There wouldn’t be a machine shop in Australia, or throughout the world, that hasn’t heard of the UK-based 600 Group. And while that could be attributed to the global spread of digital communications, it isn’t the main reason.
It is that the 600 Group has been engineering and building world-class machine tools since the turn of the century. (The 20th century, that is!)
Over the past 130 years, the group and its subsidiaries around the globe have earned a reputation as trusted suppliers, by translating customer feedback into machine tools – and ancillary products – that meet industry standards for accuracy, reliability, and long life.
It is against this background of consistent excellence that the group – using the global brand Colchester Machine Tool Solutions – has launched the new Typhoon series of CNC turning centres – the L series, the B series, and the Twin Spindle series.
A stable of workhorses
The three new series have been engineered and built to meet current needs in the international marketplace, with design features driven by customer feedback from around the world.
Colchester offers these new models as a choice of either quick, low-friction linear (L series), or heavy-duty, box way (B series) turning centres – all available with variations of 2-axis, c-axis, sub-spindle, and y-axis functions in a range of bar capacities to suit all turning applications.
Additionally, the Typhoon Twin Spindle series can achieve up to 20m/min for the x axis and 25m/min for the z axis.
Paul Rushworth is Sales Director of Colchester Machine Tool Solutions. He says: “We have looked long and hard at our next generation of turning centres and the Typhoon range gives us everything and more.”
The Typhoon series was unveiled at this year’s huge MACH show at the UK National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, and attracted huge crowds to the company’s demonstrations.
Incidentally, MACH 2018 also gave workshop managers in UK and Europe the first glimpse of the Clausing MillPWR CNC turret mill, from the 600 Group’s company in the USA.
Typhoons in the Asia-Pacific
Also present at the Birmingham launch was Cliff Purser, 600 Machine Tools MD, who said: “We are delighted to see the three series in the Typhoon family become available for order by Australasian and Asian companies.
“These cleverly designed, well built turning centres are competitively priced, and bring to engineering workshops high levels of accuracy, flexibility, and reliability.”
Turning to spec
The three new turning centres have specifications that reflect their pedigree as members of the 130-years old family of Colchester lathes.
Highly accurate cutting is achieved through the one-piece cast base that incorporates FEM analysis. This helps to achieve an optimal structure to further enhance machine rigidity and stability.
The 30º slant-bed design has a low centre of gravity for easier swarf management and better ergonomics.
All Typhoon CNC Turning Centres are fitted with the latest Fanuc Oi-TF control system with Manual Guide i.
Purser said: “Comprehensive testing has shown that smart design married to CNC capability delivers exceptional cutting performance and highly accurate component finish – regardless of component complexity.”
He added: “The new Typhoon models have a full range of options to enable workshops to get the best out of machining challenges, from prototypes to continuous batch production.”
At the MACH show in Birmingham, the QA Manager of a major aerospace engineering workshop was overhead to comment: “This family of turning centres is well-named, because it will put the wind up rivals!”
From large to small
The new Typhoon family further enhances the comprehensive range of lathes and turning centres bearing the famed Colchester brand.
There are machines from simple to operate, budget-priced training lathes – such as the Student M300 for training apprentices – to the mighty Magnum LS/V800 with its six-metre bed and 30hp motor for heavy-duty applications.
Purser said: “Machines in the Colchester range have been at the heart of Australia’s engineering workshops – in-house and jobbing – since the turn of the last century.
“Since that time, each new family has addressed a specific need in Australia’s industries and, enhance by CNC, has fired the imagination and aspirations of product designers and component manufacturers.
“That is why it is rare to find an engineering workshop in Australia that has not had, currently has, or shortly will have a Colchester machine.”
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