Tornos brings surface processing into workshops

Following my previous info of February, I’ve been able to gather more information about Cyklos. With this turn-key surface processing unit, Tornos reduces drastically non productive (and then costly) times. Cyklos offers surface processing in a continuous manufacturing flow.

Surface processing has traditionally been physically kept separated from machining. The size of the installations and buildings, the safety requirements and the environmental hazards of the chemical processes refrained workshops, with a few exceptions, to invest in and operate surface processing equipments nearby in-line with machining. However prior deliveries, most of the finished parts go through a surface processing step (anodizing, phosphating, electroplating …). As a consequence, an interruption in the manufacturing flow of finished parts remains until today, increasing lead time, logistic costs and defects. Tornos tackles these three points simultaneously and enables a continuous manufacturing flow with the Cyklos solution, a unique technology combining a surface processing equipment and process in a compact, zero reject( ), high performance and low cost of ownership tool.

Cyklos concept is based on a patented technology owned by Tornos in which parts are transported from bath to bath and inside each bath automatically via a simple combination of translation and multiple rotations along the same axis of small carriers on which the parts are attached to.
As a conclusion, the Cyklos technology embedded in a compact and dedicated housing has all it needs to perform with superior performances in the workshops most of the surface processing traditionally made in very large and remote installations.

Main functions of Cyklos

  • Anodisation of Aluminum and Titanium
  • Chemical or electroplating of metals on Steel
  • Steel phosphating
  • Chemical or electrochemical deburring on Steel, Aluminum, Titanium,…

Cyklos technology
Exhibits radically modified characteristics to enable workshops in line operations:

  • Small volume baths (several hundreds of liters);
  • Small footprint (6 meters long, 3 m wide, including wastewater treatment);
  • Complete confinement of hazardous vapor enabling operation in machine shop buildings;
  • No wastewater to be treated on site, no connection to the drain;
  • Low processing variations within a carrier and carrier to carrier (ex: 30 +/- 2 microns for anodisation);
  • No manpower required for loading and unloading carriers, reducing defects;
  • Automatically and in-situ regulated chemical processes.

This new solution will finally be presented at EMO this year (i.e. earlier than previously announced by Eurotec). We will detail Cyklos in our next issue.