Two-axis lathe turns bar work on its head

The installation of a Hyundai Wia two-axis lathe has not only reduced cycle times by 18% on an existing component at Walsall-based DJT Engineering but, by releasing capacity, is enabling the company to double its output of components derived from bar. Supplied by TW Ward CNC Machinery (Ward CNC), the sole UK and Ireland agent for Hyundai Wia, the KIT450 was purchased “because I could see that it would produce immediate benefits on this fairly straightforward alloy steel part”, says the company’s managing director Lee Baker.
Produced from 45 mm bar, the 13 mm long component requires a 23 mm through-hole before parting-off.
“With just two tools involved, I wanted a suitable ‘simple’ and cost-effective two-axis machine that I could dedicate to this component and it appeared that Ward CNC was the only company that could supply such – with the Hyundai Wia KIT450,” says Baker. “The new machine has cut cycle times to such an extent that I have been able to release the former machine for other, similar parts. This has allowed me to process up to 12 tonnes of bar a month, compared with
6 tonnes.”
The Hyundai Wia, which has a swing over the bed of 530 mm and a maximum turning diameter and length of 170 mm and 300 mm respectively, joins a range of machines at DJT Engineering. The company, which specialises in the production of turned and milled parts, also offers the machining of special fasteners and assembly work in all material types, as well as finish coatings.
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