New Horizontal Machine Series with Pallet Pool

JTEKT MACHINERY AMERICAS will present seven new metal-cutting machines and automation solutions at IMTS 2024, at booth 338700, plus IoT solutions and technology presentations. The new offerings include horizontal machining centers, a WELE 5-axis VMC as well as vertical turning center, Takisawa Taiwan CNC turning centers, and two new production cylindrical grinding machines.

JTEKT Machinery will use IMTS 2024 to demonstrate its FH5000 Series high-speed horizontal machining centers (HMC) with advanced pallet automation, specifically a pallet pool for efficient flexible system operation. The competitive advantage of FH5000 machines is that they offer 25% more machining capacity than other machines in the size range, according to JTEKT.

The FH5000S-i machine offers 800x800x880 mm (X, Y, Z) strokes, 900 mm workpiece diameter, and 1100 mm workpiece height capacity. FH5000 Series machines include a 50-0mm table capable of handling 1000-kg loads. "With this series, JTEKT meets the growing demand for producing components with high metal removal rates, short cycle times and superior surface finishes," according to spokesperson.

Pallet-handling automation

“We determined that the sweet spot of the machining center market — typically a 500-mm table — needed greater machining capacity, flexibility, and productivity. Designing pallet automation for this machine range provides shops with greater possibilities for unattended production at a more competitive price point,” explained Graham Roeder, JTEKT director of sales.

To offer the benefits of unattended production to shops of any size, JTEKT designed and produced pallet changers for individual machines, as well as pallet pools for flexible machining systems which permit longer running time, Roeder said.

To support unattended machining, the JTEKT standard package also includes adaptive control, which allows users to manage tool life through acceptable spindle load ranges. The machine, control, and pallet automation are all JTEKT-designed and built to operate seamlessly as a system.

“We help users with the strategy that will allow them to handle more machining in one machine, with tool complements from 60 to over 300 tools,” Roeder said. “So, with pallet automation, adaptive control, large tool complements on-board, 25% higher part density in a 160 sq-ft floorspace, we are helping small and larger shops in general machining, aerospace and other industries to optimize production and reduce production cost.

FH5000 specifications

JTEKT’s FH5000S HMCs with 60-tool ATC capacity are designed for speed and production reliability, featuring a 15,000 RPM, 50 HP (37 kW), 303 Nm (223 ft-lbs.) high acceleration spindle. The larger machines in the FH5000 series are equipped with a 50-taper spindle, 60 tools, and a longer X axis travel.

This machine is equipped with a direct-drive B-axis table featuring an index time (90°) of 0.7 seconds. The FH5000 machining centers with the spindle design allows machine shops to take advantage of more aggressive, machining in a compact footprint, according to the company.

Easily programmed, the FH5000 series features the TOYOPUC-Touch panel through which the operator can monitor the machine, see operating data including energy consumption, and edit as required.

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