New Gantry Type 5AX VMC from ETG

Adding to the comprehensive range of machine tools available from the Engineering Technology Group (ETG), the Wellesbourne company is now presenting the new G6 machining centre from AXILE. As AXILE’s new and exclusive UK and Ireland technology partner, ETG is offering an extensive range of high-end 5-axis VMCs, heavy-duty double-column machining centres and mill/turn machine tools – and the new G6 is already gaining a considerable level of interest.

The G6 is a compact gantry type 5AX VMC that has been designed for agile, smart machining of small to medium size workpieces that require performance and precision as well as efficiency for complex components in a single operation. This highly versatile VMC delivers full 5-axis CNC machining based on a high speed built-in spindle moving along the X, Y and Z-axis, and the table rotating 360 degrees in the C-axis and swivelling in the A-axis to maximise the ability to complete complex parts in a single set-up.

The G6 has a perfect balance of speed and precision that makes it the perfect option for everything from job shops to production lines that are looking to upgrade their machining capabilities. The impressive G6 is extremely robust and stable to deliver high removal rates with excellent surface finishes whilst yielding maximum production efficiency.

In addition to the high-performance G6 model, AXILE also offers the G6 MT, which combines both milling and turning in one machine. The G6 MT greatly increases operational flexibility and the ability to complete complex parts without the need for secondary operations and set-ups. By minimising set-ups and the potential for clamping and setting errors, the G6 MT can efficiently machine a wider variety of parts with its impressive turning and milling credentials.

From a specification perspective, both the impressive G6 and G6 MT offer a rotary table size of 600mm diameter with X, Y and Z axes of 650 by 850 by 500mm with a maximum feed rate of 36m/min. The C-axis can continuously rotate 360 degrees whilst the swivelling A-axis moves to +/-120 degrees. As standard, the built-in spindle is a 20,000rpm asynchronous motor (15,000 46kW motor is optional) that is supplied tools from a chain type tool magazine with 80 positions as standard configuration. The HSK-A63 interface can also be equipped with the option for a larger tool magazines with up to 320 tool positions.

For the G6 MT mill/turn variant, the rotary A-axis swivels at up to 100rpm whilst the rotary speed of the C-axis can reach up to 1500rpm for turning. Based on unique torque motor technology, the A and C-axes are driven by powerful 9.8 and 38kW motors that provide a remarkable level of speed and dynamics. With a capacity for turned parts up to 350kg and milled parts up to 500kg and a spindle nose to clamping taper of 150-600mm, the compact G6 provides flexibility and speed with a large work envelope. The G6 and the G6 MT are both available with the option of Heidenhain, FANUC or Siemens CNC and of course the groundbreaking ART Monitoring System.

This digital platform from AXILE is undoubtedly a system that demonstrates how technologically advanced the brand is. The ART Monitoring System delivers agile smart machining that enables 24/7 automated production and allows operators and key decision makers to digitally manage processes by monitoring all wear components, energy consumption and fluids such as lubricant and coolant, supplying real-time status updates on the machine and its components. AXILE’s ART empowers manufacturers to make informed decisions, optimising operations and greatly improving production efficiency. The ART Interface is available with remote access and usable via any portable devices such as laptops, tablets and mobile phones.

Customers can specify the machine to suit their exact requirements with a choice of CNC control, spindle, tool carousel capacity, chip conveyors, tool and workpiece measurement and much more. From an automation perspective, the G6 is available with the MPC2 integrated 2-pallet changer, the MPC6 6-pallet pool system, and the MPC2+FLEX system that enables users to position up to 24 pallets of 500 by 500mm with 400kg of payload. End users can also investigate the RPC Robotic Pallet Changer that supplies pallets adapted to smaller workpieces with a wide range of options to keep the flexible approach of the automation as a key benefit. The G6 automation concept is based on a loading/unloading station located at the rear of the machine which is perfect to leave the operator access completely free to the machining area. Whatever you need, an ETG representative can explain how the AXILE G6 will deliver.

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