New larger Brother, the new S1000X1 from Whitehouse
Whitehouse is now delighted to announce an extension to the formidable line of Speedio machining centres from Brother with the arrival of the new S1000X1. This new range of nimble, low inertia machining centres that distinguishes itself by having an X-axis travel of 1,000mm made its world debut at the recent JIMTOF 2014 exhibition.
The 30-taper machine has been developed to appeal to automotive component manufacturers and others that need to machine large components. Additionally, a greater number of smaller components can be fixed for processing in one cycle to reduce the overall number of tool changes per batch and increase production efficiency.
Smaller models in the Speedio range have 300, 500 or 700mm X-axes and 400mm in Y, but the latest S1000X1 machine sees the Y-axis increased to 500mm. All have a 300mm Z-axis travel. As their name implies, these machines are fast with rapid traverse in X and Y of 50m/min and 56m/min in Z-axis, which is supported by a cutting feed in all axes of 3m/min.
The tool-to-tool change is under one second, giving a chip-to-chip time of 1.4seconds. This tool change is performed at the same time as X and Y axis movements and rotation of the indexer to reduce idle time. The specification of the S1000X1 includes a maximum table load of 400kg, a 10,000rpm spindle with high-torque and 16,000rpm options plus 14 tool stations in the turret.
With an enlarged machining area, the flood coolant delivery rate has been doubled and new telescopic covers have been fitted. With regard to energy saving measures, the new design incorporates LED lighting and power regeneration from the high efficiency motors that can reduce power consumption by as much as 80% compared to previous machining centres.
Brother has built over 100,000 machines in the last 30 years and is about to expand its Kariya plant, near Nagoya, Japan to respond to a significant upturn in machine tool demand.