How Power Turrets Affect Turn Mill Machining

Posted on Dec 19, 2019

turn mill machining

Based on the turning function and the corresponding lathe frame, the turn mill center is like an ordinary multi-function machining center, which is accepted by many industrial users in all kinds of life based on its turn mill machines’ functionality.

What is Turn Mill Machining?

Turn mill machining is a multi-function setup that is usually found in machining centers. This type of machining center is frequently referred to as the turn mill machines. As the name suggests, turn mill units are able to perform both turning and milling operations in one machine. Although both operations are often carried out distinctively with multiple machines, the multi-function units are definitely finding popularity in today’s metalworking industries. 

The Turn Mill Center

A turn mill center is one characteristics representation of turn mill machining. Regarding its manufacturing and assembly process, turning centers are CNC machines that rotate a work piece along a rotation axis to perform various operations, such as cutting, drilling, milling, and turning. These turn mill machines with multiple axis feature procedures that are conducted with tools applied to the work piece to create an object symmetrical to the machines’ axis, which is driven by the spindle that installed in the main spindle case confront to the tailstock case as well as the machining axis and the corresponding spindles of the machines.

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Comparing Turn Mill Centers and Conventional Lathe Machines

Both have different main characteristics and are popular with industrial users, and they belong to different machines’ applications. The classification of CNC turning centers is still basically the same as that of conventional lathe machines with less axis and spindle settings.
The fact is that there are two main types of inventory in the turning and milling centers based on the direction of axis operations, the vertical turning and milling machines and the horizontal turning and milling machines with different axis arrangement. For the vertical turning and milling machines, the work piece is clamped vertically, and the cutting tool is therefore installed in the same direction, so that the processing is performed vertically. The clamping mechanism is stern and rigid than the horizontal method, and is firmly fixed due to gravity. 

Manufacturers of vertical lathes usually turn vertical lathe machines into first-class manufacturing equipment for users in various industrial fields pursuing high precision, such as automotive industry, aerospace sector, sport equipment application, and other fields with larger size materials with symmetric requirements.

Clamping Direction Matters

What’s more, the vertical clamping mechanism can be realized by a belt driving method. Some can be of other types of driving mechanisms, and either method can play the role of gravity on the machines well. Like other milling machines and machine centers, turning centers can also be designed and equipped with power tools and tool magazines to enhance the machines’ functionality and versatility, and give field operators and business owners a wider range of machining possibilities.

The Power of Power Turret

Among all the important lathe machines’ accessories in the modern industry, the power turret is a modern customized part of many CNC milling machines and turning centers. As one of the most important parts for CNC lathe users, Taiwan suppliers have targeted this business and developed. Many well-known power turret and power tool companies support the demands of turning process users.
In the assembly plant of turning machinery, many power turrets are driven by a single motor with a servo function, which can ensure the best cutting results and save the best energy consumption of the axis level. At the same time, they can also provide high rigidity for the work piece and provide the ideal cutting ability.
In addition to power turrets, tool magazines and automatic tool changers are also the best-selling products of Taiwan machine tool accessory suppliers, because their cost performance is higher than global competitors. In fact, Taiwan's tool magazine and ATC system provide customers with the optimal tool to tool time based on the planned cycle time, and can help manufacturers strictly meet customer demands.

Horizontal Turn Mill Centers

Horizontal processing is the oldest method of rotation processing in human history. Regarding horizontal machining of turning, this type of turning model has been most widely used in the industrial field. Even though the history of machining centers has been of many decades, it is still very practical.

The characteristics of horizontal lathes are ease of use, adjustment and maintenance, and because of their great convenience and practicality, they are used in a wider range of industries. For the user, there is no better standard answer for the user in the horizontal or vertical direction, but only for the application field and its processing requirements.

Shortened Cycle Time

With the increased RPM of the spindle speed, high-speed milling and turning centers are highly developed machine tool choices for 3C consumable manufacturers because they can complete many precision machining tasks at once with the help of additional axes and power turrets.

Some people may even realize that turning centers can be classified as machining centers, which is not exactly the same as in the past. At first, the machine tool center was developed from the milling machine in the middle of the last century. Since then, the development of this specific type of machine tool has developed well in the industry. The machining center has been widely used in various industries and made extensive efforts for industry. Regarding the milling process, it is a machining process that uses a spinning tool to remove workpiece material by advancing the tool into one or more workpieces.


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