A lathe made especially for turning wheels is called a wheel lathe machine. This tool can turn, bore, face, and profile wheels of various sizes and materials, making it versatile for different applications. They actively contribute to multiple industries, such as transportation, aerospace, and automotive, by serving in various roles and capacities.
The International Machine Tool Market Association's recent report predicts a 5% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) for wheel lathe machines globally from 2023 to 2028.
These machines come in four primary categories:
The Above Floor Wheel Lathe Machine revolutionizes railway freight wagon repair by automatically cutting and profiling wheelset rims and treads without dismantling bearings. It offers efficient and accurate features like automatic detection, numerical control, and wheel speed monitoring. It also includes axles, bearings, protection, and a wheel inlet and exit track system.
The CSK8015/8011-[CNC] CNC wheel lathe machine is a powerful tool for the CNC machining and repairing of wheelsets of various types of rail vehicles. This machine excels in machining and repairing wheel tread, wheel flange, inner rim surface, axle-mounted brake disc, and wheel-mounted brake disc. It automatically detects and measures wheel size, transmits measurement data, and prints it, ensuring efficient and accurate data management.
The Tandem Underfloor Wheel Lathe is a revolutionary machine for repairing railway vehicle wheels without disassembling the wheelset, reducing maintenance time and risk of accidents. It is suitable for CRH series EMUs, passenger trains, and freight cars, with two spindles for simultaneous wheelset processing.
The CNC Under-floor Wheel Lathe is a revolutionary new machine used to automatically re-profile the wheel flanges of railway wheels without the need to remove the wheels from the bogies. It saves time and money and also reduces the risk of accidents.
The CNC Under-floor Wheel Lathe is a versatile and efficient machine with semi-closed loop control, simultaneous machine of both sides, automatic tool setting, built-in measuring system, and safety features. It is an advanced railway wheel maintenance tool that provides efficient, safer, and cost-effective solutions for maintaining railway wheels.
Here are some of the benefits of different wheel lathe machines:
A high degree of precision: They are skilled in achieving this, which makes them perfect for situations where accuracy is crucial.
Versatility: Equipment for wheel lathes can work with an extensive range of resources, including metal, plastic, and wood.
These are comparatively simple to use, making them a suitable option for novices.
Cost-effectiveness: Compared to other forms of machining equipment, these are often less expensive.
Various industries utilize these machines extensively, benefiting from their versatile capabilities and precise machining for diverse applications, including:
Automotive industry: These precisely shaped wheels for cars, trucks, and buses ensure optimal performance and safety.
Aerospace industry: Operators use these machines actively to precisely machine wheels for airplanes and helicopters, ensuring optimal performance and safety.
Railway industry: These machines precisely shape train and locomotive wheels, ensuring their optimal performance and safety on railway tracks.
Construction industry: These machine wheels are for heavy equipment like excavators and bulldozers, ensuring optimal performance and safety.
Mining industry: They shape wheels for heavy machinery such as mining trucks and other robust equipment.