Robotic Parts Feeding System Handles Swiss Watches’ Most Delicate Parts

11.12.2017 : Manufacturing News

For years, specially trained employees at Swiss watch part supplier Affolter SA underwent the tedious task of manually handling a large variety of highly precise parts designed to operate some of the world’s best watches. The work was monotonous but necessary.

Affolter needed to modernize, in particular the polishing and burnishing process. The solution would need to be highly flexible because different types of parts needed to be produced on the same equipment. Lot sizes were small and changeover needed to performed as quickly as possible. The watch parts are very small and fragile, so special care needed to be taken throughout the entire process. (...)