Swiss screw machining and turning comprises a large part of our high precision machining business at Ardel Engineering and Manufacturing. Swiss Screw Machines are different from other types of CNC Lathes or turning machines because they minimize the distance between the workpiece support (main spindle) and the cutting tool through the use of a guide bushing. This contrast from traditional turning reduces workpiece bending, thereby eliminating deflection at the cutting surface. The Swiss machining process is ideal for precisely manufacturing high volumes of small cylindrical pieces.

At Ardel, we can accommodate parts made from almost any type of metal, plastic, or engineering grade material up to 32mm (1.25 inches) in diameter. The magazine style bar feeders of our Swiss CNC lathe machines allow continuous operation and efficiency by holding raw rod stock up to 12’ in length. The twin spindles of our machines also enable versatile secondary operations to create multiple part features within the same cycle.

The Ardel Swiss machine tooling is optimal and economical for producing components in quantities between 500 and 50,000 units, though our team can also produce orders above or below this range. Our highly experienced engineers will work with customers to advise them on the best manufacturing method for their specific application and the particular geometry of their part.

The typical lead times for our prototyping and production processes are 2 to 3 weeks, and 4 to 6 weeks, respectively, with rush and emergency services also available. In addition to these primary design and small part machining capabilities, Ardel provides secondary processes for parts including, but not limited to:

  • Heat treatment
  • Electroplating
  • Passivation
  • Anodization
  • Laser Part Marking

We believe that screw machine companies should offer turnkey solutions to customers, as well as built-to-order, high precision parts. At Ardel, we work with certified subcontracted vendors in a number of secondary processes to ensure that you receive completed custom machined parts with the exact specifications you need.

Ardel is proud to be certified in ISO9001:2008 and ISO13485:2003, allowing us to give customers complete confidence in our control over materials and processes. We use electronic communications across departments, from designs, to emails, to accounts payable; we have even become completely paperless with some customers. Our testimonials show that Ardel is a trusted partner who delivers quality and satisfaction on every job.

To view diverse examples of previous precision Swiss screw machining design and manufacturing projects, and to get a better idea of Ardel’s Swiss type CNC lathe, materials, sizes, and process capabilities, please visit our machined parts gallery.

For additional information about our machining capabilities and secondary processes, please review the specification table below or explore our Swiss turning capabilities.

Equipment

  • 4 Citizen-Cincom L20 Type VIII, M6 Control, Multi Spindle Swiss, .78" dia x 7.87", 8 Axis, CAV 20L Bar Feeder, 10,000 Spindle RPM, 50,000 RPM Live Milling
  • 3 Citizen-Cincom A32 Type VII, M70 Control,  Multi Spindle Swiss, 1.25" dia x 12.59", 9 Axis, CAV 332 Bar Feeder, 8,000 Spindle RPM, 50,000 RPM Live Milling.

Machinery Axis

  • 9
  • Live Tooling

Materials (Metals)

  • Alloy Steels
  • Aluminum
  • Austenitic Stainless
  • Brass
  • Bronze Alloys
  • Carbide
  • Carbon Steel
  • Cobalt
  • Copper
  • Iron
  • Lead
  • Magnesium
  • Martensitic Stainless
  • Nickel
  • Phosphor Bronze
  • Stainless Steel
  • Stellite (Hardfacing)
  • Tin
  • Titanium
  • Zinc

Materials (Exotic & Precious Metals)

  • Gold
  • Hastelloy
  • Inconel
  • Invar
  • Iridium
  • Kovar
  • Molybdenum
  • Monel
  • Niobium
  • Palladium
  • Platinum
  • Silver
  • Superalloys
  • Tantalum

Materials (Plastic Polymers)

  • Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS)
  • Acetal
  • Acrylic
  • Delrin®
  • Fiberglass Reinforced Plastics
  • Nylon
  • Phenolic
  • Polyamide-Imide (Torlon™)
  • Polycarbonate (PC)
  • Polyetheretherketone (PEEK)
  • Polyetherimide (PEI)
  • Polyethylene (PE)
  • Polyphenylene Sulfide (PPS)
  • Polypropylene (PP)
  • Polystyrene (PS)
  • Polysulphone
  • PolyTetraFluoroEthylene (PTFE)
  • Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)
  • Polyvinylidene Fluoride (PVDF)
  • Ultra-High-Molecular-Weight Polyethylene (UHMW)

Materials (Other Materials)

  • Ceramic
  • Composite Materials
  • Fiberglass
  • Glass
  • Graphite
  • Polyester

Tolerance (+/-)

  • Precision
  • Tight Tolerance
  • Ultra Precision

Lead Times Available

  • Prototype 2-3 weeks (typical)
  • Production is 4-6 weeks (typical)
  • Quoted on job by job basis
  • Emergency services available
  • Rush Services Available