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    Machining

    Vulcan fits the bill for Micron

    • By ETG
    • January 30, 2021
    • 3 minute read

    To support continued growth ambitions, workholding specialist Micron Workholding Ltd has recently installed a new 3-axis machining centre from the Engineering Technology Group (ETG).

     

    The arrival of the Vulcan VMC610L machining centre from ETG was the machine of choice due to its spacious work envelope in a very compact floor area; a crucial factor in the selection process made by Micron Managing Director, Matt Jenness. As Jon Mannion from ETG says: “When I first spoke to Matt, one of the key criteria was a small footprint. When he came to our facility in Wellesbourne, the Vulcan VMC610L really fitted the bill. To demonstrate the work envelope, one of our applications engineers put a really large block of material on the machine. We cut all around the outside of the part to demonstrate the envelope and then we machined a deep pocket, this really impressed both Matt and me.”

    What impressed, was not just the large work area but also the performance, cutting capability and surface finish of the machine. As Jon Mannion says: “This machine has got an X-axis of 610mm, but the table is 650mm so it suited the needs of Micron. We also do an 850mm and a 1m machine, both considerably larger than this compact Vulcan VMC610L.”

    Acknowledged to be an entry-level machining centre, Micron selected a couple of optional extras to suit their specific needs. “The standard machine has a 10,000rpm spindle, 20bar through spindle coolant, 24 tool station and swarf management, making it a fantastic machine with great value for money. At ETG, all our applications engineering teams are really impressed with the build quality of this machine, especially considering the cost-effective price point. It’s a fantastic buy in my opinion.”

    Looking at the new Vulcan Series that has only recently been introduced to the UK, the VMC610L is the smallest of the linear guide series of VMC’s from ETG. Within the compact work envelope is an axis travel of 610 by 400 by 450mm in X, Y and Z with a 650 by 400mm table. The BT40 machine has 36m/min rapids and a 10,000rpm spindle as standard. However, customers can select from a direct, belt or built-in spindle derivative with varying torque ranges and spindle speeds from 8,000rpm to 30,000rpm.

    The Vulcan VMC610L has been designed using Finite Element Analysis to ensure the machine can handle high cutting forces and loads. Adding to this, all axes use an extra-wide 45mm roller type linear guideway, which further contributes to the Vulcan VMC’s ability to accommodate heavy loads with fast acceleration rates and low friction. With regards to the CNC control, Micron preferred FANUC, but the stock machine ready for the fast delivery had a Siemens system. As Jon continues: “Our applications team gave Micron a demonstration of the new Siemens touchscreen system and they liked it.”

    The Kimbolton company already has a Nakamura-Tome AS-200 turning centre and a Bridgeport XR760 machining centre, both supplied by ETG. So, why is Micron opting for technology from ETG? Answering this question, Jon states: “Micron initially came to us and bought a Bridgeport machine and subsequently the Nakamura machine and now the Vulcan. This repeat business is primarily down to our level of backup and support, especially on the application front. Added  to this, the compact Vulcan machine demonstrates that we always have the right machine for the job.   I would say it is a combination of these factors that has once again seen Matt buying his machine tools from ETG.”

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    Vulcan fits the bill for Micron

    To support continued growth ambitions, workholding specialist Micron Workholding Ltd has recently installed a new 3-axis machining centre from the Engineering Technology Group (ETG).

     

    The arrival of the Vulcan VMC610L machining centre from ETG was the machine of choice due to its spacious work envelope in a very compact floor area; a crucial factor in the selection process made by Micron Managing Director, Matt Jenness. As Jon Mannion from ETG says: “When I first spoke to Matt, one of the key criteria was a small footprint. When he came to our facility in Wellesbourne, the Vulcan VMC610L really fitted the bill. To demonstrate the work envelope, one of our applications engineers put a really large block of material on the machine. We cut all around the outside of the part to demonstrate the envelope and then we machined a deep pocket, this really impressed both Matt and me.”

    What impressed, was not just the large work area but also the performance, cutting capability and surface finish of the machine. As Jon Mannion says: “This machine has got an X-axis of 610mm, but the table is 650mm so it suited the needs of Micron. We also do an 850mm and a 1m machine, both considerably larger than this compact Vulcan VMC610L.”

    Acknowledged to be an entry-level machining centre, Micron selected a couple of optional extras to suit their specific needs. “The standard machine has a 10,000rpm spindle, 20bar through spindle coolant, 24 tool station and swarf management, making it a fantastic machine with great value for money. At ETG, all our applications engineering teams are really impressed with the build quality of this machine, especially considering the cost-effective price point. It’s a fantastic buy in my opinion.”

    Looking at the new Vulcan Series that has only recently been introduced to the UK, the VMC610L is the smallest of the linear guide series of VMC’s from ETG. Within the compact work envelope is an axis travel of 610 by 400 by 450mm in X, Y and Z with a 650 by 400mm table. The BT40 machine has 36m/min rapids and a 10,000rpm spindle as standard. However, customers can select from a direct, belt or built-in spindle derivative with varying torque ranges and spindle speeds from 8,000rpm to 30,000rpm.

    The Vulcan VMC610L has been designed using Finite Element Analysis to ensure the machine can handle high cutting forces and loads. Adding to this, all axes use an extra-wide 45mm roller type linear guideway, which further contributes to the Vulcan VMC’s ability to accommodate heavy loads with fast acceleration rates and low friction. With regards to the CNC control, Micron preferred FANUC, but the stock machine ready for the fast delivery had a Siemens system. As Jon continues: “Our applications team gave Micron a demonstration of the new Siemens touchscreen system and they liked it.”

    The Kimbolton company already has a Nakamura-Tome AS-200 turning centre and a Bridgeport XR760 machining centre, both supplied by ETG. So, why is Micron opting for technology from ETG? Answering this question, Jon states: “Micron initially came to us and bought a Bridgeport machine and subsequently the Nakamura machine and now the Vulcan. This repeat business is primarily down to our level of backup and support, especially on the application front. Added  to this, the compact Vulcan machine demonstrates that we always have the right machine for the job.   I would say it is a combination of these factors that has once again seen Matt buying his machine tools from ETG.”