Isn't it amazing how much info and/or speculation gets around even before a new product is seen in public?
After you see it and have a chance to see it cut and see what it reaaly is, I will be interested to hear your comments good and/or bad!
I heard about the changes from my salesman (so. California). I do think pre tensioned ball screws are a good idea. I have had many thrust bearings fail beacuse the grease was washed away by a failed seal. I have 10 Fadals so when I say many it means about 1 bearing failure a year.
Does Fadal do any product development and improvement. Fadal has been using the same castings and stuff for a long time. I wish that Fadal would step it up and really challange the Japanese machine makers. Haas is losing face because of the arrest, and an American machine company could really take some of the market, if they had new products. Hardinge is looking like a company on the move. Fadal does have the lathes and the new horizontal coming out. We all win when companies compete for our investment dallors, with new products and technologies, and they seem to be coming down in price and that is good.
If you will take notice, the performance line of machine have a completely different design on the base and column than the standard series. We are also offering the Seimens 840D control, the Fanuc 18i MB5 control, the Fanuc 0i MC control, and the Fadal Legacy control.
We use a braking Z axis motor instead of a counter weight to eliminate the weight swing at high speed contouring on some of the models.
If you go to IMTS this year you will see some new models of machines including horizontals and lathes.