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Horizontal Boring Mills for Job Shops



Fives Giddings & Lewis introduces a new line of U.S.-built T-bed boring mills with high accuracy and cutting capacity, but designed and priced for job shops. T-bed or traveling column boring mills move the column in the Z direction and the tables in X. Engineered for flat-floor installation, small footprint and low ceiling clearance, the first models of the machine are configured with a 10,000 kg capacity (22,000 lb.) 1,250 x 1,400 mm (49.2" x 55.1") contouring rotary table. Optional 1,400 x 1,800 mm (55.1" x 70.9") tables are available.

"These job shop boring mills are the heavyweights in their class, designed with beefy cast-iron structures, a cross-braced column for torsional stiffness, linear scales, a precision hydrostatic contouring table and 25 kN thrust capacity," said Jim Vadnais, Product Manager. "We developed these machines to meet specific cost, size, feature and performance targets for job shops, while retaining the premium engineering and build quality our larger machines are known for."

The machines are sized to fit the smaller physical plant of most job shops and tool rooms. Low height and flat-floor installation facilitate machine relocation if necessary. An integral table-mounted pan helps contain chips and coolant. High-end features on the new machines include an electronically counterbalanced Y-axis headstock designed for superior contouring performance. The side-hung headstock improves visibility and access for the operator. The spindle snout reaches over the table for rigid cutting without extension and with spindle travel extends well beyond center. In addition, the spindle can reach below table top to probe for location on the table or a particular feature. The machine's permanently greased spindle bearings are designed to reduce maintenance. The zero-backlash rotary table is powered by two independent motors and pinion drives that are tensioned against each other to compensate for any lost motion.

The new Giddings & Lewis RT 130 and RT 155 boring mills feature 130 or 155 mm (5.1 or 6.1 in) diameter gear-driven spindles available with up to 45 kW (60 HP) and 3,380 Nm (2,493 ft-lb.) torque. All spindles are size 50 tool taper, and equipped with Giddings & Lewis' exclusive spindle thermal growth compensation.

Heavy-duty linear ways on these machines utilize roller bearing carriages that ride on hardened and ground guideways. This rigid, low-friction system supports high loads and fast traverse speeds. Linear ways facilitate better true positioning and contouring accuracy by eliminating the stick-slip and thermal growth common to box ways. They also require less lubrication, thus reducing coolant contamination. Standard X-, Y- and Z-axis travels are 2,000, 1,500 and 1,600 mm (78.7, 59.1, 63 in) with W-axis spindle travel of 750 mm (29.5 in).

All CNCs for the new machines are equipped with Fives Machining Systems new Diagnostic Communications System (DCS). The DCS allows customers to connect with Global Service technicians on a secure system to review active alarms and operator messages, operator and alarm histories, control parameter settings, PLC programs and the state of devices such as solenoids, switches and encoders. According to Fives, 30 to 40% of stoppages can be overcome immediately this way without waiting for a service call.

For more information contact:

Fives Giddings & Lewis, LLC

A subsidiary of Fives Machining Systems, Inc.

142 Doty Street

Fond du Lac, WI 54935

920-921-9400

www.fivesgroup.com

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