Unboxing MK Series Rotary Tables | Kitagawa

Unboxing MK Series Rotary tables - Kitagawa Europe Focus Channel

Welcome back to the Kitagawa Europe Focus Channel. In this episode, Hamish and Sophia demonstrate the new MK series rotary table. We go into detail on what advantages this new series offers and different ways to connect the rotary table onto a machining centre.

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The MK Series has an intelligent design to meet the future requirements that the industry demands from a 4th axis rotary table. Currently available in two sizes:



MK350 – coming soon!

Kitagawa have released this new model with three massive improvements:


Enhanced Performance

The clamping torque of the MK200 has improved to 570N.m from the older standard of 350N.m of the MR200 rotary table - this is an increase of 40%! In addition, Kitagawa has made the depth of the rotary table 10% thinner to only 155mm deep. The spindle through hole has also increased to 70mm compared to 45mm on the MR200.

By incorporating friction-welding procedures into their manufacturing techniques and many years of design experience, Kitagawa has delivered a performance balanced new standard of rotary table to the future market. Of course, it must be mentioned that Kitagawa has other stronger (GT200) and more compact (CK200) rotary tables in their product range but the MK200 is designed to meet 90% of customers’ needs and, in most cases, will be suitably strong enough to withstand various machine cutting conditions demanded of it.

The MK200 also maintains the highest rotating/drive torque capability in its size and class of rotary table (270 N.m) due to a large worm wheel diameter design enabling you to produce complex workpieces with speed and accuracy.

Improved Mounting

The recessed bolt mounting design is a considerable improvement to reduce the overall footprint of the MK series compared to its predecessor the MR series. We all know that space on a machine tool bed can be extremely competitive and adding a rotary table is a big consideration. Anything that can make a rotary table take up less space to allow for more or larger workpieces is an important factor when selecting your rotary table.

The recessed bolt mounting allows you to mount any riser block from the top instead of from underneath maintaining the reduced foot print.

The MK200's overall thinner design and recessed mounting gives up to a 40% reduction in footprint size. This design also reduces chip build up around the base of the rotary table, reducing time for any cleaning cycles and ensuring no workholding system interference caused by the build up of chips. This is a very important consideration for fully automated production cells.

Wide Selection of rotary joints



The MK200 can now accommodate 'Built-in' 6 +1 port rotary joints, compared to only 4 +1 rotary joints for the equivalent MR200. This allows for more workholding on a trunnion bed arrangement to be actuated via the rotary joint housed within the large spindle bore of the rotary table.

The 6+1 rotary joint also includes a 12.5mm diameter multi-purpose hole through the centre for additional air or hydraulic services. It can also be used as a wiring duct for seating confirmation sensors, enabling you to enhance any workholding designs.

Kitagawa can now provide high pressure 25 MPa (4-port and 6-port) rotary joints upon request - this will enable you to further reduce fixtures sizes and to improve clamp speeds if your design requires it.