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WARD CNC INTRODUCES HIGH-SPEED FIVE-AXIS VMC OPTIONS WITH ‘AGILE’ AND ‘SMART’ AXILE RANGE
WARD CNC INTRODUCES HIGH-SPEED FIVE-AXIS VMC OPTIONS WITH ‘AGILE’ AND ‘SMART’ AXILE RANGE
WARD CNC INTRODUCES HIGH-SPEED FIVE-AXIS VMC OPTIONS WITH ‘AGILE’ AND ‘SMART’ AXILE RANGE
WARD CNC INTRODUCES HIGH-SPEED FIVE-AXIS VMC OPTIONS WITH ‘AGILE’ AND ‘SMART’ AXILE RANGE

WARD CNC INTRODUCES HIGH-SPEED FIVE-AXIS VMC OPTIONS WITH ‘AGILE’ AND ‘SMART’ AXILE RANGE

Added to MTDCNC by TW Ward CNC Machinery Ltd on 01 June 2017

“The AXILE G8 brings to the UK market a new dimension of high-end, high-speed, five-axis machining at competitive prices,” says Ward CNC Managing Director Simon Whitworth. 

“Our customers now have access to a machine with a proven track record in industry sectors that include aerospace - where it is efficiently and effectively machining turbine blades and other complex workpieces, for example. Crucially, the machine’s price-competitiveness will enable UK companies to enjoy similar success but at a price for capability that few will match.”

The announcement that Ward CNC – which is based in Sheffield and Redditch - is handling the machine manufactured by Buffalo Machinery in Taiwan on an exclusive distributor basis in the UK and Ireland, complements and enhances its already well-established ranges from Hyundai Wia, Hartford, Takisawa Japan, Takisawa Taiwan, Soraluce and Hankook.

Buffalo Machinery has been manufacturing machine tools since 1997 (the company was established in 1979) and it applies this long-established expertise in the AXILE G8’s construction.

The G8 model incorporates a Kessler (Germany) 800 mm diameter table for workpieces weighing 1,300 kgs and X, Y and Z axes capacities of 670 mm by 820 mm by 600 mm. 

The machine’s positioning capability of 0.008 mm and repeatability of 0.004 mm are provided via direct servo-driven double roller-type linear guideways and linear measurement feedback scales (0.0001 mm resolution) on the X, Y and Z axes with pre-loaded double nut ballscrews. The Y axis has twin LH and RH linear guideways, drive and measurement system, and the Z axis incorporates a three-guideway design for enhanced rigidity and cutting performance. Available feed rate in X, Y and Z is 60 m/min.

Oil-cooled rotary torque motors drive the rotary C axis with dual torque motor drive on the swivelling A axis (+/- 5 secs of arc rotary scale feedback). The 360 deg C axis positions at 100 rev/min and the A axis (+/- 120 deg) has a positioning speed of 80 rev/min. Hydraulic brakes are incorporated in every element to enhance cutting capability when static. The 800 mm diameter tee-slotted table platen is prepared with three 80-bar hydraulic ports and a 6-bar pneumatic port for fixture and workholding management.

The G8 design incorporates many features, such as 24 individual temperature sensors throughout the entire machine to feedback operational thermal status to the CNC system, for accuracy performance enhancement and specialised coolant delivery, flushing and swarf management.

Two Kessler HSK A63 synchronous motor spindles options are available incorporating air/oil lubrication - 39 kW, 15,000 revs/min, 187 Nm and 35 kW, 20,000 revs/min, 130 Nm. The spindle has 20-bar through-spindle coolant as standard, with options up to 70-bar pressure and higher, including stepless programmable pressure, cartridge and paper band filtration plus additional coolant management features.

Twin automatic tool exchange carousels with 32/64, 48/96 or 60/120 tools are mounted in the machine behind the spindle, offering an automatic toolchange capacity up to 120 tools to facilitate sister tools, complex parts machining and unmanned operation.

Two laser toolsetting options are available – U-type table-mounted for high accuracy or wall-to-wall type with auto protection covers for enhanced protection.

The G8 is ergonomically designed to provide good user-friendly features for the operator, such as automatic sliding roof to facilitate loading and unloading by overhead crane, and close access to the worktable and spindle.

There is a choice of CNC system – Heidenhain iTNC 530 or TNC 640, Siemens 840D or Fanuc 31iMB5 – and innovative Smart Technology control functionality is embedded in the machine’s Industry 4.0 strategies. 

Standard features include Kinematics, Dynamic Collision Monitoring, Tool Centre Point Management, Tilted Working Plane, Collision Avoidance, 5-Axis Transformation and much more. Additional AXILE features include:

TPC - Tool-tip Positioning Control – real-time direct displacement measuring/monitoring for enhanced accuracy;

SVS – Spindle Vibration Supervision – spindle vibration monitoring and real-time control technology offers three levels of spindle vibration monitoring; 

MRRO - Metal Removal Rate Optimisation – chatter-free machining via cutting force monitoring;

AAC - Axial Accuracy Control – thermal monitoring and compensation provided by 24 strategically-mounted thermal sensors.

Options include automatic workpiece measurement, and automatic compensation of linear and rotary axes displacement via Heidenhain Kinematics functionality. As standard, the machine is supplied with chain-type chip conveyor.

The result is a first-class machine tool offering exceptional performance, accuracy, quality and a range of features at a price range that offers exceptional value. 

The latest AXILE G6 model, which offers a design that accommodates full factory automation capability, can be viewed soon at Ward CNC – but the G8 model can be seen being put through its paces at Ward CNC’s Sheffield head office showroom, where several open house events are being planned.

Call Ward CNC’s sales team on 0114 276 5411 to register an interest in attending one of these demonstration days, where details will also be provided of available tailored finance packages, and preventative maintenance and extended warranty packages. 

 

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