Here is a brief glimpse into some of the companies and facilities I visited while in Germany for Index/Traub's anniversary celebration and open house.
Index/Traub is in the process of consolidating much of its machining operations to its Deizisau facility to reduce the redundancy of machining in three different locations—Esslingen, Deizisau and Reichenbach. The company made a large investment in automation and machining capacity as well as in a new expansion to Index’s Deizisau facility, which nearly doubled the square footage of the multispindle assembly hall. This new expansion has helped make room for consolidating manufacturing efforts into the Deizisau location, while the Esslingen and Reichenbach locations are used for assembly. This more efficient machining process has reduced build time to roughly 18 days.
Index’s G220 performs high-quality turning and five-axis milling in a 10-square-meter footprint. The tool turret is available with 18 or 12 stations, and it features a Y axis with ±50 mm traversing range. The G220 will be on display at IMTS.
Traub, located in Reichenbach, Germany, was integrated as an independent subsidiary of Index in 1997. Traub manufactures Swiss-type sliding headstock machines including its multi-function TNL series, which is available in a variety of configurations.
Traub recently introduced its TNK series of fixed-headstock machines that will be introduced to the U.S. market at this year's IMTS. The TNK 42 has two turrets both featuring Y-axis capability and is designed to turn complex workpieces as long as 250 mm in large and medium volumes.