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Ajax is first to offer Heidenhain control

Ajax is first to offer Heidenhain control

Added to MTDCNC by Ajax on 01 March 2015

Ajax Machine Tools International has extended its range of heavy duty, solid boxway CBM Interactive bed-style milling machines with the launch of the AJCBM 800, the first UK built machine to feature the latest version of Heidenhain’s highly popular TNC 320 control system.

Said Managing Director William Savin: 'Ajax is now the largest installer of Heidenhain control systems on new machines in the UK and due to volume sales, is the first to be given access to install the new TNC 320 on a launch machine.'

The AJCBM 800 retains the original practical and cost-effective concept that made the Semco Mastermill 800 still being sought by customers even after more than a decade, when it formed several hundred installations by Ajax.  Like the Semco machine, the new AJCBM has an increased cross axis (Y) of 500 mm to create overall working strokes of 800 mm by 500 mm by 500mm and the added benefit of the new control for less than £ 30,000.

Included in the upgraded features of the TNC 320 is a more modern appearance and user interface with high resolution 3-D graphics that influence simulation and toolpaths, either tool or workpiece transparency, accentuation of on-screen edges and tool-orientated colouring of the workpiece.  New face milling and trochoidal milling cycles with a soft key activated cutting data calculator for spindle, cutting speed and feed rates, are further enhancements.  Also incorporated is improved navigation, plus MOD menus and simplified cycle selection using conversational guidance.

Featuring hardened and ground solid boxways on a heavy cast iron ribbed bed, the advantage of the variable Speed 5.5 kW, 50 to 4,000 revs/min turret style head bridges the gap between a full CNC machining centre and a toolroom style mill. The head has + /- 90 deg swing either side of centre that further increases the operational flexibility.  

As a result, features required on components such as the milling of angled flats or slots as well as precision drilling and tapping at an angle can be easily accomplished on the 1,270 by 320 mm working table surface.


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