Flexible & Innovative: Affolter Presents Gear Hobbing Center AF110
Affolter Technologies SA
Press release date: March 25, 2014
• Affolter Technologies SA, worldwide micro gear hobbing technology leader, introduces the most flexible machine to date: The GEAR AF110 is tailored to micromechanical industries.
• Highest precision and reliability meet short cycle times: Engineers of the Swiss company designed the AF110 for optimum efficiency.
Malleray, Switzerland — Affolter Technologies SA (www.affoltergroup.ch), the technology and world market leader in micro gear hobbing centers for the watchmaking and micromechanical industries, presents its most recent innovation. “The GEAR AF110 sets a new benchmark in regards to flexibility, high precision and stiffness. It is tailored to the needs of all micro motor industries, such as automotive, aircraft, dental and medical equipment, and watchmaking”, states Marc-Alain Affolter, Managing Director of the Swiss family enterprise. The AF110 complements the existing GEAR product line towards the realization of larger parts with diameters of up to 40mm and a module of up to 1.0mm.
In 2010, the Affolter RD team in Switzerland started to design the AF110. The result is the most robust and flexible gear hobbing center to date. “Compared to the AF100, we doubled the clamping force to 1000 newton. Torque and stiffness of the spindles were increased, the Y-axis is more robust and there is only one clamping axis moving, optimizing the overall rigidity and minimizing vibrations”, explains Mr. Affolter. The AF110 is very compact, using the same base and volume as the AF100. With the introduction of this innovative gear hobbing center, Affolter – founded in 1919 – reinforces its position as worldwide technology leader.
Flexibility a plus: worm milling
The Affolter experts are currently developing the add-on “Unit 90”: After a quick changeover, the AF110 will be able to perform worm milling operations. Marc-Alain Affolter: “We will introduce this optional feature in the second part of 2014. The AF110 will be the most flexible machine for gear cutting and worm milling on the market.”
Short cycle times: optimizing productivity
The Affolter engineers aimed to reduce cycle times to make the machine as productive as possible. The AF110 is equipped with the user-friendly, internally developed CNC Leste control, making communication with the micro gear hobbing center easy and quick. The compact design and the improved rigidity are other key features that guarantee short cycle times and highest efficiency.
The distributor of Affolter Technologies SA in the United States, Canada and Mexico is Parker Industries Inc., based in Bohemia, New York (www.parkerind.com).
The GEAR AF110 in numbers
Max. workpiece diameter: 40mm
Max. machining length: 90mm
Module max.: 1.0mm
Max. spindle rotation speed: 12.000rpm
Number of axes: 12 CNC
About Affolter Technologies SA: Tradition meets innovation: The company was founded by Louis Affolter in 1919 in Malleray, Switzerland. Today, Marc-Alain Affolter leads the enterprise in the third generation as Managing Director. Affolter Technologies SA is a part of Affolter Group with more than 160 employees around the globe. A China daughter company was founded in 2013. Affolter Technologies operates worldwide with a broad network of distributors. The highly specialized company is world technology leader in high-precision gear hobbing solutions. For more information, please visit: www.affoltergroup.ch
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