The latest generation of mill/turn machines from Europe blurs the boundaries between traditional lathes and machining centres.
Mill/ Turn Machines
The latest generation of mill/turn machines from Europe blurs the boundaries between traditional lathes and machining centres. They are not simply lathes with spindles in certain tool positions, but true multi-axis hybrids that can produce complex parts requiring both milling and turning operations in one cycle, offering a ‘one machine only’ production solution, even for complex components from the medical and aerospace sectors, or for entire part families.
With large tool magazines, counter spindles and multiple turrets working in the cut simultaneously, current mill/turn machines can reduce cycle times dramatically, whilst still producing exceptionally high-quality work to finely controlled tolerances and finishes.
All BURKHARDT+WEBER MCX T type machines are equipped with a torque table to provide effective machining in milling and turning mode.
If you are not sure whether to make the evolution to a mill/turn hybrid then contact our team for help and advice. Whether it turns out to be a mill/turn machine or an alternative option, we have the expertise to determine the most profitable machine tool solution for you.
“The uprated-specification G200 has resulted in reductions in cycle times of up to 28 per cent. It is a direct result of the faster machine movements and more powerful control, as exactly the same programs are being used as on the older machine.”
– Ian Keeley, Senior Manufacturing Engineer
In the mid 1990s, Chas A Blatchford & Sons bought an INDEX G200 turn-mill centre, having decided it was the best machine for manufacturing metal components used in prosthetics for lower limbs. A recent reappraisal of machines on the market showed that the German machine tool builder’s technology is still the best production solution, 15 years on.Blatchford Case Study