Accessories for Lathes Guide

Lathe accessories are the supportive parts of lathes machine for working. Lathes are very common processing equipment in modern industry. Among the different capital machines, the more commonly used model is a multi-function CNC milling lathe with multiple lathe accessories such as power tools, that is to add a milling function in the lathe. Milling lathe can perform programmed milling and programmed turning with the lathe accessories. This type of lathe model is using a programmed turning tool that can handle a series of complex machining tasks and shorten the machining cycle at a limited cost.

Additional but Powerful Lathe Accessories

Among all the important lathe accessories, the power tools such as turrets are essential parts of many CNC lathe machines and also turning and milling machines. Therefore, many well-known power turret and power tools suppliers have developed in Taiwan to support the needs of turning process users and consumers. Furthermore, with the help of a power turret, a lathe, or say CNC turning center, can perform not only turning, but also milling and multi-task machining tasks, which in the past could only be achieved in machining centers. In turning machinery, many power turrets are driven by a single servo motor, which can ensure the best cutting results and save energy consumption. At the same time, they can also provide great rigidity, thereby providing ideal cutting performance.

What is Turning and What are the Lathe Accessories?

Lathes also known as turning machines, are machine tools that rotate the work piece on the X axis which is connected to the spindles to perform various machining tasks. This machining method uses a tool to machine the work piece on the spindle. In addition to power turrets, tool magazines and automatic tool changers are also the best-selling products of Taiwan's machine tool accessory suppliers because of their higher cost performance ratio than global competitors. In fact, Taiwan made tool magazine and ATC system provide customers with the optimal tool change time, and can help manufacturers meet customers' customized and stringent needs such as drilling process.

Many work pieces have complex curves and contours, single cutting tool cannot carry out all processing requirements. The power turret and its automatic tool mechanism can provide additional processing capabilities. In addition, the cutting tools on the power turret can also be rotated due to the internal servo motor, so the processing performance of these power tools is not lower than that of traditional machining centers. Not only the vertical lathe is equipped with a power turret, but the horizontal lathe is also equipped with this standard equipment, so both machine tools can achieve the same processing requirements.

Horizontal mill turn lathes

The horizontal lathe is one of the oldest rotary processing equipment in the history of machine tools. This type of turning machine has been the most widely used in the industrial field. Even if the machining center has been used for decades, the horizontal lathe cannot be replaced. The features of horizontal lathes that are easier to use, adjust, and maintain are more popular in many industries.

In horizontal lathes, the tailstock is a vital component. Because the length of the work piece is sometimes quite long, once the work piece rotates on the chuck driven by the electric spindle, the flatness of the work piece may be affected regardless of the composition of the material. In this case, the tailstock plays an important role in supporting the end of the work piece, thereby firmly fixing the entire work piece to a specific level.

Therefore, for users, vertical or horizontal lathes are not good or bad, but only different from application and processing requirements. As the spindle speed RPM increases, high-speed milling and turning centers are an option for 3C consumable manufacturers because they can complete many precision machining tasks at once with the help of additional axis.

Machining center capacity and performance

Some users think that turning centers can be classified as machining centers, and this is quite a change from the past.

Control and management

In addition to mechanical parts and components, one more thing is important: the control system. The goal of the machine tool control system is to reduce human errors that have occurred while increasing productivity. 

In addition, the goal of the control system now is to achieve higher expectations, such as intelligent control, remote monitoring, agile working models, and smooth production lines on the production site. Therefore, whether it is NC or CNC, or even other types (such as PLC), high processing performance is the main purpose of these mechanical control systems.

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