Turning and machining centers can vary greatly in size depending on the area of application. Smaller machines include the turning centers in the Gofuture range from Carl Benzinger GmbH. They have been designed for industrial manufacturing companies that primarily produce small high-precision parts. The Gofuture machines bring together a variety of benefits, including a compact and stable design, opposed spindles for front and rear machining, and driven tools on a VDI25 tool turret with 12 or 16 stations. These benefits help manufacturers in numerous industries, such as medical and dental technology, watchmaking, jewelry, micro and precision mechanics and the automotive industry. Benzinger recently unveiled a new model in its Gofuture range, the B6, at EMO Hannover 2017.
Gofuture B6 is designed to enable manufacturing companies to specifically machine small, highly complex precision parts even more cost-effectively and productively in the future. To put this into practice, the B6 has been equipped with an opposed spindle positioned on X and Z axes, along with the upper tool turret, which can be moved in X and Z axes and, optionally, in the Y axis. An additional, lower VDI25 tool turret with 12 stations is fixed onto the inclined bed. It can also be equipped with a Y axis, thus enabling simultaneous machining. Tools in the lower turret machine a part that, after transfer, is picked up in the opposed spindle on the rear while the next part is already being machined in the main spindle with tools in the upper turret. This process cuts machining times by up to 40 percent compared to sequential machining.