IMTS 2016 NEWS – For Immediate Release
News From: Absolute Machine Tools, Inc.
7420 Industrial Parkway, Lorain, OH 44053
Contact: Courtney Ortner 800-852-7825,

Tongtai iVU Machining Center
Tongtai’s NEW Rotary Assisted Ultrasonic iVU-5 Machining Center
to debut at IMTS 2016 Booth S-8536

[LORAIN, OH – MAY 2016] Tongtai’s brand new iVU-5 is a rotary assisted ultrasonic machining center that operates as a dual function vertical machining center combined with rotary ultrasonic assisted machining of advanced materials. Absolute Machine
Tools will be unveiling this new machine in its IMTS 2016 booth S-8536.

Typical applications for this system include microhole drilling and machining of glass, sapphire, silicon carbide, quartz, ceramic, hardened steel, high nickel alloys, and nonferrous materials. Any material that is softer than the cutting tool can be ultrasonicassisted. Rotary ultrasonic machining combines high-speed spindle rotation with high frequency vertical vibration of the cutting tool. The diamond tool impacts the material with high contact speed, reducing cutting force and producing ultra-fine finishes while improving cutting efficiency 3 – 5 times faster than conventional machining.

The Tongtai iVU offers X, Y, Z-axes travels of 500mm (20”) x 400mm (15.7”) x 350mm (13.8”). It features a Meehanite cast iron frame and roller type linear slideways for rigidity and fast, precise movement. The 25mm (1”) diameter ballscrews are class 3 with
a double nut pre-loaded design allowing a standard rapid traverse rate of 1890 inches per minute in the all axes with acceleration of 1.2G. The iVU-5 is equipped with a 30- tool arm type automatictool changing (ATC) system. The fast, high-speed arm type ATC changes tools in only 0.8 seconds and 1.3 seconds chip-to-chip time. The 3 HP, 20,000 RPM direct drive spindle comes standard in dual contact Big Plus 30 taper (BBT-30). A spindle chiller is standard.

For ultrasonic operation, the Tongtai iVU-5 comes standard with automatic frequency search and lock via M-codes. The auto tuning range is from 15-45 kHz. Amplitude range is 1 – 10 microns. The machine has a wide range of standard features for successful ultrasonic machining and long machine life. The 3-axis machine is equipped with Siemens 828D control with 10.4” TFT with ShopMill and Advanced Surface. The 5-axis version is equipped with Siemens 840D control with 17” IPC, the Sinumerik MDynamics Technology package for 5-axis milling, and ShopMill.