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Boring Mills and Live-Spindle HMCs Gain Speed in the Turns with New Integrated Contouring Head

MAG combines the reach and power of its boring spindles with a newly developed integrated contouring head, introduced for its horizontal boring mills in 1250 and 1600 mm (49.1 and 63 inch) table/pallet sizes and live-spindle HMCs in 800 to1600 mm (31.5 to 63 inch) pallet size.

Unique in the industry, the new contouring head has a standard tool interface, which greatly reduces tooling costs, and it loads tools via the machine's automatic toolchanger for faster processing without operator involvement. The contouring spindle's U-axis slide stroke provides the ability to produce small- or large-diameter features without head changing or manual intervention, allowing complex features to be machined in one setup with greatly reduced cycle time and labor. The contouring head can produce features such as bottle bores, valve seats, seal faces, phonographic sealing surfaces, O-ring grooves, straight/tapered threads, chamfers, external profiles and others. It is ideal for single-setup, rough and finish machining of oil and gas parts or any large part that combines bored, milled and turned features.

The integrated contouring head will be available with a standard Kennametal KM80™ or Sandvik Coromant® Capto C8 tool interface. In addition, the live boring spindle can use 50-taper tools as long as 750 mm (29.5 in), and an auto-coupler provides the interface for use of feedout tools, such as programmable boring bars.

According to Pete Beyer, MAG Director, Product Strategy and Product Development: "The contouring head is engineered as a drop-in module that can be added during manufacture or later, as well as removed for service without affecting operation of the boring spindle. A simple shifting mechanism allows it to be powered by the main spindle motor, reducing complexity and cost. In addition to providing greater slide stroke than other machines or add-on contouring heads, our design includes a slide counterbalance to offset centrifugal force, ensuring optimum part roundness and accuracy. Overall, the integrated contouring head is a great advance over current boring mill technology, which would require two auxiliary heads to produce the same diameter range; a head changing system and storage rack; manual tool changes; and proprietary tools to provide the same functionality. We are reducing mechanical complexity, floor space, cycle time, tooling costs, and labor, while improving part quality."

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