CNC machined shafts and pipe components continue to be in high demand and are widely utilized in various devices and systems utilised in everyday life around the world.

However, these demands bring various challenges to part manufacturers. Quality specifications are becoming more stringent, material and labour costs are rising, and delivery times are shortening. To meet the rising demands, machine shops must evolve and go beyond standard practices.

Example:

One of our customers, a renowned manufacturer of precision components, specializes in the production of long shaft and pipe components for a wide range of industries, including aerospace, energy, transportation, and machinery.

Challenges:

  1. Quality Specifications: CNC machined shafts and pipes components used in the oil and gas, aerospace, and energy industries must meet stringent industrial specifications to ensure safety, reliability, and performance. Oil and gas components machined out of tough materials must be highly precise to withstand extreme pressures and corrosive environments. Aerospace components require exceptional accuracy and consistency while components for the energy industry must endure harsh operational conditions.
  2. Complex Geometries: To achieve dimensional accuracy and surface finish for long shaft and pipe components often require using the right CNC machines, optimizing machining processes and techniques.
  3. Varied Materials: Different industries demand long shaft and pipe components made from a variety of materials. Every material has its own distinct properties and machining challenges.
  4. Machining Performance: To optimize machining performance and ensure consistent quality for machining long shaft and pipe components of varying sizes, shapes and materials.
  5. Production Efficiency: To optimize machining processes and to achieve targeted lead times to meet customers’ demands and maintain a competitive advantage.

Solution:

Use the right CNC machine to address the stringent industrial specifications and the various challenges required for CNC machined shafts and pipe components in the oil and gas, aerospace, and energy sectors.

Our Customer invested in Hwacheon Horizontal Turning Center Hi-TECH 650BXL equipped with Y-Axis and MC function for its superior performance in machining long shafts and pipe components.

  1. Hi-TECH 650 is designed to meet the rigorous demands of these industries, providing superior accuracy, consistency, and the ability to work with a wide range of materials, including those that are difficult to machine.
  2. Multi-axis machining capabilities, live tooling, and programmable built-in tailstock functionality, allowing turning, milling, and drilling operations in a single set up.
  3. Solid slant bed casting combined with a flat-bed structure increases rigidity and stability in powerful cutting, particularly when operating with Y-Axis.
  4. Large diameter ball screws support large depth cutting.
  5. Wide guide surfaces maintain rigidity and precision even during prolonged machining.
  6. Pocket for long boring bar avoids interference between cover and tool.
  7. Hwacheon Software enhance performance of processes with tool load detection, work / tool counter management, lathe calculator function and vibration control system.

Hi-TECH 650

Results:

The integration of Hi-TECH 650BXL and advanced machining techniques yielded significant benefits for our Customer.

#1 Improved Performance

Horizontal Turning Center Hi-TECH 650BXL is equipped with multi-axis machining capabilities for turning large shaft type applications and complex parts which require OD & ID as well as threading, milling, drilling, and tapping operations. From standard steel to modern tough materials such as Inconel, titanium and stainless steel, the flexibility and multi axis machining capabilities of Hi-TECH 650BXL reduces cycle times and increased productivity, resulting in shorter lead times.

#2 Consistent Quality

High quality machine components and built, advanced machining software, suitable tooling, and CAD/CAM integration ensured tighter tolerances, superior surface finishes, and compliance with the stringent specifications of aerospace, automotive, and energy and diverse applications.

#3 Diverse Market Reach

The flexibility and capability of Hi-TECH 650BXL enable our Customer to produce high quality long shaft and pipe components for diverse applications which strengthen and diverse its competitive advantage.

#4 Cost Savings

By optimizing machining processes, reducing lead time and human errors, our Customer achieved significant cost savings and quicker returns on investment for its CNC machines and technology.

Hi-TECH 650

Horizontal Turning Center Hi-TECH 650

Hwacheon Horizontal Turning Center Hi-TECH 650 is available in A (15” chuck) and B (21” chuck) versions, and with short to extra-long bed. Big bore version is also available upon request.

Hi-TECH 650’s standard, variations and options are wide and flexible and can be utilised in practically all industries and applications. Key features:

  • ✔ High performance spindle: Max torque A version: 3,071 Nm / B version: 4,108 Nm
  • ✔ Powerful milling function: Max torque: 95.5 Nm (opt.: 140 Nm)
  • ✔ Maximum cutting diameter: 620 mm
  • ✔ Maximum cutting length: 3,208 mm
  • ✔ Solid box guide ways in all axis
  • ✔ Helical interpolation is included as standard
  • ✔ Wide disc turret (opt.) enhances machining performance by using long boring bar

Summary

The successful integration of Horizontal Turning Center Hi-TECH 650BXL and machining techniques in its production emphasizes the impact of advanced technology in long shaft and pipe component manufacturing. By utilizing the right CNC machines and addressing the key challenges, our Customer achieves higher levels of quality, surface finishes, part tolerances, and enhanced competitiveness across various industries.

Contact us for more info or for an estimate enquiry@hwacheon.com.sg