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Flexiax 408 Machining Centre

Flexiax 408 Machining Centre Flexiax 408 Machining Centre FAST, highly accurate positioning with a high speed spindle and a large machining capacity are the principal features of a totally new 800 by 800 mm four or five axis horizontal machining centre now available from Machine Tool Investments of Birmingham. The Forest-Line Flexiax 408 is the latest machine development from Brisard Machine-Outils which is the largest machine tool builder in France. As a result of extensive market studies, the Flexiax 408 is designed to meet customers requirements who are using machining centres for medium and large size component production. class. The axes are driven by Fanuc turning machine range, a sister company As part of the design briefing, direct drive AC motors. The rotary axis of Forest-Line for integrated cell or extensive value engineering was carried B can be rotated at up to 8 revs/min. system production. out which now means the price of the However, rapid traverse rates do not The Flexiax 408 is totally enclosed machine is extremely competitive against reduce accuracy even when carrying the with interlocked walk-in access to the Japanese, German and Italian machines maximum pallet loading of 2250 kgs the machining area and the tool magazine. of similar capacity. Flexiax is accurate to within 10 microns Located within the guarding, adjacent When this is matched with the high with a repeatability of ± 0.003 mm to the loading and spindle area, is the performance and accuracy specification through Heidenhain direct reading scales. GE Fanuc 15-M, 32 bit control system. of the Flexiax 408 it offers an effective By developing special software Forest- The 50 ISO taper spindle, powered machining package for either a wide Line has been able to enhance the by Fanuc 23 kW direct AC drive, has a range of smaller components mounted standard speed range of 20 to 4,000 interactive programming capability of on fixture cubes or larger parts within a revs/min and a capability to remove the Fanuc control to accommodate 1,200 X by 1,000 Y by 1,000 Z mm 520 cubic cm/mi n in steel. However, to programming directly at the machine working envelope. which was a principal requirement of accommodate light alloy machining a many small companies in preference to high speed spindle version is also Self-contained unit available with a maximum speed of off-line programming. Designed as a self-contained unit 6,000 revs/min. Initial machines, already installed in capable of being installed in a single lift, The automatic tool change mechanism France, are currently achieving a 95 per not only lowers manufacturing costs is of the chain type capable of holding cent efficiency level with considerably and shortens delivery but dramatically between 50 and 230 tools. Tool change reduced maintenance periods and reduces the time for installation at the time, through a double arm changer, is schedules. These factors were further customers works. This should be ach­ 12 seconds chip to chip. prime concerns of the many customers ieved within a week, without any need Meanwhile, the pallet system can surveyed. for special foundations. accommodate two, four or seven pallets The Flexiax 408 uses a travelling for extended operational time and can column to provide the Z axis traverse. be further developed to encompass a full Machine Tool Investments Ltd., The travelling column carries the spindle system installation. Pallet change time is Machine Tool House, Elmdon Trading assembly which can rise and fall with 40 seconds. The pallet system is fully Estate, Bickenhill Lane, Birmingham the column slideways to provide the Y compatible with the Berthiez vertical B37 7HE. Tel: 021 782 5454. axis. Movements of the pallet across the machine provide the X axis and by rotating the pallet, B axis through Aerosafe London a superb purpose-built well-equipped 360,000 positions, a full fourth axis is Conference and Exhibition venue. Easy Olympia. 16-18 April 1991 obtained. A fifth axis is available as an of access. option through a 20 kW tilting head. Aerosafe '91 will be the first International The integral Exhibition will provide Flight Safety and Aviation Security Each of the X, Y and Z axes have a Suppliers of Flight Safety and Aviation Conference and Exhibition, covering rapid travel rate of 20 m/min with an Security Equipment and Services, with both Military and Civil Aviation. a market place, attracting a highly acceleration of one metre/sec/sec which The event is to be held at Olympia 2, targeted audience. Tel: 071 735 0078. makes the machine the fastest in its 28 AIRCRAFT ENGINEERING — January 1991 http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology Emerald Publishing

Flexiax 408 Machining Centre

Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology , Volume 63 (1): 1 – Jan 1, 1991

