The addition of the XYZ SS 65 twin/sub-spindle turning centre to XYZ Machine Tools’ range breaks new ground as it is the company’s first foray into multi-spindle turning centres.
The machine has been introduced due to demand from customers looking for increased productivity and reduced spindle downtime.
The XYZ SS 65 is a very well specified machine, built to the highest standards, which will help dramatically reduce cycle times and keep spindles operating at maximum efficiency.
The 16.5kW, 4000rpm, main spindle has a 65mm bar capacity, with 200mm diameter chuck as standard and, this is complemented by the 150mm chuck on the 11kW, 5000 rpm, sub-spindle, which has a 52mm bore.
The German-built Sauter 12-position turret has live tooling at every station, with 100mm (+/- 50mm) Y-axis travel. Contouring is facilitated by the C-axis on both spindles which are equipped with a brake to allow substantial milling cuts to take place. Maximum turned diameter is 380mm and the Z-axis travel is 520mm, providing a significant working envelope.
Control is provided by the Siemens 828D ShopTurn 15 inch touchscreen control, which can be enhanced with the optional Siemens offline programming and CAD reader software if required. All of this is built around a 30 degree slant-bed design with linear ways for faster positioning speeds, it is a solid cast construction meaning the XYZ SS 65 weighs in at 5000kg, a solid base from which to maximise performance.
Nigel Atherton, managing director, XYZ Machine Tools, commented: “This twin/sub-spindle turning centre with live tooling and Y-axis arrives at a time when companies are bouncing back from the restraints of the Covid pandemic, but a time when finding skilled labour is challenging. The ability to machine parts in one-hit, thereby reducing part handling and idle time, will enable machine shops to maximise productivity and spindle up-time while making use of available labour. And, at around £120,000 the high specification is on offer at a tempting price point for either existing sub-spindle users looking to upgrade or those looking to take their first steps into benefitting from the technology.”