Mills CNC Open House to show visitors technology that represents a giant leap

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​New and recently launched Doosan machines, as well as Mills CNC’s latest industrial and collaborative robot solutions, will be on show in October during a two-day Open House.

To be held on 9 and 10 October at Mills CNC’s Technology Campus facility in Leamington and branded ‘Another Giant Leap’, the event makes more than a passing nod to the Apollo 11 mission and the moon landing of 1969.

Says Tony Dale, Mills CNC’s technical director: “Fifty years ago, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin set foot on the surface of the moon. It represented the pinnacle of human and technological achievement and was immortalised by Armstrong's “one small step for [a] man - one giant leap for mankind” live commentary.

“At our Open House in October, we are showcasing a total of 15 Doosan machines - a number of which are making their UK debuts at the event. We are also exhibiting our latest industrial and collaborative robot solutions to visitors for the very first time.

“The technological innovations on show are, to put it bluntly, nothing short of impressive and out-of-this world. They represent another giant leap - technology-wise - for mankind.”

Machines on show will take in some that made their international debuts at the DIMF Show (Doosan International Machine Tool Fair) held in May this year.

Mills CNC Automation, a recently created division at Mills, will showcase an AutoMill industrial robot system integrated with a Doosan DNM 4500 vertical machining centre, plus a number of Doosan Robotics’ collaborative robots performing a range of machine tool tending operations.

The emphasis throughout is to demonstrate the significant productivity gains that can be achieved via automation.

Pre- and post-sales support services will also be highlighted, these taking in the CNC Training Academy (now an authorised BobCAD-CAM reseller), Mills CNC Finance, the Mills CNC Turnkey and Development Centre and Mills CNC Servicing.

Mills CNC’s managing director, Kevin Gilbert: Says “Market-leading Doosan machines, innovative automation systems and solutions, industry-recognised service and support - our ‘Another Giant Leap’ Open House has it all and is a great opportunity for component manufacturers to find out what’s so special about Mills and why we are, as our corporate strap-line states, Like No-one Else!”

Mills CNC managing director Kevin Gilbert

New machine highlights include the new range of twin-turret, twin-spindle multi-tasking turning centres with Y-axis capabilities on their upper and lower turrets. The TT1300SYY (42/51 mm bar diameter capacity) and TT2100SYY (65/81 mm bar diameter capacity) machines are versatile and ultra-productive, and can be employed in a number of ways: the twin turrets allow simultaneous OD and ID cutting on a part in the main spindle; simultaneous milling and turning of components in the machine’s main and sub-spindle enables multiple finished parts to be completed in one cycle; and operations can be combined by machining one side of a part in the main spindle and finishing it in the sub-spindle.

Also on view is the latest addition to the Doosan DNM range of vertical machining centres, the large-capacity DNM 6700XL equipped with a 2.1 m X-axis. As with other DNM models, the DNM 6700XL has a direct-coupled spindle (18.5 kW/15,000 rpm) that reduces noise and vibration, a fast servo-driven ATC, a sophisticated thermal compensation system that ensures high precision and process reliability and roller LM guideways for rigidity and increased accuracy.

Another new and innovative addition, designed to demonstrate the productivity potential from embracing automation systems, can be seen with a new Doosan DVF5000 (5-axis machine) integrated with an Automatic Workpiece Changer (AWC)

The AWC’s capacity can be configured to suit an individual customer’s requirements in terms of the number of pallets available (four, six, eight, 10, 12, 24) and size pallet (150 by 150 mm to 500 by 500 mm). The AWC is supplied with Schunk clamping systems (NSE) and gripping systems (NSR).

In addition to the new models, a number of Lynx and Puma lathes, a SMX multi-tasking mill-turn machine performing power skiving machining demonstration and a number of Doosan 5-axis, horizontal and vertical machining centres will be present. All machines being showcased at the Open House will be under power and put through their paces undertaking challenging demonstrations.

Explains Gilbert: “The Doosan range of high performance machine tools is constantly evolving. The Open House in October provides an ideal opportunity for manufacturers to keep up-to-speed with the latest developments.”

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