Patent Number: 6,637,302

Title: Machining system and method of machining a workpiece using the machining system

Abstract: A machining system having a first machine tool assembly with a first workpiece holder and a first machining unit for performing a processing operation on a workpiece held by the first workpiece holder, and a second machine tool assembly having a second workpiece holder and a second machining unit for performing a processing operation on a workpiece held by the second workpiece holder. The machining system further includes a base assembly on which the first and second machine tool assemblies are supported in an operative position. At least a part of the first machine tool assembly is repositionable by movement along a first line. At least a part of the second machine tool assembly is repositionable by movement along a second line that is non-parallel to the first line. The parts of the first and second machine tool assemblies are relatively repositionable along the first and second lines to facilitate transfer of a workpiece between the first and second machine tool assemblies.

Inventors: Miyano; Toshiharu Tom (Barrington Hills, IL)

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International Classification: B23Q 7/03 (20060101); B23Q 39/00 (20060101); B23Q 39/04 (20060101); B23Q 1/01 (20060101); B23Q 1/00 (20060101); B23B 001/00 (); B23B 003/30 ()

Expiration Date: 10/28/2011