Manufacturers analyze the changing concept of turning and milling combined processing
In order to win in the fierce market competition, the integration of the added value functions of the turning-milling compound machine tool is being developed. Representing this trend is the use of one machine tool for compound processing and different methods of processing, as the trump card of the production era that can achieve multi-variety, small-batch production, different varieties and different yields, and the compound processing machine tool that has emerged. More than half of the original machining centers and CNC lathes will be replaced by turning-milling compound machine tools, which is expected to achieve a production and sales scale comparable to all machining centers.
The changing concept of turning and milling machine tools
Today's manufacturing industry, especially at the machining site, has the following characteristics. ①Multi-variety, small-batch production ②Short delivery time ③Reduce cost ④Products with complex shapes are added with lighter weight and performance compound ⑤Lack of skilled operators and skilled personnel. In order to adapt to this status quo, it succeeded in the fierce market competition and appeared as a composite machining machine.
A machine that has several processes and different processing capabilities for processing complex shapes of workpieces is called a compound processing machine tool. In order to achieve the same purpose, there are also ways to use multi-axis control coordinates, expand processing functions, and multi-function. In short, the method of process integration is used to improve production efficiency and increase the added value of machine tools. Therefore, here, the former machine tool that realizes different types of processing in one machine and the latter's multi-coordinate control machine tool are generally called compound processing machine tools.
The functions of the turning and milling machine tool have changed with the changes of the times. In the past there was a period when machining centers were called compound machining machines. However, due to the limitation of the types of tool exchange processing and the inability to go out of the field of cutting processing, general machining centers are no longer called compound machining machines. . Similarly, the era when the current compound machining machine is no longer called a compound machining machine may not be far away.
The development and production of turning-milling composite machine tools are constantly advancing. Especially, the sales of machine tools that combine turning functions and rotary cutting functions have increased rapidly. In the future, it is expected to reach a production and sales scale comparable to that of machining centers.
At the beginning, Japanese compound processing machine tools were based on lathes, with milling functions added and strengthened. This is because almost all workpieces processed by lathes must undergo secondary milling and hole processing. At the beginning, the compound processing machine tool was developed for the purpose of synthesizing these processing procedures.
However, the recent turning and milling compound machine tools have changed from the original turning process to the milling process, instead of machining centers.