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Second Generation Sliding Headstock Lathe

The TRAUB TNL12 sliding and fixed headstock automatic lathe offers increases in productivity for small high-precision turned parts.

The work area concept: simultaneous and highly productive machining with two tool turrets and front and back working attachments.

With iXpanel, operators have all relevant information for efficient production right at the machine.

The second generation TRAUB TNL12 sliding headstock lathe with 13 mm spindle clearance offers increasing productivity and flexibility while reducing space requirements.

This small sliding headstock automatic lathe, like its larger predecessor, can be quickly converted to a fixed headstock.

According to the company, much consideration was given to making the switch easy for users of the earlier version of the TRAUB TNL12. This means they can continue to use existing toolholders for the turret and the front and back working attachments, as well as supplement them with new, more powerful models. The work area has also been designed in such a way that all workpieces produced on a first-generation TRAUB TNL12 can continue to be produced on the new machine.

This machine is more compact and the control cabinet is no longer located under the bar loader, but rather completely integrated within the machine. The machine itself has thus become a little taller and now measures 1,600 mm. Since the control cabinet and the machine are now one unit, cable ducts are no longer necessary and the TRAUB TNL12 can be moved more easily, whether on heavy-duty wheels, via forklift or with a crane.

More Productivity in Less Space

The original TRAUB TNL12 already had four tool carriers to help ensure highly productive machining through simultaneous use. In order to improve these even further, the developers made significant changes to the kinematics. Where the front working attachment and counter spindle were previously arranged on a common slide, they are now each on separate slides. The separation of these components means that front-end and counter spindle machining no longer influence each other and programming is much easier due to increased flexibility. With lower masses, the machine is also more dynamic, and users benefit from greater programming freedom.

INDEX upgraded the rear-end machining of the new TRAUB TNL12, resulting in an improved cutting pass and a significant increase in productivity. Whereas only one movement in the X direction was previously available on the rear end, 3-axis machining on the counter spindle is now possible. The new back working attachment comprises six tool stations (4x live, 3x IKZ) including a flushing unit. The tool capacity has increased. With double and triple holders, a total of up to 40 tools can be set up in the machine, opening up additional possibilities for complex machining operations.

INDEX now provides both six-station tool turrets with a servomotor and an interpolated Y-axis, which contributes to shorter chip-to-chip times of only 0.3 s and a freer division of cuts.

A further measure to provide greater productivity is the redesign of the high-speed movements. Improved dynamics was at the fore of the developers' minds, and this is ensured by fluid-cooled motor spindles with rotational speeds of up to 12,000 RPM that replace the belt drive in the main and counter spindles. Details such as low-mass clamping cylinders and a carbon sleeve for the guide bushing drive also make the TRAUB TNL12 more dynamic. The machine's guide bushing is freely selectable, live or programmable, with the latter meaning that the guide bushing adjusts itself via a pneumatic servo valve.

The gear trains were minimized for the tools, whether in the turrets or in the front and rear working attachments. By including no belts, no intermediate shafts and only one tooth engagement in the crown wheel, the new design not only increases the dynamics but also provides quiet operation.

Increased Precision

The optimization team also focused on accuracy. The non-hydraulic design, a gray cast iron bed instead of the previous welded steel construction, and the thermo-symmetrical design helps ensure increased thermal accuracy combined with reduced pause jumps and shorter warm-up times. As short a power flow as possible increases the stability of the machine and thus leads to improved overall accuracy as well as higher cutting values, which in turn benefit machining times.

Up to three pumps are available for optimum cooling lubricant management. An 8 bar pump is included as standard, and can be optionally supplemented with one or two adjustable 20-120 bar pumps. For special applications, a 250 bar pump is available as an option. The cooling lubricant is cleaned by a compact belt filter with a filter fineness of 50 µm, and coolant cooling is optionally available. Users can choose between a chip tray or a chip conveyor for chip disposal.

Three automation options are currently available for the TRAUB TNL12: rinsing (minimal set-up); a small gripper that can deposit the components in a tray or on a small conveyor belt; and-of interest for long parts-removal through the counter spindle. All the elements are also in place for a robot solution, which is then responsible for feeding chuck parts.

Efficient Part Production

The TRAUB TNL12 is suited for various sectors such as medical technology, where it is used for the production of implants, devices for minimally invasive surgery and bone screws. With the right application, even simple parts can be manufactured productively. The range of available options includes, for example, a whirling unit with a ±30° swivel angle that is suitable for high-speed whirling and offers a whirling length of 75 mm. It can be used either in the front or rear working attachments.

Easy operation is provided by the current TRAUB TX8i-s controller, which is ready for direct integration of the TNL12 in the digital iXworld. The folding and swiveling operating panel includes a 19" touchscreen, which is suited for iXpanel functionalities and provides easy access to a networked production environment.

For more information contact:

INDEX Corporation

14700 North Pointe Blvd.

Noblesville, IN 46060




AME, Inc.

5770 Clarkson

Unit C

Denver, CO 80216



Cardinal Machinery

7535 Appling Center Drive

Memphis, TN 38133



Prosper Machine Tools, LLC

7415 Whitehall Street

Suite 123

Richland Hills, TX 76118



AL, FL (Panhandle), MS, TN

Cardinal Machinery

7535 Appling Center Drive

Memphis, TN 38133



Machinery Solutions, Inc.

1681 Two Notch Road

Lexington, SC 29073




INIRAM Precision Machine Tool Inc.

333 North Main Street

Middleton, MA 01949


DE, MD, NJ, S. NY, E. PA

Single Source Technologies, Inc.

2192 Winterberry Court

Warrington, PA 18976



Great Lakes Machinery, Inc.

4 Lancaster Pkwy.

Lancaster, NY 14086




Dynamic Machine Tool, Ltd.

84 Hubble Drive

Suite 200

St. Charles, MO 63304



Integrated Machinery Systems

101 North Prospect Avenue

Itasca, IL 60143



Methods & Equipment Associates

31731 Glendale Avenue

Livonia, MI 48150


MI (Upper Peninsula), E. WI

Premier Machine Tool Midwest

PO Box 102

Hartland, WI 53029



Technical Equipment

10165 International Blvd.

Cincinnati, OH 45246




AME, Inc.

5770 Clarkson, Unit C

Denver, CO 80216




1502 N 17th Ave.

Phoenix, AZ 85007


N. CA, NV (Reno & Carson City)

CNC Solutions

1011 Pecten Court

Suite A

Milpitas, CA 95035



Ellis Machinery & Equipment, Inc.

6225 20th Street East

Fife, WA 98424


S. CA, NV (Clark County)

Protek CNC

25 W Easy Street

Suite 306

Simi Valley, CA 93065


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