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“The accuracy levels we require are a particular challenge. Diameter tolerances of 9μm, for instance, and tolerance classes of IT 6 or better along with high process dependability and a corresponding machine capability of Cmk 1.67 in production are among the requirements. We knew this would be difficult to achieve. At the same time, we are producing a wide variety of components (over 500 types) in small batches (up to 30 pieces). That is why the required tolerances are difficult to achieve whilst maintaining high process dependability. With the investment in the new machines we also aimed to reduce setup times and to efficiently increase machining times.” Rolf Gritl, Head of Industrial Engineering at Siemens
This was a very special challenge: in order to meet the specified accuracy levels, first of all suitable machines with the appropriate processes had to be found. Initially, the company had planned to use various machine concepts and a simple pallet magazine for automation. But then the project at Siemens Ruhstorf developed into an integrated system, comprising 3 HELLER mill/turning centres model CP 2000 and a Multi-Level-System (MLS) by Fastems.