The phrase “Work smarter, not just harder” takes on new meaning as Gosiger helped convince Okuma to apply the company’s vaunted THINC system to the Hardinge-built Bridgeport VMC GX 1000. This enhanced version is named VMC GX 1000 OSP.
The idea is to make this rugged, affordable, Vertical Machining Center (VMC) with optional rotary 4th axis even more productive and versatile, while providing a common control system for Okuma machine users who need a value-priced VMC. It’s an idea that has taken off as customers recognize the uncommon value this marriage of technologies represents:
- Maximum feed speed increases to 1417 ipm (36 m/min) from 392 ipm (10 m/min) along with faster and more precise acceleration and deceleration.
- Greater machining accuracy enables efficient production of more complex parts.
- Increased power allows machining of harder alloys to 60 Rockwell.
- Digital THINC system reduces processing time from control to tool from up to15 milliseconds to a mere 3-5 milliseconds for faster throughput.
- Simplifies part programming with on-board capability, and increases program storage to 2 GB.
- Priced at less than $100,000, the VMC GX 1000 OSP represents outstanding value.
Adding the THINC control system to this VMC includes installing high torque brushless servomotors and amplifiers to enable maximum responsiveness with dynamic braking. These overload-protected motors are fully enclosed to operate efficiently even in severe environments and never require brush replacement, so they are virtually maintenance-free.
There are many other ways this new configuration can help manufacturers be more efficient and profitable. For all the facts, checkout the white paper.