The vertical pick-up lathes in the VL series represent a new machine concept from the EMAG Group: modular machines. Based on the extremely successful vertical pick-up system invented by EMAG, over 20 years of experience in machine solutions was utilized to develop this new machine model to comprise one of the most flexible and most effective manufacturing systems currently on the market.
The VL-Series from EMAG
28/04/2016 - Markus Isgro
Modular design reduces cost
With the aim to develop a system of modular machines ideal for use in the manufacturing of medium and large batch runs, one common feature of all the new EMAG modular machines is the shared basic, compact design. Their small footprint means reduced floor space costs and flexibility in machine layout (for example, Chaku Chaku or closed loop arrangement). Every VL machine features an integrated O-automation system for transporting workpieces on its left-hand side. When combined with the self-loading pick-up spindles, this automation concept ensures short cycle times and high productivity. To accommodate machine operators, all the service units are easily within reach, with various units (electrics, hydraulics, cooling system, cooling lubricant and central lubrication system) accessible at any time so that the machines can be maintained with ease. With low maintenance costs due to the use of standardized components, excellent accessibility, reduced floor space costs from the compact design, integrated automation and short cycle/idle times reducing the cost per piece to a minimum, the goal of EMAG modular machines is clear: cost saving without quality compromise.
The VL series vertical pick-up turning machines were specially developed for manufacturing precision chucked parts with machines available in 4 sizes to cover as wide a range of project sizes as possible. The smallest machine, the VL 2, is designed for chucked components up to 100 mm in diameter, with the VL 4, VL 6 and VL 8 machines increasing the size of the workpieces that can be handled by 100 mm each. With these options, the VL series covers a variety of workpieces and accommodates components up to 400 mm in diameter.
Each VL machine features a tool turret with up to twelve (driven) tools, which ensures short swiveling times and, therefore, falling cycle times for machining chucked parts. Furthermore, the lathes can be fitted with a Y-axis in the turret to allow for the machining of complex geometries to increase the possible fields of application for the VL product family.
The entire machine concept is based on maximizing component quality. The machine body is made of vibration-absorbing MINERALIT® polymer concrete. Together with the self-loading, high performance spindle, which completely eliminates clamping errors, these design elements ensure perfected machining. The vertical layout creates ideal chip flow conditions as chips naturally fall down and out of the machining area, bringing an end to time loss due to operators clearing nests. Every VL machine can be fitted with an optional measuring station located outside between the machining area and the pick-up station, allowing for integrated quality control. Measurement thus becomes a cohesive part of the process during transportation to the loading/unloading station, thus optimizing time while ensuring quality.
Modern manufacturing with VL machines
EMAG’s VL series of vertical pick-up turning machines are the perfect tool for reacting to the increased demands of the global market. The modular machines combine the latest manufacturing technologies with a smart design to ensure maximum productivity from every EMAG VL product. Regardless of the workpiece, the VL 2, VL 4, VL 6 or VL 8 enables you to manufacture top-quality chucked components using world-class technology at minimum part costs. Thinking about modern machining? Think vertical!