Plug and play capability

Schwäbische Werkzeugmaschinen GmbH (SW), a specialist in challenging, workpiece-specific production systems for metalworking, is expanding its portfolio with a third plug-and-play-capable manufacturing cell.

The complete system consists of a BA3 series two-spindle horizontal five-axis machining centre, a loading module with integrated six-axis robot, and a vertical pallet storage unit for raw and finished parts.
SW’s latest module enables loading and unloading of the machining centre in parallel to machining time, and is completely integrated with the basic machine at the company’s plant. This process makes it possible to achieve especially short start-up times at the customer site. The machine, robot and workpiece storage system are designed as a crane hook solution to meet specific customer needs. Overhead robot mounting in the loading module provides more freedom of motion. The pallet storage is offset to the side, thus also allowing for manual loading of tools into the machine while requiring very little space. A maximum storage of 24 pallets (600 x 400 mm) can be offered.
Under the motto “Be Pro”, the machine made its exhibition debut at the recent AMB 2018 exhibition, where it could be seen producing electronics housings for an electric drive.
SW has also developed its own Cloud solution. The SW CloudPlatform gives customers transparent and user-friendly access to the machine information and process data of their machining centres. Continuous performance monitoring of machining centres ensures greater transparency over the entire manufacturing process.
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