At the Swiss company Imoberdorf, highly productive automated rotary transfer machines are the focus of development. Special attention is given to providing increasingly small and compact designs, that will also be on display at EMO 2017 exhibition.
Due to the cost of the use of space in modern-day production plants, the productivity per unit area of a manufacturing system has to be maximized, as experts from Imoberdorf point out. A rotary transfer system that, depending on its size, combines several machining apparatuses is said to offer a major advantage in this respect. On an area covering only 9 square meters and with a height of 2.30 m, the imo-compact, for example, forms a complete and highly-productive rotary transfer system. It controls four to eight machining stations with up to 14 spindles per CNC.
The parts feed is carried out optionally from bar stock, through load handling, robotically or manually. The exhibitors specify a reproducibility of plus/minus 0.003 mm, which reportedly makes the unit one of the most precise rotary transfer machines in the world. The company says it combines a wide range of work stages in its machine, therefore keeping the working areas free for the manufacture of other components. A so-called breathing production can thus be developed to carry out an expansion of capacity or fabricate other new products within the same hall space.