VMC Features User-Friendly Improvements

Hardinge’s fully digital Bridgeport Conquest V480 APC E Series vertical machining center features a user-friendly Mitsubishi M70 control with a 10.4" LCD.

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Hardinge’s fully digital Bridgeport Conquest V480 APC E Series vertical machining center features a user-friendly Mitsubishi M70 control with a 10.4" LCD. Improvements over the previous GX 480 APC include an improved sheet metal design that provides improved coolant containment and easier chip removal; a relocated operator panel for easier setup; and an improved automatic toolchanger (ATC) with faster toolchange times and an auto-ATC recovery function.

 The VMC offers a rapid traverse rate of 1,417 ipm in the X, Y and Z axes; and acceleration rates of 6 m/sec.² in X, 4.6 m/sec.² in Y and 3.75 m/sec.² in Z. XYZ travels are 18.9" × 15.8" × 16.9" (480 × 400 ×430 mm). Options include 12,000- and 15,000-rpm spindles, through-spindle coolant at 280 psi, air blast, fourth-/fifth-axis prewiring, spindle chiller, chip conveyor and more.

The automatic pallet changer (APC) also has been redesigned to allow for heavier loads. The previous model could accommodate 254 lbs (120 kg), while the V 480 APC features a 440-lb (20-kg) capacity. The new APC also provides 4,850 lbs (2,200 kg) of pallet clamping force as compared to the previous 3,300 lbs (1,500 kg).