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Productivity gains are the focus at Advanced Engineering for XYZ
Productivity gains are the focus at Advanced Engineering for XYZ

Productivity gains are the focus at Advanced Engineering for XYZ

Added to MTDCNC by XYZ Machine Tools on 03 September 2015

XYZ Machine Tools will use its stand at the Advanced Engineering over the 4-5 November 2015, at the National Exhibition Centre to highlight the major productivity gains that can be achieved through use of the innovative XYZ 2-OP portable vertical machining centre. In addition visitors will also see the advantages to be gained from XYZ’s industry leading ProtoTRAK control system and its range of CNC machine tools.

The Advanced Engineering show is the perfect platform to highlight the potential time savings and cost reductions possible by introducing the unique XYZ 2-OP portable vertical machining centre to the manufacturing mix. The XYZ 2-OP is totally portable, thanks to its footprint of just 1220 mm by 760 mm, and weight of just 1100 kg. This allows it to be located where it is needed, when it is needed. This portable VMC adds significant spindle run time to any business, dramatically reducing manufacturing costs, and eliminating secondary operation work from more expensive machine tools. By adding an XYZ 2-OP, cellular manufacturing can be achieved anywhere in a factory by moving the machine to the work, not the other way round. Put simply, the XYZ 2-OP maximises existing labour hours, and increases profitability, all of which will be demonstrated at Advanced Engineering. 

Alongside the XYZ 2-OP on stand i5 will be a selection of XYZ ProtoTRAK controlled mills and lathes, as well as full CNC machining and turning centres. XYZ Machine Tools will demonstrate the ability and simplicity of the ProtoTRAK control on an XYZ SMX 3500 bed mill and an XYZ ProTURN SLX 355 lathe. The machines feature robust construction, including solid Meehanite castings, Turcite-B coated bedways on the mills, and extra wide vee and flat bedways on the SLX lathes. This combination provides a rigid and accurate machining platform for a wide variety of machining applications. 

The XYZ ProtoTRAK control system is ideal for one-off and small batch quantities and, even without any knowledge of CNC, operators will be producing parts within a day. Typical comments from users of ProtoTRAK include: 

'…we create all of the programs at the machine using the ProtoTRAK control, which gives us much greater flexibility, as we know that anything can go on these machines and be programmed and machined in a very short space of time

'The control is all in plain English and the steps are simple to follow. Some of the things we are doing now, we simply couldn’t have done before,'

'The ProTurn machine is excellent for one-offs and the ProtoTRAK control allows us to machine some complex parts without the need for a full CNC machine.'

For those looking at full CNC equipped machines, XYZ Machine Tools will also be demonstrating an XYZ 710 VMC vertical machining centre and an XYZ Compact Turn 52 turning centre. Across the XYZ VMC range there is a common theme of high quality manufacture, with features such as solid Meehanite castings and extra wide induction hardened box slideways with Turcite-B coatings adding to rigidity and performance. Standard specification of the VMC range includes an 8000 revs/min 20 hp, BT40, spindle, with feedrates up to 20 m/min in all axes. 

The Compact Turn 52 may be the smallest turning centre in the extensive range of CNC turning available from XYZ Machine Tools, with a footprint of just 1700 mm by 1450 mm in its standard form. However, it still provides a powerful machining platform thanks to its 5000 revs/min/20 hp spindle and axis travels of 185 mm and 325 mm (X and Z), with rapid traverse rates of 20 m/min. Like all of the machines in the XYZ range, these turning centres benefit from a highly rigid and stable construction, with hardened and ground box slideways and solid meehanite castings for the major components.

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