TRD Family of Vertical Machining Centers

March 14, 2018
TRD Family of Vertical Machining Centers

FlexDrill CNC introduces the TRD family of vertical machining centers, which drills, mills, taps and bevels large or long parts in a single setup. Alternately, the long open bed, coupled with the movable safety light curtain, allows multiple setups, so that while the TRD is machining one part, another is being loaded (or offloaded). This dramatically increases productivity of the machines uptime. The open design provides unrestricted access, which makes loading and unloading easier and faster. With a 2-foot bed width and lengths from 10 to 80 feet, the TRD is suitable for machining of long products like tube or pipe, or cutting keyways.

The TRD features a monoblock welded steel frame with high rigidity and a t-slot machine bed. Spindle taper of CT or BT 40 are available, in speeds from 2,000 to 6,000 rpm, with a max torque capability of 184 ft./lbs. This product line features maximum travel rate of 1,181 ipm along the X-axis, 984 ipm along the Y-axis and 165 ipm along the Z-axis.  Spindle nose to table distance from 8.75” to 24.75”.

Standard unit runs on 480V and includes mobile light-curtain safety barriers, frame with chip conveyor and T-slotted table, flood coolant pump and tank, and automatic tool calibrator. The 12” color touch screen is water-resistant and durable enough to provide years of service. Oversized double hung precision linear guideways ensure smooth and precise movement on all axes. All moving parts are self-lubricating on all axes. A programmable servomotor drives the spindle, while a 10-compartment automatic tool change ensures capacity for virtually any application.

Control on the FlexDrill CNC is simple yet powerful, with conversational and ISO G- and M-code programming for versatile 3-axis CNC machining along with an optional 4th axis. Equipped with a color touch screen control, 40 GB of program storage and 50 programmable zero points. Programs can be loaded through USB or through and ethernet connection. Extensive training is provided, both in-plant and on-site.

The TRD is available in bed sizes from 10 to 80 feet, with custom length beds available to suit specific requirements.

Related Glossary Terms

  • M-code programming

    M-code programming

    Miscellaneous, or auxiliary, functions constitute on/off type commands. Used to control actions such as starting and stopping of motors, turning coolant on and off, changing tools, and clamping and unclamping workpieces.

  • centers


    Cone-shaped pins that support a workpiece by one or two ends during machining. The centers fit into holes drilled in the workpiece ends. Centers that turn with the workpiece are called “live” centers; those that do not are called “dead” centers.

  • 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.

  • coolant


    Fluid that reduces temperature buildup at the tool/workpiece interface during machining. Normally takes the form of a liquid such as soluble or chemical mixtures (semisynthetic, synthetic) but can be pressurized air or other gas. Because of water’s ability to absorb great quantities of heat, it is widely used as a coolant and vehicle for various cutting compounds, with the water-to-compound ratio varying with the machining task. See cutting fluid; semisynthetic cutting fluid; soluble-oil cutting fluid; synthetic cutting fluid.

  • 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.