Mazak USA
Mazak will demonstrate is highthroughput multitasking Hyper Quadrex 250 MSY turning center with a bar feeder and with MTConnect MTConnect is an open communications protocol that provides manufacturing ldquointerconnectabilityrdquo

IMTS 2012: High-Volume Throughput with Twin-Spindle, Twin-Turret Machine

Aug. 20, 2012
Complete machining from slugs in a single set-up Spindles can operate together or separately Main spindle: 10-in. chuck, 3.58-in. bore, and 35-hp integral motor; max. 4,000 RPM Second spindle: 8-in. chuck, 2.55-in. bore and 30-hp integral motor; max. 5,000 RPM

Mazak plans to highlight the advantages for productivity and unattended operation with its new Hyper Quadrex 250 MSY turning center at IMTS 2012. For the first time, Mazak explained, the machine will be equipped with a bar feeder that uses the MTConnect open communications protocol. The machine builder claimed its multi-tasking system that’s well suited for automotive industry production, capable of faster cycle times and better efficiencies than other comparable machines thanks to its advanced twin-spindle, twin-turret construction.

The twin-spindle and twin-turret configuration of the Hyper Quadrex 250 MSY gives automotive manufacturers unequaled part-processing opportunities, including enhanced “done-in-one” capabilities where it can complete machining from slug material in a single set-up. Also, the balances cutting of the upper and lower turrets promotes high part throughput and ensures a wide range of workpieces. 

The twin opposed turning spindles can operate together or separately, allowing a single part to be machined on all surfaces through a coordinated “hand-off” between spindles, or two different parts can be machined simultaneously on one machine. The spindles are supported by large diameter bearings for high spindle rigidity. The main spindle features a 10-in. chuck, 3.58-in. spindle bore, and 35-hp integral spindle motor that provides a maximum 4,000-rpm speed, while the second spindle has an 8-in. chuck, 2.55-in. spindle bore, and a 30-hp integral spindle motor that offers a 5,000-rpm top speed. Both have full C-axis CNC control for part positioning and contouring with indexing increments of 0.0001 degrees.       

Because the twin turrets operate independently or together on the same workpiece, the Hyper Quadrex 250 MSY can machine two different features on a workpiece simultaneously, or follow a balanced machining strategy where two tools work together on the same workpiece feature. Where the part configuration permits, balanced machining can remove up to 25 percent of the cycle time.  

The Hyper Quadrex 250 MSY features the new Mazatrol Matrix 2 CNC control. Within the control are enhanced hardware and software functionalities that make the control easy to use while delivering high accuracy and increased productivity. Control hardware performance is much faster, with higher processing speeds for small increment operation that provides shorter cycle times as well as superior surface finishes.

For continuous unmanned operations, the Hyper Quadrex 250 MSY integrates easily with an optional bar feeder and robot loader.

At IMTS, Mazak will demonstrate the machine with a bar feeder and, for the first time, attendees will see MTConnect work in conjunction with the bar feeder. MTConnect is an open communications protocol that provides “interconnectability” in manufacturing. This free and open protocol allows devices and systems from different suppliers to capture and share information in a common format. All Mazak CNC controls are MTConnect compliant and, together, allow Mazak customers to simplify the monitoring and management of their production systems as well as improve machine tool utilization and throughput.

As part of Mazak’s Five Levels of Multi-Tasking, the Hyper Quadrex 250 MSY is a Level 2 machine – those with Y-axis off-center machining. Mazak’s Five Levels of Multi-Tasking allow manufacturers to match machine capabilities precisely to part processing requirements. Machine features and functionalities in the other four levels include from single-spindle and rotating tool capabilities (Level 1) to machines featuring independent milling spindle headstocks with B-axis indexing (Level 3), as well as full Y-axis travels and tool storage, and machines with full simultaneous 5-axis capability (Level 4) as well as “ultra-tasking machines” (Level 5) with additional specialized machining functions and multi-tasking automation.

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.)