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The Hartford VW range of five-face double column vertical machining centres with W axis (crossrail travel) and automatic head changing systems opens up a new world of possibilities for the effective and efficient production of complex workpieces in a single set-up.

Utilising either 4,000 or 5,000 rev/min heads that have torque ratings of 750 and 500 Nm, respectively, three machines are available - VW-4340, VW-5340 and VW-6340. These have working table areas of 4,200 mm x 2,100 mm, 5,200 x 2,100 mm and 6,200 mm x 2,100 mm) able to accommodate loads of 15,000, 16,000 and 17,000 Kgs, respectively. All three have a W-Axis elevating crossrail of 1,100 mm.

The three models have X-Axis travels of 4,050 mm, 5,050 mm and 6,050 mm with Y and Z axes travels of 3,400 mm by 700 common to all three machines. Cutting feed rate of 1-8,000 mm/min and a rapid traverse in X of 12,000 mm/min is common to each model of machine.

Its rapid traverses in Y, Z and W axes of 15,000, 12,000 and 3,000 mm/min, respectively, are common to the each machine, which also have similar auto toolchanging capacities (32 as standard; 62 optional) and, likewise, spindle motors rated at 26/35 kW.