The newly developed QT42 and VT500 machines represent cooperation between the origi- nal-equipment manufacturer and automation specialist that reflects their long-standing, mutually beneficial partner- ship in producing South African-made products that offer cost benefits, while outperforming imported counterparts in terms of reliability, ease of use and durability.
Spokesperson for Tectra Automation Kevin Lombard says, “We keep stock specifi- cally for this client, partly so that they do not have to keep large amounts of stock com- ponents, and to ensure high availability so as not to restrict their ability to offer quick turnaround times on new orders.” He adds that the company also values the fact that it is able to offer technical advice during design when it is needed
A Rexroth ball rail system and preloaded ball screws accurately drive the counterbalanced X and Z axes in the VT500 vertical spindle CNC lathe. This allows for high- precision heavy-duty turning and machining of metal over sustained periods of use.
Based in Cleveland, Johannesburg, this manu- facturing company has been sourcing technical advice and components such as heavy-duty linear guides, ball screw spindles and the like from Tectra for over 12 years.