When we talk about Sliding Head turned components there are typical types that lend these to be machined on this type of CNC Machine. The three major characteristics are close tolerances, long component lengths and small diameters not suited to Fixed Head machines. Due to the concept of the sliding head lathe it is possible to achieve a higher-quality surface finish. This is specifically important on components that have sealing grooves and faces such as hydraulic and pneumatic industries. A poor finish could result in a defect product which does not function in the correct manner.
Small Diameter Machined Components
These small-diameter turned components are focused at industries such as fastener, electrical and medical in addition to automotive. Subsequently, tolerances can be very tight but achievable by use of a guide bush to support the bar stock. The guide bush makes it possible to turn long workpieces which is ideal for components such as shafts and spindles. Engineering studs also are ideal work for a CNC Sliding head machine when close tolerance threads are required.
Sliding Head turned components tend to be of medium/large volume due to the machining process and speed of the machine. Alternatively, it is possible to undertaker smaller batch work due to the flexibility of the machine tool in quick setup times. This minimises machine down-time thus increasing profitability. Low-volume batch work is well suited to machined components from harder materials such as stainless steel and alloy steel. These components are generally more complex and have longer machining times per component.
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