To support continued growth ambitions, work-holding specialist Micron Workholding has recently installed a new three-axis machining centre from the Engineering Technology Group (ETG). The Vulcan VMC610L machining centre was the machine of choice due to its spacious work envelope in a compact floor area.
Jon Mannion, regional sales manager at ETG, says: “When I first spoke to Micron, one of their key criteria was a small footprint. To demonstrate the work envelope of the machine at our facility, we loaded it with a really large block of material. We cut around the outside of the part to show the working envelope and then machined a very deep pocket in the middle.”
What impressed at the demonstration was not just the large working area for such a small footprint machine, but its performance, cutting capability and surface finish. Alluding to the size of the Vulcan VMC610L, Mannion says: “The machine has an X axis of 610 mm, but the table is 650 mm, so it suited the needs of Micron. We also offer 850 and 1000 mm models.”
Acknowledged to be an entry-level machining centre, the standard Vulcan VMC610L has a 10,000 rpm spindle (options up to 30,000 rpm), 20 bar through-spindle coolant, 24-station tool changer and swarf management. The BT40 machine also offers 36 m/min rapids, while all axes use an extra-wide 45 mm roller-type linear guideway, which further contributes to the VMC’s ability to accommodate heavy loads with fast acceleration rates and low friction.
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