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Product Innovations for the Future

Combined friction stir welding and machining processes, a scalable manufacturing system for microtechnology, and high-productivity twin-spindle machining: three new product innovations by the CHIRON Group focus on productivity, efficiency and sustainability.

22, 25 and 28 Series

"High dynamics plus high stability, large working chamber and twin-spindle concept with a spindle distance of up to 1,200 mm: the 22, 25 and 28 Series from the CHIRON Group are primed to set a new benchmark in terms of productivity and precision in this size," said a CHIRON spokesperson.

In addition to other double-spindle applications such as battery and eMotor housing manufacturing, these new series are also fully capable of massive machining applications starting with solid blocks. The stable portal design forms the basis for high precision, while the working area and user ergonomics enable flexible integration of a wide range of automation solutions for increased productivity and process reliability.

Scalable Manufacturing System

The CHIRON Group is offering a manufacturing system for the microtechnology sector, for high-precision automated machining of workpieces with maximum dimensions of 50 mm x 50 mm x 50 mm. It is based on the Micro5 from the FACTORY5 brand-a high-speed milling center with the power consumption of a coffee machine and the size of a refrigerator. As a stand-alone solution, it is suited for manufacturing smaller batch sizes in the medical technology sector, in the watchmaking and jewelry industry and in precision engineering applications. Due to its six-pallet capacity, the Micro5 also supports production with minimal personnel.

The combination of a Micro5 with a Feed5 handling system will form a plug & play solution once it enters series production. Feed5 offers increased autonomy for automated workpiece handling with a 6-axis robot. Capacities for Micro5 and Feed5 projects are currently being expanded.

Combining Friction Stir Welding and Machining

"One process that may not be particularly well known is Friction Stir Welding (FSW), a reliable, efficient and sustainable manufacturing technology for creating pressure-tight and media-tight connections between two materials," said the spokesperson. "FSW is fundamentally suitable for applications involving joining aluminum or unrelated materials. The target workpieces for FSW currently include, in particular, battery trays and inverter housings as well as all electronic components that require heat dissipation alongside high requirements for leak-tightness. FSW technology also enables car manufacturers to relocate electrical modules to the wet areas of vehicles."

The CHIRON Group offers comprehensive expertise and practical user experience for machining these target workpieces. By combining FSW and machining, the CHIRON Group is developing a forward-thinking innovation to provide benefits for users similar to those offered by other process combinations: reduced space requirements, shorter cycle times and higher quality and productivity. The first projects using this combination are already underway at a technology partner company, resulting in the first turn-key machining centers such as the MILL 2000 machining center, offering combined FSW and milling technology.

For more information contact:

CHIRON America, Inc.

10950 Withers Cove Park Drive

Charlotte, NC 28278


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