BIGLIA Group Relies on Linear Guides and Spindle Bearings from Schaeffler

The Schaeffler Group has expanded its close working partnership with Italian machine tool manufacturer The BIGLIA Group. In addition to supplying ball and roller monorail guidance systems for BIGLIA's range of lathes and multi-spindle machine tools, Schaeffler will also supply its super precision FAG spindle and cylindrical roller bearings.

This technical and commercial collaboration with Schaeffler means that BIGLIA now has a reliable partner that supports the Group on a global level, offering long-term application engineering advice, premium quality products and fast deliveries.

Established in the 1950s, The BIGLIA Group is based in Incisa Scapaccino, a small town located in the famous Italian wine-growing region of Piemont. The company initially focused on the manufacture of sawing and special purpose machines, but in more recent years, has seen steady growth in the lathe sector. Today, the Group employs 170 staff and has manufactured more than 10,000 machines since its foundation.

In 2004, BIGLIA selected The Schaeffler Group as its preferred supplier of ball and roller monorail guidance systems in order to ensure that the company's range of lathes and multi-spindle machine tools would continue to meet customers' high expectations in terms of quality, machine reliability and performance.

In fact, the majority of main axes in BIGLIA turning machines are now equipped with ball and roller linear recirculating bearing and guideway assemblies from Schaeffler, such as the KUVE 35 guidance system.

The KUVE range of four-row monorail guidance systems offers high accuracy, rigidity and load carrying capacity, as well as other special characteristics depending on the guidance system chosen.

KUVE guides have integral lubricant reservoirs adjacent to the rolling elements and provide long operating life, with maintenance-free operation in certain applications.

The full complement KUVE-B guidance system is ideal for applications where the emphasis is on dynamic characteristics as well as maximum load carrying capacity and rigidity. A wide range of carriages are available, including standard, long, low, high, short and narrow, all of these running on the same modular guideway.

A special low noise KUVE design is also available. This is suitable for applications in which quiet running is a higher priority than load carrying capacity. This version incorporates plastic elements called 'Quad-Spacers', which guide and separate the balls, preventing collisions and reducing running noise.

The KUVE range is available in guideway widths between 15mm and 55mm. The KUVE system is available with guideways that have teeth on the underside or on the lateral face, enabling various drives and mounting concepts. Additional options include an integrated electronic-magnetic measuring system for direct measurement of travel distance using an incremental or absolute encoder.

A wide range of accessories are also available for KUVE ball guidance systems, including brass closing plugs, guideway covering strips with fitting and retention devices, clamping lugs and strips, and an emergency braking device. A comprehensive range of sealing and lubrication devices are available in versatile combinations in the form of modular kits of parts. Various drive and connection components for the toothed guideway version are also available.

Today, BIGLIA offers a comprehensive range of multi-functional lathes and multi-spindle machine tools, with two or three automatic turning heads. Available in 25 different versions with between 2 and 12 axes, these machines are suitable for universal turning operations and for machining complex assemblies in a single set up.

The company also manufactures a variety of lathes, including vertical lathes with inclined spindles, lathes with three automatic tool changers and multi-tasking lathes.

BIGLIA lathes and CNC machining centres offer high rigidity in their mechanical components. Rapid tool changers, as well as high speed and high acceleration in the main axes and spindles, enable outstanding productivity.

Machining accuracies are extremely high due to the controlled temperatures of heat sources, the spindles and automatic tool changers. Environmental conditions and energy saving potential are also taken into consideration, such as the implementation of grease-lubricated guideways. These high quality standards - coupled with the latest manufacturing technologies and the continuous testing of the production process - are the primary reasons for BIGLIA's strong position in the market.

For more information on Schaeffler's range of linear guidance systems for machine tools, please call the Marketing Department on 0121 313 5870 or email

With a total of 65,000 employees at over 180 locations around the globe and group sales of 7.3 billion Euros (fiscal year 2009), the Schaeffler Group is one of the world's leading rolling bearing manufacturers and automotive component suppliers. The corporate group includes the INA Group with headquarters in Herzogenaurach, the FAG Group based in Schweinfurt as well as the LuK Group, with headquarters in Bühl.

Dean Palmer


SilverBullet PR Ltd

Tel: 01780 753 000

Mobile: 07703 023 771


Schaeffler (UK) Ltd,

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Sutton Coldfield

West Midlands B76 1AP

Tel: 0121 313 5870

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