The Schütte Group is one of the world's leading manufacturers of machine tools, particularly multi-spindle automatic lathes and 5-axis CNC grinding machines. The group's newly developed ECX series offers a completely new system that promises potential customers optimum performance and maximum productivity, even for complex parts. The very first single-spindle automatic lathe in the company’s history combines the know-how and speed of the multi-spindle world with the user-friendliness of single-spindle machines. The innovative ECX series is now making its debut in an ideal setting - EMO Hannover 2019, the world's premier trade fair for the metalworking sector.
Schütte aims to give users of its new machine concept the option of manufacturing smaller batch sizes at high rates of productivity, as sales manager Peter-Hans Schmidt explains. "This new machine is very versatile and can achieve performance levels between those of conventional single-spindle and multi-spindle automatic lathes," he says of the strategy. "Our solution achieves significantly higher productivity levels than single-spindle machines, and we plan to grow our market share with customers that manufacture larger batch sizes." For him, the underlying figures speak for themselves: A multi-spindle lathe costs about five times more than a single-spindle unit, but can also increase productivity sevenfold. The ECX bridges the wide gap between these two variants. "We anticipate a great deal of interest from the many companies that consider a multi-spindle machine too expensive, but can't do everything they need to on a single-spindle machine. Now there's finally a solution for them."