Dugard to introduce new turning centres at MACH

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At the forthcoming MACH 2022 exhibition, Dugard Machine Tools will be showcasing a raft of new machines – many of which will be receiving their MACH exhibition debuts. From the 4-8 April on Stand 640 in Hall 20, Dugard will be introducing no fewer than four new machine tools on its stand.

With one of the most diverse portfolios of machine tools in the UK, Dugard will be introducing the Kitamura MedCenter5AX 5-axis vertical machining centre for fast precise machining. Complementing the MedCenter5AX from the milling stable will be the larger Dugard GTX-620 5-axis machining centre. With vastly different configurations, the two machines will highlight just a small element of the expansive Dugard milling range.

To showcase the breadth of its machine tool offering, the Brighton based machine tool specialist will give a MACH premiere to the Hanwha brand of sliding head turning centres. The Hanwha brand from Dugard has taken the sliding head market by storm since entering the UK just over two years ago and the robust Hanwha XD38R will certainly draw interest from manufacturers in this market segment.

For the machining of small and production run turned parts, the Hanwha XD38R sliding head turning centre can be driven by the recognised FANUC 32i-B or Siemens828D CNC interface. The machine also incorporates the facility to rapidly switch from guide bush to non-guide bush operation. With a 38mm bar capacity and a 6,000rpm 5.5/7.5kW main spindle motor that is complemented by a 6,500rpm 2.2/5.5kW sub-spindle, the new Hanwha XD38R offers precision and flexibility to suit any sliding head machine shop.

The impressive Hanwha XD38R also incorporates a multitude of tooling configurations with five OD turning tools, five ER20M front spindle tools, five cross-drilling tools as well as four fixed and four driven sub-spindle tools.

With the configurable tool platens and positions, the Hanwha XD38R offers fast set-up times, a spacious work envelope with plentiful operator access and most importantly, kinematics that position all tool stations close to the workpiece for unbeatable productivity rates. As well as a host of main and sub-spindle tooling configurations, the Hanwha XD38R can be specified with a host of additional options such as bar feeders, chip conveyors, oil mist collectors, off-centre drilling, oil chillers and much more.

For manufacturers looking for an even larger and more powerful turning centre, Dugard will be demonstrating one of its most popular machine tools - the SMEC SL2000ASY turning centre. Built upon the foundation of a single-piece Meehanite casting that is heavily ribbed with a torque tube design; box slideways are used throughout the SMEC range, resulting in outstanding vibration dampening and thermal displacement characteristics. This combination permits powerful heavy-duty cutting that ultimately enhances surface finishes, tool life, component quality and productivity.

The extremely robust machine with sub-spindle hosts a 6-inch chuck (8 inch optional) with a 650mm swing over bed capacity that allows a maximum machining diameter of 395mm and a maximum turning length of 490mm. This spacious work envelope ensures the robust workhorse caters for the diverse demands of the industry.

The SMEC SL2000ASY has a bar capacity of 52mm (optional 68mm) and a powerful 18.5kW spindle motor that combine to enable heavy-duty manually loaded or automatically barfeed machining of relatively large diameter parts. For manufacturers that demand one-hit machining, the sub-spindle on the SL2000ASY is extremely powerful and flexible. Both the SMEC and the Hanwha ranges are available in a variety of configurations and capacity sizes to meet the complete needs of the marketplace.