Hi, I currently have a medium sized vertical machining center with a carousel type toolchanger. Toolchanges are something like 14 seconds chip to chip.
Because I do alot of machining in aluminium extrusion, I'd like my next machine to have a long X axis to avoid repositioning the material. I'd also like my next machine to have a much, much faster toolchanger - similar to the 30 taper Fanuc Robodrill seen here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQwOti8CVfw&list=FLQwb9e-Qo7rP-ZgVBPnQRTA&feature=mh_lolz]Fanuc DDR 260iB Direct Drive 4th Axis Table - YouTube
The closest machine I can find is a 40 taper machine, which is still going to be slightly too slow for what I want Victor Europe Ltd Products - Lathes - VCenter 205
So, I have never seen a 30 taper machine with a very long X axis.
I was thinking somewhere between 1600mm and 2000mm would be ideal but if I could find one over 800mm I'd still probably be interested, for lack of options.
Obviously this type of machine would have to be travelling column with a fixed table, or the machine would have to be huge.
Does anyone know if such a machine exists? If so could somebody please point me in the right direction.