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Motorsport - a perfect fit with XYZ Machine Tools
Motorsport - a perfect fit with XYZ Machine Tools

Motorsport - a perfect fit with XYZ Machine Tools

Added to MTDCNC by XYZ Machine Tools on 20 October 2015

XYZ Machine Tools long association with the motorsport sector will be emphasised during its attendance at the Autosport Engineering show (14 -15 January NEC, Birmingham). XYZ’s range of machine tools, including the ProtoTRAK controlled mills and lathes, through machining centres and turning centres and the innovative 2-OP portable vertical machining centre are ideal partners for the motorsport sector, where  the low-volume manufacturing and high pressure lead time demands are key drivers.

XYZ Machines on display include the SMX 3500 bed mill and SLX 355 ProTURN lathe, both featuring XYZ’s unique ProtoTRAK control that simplifies programming of complex parts and ensures that parts are machined quickly and efficiently. Machining centres and turning centres will be represented by the XYZ 710 VMC and Compact Turn CT 52 lathe. Both of these machines are constructed using solid Meehanite castings that create a substantial machining platform that is combined with agile axis movements and powerful spindles to handle a wide variety of components. The final machine on display is the 
XYZ 2-OP, which is taking versatility to new levels. The XYZ 2-OP is a fully portable and highly capable vertical machining centre that brings cellular manufacturing to lower-volume environments. The machine’s impressive specification, for its size, can be used to simply add to existing machining centre capacity.   

'The XYZ 2-OP has really caught the imagination of small to medium sized engineering businesses thanks to its very small footprint and also its capability for maximising available manpower and freeing up more expensive spindles within a machine shop,' says Nigel Atherton, Managing Director, XYZ Machine Tools. The XYZ 2-OP has axis travels of 355 mm by 305 mm by 455 mm (xyz), with a table size of 457 mm x 381 mm, with a maximum table load of 250 kg, rapid traverse on its hardened box slideways is 15 m/min in all axes. Performance is enhanced by the use of a 3 hp (50 – 6000 revs/min) BT30 spindle that is supported by an eight-position toochanger. All of this sits within a footprint of just 
1220 mm by 760 mm, and weight of just 1100 kg. This compact size means that the XYZ 2-OP can be located where it is needed, when it is needed. 

XYZ’s customers in the motorsport sector range from suppliers of components through to highly successful race teams, who are using XYZ machines to produce components ranging from fuel delivery systems, through racing transmissions to engine blocks and cylinders. These are just some of the comments from existing XYZ Machine users operating in the motorsport sector:

'…Having in-house machining with these XYZ machines gives us much more control over design and manufacture. We are now in a much better position to modify designs, to further reduce weight, or simply experiment with new ideas, as we now have the capacity to do it, without the expense or reliance on external sources.'

'Almost every part we make goes through the XYZ VMCs including gears, where we reduce weight by milling pockets, and gear shafts where we drill cross-holes. However, the bulk of the work they are used for is billet machined items such as dry sumps, clutch baskets and slave cylinders. All of which tend to be in batch sizes of 10 -15 off, so the versatility and ease of set up of the XYZ machines plays a major role in our productivity.'

'The new XYZ Compact Turn 52 is playing an important role in allowing us to manage this growing customer demand and also the development of new products.'

'Thanks to the confidence we have gained through the combination of high quality machine tools, with the back-up of applications and service teams from XYZ, we now have the confidence to further develop the plans we have for manufacturing.'

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