STUDER sells the 1,000th S31
Zhao Jianwei, senior sales manager for STUDER Machines at UNITED GRINDING China (right), hands over the Swiss Rock Crystal to
Yongjun Wang, deputy general manager of Wuhan Hangda Aero Science & Technology Development Co. Ltd (left)
Fritz Studer AG makes history with the S31 universal cylindrical grinding machine and hands over the 1,000th machine to Wuhan Hangda Aero Science & Technology Development Co. Ltd in China.
Wuhan Hangda Aero Science & Technology Development Co. Ltd develops high-precision components for the aviation industry at the Dongxihu site in China. The company is experiencing steady growth and decided to invest in a new precision cylindrical grinding machine. After careful consideration and detailed technical discussions, Fritz Studer AG was awarded the contract for the S31. Towards the end of 2018, STUDER delivered the 1 000th S31 to Wuhan Hangda.
Reliable for complex tasks
The S31 is an all-rounder, suitable for medium-sized workpieces in single, small and large series production. It scores in its compact size and is especially popular with contract manufacturers who have very high and often complex requirements for cylindrical grinding. 2,500 tons of Granitan®, a mineral casting that provides a vibration-damping, thermostable and wear-free machine bed, are used in 1,000 machines. An impressive figure in a successful history.
At the turn of the millennium, the first cylindrical grinding machine S31 left the STUDER halls in Steffisburg, Switzerland and is still in operation today. It is installed at Shvabe Munich GmbH in Geretsried, Germany.
“We are still very satisfied with our S31,” says the head of the grinding department at Shvabe. “The machine is in full operation for external and internal cylindrical grinding. The additional functions for form and thread grinding are used for the production of prototypes. On the S31, as on all STUDER machines that are used in our house, I appreciate the high accuracy and that the machines are universally applicable. The S31 is an extremely reliable and consistent machine.”
Ceremonial handover in China
Yongjun Wang, deputy general manager at Wuhan Hangda Aero Science & Technology Development Co. Ltd, can be pleased. With the S31 he receives a machine with the highest precision, which will pay off for Wuhan Hangda. “A STUDER cylindrical grinding machine is the guarantee for the highest quality,” Yongjun Wang is convinced. A great benefit for him, apart from the advantage to grind high-precision aircraft components, are the many features such as external and internal cylindrical grinding, thread grinding and high-speed form grinding. Thus, Wuhan Hangda can realise various grinding applications on just one machine. “We already have several STUDER machines in our factory. This is also a selling point for our customers and with this we also gain their confidence, “says Yongjun Wang from his experience. With obvious pleasure he took ownership of the 1,000th S31 in a festive setting.