Kitagawa has stronger and more compact rotary tables of similar capacity in its product range, such as the GT200 and CK200, but the MK200 is designed to meet 90% of all customer requirements. The newly developed rotary table provides a rigid fourth CNC axis and reflects Kitagawa's focus on constantly improving the standard of its tables in three main areas: enhanced performance, improved mounting and breadth of rotary joint availability.

Clamping torque is 40% higher when using the MK200, at 570 Nm, than that of the MR200. As with all Kitagawa tables, this maximum holding torque is determined by the point at which the force on the worm wheel causes it to displace by 30 micron. In contrast, other manufacturers use the slipping torque figure as a maximum, which Kitagawa regards as likely to cause inaccuracy at best, and catastrophic failure at worst.

As a further point of note, drive torque is said to be the highest in class at 270 Nm, while the spindle through-hole diameter has increased from 45 to 70 mm. The faceplate type is specified by the customer, either with T-slots or pre-drilled holes, the advantage being that a chuck, trunnion or other work-holding device can be mounted directly to the rotary table's spindle, reducing the distance from the spindle bearing. Such compact assembly lessens the load on the bearing, increasing rigidity and longevity.

At only 155 mm from front to back, the depth of the table is 10% less than that of the former MR version. Together with recessed bolt mounting, this design has allowed the footprint of the MK200 to be reduced by 40%. Moreover, if a riser block is needed to raise the table's centreline, the same small footprint of 407 cm2 is preserved.

The design also lessens the accumulation of chips around the base of the rotary table, reducing cleaning time and ensuring the absence of interference with the work-holding system - an important consideration in automated production cells.

1st MTA is able to provide a high-pressure (25 MPa) 4-port or 6-port rotary joint instead of the standard 7 MPa variety, enabling a further reduction in fixtures sizes, as well as improved clamping speeds.