Game-Changing Technologies: 5-Axis Machining Centers Maximize Performance, Increased Productivity

The days of spending five hours or more manually adjusting a CNC machine are gone, thanks to the arrival of the Okuma MU-6300 V-L Universal Center.

It’s a game changer for any CNC shop, and in this episode our partners at Homeyer Precision Manufacturing share their story on how 5-Axis changed their shop!.

Okuma MU-6300 V-L 5-Axis Machining Center: Thermal Stability Offers Cost Savings, Easy Operation

With bridge-style construction, the MU-6300 V-L provides access, rigidity, and thermal stability for today’s CNC machinist. 

Why is thermal stability important? It means operators will no longer have to chase dimensions all day long once they come into work, cut that first part, and then begin running the machine. 

Okuma’s concept for thermal-friendly design centers around three important priorities:

  • Dissipating the ambient temperature
  • Offering simple shapes that are symmetrical thick wall castings
  • Taking full advantage of high technology and control by using thermal couplings in the casting and in the spindle

The MU-6300 V-L 5-Axis gives operators game-changing technology that is fully integrated into the control and runs continuously in the background, freeing the operator to concentrate on tasks other than having to manage the control. The technology maintains an accurate work environment for the entire day, regardless of what the ambient temperature is within the shop environment.

This model offers operators a high-speed, high-accuracy with a trunnion table that translates into fast, accurate positioning for simultaneous five-axis cutting. The “A” axis offers dual-camera rovers. Axis “C” is direct drive. In lathe mode, it can spin to 800 RPMs with a maximum turning diameter of nearly 33 inches and a table weight capable of supporting 1,320 pounds anywhere on the surface.

Fitted with an HSK-100, 10,000-RPM, 35 horsepower spindle, the MU-6300 V-L 5-Axis may be paired with an array of other spindles ranging from 15,000 to 25,000 RPMs.

The MU-6300 V-L 5-Axis comes standard with OSP D300 SA. The “SA” stands for control multitasking, such as a virtual CAD model running inside the control that offers collision avoidance, preventing a machine crash. This model remains active in manual data input mode until the operator cancels it, protecting the machine tool from a potential mishap during setups and changeovers.

Two major features in the MU-6300 V-L 5-Axis’ control software are

1) A tool center point control for all 5-axis machining, and
2) Dynamic feature offset for the operator’s 3+2 machining needs. 

Operators may set their part up anywhere on the table, run the probing cycle, set their zeroes, and run the program, repeating it from part to part with no lengthy setup in between. Dynamic feature offset of the MU-6300 V-L 5-Axis allows programming and setting up from part zero, with no machinist intervention required.

Reducing setup costs and throughput to the shop is what the MU-6300 V-L 5-Axis is all about. Activating and canceling operations with a simple G-code, it doesn’t get any easier than that.

CNC machine tool users demand geometric precision, as tiny geometric errors can result in quality issues with finished parts. The MU-6300 V-L’s five-axis autotuning eliminates any shred of imprecision by compensating for any potential geometric errors through precise position measurements performed by intelligent technology.

Maximizing machine performance and increasing productivity is ensured by the MU-6300 V-L 5-Axis’ autotuning, which comes standard on this model. Not only does autotuning execute pivots, but it also performs straightness, squareness, roll, pitch, and yaw – equipping any operator with volumetric accuracy for the entire work envelope. It enables machinists to check their machine at install and health-check it at periodic points.

Adjustments to the MU-6300 V-L 5-Axis can be automatically performed in ten minutes rather than in five hours or more, which was long the scenario when done manually. It also requires a lesser skill level of any operator. A magenta light on the display will notify you when an issue arises that autotuning won’t be able to correct, notifying you that it’s time for a service call from an expert.

Safety, speed, pinpoint accuracy, thermal stability, and access. Okuma five-axis machining technology is a game changer for CNC machining center operations everywhere. 

Watch the full episode here: Latest in Okuma 5 Axis Machining – with Homeyer Precision Manufacturing

Learn more about how investing in five-axis machining can deliver ROI for your operation or connect with a Hartwig expert today to discuss integrating five-axis technology into your manufacturing environment.   

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