Workholding for Mazak INTEGREX E-1250V/8S 5-AXIS

Mazak approached Brown and Holmes to provide a Workholding solution for their INTEGREX E-1250V/8S 5-AXIS Machine Tool.

The end users being Gilbert Gilkes & Gordon Ltd. A company well known for innovative, single source solutions to the small hydropower and High horsepower engine markets.

Hydropower turbine runners are traditionally cast and polished by hand: a laborious task taking hundreds of hours. The challenge was to install the capacity to fully machine a hydropower turbine runner from a solid billet of material.

With the above in mind, Brown and Holmes set out to provide a simple Workholding solution.  The fixture provides ample grip, while giving the machine tool access to produce the complex simultaneous 5-Axis toolpaths required for this beautiful part.

This complex part was previously supplied externally, and now returning to the UK for manufacture, as well as adding additional skills and capability to the Gilkes Team.

This project showcases the level of skill applied by the project team, Mazak, Brown and Holmes, Nikken, Iscar, SolidCAM and VERICUT.

Brown and Holmes are very proud to have been involved in the project, from start to finish.

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