High-speed five-axis machining cell

At the Gosport factory of Norjon Precision Engineering, a high-speed DA300 vertical machining centre from Makino, the first of its type in the UK, has been supplied as a turnkey package by sole agent NCMT complete with an Erowa storage and handling system for 24 pallets.

It is the subcontractor’s ninth trunnion-type, five-axis machine and is intended primarily for the milling and drilling of aluminium components, but is equally capable of machining stainless steel for long periods.
Kevin Fox, Norjon’s managing director says: “Makino has a reputation for being at the top end of machine tool suppliers in terms of accuracy and reliability, and this particular model is very fast, with 60 m/min rapids and a 20,000 rpm spindle.
Fox adds that the DA300 is built with automation in mind as it is prepared with pneumatic ports in the table, so interfacing the Erowa Robot Compact 80 was seamless.
At present, a family of aluminium prismatic components is being produced in the Makino/Erowa cell.
“We initially set the job up on a Friday evening and inspected the first-off component,” says Fox. “The cell ran continuously over the weekend and the following Monday we measured the first component produced that morning. All of the dimensions were exactly the same, so the accuracy we are achieving in the cell is excellent.”
The Makino DA300 is capable of the fully interpolative five-axis production of complex components. Equipped with integral, direct-drive motors for the swivelling +30° to -120° A-axis trunnion – and for C-axis rotation of the 340 x 300 mm table – the machine deploys a 20,000 rpm, 22 kW, HSK-A63 spindle capable of milling, drilling and tapping.
For further information www.ncmt.co.uk