What is Swiss Machining?
Swiss machining is a new, cutting edge generation of automatics with a sliding headstock. It replaces the cam-controlled machine, improving the ergonomics and reducing setup times. Swiss machining uses parallel numerical control (PNC) which allows each machine axis to be controlled independently. PNC reduces unproductive time to a minimum, boosting machine efficiency.
Swiss turning machines can have four tools cutting simultaneously: two turning tools and an end-working tool at the main spindle, and back-working tools at the sub-spindle. Swiss machines are equipped with automatic bar loaders that will accept different diameters, from 10MM to 32MM max. Complex parts that once used multiple machines such as CNC lathes, mills, drilling and tapping are now machined on one Swiss type machine. Average production output can go from 200 to 600 per day using the Swiss type machines.
Swiss type machines are productive and efficient; these machines are capable of turning and milling a part complete in one setup. Parts can be simple or complex. The benefits from this type of machining are:
- Increases part accuracy
- Increases part quality
- Reduces operator handling
- Eliminates the need for additional setups on other machines which increases costs
- Ability to machine different types of materials (aluminum, titanium, heat treated steels, exotic metals, copper, brass and plastics)
- Ability to machine at different lengths ranging from .007 of an inch to 2.5 inches
- Accuracy: +/- .0001
- Concentricity: +/- .0001
- Ability to gun drill and broach
Swiss type machining produces a finished part in the least amount of time, thus benefiting customers with a quality part at a competitive price!
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