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TORNOS and their competitors are taking part in the historical development of machine tools. One of the well-known machine tool designers was Leonardo da Vinci.

- 2000 The oldest machine tool discovered is a turning lathe. During the bronze age, the craftsmen used bow lathes. Later, the potters' lathe was developed.

da Vinci
Towards the year 1500, Leonardo da Vinci sets the basis of continuous turning. His lathe, like many of his inventions, was well ahead of his time.

It was only in the 19th century that the challenge was taken up and the basis of the automatic lathe was created.

The cam replaced the work of the man.

From 1880, bar turning processes were developed in the Moutier area. The first lathes competed with each other, in spite of their rudimentary tools, to reach a formidable efficiency for that time. One and even two camshafts were linked in the designs to optimise production. The basis of the fantastic rise in machine tool production was laid.

Moutier, the birthplace of the precision turned parts industry, was inextricably linked with the three local companies : TORNOS, BECHLER and PETERMANN. This competition, by its maximum synergy effect, was profitable to the three companies and allowed an uncommon development. The companies always keep their ears open for the possibly best solutions for their customers. Looking for excellence, these 3 companies joined together in one entity with one main concern : to meet the customers' requirements.

The cams, real tool paths materialized in form of curves and jointly driven by a shaft, allow both a diversity of operations and fantastic productivity.

Directly descending from the historical models, this type of lathe, where rapidity, reliability and productivity are the strongest points, can turn out a number of parts up to 40 per minute once they are set up.

With the MS-7 lathe, TORNOS realised an extraordinary feat of strength, i.e. maintaining a lathe in perfect harmony with the market for 30 years !

As you read this, these thousands of MS-7 lathes are still producing parts, still accurate, still reliable and still productive.

The productivity of these cam automatics requires a strong management and organization of the set-ups. The cams have to be calculated and machined, and the procedure suffers from a lack of flexibility. In order to overcome these restraints, another evolution was absolutely necessary.

The numerical control (NC): a new flexibility

The competitive environment induced the companies to more flexibility. Fully aware of this evolution, TORNOS proposed the NC control to their customers.

From their conception, the TOP-100 and TOP-200 models were produced in a sense of flexibility and accrued possibilities. The NC control, for the first time completely developed by Tornos, shows an unrivalled knowledge in the global solution procedure for the turned parts production.

Flexibility will be found in several ranges

From their conception, the TOP-100 and TOP-200 models were produced in a sense of flexibility and accrued possibilities. The NC control, for the first time completely developed by Tornos-Bechler, showed an unrivalled knowledge in the global solution procedure for the turned parts production.

All these lathes meet the market requirements. But in order to cover completely all the applications required by the customers, especially for mass production, the company has to supply other solutions.

The ENC 75, ENC 163, ENC 167 and ENC 264 with diameters from 1 to 26 mm fully meet the market requirements, with regard to batch and mass production of both simple and complex parts.

Using the strength and experience of more than 110 years of continuous supply of over 100'000 machines (incidently over 40'000 are still in production) to all parts of the world, Tornos decided to develop a range of machines combining all of these advantages. The perfect solution to meet the challenge of the present and the future.

DECO 2000

With their various product ranges, offering different capacities and complexity, TORNOS, resolutely facing the future, crossed a new frontier in the late 90's with the birth of DECO 2000.

The DECO 2000 concept was born !

Conciliating its glorious past of "Swiss Type" lathe and of high "Swiss Made" technology, the company allows its customers to look to the cap of the 21st century with serenity.

Linked around a new generation of NC control of PNC DECO type, a programming software TB-DECO and adapted kinematics, this kind of lathe insures flexibility up to 20 parts per minute.

SAS 16.6
How to manufacture more?

The company looked into the problem, and came to the conclusion that it has to produce more, at the same time. Consequently, what could be more logical than to produce lathes allowing the finishing of several bars at the same time ?

With six (SAS 16.6) or eight (BS 20.8) bars simultaneously machined, this range of cam operated lathes turns out a number of parts inconceivable for single spindle lathes : up to 100 parts per minute with two pick-up (counter) spindles.

Multispindle automatics feature exceptional rigidity and unbelievable reliability. They are the perfect answer to the demanding and extremely high requirements of mass production.

A view of the various needs of the customers and the solutions offered showed some interesting sales-market requirements. The small multispindle market was well covered, and the company decided to look in depth at the single spindle market to offer even better solutions to customer needs.

Up to now, the customers had two choices, both giving differing advantages :

Cam Automatics: Speed, Reliability and Productivity

CNC: Flexibility and Precision

Versatility, flexibility and precision are the winning cards of this range.

Ever since the launch of its DECO 2000 concept, TORNOS has maintained its commitment to improving its services and has, through these efforts, secured a place in the bar-turning market for workpieces of mid-range complexity. It has achieved this with its [a-line] range of products, delivering characteristics which have already satisfied thousands of customers in a wide and varied range of sectors right around the globe.

Moreover, the manufacturer has not stopped there ! Indeed, in April 2005, the manufacturer unveiled its new range of single-spindle turning machines, Sigma, developed to produce workpieces of simple to average complexity, and is so doing rounded off its product range to cover all customer requirements !

Of course, these evolutionary changes have also been applied to multi-spindle turning machines, with the MultiDECO 20/6be now capable of reducing the production costs of simple components, when compared to a classical MultiDECO unit. In contrast to the above unit, the MultiDECO 32/6c and MultiAlpha 8x20 machines were launched to tackle very complex workpieces.

Another contributory factor to the success of our business is our TB-DECO software which enables mixed programming of single-spindle and multi-spindle units based on the same logical approach. The latest version of the latter unit, the "TB-DECO ADV", is more simple, more powerful, more accessible and much faster. Please note that this program complements the basic version supplied with the machine.

The demands of modern industry are rising all the time and call for continuous development on our part if we wish to satisfy all the increasingly demanding needs of our customers.

The TORNOS team of specialists has set itself the challenge of offering our customer base a set of solutions which focus to a progressively greater extent on precise individual needs, both in terms of technology and in terms of price/quality ratio. On several occasions, Tornos has already demonstrated that it is steering a course on the right heading ...



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