Focusing on the replacement of cam-controlled multi-spindle lathes

With the new MS16C of the MultiLine series, the Esslingen multi-spindle specialists present for the first time an Index CNC multi-spindle lathe featuring six spindles for up to 16 mm diameter parts.

The Index CNC multi-spindle lathe MS16C is custom-configurable in the number of grooving slides and cross-slides.

The six-spindle machine, built from a multi-spindle modular component system, aims to replace the widely used but costly to set up fast cam-controlled multi-spindle lathes that still dominate the market when it comes to machining workpieces of simple to moderate complexity.

Compact dimensions…
The Index MS16C scores not only because it combines the speed of a cam-controlled machine with the flexibility of CNC technology, but also because it’s extremely compact dimensions (1,300 mm width and 2600 mm length) require no more space than current cam-controlled multi-spindle machines. In addition, the MS16C offers exceptionally high ease of setup and more versatile machining options compared to cam-controlled machines.

…many possibilities
In the full expansion of the MS16C, each spindle position can be associated with a highly stable grooving slide with 1 NC axis (X-axis) and a cross-slide with 2 NC axes (X- and Z-axes) that are arranged around each work spindle in a V-shape, allowing easy use of several tools simultaneously on each work spindle. The NC-controlled synchronous spindle for gripping the workpiece and an NC cutoff and back-boring slide provide optimal conditions for efficient production of turned parts with simple to medium complexity and up to 70 mm length.
As usual with Index multi-spindle machines, all technologies that are available on turning centers and automatic lathes can also be used on the new six-spindle MS16C, such as: turning, drilling, milling, tapping, deep hole drilling or slotting.
Live tools and NC auxiliary equipment that can be mounted on all slides as well as the C-axes of the work spindles open up additional production options, such as: off-center drilling and tapping without compensating chuck, oblique and cross drilling, contour milling, hobbing and polygon turning.

We will go into deeper details of this new machine in our Prodex issue.

Index-Werke GmbH & Co. KG
Michael Czudaj
Sales Manager Germany and Austria
Phone +49 711 3191-570
[email protected]

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