All photos courtesy of United Grinding Group/Studer
Pictured from left to right are Studer CEO Jens Bleher; COO Stephan Stoll; CTO Daniel Huber; and CSO Sandro Bottazzo.

Studer has invested heavily to produce three large 5-axis milling centers with integrated rotational functionality. In addition to higher efficiency, the 5-axis machines improve precision through complete machining and reduced clamping. The operating system enables digitalization of manufacturing to promote Industry 4.0 standards, and Studer has been audited and recertified with the latest VDA and ISO certifications.

At the heart of Studer’s operations is its continuous Fliessmontage+ flow assembly system. Having reported record production levels in 2017, Studer officials say this system for machine manufacturers enabled the company to achieve its additional machine production increase in 2018 and continue to maintain short delivery periods to customers.

New standard

Precise tooling operations can be performed on the configurable S31 grinding machine.

Studer launched machines with four distances between centers – 400mm, 650mm, 1,000mm, and 1,600mm – in April at the China International Machine Tool Show (CIMT) in Beijing, China. The added distance between centers of 400mm and 1,600mm complete the company’s portfolio for long and short workpieces. Based on the Studer T-slide concept, these have an extended X-axis stroke at 370mm, and additional wheelhead variants are available. Studer has redesigned the machine column geometry, adding a column temperature control system to ensure dynamic and thermal stability. Standard control for the machines is a Fanuc 0i-TF operated with the company’s StuderWIN programming software. The S31 and S33 can be automated for series production with the company’s standardized loader interface.

Studer is a member of the United Grinding Group.

About the author: Tom Mulligan is AM&D’s European correspondent and can be reached at tommulligan125@gmail.com