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Tsubaki launches new telescopic covers for giant milling machines

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article image Tsubaki’s 10m long steel cable carrier from the S/SX 1800 model series in the ProfiMill 8500/120-G protects the electric and hydraulic cables

Gantry milling machines from WaldrichSiegen Werkzeugmaschinen GmbH are known all over the world for their large sizes and high precision. These WaldrichSiegen machines are at the heart of production plants wherever sophisticated workpieces are machined with the highest precision. Telescopic covers from Tsubaki Kabelschlepp are integrated into the machines from WaldrichSiegen to provide reliable protection for the cables and guideways.

WaldrichSiegen offers gantry milling machines as well as large machine tools for grinding, texturing and turning applications. Large machine tools manufactured by the company are supplied to many market leaders in China; for instance, the partnership between WaldrichSiegen and Dongfang Electric and its subsidiary Dongfang Electric (Guangzhou) Heavy Machinery has been continuing for many years, according to Ralf Tschersche, Product Manager for Milling Machines at WaldrichSiegen.

Dongfang based in the Sichuan province has already purchased three horizontal turning lathes in recent years. In 2012 they placed an order for a gantry milling machine. The latest milling machine ProfiMill 8500/120-G is destined for the Dongfang Electric factory in Guangzhou to be used for the manufacturing of a variety of different power plant components.

The enormous dimensions of the gantry milling machine for Dongfang required a custom solution from the start. WaldrichSiegen contacted solutions provider and long-term partner Tsubaki Kabelschlepp for the solution.

Horizontal and vertical guideways, as well as the crossrail of the ProfiMill are equipped with telescopic covers from Tsubaki Kabelschlepp with the guideways protected by tandem covers. This version featuring two coupled covers with 16 boxes each allows small outer dimensions even for long travel lengths. The highest travel speeds occur on the cross beam. The telescopic covers are equipped with special buffer damping to avoid the resulting vibrations and contact noise.

Peter Marzinek, Head of Sales Germany/Switzerland/Austria at Tsubaki Kabelschlepp GmbH explains that Kabelschlepp develops and produces customer-specific guideway protection and conveyor systems, adding that there is high demand for their telescopic covers from numerous machine manufacturers worldwide. Tsubaki Kabelschlepp delivers custom solutions wherever guideways, measuring equipment, drive elements or other sensitive parts on machines have to be protected.

WaldrichSiegen additionally required the guideway covers to be completely watertight to prevent leakage of oil and ingress of coolant. According to Peter Marzinek, the penetrating coolant could mix with the hydrostatic oil and affect the functioning of the machine. In addition to changing the oil, which can be expensive, the leaking oil would also harm the environment if it seeped into the ground.

For the horizontal covers, heat-bonded bellows installed between the boxes now protect against penetrating coolant. The vertical covers have a special slide contour, sealing strips between the boxes and deflection plates within the cover to prevent oil leaks. A wiper system with exchangeable lips additionally keeps the individual cover boxes clean.

In addition to the telescopic covers, Tsubaki Kabelschlepp also supplied cable carriers for the ProfiMill for Dongfang with an unsupported length of 7.5m. WaldrichSiegen chose a steel cable carrier from the S/SX 1800 model series, which is extremely robust to suit heavy mechanical loads and harsh environmental conditions. The proven steel cable carriers are equipped with extremely stable chain link plates, a joint design with a multiple stroke system and special bolts. 

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