability-driven QP5X-400 can work for you. Call your local dealer to see our comprehensive product line for all your machining needs. Call Chevalier at 800-243-8253 or visit us on the web at Have It All: Accuracy, More Productivity and Higher Profitability. California). It purchased two with TR210 rotary tables in October 2015. "We liked the machines, so we bought two more in Januar y," Mr. Lie- Neilson says, eventually replacing the rest of its VMCs with six more in March. The company also replaced its old lathe with a Haas ST-10 turning center and bar feeder. In addition, it ordered a Haas TM-1 toolroom VMC, which it plans to use to produce smaller parts. According to Mr. Nutter, the machines have reduced both cycle time and handling time by 75 percent on cer tain pieces, like a par t called a " frog" that is found on many of its tools. This bronze-cast part comes from the foundry with a gate, and a lot of casting remains on the sides, he says. This makes finding effective workholding and then machining the part challenging. On the old equipment, pieces were machined one at a

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