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600UK puts a new slant on turning and milling with flatbed C-axis lathe
600UK puts a new slant on turning and milling with flatbed C-axis lathe
600UK puts a new slant on turning and milling with flatbed C-axis lathe

600UK puts a new slant on turning and milling with flatbed C-axis lathe

Added to MTDCNC by 600 UK on 22 October 2015

Recently launched by 600UK was the Harrison Alpha 1400XC lathe. To find out a little more, MTDCNC spoke with 600UK to investigate the benefits of the new machine. 

Referring to what is different about this new machine, Trevor Matthews, an Applications Engineer at 600UK says: 'The 1400XC is a new model that is based on the well known 1400XS Series of lathe. Customers of the XS Series fed back to us that they wanted a full interpolating C-axis on the machine and with the new 1400XC, that is exactly what we have provided.'

Taking a demonstration component, Trevor continues: 'As can be seen, the machine can now conduct off-centre drilling and boring, hexagonal milling and much more. What the machine gives customers is the facility to eliminate secondary operations that would be commonly reserved for a slant bed CNC lathe. The turret has 8 stations and all positions can be driven at up to 5000rpm. The 20VDI tooling configuration is based upon the size of the machine and larger machines in the range will have a 30VDI configuration.'

The new 1400XC has a 1.25m bed with a 55mm through bore with a swing over the bed of 400mm. The control unit on the machine is the renowned Fanuc 0i-TD. Eluding to this, Mr Matthews continues: 'As engineers will recognise, we have our very own Alpha programming system that is unique to 600UK as well as the Fanuc manual guide system that is fully conversational for the end user with pictorial guides as well as the full G-Code CNC system. The turret and C-axis will never be fitted to the Alpha control system and it will only be programmed through the manual guide or full CNC G-code system. This is because our Alpha system has been designed to be the next natural step from a centre lathe, so we don't want to over complicate this with turret and C-axis controls.'

'We have always listened to customers and distributors alike and they have always wanted a flat bed machine that can finish the parts in one-hit. By adding the C-axis to the Alpha, we have achieved this and our feedback has been superb. Furthermore, there are very few flatbed machines in the marketplace with a C-axis, so we are in a great position,' concludes Mr Matthews

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