The exhibition magazine AMB SPECIAL wrote that „key factors for decision-makers at the AMB 2022 are productivity increases and the technical availability of their systems“. What is the best way to achieve these aims? With a globally established partner like the CHIRON Group. One who covers all relevant areas of expertise and is therefore able to offer customized complete solutions rather than just machines. Milling and mill-turning, additive manufacturing, automation, turnkey, digital solutions, services, machine refurbishment: At the AMB 2022, the CHIRON Group showcased the expertise that it has continued to acquire in all fields.
Machine innovations live in action
In recent years, the CHIRON Group continued to pursue its product campaign with great vigor and demonstrated three machining centers live in action in Stuttgart: The DZ 22 W five axis with HSK-A 100 interface and spindle distance of 600 mm is specially designed for dynamic, precise and highly productive machining in the automotive and aerospace industries. The double spindle machine can be used to manufacture complex workpieces – such as the shown e-motor housing – in fast machining cycles at reduced unit costs. The experts also demonstrated the benefits of ProtectLine on this machine. The digital system from the SmartLine portfolio protects a machining center preventively and reliably against collisions in any operating mode based on a digital twin. The presentation on the DZ 22 W five axis also included two „better together, better digital“ projects. One relating to automated tool handling and tool changing in cooperation with ZOLLER, the other about intelligent coolant management with MOTOREX.
The CHIRON Group also showcased the new MT 715 two+ for five-axis complete machining and mill-turn operations on six sides. Integrated workpiece handling provides increased productivity and reduced costs in all versions of the 715 Series – MT for Mill Turn, MP for Multi Profile – with additional unmanned shifts.
More autonomy is also coming into focus in micro machining. This requirement is met by the new Feed5 handling system for the smallest machine in the CHIRON Group's portfolio, the Micro5. The six-axis robot feeds in workpieces at up to two machines fully automatically.
The specialists from CMS showcased two alternatives for people who approach new manufacturing tasks with state-of-the-art technology but are not currently investing in a new machine and who would like to protect the environment as well as conserve their financial resources: Individual refurbishment of a customer's machine or a CHIRON or STAMA machining center, refurbished with manufacturer expertise, from the machine pool of the CHIRON Group.
The CHIRON Group Service mainly focused on LifetimeSolutions. These are services and digital SmartServices, available from any location, which enable greater productivity, ultimate machine availability and optimized overall equipment effectiveness throughout every phase of the machine lifecycle.
New additions for additive manufacturing too
The additive manufacturing department gave a preview of AM Coating, its latest innovation for coating brake disks. The video demonstrated the main benefits of the system, which is designed for 24/7 operation. The layers of buffer and hard material are applied without interruption using high-speed laser deposition welding, doing away with the need to preheat the brake disks. This not only results in a shorter process, it also consistently achieves the best application quality without the formation of cracks.
Preliminary conclusion: Positive from all angles
Bernd Hilgarth, CSO of CHIRON Group, drew a positive preliminary conclusion at the get-together on the evening of the second day of the AMB: „After four long years, there is once again a lot going on at our exhibition booth, our machine innovations are live in action, and we are enjoying in-depth consultations and lively dialog in all languages: I've missed the special feeling of in-person events! You can feel how attending an event like the AMB in person has a completely different dynamic and atmosphere than one that is held online. Here, we can demonstrate our expertise to great effect, we have the right contacts for all areas of expertise and user industries, and we can provide general information and targeted advice. And we can show that „PERFORMANCE MEETS PRECISION“ is a promise to our customers that we take very seriously and one that we are growing ever more successful at keeping with new, future-proof solutions.“