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CNC Lathes

A history lesson of the CNC Lathe ... 

A lathe is a machine tool that is used in various operations such as drilling, cutting, sanding or polishing in order to create a symmetrical object. Essentially, it holds the material that has to be worked upon and rotates it against a tool that shapes it. CNC Lathes are being used to make operations like cutting and drilling easier than ever before. 

The CNC Lathe machine is believed to have been first discovered in late 1950s by John. T. Parsons. The manufacturing industry received a big boost as the discovery lead to more productive and faster manufacturing processes. 

They come in many sizes but basically have a tool turret to hold the drills, cutters, other tools and a spindle that holds different types of metal. Computer Numerical Control Lathe Machine are referred to as lathe machines and as the name suggests, they are operated by programs that give instructions as to what has to be done. The ultimate control thus rests with the computer and if programmed correctly, the end products are highly controlled and precise. It is important to remember that inaccurate programs or incorrect tool settings can cause damage and inaccuracies. 

The machine is controlled through a computer menu style interface and the program used to run the lathe machine can be modified at any time. In contrast to manual lathes that allow only a single tool to be used at a time, the lathe can not only change tools very fast but can also feed into the parts fairly quickly. This speeds up the machining process. 

Although operators do need some basic level of skills to use these machines, it definitely overcomes the limitations of the older machines, where operators had to know the ins and outs of every single machine. Today, a single supervisor can oversee the operation of a number of small machines. 

Lathes can be used to cut wood, metal and plastic and are often used to produce camshafts and crankshafts. 

The design of a these machines has been evolving pretty rapidly in recent times; however, the basic parts and the principles on which the lathe operates remains pretty much the same. These Lathe machines are often enclosed as per safety standards. 

There are many advantages to using CNC lathes; they are far more accurate than the manual ones, especially in cases where several exact copies of a piece need to be made. Moreover, there's very little wastage and the time taken to manufacture the pieces is considerably less than the time consumed while using the lathe manually. The most important factor however, is that it doesn't require a great amount of skill to operate a CNC Lathe. Operating costs are also lower, human effort is minimal and chances of injury are less.

CNC Machines

An introduction to lathes and machining...

Manufacturing companies are facing stiff competition and not keeping pace with advances in technology means missing the boat. Today machine operators no longer resort to operating machines manually as most companies are now equipped with CNC machines. 

CNC, which stands for Computer Numerical Control is made up of a mini computer that acts as the controlling unit of the machine. The concept of numerical control is rather common when speaking of machine tools and refers to the set of instructions (called program) that control the machine as against manual operation. Depending on the job being carried out, the program instructions also change, allowing a lot of flexibility in use. 

In a CNC machine, these instructions are fed directly to the computer through a keyboard like contraption and stored in the memory. The advantage here is that programmers can edit the programs based on their specific needs and requirements and once written they just have to be recalled from the memory when desired. 

Operating CNC machines require only basic training and skills and today's operator can supervise several machines at the same time. This is in stark contrast to yesteryear when operators needed years of training at training institutes to learn how to operate milling machines, drills and lathes, which are some of the common machine tools that run on these machines. 

For example, if metal needs to be cut, the processes involved, the dimensions required need to be fed into the computer through a program. The computer thus understands what needs to be done and exactly follows instructions in the program. Contrast this with the time when this job had to be done manually. Only experts could do such high precision jobs, whereas today, operators just have to feed the program into the computer, load the required tools in the machine and the computer directs the machine tools to work as per the instructions in the program. Once the job is over, the machine automatically picks up the next job without any human intervention. All machines require are raw material and programs; a high degree of precision is usually obtained. 

The advantages of using a CNC are thus rather obvious. Apart from being able to work for long times without break (for maintenance), they work tirelessly to produce end products that are identical in shape, size and design. Anyone with some basic training can operate them. Operators can practice using the CNC machine by using virtual software, which can be constantly improved upon and updated. 

No strict supervision is necessary and one supervisor can manage many CNC machines that have been pre-programed for a particular job.

 

CNC Lathes Horiz/Chuckers/Universals Stock Number Click for photo and specs
BINNS & BERRY DATA 3000   Siemens 2100 CNC Control, 32" 4-Jaw Chuck, 59" Swing Over Bed, 51" Swing Over Cross, 197" Centers, Full C-Axis, Live Tooling, New 1999. STK#

K14471

Cincinnati  Hawk 300 Turning Center
CINCINNATI  HAWK2 300   Siemens Acramatic 2100 CNC Control,  12" 3-Jaw Power Chuck,  28" Swing over Bed, 16.6" Max Turning Diameter, 40" Max Turning Length, Programmable Tailstock,   New 2004. STK#

K14400

Cincinnati  Hawk 300 Turning Center
CINCINNATI  HAWK 250 HTC-250   Fanuc 21i CNC Control,  Royal 3" Capacity Power Collet Chuck, 20" Swing over Bed,  13.7" Swing Over Carroage, 27" Max Turning Length, Programmable Tailstock,   New 2006. STK#

K14473

Cincinnati  Hawk 300 Turning Center
DOOSAN DAEWOO PUMA TT2500SY,   Fanuc 18i-TB CNC Control,  Twin Spindles w/ 10" Chucks, Twin Turret, Live Tooling in Both Turrets,  C-Axis on Both Spindles, Y-Axis Upper Turret, 2005. STK#

P12293

Doosan Daewoo Puma TT2500SY, CNC Lathe For Sale, used CNC Lathe , CNC Lathe, CNC Turning
EMCO 332MC   Siemens 840D CNC Control,  Twin Spindles, Twin Turret, Live Tooling in Both Turrets,  C-Axis on Both Spindles, 1.25" Bar Capacity, 8.7 Max Turning Diameter, 20" Max Turning Length, New 2000. STK#

