March 09-13, 2018 Birmingham


From blank to finished gear shaft – FFG turning, gear making and grinding solutions at MACH

FFG presents a VDF Boehringer VDF 250 VT vertical turning center MACH 2018 in Birmingham UK

The Fair Friend Group will be presenting a VDF 250 VT vertical turning center from VDF Boehringer that can be easily integrated in flexible manufacturing cells for loading and unloading at MACH in Birmingham from April 9-13 at booth H6-360. It has a linear loading system that transports blanks and machined parts during primary processing time between the work area and the deposit stations allocated on the side of the lathe center independent of the main spindles and the tool revolvers. The compact design and optimized position of the loader in a free area between the sheet metal and the work area of the lathe make it possible to integrate further work steps in the loading and unloading process during the primary processing time. This concerns, for example, blowing away the chips of finished workpieces. As a result, the linear loading system ensures minimal cycle times. The work area is also accessible without restriction for operating personal for equipping the machine. For flexible integration of the VDF 250 VT vertical lathe in different automation solutions, the linear loading and unloading system can be optionally arranged extending out to the left or right from the machine.

The distinctly modular design of the VDF 250 The shaft machining center accommodates a wide range of applications. The upper and lower turning spindles, tailstock as well as the right and left tool revolver can be configured corresponding to individual requirements. The machine is designed to process slim shafts up to 640 mm in length with a diameter of up to 250 mm. Designed optionally with Y-axes with a -10 mm to +30 mm stroke length, the machine can completely process on the right and left tool revolver with up to 12 driven tools (12 kW, 20 to 9800 rpm). Liquid cooled motor spindles with drive power of 45 kW, torque of up to 340 Nm, 1500 rpm nominal and 5000 maximum rpm make it possible to process unhardened blanks on one hand and on the other hand, prehardened shafts.

The VDF 250 VT can be integrated into flexible production systems, covering the soft and hard machining of shafts entirely with FFG machines from the brands Modul for gear milling, MAG for cold forming and Tacchella for grinding. Such complete solutions offer comprehensive advantages for the operator. The specialists at FFG plan, design and optimize all operations. This ranges from individual production processes to post-processing, measurement and cleaning stations up to and including material flow in the production system. For this, they realize all required interfaces between the processing machine and automation. At the same time, customers benefit from FFG’s extensive expertise as well as decades of experience in connection with machining processes. The machine manufactures are significantly more reliable and faster than companies engaged externally and develop the required software for simulating and controlling the complex system. As a result, the operator has a sophisticated overall system with just one contact. This speeds up planning, implementation and commissioning. Experts from a single provider guarantee the high quality of all parts. Customers also benefit from qualified service with extensive knowledge of all integrated system parts at all times.

These solutions also comply with the requirements of industry 4.0. As coordinated with customers, the specialists at FFG realize individually coordinated data collection and analysis. The data makes it possible to subsequently control and (optionally) optimize processes on a self-actuating basis. Different internal and external interfaces supply data for analysis and assessment in connection with QA and calculating economic parameters.

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Hall 6 Booth 360

NEC – National Exhibition Centre
B40 1NT


Monday 09 April – Friday 13 April 2018

Show hours: 

Mon.-Thur. 09:00 – 17:00, Fri. 09:00 – 16:00


MTA – The Manufacturing Technologies Association