CNC Swiss precision products were once considered niche machines, but more and more job shops are turning to them instead of the regular CNC machines.
Although there’s quite a steep learning curve to using Swiss-type machines, shops are starting to realize they can increase cost-effectiveness and productivity when they invest in Swiss lathes to be used for the right kinds of jobs.
Understanding Swiss-Type Turning: What is it for?
A Swiss-type turning machine feeds the stock through a guide bushing. This allows the OD turning tool to cut the stock very close to the guide bushing. This allows the machine to make heavy cuts, but still keep the accuracy of dimensions, notwithstanding the length of the workpiece. Because of this, Swiss precision products are deemed very effective for turning long, slender parts that are used in industries such as medical, electronic, and military.
What are the Business Benefits of Swiss-Type Turning?
Swiss machines are highly effective in producing smaller batches. Often times, they let you move on from one batch to the next simply by loading a different program. In conventional turning machines, small jobs as a problem, as well as the need for skilled operators who can set up the machines. Swiss-type lathes can continue working even without human operators. As long as the bar stock lasts, the machine can turn without human supervision.
How to Transition from Conventional to Swiss-Type Turning
Swiss machines have a sliding headstock that feeds a bar stock through the guide bushing. This is what differentiates it from conventional machines. And it is also what employees get easily confused with in the beginning. The proper training and education of personnel are important if you’re going to switch to Swiss-type lathes. Sometimes, job shops go the extra mile to hire at least one person who specializes in Swiss-type products.
If you have zero experience in Swiss-type turning, the best way to get started is to start simple. Invest in an entry-level machine that provides all the basic features to help you and your employees learn the ropes of Swiss-type machining, without getting entangled in all its complexities.