Hardinge Inc. said its new T-51 and T-65 Super-Precision® and High-Performance turning centers are its “most advanced CNC machines,” following the introduction of the T-42 turning center. Like the T-42 the T-51 and T-65 machines are the result of the CNC machine builder’s expertise in turning process technology, and offer particular advantages for two-axis machining or complex multi-tasking operations that require a high level of precision, careful handling of parts, and complete part production in a single setup.
High-Performance and Super-Precision machine packages are pre-configured with numerous popular design features, so operators can select the suitable machine tool configuration and precision level to produce parts in effectively, accurately, and profitably, according to Hardinge.
Packages are available that include live tooling with C-axis, sub spindle, Y-axis, a main spindle parts catcher, and a sub-spindle parts catcher designed to remove fragile parts with critical surface finish requirements, without damage.
The Hardinge T-51 and T-65 machines are designed to operate at 5,000 RPM, with a 2-in. bar capacity, and A2-6 in., with a 20 HP, collet-ready spindle. The machines have 12 turret stations (all capable of managing live tooling. The machines are built atop Hardinge’s reinforced cast iron bases, for excellent stability.
The developer states that T-51 and T-65 installations will achieve part surface finishes of 12 micro-inches on High-Performance models and 8 micro-inches on Super-Precision machine.
Fanuc 31i is the standard process control platform.