Companies are getting away from single-axis machines. They are finding a multi axis turning machine is capable of providing their shop with greater flexibility and improved productivity. Whether it is three, five or seven axis these types of turning machines are increasing in popularity. However, these machines with their immense potential can only deliver if the operators recognize the requirements of the equipment.
Why Multi-Axis Machines
Multi-axis machines are receiving increasingly finding a spot in small and larger shops. Several factors are contributing to this adoption process include:
- The ability to cut several complex parts in a single set-up
- The desire to eliminate multiple steps in favor of a single-step operation
- The need to shorten lead time
- The search for higher part precision
- Improve overall component quality
Multi axis turning equipment can accomplish this and more.
Meeting the Demands of the Machinery
Although the machine offers improved capabilities, this will not happen if the operator/owner does not meet the expectations and needs of the equipment. The operator must have the right skill set. This will require proper training.
Yet, this will not prove to be enough to ensure the shop utilizes the machinery to its full potential. It requires an understanding of the machinery. This includes CNC and all its components. Without the right CAD/CAM package, the machine will not receive the precise code to produce the requisite smooth motion. Choose the right CAD/CAM material to complement the capabilities of the machine and its tasks.
Multi Axis Turning Machines
Many traditional shops are moving to adopt multi-axis machines. While not abandoning single axis equipment, they realize the advantage of these centers. However, although the multi axis turning machines promise increased versatility, a reduction in multiple machining and improved productivity, they may not deliver on this promise. It is essential to have the right operator training in place as well as the correct CAD/CAM package if optimal productivity is to be met.