Dugard to Show Diverse Machine Range at Southern Manufacturing

Friday December 17 2021

Making its long-awaited return to exhibitions after the Covid-19 hiatus, Dugard Machine Tools will be introducing three machines at the Southern Manufacturing & Electronics Exhibition that takes place from the 8th to 10th February. On Stand J220 at the Farnborough International Exhibition Centre, Dugard will be demonstrating the diversity of its portfolio with a Kitamura vertical machining centre, a powerful SMEC turning centre and also a Hanwha sliding head turning centre. 

The Kitamura MedCenter5AX 5-axis vertical machining centre that will take centre stage at the Hampshire event is an extremely compact and versatile machine. With an X, Y and Z-axis travel of 254 by 330 by 330mm over a 170mm diameter table, the machine incorporates a 30 to 30,000rpm spindle with an HSK-E40 spindle taper that is connected to a 40-tool ATC that can change tools in just 1.5 seconds. Providing industry-leading tool to tool times, a rapid traverse of 60m/min and table rotation of 200rpm on the A and C-axis, this class-leading machine will certainly attract attention at the Southern Manufacturing event.

Kitamura Medcenter 5AX

With linear and rotary scales, 67 million pulse encoder technology and 16mm pitch ballscrews – the Kitamura MedCenter5AX is an extremely precise and productive proposition. With a positional accuracy of ±2 microns across the full stroke and repeatability of ±1micron, it is also one of the most accurate machines on the market.

From the extensive portfolio of turning centres, Dugard will be demonstrating one of its most popular machine tools – the SMEC SL2000ASY turning centre. Built upon the foundation of a single-piece Meehanite casting that is heavily ribbed with a torque tube design, box way slideways are used throughout the SMEC range, resulting in outstanding vibration dampening and thermal displacement characteristics. This combination permits powerful heavy-duty cutting that ultimately enhances surface finishes, tool life, component quality and productivity.

The extremely robust machine hosts a 6-inch chuck (8 inch optional) with a 650mm swing over bed capacity that allows a maximum machining diameter of 395mm and a maximum turning length of 490mm. This spacious work envelope ensures the robust workhorse caters for the diverse demands of the industry. The SMEC SL2000ASY has a bar capacity of 52mm (optional 68mm) and a powerful 18.5kW spindle motor that combine to enable heavy-duty manually loaded or automatically barfeed machining of relatively large diameter parts. For manufacturers that demand one-hit machining, the SL2000ASY also includes a sub-spindle.

For the machining of smaller turned parts, Dugard will have the compact Hanwha XD10 sliding head turning centre alongside the SMEC SL2000ASY.  As a relative newcomer to the UK sliding head sector, the Hanwha range from Dugard is already disrupting the market with its remarkably wide product range and flexibility. 

The Hanwha XD10 at the Southern Manufacturing Show will be driven by the recognised FANUC CNC interface with powerful Siemens control systems also available. The machine also incorporates the facility to rapidly switch from guide bush to non-guide bush operation. With a 10mm bar capacity and a 15000rpm 2.2/3.7kW main spindle motor that is complemented by a 10000rpm 0.5/1.1kW sub-spindle, the new Hanwha XD10 offers precision and flexibility to suit any small part turning shop.

The impressive Hanwha XD10 also incorporates a multitude of tooling configurations with 8 X 6 turning tools, four ER11 front spindle tools, four ER11M cross-drilling tools as well as four fixed and four driven sub-spindle tools. With the configurable tool platens and positions, the Hanwha XD10 offers fast set-up times, a spacious work envelope with plentiful operator access and most importantly, kinematics that position all tool stations close to the workpiece for unbeatable productivity rates.

If you want a closer look at any of these machines, come and visit Dugard at Southern Manufacturing 2022 on Stand J220 at the Farnborough International Exhibition Centre from the 8th to 10th February.  It’s a different stand from last year, slightly bigger so we can have even more machines on show.  Luckily our modular stand was designed by Quadrant2Design 4 years ago and we’re still using it! It’s had a couple of changes with the different shows we’ve used it at over the years and it always works brilliantly for us, for more info on them take a look at their website www.quadrant2design.com