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    Default Are Ikegai CNC Lathes coming back?

    I recently had the opportunity to train a shop guy on a Ikegai TU30 CNC lathe and I was very impressed by the machine.
    As most of you know, Ikegai is one of the oldest CNC lathe manufacturers, I worked on a Ikegai FX20 way back in 1975, it had the Fanuc 5T control, no memory, and it took me a long time to figure that one out. Ikegai's were sold here for a long time and then seemed to disappear from the market.
    I believe the product line was sold, does anybody have any info on that?
    Th TU30 has a 15" chuck, uses the Fanuc 0IT control and had a lot of nice features, it was also quite accurate, the first try at turning 6" measured
    6.0005"
    Look at it on my website: www.doccnc.com , it can turn 25" with a little extra effort.
    Heinz.

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    Default Re: Are Ikegai CNC Lathes coming back?

    Hello Heinz,

    Yesterday I was looking at some papers that I have from a customer, I am servicing a Hitachi Seiki lathe he has, among the papers were some technical reports from other services performed to that and other machines, some of those papers mention the Ikegai brand also, as if back in those years the same technicians seviced both brands.

    This customer has several Hitachi Seiki lathes, using 3, 5 and 6 Fanuc T controllers. All of them have an auxiliary equipment attached in the electric cabinet, called SOFTWARE SEQUENCER, with a keypad on the cabinet's door. I tought this equipment was used for tool setup only, but apparently it has some other functions as well. Do you remember this equipment, do you remember having to deal with it? I think these machines were made around 1978 ~ 1982.

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    Default Re: Are Ikegai CNC Lathes coming back?

    Eco-Tech Machinery imports the Ikegai lathes now

    http://www.ecotechmachinery.com/

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    Default Re: Are Ikegai CNC Lathes coming back?

    Here is a video of a good size Ikegai CNC lathe, the TU30, in action, its the same machine I trained a shop on recently.
    http://www.youtube.com/embed/kp6PkFgrfF8?rel=0
    Have fun watching, its also on my website.
    Remember, if you have any fanuc programming questions, advice is free.
    Heinz.
    www.doccnc.com

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    Default Re: Are Ikegai CNC Lathes coming back?

    We have about 14 Ikegai's ranging from the TUR30 to the TCR15 from 1979 to 2002 before they got bought out by a Chinese firm. These are incredibly reliable machines, and the first cnc we purchased new 1984 TU25 is still in daily operation to this day. We are considering sending a couple machines out for rebuild because the castings are so good.

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