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Iemca’s Next 25, an automation solution for multi-spindle lathes, is available from Kitagawa.

Combining simple operation and high performance, the compact, integrated loader accommodates 3 to 25mm-diameter round bars up to 3,100mm long, as well as square and hexagon profiles up to 21mm across flats.

Oil-filled guide channels hydrostatically support the bar as it rotates – eliminating vibration and enabling the production of high-quality parts up to the feeder’s maximum rated speed of 10,000rev/min.

Unlike other loaders, the Next 25’s design allows each channel to accommodate variations of up to 6mm in bar diameter, increasing equipment availability and minimising changeover downtime.

In operation, the Next 25’s brushless motor and worm-screw drive initially locate the bar against the lathe’s bar stop.

Final raw-material feeding is controlled by the machine tool, using either its feeding fingers or inbuilt bar-pulling capabilities.

Bar changes can be as fast as 6sec, depending on the lathe’s operating cycle, while Iemca’s snap-in system enables guide channel sets to be replaced in less than 2min.

The Next 25’s 220mm linear magazine capacity accommodates up to 20 off 11mm diameter bars – or equivalent – with fully automatic stock selection.

Changeovers to different-sized raw material are fast and simple.

The Next 25 incorporates a pair of sensors that alert the operator when the unit’s magazine is empty or down to its last six bars.

Manufacturers of the world’s most popular chuck, for over half a century the Kitagawa philosophy has been: to provide the manufacturing industry with a wide range of top quality products and maintain an uncompromising commitment to customer support and satisfaction.

Kitagawa Europe offers unparalleled ranges of Chucks, NC Rotary Tables and machine vises; the IEMCA range of short, long and multi-spindle barfeeders and the Automata gantry loader; Scandmist mist and dust filtration systems; together with the ability to provide customised workholding solutions and all backed by Kitagawa’s excellent warranty and service. 

Kitagawa the complete workholding solution.

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