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SW North America Inc. Exhibits Highly Productive Mid-Range BA 322 Horizontal Machining Center at IMTS 2014

CANTON, MI -- (Marketwired) -- 06/26/14 -- SW North America, Inc., a leading manufacturer of precision metalworking production machines, will exhibit its BA 322 horizontal machining center in booth S-9080 at IMTS, McCormick Place, Chicago, August 8-13, 2014. The machine will be making chips in the production of various parts.

The BA 322 is a compact, twin-spindle horizontal machining center targeted for 4- or 5-axis machining of small to medium-sized steel, cast iron, and light metal workpieces. Typical examples include brake calipers, hydraulic valves, and turbocharger components including compressor wheels. The double swivel table design allows workpieces to be loaded/unloaded in cycle. The BA 322 name represents the 300 mm distance between the two spindles and two tables. It is the smallest frame size of SW's heavy-duty machining centers.

BA 322 is equipped with two spindles, a specially developed twin swivel trunnion, and twin or quadruple 5-axis modules to suit the actual machining requirement. Five-axis machining takes up about 50 percent of SW's applications because today's components are more complex and intricate in design.

Monobloc Machine Bed
To ensure precise machining and a rigid framework, the BA 322 incorporates a patented SW monobloc machine bed. This stiff cube carries the 3-axis unit equipped with a maximum four spindles. The simultaneously machining of four spindles provides great efficiency and maximizes workpiece throughput. The horizontal spindle arrangement provides optimum chip flow.

Highly Productive
The machining center was designed to be highly productive. In lieu of synthetics, SW relies on lost-wax-cast collets in high-alloyed steel, controlled by a cylinder and monitored to confirm the tool is correctly locked. A choice of three different magazine sizes, with up to 128 tools per machine, can be chosen. Tools are changed using the pick-up system. The un-tensioned chain of the magazine reaches speeds of up to 80 m/min and runs in a link rail. Retightening is not necessary.

Finally, an hydraulic pack is required because SW not only offers the clamping fixtures with its components, but also provides the elements necessary to control them. Each of the two work holding units on the twin swivel trunnion of the BA 322 is controlled by up to eight hydraulic pipes and an additional five pneumatic ones, all featuring rotary distributors.

About SW North America, Inc.
SW North America, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Schwäbische Werkzeugmaschinen GmbH, Schramberg-Waldmössingen, Germany. SW is a designer and manufacturer of high-precision multi-spindle horizontal machining centers and manufacturing solutions for the metalworking industry. The company specializes in providing solutions for machining high volume, prismatic components utilizing their 4 & 5 axis multi-spindle technologies. SW serves customers in the industrial, aerospace and defense, alternative energy, transportation, consumer products, and medical sectors. In addition to the main facility in Germany, the company operates two technical centers that include sales, engineering, service and spare parts. One location is in Canton, Michigan that serves the North American market; the other is the soon-to-open facility in Suzhou, China that will support the Asian market. Additionally, SW has sales offices in fifteen other countries worldwide. More than 2,250 SW machines and manufacturing solutions are running successfully in multi-shift operations in 40 countries around the world. For further information, see http://www.sw-machines.com/en/sw-worldwide/.

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