Five-axis machining centre rewrites standard offerings

XYZ-preview edit_tmbAccording to XYZ Machine Tools, the level of technology included as standard with the XYZ UMC-5X is making existing users of five-axis machining centres review their position and introducing a new group of potential customers to the benefits of simultaneous five-axis machining.

On show at Southern Manufacturing 2018, it comes with technology such as Traori / Kinematic functions for five-axis simultaneous machining, as well as integrated smart machining technology (SMT) and thermal growth compensation. The standard control system is the Siemens 840DSL ShopMill control, and there is the option of specifying the iTNC 640 HSCI Heidenhain system. Both controls ensure a machine capable of high precision, high speed, simultaneous five-axis machining, confirms the company.

Other key features are the front loading 600mm diameter trunnion rotary table, with a direct drive, high torque motor providing 90 revs/min rotation of the table. The tilting axes are servo worm driven (torque motor option) that provides ±120° of movement and just 2.5 seconds for full rotation with a maximum table load of 600kg. The table configuration and machine design mean that when the table is tilted 90° towards the rear (component facing forward), there remains 500mm of y-axis travel forward of the table surface. This is much greater than many competitor machines, says the company, including those that quote the same axis travels as the UMC-5X, allowing larger workpieces to be machined.

Additional specifications include in-line spindles with 12,000 / 15,000 revs/min or, a high speed 18,000 / 24,000rpm motorised built-in spindle, high pressure through spindle coolant, side-mounted 24, 32, 48 or 60 tools ATC for quick tool changing, linear scales on the x, y and z axes with high precision encoders on A and C axis pivot centres.

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