Sliding head Technology

Sliding head machines were originally designed to automatically produce very intricate parts of a watch. Even though sliding head machines were meant to contribute greatly to the watch industry, they have proven to be indispensable when it comes to many other applications in the industrial field.

What is a Sliding Head Machine For?

A sliding head turning machine specialises in very small components, with diameter size that is usually smaller than 32 mm. These small components are manufactured very productively and on a large scale.

What does it look like?

A sliding head machine is a big machine that:

  • Has a number of axes.

  • Has both front end and back end machining.

  • Has its own set of turning tools.

  • Has both drilling tools and other similar tools.

How does a Sliding Head Machine Work?

A sliding head machine works through this method:

  • The material slides through what is called a guide bush.

  • It is then rotated through a second spindle, which in turn pushes it through the guide bush.

By using a sliding head machine, you can be sure that you are guaranteed with the following:

Accuracy – using a sliding head machine ensures that that parts you produce are precise, with a superb finish. No need to rely on the skills of a machinist, as the machine itself is already programmed to produce excellent products without worrying about uniformity. Its work is as accurate as possible and totally reliable.

Speed – having a machine to operate continuously makes sure that your profit is secured. Aside from this, you can also count on meeting deadlines without having to think about work quality and quantity.

Beer and 5-axis machines

Thankyou Kevin and Peter at Geo kingsbury and all the people at Hermle for the awesome trip around the Hermle factory in Germany. It was certainly a showpiece for German engineering and efficiency. They certainly have a world beating product line and the culture to go with it. Wish we did more of this sort of thing in the UK. Incredibly a few miles down the road they are brewing the what must be best beer in the world. Six pints and no hangover – Is there nothing the Germans cannot do?  I sometimes wonder why I still live in UK.