Customers invited to turning technology showcase at Citizen’s annual open house in October


Central to Citizen’s 2016 Open House between 11 and 13 October will be the first UK demonstration of a key breakthrough in machining technology that is not only able to increase cutting performance, but also create gains through improved and controlled chip flow, extended tool life and help maintain better levels of surface finish.

The demonstration of Low Frequency Vibration (LFV) cutting on Citizen’s latest L20-VIII CNC sliding head turn-mill centre will be amongst a host of high performance cutting demonstrations. A Citizen L12 will be featured with automatic loading of pre-cut bar lengths to aid increased productivity when shorter lengths of bar are supplied and further applications will include hard turning and camshaft machining carried out on the 12 turn-mill centres that will be under power at the Bushey, Watford, headquarters.

The advantage LFV technology provides is that it has the flexibility to be programmed anywhere in the production cycle. The process initiates the servo axes of the machine to vibrate in the direction of feed which causes the swarf generated to be finely fragmented into smaller more controllable chips. As part of the demonstration, customers have been invited to bring along their own workpieces to understand how LFV can provide a more productive solution and to help lower the cost-per-part produced.

Representing the wide spectrum of Citizen Cincom sliding head machines and Miyano fixed head, turn mill-centres will be the latest generation of the international top selling, modular build, L-Series which now has a 25 mm bar size option for the 20 mm capacity machine. While the 5-axis L20-VIII version is to demonstrate LFV, a L20-XII will show the advantages of a B- and Y- axis, alongside the larger capacity L32-XII and L32-VIII variants. There will also be under power the top-of-the-range M32-VIII demonstrating B-axis contouring and 4-axis simultaneous control.

Under the Miyano banner will be the latest sixth generation BNJ-51SY6 with overlapping main 12- and six-station sub-turrets, a 7-axis BNE-51MSY with 11kW spindle demonstrating three-tool simultaneous cutting on an hydraulic component while a BNA-42DHY2 with Y-axis main and a compact sub-turret enabling simultaneous left and right approach will be in production. In addition, a GN3200 four-axis, duplex spindle arrangement lathe with integrated high speed gantry will be in operation.

Key in helping customers with their future investment plans will be the availability of face-to-face highly confidential finance discussions where Citizen is able to explain how customers could finance for instance, a 20 mm capacity machine from just £4 per hour and a very competitive 64 mm production machine for as little as £12 per hour.

Visitors that attended the MACH 2016 exhibition Citizen stand at the NEC in Birmingham and who bring along their token given on the stand will be able to take part in a competition to win an Orange mountain bike worth some £6,000. Lunch will be provided each day and, of course on Wednesday 13 October the Open House will be extending its visitor hours of 09.00 to 17.00 until 21.30 when all are welcome to the traditional highly sociable, Citizen Curry Evening.

While Citizen has an open invitation to all, in order to help with catering, those wishing to attend are able to register online here or call 01923 691 500.