We continue the discovery of this new product from behind the scenes: how is its production organised to ensure the combination of constant quality, short lead times, a very good price for the customer, while also recognising ecological concerns?
When we visited the MultiSwiss assembly, we were struck by the organisation and neatness prevailing in what is a genuine assembly line. The machines are mounted on carriages running on rails. There are 5 stages in the complete assembly of a MultiSwiss. Each stage takes just one day. If a continuous flow is ensured, every day a new machine will leave the assembly lines. As Mr. Dominé (Assembly Manager at Tornos) remarked: “From the outset, the machine was designed in line with the precepts of Lean Manufacturing, so we have been able to industrialise its assembly based on this principle. This provides production flexibility, enabling us to perfectly meet the requirements of our customers. If we work in 2 teams, we can produce 10 MultiSwiss machines per week without any problems.”
Major customer benefits
In theory the assembly methods are of little importance to the machine users, but if these methods ensure short lead times, a constant high quality and good prices, they provide maximum benefit. Furthermore, with less fixed capital, the company can invest more in research & development to provide ever more efficient solutions to its customers.
A new, radically different concept
With the launch of MultiSwiss 6×14, Tornos presented the first numerical sliding headstock multi-spindle machine on the market. Based on a “fully integrated” concept and featuring innovative front access, this new machine offers a resolutely different work approach on a multi-spindle turning machine, generating plenty of enthusiasm among the first customers to try it out.