VERNON HILLS, Illinois – At Fuji Innovation Days 2020 in November, Fuji Machine revealed its latest innovation in automation - the GYROFLEX Ultimate Multitasking Machine. According to Fuji, the GYROFLEX offers the flexibility to meet a variety of production demands, from low production volume and parts prototyping to high-volume and high-mixed production. A single GYROFLEX requires reduced setup and changeover times and completes complex parts efficiently and accurately, the company says.
The machine’s integrated Fuji-built LX-40 3-axis gantry robot enables unattended operation and fast parts handling. The hydraulic robot chuck provides stable clamping and workpiece handling using minimum space due to its thin-type double hand design. Programming for complex parts and process combination are made possible with an ESPRIT 3D CAD/CAM system. In addition, a chip disposal system enables non-stop production.
The GYROFLEX’s opposed twin spindles are positioned on z-axis slideways with 960mm of stroke. Equal in size and capability, each spindle is capable of performing the same operations (OP-10A/10B). The z-axis slide moves at high speeds to reduce loading time to the second spindle.
A milling tool spindle, mounted on rigid x and y axes box way slides, allows for various types of machining by accessing both z-axis spindles and swinging up to 190 degrees. Milling tool spindle speeds reach 12,000 rpm with a 15 HP spindle motor. A 15-station live tool turret, also positioned on highly rigid x & y axes box way slides, offers indexing times of 0.4 sec. and spindle speeds of 4,000 rpm max. with a 6 HP spindle motor.
The GYROFLEX ATC rapid tool change time is 4 sec., maximum tool diameter is 130mm, tool length is 300mm and tool weight is 8 kg. Fuji’s GYROFLEX features a 40-tool ATC and a Fanuc 31i-B Plus controller. The machine footprint is 5000 x 3000mm (16’5” x 9’10”) and height is 3530mm (11’7”).