Hardinge Releases New Bridgeport VMC

ELMIRA, NY: Hardinge Inc. (www.hardinge.com) a leading international provider of advanced metal-cutting solutions announces the release of the all-new Bridgeport Conquest V480 APC E Series vertical machining center with Mitsubishi M70 CNC.  This new generation machine is a fully digital, high-quality machine tool, designed to achieve maximum capacity and performance in the Job Shop, OEM, Aerospace, Automotive, and Power Generation Industries and many other manufacturing sectors.    Manufactured to the highest industry standards, the Bridgeport Conquest V480 APC is packed with features to meet and exceed the requirements of the demanding metal-cutting market.  The Bridgeport CONQUEST V480 APC E Series manufactured from quality sourced gray cast iron to the highest standards and possesses a level of reliability unsurpassed in the industry. A fully digital machine with a rapid traverse rate of 1,417 IPM X, Y and Z and acceleration rates of X: 6m/sec², Y: 4.6 m/sec² ,Z: 3.75m/sec² providing a fast and accurate response to all your machining needs. This machine features a highly sophisticated yet user-friendly Mitsubishi M70 control with a 10.4” LCD.   

Axis travels are: 

   X: 18.9” (480mm)

   Y: 15.8” (400mm)

   Z: 16.9” (430mm) 

Options include 12,000 and 15,000 rpm spindle options, through spindle coolant 280 PSI, air blast, 4th/5th axis prewiring, spindle chiller, and chip conveyor to name a few. 

The new CONQUEST V480 APC E Series features many improvements over the previous GX 480 APC.  These include: 

  • Improved sheet metal design that provides improved coolant containment and easier chip removal. 
  • The operator panel moved to the side of the machine for easier setup. 
  • An improved Automatic Tool Changer (ATC) with faster tool change times and auto ATC recovery function.
  • The Automatic Pallet Changer (APC) has been redesigned to allow for heavier loads. The previous model could accommodate 254 lbs (120kg). The new machine features a 440 lb (200kg) capacity. Also, the new APC provides a 4850 (2200 kg) pallet clamping force as compared to the previous 330g lb (1500 kg).

 “The Bridgeport Conquest V480 APC E Series Machining Center offers a high degree of sophistication and functionality at an attractive price” states Brooke Sykes, Director of Sales and Marketing North America.  “Like all Bridgeport machining centers, this machine reflects Hardinge’s commitment to quality and performance without compromise.” 

About Hardinge Inc. 

Hardinge is a leading global designer and manufacturer of high precision, computer-controlled machine tool solutions developed for critical, hard-to-machine metal parts and of technologically advanced workholding accessories.  

The Company’s strategy is to leverage its global brand strength to further penetrate global market opportunities where customers will benefit from the technologically advanced, high quality, reliable products Hardinge produces. With approximately two thirds of its sales outside of North America, Hardinge serves the worldwide metal working market. Hardinge’s machine tool and accessory solutions can also be found in a broad base of industries to include aerospace, agricultural, automotive, construction, consumer products, defense, energy, medical, technology and transportation.  

Hardinge applies its engineering design and manufacturing expertise in SUPER- PRECISION(TM) and precision CNC Lathes, high performance Machining Centers, high-end cylindrical and jig Grinding machines, and technologically advanced Workholding Products. Hardinge is also the world’s largest manufacturer of collets (5C Collets, 16C Collets, 20C Collets, Swiss Collets and other styles) for all brands of machines including custom engineered solutions. Hardinge has manufacturing operations in the United States, China, France, Germany, India, Switzerland, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom.  

For more information, please visit http://www.hardingeus.com