Related Glossary Terms
- automatic toolchanger
Mechanism typically included in a machining center that, on the appropriate command, removes one cutting tool from the spindle nose and replaces it with another. The changer restores the used tool to the magazine and selects and withdraws the next desired tool from the storage magazine. The changer is controlled by a set of prerecorded/predetermined instructions associated with the part(s) to be produced.
- computer numerical control ( CNC)
computer numerical control ( CNC)
Microprocessor-based controller dedicated to a machine tool that permits the creation or modification of parts. Programmed numerical control activates the machine’s servos and spindle drives and controls the various machining operations. See DNC, direct numerical control; NC, numerical control.
- conversational programming
Method for using plain English to produce G-code file without knowing G-code in order to program CNC machines.
- inches per minute ( ipm)
inches per minute ( ipm)
Value that refers to how far the workpiece or cutter advances linearly in 1 minute, defined as: ipm = ipt 5 number of effective teeth 5 rpm. Also known as the table feed or machine feed.
- machining center
CNC machine tool capable of drilling, reaming, tapping, milling and boring. Normally comes with an automatic toolchanger. See automatic toolchanger.
- metalcutting ( material cutting)
metalcutting ( material cutting)
Any machining process used to part metal or other material or give a workpiece a new configuration. Conventionally applies to machining operations in which a cutting tool mechanically removes material in the form of chips; applies to any process in which metal or material is removed to create new shapes. See metalforming.
Carriage or drum attached to a machining center that holds tools until needed; when a tool is needed, the toolchanger inserts the tool into the machine spindle. See automatic toolchanger.
- work envelope
Cube, sphere, cylinder or other physical space within which the cutting tool is capable of reaching.
Mazak Corp. has enhanced the already exceptionally productive VTC-200C Vertical Machining Center with the addition of the MAZATROL SmoothG CNC and its suite of SMOOTH TECHNOLOGY software solutions. The control complements the VTC-200C’s full traveling-column design, automatic toolchanger and 40-taper spindle, all of which combine to enable fast cycle times and accurate machining for extremely long and heavy workpieces in industries such as construction, agriculture and energy production.
Job shops and major manufacturers alike will benefit from the VTC-200C’s new MAZATROL SmoothG CNC and its innovative programming, performance and monitoring functions, as well as the ability to use both EIA/ISO and conversational programming to bring optimal speed and accuracy to complex part production. Advanced hardware – including a pivoting CNC panel and intuitive, 19" multiple-touch LCD control screen – allows for complete ease of use, while a CFast memory card stores up to 32GB of program data.
The VTC-200C machine platform delivers a standard 15,000-rpm, 30-hp (10% ED, 110 nM) spindle capable of handling a variety of metalcutting applications. Additionally, the machine rapid traverses in all axes at a rate of 1,574 ipm, while its standard integration of Intelligent Thermal Shield (ITS) software helps maintain machine accuracy in a wide range of factory environments.
The machine's fixed 78.74" by 20" table provides process flexibility for a wide range of applications, and its optional center partition can divide the work envelope into two separate work areas to allow the machine to be in cycle in one area while operators load, unload or set up a part in the other. The machine’s axis travels measure 65.35" in X, 20" in Y and 20" in Z.
For further process flexibility, manufacturers can double the standard 24-tool automatic toolchanger’s capacity with an optional 48-tool magazine or upgrade to a 50-hp, 20,000-rpm integral spindle.
Additionally, the VTC-200C can integrate seamlessly with a variety of robotically loaded solutions provided by Mazak automation systems, and its new SmoothG control makes it easy to take advantage of machine monitoring software such as SMOOTH Link and IIoT connectivity tools such as MTConnect and the Mazak SmartBox.