RK International Machine Tools is turning to a new standard for manual lathes with the arrival of its EUROPA eturn VS range of gap bed centre lathes. Featuring eturn Energy Management Technology (EEMT), the eturn VS lathes help to reduce energy consumption, particularly at times when the machine is stood idle. The system constantly monitors the machine and if a period of in-action is detected puts the lathe into sleep mode, switching off all unnecessary power consumption. A simple push of a button brings the lathe back to full operational activity.
In addition to its environmental advantages the EUROPA eturn range also packs an impressive specification, with an electronic variable speed spindle with Schneider frequency inverter ensuring optimum cutting performance. Transmission is via a Norton-type gearbox that delivers constant power and torque. Each machine in the range is also equipped with a Newall NMS300 two-axis digital readout for enhanced ease-of-use, and BISON was selected as a workholding partner allowing a 3-jaw scroll and 4-jaw independent chuck to be supplied as standard equipment.
There are eight machines in the range, starting with the compact Europa eturn VS330 with a 330 mm swing over the bed (510 mm in the gap) and either 750 mm or 1000 mm between centre distance. Spindle speed are totally variable between 40 and 2500 revs/min with two gear ranges to allow constant torque, Longitudinal feedrates are between 0.02 and 1.04 mm/rev, which also accommodate the machining of a wide range of metric and imperial thread types. The other machines in the Europe eturn range are the VS360, VS390, VS460, VS510, VS560, VS660 and VS760 with the number designating the swing over the bed. The larger machines in the range feature a three-range gearbox with maximum spindle speeds ranging from 2500 revs/min down to 1400 revs/min on the largest machine. Between centre distances across the range are from 750 mm through to 6000 mm dependant on which machine is chosen. All of the lathes feature a hardened and ground bed, while the headstock is equipped with high performance NSK heavy-duty taper roller bearings that will provide years of trouble-free running and DIN8605 toolroom accuracy standards.
“The addition of the eturn range to our Europa brand further enhances the offering from RK International Machine Tools. And the EEMT energy saving features will be a big bonus to customers who will typically be education establishments, toolrooms and small to medium production facilities, where machines are often left standing while other tasks are undertaken. The variety of machine sizes and bed lengths also means that there is a Europa eturn VS lathe for virtually every application,” says Simon Rood, Director and General Manager. RK International Machine Tools.
Europa eturn machines are now available for demonstration at RK International Machine Tools’ showroom facility in Erith Dartford from the summer of 2019 for delivery anywhere in the UK & Ireland.
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