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Anger Machining offers the TC1, which stands for a new category of machining equipment—the transfer concept. The TC1 is designed to combine the advantages of a machining center with those of a transfer line. Stemming from high-end series production in the automobile industry, the technology behind the transfer concept works according to the principle of a machining center using a tool changer and crown turret heads. However, with the transfer concept, multi-spindle heads also can be permanently integrated for drilling templates and special tools. The rapid movement of the workpiece from tool to tool decreases chip-to-chip times and increases process speeds. According to the company, this reduces the effort of parts handling in multiple machine installations, minimizes the risk of clamping errors and requires no additional quality checks.
According to the company, a little over two decades ago, the automotive industry underwent a change: Cars from Japan and Germany were produced at much greater quality. Within a short space of time, not only did the markets learn that quality sells much better, but industry’s cost accountants also came to a surprising conclusion: in the long run, quality is cheaper. Machining was significantly affected by this development. After all, it is part of a chain, and we all know that a chain is only as good as its weakest link, the company says.
The head office of Anger Machining Inc. is in Europe. The machines on which this company rests produce sophisticated parts for gearboxes and engines for the worldwide automotive industry, at Mercedes, VW, Audi, BMW, Volvo; and soon also at Chrysler. Experience has taught these companies that the quality of production does not only make their cars more successful, it also benefits their balance sheets.