Mazak spotlights five-axis machining

Yamazaki Mazak (stand J220) will be exhibiting its Integrex i-400S multi-tasking machining centre, which features a newly designed 1500 mm machining bed, offering higher performance machining and greater workpiece capacity than any other multi-tasking machines in its size range, says the company.

At the heart of the machine is a 30 kW, 3300 rpm main spindle, supported by a 26 kW 4000 rpm second spindle, which combine to machine workpieces up to 658 mm in diameter and 1519 mm in length.
The Integrex i-400S is equipped with the company’s SmoothX CNC, which not only contributes to improved cycle times, but can reduce programming and set-up times, it is claimed. Alan Mucklow, managing director UK and Ireland sales division at Yamazaki Mazak, says: “Our Integrex i-400S combines the capabilities of a high-powered turning centre and full-function machining centre to produce a range of complex parts, from fully prismatic to round or highly contoured components, in a single set-up. The i-400S can be used across small batch prototype work, in addition to volume production.”
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Goodwin boosts in-process checks

Staffordshire-based Goodwin International manufactures components for a range of sectors, including the nuclear, defence, oil and gas, power generation, aerospace and renewable industries.

From large primary circuit reactor components standing at 4 m in height and 5.5 m in diameter, to machined and welded assemblies of up to 100 tonnes in weight, Goodwin International is able to manufacture a multitude of large, high-specification components.
As a result of the size and the demanding dimensional tolerances of many components, the company makes use of one of the largest capacity CMMs in the UK. However, given the problems associated with transporting large, heavy workpieces to
the CMM, the company also uses a range of Faro portable CMMs with both tactile measurement and scanning capabilities to perform regular in-process checks.
A growing order book and increasing need for the scanning and dimensional inspection of large components – and comparing them to CAD models – prompted Goodwin International to purchase a
4 m version of Faro’s recently launched Quantum FaroArm, used in combination with a FaroBlu Laser Line Probe HD (High Definition).
Goodwin International’s quality control manager Mark Woolmer says. “Having compared several options, I came to the conclusion that Faro’s 4 m Quantum ScanArm was the ideal portable CMM for our needs. It shares many of the qualities of our existing portable CMMs, although the new Quantum ScanArm boasts the latest FaroBlu Laser Line Probe HD and delivers even faster scanning times. In fact, its speed and ease of operation means that, without compromising on accuracy,
we have cut our scanning inspection times in half.”
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Strong machine tool sales figures

Mills CNC, the exclusive distributor of Doosan machine tools in the UK and Ireland, has reported strong sales figures for 2018.

When the order books closed, just before the Christmas break, Mills had taken orders for 440 new Doosan machines during the past 12 months and delivered 431 machines in the same period. The success is being attributed to the latest machine tool introductions and an exceptional MACH 2018 exhibition, combined with continued growth in demand for large-capacity Doosan machines and turnkey solutions.
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Demand leads to expansion at XYZ

With a year-on-year increase in turnover exceeding 25%, and a growing product portfolio, XYZ Machine Tools has increased the overall floor space at its Devon headquarters by a quarter.

The addition of another 25,000 sq ft of space will help XYZ stock over 350 machines, covering everything from bandsaws through to simultaneous five-axis machining centres. XYZ’s range now encompasses over 50 machine tools and their variants, and with customer demand for any one of these machines being up to 10 units per month, holding sufficient stock is vital.
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CMT heads for UAE

Chester Machine Tools will be exhibiting a selection of CNC and conventional machine tools at the forthcoming SteelFab 2019 exhibition (Sharjah, UAE, 14-17 January).

Featured will be live machining demonstrations of the Chester V6L Delta CNC machining centre with Siemens control. Also exhibited will be an Astra CL54 lathe (2 m capacity), a Kitchen & Walker G62x1600 drilling machine and, making its debut with live demonstrations, a Style 510 CNC lathe. The machines on display have been selected to provide a cross section of solutions for industry, manufacturing and educational environments.
Chester’s sixth year of attendance at SteelFab demonstrates its continuing commitment to providing quality machine tools that support the growth of a diverse variety of customers, delivering advanced and custom solutions to sectors such as defence, oil and gas, automotive, aerospace and education on a worldwide basis for over 25 years. The company can be found in hall 3 on stand 1710.
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