Shop’s Success Turns on Swiss-type Technology — August 2012
During the past few decades, the Swiss-type lathe has evolved from a niche product to a go-to platform for done-in-one production of small precision parts. This shop has evolved right along with it.
Technical Member Profile:
Marubeni Citizen-Cincom — August 2011
Marubeni Citizen-Cincom (MCC) was founded in 1984 to market and service the company’s line of Swiss-type turning centers.
What Shapes a Shop — January 2011
Marshall Manufacturing melds CNC machining and 3D bending to create intricate medical components from small-diameter barstock and tubing. Customer needs spurred the shop to carve out what has become a successful medical-manufacturing niche.
Trends in Swiss Machining — March 2010
This Florida medical manufacturer is an expert in the production of complex medical parts on CNC Swiss machines. Their job shop has evolved from 18 to 135 employees by efficient production of small, difficult parts for the demanding medical industry. And moving forward, the shop’s co-founder only sees better things ahead.
Case In Point:
One-Part Solution With Huge Payoff — September 2009
Machine shops prioritize different challenges daily, but some challenges are more critical than others. Precise Products Corporation (Minneapolis) was faced with a challenge when one of its original customers asked the company to reduce the cost of a family of parts or risk losing the job.
Fire Fighters — July 2009
Because they produce chips at high operating temperatures, often with oil-based coolants present, machine tools can easily catch fire. However, if shops plan ahead for this possibility by installing fire suppression systems, they can avoid catastrophic damage to the machine and the shop itself.
Probing Beyond Prismatic — April 2009
This manufacturer has used on-machine probing to help automate setups and maintain process control for prismatic parts produced on VMCs for years. The metrology products maker recently implemented probing strategies that let it achieve similar results on its turn-mills and Swiss-types. The smaller, more economical batch sizes these machines now produce are better aligned with true production requirements.
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Why Swiss? — February 2009
Have parts 1.25" diameter or less? You can make them complete on one of these sliding-headstock CNC machines.