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TURNING - CNC (114 companies)
CONVEYORS - Power Turn (2 companies)
MACHINERY - Turning (6 companies)
MILLING AND TURNING - Precision (32 companies)
PACKAGING - Returnable (9 companies)
PRODUCTION TURNING (7 companies)
PUMPS - Condensate Return (4 companies)
SWISS CNC TURNING (35 companies)
TURNBUCKLES (0 companies)
TURNKEY SYSTEMS (2 companies)
TURNSTILES (11 companies)
TURNTABLES - Audio (1 company)
TURNTABLES - Display (1 company)
WOOD TURNING (76 companies)
Turning is a bit of an interesting word when we consider it in terms of manufacturing. While it sounds simplistic and you probably have an image in your head of doing circles, this isn’t quite what we had in mind. Turning is when a machine made specific for this purpose, is used to make products that rotate while cutting away extra unwanted materials. While turning can be used for various purposes, the products that it produces aren’t meant for extended or long term use. In fact, a fixture is fitted to the turning machine which in turn is use to cut specific pieces that are harder to create with other machinery. Then in turn they make small parts that aren’t so reusable which may include a piece for an important prototype.
Typically, when it comes to turning the machine moves in a straight line, but has capabilities to also move at different angles as well. There are two options available when it comes down to the required use of turning. The first is by using a machine as described above in which it cuts materials while turning it and removing the excess material that is unnecessary. However, for manufacturers that seek a cheaper alternative there are manual lathe’s (the machine responsible for turning) which can be operated manually instead of by a computer based system that operates the lathe in most instances.
While there were traditionally one type of turning process there are now a few more processes in which this can be done. In each instance the type of turning will also change the outcome of the product that is being molded. While one type may produce a straight piece of material the other one may produce a curved fixture. In almost all instances, the machines are run by CNC’s which are the software responsible for operating the machine although they do require supervision by an operator. Just like with turning, lathe’s also come in different shapes and sizes. While some are smaller and more portable, there are others that require assistance from machinery.
Lathes serve a multitude of purposes and that’s the whole reason they are made in various ways. Some jobs may require one being brought to the job site and while other times it’s simply easier to bring the materials to the lathe. The main purpose behind a lathe is to cut down production time and requirements when it came to turning. As a lathe can be known as a multi-functioning tool of sorts, it has the ability to cut different angles and complete multiple objects. Built for multitasking, lathes are made to get multiple jobs done at once when it comes to high volume and mass production. While some of the materials are only good for short term use such as prototypes, this doesn’t make them any less important, as it’s those prototypes that have led to big inventions and designs that have gotten created through out time and we now use in our everyday lives.
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