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to the headstock and save material cost by reducing the remnant of expensive ground bar that is left by Swiss machines.


Medical Applications Offer a Sweet Spot


When Honor Med Maskiner Corp. (Elgin, IL) was looking for a new machine to replace the com- pany’s older equipment, it chose the Tsugami B0326-II. “We wanted a machine that was extremely versatile and could hold tight tolerances,” said Patricia Hirsch, owner. “The three most important factors that made us choose a Tsugami were the capabilities of the machine, price and support. The modular live rotary tool units, live tooling speed and the option to run without a guide bushing are just a few of the reasons why Tsugami was the best option for us,” said Hirsch. The Tsugami B0326-II Swiss- type machine can be quickly and easily converted from a direct-drive guide bushing bar-fed operation to nonguide operation when fi tted with the chucker kit option, making it well-suited for short or prismatic part machining. “The chucker op- tion is increasingly popular for relatively short parts like hardware, fasteners, electrical connectors, and even medical parts like spinal hooks and short instruments,” said Ron Gainer, Tsugami Rem Sales (Windsor, CT).


“There is no question that in the


Swiss market, the machine side is driving the programming side.”


“The sweet spot in the Swiss machining market volume is the 20-mm machine, especially for medical applications


Traub’s TNL 18 CNC automatic lathe has a B axis and a top turret that can swivel 100° for accurate positionoing of the tool tip.


where the heaviest volume is,” said Gainer. “We have a new 32-mm Swiss-type machine, the SS327-5AX model with full B axis that is convertible and can be run as a chucker. The 32-mm machine has great appeal for job shops because of the variety of work it can handle. Shops don’t want to be limited and it gives them good Swiss capability.” For single setup solutions for complex parts, Tsugami has


introduced the SS20M-5AX 20-mm multifunction machine. It features vertical machining capabilities, fi ve-axis simultane- ous control, and continuous B-axis movement. The Tsugami SS20M-5AX combines the versatility of a CNC automatic


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