Sonaca Montreal expands capacity with state-of-the-art gantry mill

Supplied by industrial machines manufacturer Fives Liné Machines in Granby, Que.

November 15, 2017   by PLANT STAFF

GRANBY, Que. — Sonaca Montreal, a amanufacturer of large aluminum aerostructure components, is expanding its capacity with a new high-speed, five-axis gantry mill.

Fives Liné Machines in Granby, Que. is supplying its Powermill V spindle and axes drive systems.

The milling head manufactured at its Granby facility features a 125/156 kW, 30,000 rpm spindle with a HSK A63/F80 tool taper. The linear motors produce a 76 m/min (3,000 ipm) traverse rate to reduce cycle time.

Powermill V’s rails are installed on an elevated concrete foundation with an integrated vacuum table, workholding and programmable high-pressure coolant for removal of the high chip load and mist collection. The set-up includes a full-length machine roof system, thermal compensation, chip extraction, automated tool changing and tool/part probing systems.


The operator station area monitors remote gauges with real-time feedback for machine utilities and critical components. HD cameras oversee cutting operations from a safe distance., a machine health-check system examines machine geometry and the head check cycle assesses the geometry of the milling head to provide periodic quality verification and reporting.

Fives is a manufacturer of industrial machines, process equipment and production lines based in Paris, France.

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