Five things you should know about the FlexCNC Vertical Machining Center

The FlexCNC is a vertical machining center offered by Flex Machine Tools. Below are five of the many features that set this machine apart from other vertical machining centers.

1) Zero Weight Restrictions

Operators rely on the table for part mobility on a standard vertical machining center, limiting the maximum table load. On a FlexCNC, however, the spindle moves instead of the bed. This allows operators to work with materials or parts of any weight or size.

2) Open Bed for Easy Loading and Unloading

Traditional vertical machining centers require the operator to reach into the machine to load and unload parts. The open bed on the FlexCNC makes loading as simple as bringing the part over to the top of the machine and setting it down. Heavy parts are quickly loaded and unloaded with a crane or forklift.

3) Large Customizable Bed Sizes

The FlexCNC ranges in size from 10 ft to 50 ft. In addition to the standard sizes, we can also build custom sizes to fit your machining needs.

4) Pendulum Mode

Pendulum mode allows more than one part to run at a time. While the machine runs on one end, the operator can be on the other, refixturing the next part. This process allows the machine never to stop running and eliminates downtime for the operator. The laser scanners also prevent operator injury by slowing down the gantry or stopping in altogether when someone gets too close.

5) State of the Art Controller

The motion control system on the FlexCNC is the most state of the art controller available, giving the user the capability and flexibility for most machining applications, big and small. The FlexCNC controller is easy to use and is comparable to standard commercially available controllers like the Fanic31i

For more information on the FlexCNC Vertical Machining Center and its features, visit https://flexmachinetools.com/flexcnc/

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

25 DAYS OF SAVINGS

We're counting down the savings with huge discounts on the FlexCNC C-20-02.


Act Fast to Get the Best Deal!

Standard Features

  • Hand Pendant
  • 22″ Touch Screen Monitor
  • Omron FlexCNC Controller
  • Mobile Control Panel
  • Through Spindle Coolant 
  • Auto Tool Changer 
  • Flood Coolant
HP
Max RPM
FT/LBS
Series

18

4000

92

C-20-02 / C-10-02

18

6000

61

C-20-02 / C-10-02

33

12000

61

CM-20-02

Auto Stand-Off – This is currently defined to be surface stand-off and not to be confused with vector stand-off in 5-axis mode. The current auto stand-off is based on a changing surface and will adjust vertically based on the angle of the “A” Axis, so there is five (5) axis taken into account during the calculations, but this is not the same as the tool vector stand-off. There is the ability to do the vector stand-off change while the machine is running manually with buttons on the screen.

Z-Reader Probe – The Z-Reader is a device for mapping the location of the surface. It can be controlled manually & programmatically. The option is NOT active while cutting & is retracted out of harm’s way. It can be triggered to verify the surface at every pierce before the cutting process starts, or it could be used to drive surface mapping of the whole part before cutting starts. It begins with initialization or zeroing of the device to the surface at the beginning of a program and then accumulates or tracks the difference from that zeroing effort.

Automatic Edge Finder – The edge finder is or can be utilized manually (Jogging Method & Screen Buttons), programmatically (M & G codes), or fully automatic routine (dedicated program). This option sets offsets & program rotation to match the orientation & location on the cutting table.

AC Unit Installed on Electrical Cabinet – The unit is mounted on the cabinet’s High Power (480v) side. It is close to the location where the drives are mounted. This option keeps the cabinet temperature stable and allows heat dissipation faster. The servo drives for all axes are the most significant contributors to heat inside the electrical cabinet.

5-Axis Renishaw CalibrationThe calibration unit is a Renishaw model APCA45 with a modified spherical stylus. The device has a retractable cover and air purge to clear debris & dust during the activation process. It mounts to a swing arm controlled by a pneumatic rotary, so it is out of the way during regular operation and swings into the calibration position for calibration only. 

HP
Max RPM
FT/LBS
Series

18

4000

92

G-20-06 / G-10-06

18

6000

61

G-20-06 / -10-06

40

4000

217

GM-20-06 / G-20-06 / G-10-06

40

6000

145

G-20-06 / G-20-06 / G-10-06