Complicated turning solutions for automotive manufacturing applications
When a more sophisticated turning solution is required, Mazak’s MULTIPLEX series, specifically designed for mid-size lot production, is often the machine of choice for automotive component manufacturers. The MULTIPLEX combines two turning centers with milling capacity to perform a variety of machining tasks, such as continuous/simultaneous machining carried out on both spindles, and automatic workpiece transfer from one spindle to another. This ability to use both spindles is a major aid to production performance. Additionally, set-ups can be performed as well as workpiece loading/unloading on one spindle, whilst machining is being performed on the other, which minimises machine downtime. A further option is the HYPER QUADREX, a twin-turret, -twin spindle turning center designed to reduce cycle times, when machining bar material for components, used in hydraulic systems. The combination of a high speed spindle along with simultaneous first and second operations, along with balanced cutting by upper / lower turrets, result in considerably reduced cycle times compared to one turret / two spindle turning centers. However, performance often needs to be combined with highly accurate machining to ultra-tight tolerances. With this type of application, Mazak’s IVS, an inverted vertical spindle turning center is one solution, offering maximum stability and accurate positioning for high-volume production applications. With this machine, the headstock moves to the incoming conveyor to pick up the workpiece, in turn reducing cycle time and additional costly robotics.