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Preventing chatter on CNC lathes

Manufacturing Group | June 25, 2014

A new HSSC and VSST white paper from Okuma America details the benefits of preventing chatter on CNC lathes when implementing HSSC and VSST.

Preventing chatter on CNC lathes

Charlotte, North Carolina – Eliminating harmonics, which can produce tool chatter or poor surface finish, is critical for maximizing CNC lathe productivity. Harmonic Spindle Speed Control (HSSC) and Variable Spindle Speed Threading (VSST) are functions built into Okuma’s THINC-OSP CNC control that are highly effective harmonics problem solvers. HSSC and VSST are particularly useful when machining parts with high L/D ratios, thin-walled parts, or thin-walled parts with threads.

Harmonic spindle speed control (HSSC)
Historically machinists have prevented the buildup of harmonics or vibration (chatter) on CNC lathes by manually adjusting the spindle speed control knob. However Okuma users can implement the HSSC function that is built into Okuma’s control to automatically adjust machining variables in order to prevent harmonics or chatter. Use of HSSC is advised when absolute accuracy is required when machining challenging parts.

Variable spindle speed threading (VSST)
Variable Spindle Speed Threading is used heavily in the oil field industry. It enables the operator to use the “spindle speed override switch” during the threading process to manually change the spindle speed without losing the thread pitch. By varying the RPM, the buildup of harmonics is prevented, eliminating chatter and providing a quality thread. VSST allows users to cut threads with reliability, accuracy and zero scrap.

Avoiding scrap caused by harmonic-induced vibration can be a challenge using conventional solutions. HSSC and VSST functions on an Okuma CNC lathe make it easier to achieve consistent surface finishes on parts. This enables users to create manufacturing efficiencies that increase productivity and establish a competitive edge in the marketplace.

Okuma’s HSSC and VSST white paper is available for complimentary download at http://www.okuma.com/hssc-and-vsst-prevent-cnc-lathe-chatter. Learn more about HSSC and VSST in our blog post, CNC Controls – For Chipmakers, By Chipmakers. You can also view our video demonstration that shows VSST in action during a threading operation on an LB4000 EX.

Source: Okuma America Corp.

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