VM 9 – Low-Cost Production of Small Batches

04/20/2015 - Oliver Hagenlocher

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With the new VM 9 modular turning machine, EMAG has introduced a platform that covers a broad spectrum of applications thanks to the combined turning, milling and drilling technologies and intelligent machine design. The highly accessible machining area and workpiece spindle fitted at the bottom ensure short tooling times and maximum flexibility in the production of workpieces in small series.

The VM 9 vertical turning center is designed for the manufacture of individual parts and small production runs with a wide variety of parts. The heavy-duty foundation of the machine is made of a MINERALIT® polymer concrete column. The particularly good damping properties of Mineralit®, combined with the compound slide with the X- and Z-axes ensure excellent machining quality, high speed processes and short idle times. The main spindle provides the necessary power with a 83 kW rating and a torque of 990 Nm.

Flexibility for turning
Part of the large family of EMAG modular machines, the VM 9 is designed as a vertical turning center, combining a reliable design with an extensive range of equipment.  Designed to machine chucked components with a maximum diameter up to 450 mm, it features a tool turret which can be fitted with up to twelve tool positions, depending on the tool interface (BMT or VDI). The turret can, of course, be equipped with driven tools to carry out drilling or milling operations, for example. The integrated probe delivers absolute process reliability by ensuring continuous quality control of the workpieces. Thus, the VM 9 is thus extremely well equipped for a wide variety of production tasks, enabling it to produce a wide range of workpiece formats.

Ergonomic maintenance and loading
But the VM 9 does not just deliver excellent machining quality. The ergonomic design of the machines is perfect evidence of the decades of experience EMAG has with vertical turning machines. Both the machining area and all maintenance components are easy to access. “This is the really positive aspect of the VM 9 for our customers,” explains Georg Händel, Manager Technical Sales at EMAG Leipzig Maschinenfabrik GmbH. “It is a major advantage for customers who have to machine many different workpieces or various part families.”

With the VM 9, EMAG offers a new machine system for chucked parts suited to the production of a wide variety of workpieces in many different manufacturing scenarios thanks to its flexibility. Whether components for trucks, construction and agricultural machines or for mechanical and plant engineering, the VM 9 is ideal for practically every sector. The excellent accessibility to the machining area makes the machines an all-round solution for turned parts.

Benefits of the VM 9 at a glance:

  • Dynamic axes for short idle times and fast machining processes
  • All the service units are easy to reach
  • Axis monitoring by rotary, indirect absolute encoders. All axes with fully encapsulated linear glass scale (optional).
  • Generously dimensioned main spindle, maintenance-free spindle motors and rigid guideways
  • Machine body made of MINERALIT®, 6 to 8 times better damping properties than gray cast iron

Technical features
VM 9
Chuck diametermm450
Weight , max.kg300
Swing diameter over basemm650
Turning diameter, max.mm400
X-axis/Z-axis travelmm330 / 500
Main spindle
» Spindle flange to ISO 702-1
» Spindle bearing


140 / 160
Main drive unit
» Synchronous motor (40% duty cycle)
» Synchronous motor (100% duty cycle)
» Full performance from spindle speed of
» Torque (40% duty cycle)
» Torque (100% duty cycle)
» Speed


49 / 83
32 / 54
585 / 990
380 / 650
3,000 / 2,400
Feed drive
» Rapid-traverse rate X / Z
» Feed pressure X/Z


30 / 30
4 / 8
Disk-type turret
» Turret interfaces  
» Turret tool positions
» Torque of driven tools,
40% / 100%
» Speed of driven tools


VDI 40 / BMT 65
12 / 12

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