Mecal MC 304 Ariel Machining Centre - Addison Saws


Mecal MC 304 Ariel Machining Centre

4 axis CNC machining centre with 7430mm bed
DPM version with automatic clamps positioned by head
MMI version with automatic motorised vices
180° head rotation for machining on 3 sides
Pendular loading for seamless production
Full CAM-3d software
Integration with external software
Optional angle drive unit to machine profile sides
7430mm working length
Open ends to allow machining of longer profiles
Automatic tool magazine with 8 positions
Zero stops at each end to work multiple profiles
Automatic centralised lubrication system
Option for 7.5kw head and rigid tapping function

Mecal MC 304 Ariel-3 4 Axis Machining Centre

For ultra high speed machining of aluminium – Steel – Brass – Copper and PVC materials. The Ariel can be used in numerous applications including, windows, doors and curtain walling, automotive, aerospace, engineering, internal partitions, sign manufacturing, air conditioning and refrigeration. We have installed these machines for a very diverse range of applications including; machining slots, pockets, holes, custom shapes, end slotting, tapping, rigid tapping applications, drilling and flow drilling.

X axis stroke mm 7420/9420/11420
Y axis stroke mm 1460
Z axis stroke mm 620
A axis stroke ± 90
Rapid speed A axis °/s 120
Type of coupling holder ISO30
Rated output (S1) kW 7,5
Type of cooling Air
Maximum Rotation Speed rpm 24000
Tool magazine N. 12
Height of the machine mm ± 2300
Width of the machine mm ± 2500
Length of the machine mm ± 9500
Weight of the machine kg 6500 / 7500 / 8500

Subject to technical changes

Clamping Positioning

DPM-where the clamps are sequentially positioned by the spindle carriage.

MMI-this choice has each clamp motorised to move individually to position.

Both versions have 8 clamps as standard, additional items can be added to suit application.

Clamp Option

To increase loading capacity of suitable dimension pieces we have a unique double clamping factory option.

Centre Stops

The optional pneumatic centre stops combine with the standard end stops to allow loading of 4 pieces.

Angle Drives

Angle drive with 2 tools can be orientated in either Y axis or Z axis direction, the required direction must be specified on ordering.

Angle drive with sawblade can be orientated in either Y axis or Z axis direction, the required direction must be specified on ordering.

Optional additional magazine may be required for auto change of the unit. The tools within the angle drive have to be manually changed.

Additional Magazine

Commonly used to mount the angle drive heads.

Spindle Upgrades

7.5kw air cooled with axial encoder to facilitate rigid tapping functions.

10kw liquid cooled with axial encoder to facilitate rigid tapping functions.


Job simulator software which shows an accurate simulation of the actual job in real time very graphically. Indicating timings and potential process errors.

Belt Conveyor

A rubberised belt conveyor to transport captured swarf and offcut pieces to the end of the machine where a collection container can be placed.

Swarf Drawers

Set mobile of steel swarf collection drawers

Other Options

Automatic length measuring device

Multi directional probe with detection based on Z axis orientation

Automatic length measuring device

Multi directional probe with detection based on Z axis orientation

Bar Code Reader

For receiving job data when integrated with a double mitre saw that has the thermal label printer. The job data is usually provided by external software.

4 Axis Machining

A axis rotates the spindle at any angle from -45° to + -45° using a powerful servo drive system.

Loading Zone

The Ariel machines have a dual zone feature as standard. The machine can work any job in either zone, or as one job using the full length of the machine.

Mecal CAD CAM 3D

Designed to be the most advanced and easy to use system currently available. All of the basic programming is available with pre-loaded macros which are applied by a simple drag and drop process. The graphical 3D presentation is a clear and accurate representation that can be viewed from any angle to check for errors, and it demonstrates the orientation for the workpiece to be correctly loaded.

External Connections

We have the ability to connect to many external window packages (including Schucal-Logikal) sometimes a linking program is required at additional cost.

The converter imports IGES files in completed SW CAD 3D and creates the program to process the job. This function is in high demand from industrial clients using Inventor-Solid Works and Solid Edge type programs.

Tool Magazine

The rotary 12 position automatic tool magazine is mounted on the spindle carriage to reduce tool change times to an absolute minimum.


The machine is supplied with a mesh fence on rear and both ends with a split light curtain at front allowing loading in either zone while the machine is operating in the live zone.

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