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The PROTURN XYZ lathe offers something for everyone..
The PROTURN XYZ lathe offers something for everyone..
The PROTURN XYZ lathe offers something for everyone..
The PROTURN XYZ lathe offers something for everyone..

The PROTURN XYZ lathe offers something for everyone..

Added to MTDCNC by XYZ Machine Tools on 13 November 2015

Proving extremely popular among UK machine shops and general subcontract facilities is the impressive and yet compact ProTurn SLX1630 lathe from XYZ machine tools. 

This neat lathe will give the end user a 400mm swing over bed and a spacious 760mm between centres. The lathe provides the option of being used as a manual machine and also in full CNC mode. Talking to Mr Martin Burton, XYZ's Sales Manager, he tells MTD: 'We have listened intently to the marketplace and looked at what the manual machinist does and how we can make life easier for them. With the ProtoTRAK control, we have something that can suit everybody.'

Giving MTD a demonstration on the simplicity of the ProtoTRAK control, Mr Burton demonstrates machining a chamfer with the control. This is done by firstly starting the spindle and manually moving the tool to the workpiece. From this, the 'chamfer' key is pressed on the control and the control gives options of chamfer angle. By selecting 45 degrees, Mr Burton then rotates the hand wheel for the tool to process a 45 degree chamfer - an extremely simple process.

Mr Burton then informs us: 'This simple process can be transferred to all manner of parts. For example, you can run a full and complex program and if you aren't confident as a manual machinist using a CNC for the first time, you can use the tracking feature. This process will run through the whole program as the operator manually turns a single hand-wheel, leaving the operator in full control of the CNC process.'

Moving to why the SLX range is so popular, Mr Burton says: 'The control unit is clearly a huge selling factor. However, we have also spent a lot of time working on our machines.  We have focused on delivering sizeable work envelopes that are extremely rigid, as the 'one-off' subcontractor never knows if the next job is aluminium, mild steel or titanium. The SLX1630 is the smallest of seven models in the SLX range that go up to 3m between centres. Predominantly aimed at manufacturers of single parts or small batches, the machines can also be configured with a 4-post tool station for larger production runs.'

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