Technical Equipment to Hold Automation-Focused Machine Tool Open House

Hwacheon HiTech450 Horizontal Turning Center

In today’s competitive environment, manufacturers know they should automate but they need to understand how. This open house is intended to show them some options.

Technical Equipment will hold an open house at its Brecksville, OH location in May, giving local manufacturers a chance to see cutting demonstrations on several of the latest machine tools from leading builders.

The company, which celebrates its 65th anniversary this year, provides sales, service and support for Hwacheon, Makino, Hermle, Murata and Tsugami machine tools throughout Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky with additional support for Hwacheon users in Michigan.

The open house will focus on automation, Technical Equipment Sales Manager Joe Petkovic said. “People often think of automation as just a means of reducing part handling,” he explained, “but it accomplishes so much more. When you add robotic loading and unloading you increase the versatility of a machine.”

A prime example is the new, next generation Tsugami B0205-III Swiss style CNC Lathe, one of five Tsugami models that will be on display. The 20 mm, 5-axis machine will feature integrated robot loading and unloading systems. “The loading systems allows operators to load shaped, headed blanks or pre-machined shaped parts,” Petkovic said. “The unloading robot facilitates parts washing, gaging and palletizing. Robotic integrations like these increase the machine’s flexibility.”

The focus on automation will continue with the introduction of the new M08SY-II with Gantry, also from Tsugami. The robot-fed multitask lathe comes equipped with a parts conveyor and catcher. “This machine allows users to machine finished parts from slug stock…

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