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Why Are Many Companies Going For The Swiss Lathe?
In today’s machining world, there have been numerous innovations everywhere. As a matter of fact, you might want to check out the new CNC Swiss-type automatic lathes especially if it’s been a while seen you did so. Most new users are often surprised by the machines’ capability to complete a production part so quickly.
In recent times, there has been a tremendous change among users of Swiss lathe machines. Before now, electronics and medical applications accounted largely for the shares of the expected spending on the CNC Swiss-type machine. But at the moment, there currently seems to be a more evenly spread on the anticipated spending across various industry applications.
By implication, this new trend indicates that the value of Swiss lathe machines is becoming more and more discoverable with many shops installing them for the very first time. But why is this so? Why are many companies now opting for the Swiss-type machining, unlike before? These and many other questions will be examined in this article.
Swiss is Different
For those who have been the business of purchasing Swiss lathe machines or have been working exclusively with them, this is already a well-known fact. On a typical lathe machine, operators are required to take multiple cuts while ensuring to maintain low cutting forces required to prevent excessive deflection. But this is not the case with a Swiss machine.
On a Swiss-type machine, anyone can safely take heavy cuts because the work is supported right next to the tool. Even without any backtracking, all cutting can be effectively performed in a single pass on a Swiss machine. Apart from being highly effective, the CNC Swiss-type machines often deliver significant savings.
No other machining process provides a more cost-effective way of producing firing pins and cover pins for the military than Swiss-type machining. In other words, the application, in this case, is defense-related. A 0.0005-inch tolerance band is featured on the part’s diameter of these long, slender components.
This type of lathe machines is particularly effective for turned parts that are both long and slender. It is designed for a variety of turning machine that supplies the stock through a guide bushing. Regardless of how long the workpiece might be, the stock can always be cut close to the bushing – i.e. near the point of support. As it goes, the machine feeds the work out of the spindle and past the tool.
The mechanics and geometry in the tool zone, as well as the guide bushing, make up part of the advantages of the Swiss lathe machine. Here are other advantages you may want to learn about.
Shorter setup times. It takes about 10 minutes to change from one part to another particularly if a family of parts is being machined.
Since Swiss machines can saw, drill, mill and do other petty operations, every other secondary operation is eliminated.
A Swiss machine may feature 3 or 4 cutting tools at a time. To this end, complex parts can be easily made through the use of simultaneous operations.