Screw Machine facilitates collet and guide bushing changes.

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Enhancements to DECO 20a and 26a include new pocket door opening that allows easier access to work area from both front and top. Secondary window opens just above control unit for easy access to the main spindle. Enhancements to TB-DECO software permit faster program generation and data transfer to machine, and more automated functions, such as tool collision checking and geometry help screen. Other improvements include larger coolant tank and new parts gripper.




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Tornos to Exhibit Single Spindle Automatic with New Guarding and Latest Generation Software at IMTS 2002



(Brookfield, CT - June 2002) IMTS visitors can learn more about how Tornos has made refinements to its larger machines in its DECO 2000 series. The DECO 20a, with bar capacity up to 20mm diameter bars (25.4mm optional), and the 26a, with 26mm bar capacity (32mm optional), have both been modified. The company will demo the DECO 2000 26a model at IMTS 2002, booth A-8242.

A new cabinet design encompasses more than just sleeker sheetmetal and graphics. The new left-to-right pocket door opening allows even easier access to the work area from both the front and top. In addition to the main door, there is a secondary window, which opens just above the control unit for easy access to the main spindle. This extra entry way facilitates collet and guide bushing changes. Tornos' engineers have also increased the coolant tank size for an extra 20 liters of coolant. They also designed a new parts gripper with fewer moving parts, which requires less positioning adjustment.

The company's patented, TB-DECO software has also been enhanced, permitting faster program generation and data transfer to the machine. The latest version also boasts more automated functions, such as tool collision checking and a geometry help screen. Further, the navigation from screen to screen and function to function is more user-friendly.

The DECO 20a and 26a are offered with up to 12 axes. These multiple, independent axes allow up to four tools to cut simultaneously. The 20a provides up to 10,000 rpm spindle speeds powered by a 5.5 kW motor. The 26a machine offers up to 8,000 rpm spindle speeds with a 7.5 kW motor. Both can be equipped with Tornos integrated bar loaders.

The DECO 2000 concept, which was introduced to manufacturers in 1996, is truly revolutionary in that it offers the speed and productivity of the old cam-style Swiss type screw machines and the flexibility and precision of CNC. Many traditional screw machine shops have embraced the DECO technology. Tornos also sees the trend of general machine shops producing small complex parts and realizing the productivity benefits from the DECO technology.

For more information, visit IMTS 2002 booth A-8242, or contact Tornos U.S. Corporation, (203) 775-4319, contact atormosusa.com, www.tornos.ch.

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