LINEA SPINDLE is a new concept of production turning centre with a patented linear mechanism that has already found numerous applications in the production of precision components for various hi-tech sectors, such as the automotive, aerospace, hydraulics and pneumatics industries. It is a system that manages to combine precision and productivity with flexibility, that is the ability to change the production item piece quickly, thus reducing waste and downtime, in short, a system that fully satisfies the principles of LEAN Manufacturing.
I often find myself, as is only right and proper, faced with prospective buyers who have several quotes and who have to decide which one to choose, and which multispindle, is the most suitable for their company's needs.
This is a continuation of a previous article on getting out of the comfort zone, if you haven't read it you can do so here. We talked about the comfort zone and the need to be versatile, but what exactly does that mean?
The turning market is changing its demands every day. Until a few years ago, it was essential to have parts produced precisely and, the time needed to make them, was almost a component that gave quality to the thing. Slowly, there has been a shift from demands for parts produced in ever shorter times, without, of course, losing quality.
Since I have heard this over and over again, I felt the need to do an article on my blog to clarify, or rather to propose, a different point of view of the situation. Starting from the assumption that producing large batches is not a problem, I would like to point out that in my life of decades of manufacturing turning machines, I have seen several situations that prompted me to study and realise the Linea Spindle multi-spindle CNC lathe.
If you are in the industry, you are more likely to refer only to cycle time. Let's step back a little and take the basic definition of cycle time referring to bar machining. "The time in which the bar of material enters the machine until the finished part is ejected". Which in itself is the correct definition but, in the cycle time, you should also calculate the retooling time of the multi spindle CNC lathe when changing the workpiece.
Working days are very often characterised by a succession of commitments. The era of Amazon, smartphones and the net evolving at a relentless pace has led the end buyer of a product to want it more and more quickly. It may seem to you that this text has nothing to do with this company, but in fact it does.
I'm tired of "that's the way it's always been done!" I have never thought of myself as an innovator, only as a deep connoisseur of my work. This has led me, almost unbeknownst to me, to be known all over the world for my turning machines. Throughout all this time, I have "clashed" with ideologies based solely on this phrase: "That's the way it's always been done...".
What does the market for specialised machinery for turning systems offer? Multispindle, single-spindle, CNC machines, transfer... What are the main characteristics of the most commonly used machines? And what, above all, are their limitations. Here is a brief overview that can help to focus on both the potential and the main problems of the sector.