Dugard introduces heavy duty reduced footprint machining centres
Dugard has now introduced its latest line of machining centres, the SS range. MTD spoke with Eric Dugard to find out what differentiates this line of machines from other Dugard models..
Looking in particular at the Dugard SS1263L, Dugard's Managing Director, Mr Eric Dugard told MTD: 'The difference with this machine is that its X axis has been built under the Y-axis. This gives much more space for the machine, the guarding and importantly the axis travel. The SS12063L has 1200 by 630mm travel but it has the overall footprint of 1m machines from other brands.'
Not only does this improve space, but also machining performance, as Eric continued: 'The new design certainly improves the smoothness of the axes travel and it improves the rigidity as the table is supported at all points on the X-axis. This gives more stability for high speed machining. The machine also has linear roller ways as opposed to boxways on heavier machines and it also has a BT40 spindle.'
'As standard, the machine has a 12,000rpm spindle with a direct drive system that is high powered with 22kW. It also has 30 tool capacity ATC as standard, through spindle coolant and refrigerated ballscrews - all these factors combine to give exceptional performance. With regard to applications, it is suited for the aerospace sector where HSM is needed and the other is the mould & die making industry. We have already sold a lot of these machines into the Polish mould & die industry. To suit the customer, we also supply the machine with either Fanuc or Heidenhain control units.'