Milltronics' new VMC, the VM8434XP Click image to enlarge

Milltronics has introduced a new vertical machining centre, the VM8434XP. The Millstronics XP series CNC machines are #50 taper VMCs for applications that require extra cutting power.

The VM8434XP is built with linear cross roller guides for rigidity, direct coupled ballscrews for faster response, and a dual-wound spindle motor for faster acceleration/deceleration and more torque. With 35 hp for maximum metal removal, the VM8434XP also includes a heavy duty belt driven, 8,000 rpm spindle that generates 365 ft-lbs of torque with a maximum cutting feed rate of 500 IPM.

Features such as a coolant ring and washdown system, lift-up chip conveyor, and height adjustment on the control are standard on XP Series machines.

Milltronics XP Series machines are equipped with the 9000 Series control that includes 120 GB disk storage, 4 GB memory, improved graphic performance, mid-travel tactile keys, and a 15 in. LCD touch screen. The 9000 control allows operators to run parts programmed conversationally or by toolpaths generated by a CAM system.

The 9000 Series control also supports the optional ChipBosd feature that uses proprietary algorithms to calculate toolpaths and control maximum allowable cutter engagement. ChipBoss lets you use the whole length of a tool rather than just the tip, which means you can cut profiles at full depth rather than taking multiple depth passes. This new optional software works by automatically controlling the tool’s chip load, keeping it constant and creating the optimal chip, which results in faster cycle times, better tool life, and more accurate parts. Cycle times (depending on geometry) can be reduced by as much as 50 per cent with up to three to five times better tool life.

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