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Entry Level Machining Centers offer 4+1 axis capabilities.
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December 17, 2013 - Comprising 3 models with Siemens 840D-SL control that can interpolate 4 axes simultaneously (4+1) as enabled by Combidrive amplifiers, U5 Compact series is designed to accommodate needs of manufacturers, subcontractors, and job shops. Smallest model, U5 620 Compact, is available with 24, 32, or 54 tools and intended for workpieces up to 500 x 500 x 500 mm. Features include 9,000 rpm BT40 or HSK spindle and linear rapid traverse of 32 m/min.
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Whitehouse Machine Tools Ltd
Princes Drive, Crackley Industrial Estate
Warwickshire, , CV8 2FD
United Kingdom



Entry-Level, 5-Axis Machining Centre for Under 100,000


Three entry-level, 5-axis machining centres were introduced by the German manufacturer, Spinner, at EMO 2013. Called the U5 Compact series, they are cost-optimised versions the established 620, 1520 and 2520 models that have been sold since the late 2000s.

Available in the UK through sole agent, Whitehouse Machine Tools, the machines lower the 5-axis investment threshold, extending this important technology to a wider variety of manufacturers, subcontractors and job shops.

The smallest model, U5 620 Compact, is priced from under 100,000. It is suitable for workpieces up to 500 x 500 x 500 mm and the specification includes a 9,000 rpm BT40 or HSK spindle and linear rapid traverse of 32 m/min. Versions are offered with 24, 32 or 54 tools, implying that this is less an 'economy' machine and more a fully-fledged, high technology production centre.

The Siemens 840D-SL control fitted to U5 Compact series machines can interpolate four axes simultaneously (4+1) for carrying out profiling of significant complexity. This is enabled by the new Combidrive amplifiers and is a key differentiator, as most entry-level machines on the market are restricted by having two positional axes (3+2).

Spinner plans to continue its development of this type of machining centre and establish itself as a major manufacturer. It will soon ship its 1,000th 5-axis machine.

On behalf of:
Whitehouse Machine Tools Ltd
Princes Drive, Crackley Industrial Estate
Kenilworth, Warwickshire, CV8 2FD
Tel: 01926 852725
Fax: 01926 850620
E-mail: timw@wmtcnc.com
Web: www.wmtcnc.com
Contact: Tim Whitehouse

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THE RIGHT IMAGE Ltd
PO Box 42, Twickenham, TW1 1BQ
Tel: 020 8891 0603
Contact: Chris Wright
E-mail: chris@therightimage.net
Web site: www.therightimage.net
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