Diverse range of machines from Dugard at MACH

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At MACH 2020 (Birmingham NEC, 20-24 April), Dugard will demonstrate its most diverse and comprehensive range of machine-tool options ever seen at the show. On Stand 640 in Hall 20, the company will be introducing no fewer than four product lines to MACH visitors.

As well as its established brands, Dugard will be introducing the Hanwha brand of sliding-head turning centres, the Hanwha series of collaborative robots (cobots), the recently announced Ibarmia line of 5-axis travelling column machining centres and the Kitamura range of high-end machining centres.

The company will be showcasing three Kitamura machining centres at MACH. Keen to establish a foothold among high-end machine-tool vendors in the UK, Dugard will introduce the Kitamura MedCenter 5AX 5-axis vertical machining centre, the MyTrunnion 4G and the HX250iG.

The Kitamura MedCenter 5AX 5-axis vertical machining centre is a compact machine with an X, Y and Z-axis travel of 254 by 330 by 330 mm over a 170 mm diameter table. Also featured is a 30 to 30,000 rpm spindle with an HSK-E40 spindle taper connected to a 40-tool ATC that can change tools in just 1.5 seconds. Rapid traverse in the linear axes is 50 m/min, while table rotation is 200 rpm in the A and C axes.

All these features combine with linear and rotary scales, 67 million pulse encoder technology and 16 mm pitch ball-screws. Positional accuracy of ±2 micron across the full stroke is supported by repeatability of ±1 micron.

Alongside the MedCenter 5AX will be the Kitamura MyCenter HX250iG, which will be conducting live cutting demonstrations. This 4-axis horizontal machining centre features a twin-pallet APC configuration that can reduce set-up times for small, detailed, accurate and complex parts. With precision comparable to the MedCenter5AX and a compact footprint, the MyCenter HX250iG has rapid traverse rates of 60 m/min.

From an options perspective, the MyCenter HX250iG has a 15,000 rpm dual-contact spindle with the option of a 30,000 rpm HSK-E40 variant, an optional 10-station APC system and an upgrade from 40 to 102-station ATC. Furthermore, like all machines from the Kitamura stable, the MyCenter HX250iG can be fitted with the Arumatik CNC.

Complementing both the MyCenter HX250iG and MedCenter 5AX at MACH 2020 will be the larger capacity Mytrunnion 4G. This 5-axis workhorse demonstrates both the precision and speed of the other Kitamura machines on show, while providing a larger work envelope at 610 by 610 by 500 mm. With options for a HSK-A63 spindle for the 15,000 rpm, 11.2 kW direct-drive unit, the Mytrunnion 4G is suitable for precision simultaneous 5-axis machining.

Dugard will also have a full team of engineers at MACH that will be supported by technical staff from principal partners such as Kitamura, Ibarmia, Hanwha and SMEC.