Wednesday, September 6th, 2017
Citizen Machinery UK’s Annual Open House event being staged between 3 and 5 October will feature a pre-launch preview of Citizen’s latest generation Cincom D25 sliding headstock, a 10-axis CNC turn-mill centre, with new control, two gang and a back tool post plus B-axis with 59 tool capacity.
In addition, amongst 12 Citizen and Miyano machines to be installed at the showcase event will be the UK launch of the widely acclaimed Low Frequency Vibration (LFV) technology now available on the smaller capacity Cincom L12-VIIILFV. This additional model is the next phase of the machine tool builder’s programme to extend this production advantage across its product range following its UK launch on the L20 machine type during 2016.
Visitors to the UK headquarters at Bushey, Watford, will also be able to discuss face-to-face, confidential finance support to help with future investment plans involving machines from the Citizen Cincom and Miyano fixed head turn-mill centres ordered during the event.
The Cincom D25-VIII has a 135 deg B-axis incorporated within its first gang tool post for complex feature machining at both the main and sub-spindles and also features a Z-axis with the second gang tool post enabling simultaneous balanced cutting with the first gang tool post. (more…)
Thursday, July 27th, 2017
The development opens the metal cutting production process to producing burr-free holes as small as 0.2 mm diameter, produce features such as spiral cuts with 0.025 mm kerf width and maintain consistent and accurate radii less than 0.1 mm in corners of slots without any risk of tool wear or breakage. These can also be produced at a far faster rate than can be achieved by a separate EDM process, for instance.
The Citizen Cincom breakthrough opens new design concepts, in particular in sectors such as medical, electronic and micro industries where the speedy, accurate, highly flexible and reliable Citizen CNC sliding head machine can be integrated with the gains and advantages of non-contact laser operations. Laser cutting can offer quick and accurate ‘swarfless’ cutting, the minimisation of any chance of material deflection due to cutting force reaction and the highly precise production of special shapes and forms.
Monday, May 15th, 2017
Said Managing Director Jonathan Newis: “For us, the development of LFV has transformed our turn-milling operations so we can now confidently progress the business and operate the Citizen bar machine from pressing the start button rather than having to continually interrupt the cycle to clear troublesome birds nesting of plastics swarf.”
Mr Newis describes LFV as being especially effective on deep hole drilling and said: “We have totally eliminated any clogging of drill flutes. Previously we often had to set the machines with two or even three drills due to swarfing problems but we can now go straight to depth with a single tool and the flutes are completely clean.”
Friday, November 11th, 2016
Said Managing Director Geoff Bryant: “Waldmann is based about a mile from our offices in Bushey and is already a supplier to Citizen for its machine lighting. The company had taken a stand at MACH 2016 at the NEC in April when I recognised the name as I walked past. This coincided with our plans to upgrade our air conditioning and lighting at our headquarters and led to quotations and order placement very soon cheap cymbalta prescription after the show.”
Thursday, October 27th, 2016
The new machining development was demonstrated on the latest Citizen Cincom L20-VIII CNC sliding head turn/mill centre, is fully programmable and can be applied to processes including turning, facing, drilling and even thread cutting operations.
The patented process of Low Frequency Vibration cutting (LFV) took some three years to develop and was amongst the latest concepts unveiled and demonstrated to the 3,000 visitors from around the world at last year’s CFA85 Innovative Manufacturing Event staged at Citizen’s Japanese headquarters. This technology has also been recently demonstrated this autumn by Citizen at AMB in Stuttgart and BiMu in Milan where high levels of interest in the potential for its application were shown by visitors.
Tuesday, October 25th, 2016
As a result of the event, over £2 million of machine tool future investment orders were placed by visitors to the Bushey headquarters with some travelling from as far away as Scotland and Ireland and internationally from Denmark, Sweden, Germany and Portugal.
Said Sales Director Darren Wilkins: “We have often demonstrated how new machine tool technology reduces non-cutting time. However, this was the first time we have radically broken new ground in changing the machining process and the cutting of material. It has certainly created interest with us taking orders for machines with integrated LFV technology due for delivery in January and considerable longer term pre-order intent.”
Visitors were also able to view live demonstrations on some of their own components being manufactured on the latest Cincom L20-VIII using ‘programmable’ LFV technology to control chip removal on materials that are normally challenging to manage even with high buy generic cymbalta canada pressure coolant. Said Mr Wilkins: “Most visitors were able to appreciate the opportunity to remove or reduce the need for high pressure coolant as well as the potential advantage to increase productivity and reduce the cost of expensive consumable tooling.”
Added Mr Wilkins: “Many sliding head users immediately recognised the advantage of LFV in greatly improving the removal of swarf from the machining area and its help to reduce downtime as a result of damaged or worn tooling. As the vast majority of our customers run Citizen machines unattended they therefore welcomed the opportunity to extend their production capability and were enthusiastic over the ability to switch, as required, to suit the application between the ‘programmable’ chip control development and a conventional non-LFV machine.”
Luke Dealhoy of Gedore Torque drew the top prize of an Orange mountain bike fitted with high specification Hope equipment produced on both Citizen and Miyano machines installed in its factory in Bartnoldswick, Lancs. To qualify for the draw Mr Dealhoy remembered to bring along his token from his visit in April to the Citizen stand during MACH 2016 at the NEC. Meanwhile, Simon Lilley of S. Lilley & Son is now the proud owner of a new Citizen Eco Drive watch from the visitors card draw at the event.
Monday, October 24th, 2016
The patented process of Low Frequency Vibration cutting (LFV) took some three years to develop and was amongst the latest concepts unveiled and demonstrated to the 3,000 visitors from around the world at last year’s CFA85 Innovative Manufacturing Event staged at Citizen’s Japanese headquarters. This technology has also been recently demonstrated this autumn by Citizen at the European exhibitions of AMB in Stuttgart and BiMU in Milan where high levels of interest in the potential for its application were shown by visitors.
Cutting trials both in Japan and Europe have already demonstrated significant improvements to cutting efficiency, not only on exotic materials but also, on ‘difficult to chip’ ferrous and non-ferrous materials. In certain cases the need for integrated high pressure coolant systems and fume extraction has been reduced or even replaced, thus creating additional savings from reduced power consumption and improved set up times.
When LFV has been applied, it has led to forecasts that the productivity can be revolutionised when machining malleable materials, for instance, and especially plastics and copper which pose machinists with a constant challenge to maintain effective chip control.
Wednesday, October 5th, 2016
Said Managing Director Glenn Boydell: “We checked out the latest sliding head machines and important in our final decision to order the Citizen was our experience over the years of on-going support, backup and service from Citizen Machinery on our three existing machines, the last installed in 2011.”
Tuesday, September 6th, 2016
To help future investment plans, face-to-face highly confidential finance discussions will reveal to visitors, for instance, how a 20mm capacity machine can be financed from just £4 per hour and a 64mm production machine for as little as £12 per hour. And, visitors to the Citizen stand at MACH 2016 must not forget their show token to take part in the Open House draw to win an Orange mountain bike worth some £6,000.
Sunday, August 14th, 2016
The new L20 range is available with a standard 5-axis Type-VIII with 37 tool positions, a mid-specification Type-X has 44 tool positions plus additional flexibility created from a -Y2 axis for the back spindle. The high-end 7-axis Type-XII, has in addition a fully programmable swivelling 135 deg B-axis.
Our machines cover 1mm to 64mm and above. Fast to set, quick to changeover and easy to use our technology represents a sound investment. We invite you to take a look at our range.