CHIRON Open House 2012: Innovations for greater productivity and resource efficiency

Tuttlingen, (PresseBox) - This year's CHIRON Open House will take place from Wednesday, April 25 to Friday, April 27, 2012, in Tuttlingen. With live machining demonstrations, the company will show a series of innovations for more productivity, shorter throughput times and greater resource efficiency.

The new machines are the FZ 08 MT and the FZ 12 MT, which feature an integrated tool revolver for simultaneous turning and milling, and the compact double-spindle DZ 08 W Magnum. For heavy cutting, CHIRON is presenting the new, fundamentally redesigned series of 18 powerful machining centers and the large BIG MILL models with swivel heads. Efficient turnkey and automation solutions, numerous technical lectures and information stands from renowned partner companies round off the trade meeting.

Innovations concerning simultaneous turning and milling

Using the precision machining centers FZ 08 MT and FZ 12 MT, CHIRON will show that the throughput time can be halved and productivity doubled by simultaneous turning and milling in one machine. Both new machines have an integrated tool revolver which puts a second tool to work alongside the milling spindle. Thanks to the swivel head, turning spindle, tool revolver and opposed spindle, they have up to eleven controllable axes, all of which are equipped with direct path measurement systems. This allows them to achieve the greatest precision in positioning and simultaneous operation. The opposed spindle with swivel axis permits complex and precise five-axis operations and the six-sided machining of bar material.

Two spindles: Doubled productivity

The double-spindle DZ 08 W Magnum for double the productivity can be seen for the first time at the Open House. Thanks to chip-to-chip times of 1.9 seconds and spindle speeds of 40,000 RPM, it is very fast. At the same time, the two spindles allow energy savings of more than 40 percent.

CHIRON will show the "Magnum" equipment variant with extra-large work area and lots of room for devices and NC rotary tables as well as corresponding long traverse paths. The new machine will be demonstrated with the optional workpiece changing system for fast loading and unloading of workpieces during machining and short non-productive times of only 2.4 seconds for workpiece changes.

More efficiency by multi-spindle machines

Using further examples of two and four-spindle machining centers, CHIRON will also show at the Open House which savings in time, energy, space and personnel - and therefore costs - can be realized with multi-spindle machining centers.

BIG MILL with swivel head

BIG MILL, CHIRON's series for volume cutting, will be shown at the Open House with NC swivel head. The NC swivel head as fourth axis, which can be changed by ±110°, has up to 1000 Nm spindle torque, as does the rigid head machine. Together with an NC rotary table (flush-mounted in the table) with torque drive as fifth axis, efficient five-axis machining of larger workpieces is possible.


CHIRON-WERKE GmbH & Co. KG, founded in 1921 and based in Tuttlingen, Germany, is a globally active manufacturer of vertical machining centers. It is a part of the Hoberg & Driesch group of companies and employs about 1,400 employees worldwide. The company manufactures exclusively in Germany and makes about half of its turnover through sales of turnkey solutions. About 60 percent of its machine tools are exported to places around the world. CHIRON maintains an extensive international network of service and distribution companies. Among the customers from the automobile and aerospace industries, machine construction, medical engineering and the watches and jewellery industry are many who are international leaders in their fields.

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