As the exhibitors from Imoberdorf report, the rotary transfer machines they started building 75 years ago were small machines tailor-made for the watchmaking industry. However, the requirements of recent years and the opening up toward other industries, in particular the automotive sector, has seen an expansion of the operations in different directions. Although the watch-making and electronics industries remain successful customer segments that naturally require small machines for manufacturing processes, the Imo-Smart and Imo-Space machine platforms also allow larger components to be processed. Thanks to their massive cast designs, the machine platforms are said to provide all that is required for highly precise work with large tool systems. In steel processing, for instance, disk-type milling cutters are deployed with diameters of up to 250 mm in steel. Milling and drilling operations with tool fixtures up to HSK 63 are widely used. In many cases, operations with small bore diameters are required in large components. These are often deemed tasks for the Swiss manufacturers because a combination of hard and intricate machining options is made possible by their system.
Not only for small parts
With a small machine for the watch industry, the development of rotary transfer machines started up at Imoberdorf. In the meantime the company sees the combination of heavy and filigree machining possibilities as its special strength.