SUPERCELL-300G 5-axis Horizontal Flexible Manufacturing Cell

May 11, 2018
SUPERCELL-300G 5-axis Horizontal Flexible Manufacturing Cell

Kitamura Machinery announced its new SUPERCELL-300G 5-axis, horizontal flexible manufacturing cell. It has a 20-station APC with work ID system and 174 tool matrix-style tool.changer.

Packing 20-pallets into a 151” wide footprint, the SUPERCELL-300G is a space-saving production center with the ability to run small to medium-sized, complex, highly complex parts completely unmanned. With up to 80 pallets available, Kitamura’s integrated work ID system employs an IC chip on each pallet allowing for storage and communication of pallet work data quickly and accurately to the easy to operate pallet scheduling sub menu. Pallet table size is Ø200mm (Ø7.9”) round with a maximum height of 200mm (7.9”). The integrated design of the pallet pool system out front of the machine allows easy access and easy visibility of all pallets simultaneously for easier part set up and quality control. Kitamura’s  automatic work handling robot is exclusively designed for the SUPERCELL-300G, allowing for smooth and swift pallet change out, reducing pallet load and unload times for precise and safe JIT operation for highly mixed production runs.

The SUPERCELL-300G is designed with a 360° rotary table combined with a highly rigid integrated trunnion table with an A-axis travel of 30° to -120° for maximum flexibility in positioning the workpiece closer to the spindle. The 4th and 5th axis employs ultrahigh precision roller gear cam technology along with a hydraulic clamping system designed to tackle more complex 5-axis simultaneous machining with enhanced stability and accuracy,            

The standard 20,000-rpm, built-in, dual contact spindle offers the benefits of high speed, smooth precision and the ability to handle a variety of exotic materials often found in the medical, aerospace and general machining industries. The horizontal spindle design brings with it increased rigidity and easy accessibility to the workpiece when compared to a spindle unsupported in the vertical position. The SUPERCELL-300G also offers the advantages of exceptional chip management for greater levels of accuracy, increased productivity, better surface finishes, quick part change over and longer tool life when compared to a vertical machining center. Positioning accuracy of +/-0.002mm (0.000079”)/full stroke, repeatability of +-0.001mm (0.000039”).

Significant magazine tool capacity and ease of use can be found in the 174 tool matrix-style toolchanger (up to 314 tools available). The matrix magazine handles tools up to 350mm (13.7”) in length, 150mm (5.9”) in diameter and weighing 10kg (22 lbs). Kitamura’s patented high-speed, fixed-pot ATC system ensures proper tool identification, matrix design means quicker (1.3 second) and smoother tool changes when dealing with more complicated parts that often times require a large number of tools.  

Additional Kitamura t features such as linear scale feedback in all axes, high-speed rapid feed rates of 60m/min. (2,362 ipm), 67 million pule encoder technology and Kitamura’s original icon driven Arumatik-Mi CNC deliver super-fast, super-smooth processing for optimal simultaneous machining of multiple-axis parts, complex parts – completely unmanned.

Related Glossary Terms

  • 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.

  • computer-aided manufacturing ( CAM)

    computer-aided manufacturing ( CAM)

    Use of computers to control machining and manufacturing processes.

  • feed


    Rate of change of position of the tool as a whole, relative to the workpiece while cutting.

  • inner diameter ( ID)

    inner diameter ( ID)

    Dimension that defines the inside diameter of a cavity or hole. See OD, outer diameter.

  • inscribed circle ( IC)

    inscribed circle ( IC)

    Imaginary circle that touches all sides of an insert. Used to establish size. Measurements are in fractions of an inch and describe the diameter of the circle.

  • just-in-time ( JIT)

    just-in-time ( JIT)

    Philosophy based on identifying, then removing, impediments to productivity. Applies to machining processes, inventory control, rejects, changeover time and other elements affecting production.

  • machining center

    machining center

    CNC machine tool capable of drilling, reaming, tapping, milling and boring. Normally comes with an automatic toolchanger. See automatic toolchanger.

  • quality assurance ( quality control)

    quality assurance ( quality control)

    Terms denoting a formal program for monitoring product quality. The denotations are the same, but QC typically connotes a more traditional postmachining inspection system, while QA implies a more comprehensive approach, with emphasis on “total quality,” broad quality principles, statistical process control and other statistical methods.

  • toolchanger


    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.