Every year, a few weeks before Baselworld, specialists in watchmaking machining come from Switzerland, southern Germany and France to attend the Tornos Journées Horlogères open days, where they are able to discover new products, get advice and make purchases. In 2015, this hotly anticipated event will take place at the company’s premises in Moutier from March 3 to 6.
Brice Renggli, marketing manager, explains: “During the event, we present complete watchmaking solutions and all of our specialists are on hand to chat with customers. This allows us to offer customised solutions while consolidating our expertise in the field – it’s a win-win situation.”
A range dedicated to watchmaking solutions
Tornos has been supplying solutions to the watchmaking industry since the start of the last century, and its machines are most likely present in the vast majority of bar turning workshops producing components for this sector. Around 20% of Tornos’ turnover currently comes from this industry, and the company uses machines adapted for watchmaking to resolve its customers’ problems. Let’s take a look at some of the products:
“The SwissNano is used by many of our watchmaking customers, and has become an important machine for them thanks to its high precision, ergonomics and ability to produce 80% of the components found in a watch movement”, reveals Mr. Renggli. This small machine designed by Tornos has a surprising capacity for maintaining dimensional precision during production. The manager continues: “We knew that the machine had a good pedigree, but the results reported by our customers have strengthened this positive impression even further.”
During the Journées Horlogères open days, visitors will be able to discover the new version of this well-known machine. “The machine can be equipped with three hobbing systems, which means we can produce the most complex watch parts,” adds Mr. Renggli. One distinctive aspect of the Journées Horlogères open days is that the exhibited machines are all running, and the company’s commissioning technicians are on hand to discuss their various features. On the subject of the EvoDeco, Mr. Renggli concludes: “For customers wanting to produce larger diameter parts such as the balance, we also offer the EvoDeco 16.”
For high-volume applications, the company has offered the MultiSwiss since 2011, to the satisfaction of the manufactures. The proof? The major watchmaking groups rely on the characteristics of this machine. In the words of Mr. Renggli: “We can perform hobbing operations and the machine also has a Y axis.” For example, the MultiSwiss machine can be used to finish parts such as barrel drums and arbors, and customers have also been delighted with the geometric and dimensional performance in these operations. The manager adds: “The characteristics of the MultiSwiss, in particular the hydrostatic technology, allow us to create finishes that satisfy watchmakers’ requirements.” The machine has been used to replace a set of cam-controlled turning machines with hobbing machines. The footprint and repeatability gains are unparalleled.
Almac BA 1008
During the Journées Horlogères open days, two versions of the Almac BA1008 will be on show: one with a bar feeder and one equipped with a special profile clamping system and a kit for machining precious metals. This small milling centre will also feature the Ecopack, a set of functions designed to save energy.
The Journées Horlogères open days – an annual event not to be missed
As in previous years, the watchmaking industry is invited to discover new products and expertise specific to Moutier. Mr. Renggli concludes: “Our specialists will be delighted to share their passion with visitors and to help them find solutions to facilitate their production of parts worthy of the Swiss Made label – that’s our commitment.”
7th Tornos Journées Horlogères open days
From 3rd to 6th March 2015
From 9 am to 6 pm
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