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delivers more tool life or higher metal removal rates.


In an Okuma cell, a FANUC robot loads and unloads a Multus B300 multitasking machine, as well as loading and unloading different pallets onto the face of the chuck. Changeover is completed automatically in about a minute.


Target workpieces for the ICON 6-150 and 8-150 mill-turn are parts that


are typically produced on single-spindle Swiss machines, VMCs and HMCs. The ICON 6-250 is designed for larger workpieces like those for automotive manifolds and ABS parts. One signifi cant difference between the smaller and larger mill-turns is that a total of four three-axis modules can be mounted from the top of the ICON 6-250 machine so that there can be two spindles cutting simultaneously on the workpieces at four positions in unison. Each 6-150 or 6-250 machine has four CNC rotary tables installed on sta- tions 2, 3, 5, and 6 with position accuracy of ±4 sec. Each table is equipped with an EROWA zero-point clamping system to securely and accurately clamp the base pallet to the table with pallet positional repeatability of less than 0.002 mm. Workpieces are secured to the pallets using standard or custom work- holding that bolts to the modular pallet systems. “Once the workpieces are secured to the pallets either externally to the machine or internally on station #1, the loading station, they are transferred to fi ve other stations for cutting or auxiliary operations. With processes spread over four cutting stations, cycle times are greatly reduced yielding higher productivity in a smaller footprint over multiple stand-alone machining cells,” said Boswell.


New Multitasking Series Features Built-in Automation The Nakamura-Tome NTRX-300 multitasking turning center from Methods Ma-


chine Tools Inc. (Sudbury, MA) features complete parts machining in one operation with a built-in load/unload automation system and advanced operator recogni- tion management software. “The NTRX-300 offers state-of-the-art multitasking, automation, and software all in a compact heavy-duty machine,” said James Kucharski, national sales manager. “The NTRX-300 has the versatility and fl exibility required for machining aerospace, automotive, medical, and other complex low- volume parts. Smart X Operation software makes it ideal for processing families of precision parts,” said Kucharski.


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