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Production Turning Machines

The INDEX C100 and C200 production turning machines with two or three turrets offer high efficiency through the complete machining of complex bar stock turned parts. The INDEX SingleSlide guide system provides enhanced dynamic response with vibration damping. The two machines are now available with the iXcenter robot cell, an integrated automation solution designed to provide even greater productivity gains.

Every aspect of the INDEX C100 (spindle clearance 42 mm) and C200 (spindle clearance 65/90 mm) turning machines is designed for maximum productivity. With two or three turrets, both machines are equipped to perform demanding simultaneous machining work. Due to the option of using two Y axes on the main spindle or one each on the main and counter spindles, the machines can handle complex operations to further reduce cycle times. Identical main and counter spindles ensure the required power. The counter spindle slide, which achieves rapid traverse rates of up to 60 m/min on the C100 and 50 m/min on the C200, also ensures an excellent dynamic response. Rapid turret indexing further boosts productivity by reducing chip-to-chip times. The INDEX C100 and C200 production turning machines optionally integrate up to three turrets with 10 or 14 stations, allowing a broad range of parts to be machined. The turrets' patented INDEX W-serrations help to achieve short setup times, allowing the machines' benefits to be attained even when working with small batches.

"A key distinguishing feature compared to conventional turning machines is the INDEX SingleSlide, a sliding guide with two degrees of freedom in one plane," said a company spokesperson. It is composed of guide strips with a wear- and friction-reduced coating and hardened and surface-treated guide plates. "INDEX SingleSlide markedly improves the machines' damping properties, resulting in further advantages such as up to a 30% increase in tool life and higher workpiece quality," said the spokesperson.

INDEX's consistent cooling concept also helps to ensure a high level of manufacturing precision. Heat that is generated in the spindles, the hydraulic unit, and the control cabinet is dissipated from the machine through a central fluid circuit. The energy is bound in one single medium and not dissipated to the environment of the machine. With an integrated water interface, INDEX provides two heat dissipation solutions: either connecting to a local cooling unit or to a central system. This makes it possible to adapt the machine to the specific production environment.

INDEX also offers a choice of CNC controls. Customers can choose between the FANUC CNC 31i-B with 15" touchscreen or the Siemens S840D sl, which with its 18.5" touchscreen is the basis of the INDEX iXpanel operating system. The latter is also used for integration in customers' network structures and allows for virtually limitless data communication.

In order to further optimize the economic use of its production turning machines, INDEX offers a variety of automation options. These range from an integrated gantry-type removal unit, enabling fast and damage-free workpiece removal, to the iXcenter robot cell that features a vertical pallet storage system and supports fully automatic operation. The iXcenter is docked to the machine to safely and flexibly feed and discharge raw and/or finished parts. During the set-up process, it simply slides aside, enabling unobstructed access to the work area. During production, the iXcenter is fixed in front of the machine's work area. The 6-axis robot (6 kg payload) accesses the work area via the primary door of the machine, which opens automatically behind the robot cell.

iXcenter features a space-saving vertical storage system with up to 22 stacked pallets (600 mm x 400 mm). Pallets with blanks are loaded at the top by the robot, while pallets with finished parts are removed at the bottom. This can be done at any time with no interruption of production. Downstream processes such as cleaning, measuring, deburring, etc., can also be integrated in the robot cell.

iXcenter can be integrated as an option in various INDEX and TRAUB production machines.

For more information contact:

INDEX Corporation

14700 North Pointe Blvd.

Noblesville, IN 46060




Prosper Machine Tools, LLC

7415 Whitehall Street, Suite 123

Richland Hills, TX 76118



AME, Inc. (Adv. Mfg. Eng., Inc.)

5770 Clarkson Unit C

Denver, CO 80216



Cardinal Machinery

7535 Appling Center Drive

Memphis, TN 38133




Advance Machinery Sales, Inc.

416-C Gallimore Dairy Rd.

Greensboro, NC 27409


TN, AL, MS, FL (Panhandle)

Cardinal Machinery

7535 Appling Center Drive

Memphis, TN 38133




Britton Machinery Sales

330 Castlebar Road

Rochester, NY 14610


W. PA, W. VA

Marcus Machinery

106 Bellefield Court

Gibsonia, PA 15044



High Performance Machinery

52 Fox Run Road

Bellingham, MA 02019


MD, E. PA, NJ, S. NY, DE

Single Source Technologies, Inc.

2192 Winterberry Ct.

Warrington, PA 18976




Dynamic Machine Tool, Ltd.

84 Hubble Dr., Ste. 200

St. Charles, MO 63304



Integrated Machinery Systems

101 N. Prospect Ave.

Itasca, IL 60143



Methods & Equipment Associates

31731 Glendale Ave.

Livonia, MI 48150


MN, IA, ND, SD, E. NE, W. WI

Hales Machine Tool, Inc.

2730 Niagara Lane North

Plymouth, MN 55447



Technical Equipment

10165 International Blvd.

Cincinnati, OH 45246


MI (upper peninsula), E. WI

Premier Machine Tool Midwest

P.O. Box 102

Hartland, WI 53029





27511 North 55th Street

Phoenix, AZ 85083



Ellis Machinery & Equipment, Inc.

6225 20th Street E.

Fife, WA 98424



AME, Inc. (Adv. Mfg. Eng., Inc.)

5770 Clarkson Unit C

Denver, CO 80216


N. CA, NV (Reno and Carson City)

CNC Solutions

1011 Pecten Court, Ste. A

Milpitas, CA 95035


S. CA, NV (Clark County)

Protek CNC

25 W. Easy Street, Ste. 306

Simi Valley, CA 93065


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