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Swiss Turn Lathes

Sliding head lathes, also known as Swiss Auto lathes, were originally designed for machining small high-precision watch parts and components. This accuracy is achieved because sliding head CNC machines remain stationary, allowing the material to move in the Z-axis. The processing time is also reduced as a result.

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Swiss Auto Lathes

Swiss Turn Sliding Head Lathes

There are many benefits of choosing sliding head CNC machines. The are easy to programme and operate, dramatically reduce cycle times , provide increased accuracy, can operate unattended 24/7 and provide a reduction in cost-per-part.

Due to the quick set-up and ease of use of the sliding head lathe, the efficiency of your operations will increase. This will allow you to ramp up production and grow your capacity as a business, leading to higher revenue. In combination with this, sliding head lathes can run unattended overnight, enabling manufacturers to reduce the cost-per-part. And lower cost-per-part means that profits will rise.

The cycle times reduce because parts can be machined simultaneously using three different tools at the same time. Also, the cutting devices are placed close to the material which lowers the ‘idle’ time. A final feature of sliding head CNC machines that slash cycle time is that they can largely create components in one hit. So, you don’t need to plan a lengthy production process as this single machine can get the job done.

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  • Up to 35mm bar diameter
  • Up to 27 tool capacity
  • Cost-competitive, versatile and reliable
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All Swiss Turn Lathes

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  • 7.5kW/8000rpm spindle
  • 38 mm max turning diameter
  • 3000 mm max turning length
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  • 7.5kW/8000rpm spindle
  • 35 mm max turning diameter
  • 300 mm max turning length
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  • 5.5kW/8000rpm spindle
  • 26 mm max turning diameter
  • 200 mm max turning length
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  • 3.7kW/8000rpm spindle
  • 20 mm max turning diameter
  • 200 mm max turning length
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  • 3.7kW/12000rpm spindle
  • 10 mm max turning diameter
  • 120 mm max turning length
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If you’d like to find out more about any of our machines, if you’d like a brochure or want to book a demo, then we’d love to hear from you. Whether you’re looking for a specific machine, or want to know more about our turnkey or automated solutions, Mills CNC can help.