Ajax An anniversary with 75 years of turning at the UK-show

Editor: Barbara Schulz

UK – At Mach 2016, Ajax will present its new line of Evolution 3 lathes and invite customers to celebrate its 75th anniversary.

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The Evolution can be programmed to enable small-batch production.
The Evolution can be programmed to enable small-batch production.
(Source: Ajax)

Among the exhibits will be an AJV550 machining centre and an interactive CNC-milling machine.

According to the company, the Evolution Series 3, that starts below £20,000 (€26,000), incorporates conventional turning, electronic cycle turning and full CNC turning, all in one machine. For the machinist, the Evolution offers electronic hand-wheels for turning with the control acting as a simple DRO measuring system. It can also be programmed by flexible electronic turning cycles, which are claimed to be suitable for small-batch production.

The operator, Ajax says, doesn't need to be CNC trained to use the electronic cycles and that short cycles such as multi-point profiles, tapers, radii, grooving and screw-cutting can either be conducted individually, via the intuitive Fanuc control screen or linked together to form a complete electronic program. Full ISO programming is also available on the Fanuc 0i Turn Mate control. Evolution AJEV180, the smallest in the range, will demonstrate its ability to provide an optional distance between centres of either 750 mm or 1 m with a 180 mm centre height and 360 mm swing over bed.

Available across the six models in the series are: lathes with a swing over bed from 360mm to over 1 m and a distance between centres of 750 mm to over 5 m; a spindle bore of 42 to 230 mm; spindle motors of 7.5 to 22 kW and bed widths of 250 to 500mm. The machines have fully enclosed guarding, CE marking, 8 station-tool turret, speed-range change and a new Fanuc touch screen control/ monitor.