THONI ALUTEC: Two high speed Horizontal 5-axis machining centers for India and Poland
7 May 2020
THONI ALUTEC is a world renowned manufacturer of aluminium parts. A couple of years ago, they started to look for two machining centers to produce aluminium components in its plants in India and Poland. After sounding out the market, they finally entrusted JUARISTI with the production of both solutions.
THONI ALUTEC is a Polish multinational dedicated to the production of aluminium parts for the medical, robotic, energy and railway industries. It has several production plants in Mexico, India and Poland.
The two latter countries are among JUARISTI’s main markets, where the brand has achieved greater penetration. That’s why when Thoni Alutec started browsing the market to equip its Polish and Indian factories with two multifunction centers, it ran across numerous references from satisfied JUARISTI customers.
After weighing what was available on the market and seeing some of JUARISTI’s solutions in action, the company’s heads set up a technical meeting during the 2017 Hannover EMO at which they explained their production requirements in detail to representatives of JUARISTI.
JUARISTI boasts multiple benchmarks in the aluminium industry because of the robustness of its solutions. This characteristic makes these machines well suited to processing such high-tolerance material. This led Thoni Alutec’s production managers to opt for JUARISTI.
High-speed machining center for Poland
The solution earmarked for Poland is a TX1K- MGX8 5-axis machining center with 4,500, 2,000 and 2,500 travels on the XYZ axes. It is equipped with an AK5 continuously rotating milling head with an electro-spindle that reaches speeds of 12.000 min-1, a power output of 48 kW and a torque of 303 Nm.
It has several automation systems, including two pallets with automatic changeover and a robot type tool change system compatible with up to 200 tools. Plus, it is equipped with a 2,000 x 2,000 mm rotary table compatible with up to 7-tonne work pieces.
The solution for the Indian subsidiary of Thoni Alutec Group, Taural India, is equipped with a fixed horizontal head and also includes a robot for tool changing.
State-of-the-art structural configuration
Both the TX1- K and TX1- H machine models feature the most state-of-the-art structural configuration: cast iron structural components, column-centered head in a symmetrical configuration, high strength and precision linear guides and hydrostatic guiding for the table’s rotation.
In addition, both achieve high power and very precise movements with fast feeds of up to 30 m/min thanks to, among other features, the dual motor for a backlash-free table rotation.
This machine configuration allows the machining of medium and large aluminium parts for different sectors: automotive, medical, robotics, energy, combustion engines, railways and mechanical engineering.
An invaluable advantage of JUARISTI’s proposal was the flexibility to customise its machines according to Thoni Alutec’s production requirements. The configuration allows the customer to machine large components within the protective cabinet, as required. In addition, it features a wide range of automation solutions to increase overall productivity.
Internacional service, a key feature
Another reason that led Thoni Alutec’s managers to trust JUARISTI was the company’s extensive service network, which has excellent service centers in both countries. In Poland, the service is operated by the well-known distributor Abplanalp. On the other hand, JUARISTI has his own delegation in India: JUARISTI Oriental Engineering Services.
Interactions between JUARISTI and its customers were simplified throughout the manufacturing process and machine acceptance, with an ongoing open dialogue. The pre-acceptance was carried out at the JUARISTI facilities, in the presence of Thoni Alutec and Taural representatives and involved geometry tests, laser interferometry, as well as machining tests.
Both models are a true reflection of the high potential and outstanding potential of JUARISTI machining centers for machining aluminium parts with maximum performance and productivity.
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