Yamazaki Mazak has developed a new heavy duty version of its UK-built VTC 800 series of vertical travelling column machining centres. The VTC 800/30HD is a 50 taper variant that the company says provides a suitable platform for cutting hard-to-machine materials, such as Inconel and titanium.
Mazak claims this machining centre incorporates a highly rigid column and carrier structure designed to enable the machine to deliver all of its power with no vibration or loss of accuracy. In production, the company says it will deliver a feed rate of 50m/min in the X-,Y- and Z-axes; 0.5G of acceleration and a 5.7 second chip-to-chip time. 36 tools are provided as standard.