Advantages of vertical CNC lathe processing
In many applications, it looks like old-fashioned technology is the best way to make parts. Traditionally designed VTLs (vertical lathes) are an example of this type of technology. Although its basic form has been around for some time, VTL has not stopped developing. New versions of these machines incorporate many of the production technology innovations of horizontal turning centers.
Suitable for various castings
Foundries with machining capabilities and even outsourced foundries can benefit from vertical turning technology. In essence, the vertical turning center configuration uses a conventional lathe and fixes it to the end. This design provides many important production and cost advantages, and is particularly suitable for cutting various castings: brake discs, pump casings, aircraft parts, heavy equipment parts, energy field parts, etc.
Advantages of vertical lathes
Vertical lathes are large stamping machine tools, also known as vertical boring and milling machines (VBM). These lathes are not high-yield machines, but they are ideal for heavy and high power cutting of medium and large components.
An important advantage of VTL machines is the ease with which large, heavy workpieces can be set and fixed in place for processing. The advantage of any store using VTL is that gravity is an important factor in maintaining these parts. Only minimal hard clamping is usually required.
Vertical lathes that use spindles to load and unload themselves are increasingly accepted because of their multitasking capabilities that make them efficient machining centers for the production of clamping parts.
Vertical lathes provide machining shops for foundries, plus additional machining that can cut larger and heavier castings.
Indexable tool turret head distinguishes traditional VTL from VBM
In addition to the turret or punch, VTL machines are designed to use a rotary table to support the workpiece and use a bridge structure that carries the X axis. The ram strikes the X-axis guide and transports the cutter.
In terms of productivity, vertical turning centers often reduce cycle times because the shop can cut more aggressively.