Swiss-type lathe with robot cell

Swiss-type lathe with robot cell

February 27,2019

Index Corp.

Noblesville,Indiana – Index will use PMTS 2019 to address how manufacturers of precision parts can harness advanced technology to achieve continued growth despite the industry's ongoing shortage of skilled labor.Located in booth #5013,the company will be showcasing its iXcenter integrated robot cell in conjunction with a TNL20-11 Swiss-type lathe,as well as demonstrating how the flexibility of its MS-16 multi-spindle lathe can be applied to offer a superior alternative to cam-driven machines.

TheTNL20-11 features eleven linear axes,a front-working attachment with six stations,an autonomous counter spindle and two turrets,each with eight stations providing up to 12,000rpm and 2.0kW of power.The TNL20-11 can apply up to four tools simultaneously,and the lower turret can be 金莎客户端equipped with a back-working attachment capable of allowing independent machining of the rear of a part.The machine offers identical,twin liquid-cooled spindles with up to 10,000rpm,5.5kW of power and 17.2Nm of torque.

When integrated with the iXcenter robot cell,the TNL20-11 becomes even more productive.With vertical pallet storage offering 28 slots,this cell uses an articulated arm to load and unload parts and can incorporate secondary process operations or a 3D measurement device.This greatly increases the throughput potential of the machine without requiring a corresponding increase in operator intervention.

The MS16 uses six independent spindles,each assigned two cross slides,one that can travel in both the X and Z axes and a second that can travel either in the X-axis or Z-axis.Performance is further enhanced by the ability to perform C-axis machining in every spindle position and a highly dynamic synchronous spindle with extremely short acceleration and deceleration times.The machine incorporates Index's unique W serration to allow for incredibly short changeover times.

At PMTS 2019,the MS16 will demonstrate the machining of three parts traditionally run on cam-driven machines.While the older technology has traditionally been viewed as the fastest possible way to produce simple,high volume parts,Index will showcase how multi-spindle technology can achieve comparable cycle times.The MS16 also offers the benefit of being fast and easy to changeover,providing a stark contrast to cam-driven machines,which require a high degree of skill and significant amount of time to changeover.