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February 27th, 2019 9:16 am | by admin

Mills CNC showcased its latest DVF 5000 high-performance simultaneous 5-axis machining centre at the show


Mills CNC has reported that its debut at Southern Manufacturing 2019 was extremely positive, with visitors impressed by the Doosan 5-axis machine tool and Doosan Robotics’ collaborative robot showcased at the event. This was the first time in the company’s history that Mills CNC, the exclusive distributor of Doosan machine tools in the UK and Ireland, exhibited at the event.

With business over the three days being described as ‘brisk’, Mills has announced that its attendance at Southern Manufacturing 2019 was successful with a significant number of machine tool and cobot leads and enquiries being generated. These are now being actively followed up by the company.

5-axis machining
Mills CNC used the event to showcase its latest high-performance simultaneous 5-axis machining centre to show attendees.

The DVF 5000, first launched by Mills at MACH 2018 has, since then, proved highly-successful amongst aerospace and medical component manufacturers, to name but a few. The machine delivers high precision, speed, flexibility and process reliability. It is equipped with a 17 kW/12,000 rpm direct-drive spindle (a 22 kW/18,000 rpm option is available), a generous-sized servo-driven tool changer (up to 120 tools) and the latest control technology from FANUC, Heidenhain or Siemens.

Other standard features include linear guides, a sophisticated thermal compensation system that mitigates against the effects of thermal drift and ultra-fast rapid rates (40 m/min) on the machines’ X-, Y- and Z-axes. The machines’ productivity can be further increased via an optional (8-pallet) automatic workpiece changer.

Tony Dale, Mills CNC’s technical director says: “The DVF 5000 is the latest addition to Doosan’s impressive 5-axis machine tool portfolio. Precision, speed, process reliability and flexibility accurately sum up the credentials of the new machine and explain why the machine was such a draw onto our stand.”

Collaborative robots
Southern Manufacturing 2019 was also an ideal venue for Mills to showcase a Doosan Robotics’ collaborative robot (cobot) to visitors.

At the end of last year Mills CNC signed an agreement with Doosan Robotics, part of the Doosan Group, to supply its range of advanced collaborative robot systems and solutions to UK and Irish manufacturers.

To help drive and manage its collaborative and industrial robot and automation business, Mills has created a new division, called Mills CNC Automation.

Tony Dale says: “There are four different collaborative robots in the Doosan Robotics’ range and at Southern Manufacturing 2019 we showcased the M0609 model, which has a 6 Kg payload capacity and a 0.9 metre radius reach, performing different pick and place tasks.

“Doosan Robotics’ cobots are versatile, easy to install and use, incredibly safe and competitively-priced. They are designed to perform a wide range of tasks and operations from CNC machine tool tending through to inspection and testing – and from assembly to packaging and palletising.”

The M0609 is the smallest cobot in the Doosan Robotics’ range. Models are available with a 15 kg payload capacity, others with a 1.7 metre radius reach.

All cobots are incredibly safe and feature 6-axis articulated arms with highly-sensitive torque sensors that can detect changes in force and/or minimal impact which causes them to stop.

As well as different capacity arms, all cobots are supplied with a state-of-the-art controller, a sophisticated Teaching Pendant and a number of options that include a dress pack, a water jacket and a mobile base unit.

Tony Dale concludes: “Visitor traffic to the Mills stand was steady over the three days. This was the first time we attended Southern Manufacturing Show and it will not be the last.”

Mills CNC Ltd
Tel: 01926 736736


Hurco to present machining solutions for simple and complex components at Southern Manufacturing

January 3rd, 2018 3:43 pm | by Rob

At Southern Manufacturing 2018, Hurco will present its machining solutions for simple and complex components.

David Waghorn, managing director of High Wycombe-based Hurco Europe states: “A modern-day subcontract engineering business must focus on the immediate order book, but at the same time has to keep an eye on the future. It is essential to be as flexible as possible and to be able to advance seamlessly to the next level of technology.”

His point is that the Hurco machine tool range is designed specifically to meet this demand. The same Max5 control is fitted to the simplest 3-axis machining centre, the high specification 5-axis machines and the firm’s entire lathe range.

Conversational prompts guide the user through the programming process, there are canned cycles for all the usual routines, calc-assist to find intersection points and clear graphical representation of toolpath and component on the 9-inch colour LCD screen.

Hurco customers gain the benefit of getting new operators up to speed quickly. They have no problems in producing one-offs or small volumes and tend to make less programming mistakes. The result, says David Waghorn, is a first-off completed part with a minimum of fuss and effort.

Hurco will be exhibiting two of its most popular and compact, entry-level machines at the show. The VM5i 3-axis machining centre will make its Southern Manufacturing and Electronics debut. The specification provides full machining centre performance, despite the machine being able to fit into a space that is less than 2 metres in height, depth and width. 8,000 rpm and 7.5 kW of power from the spindle plus a 16-station automatic tool changer are provided.

Additionally, the latest, updated XP version of the TM8i lathe will be shown. Already a Hurco best-seller, this new model boasts a more compact footprint and bigger spindle bore plus some innovative control system enhancements.

Hurco Europe
Tel: 01494 442222