XYZ Machine Tools will be using its attendance at the upcoming EMO show (Hall 27, Stand A10) to further develop its existing group of European distributors. The European market is playing an increasing role in the sales of the Burlescombe, Devon-based business, with sales across continental Europe showing good growth.

“Our attendance at EMO will provide our existing distributors an opportunity to bring customers along to see the latest developments in our range, including the recently introduced LR range of vertical machining centres. It will also be an ideal showcase to talk to new potential distribution partners as we look to increase our presence and develop new business across Europe,” says Howard Bamforth, Export Sales Director, XYZ Machine Tools.

The past few months have seen record-breaking sales into Europe by XYZ Machine tools and the attendance at EMO will help to consolidate and further build on that activity. On display will be a cross section XYZ’s machines including ProtoTRAK controlled mills and lathes, through the innovative XYZ 2-OP portable VMC to CNC turning centres and the new VMC 750LR vertical machining centre.

The XYZ SMX 3500 ProtoTRAK bed mill

The XYZ SLX 425 ProTURN lathe

Specific machines being shown are the ProtoTRAK SMX 3500 bed mill featuring a 3.75 kW (40 – 5000 revs/min), 40 ISO spindle, and axis travels of 787 mm by 508 mm by 500 mm (XYZ) alongside the popular SLX 425 ProTURN lathe, which is available with either 1250 mm or 2000 mm between centre distance, with a swing over the bed of 480 mm. Power is provided by a 7.5 kW (25 -2500 revs/min across three ranges) spindle and comes equipped with three jaw chuck, air assisted tailstock and quickchange toolpost as standard. Both machines are controlled by the industry leading ProtoTRAK conversational control system. These controls are designed for ease of use making them ideal for small batch and prototype work. They are also compatible with offline programming systems to allow use of DXF or parasolid files or G-code from CAM systems.

The XYZ 2-OP portable vertical machining centre

The XYZ 2-OP enables users to rethink how they use machines and maximise available spindle time. Its compact design and portability allows it to be positioned anywhere in the machine shop, creating machining cells where they are needed. Its capability also means that it can be used as a stand-alone machining centre as well. When used as designed in a machine cell cycle time savings can be significant. While the XYZ 2-OP may be compact and portable, 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.

The XYZ CT65 turning centre

The Compact Turn CT 65 combines the latest technology and great capacity in a small footprint, matched by an extremely competitive price, making it ideal for sub-contractors who can pair it with an XYZ vertical machining centre to provide a versatile, cost-effective, machining package when compared to investing in high cost lathes with Y-axis and live tooling. The CT 65 is highly specified with standard items often seen as options on competitor machines, such as hydraulic chuck, 12-station VDI turret, Renishaw tool setting, swarf conveyor and tailstock, 15 kW (4500 revs/min) spindle and 65 mm bar capacity. Control is provided by the latest Siemens 828D ShopTurn conversational control whose ease of use make it ideal for novice and experienced CNC users.

The XYZ VMC 750 LR vertical machining centre

Completing the display is the recently introduced VMC 750 LR vertical machining centre. The three machine range consists of the XYZ 500 LR, XYZ 750 LR and XYZ 1000 LR with the designation relating to x-axis travel. The impressive specification of the LR range includes use of the latest Siemens 828D control, with the option of the ShopMill Advanced software package, a standard 8000 revs/min spindle with 10,0000 revs/min or 12,000 revs/min spindles as options across the range. Other generic specifications include feedrates up to 20 m/min in all axes and 12 or 20 position carousel toolchange as standard, dependant on machine size, with the option of a 24 position arm type on the two larger machines. Table capacity is 250 kg, 500 kg and 800 kg respectively. The use of linear rails on an XYZ machine for the first time is a result of developments in that technology that make them compatible with XYZ’s stringent performance criteria. As a result customers have a lower cost entry point into CNC machining centres, but with the confidence of XYZ’s backing and reputation in the market.