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Configuring tools for multi-tasking compound machines

When configuring tools for a multi-tasking machine, it’s important to consider how to get the most out of its hourly output. The benefits can be fully exploited if a balance is struck between the available machine motion/orientation capabilities and tool capabilities. The machine positions the tool more directly onto the cut, which means shorter or longer tools can be used to machine parts of the machine workpiece that are difficult to reach and require special tooling solutions. Increasing attention has been paid to this issue when developing new cutting tools.

When equipping multi-tasking machines with tools for turning and boring operations, it is worth considering the following points:

1. Changes in feed and tool path and the versatility of the tool should be evaluated;

2. Dedicated multi-tasking tools can often make better use of the potential of machine tools;

3. The tool should ensure that it does not interfere with the spindle or fixture when it arrives;

4. The tool should be able to be processed on two spindle boxes at the same time;

5. The tool should be available for four-axis machining from the lower tool turret;

6. Multi-edged tools should be considered to reduce tool changing time;

7. The contour milling process should be carried out by combining B-axis turning with X- and Y-axis cutting;

8. Boring bars with flexible cutting heads should be used for internal cutting;

9. Anti-vibration tools should be included as optional accessories to provide high-quality deep hole machining capabilities.

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