XYZ Machine Tools will focus attention on its UMC-5X simultaneous five-axis machining centre, which received very positive feedback at its launch, as it takes centre stage at the upcoming Advanced Manufacturing Show over the 6 – 8 June at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham.

Breaking with tradition the UMC-5X – The Challenger, will be the only machine on stand B49, giving visitors the opportunity to inspect the machine in detail and discuss the high specification of this very competitively-priced machine. The addition of a full simultaneous five-axis, gantry-style, machining centre with a trunnion table to its range, is another example of how XYZ Machine Tools is not only expanding its selection of machines, but also continuing to deliver exceptional functionality and performance at a very competitive price point for its customers. The UMC-5X includes standard features that would be expected on machines costing considerably more.

The specification of the UMC-5X ranging from the accuracy and performance of the A and C axes, through to the innovative control features presented by the Siemens 840DSL Shopmill control (Heidenhain iTNC 640 HSCI option) has resulted in a machine that delivers for a wide range of users, from the aerospace, medical, automotive, mould and die, and general engineering sectors. The major advantage of the UMC-5X’s design is in its trunnion table configuration; when the table is tilted 90 degrees towards the rear (component facing forward), there remains 500 mm of Y axis travel forward of the table surface. This is much greater than many competitor machines, including those that quote the same axis travels as the UMC-5X, allowing larger workpieces to be machined.  

Other key features are its gantry-type design, which adds greater rigidity and performance; C-axis rotation via a direct drive, low maintenance, high torque motor, giving 90 revs/min; +/- 120 degrees on the tilting A-axis, with 2.5 sec for full movement; front loading for ease of access; high accuracy Heidenhain linear scales on the X, Y and Z axes; high precision rotary encoders mounted on rotation pivot points on the A and C axes; 36 m/min feedrates in X, Y and Z axes; 600 mm axis travel in X and Y (500 mm in Z).

The control systems have the capability of Tool Centre Point Control and Kinematic functions during simultaneous five-axis machining for improved surface finish and accuracy; and they also feature built-in thermal growth compensation. The standard spindle is a 35 kW in-line direct drive, water-cooled, unit with either 12,000 or 15,000 revs/min. There is an option to specify a motorised spindle with 25 kW providing either 18,000 or 24,000 revs/min.

XYZ Managing Director Nigel Atherton says: “We took our time in sourcing the UMC-5X in order to be confident that we had the right solution to five-axis machining to meet the needs of a wide variety of customers, from those just starting out in the five-axis arena, to those already well-versed in this technology. The machine is a perfect fit with our existing range in that it combines excellent value for money with extremely high specifications, which we know will make it attractive to XYZ customers.”