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What Happens When Machine Shops Pick Up Swiss-Type Turning

Posted by: 21. May 2019

As an entry point to Techspex, a free machine specification directory designed to help users do the research they need to more easily and effectively acquire new machine tools, we thought that 2019 was a good time to provide readers of the Techspex supplement, Machine/Shop, with stories of shops getting into new machine technologies successfully.

The feature in the May 2019 edition of Machine/Shop highlights the story of a shop whose owner took it upon himself to learn how to use a Swiss-type lathe, having had only traditional lathe experience. The writers of Modern Machine Shop (where this story comes from) and Production Machining have written several stories over the past few years about machine shops adopting and finding success with Swiss-type lathes. 

Here are a few stories to look at in addition to the one republished in Machine/Shop:

1. New to Swiss-Type Turning

What are some nuances to training a person to effectively operate a Swiss-type lathe? Vallorbs, a shop in Pennsylvania, offers some advice: understanding the sliding-headstock concept, learning the difference between a headstock collet and a guide bushing, and taking care when offsetting tools are a few of the nuggets of wisdom this shop provides to those new to Swiss-type lathes. Read more at gbm.media/swiss1.

2. Adding Swiss to the Machining Mix

Augmenting Advance CNC Machining’s machining center based-business with Swiss-type turning capability speaks to recent trends within the metalworking industry. Like many who adopt Swiss-type machining, the owner of this shop found benefit in the OEM’s training services to get his staff prepared to use the machines. Read more at gbm.media/swiss2.

3. Why Shops Are Looking More to Swiss-Types

These days, more traditional job shops are installing—or at least eyeing—Swiss-types. Some reasons include the availability of Swiss-types in “tiered” price points and sophistication, the ability to turn parts with or without the guide bushing, and quick change-overs, among other reasons. Read more at gbm.media/swiss3.

If you are thinking about diving deeper into Swiss-type turning, give these articles a read and be sure to register for a free Techspex account, where you can search and compare Swiss-type lathe specs to find the best one to start with.

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