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Emerald Publishing
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0002-2667
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10.1108/eb037059
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Flexiax 408 Machining Centre FAST, highly accurate positioning with a high speed spindle and a large machining capacity are the principal features of a totally new 800 by 800 mm four or five axis horizontal machining centre now available from Machine Tool Investments of Birmingham. The Forest-Line Flexiax 408 is the latest machine development from Brisard Machine-Outils which is the largest machine tool builder in France. As a result of extensive market studies, the Flexiax 408 is designed to meet customers requirements who are using machining centres for medium and large size component production. class. The axes are driven by Fanuc turning machine range, a sister company As part of the design briefing, direct drive AC motors. The rotary axis of Forest-Line for integrated cell or extensive value engineering was carried B can be rotated at up to 8 revs/min. system production. out which now means the price of the However, rapid traverse rates do not The Flexiax 408 is totally enclosed machine is extremely competitive against reduce accuracy even when carrying the with interlocked walk-in access to the Japanese, German and Italian machines maximum pallet loading of 2250 kgs the machining area and the tool magazine. of similar capacity. Flexiax is accurate to within 10 microns Located within the guarding, adjacent When this is matched with the high with a repeatability of ± 0.003 mm to the loading and spindle area, is the performance and accuracy specification through Heidenhain direct reading scales. GE Fanuc 15-M, 32 bit control system. of the Flexiax 408 it offers an effective By developing special software Forest- The 50 ISO taper spindle, powered machining package for either a wide Line has been able to enhance the by Fanuc 23 kW direct AC drive, has a range of smaller components mounted standard speed range of 20 to 4,000 interactive programming capability of on fixture cubes or larger parts within a revs/min and a capability to remove the Fanuc control to accommodate 1,200 X by 1,000 Y by 1,000 Z mm 520 cubic cm/mi n in steel. However, to programming directly at the machine working envelope. which was a principal requirement of accommodate light alloy machining a many small companies in preference to high speed spindle version is also Self-contained unit available with a maximum speed of off-line programming. Designed as a self-contained unit 6,000 revs/min. Initial machines, already installed in capable of being installed in a single lift, The automatic tool change mechanism France, are currently achieving a 95 per not only lowers manufacturing costs is of the chain type capable of holding cent efficiency level with considerably and shortens delivery but dramatically between 50 and 230 tools. Tool change reduced maintenance periods and reduces the time for installation at the time, through a double arm changer, is schedules. These factors were further customers works. This should be ach­ 12 seconds chip to chip. prime concerns of the many customers ieved within a week, without any need Meanwhile, the pallet system can surveyed. for special foundations. accommodate two, four or seven pallets The Flexiax 408 uses a travelling for extended operational time and can column to provide the Z axis traverse. be further developed to encompass a full Machine Tool Investments Ltd., The travelling column carries the spindle system installation. Pallet change time is Machine Tool House, Elmdon Trading assembly which can rise and fall with 40 seconds. The pallet system is fully Estate, Bickenhill Lane, Birmingham the column slideways to provide the Y compatible with the Berthiez vertical B37 7HE. Tel: 021 782 5454. axis. Movements of the pallet across the machine provide the X axis and by rotating the pallet, B axis through Aerosafe London a superb purpose-built well-equipped 360,000 positions, a full fourth axis is Conference and Exhibition venue. Easy Olympia. 16-18 April 1991 obtained. A fifth axis is available as an of access. option through a 20 kW tilting head. Aerosafe '91 will be the first International The integral Exhibition will provide Flight Safety and Aviation Security Each of the X, Y and Z axes have a Suppliers of Flight Safety and Aviation Conference and Exhibition, covering rapid travel rate of 20 m/min with an Security Equipment and Services, with both Military and Civil Aviation. a market place, attracting a highly acceleration of one metre/sec/sec which The event is to be held at Olympia 2, targeted audience. Tel: 071 735 0078. makes the machine the fastest in its 28 AIRCRAFT ENGINEERING — January 1991

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Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace TechnologyEmerald Publishing

Published: Jan 1, 1991

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