WFL Millturn Technologies
With the new myWFL operational data acquisition system, you get a 24/7 overview and can exploit the optimization potential of the smart factory.

Multifunctional Turning-Boring-Milling Machine

Aug. 10, 2022
Complete machining of complex chuck and shaft parts, plus digitalization and automation capabilities, “from smart software to screw programming through to intelligent tools and clamping devices.”

WFL MILLTURN TECHNOLOGIES will be demonstrating its M50 Millturn / 3000-mm five-axis machine at IMTS 2022 – booth 338666 – as well as digitalization and automation capabilities, “from smart software to screw programming through to intelligent tools and clamping devices.”

The multifunctional, turning-boring-milling M50 is designed for complete machining of complex chuck and shaft parts up to 670 mm swing over bed. Turning, milling, drilling, hobbing, shaping, and gun drilling, as well as ID machining, can be performed under any angle of the tool. The interpolation of up to five axes makes possible machining of any geometrical profile. Large safety windows provide the best possible overview of the working area.

The M50 Millturn also has an innovative, energy-saving lighting concept with LED lamps. On this machine, IMTS visitors will be able to witness a demo part being machined live.

WFL develops special tools for the Millturn that are used to machine complex workpieces. Hard-to-access machining area often require long special tools. WFL prismatic tool holders can be used for precisely this kind of challenging machining operation and are secured to the turning-boring-milling unit in addition to the HSK or Capto tool system with a prismatic tool accommodation. These tooling solutions enable users to maximize the machine‘s full potential.

WFL continuously optimizes the machining processes in their machines. However, there are always interruptions requiring operator intervention, such as measurements and controls. It is important to minimize these interruptions to make best use of the availability and productivity of the machine. This is ensured by software packages in the machine control as well as additional intelligent clamping devices and tools automating the processes.

One of these tools is WFL iControl, the new process monitoring system. iControl directly processes signals coming from the machine or from external sensors, such as coolant flow rate, coolant pressure, vibration sensors in a boring bar or the clamping force of a clamping jaw.

Machine states are recorded with myWFL Cockpit. The program monitors override positions and logs program runtimes. This provides a constant overview of the machine's productivity and the variability of program runtimes.

myWFL Energy permanently measures and logs the machine's energy and compressed air consumption. This consumption can also be broken down into individual tools or process steps, allowing comparisons to be made.

myWFL Condition Monitoring enables the user to move spindles and axes by running an idle program at cyclical intervals. The program uses sensors to record forces and vibrations. Long-term evaluation shows, for example, whether there is an imminent change in the bearing or in one of the guide systems.

Depending on the customer's requirements, different automation variants are used for automatic workpiece loading and unloading. The series ranges from bar feeders to gantry loaders to articulated and mobile robots. Peripheral transport and storage systems for workpieces, tools and jaws can be combined as desired.  

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