At EMO exhibition, the fourth generation of the machining center that has marked our evolution was finally launched!
A machine footprint is often a critical issue for customers. The space in a company represents cost and often old machines, whose strokes are perhaps reduced compared to current needs, must be replaced. In order to solve this problem, we decided to maximize the ratio between machine size and axis stroke, focusing on what we call footprint efficiency ratio. As usual, our new machine projects are confirmed only when this ratio is at least 25% higher than the value of our competitor's best product.
The machine develops transversally for multiple reasons: customers’ preferences (83% of users prefer machines with transverse layouts), the possibility of placing the machine’s back against the wall, improvement of visibility for the operator and possibility of delivering it already assembled.
The general layout has been conceived to maximize space and, therefore, meet customers’ needs. For example, a dedicated area placed in the back of the machine has been created to place cooling and coolant filtration systems. The chip discharging system has been placed in front to reduce the machine footprint and to simplify chip containers emptying. On the machine side, you can also find the electrical cabinets and the tool stores.
All our machining centers including the new Matrix 800 aim for the highest level of precision for the segment in which it is positioned. In order to reach the required quality level, we used several cutting-edge technological solutions.
The whole structure is thermo-symmetrical to evenly respond to temperature variations: since it expands evenly in all directions, it keeps the precision high.
The optical scales are symmetrically centered as near as possible to the guides in order to obtain even higher precision.
Our patented Thermal Shield technology considerably improves thermal expansion control and reduces structural deformations without using expensive cooling systems. This technology creates an advanced thermal coat that keeps the temperature between structures and workpieces as stable as possible.
The innovative Matrix 800 electronic stabilization systems monitor temperatures and any expansion on workpieces, synchronizing them with those of the machine structures. Even the RAM, with a section of 450 x 450 mm, is among the sturdiest in its category. It is fixed to the carriage by means of 6 roller pads, three per side, in order to support all the efforts and ensure a high movement speed.
Minimized Operating Costs
During the design phase, we paid great attention to what really counts for the customer, eliminating or standardizing minor features but focusing on aspects that bring added value. The lubrication of kinematics and mechanisms has been totally redesigned, by replacing the traditional systems with an advanced distributing system that eliminates the most common problems such as dirt, stains on parts and dangerous vapors as well as high maintenance and operating costs.
The entire cooling system of the Matrix 800 is static so that the customer does not waste one kW. Where other manufacturers use expensive cooling and ventilation systems, we have decided to intervene with special technical solutions, such as the thermo-symmetrical structures and the Thermal Shield.
A clean machine is known to last much longer. For this reason, the work area is covered with modular stainless-steel panels that not only keep themselves cleaner but also remain virtually unchanged over time, even if continuously exposed to dust and chips. Combined with the efficient chip discharging system, they allow the work area to be kept free of chip build-ups and safe for operators, who will be able to devote their time to much more profitable activities.