GF Machining Solutions Debuts New Combination Milling/Turning Machine at IMTS

Sep 12, 2016 9:00 AM



Gisbert Ledvon
Director of Business Development
GF Machining Solutions LLC
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GF Machining Solutions Debuts New Combination Milling/Turning Machine at IMTS

LINCOLNSHIRE, Ill., Sept. 12, 2016 – At IMTS 2016, GF Machining Solutions will unveil its new Mikron MILL P 800 U ST (Simultaneous Turning) machine that performs both milling and turning operations. This combination of capabilities within a single machine platform helps manufacturers achieve optimal productivity, accuracy and cost effectiveness.

The MILL P 800 U ST achieves perfect workpiece roundness, superior surface quality and high material-removal rates to provide incredible value. Being able to fully machine components on a single machine also eliminates transfer-related part errors and the occurrence of stacked tolerances to further boost finished part quality.

The MILL P 800 U ST is capable of four-axis simultaneous turning, which is especially beneficial when cutting tools must be positioned at 90-degree angles to workpiece surfaces to avoid tool shape errors. For milling, the machine incorporates a 20,000-rpm HSK T63 Step Tec HPC190 spindle – the industry’s fastest for a milling and turning machine of this size.

Highly efficient, the compact MILL P 800 U ST provides 31.5" (800 mm) of X-axis travel, an 800-rpm C-axis rotation speed and a maximum table load of 1,763 lb (800 kg). Additionally, water-cooled high-torque motors on the machine’s A axis and C axis ensure accuracy and stability, while a 0.3-second clamp time in any position further contributes to overall part-processing speed.

In IMTS booth S-8754, GF Machining Solutions will demonstrate the shear speed of the MILL P 800 U ST. The machine will cut aluminum parts and do so more than 50 percent faster than conventional processing.

GF Machining Solutions developed the MILL P 800 U ST with its gantry-type concept as a direct response to the needs of shops serving the automotive, aerospace, energy and general machining industries. The machine’s small 137" x

118" footprint makes it easy to integrate into existing operations, replacing two machines in the process. With the new machine’s gantry concept, workpieces on the 31.5" x 31.5" table are fully accessible without rotating the table. This eliminates errors related to table rotation and helps reduce the need for hand polishing part surfaces. The tool changer for the machine is also located so as to avoid having to move the table during tool changes as well.

GF Machining Solutions’ Machine and Spindle Protection (MSP) system adds security to the machining process. It protects the machine and spindle in the event of crashes during setup and/or machining. And as the only system to offer such protection in all directions/axes, MSP eliminates not only spindle damage, but also misaligned machine geometry as well as downtime and costs related to unexpected crashes.

The MILL P 800 U ST is automation ready and equipped with pallet changers for 2, 7, 9 or 12 pallets. It also easily integrates into existing automation systems, such as System 3R automation solutions.

About GF Machining Solutions

GF Machining Solutions is the world’s leading provider of machines, automation solutions and services to the tool and mold making industry and to manufacturers of precision components. The products range from electric discharge machines, high-speed and high-performance milling machines, including clamping and palletization systems, and 3D laser surface texturing machines, to services, spare parts and expendable parts, consumables and automation solutions. GF Machining Solutions is a globally acting division of the Georg Fischer Group (Switzerland) and maintains a presence on 50 sites worldwide within its own organization. Its 3,008 employees generated sales of CHF 905 million in 2014. More information can be found at

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