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The Mastery of Manufacturing with Automatic Lathes: Precision in the Tube and Rivet Industry


Photographs of rivets, tubes and pieces formed with automatic lathes


Manufacturing with automatic lathes is the very essence of modern manufacturing, providing the industry with the ability to create precise and complex parts efficiently. However, behind its technical efficiency and versatility lies a fundamental group of craftsmen: lathe preparers.


Operation of Automatic Lathes


Operating an automatic lathe involves rotating the workpiece while one or more cutting tools perform precise machining operations. Automatic process control, often through computerized systems, allows for efficient and precise production.

  • Automatic Movement: Automatic lathes can be programmed to automatically feed the cutting tool to the workpiece, ensuring uniform and precise cuts.

  • Range of Operations: From turning and drilling to milling and threading, these lathes are versatile and can perform a wide range of machining operations.

  • Serial Precision: Their ability to accurately and consistently reproduce parts in large quantities makes them indispensable in industrial production.


Diversity in Types of Automatic Lathes


  1. Single Head Automatic Lathes (Swiss Type): Ideal for small and precise parts, these lathes stand out for their precision in the production of components with small diameters .

  2. Multi-Head Automatic Lathes: Perfect for mass production, they handle several tools and parts simultaneously, increasing efficiency.


Key Differences: Cam Lathes, CNC Lathes and PLC Controlled Lathes


  1. Automatic Cam Lathes: These traditional and highly precise lathes operate using a mechanical cam system. Cams are profiles that control the movement of the cutting tools. They are ideal for producing medium quantities of components with moderate precision requirements. However, its versatility is limited by the need to physically change cams to alter output.

  2. CNC (Computer Numerical Control) Lathes: CNC lathes are the cutting edge of modern manufacturing. They use computerized systems to control machinery and perform a wide range of operations. They are highly versatile and allow the production of complex parts with great precision. Digitized scheduling gives them the flexibility to quickly adjust production specifications.

  3. PLC Controlled Lathes (Programmable Logic Control): These lathes combine mechanical precision with logical programming. PLC systems allow for more flexible configuration than cam lathes, but with relative simplicity compared to CNCs. They are ideal for applications where control and flexibility in production is required, but without the total complexity of a CNC system.


The Vital Role of the Lathe Preparer


Lathe setters are the modern craftsmen who ensure the optimal performance of these machines. Their experience and skills are essential to setting up, adjusting and maintaining automatic lathes in ideal condition. They are true masters of precision, ensuring that every component produced meets the highest quality standards.


DIN 7340 Rivet Manufacturing: Precision in Every Detail


DIN 7340 rivets are a fundamental piece in the industry, and their manufacturing requires millimeter precision. Lathe setters play a crucial role in this process, from material selection to exact programming of the lathes. Each step is meticulously monitored to ensure the creation of rivets that meet rigorous technical specifications and exceptional quality standards.


Creation of Turning Parts: Art in Chip Removal


The manufacture of bar turning parts by chip removal is another field where lathe preparers demonstrate their skill. The ability to work with diverse materials, from common metals to more complex alloys, is a testament to their experience and technical knowledge. Every movement of the cutting tool is carefully planned and executed to create parts that fit the exact specifications required.



In short, lathe setters are the true creators behind the magic of manufacturing DIN 7340 rivets, tubes and turning parts. Their dedication and skills are the pillars on which precision and excellence in the modern manufacturing industry are built.

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