XYZ Machine Tools will highlight the versatility and diversity of its extensive machine tool range when it exhibits at Northern Manufacturing and Electronics between the 28th and 29th September at Event City in Manchester. The machine tools in the XYZ range appeal to a broad sector of engineering manufacturing companies, from one-man bands through to blue chip businesses. On stand E14 at Northern Manufacturing will be a selection that highlights the range’s diversity including mills, lathes, machining centres and turning centres.

Taking centre stage will be three machines that benefit from XYZ’s ProtoTRAK control system, an XYZ SMX3500 bed mill, an XYZ SLX 355 lathe and the innovative XYZ 2-OP vertical machining centre. These will be accompanied by the Siemens controlled XYZ 710 VMC and CT532 turning centre. The ProtoTRAK control system on the SMX 3500, SLX 355 and 2-OP provides simplicity and ease of use, thanks to a wide range of conversational cycles, making it ideal for one-off and small batch quantities. The control can be operated without any knowledge of CNC, with operators producing parts with minimal training. Combined with the control the XYZ bed mills and SLX lathes provide a robust machining platform with solid Meehanite cast bases, Turcite-B coated bedways on the mills, and extra wide vee and flat bedways on the SLX lathes.

The XYZ 2-OP is revolutionising the way in which companies can operate. This vertical machining centre, which also features the ProtoTRAK control system, is designed to be portable and allows companies to bring cellular manufacturing to virtually any machine shop. The cycle time savings resulting from using the XYZ 2-OP in this fashion are significant, with the additional benefit of freeing up more expensive machine tool capacity from doing pre- or secondary operation work and the maximisation of available labour hours. The XYZ 2-OP may be compact and portable, but it still has an impressive specification with axis travels of 355 mm by 305 mm by 455 mm (xyz), with a table size of 457 mm x 381 mm, a maximum table load of 250 kg, and rapid traverse is 15 m/min in all axes. Performance is enhanced by the use of a 3 hp (50 – 6000 revs/min) BT30 spindle that is supported by an eight-position toolchanger. All of this sits within a footprint of just 1220 mm by 760 mm.

For those looking at full CNC equipped machines, XYZ Machine Tools will display an XYZ 710 VMC vertical machining centre and an XYZ Compact Turn 52 turning centre. Across the XYZ VMC range there is a common feature of high quality manufacture, with features such as solid Meehanite castings and extra wide induction hardened box slideways with Turcite-B coatings adding to rigidity and performance. Standard specification of the VMC range includes an 8000 revs/min 20 hp spindle, with feedrates up to 20 m/min in all axes.

The Compact Turn 52 may be the smallest turning centre in the extensive range of CNC turning available from XYZ Machine Tools, with a footprint of just 1700 mm by 1450 mm in its standard form. However, it still provides a powerful machining platform thanks to its 5000 revs/min/20 hp spindle and axis travels of 185 mmm and 325 mm (X and Z), with rapid traverse rates of 20 m/min. Like all of the machines in the XYZ range, these turning centres benefit from a highly rigid and stable construction, with hardened and ground box slideways and solid meehanite castings for the major components.

(Above) The XYZ ProTURN SLX355 lathe features a 360 mm swing over the bed.

(Above) The XYZ Compact Turn 52 provides a powerful punch with a 20 hp spindle.

(Above) XYZ’s innovative 2-OP portable VMC.