Vertical turning center for optimized output.
Who: EMAG (emag.com)
Important to note: The nickname of the VL 2 P is the "Nebenzeit Killer," or, "Idle Time Killer." Because the objective of the design was to minimize any time that the machine isn't cutting metal. There are two spindles that are setup so that when one spindle is machining one side of the workpiece, the second spindle loads itself so that the new raw workpiece is ready to go. The turret then goes over to the second workpiece. Explains Dr. Guido Hegener, managing director of EMAG Salach Maschinenfabrik, "Changing workpieces on this machine is unbeatably fast, owing to the fact that the traverse between work spindle 1 and work spindle 2 is minimal. The time needed to load and unload the workpiece runs parallel to the cycle time and therefore has no influence on chip-to-chip times."
Pertinent data: The machine is designed to handle parts with a diameter of up to 100 mm (it uses a 160-mm diameter chuck). There are two spindles located to the left and right of the machine base and are used for the Z-axis movement.