How Power Turrets Affect Turn Mill Machining

Posted on Dec 19, 2019


Based on turning functionality and the corresponding lathe frame, mill turn centers are widely accepted by a wide variety of industrial users in all kinds of industry just like an ordinary versatile machining center.

What is mill turn center?

Regarding its manufacturing and the procedure of assembly, a turning center is a machine tool that rotates a work piece on an axis of rotation to perform turning machining operations such as cutting, drilling, and turning. These machining procedures are conducted with tools that are applied to the work piece and to create an object with symmetry with the axis which is driven by the spindle that installed in the main spindle case confront to the tailstock case.

Mill turn center and conventional lathe machines

The two feature different major characteristics and are both welcomed by the industrial users, while they belong to different applications. The classification of the CNC turning machines, still, is basically the same with the categorization of conventional lathe machines.

The thing is, there are mainly two primary types in the inventory of mill turn centers. That is, the vertical mill turn, and the horizontal mill turn. For the former, the work piece is clamped vertically and the cutting tool is thus installed at the same direction so that the machining is conducted vertically. By this way, the clamping mechanism is much more stern and rigid, and is fixed firmly due to the gravity effect compared to the horizontal methodology. In addition, manufacturers of vertical turning machines usually made their vertical turning machines into great manufacturing facilities for users in a variety of industrial sectors that pursue for high precision, such as automotive industry, aerospace sector, sport equipment application, and other fields with larger size materials with symmetric requirements.

Clamping direction metters

What’s more, vertical clamping mechanism may be achieved with the belt-driven way, and some may be other types of driving mechanisms, while either way works well to the gravity effects. Like other milling machines and machine centers, mill turn center machinery can also be designed and equipped with power tools as well as too magazines in order to enhance its functionality and versatility, granting wider processing possibility for onsite operators as well as business owners for their targeted tasks.

Additional but powerful

Among all the important lathe accessories in the modern industry, power turret is a modernized and customized accessory of many CNC mill turn centers, and as one of the most important accessories to the users of CNC lathes, Taiwanese suppliers aim at this business and have developed many well known power turret and power tool companies that supports the demands from users of turning process.

Other critical parts

In the assembly plant of turning machinery, it is clear that many of these power turrets are driven by single motor with servo features, which can assure the best cutting effects and save the optimal energy consumption; at the mean time, they can also provide great rigidity onto the work pieces, rendering an ideal cutting capabilities.

Besides the power turret, tool magazine and the automatic too changer are also the best sellers of Taiwanese machine tool accessory suppliers due to their higher price performance ratios compared with the global competitors. In fact, Taiwan’s tool magazine and ATC system offers the optimal tool to tool time for customers based on their cycle time engineering planned, and can help manufacturers keep up with the customers’ demands tightly.

Horizontal mill turn centers

Horizontal processing is one of the oldest arrangements in the rotational processing in the human history. Regarding the horizontal processing of turning, this type of turning model has been applied the widest in the industrial field and is still very practical even if the era of machining centers has already come for decades.

The horizontal nature makes the mill turning machines easy to be used, adjusted, and maintained, and are used even wider in a lot of industries due to their great convenience and practical structure. Therefore, there is no standard answer to either horizontal or vertical is better for users, but only about the application sectors and their processing requirements.

Going faster and faster: shortened cycle time

With the increased RPM of the spindle speed, high speed mill turning centers are highly developed machine tool options for 3C consumable manufacturers because they can deal with many precision machining tasks all at once with the help of the additional axes and the power turret.

Some may even recognize that, mill turn centers could be categorized as machining centers, while this is not exactly what is was in the past. At first, machine center is developed from milling machines at the mid of the last century and since then, the development of this specific type of machine tools goes well in the industry, and after that, machine centers are widely applied in all kinds of industries, contributing a wide range of industrial efforts. In regard to milling process, it is the process of machining that utilizes spinning tools to remove work piece materials by advancing a tool into one or several work pieces.

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