K14409

Emco 332MC
HAAS TL-25   Haas CNC Control,  Live Tooling, Sub-Spindle, 30" Swing over Bed, 14.5" Swing Over Cross Slide, 3" Bar Capacity,  New 2009 STK#

K14485

Haas TL-25
HWACHEON 38"/48" x 196" MEGA 95 CNC GAP BED  Fanuc 21TB CNC Control,  16" Chuck,  38" Swing over Bed, 48" Swing w/ Gap Removed, 26.3" Max Turning Diameter, Tailstock w/ 196" Centers, 6" Spindle Bore,  1999. STK#

P12334

38"/48" x 196" HWACHEON MEGA-95 CNC GAP BED , CNC Lathe For Sale, used CNC Lathe , CNC Lathe, CNC Turning
KITAKO VT4-350 4-Spindle  Fanuc 18T CNC, (4) 12" Chucks,  13.8" Max Turning Diameter, (2) 6 Position Turrets,  25 HP Ea, 3200 RPM, New 1999 STK#

K13859

Kitako VT4-350
MAZAK MULTIPLEX 610  Mazatrol T32-6 CNC,  Twin Spindle, Twin Turret, Live Tooling, 1.65" Bar Capacity, Collet Chucks, Tooling, 5000 RPM, New 1993 STK#

K13018

Mazak Multiplex 610
MAZAK INTEGREX e-1060V8ii  Mazatrol Matrix CNC, (2) 39" Pallets, 49.2" Swing,  Multi Function 5-Axis Milling and Turning Capacity, 80 Station Tool Changer, 50 HP Milling Spindle, 50 HP Turning Spindle,  New 2009 STK#

K14305

Mazak Integrex e-1060 Sieres II
MAZAK e500HS Series II INTEGREX  Mazatrol Matrix CNC,  Twin Spindle, Universal Head, 120" Between Spindles,  80 Station Tool Changer,  32.28" Swing,  New 2007 STK#

K14160

Mazak Integrex e500HS Sieres II
MORI SEIKI DL-15Y  Mori MSC-518 (Fanuc 16TB) CNC Control,  Twin Spindle, Twin Turret, Live Tooling, Y-Axis, 7.8" Max Turning Diameter, 7.9" Turning Length,  New 1997 STK#

K14155

Mori  DL-15Y
MORI SEIKI CL-05 CNC GANG STYLE Mori Seiki MSC-801 CNC Control, 12" Swing, S. Mori Seiki LG-01 Integrated Gantry Robot, Auto Chuck Changer, (4) Tool Stations, (4) Available, 1996.                         STK#'s

P12316, P12317, P12318, P12319

Mori Seiki CL-05 Gang Style CNC Lathe For Sale, used CNC Lathe , CNC Lathe, CNC Turning
MORI SEIKI  ZL-203 SMC  Mori MSC-501 (Fanuc 18iTA) CNC Control, Twin Turret, Live Tooling,  Sub-Spindle, 8" Chuck, 20" Swing, 19" Turning Length, New 2003 STK#

K14460

Mori Seiki ZL-203smc
NAKAMURA WT-300MMSY  Fanuc 18i-TB CNC Control,  Twin Spindle, Twin Turret, Live Tooling in Both Turrets,  C-Axis on Both Spindles, Y-Axis Upper Turret, New 2005. STK#

K13912

NAKAMURA WT-300MMSY  Fanuc 18i-TB CNC Control,  Twin Spindle, Twin Turret, Live Tooling in Both Turrets,  C-Axis on Both Spindles, Y-Axis Upper Turret, New 2005.
NAKAMURA WT-300MMSY  Fanuc 18i-TB CNC Control,  Twin Spindle, Twin Turret, Live Tooling in Both Turrets,  C-Axis on Both Spindles, Y-Axis Upper Turret, New 2005. STK#

K13913

NAKAMURA WT-300MMSY  Fanuc 18i-TB CNC Control,  Twin Spindle, Twin Turret, Live Tooling in Both Turrets,  C-Axis on Both Spindles, Y-Axis Upper Turret, New 2005.
OKUMA LB-15 ii M Big Bore,  OSP 7000 CNC,  13.38" Turning Diameter, 39.37" Centers,  Live Tooling, C-Axis, 10" Chuck,  New 1998 STK#

K14023

Okuma LB-15 CNC Turning Center with Live Tooling CNC Lathe  for sale
OKUMA HOWA 2SP-V40 Twin Spindle Vertical  Fanuc 18i-T CNC,  20" Swing, 15.7" Max Turning Diameter, 17.7" Max Part Length, 12 Position Turrets,  New 2005 STK#

K14275

Okuma Howa 2SP-V40 CNC Turning Center
OKUMA HOWA V35R Vertical Turning Center  Fanuc 18T CNC,  20" Swing, 15.7" Max Turning Diameter, 17.7" Max Part Length, 12 Position Turrets,  New 1999 STK#

K14291

Okuma Howa V35R CNC Turning Center
SUPERMAX YCM TC-15  Fanuc OT, Barfeeder, 18" Swing, 8" 3-Jaw Power Chuck,  Tailstock w/ 18" Centers,  Chip Conveyor, 2000. STK#

P12315

Supermax YCM TC-15, CNC Lathe For Sale, used CNC Lathe , CNC Lathe, CNC Turning
TONGTAI SEIKI  Qusar 250  Fanuc OT, 15" Swing, 8" 3-Jaw Power Chuck,  Tailstock w/ 23" Centers,  12 Position Turret, Chip Conveyor, 1993. STK#

K14474

TongTai Seiki
 

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