Getting Ramped up on Swiss-Types
Swiss-type lathes present unique challenges to operators who aren’t familiar with them. Here are a few.
It’s one thing to train a person to operate a conventional CNC turning center. It’s another to get someone comfortable running a more complex Swiss-type lathe with its signature sliding-headstock design. So what specifically needs to be pointed out to a person who either has some experience with conventional turning centers or perhaps no machining knowledge whatsoever? I got some suggestions from folks at Vallorbs, a manufacturing operation in Bird-in-Hand, Pennsylvania, that has a wealth of experience with Swiss-types. Here’s what they had to say.
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