Turning Center and Machining Center: A Comparison

Posted on Jan 6, 2020

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In the metalworking sector, machineries entitled CNC mill turn can be recognized as an advanced version of conventional CNC lathe machines as a custom. A CNC lathe is also called a CNC turning machine, that is a machine tool that rotates a work piece on an axis of rotation to perform various machining operations such as cutting, knurling, sanding, and turning.

Cutting tools

Such 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 primary spindle. These kinds of machining tasks are processed with turret tools that are applied to the work piece and to create an object with symmetry with the axis which is driven by the primary spindle and assisted by live tools and other powered equipment or devices.

The traditional category works here!

From the ordinary point of view on the lathe custom, mill turn machines with turret are categorized into two main types according to the way that clamp the work pieces. Those are vertical lathe and the horizontal counterparts. For the vertical version, the work piece is clamped vertically and the cutting tool is thus installed the same direction so that the machining is conducted vertically. Either way is okay with most of the processing tasks but sometimes when the processing procedures get tricky, direction matters.

With the vertical arrangement, the clamping is much more stern and fixed due to the gravity effect compared to the horizontal methodology and 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 work pieces as well as other objects and materials. Together these are the processing variables concerning a CNC mill turn machine.

Powerful support: Turret

Power turret is a must for mill turn machine to accomplish the processing task. Only with the technology of the power turret can a turning center be possible. Many of these power turrets are driven by single motor with servo features, which can assure the best machining 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, tool magazine and the automatic too changer (ATC) are also the best sellers of Taiwanese machine tool accessory suppliers.

Taiwan’s tool magazine and ATC system offers the optimal tool to tool time to customers based on their cycle time engineering, and can help manufacturers keep up with the order demands. With the vertical clamping mechanism, the spindles of vertical turning lathes are also located behind the chuck, while some may be belt-driven, and some may be other types of driving mechanisms. Like other milling machines and machine centers, turning lathes can also be equipped with power tools as well as too magazines to boost its functionality and versatility, granting wider processing possibility to users. Power turret is a modern and standard accessory of many CNC turning machines, 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 form lathe users all over the global industrial users and consumers.

Power sources

Now, many of these power turrets are driven by single motor with servo features, which can ensure the best machining effects and save the optimal energy consumption; at the mean time, they can also provide great rigidity onto the work pieces, rendering the optimum performance about work piece processing.

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