Tongtai and You Ji Machines Win 2017 Taiwan Excellence Awards

Absolute Machine Tools, Lorain, Ohio, is the sole North American importer and distributor of Tongtai and You Ji machine tools.

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The Tongtai iTD 2000 YBC CNC Turning Center and the You Ji VHL-1200ATC series of vertical turning lathes have received prestigious 2017 Taiwan Excellence Awards. Absolute Machine Tools, Lorain, Ohio, is the sole North American importer and distributor of Tongtai and You Ji machine tools.

The Taiwan Ministry of Economic Affairs and Taiwan External Trade Development Council established the Excellence Awards program to encourage Taiwan industries to upgrade their products and incorporate innovation and value. An international panel of judges chooses winners based on consistent high scores in four criteria: R&D, design, quality, and marketing.

According to the announcement, the judges recognized Tongtai’s iTD 2000 YBC CNC Turning Center, debuted by Absolute Machine Tools at IMTS 2016, for its combination of new technologies and efficient machining processes.

Among the innovative features of the iTD 2000 YBC, as noted by Absolute Machine Tools, is its 75˚ slant bed design that allows chips to flow directly into the chip conveyor and also provides easy access to the spindles and turret. The machine’s 45mm roller-type ways are said to permit high rapid traverse rates, and high-torque 20 hp main spindle and 10 hp subspindle motors assure high productivity. With a full C-axis featuring live tools and X-axis cross travel of 9.05” (226.3 mm), Z-axis longitudinal travel of 23.6” (590 mm), and B-axis sub-spindle travel of 24.8” (620 mm), the iTD 2000 YBC can efficiently process a wide range of workpiece sizes. 

You Ji says it developed the VHL-1200ATC vertical turning lathe series to facilitate machining of workpieces with challenging shapes, such as those common in the aerospace industry. In addition to a vertical ram, each VHL machine also has a horizontal ram, which is said to simplifying access to difficult-to-reach machining areas and enabling use of shorter cutting tools that maximize rigidity and accuracy.