The coolant tray rolls under the left side of this particular
machine. The pump delivers coolant (a tan liquid) to the coolant
nozzles and the hose used to clean the machine. This pump can
be turned on manually at the controller keypad, or can be turned
on automatically in your NC program.
Note the two hoses coming out of the pump on this machine. Each
hose has a separate shutoff valve. One hose sends coolant to the
nozzles at the spindle. The other hose sends coolant to the cleaning
hose. For the coolant nozzles by the spindle, there are additional
shutoff valves. Coolant is reused after it is sprayed onto the
tool or out of the hose.
Remember, don't use a hose from another machine to clean yours
(or vice versa) since you will be emptying one coolant tray and
overfilling another one. This will not be a fun mess to clean
Okay, this part is pretty simple. You guessed it...a hose nozzle.
Keeping the inside of the machine clean is very important so this
hose can be used to spray the inside of the machine with the same
coolant you use for machining. The inside of the machine should
only be cleaned with coolant since other cleaners can destroy
the coolant or damage parts of the machine. (NOTE: Do not spray
the tool carousel since you could damage it.)
Here is a view through the front doors of the machine. The doors
have sensors in them that will not allow a program to start if
they are not closed.
Here is a view from the back of the machine.
Main power switch
The main power switch is located in the upper right area on the
back of the machine.
The tool library is a numbered tool carousel located inside the
machine. It rotates and loads the particular tool you select in
your NC program.
Here is a view of the spindle with a tool loaded in it. On the
upper right you can see a blue flexible coolant line that can
be aimed at the tool in order to spray coolant. The orange valve
is used to turn it on or off.
Above the spindle and to the right is a button marked "TOOL
RELEASE". In order to remove a tool, first grab the tool
by its holder, and THEN push the tool release button. You'll hear
a rush of air and the tool will be released. NOTE:
If you are not holding the tool holder when you push the tool
release button, the tool will fall to the table and will most
likely be damaged, or hurt you.
Inside this machine is an auger, which is used to remove the chips
from the inside of the machine.
Chips are carried into a waste bucket through the chute on the
There is an air gun hanging on the front of the machine. You'll
need this to blow away any chips or coolant from your vise so
that your stock material is fixtured properly. It is also useful
for clearing debris from the part after it is finished, and is
used during cleanup.