GF Machining Solutions, widely respected and recognised for its innovative machine tool solutions has developed the gantry-type MILL P 800 U ST machine specifically for small and medium sized precision component manufacturers looking to improve their productivity by getting more out of their machine tool investments.
By combining two technologies (milling and turning) in one machine, the compact MILL P 800 U ST (with its 3.5m x 3.0m footprint), is inherently versatile and its size means it is easy to install and integrate into most production environments. Furthermore because the MILL P 800 U ST can effectively do the job of two machines, it effectively delivers more productivity per square metre of production space.
Although the MILL P 800 U ST is classed as being ‘compact’, the machine has an impressive 800mm X-axis travel, an 800-rpm C-axis rotation speed and a maximum table load of 800kg.
The ability to access milling and turning technologies in one machine helps make manufacturers more efficient.
Production bottlenecks and job set-up and cycle times are reduced because the machining of parts like compressor housings for aircraft, which require both turning and milling technologies to be employed to produce completed parts, can be machined in one hit. Being able to fully machine components on a single machine also eliminates transfer-related part run-out and errors.
The MILL P 800 U ST is capable of four-axis simultaneous turning and incorporates a 20,000-rpm HSK T63 spindle.
Additionally, water-cooled torque motors on the A- and C axes ensure accuracy and stability, while speed is enhanced through the axes’ 0.3-sec. clamp time in any position.
The machine’s gantry design enables full accessibility of the work-piece on its 800mm x 800mm table without having to rotate it. This facility eliminates errors related to table rotation and improves part quality and finish thereby negating the need for hand polishing.
The tool changer for the machine is also optimally located so as to avoid moving the table during tool changes.
Machine and Spindle Protection (MSP) adds further security to the machining process by protecting the machine and spindle against crashing during set-up and machining operations. Additionally, the machine is automation-ready and can be supplied with pallet changers configured to handle two, seven, nine or 12 pallets. It can also be easily integrated into existing automation systems, including System 3R automation solutions.