Transfer machine vs. machining center

Two solutions for different needs

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In the industrial automation sector, much of human work is replaced by the coordinated use of various technological solutions, for a mass and low-cost production of various types of goods.  

Among the different machine tools available on the market, two are particularly interesting and an integral part of Picchi's production: the transfer machines and the machining centers Chrono.
Two solutions that, each with its own technical characteristics, allow to respond to different needs, for complete industrial automation in different sectors, such as automotive, sanitary, oil-hydraulic and locks.


The transfer machine

The transfer machine is a type of automatic machine which, through a system for transferring the workpiece from one machining station to the next, can carry out the sequence of operations for the realization of a product.

The first rotary table transfer machines for fittings were invented in 1923 in the United States. The company that introduced the first spindles was "Goss and DeLeeuw Machine Company", which was founded in 1922 by Stanley Goss, machinist and inventor, and Adolph DeLeeuw, designer. Following its introduction into the industrial sector, the company experienced a period of strong growth and activity around the 1940s.
But it will be in the 1960s, thanks to the increase in production, that the transfer machines underwent a period of expansion, despite the characteristics of extreme rigidity, coming to a real evolution, on a mechanical and electronic level, during the last years.


The transfer machines by Picchi

Based on the production volumes, Picchi offers different solutions: Transfer, Combyax and Combybar.

The new HP "High performance & Low Maintenance" units have several strengths, which make them extremely competitive on the market. Among the main features we certainly have great flexibility, productivity, high quality and precision. Limited maintenance interventions and better speed and acceleration characteristics of the axes and spindles are added, which allow an increase in reliability and performance, with very short cycle times.


The machining center

The Machining Center is a multifunctional machine that, with great flexibility, allows you to perform a large number of mechanical operations such as milling, reaming, threading, drilling, etc.

The machining centers can be of different types depending on the configuration, the number of axes, the size of the work area, the position of the spindle and the options available.


Chrono: the Picchi multispindle machining center

Available with 3 or 4 machining centers connected to each other by 4 or 5 stations driven by torque motors, Chrono is the multispindle machining center by Picchi that allows the machining of separate pieces for each station or of a single piece with a cycle divided between the different stations.

Thanks to the rigid construction features, the available work cube and the wide range of spindle revolutions and powers, Chrono allows you to process multiple types of material as needed. The system also includes integrated automation and allows the possibility of adding the 5th axis.


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