New Roland MDX-50 milling machine arrives in the UK

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New Roland MDX-50 milling machine arrives in the UK

Post by Patrick Thorn » Fri Sep 30, 2016 5:16 pm

If you have not seen it yet the New Roland MDX-50 with automatic tool changer was shown at TCT show this week.
Optional rotary axis is available to give you a fully automated machine at a really affordable price.

We will be running some open events so contact sales@rolanddg.co.uk if you are interested in having a look.
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Re: New Roland MDX-50 milling machine arrives in the UK

Post by cshucks » Fri Feb 17, 2017 10:28 am

Hi Patrick,
Are the accuracy figures correct for this machine on rolanddg.co.uk? It looks like 0.01 mm/step, whereas most of the other roland machines are 10* more precise than this (e.g. MDX-540, MDX-40A, even SRM-20) are all 0.001 or 0.002 mm/step.
Can I see MDX-50 anywhere (in the UK) at the moment?
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Re: New Roland MDX-50 milling machine arrives in the UK

Post by Andrew Dudley » Fri Feb 17, 2017 4:40 pm

Hello cshucks,

Firstly the MDX-50 is available to view for a demo at our HQ creative Centre here in Clevedon, North Somerset. If you would like to arrange a demo, call our office on 01275 335540 or drop us a lead enquiry through the website.

For the MDX-50 we have decided to change how we give the information, and the machine will move in 'steps' of 0.01mm so we give that data. Before we quoted the effective step for the drive system. If you own a MDX-40A, you will see an improvement with the milling quality in the MDX-50 for example due to it's increased rigidity and improved drive system.

The MDX-540 is our Pro range of milling machines, so that has a smaller step (along with many other enhanced features) allowing it to cut harder materials and achieve perfectly smooth surface finished, especially in the high precision MDX-540S model.

The great thing about the MDX-50 is the addition of the automatic tool changer (built in), making life so much easier and speeding up milling times straight out of the box.
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Re: New Roland MDX-50 milling machine arrives in the UK

Post by cshucks » Fri Mar 31, 2017 5:46 pm

Thanks for the reply Andrew. I will fix up a time to come visit and see the machines in Clevedon. It is a decent drive for me from London so I will plan a road trip.

The dimensions of the MDX-50 are intimidating - if the depth etc is correct it will not fit through some of the doorways on route. Is the overall depth really 900mm with a weight of 122kg (!). Do you know what the weight can be reduced to for manoeuvring? Presumably the waste/dust tray etc can be removed... have I missed anything:

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           weight kg   cost £    dimensions wxdxh (mm)
MDX-540    102 kg      14,999    745 x 955 x 858
MDX-50     122 kg       8,999    760 x 900 x 732
MDX-40A    65 kg        5,499    699 x 760 x 554
Do you recommend any low-profile machine vices that match the table fixings? I have been looking for something that I can mount soft jaws in for fixing tricky parts for the reverse machining and haven't seen much that would fit yet.

Do you ship these machines to street on a standard wooden pallet?

Do they have absolute position encoders like a DRO system, or is positioning just done from counting steps in the drive?

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Re: New Roland MDX-50 milling machine arrives in the UK

Post by Patrick Thorn » Thu Apr 06, 2017 8:18 am

Hi chucks,

Andrew has moved to Ireland and does not work at Roland anymore.
As per the size and weight, only the dust tray can be removed, the machine is a complete unit.
We do not make a vice for the machine.
Machines are delivered to street level and have a base pallet.
We do not use encoders on the axis.
If you would like to arrange a demo, please call our office on 01275 335540 or drop us a lead enquiry through our website.
Look forward to meeting you at Roland Clevedon.
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Re: New Roland MDX-50 milling machine arrives in the UK

Post by jhlynn » Mon Jul 10, 2017 9:55 pm

Andrew Dudley wrote:
Fri Feb 17, 2017 4:40 pm
For the MDX-50 we have decided to change how we give the information, and the machine will move in 'steps' of 0.01mm so we give that data. Before we quoted the effective step for the drive system. If you own a MDX-40A, you will see an improvement with the milling quality in the MDX-50 for example due to it's increased rigidity and improved drive system.
Hello,

I'm slightly confused by this statement. Does this mean that the mdx-50 is less accurate than the mdx-40?


Thank you,
Jerry

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Re: New Roland MDX-50 milling machine arrives in the UK

Post by Patrick Thorn » Tue Jul 11, 2017 3:27 pm

The values in the specifications show

MDX-50
Software resolution RML-1: 0.001 mm/step NC code: 0.001 mm/step
Mechanical resolution 0.01 mm/step (0.39 mil/step; half step)

MDX-40A
Software resolution RML-1: 0.01 mm/step NC code: 0.001 mm/step
Mechanical resolution 0.002 mm/step (Micro-step)


Mechanical resolution is derived from the motor. Both machines will move in measurable amounts of 0.01mm at the axis. MDX-50 has many new features over and above the MDX-40A to increase productivity and provide accurate parts with high level of surface finish.

Resolution is not a measurement for accuracy.

Hope this helps.
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