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Milltronics 5x to be Unveiled at EMO

Milltronics Europe B.V. will unveil its new VM250IL-5x at EMO. The new 5-axis vertical machining center (VMC) features a 255 mm diameter trunnion table and axis travels of 550 mm (X) by 508 mm (Y) and 520 mm (Z). The rotary table offers +40/-120° A-axis range and 360° C-axis. Equipped with either a 10,000 or 15,000 RPM 18 kW inline spindle, a 40-station swing arm ATC is standard. Utilizing the Milltronics Series 9000 control, the VM250IL-5x is designed for fast and easy 5-sided parts. The company will also demonstrate its new ChipBoss milling software along with its new Bi-Directional Turning software.

ChipBoss, which will be shown on a VM4020 VMC, allows conversational program users to take advantage of the latest trochoidal machining strategies, previously found only in CAM systems or high-end controls. ChipBoss uses proprietary algorithms to calculate toolpaths and control maximum allowable cutter engagement. The idea is to use the entire length of a tool rather than just the tip, allowing the machinist to cut profiles at full depth rather than taking multiple depth passes. This new optional software works by automatically controlling the tool's chip load, keeping it constant and creating the optimal chip. This results in faster cycle times, better tool life and more accurate parts. Cycles times (depending on geometry) can be reduced by as much as 50% with up to 3-5 times better tool life. ChipBoss also improves part accuracy through reduction in tool deflection.

The Bi-Directional Turning software, which will be demonstrated on a SL8II CNC lathe, lets conversational program users reduce the time it takes to turn parts by 50% as it eliminates the need to cut in one direction, rapid back to the start position and then take another pass. The Bi-Directional cycle allows for "zig-zag" (or bi-directional) turning, which results in shorter cycle times.

"Whether it is the new 5-axis or the new machining software, our focus is to reduce set-ups and cycle times," said Bill Bender, International Sales Director for Milltronics. "Helping make customers more efficient is what Milltronics is all about." All the Milltronics machines feature the 9000 Series control. "It is an easy-to-use, intuitive and graphical control," he said. "It can be programmed conversationally, with G-code or a CAM system - whatever is the fastest and most efficient way to make the part." The 9000 Series is a Windows-based PC control with an Intel Dual Core i5-3610ME processor (64 bit) with 4GB memory, 120 GB disk storage, two USB ports, mid-travel tactile keys and a large 38.1 cm LCD touchscreen.

The VM4020 is a well-equipped VMC with axis travels of 1,016 mm (X), 508 mm (Y) and 508 mm (Z), a 15 kW, 10,000 RPM spindle and a 20-station swing-arm ATC. The SL8II is a 30° slant bed CNC lathe, with 203 mm chuck and axis travels of 203 mm (X) and 503 mm (Z). Max turning diameter is 356 mm and max part length is 533 mm. The machine has a 17 kW, 4,000 RPM spindle and a 12-station automatic turret.

"Milltronics has been in Europe a long time," said Bender. "And this market has always been one of most demanding in the world. Customers expect high-quality, reliable machines with features and software that help them make more money. We were excited to show them what is new," said Bender.

For more information contact:

Bill Bender

Milltronics USA, Inc.

1400 Mill Lane

Waconia, MN 55387


EMO 2019 - Hall 27, Booth F75

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