CNC Machine Tools have GE Fanuc controls.

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Advanced family includes vertical machining centers and grinders. XV-Series 18-hp VMC has up to 1100 ipm rapid traverse rates on X and Y axes and rigid tapping standard. Model 4024 XV has 40 x 24 x 24 in. work envelope, making it suitable for use on 2 ft molds. XP-Series VMCs have traverse rates as high as 1,690 ipm, profile acceleration rates of 6m/sec², and dynamic thermal compensation. Also available is FGC 1000 Flexible Grinding Center.

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Bridgeport to Unveil New Product Group, Bridgeport Advanced at IMTS 2002

(Bridgeport, CT - June 2002) Bridgeport Machines will use IMTS 2002, booth A-8150, as the launch pad for the company's new range of CNC machine tools to be grouped under the name "Bridgeport Advanced." Anchoring the Bridgeport Advanced range of machines will be two new vertical machining center offerings, differentiated by value and performance.

Four new VMCs offer "best in class" performance at a competitive price. The new line is built in Bridgeport's ISO 9001 factory in Connecticut. Controlled by a Bridgeport enhanced GE Fanuc control, the BPT Mi and GE Fanuc drives, the new XV-Series (Xtreme Value) offers 18 hp, up to 1100 ipm rapid traverse rates on X and Y-axes, and rigid tapping as standard.

The new star of the XV line is the 4024 XV, offering a unique 40 X, 24 Y, 24 Z work envelope. Mold makers may find this machine particularly suited to their needs as molds in the U.S. are typically designed in two-foot patterns. Most competitive VMCs only offer 20 in the Y-axis, leaving 4 that cannot be reached by the tool.

For high performance applications, Bridgeport Advanced offers the XP-Series (Xtreme Performance) of VMCs. These are manufactured in Bridgeport's ISO 9001 factory in England. With rapid traverse rates as high as 1690 ipm, profile acceleration rates of 6m/sec² and dynamic thermal compensation as standard, these machines define high performance. The VMC XP utilizes hardened and ground tool steel slideways, matted to rigid cast iron frames and is offered with GE Fanuc 18 Mi, controls as standard.

Rounding out the offering from Bridgeport Advanced is the second-generation FGC 1000 Flexible Grinding Center. This machine has won an enviable reputation as a serious challenge to the time-consuming and labor-intensive standard multi-machine, creep-feed method of production grinding.

Bridgeport will also demonstrate advancements to its traditional solutions for metal removal in the form of milling, turning and grinding machines. Most notable will be a new Electronic Variable Speed head for the Series I Standard milling machine. This new head is the first major advancement for the famous milling machine in several years. Both the EZ Path lathe and EZ Trak mill boast new color, flat screen controls. And lastly, the new Harig EZ Surf XA grinder, which premiered at Westec 2002, will be on display, demonstrating its new software, which offers 0.000010 input resolution and 1-micron repeatability.

For more information, visit IMTS 2002 booth A-8150 in the South Hall, or contact David Barber at Bridgeport Machines, Inc. (203) 337-8337,

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