Hardinge, EMAG Link in JV to Build Inverted VTLs.
The first machine went to Mach 2000, the British national show that ran last week. The partners are calling the inverted-spindle vertical turning lathes "Lean Machines." They'll be sold worldwide through both companies' sales and marketing networks.
EMAG president and majority owner Norbert Hessbrueggen sees the JV as a means to expand into markets where Hardinge is strong. For Hardinge, says its president Robert Agan, it means quickly establishing a presence in a rapidgrowth market, that of inverted-spindle vertical lathes, in which other builders like Okuma are expected to launch offerings.
The upside-down-machine design with the tool approaching from the bottom uses gravity to clear chips. In EMAG's version, with the chuck capable of some auto-loading, it's suited to production of small lot sizes and lends itself to hanging on more automation for high-volume manufacturing. The Lean Machine version is said to be a no-frills version with pricing at under $130,000.
Hardinge Inc., Elmira, N.Y. 607-734-2281.
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|Date:||Apr 15, 2000|
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