Turning Center and Machine Technology

Posted on May 5, 2020

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Turning Center

A turning center rotates the workpiece through a rotary axis to perform various machining operations, such as cutting and turning with the existence of a turret. This type of machining task is handled using a turret tool that is suitable for the workpiece and creates objects symmetrical to the spindle, which is driven by the spindle and assisted by movable tools and other related accessories.

Nowadays, in the metal processing sector of modern industry, the turning center is also called turning, milling machine tool, or CNC turning center. It is a machine tool that has both turning and milling functions. A turning center rotates the workpiece through a rotary axis to perform various machining operations, such as cutting and turning with the existence of a turret. This type of machining task is handled using a turret tool that is suitable for the workpiece and creates objects symmetrical to the spindle, which is driven by the spindle and assisted by movable tools and other related accessories.
 

Primary Types of Turning Center

Milling and turning machines with turrets are divided into two types based on the way it clamps a workpiece: the vertical CNC turning centers and horizontal CNC turning centers. For the vertical type, the workpiece is clamped vertically and the cutting tools are installed in the same direction so that the machining can be performed vertically. Compared with the horizontal method, this way of clamping is more secured and stable due to the effect of gravity.

On the other hand, the horizontal turning center has a configuration that resembles a conventional turning lathe. With the workpiece positioned parallel to the floor, the chips can be removed from the cutting area more efficiently and hence reduce the occurrence of jam and overheating. This type of turning center is an ideal choice when cutting complex surface designs in a workpiece is necessary.

The manufacturers of vertical lathes usually turn vertical lathes into first-class manufacturing equipment for users in various industrial fields pursuing high precision uses, such as the automotive industry, aerospace sector, sports equipment applications, and other areas with larger-sized workpieces.

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Tool Turret – a Powerful Ally to a Turning Center

When it comes to mill-turn machines with turret function, there must be a power turret. The CNC turning centers can only be achieved with the help of power turret technology. Many power turrets are driven by a single motor with a servo function, which ensures the best machining effect and reduces energy consumption. At the same time, they also provide high rigidity and ideal cutting capacity. In addition, the tool magazine and automatic tool changer (ATC) are also the best-selling products of Taiwan machine tool accessories suppliers.

Taiwan's tool magazine and ATC system provide the optimal tool-to-tool time to customers. With the machine idle time decreased, the manufacturers can keep up with the order demands. Through the vertical clamping mechanism, the spindle is located behind the chuck. Like other milling machines and machining centers, turning centers can also be equipped with power tools and tool magazines to improve their functionality and versatility, providing greater processing possibilities for industry insiders in the global market.
 

CNC Turning – Smart Cutting and Processing

In order to improve processing efficiency, the power turret is a modern standard accessory for many CNC lathes. As one of the most important accessories for CNC lathe users, suppliers in Taiwan are committed to this business and have developed many types of power turrets. Power tool companies that meet demand have drawn the attention of lathe users around the globe.

CNC stands for computer numerical control. It is a computerized system used to control and monitor the operation of a machine tool. The 3D design of a part and the cutting routes of the machining tool are preprogrammed so that the entire machining process can be executed with the control of the system. CNC not only controls the cutting route, but also the feed rate, feeding angle, turning speed, and all the parameters that affect the process only to ensure an optimal result. A turning center along with a CNC system is the perfect choice to handle the most demanding precision machining tasks.
 

Milling and Turning – the Essential Machining Functionality

The beginning of the mill turning function is described below. The machining center was developed from a milling machine in the middle of the 20th century. Since then, the development of this particular type of machine tool has developed well in the industry. Today, the machining center has been widely used across industries and has worked hard for a wide range of industries.

Regarding the milling process, it is a process that uses a spinning tool to remove workpiece material by advancing the tool into the workpiece. The processing method can be performed in multiple directions. In addition to turning, milling also involves a variety of operations, ranging from a single tiny part to heavy and large milling tasks. Similar to turning, milling is one of the most commonly used machining methods that provide precise tolerances and high standards.
 

What to Expect of a Turning Center?

Due to practical and production value, the development of turning methods is very popular in the industry and in the market. Conventional lathes are relatively difficult to achieve the production and effective performance of workpieces with complex profiles. With this expectation, the following development and machining center concepts were gradually formed. Like other milling machines and machining centers, turning lathes can also be equipped with power tools and tool magazines to improve their functionality and versatility, and provide users with greater processing possibilities. The power turret is a modern standard accessory for many CNC lathes and is one of the most important accessories for CNC lathe users. There are many other modern accessories that can accelerate and improve the turning performance of milling machines, such as APC, ATC, tool magazine, and other auxiliary accessories.
 

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