The SILK Journal Turning Lathe (JTL) is a lightweight, robust, precision machining platform, which was developed to support a specific client with a unique on-site application. The patented split frame design allows for the machine to be located swiftly and easily along a shaft and or other cylindrical parts to machine consistently and accurate each time. The ‘JTL’ can be positioned over existing shafts thus minimising the downtime required on-site, making it a swift and simple alternative to conventional machine shops.
Currently, the machine is designed to suit 4” to 6” (101.6mm to 165.1mm) diameter applications with tight restricted access, however with this simple design SILK can adapt to suit a variety of diameters and lengths to suit customers’ expectations.
The ‘JTL’ is driven by a reversible Pneumatic Motor and Silencer Collar, yet on request to SILK we could adapt the design to be suitable for Hydraulic or Electric power. The external split steadies are located on both sides of the machine and utilise independently adjustable four jaw clamping arrangements for mounting the machine externally, on regular and irregular surfaces. It is powered by one 0.9kW (1.2hp) high torque reversible pneumatic motor and rotates the drive hub assembly, which houses the toolpost.
The machine has been designed to minimise user intervention, thus ensuring user safety is paramount by incorporating automatic feed for both radial and axial feed. With the additional safety feature of a Perspex clear guard that creates a 270° protective barrier between the operator and machine throughout the machining operation.