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Flexible Horizontal Machining Center

Comau has introduced SmartDriveComau 800L, a machining center designed for the automotive sector, which requires increasingly fast, precise and flexible mechanical processes.

SmartDriveComau 800L is a horizontal machining center (HMC) that covers primary manufacturing needs, both as a single machining center or integrated within a flexible production line. "This machine, the latest from Comau Powertrain Machining & Assembly, is the new generation of a model that is already largely used in the market, and features enhanced performances," said a company spokesperson.

SmartDriveComau 800L is equipped with linear motors, which allow several advantages. "They help guarantee enhanced cycle times due to their high processing speed, and they accurately maintain this for up to 5 times longer than alternative solutions based on ball screws," said the spokesperson. "This operative method can decrease the number of machining centers required, which results in a reduced cost per piece. It also reduces the space occupied by the machines, thereby optimizing the plant layout."

SmartDriveComau 800L can perform processes with flexibility due to its circular interpolation. This allows the machining of bores with a standard high-speed cutter, using the same tool for manufacturing bores of different dimensions, which helps save time and costs. In addition, its renovated ergonomic design, compared to previous models, ensures easier and faster management and maintenance.

With the "get help" icon, the operator can interact with the machine, interpreting and anticipating its requests more easily. This results in reduced time required for diagnostics and an optimized production.

To meet the increasing market needs in terms of processes with low environmental impact, and to operate in compliance with the machining modalities of lean manufacturing, SmartDriveComau 800L is also available in a MQL (minimum quantity lubrication) version, in which through-tool oil mist replaces the coolant traditionally required by the cutting process. The new design of the working chamber allows a more efficient disposal of shavings, while the vacuum and air filtration system provides more internal cleanness. The MQL version also includes an integrated system to monitor the temperature of the pieces and the machine, which provides greater process quality and the complete conformity of the pieces. SmartDriveComau 800L is also designed to deliver a cost reduction in terms of energy consumption due to an energy saving package that grants savings of 15% compared to the previous version.

For more information contact:

Comau LLC

21000 Telegraph Rd.

Southfield, MI 48033

888-888-8998 / 248-353-8888

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