High Volume, Swiss-Style
November 3, 2017
High precision machining and high volume production don’t always go hand-in-hand. That’s why Swiss watch makers developed sliding headstock turning machines that achieve both goals.
What has come to be known as a Swiss-style turning machine differs from its fixed headstock brethren in a fundamental
Why does this difference matter? Because in a Swiss-style machine the cutting tool works close to the bushing, which means the workpiece is better supported thus reducing vibration and tool deflection. This is especially significant when machining long, small diameter parts.
Moreover, when coupled with an automatic, high-capacity bar feeder, Swiss-style lathes are ideal for unattended and lights-out production. All of which makes these machines excellent choices for making high-volume parts used in sensitive measuring instruments, dental implants, medical products, certain aerospace applications and, of course, chronometers like those coveted Swiss watches.
There are a number of important considerations when selecting a Swiss-style turning machine. Among them are:
If you’re looking for a Swiss-style or other machine tools contact your local Gosiger facility. With 95+ years of experience serving manufacturers, the Gosiger team is uniquely qualified to help you boost productivity.