As the manufacturers explain, these generally involve machining processes such as turning and milling operations as well as other standard processes. However, there is said to be a constant need to consider the processes in new and unusual ways. As is explained, on most standard machines that can carry out the required operations in single machines, a significant disadvantage can be observed. The process chain is extended when there are upstream or downstream operations on the component and these extend the process chain for the customers. On the rotary transfer systems, it is reportedly already normal to actively reduce the process chain via the integration of various steps such as grinding, in-process measurements or cleaning processes. As a result, the customers save money by keeping the downstream steps in one system and because the component is not subjected to lengthy movements through the manufacturing processes.
Saving costs through process chain reduction
On the rotary transfer machines from Imoberdorf, different work steps are combined in one single system. At the same time, the Swiss company has to continuously integrate new processes into industrial solutions because this is required by the component complexity and requirements.