Emags Newest Vertical Turning Centers Offer Quicker Automatic Workpiece Changeover
April 3, 2007—The VL series vertical standard turning machines from Emag are universal production tools with a small footprint and automatic workholding included.
A recirculating conveyor belt conveys the workpieces to the pick-up station in carrier prisms that require no resetting. The pick-up station is located behind the machining area, which allows for removal of finished raw components and the insertion of new raw parts at the front and when desired. The workpiece can be inserted directly into the carrier prism or into special workpiece receptors located in the prism.Therefore, the automated system provides a fixed production cycle as soon as a new part is ready as soon as the old part had been machined. Where asymmetrical or long and thin workpieces have to be machined or where components have to be specially aligned, workpiece receptors and pallets of simple design can be inserted into the carrier prism. This allows for fully automated loading and unloading of a variety of workpieces.
The VL series is equipped with a chip conveyor, fume extractor, fluid-cooling systems for spindle motor and turret and automated workhandling solution.
With less than 400 mm travel between loading and machining position on the turret on the smaller and only 550 on the larger, the VL offers shorter speeds for a workpiece changeover. According to the companys press release, chip-to-chip times are shorter, which ultimately yields better output rates.
All guideways are protected from chips and dirt, as they are located above and outside the machining area. Telescopic covers are not used on the VL.
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