Fifth Generation CTX universal lathe range

Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology

ISSN: 0002-2667

Article publication date: 21 March 2008



(2008), "Fifth Generation CTX universal lathe range", Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology, Vol. 80 No. 2.



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Fifth Generation CTX universal lathe range


Fifth Generation CTX universal lathe range

Article Type: Aerospace technology From: Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology: An International Journal, Volume 80, Issue 2.

With the launch of the “Fifth Generation” CTX Series of universal turning and mill/ turning machines from Gildemeister, up to a 25 per cent improvement in performance is reported, a totally new ultramodern enclosure design provides up to 40 per cent improved visibility of the working area and the opportunity has been taken to introduce new levels of functionality and presentation through the innovative DMG ERGOIine control system.

Now available through DMG of Luton, the new look CTX Series has maintained a strict modular concept across the range, thus opening the choice to users to tailor capacity, specification and performance to meet particular needs from the company's use of three basic platforms designated Alpha, Beta and Gamma. These platforms are divided into ten different models with the provision of a further 24 variations of equipment available to add to the specification.

As a result of the design and development criteria for CTX, as the size and requirements generally increase so does the performance. Here, a prime example is torque available at the main spindle which ranges from 127Nm on the Alpha 300 to a massive 2,400Nm on the top of the range Gamma 2000.

Chuck diameters are available from 160 to 630mm, barfeed capacities from 51 to 102mm and turning lengths between 300 and 2,000mm. There is also a range of built-in spindles available having up to 113kW of power, turret, Y-axis cross feeds and tailstock options, driven tools and secondary spindles plus a range of integrated tool magazines. Also, Gildemeister has incorporated the already well-proven, high speed 60m/ min linear drive systems as an option and made available high-accuracy linear scale positioning.

At the top of the range, the TC' variants of Beta and Gamma machines incorporate a Y-axis crossfeed as standard to the heavy duty B-axis milling and turning head with full interpolation and five-axis simultaneous positioning. There is also capacity for up to 36 tools in the magazine and both main and secondary spindles have identical machining power with up to 770Nm of torque available.

With the new “branded” enclosures, distinctive in matt white and high-gloss black finish, these enhance the large safety glass viewing panel which is some 40 per cent larger within the access door to not only create an identity, but also add new levels of practicality to the range. Also as part of the futuristic design, a highly practical DMG Lightline indicator of the machine's operational status spans the side door area across the entire height of the machine. This is further emphasised by the 19 in. ultra-clear DMG ERGO line control with its brushed chrome surfaces that can be economically set for the most appropriate operational positioning.

Details available from: DMG (UK) Ltd, Tel.: +44 (0)1582 570661, web site: www.

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