Automatic Lathe

In the machine tool industry, an automatic lathe is a lathe usually controlled by a CNC system. It is a machine tool that can handle turning tasks without much manual operation.
The automatic lathe can rotate the workpiece along the rotation axis to perform various machining operations, such as cutting, knurling, grinding, drilling, deformation, face machining, and self-rotation according to the programmed route from roughing to proximal program. In the classification of automatic lathes, there are many specifications while one of the common features is the vertical/horizontal arrangement.

Vertical and Horizontal Categorization

In the classification of automatic lathes, there are many specifications while one of the common features is the vertical/horizontal arrangement. CNC vertical lathe, also known as CNC vertical turning machine, it is a machine tool that rotates a workpiece on a rotating shaft to perform various machining operations. For examples, cutting, knurling, grinding, drilling, deformation, end face machining, and turning. This machining is performed by tools applied to the workpiece to create objects symmetrical to the axis driven by the spindle. Under normal circumstances, lathes are divided into two categories based on the way they clamp the workpiece. These are vertical lathes and horizontal lathes. For the former, the workpiece is clamped vertically, so the cutting tools are installed in the same direction, so that the machining is performed vertically.

Compared with the horizontal method, this type of clamping is more secure and fixed due to the effect of gravity. The manufacturers of vertical lathes usually turn the vertical lathes into first-class manufacturing equipment for users in various industrial fields pursuing high precision. For example, the automotive industry, aerospace, sports equipment applications, and other fields with larger-sized workpieces. With the vertical clamping mechanism, the main shaft of the vertical lathe is also located behind the chuck, while some may be belt driven and some may be other types of drive mechanisms. Like other milling machines and machining centers, lathes can also be equipped with power tools and tool magazines to improve their functionality and versatility and provide users with greater processing possibilities.

Power turret is a modern standard accessory for many CNC lathes. As one of the most important accessories for CNC lathe users, Taiwan suppliers have targeted this business and developed many well-known power turret and power tool companies to support the needs of lathe users all over the world. Many power turrets are driven by a single motor with servo function, which can ensure the best processing effect and save the best energy consumption.
At the same time, they can also provide high rigidity for the workpiece, thereby providing ideal cutting performance. In addition to power turrets, tool magazines and automatic tool changers (ATC) are also the best-selling products of Taiwan machine tool parts suppliers. Taiwan's tool magazine and ATC system can provide customers with the best tool time according to their cycle engineering to help manufacturers meet their order requirements.

Compared with global competitors, Taiwanese know how to provide comprehensive services to the best-planned global customers based on local conditions. Therefore, products equipped with machine tools or accessories have actually been upgraded to the latest version to meet the order requirements. Spindles, chucks and corresponding hydraulic cylinders are also very developed in Taiwan. Along with the CNC lathes’ market, there are a bunch of lathe products and accessories that have been widely distributed in different industrial fields and applications around the world.

At the same time, the CNC horizontal lathe is a conventional design, which has been developed and widely used for more than a century. The horizontal feature makes the lathe easy to use and maintain, and is more widely used in many industries due to its convenience and structure. Therefore, there is no better standard answer for users, whether horizontal or vertical, but only about its entire content.

The new trend of automation

Today's industry is changing rapidly. In the fields of automation and 3C consumables electrical, manufacturers who need to perform 21st century machining tasks tend to buy machining centers with robot arm accessories to achieve a wider range of applications. The machine tool is the most basic capital goods of the manufacturer, and plays a vital role in determining the final output of the final product. However, components such as bearings, robotic arms or other automated equipment still play an important but independent role in the aftermarket and related industrial sectors. Innovative designs and new applications will continue to inspire the industry and industry professionals to make full use of components that help accelerate machining and manufacturing.


Due to many manufacturing problems, automation of machine tool processing has been one of the main trends in the machine tool industry in the past decade. Obviously, with the help of automation technology, automatic lathes can work better in terms of productivity, quality and repeatability, thereby making the best use of lathe performance.

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