Custom Machining Centers provide multi-axis solutions.

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FlexCenter FC350, FC450, and FC630 feature respective work cubes of 14, 18, and 25 in. and can be supplied with horizontal or vertical spindle and turret or basic platen. Model FC350 can be configured with 40-taper or HSK63 tool interface; FC450 with 40- or 50-taper, HSK50, or 63- or 100-tool interface; and FC630 with 50-taper, HSK63, or HSK100 tool interface. Machines feature centralized maintenance, vertical axis counterbalance with air recovery system, and CNC options.

Original Press Release:

SETCO FlexCenter Modules Provide Standard Solution for Special Machine Applications

CINCINNATI, OH (July 15, 2005) - SETCO wants to be your partner in building special machines with our standard Multi-Axis FlexCenter modules. Available in 3 sizes, FC350, FC450 and FC630, the FlexCenter is the perfect solution for applications looking for a reliable high-performance multi-axis module that can be easily integrated with a variety of dial, transfer line, and cell applications. Built from a standard building block design, the FlexCenter is offered in three sizes and can be provided in a variety of horizontal and vertical configurations.

FlexCenter modules are available with work cubes from 14" to 25", and offered with a horizontal or vertical spindle, horizontal or vertical turret, or a basic platen (flat mounting surface). As a standard module, these machines are not equipped with integrated CNC, but CNC options are offered.

The FlexCenter FC350 is the smallest model, featuring a 14" work cube and can be configured with a 40-taper or HSK63 tool interface. The FC450 has an 18" work cube and can be configured with 40 or 50-taper, HSK50, 63 or 100 tool interface. The largest standard FlexCenter features a 25" work cube and can be configured with 50-taper or HSK63 or HSK100 tool interface.

The FlexCenter is equipped with many standard features that competitors consider extra-cost options or do not offer at all. These include centralized maintenance, hardened ways with Trabon auto-lube, steel way covers, way and valley wipers, steel tubing for lube and air lines, vertical axis counterbalance with air recovery system, waterproof electrical enclosures, and more.

As options, to meet special application needs, the FlexCenter can be configured with linear bearing ways, extended travels, a choice of CNC control with standard control interface packages, a portable hand-held setup controller, and more. When the FlexCenter is equipped with an AirShield spindle seal system, SETCO provides a standard 3-year warranty against spindle bearing contamination.

For many suppliers, customization requires extensive special engineering and long lead times, which increase the price, but that's not the case with the MASTER/ SETCO FlexCenter, which is designed as a standard modular product.

Designed on Pro/Engineer, rapid modeling and prototyping has reduced the time to make parts from months to weeks, and weeks to days. Building a machine from a standard platform with pre-engineered modules lowers costs, enables custom configuration and extended travels with less custom engineering, and shortens lead-time to ship product.

All models of the FlexCenter can be configured with a variety of spindle and slide arrangements to meet horizontal and vertical machining applications. The FlexCenter's modular design allows components to be mixed and matched to provide the perfect amount of processing capacity for any application - making the FlexCenter competitive with other processing solutions.

SETCO Sales Company is a world leader in the design, manufacturing, and service of SETCO brand spindles, POPE brand spindles, WHITNON brand spindles, and MASTER/SETCO brand precision slides and multi-axis modules used in automotive, aerospace, construction, die/mold, cabling and winding, plastics, woodworking and general metalworking industries.

A new 16-page catalog detailing FlexCenter features, specifications and multi-axis modules is available on request. For more information about the how the FlexCenter can meet your toughest manufacturing challenges, contact the SETCO Sales Company, 5880 Hillside Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45233. Phone: 800-543-0470. Fax: 513-941-6913. Website:


Jeffry Caudill
Infusion, Inc.
513-651-3200, ext. 101

Mark Angne
SETCO Sales Company

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