Mazak Corp.'s VC-500C/2PC vertical machining center brings a compact design and increased production capabilities for small to medium part machining in a variety of industries. The 3-axis machine debuted its new 40” inline two-pallet changer with rotary table mounted on one pallet and multiple vices on the second pallet to maximize spindle utilization and allows shops to benefit from continuous uninterrupted production.
The VC-500/2PC pallet changer design makes it easy to incorporate a variety of optional accessories such as rotary tables on both pallets, hydraulic or pneumatic fixtures on both pallets or a combination of each for high production setups. And because each pallet has an extended length of 40”, shops can arrange them with a small trunnion table or combine a rotary table and tailstock to machine shaft components, offering extreme flexibility for higher production parts.
The VC-500C/2PC features a rigid, powerful 25-hp spindle capable of speeds of 12,000 rpm that delivers exceptional metal removal capabilities in all common materials. To further enhance production speed, the machine is available with a 30-, 40- or 60-tool magazine with a servo-driven automatic toolchanger (ATC) for continuous operation
capabilities and shorter cycle times through fast tool exchanges. An efficient chip management system helps reduce maintenance and work stoppages.
The machine’s 3-axis table enables quick and simple setups. The X-axis features a 39.4" stroke, and travels for the Y and X axes are 19.88" and 20.07" respectively.
The VC-500C/2PC is equipped with the Mazatrol SmoothG CNC. The innovative programming, performance and monitoring functions, as well as the ability to use both EIA/ISO and conversational programming 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.
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.
- machining center
CNC machine tool capable of drilling, reaming, tapping, milling and boring. Normally comes with an automatic toolchanger. See automatic 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.