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Meeting complex challenges with smart solutions

Posted on 22 Aug 2023 and read 792 times
Meeting complex challenges with smart solutionsAt this year’s EMO Hannover 2023, the world’s leading trade show for metalworking taking place 18-23 September, Schwäbische Werkzeugmaschinen GmbH (SW) will unveil two new innovations (Hall 12, Stand C4). Making their debuts will be a twin-spindle BA W03-22 CNC machining centre and a BA Profile, a new machine concept for machining profiles.

The two-spindle BAW03-22 with its high precision and efficiency is ideal for producing high-quality workpieces in medium and large volumes for the automotive industry. Compared to a single-spindle machine, cycle times can be reduced many times over, ensuring maximum productivity.

André Harter, head of marketing and business development at SW, said: “We have expanded the proven machine concept of the model 3 series to include a two-spindle, double-station machine. It allows for faster axis accelerations with the linear motors installed in the machine. As a result, we achieve more power and speed compared to a ball screw as in the BA 322 model, for example with 20% faster chip-to-chip times.”

With 300mm of travel, the BA W03-22 also positions in G0 30% faster than the BA 322. The machine is the first from SW to be equipped with a Siemens Sinumerik One control. Also making its exhibition launch will be the new BA profile. Mr Harter said: “This new machine easily mill profiles of various materials up to a length of 2,500mm, for applications in the truck and automotive industries, among others. Featuring a compact design, the two-spindle machine has two operating areas and allows machining on two worktables per side; it can also be loaded either via automation or manually.”

Also on display will be SW’s BA space3, the largest machine in the company’s portfolio to date. It is especially suited for machining large battery housings and numerous structural components needed for the growing e-vehicle market, as well as in the aerospace or agricultural industries. In so-called ‘giga casting’, instead of a multitude of individual parts welded or bolted together, only a few large components are used, each of which is cast and finished from a single piece. Underbodies, subframes, and entire front frames for the construction of electric vehicles can be created this way. Seen working live on the stand, a robot will load and unload the BA space3.

Furthermore, SW will also present additional technologies for machining aluminum, steel, cast iron, cast steel and light metals. Mr Harter continued: “At EMO, we not only want to present our portfolio but also engage with customers, experts and professionals on industry topics such as sustainability, friction stir welding and giga casting. Thanks to friction stir welding, we are bringing more sustainability to manufacturing by working at lower temperatures and without shielding gas. This significantly reduces both energy consumption and emissions.”

He concluded: “We want to surprise visitors at the trade show with the diversity of our system solutions. People often don't realise how wide-ranging our portfolio actually is and how extensive our expertise is.”

With its flexible manufacturing modules, digital networking of the process chain, and intelligent automation solutions – developed jointly with customers – SW delivers customised manufacturing solutions that are precisely tailored to their individual needs.