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Most Advanced CNC Machines for 2-Axis, MTM Operations

March 8, 2012
New models for Hardinge T Series turning machines
The Hardinge T-51 (shown here) and T-65 Super-Precision and High-Performance turning centers are pre-configured with several popular design features, so operators can select the configuration and precision level that suits their operation effectively.

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.

About the Author

Robert Brooks | Content Director

Robert Brooks has been a business-to-business reporter, writer, editor, and columnist for more than 20 years, specializing in the primary metal and basic manufacturing industries. His work has covered a wide range of topics, including process technology, resource development, material selection, product design, workforce development, and industrial market strategies, among others. Currently, he specializes in subjects related to metal component and product design, development, and manufacturing — including castings, forgings, machined parts, and fabrications.

Brooks is a graduate of Kenyon College (B.A. English, Political Science) and Emory University (M.A. English.)