23rd September 2011
In 2008, having recognised an underlying demand, Monolution took the bold step to invest in their first CNC machining centre and have not looked back since. Now just three years on, 70% of all orders passing through the shop demand or benefit from the application of true 5 axis technology. In response to this welcome development, Monolution increased capacity to keep up with demand, purchasing a second machine in 2010 and are now about to take delivery of another two high specification VMC's which will give them a total of four, full 5 axis, simultaneous machines. These latest additions come in the form of two, Deckel Maho DMU 50's which will compliment and augment the DMU 100 & DMU 60 already fully utilised on advanced 3D machining. The DMU 50 offers travels of X500, Y450 & Z400 with a 630 mm rotary table that can tilt through 115 degrees. Rapid traverse rates of 24M/min combine with a 10,000 rpm spindle and a 16 station tool carousel to provide a highly productive and versatile tool. In common with the other installed machines this latest pair are both equipped with the excellent Heidenhain iTNC530 control. In addition to increasing overall capacity the rotating /tilting table design of the DMU 50 enhances the rigidity and accuracy , especially beneficial when machining some of the more exotic materials, or where more demanding tolerances are stipulated. To maximise throughput it is essential to avoid scheduling conflicts and overloading the 5 axis resources, but as roughing out and tooling operations are usually done on the 3 axis machines it is equally important to have adequate provision for this as well. Maintaining the correct balance between critical 5 axis and 3 axis CNC capacity will now be the key to our future investment plans.