SW North America Inc  

30160 Lyon Industrial Court
New Hudson,  MI  48165

United States
  • Booth: 1726

Technology. Machines. Systems. 

SW North America, Inc., located in New Hudson, Michigan, is a supplier of turnkey manufacturing solutions, including multi-spindle horizontal CNC machining centers with advanced automation concepts. SW’s multi-spindle machining centers enable highly efficient and precise production of components across many industries. As a systems partner, SW also designs and commissions complete manufacturing systems for their customers with automation perfectly tailored to their workpieces – all from a single source.

SW North America is a subsidiary of Schwäbische Werkzeugmaschinen GmbH. SW currently has 1000 employees worldwide and generated sales of about €300 million in 2019. In addition to SW Automation in Tettnang, Germany, SW also has subsidiaries in the United States, China, and Mexico, as well as in France, Italy and Poland.


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  • “We have earned a certain reputation in the market when it comes to the highly economical yet precise machining of series parts,” says Dipl.-Wirtsch.-Ing. Jörg Schmauder, Managing Director of Sales/Marketing at Schwäbische Werkzeugmaschinen GmbH (SW) in Waldmössingen, Germany. The basis of the company’s success is the special design principles of the machines, which are most commonly multi-spindle machines. The multi-spindle concept itself results in increased productivity and lower space and energy requirements in comparison to classic machine tools with fewer spindles. SW machines also feature a sophisticated loading concept: two-table models have a swivel carrier unit with two driven horizontal carriers with clamping fixtures for workpieces or interchangeable pallets. After loading, this unit completes a 180° rotation. This moves the clamped workpieces into the working area in front of the spindles and the finished parts outside of the working area to be unloaded. A torque drive makes it possible to change the work angle of the carrier, which serves as a fourth machining axis. Optional torque drives are also available for the individual clamping fixtures, enabling five-axis machining.  

    Short chip-to-chip times for maximum productivity
    “At SW, we consider every tenth of a second that a tool isn’t machining the part to be wasted time,” adds J. Schmauder. This is why the company has always fought against non-productive time. The most effective means of achieving this is a high level of dynamics in all movements to and from the workpiece and during tool changes. Depending on the application and size of the machines, linear motors or low-wear ball screw drives are used. The tool changer is also integrated directly into the machine. This high level of dynamics also applies to the axes of the swivel unit. This concept enables a chip-to-chip time of less than three seconds. 
    Another key feature of the machines is their exceptional robustness. For example, the machine and spindles are designed according to the box-in-box principle and integrated into a stable monoblock. This enables continuous use, even for high-performance machining of materials that are difficult to machine such as stainless steel or nickel-based alloys. This is also a requirement for long-lasting precision.

    New machines allow for larger workpiece dimensions
    “Despite the many advantages of our machines, there is also a certain disadvantage that comes with the swivel unit regarding the maximum dimensions of machinable components,” says J. Schmauder. Over the years, SW has had several customers request the ability to machine larger components on SW machines. This led to the development of the first machine prototype in the BA W08 series, the BA W08-11, which was developed for machining aluminum workpieces. Several of these machines have already been sold to customers. The use of linear direct drives allows this machine to have an acceleration of 2 g in the linear axes. It has a 35 kW spindle with up to 17,000 rpm at 80 Nm and HSK-A63 interface. HSK-A80 and HSK-A100 spindles are also available. In contrast to the previous machine concept, the swivel carrier and the second work table have been omitted. This solution enables the machining of larger workpieces. The prototype of the BA W08-11 has a working range of 1,500 mm (X), 1,025 mm (Y) and 660 mm (Z). The interference zone of the A-axis has a diameter of 1,650 mm and a length of 1,830 mm. A space version is also available for the BA W08-11, which offers more flexibility for the machining of large workpieces. This model features a larger interference zone diameter of 1,850 mm and length of 1,980 mm on the A-axis. SW has also developed the BA W08-21, a twin-spindle sister model that enables machining of two workpieces at the same time. In this machine, travel of the spindles is 800 mm (X), 1,025 mm (Y) and 660 mm (Z). These specifications apply to the HSK-A63 and HSK-A80 interfaces. In addition to single-table machines with linear direct drives for the machining of non-magnetic materials, SW is also developing single-table machines with proven ball screw drives for the machining of conventional iron, steel, or nickel-based materials. 

    Extensive automation capabilities 
    In today’s industrial climate, customers demand more than just good machines: they expect fully automated and validated processes for precisely defined tasks,” says J. Schmauder. SW has been meeting these challenges for a long time, he says, and has extensive experience in planning and implementing sophisticated manufacturing solutions. Automation experts have at their disposal powerful IT-supported planning tools such as simulation processes and tools for feasibility and material flow analyses. This enables workpiece costs, for example, to be calculated as early as the planning phase. The customer thus has a reliable set of figures for his estimates in advance of his investment decision. Of course, automation also includes robots and workpiece or tool storage, as well as various types of auxiliary equipment.  

    This naturally also applies to the new models in the BA W08 series, which can be automated with a variety of solutions. One solution to facilitate the loading and unloading of large and heavy workpieces for the operator at the machine is the integration of the TopRob. The machine is loaded and unloaded with the aid of robots on platforms or gantries above the machine. Multiple grippers enable the rapid exchange of finished and raw parts. Another option is to load and unload the machines from the front with an SW FloorRob.

    In addition to machining, SW’s automation capabilities also extend to numerous other processes that take place in modern production lines. These processes include cleaning, drying and preservation, assembly and testing, and packaging for transport. SW’s automation team integrates third-party processes into the production lines and assumes overall responsibility for them. Depending on the overall circumstances of the production line, SW automation solutions also enable lights-out machining. 

    life Services: Support throughout the life cycle 
    “With life Services, we offer our customers a broad, interconnected selection of support services throughout the life cycle of their machine,” says J. Schmauder. This cycle begins with life academy and life startUp, which offer thorough training and direct support during startup and ramp-up of production. During the entire service life of the machine, the customer has access spare parts and service at any time with life parts and life help – via both remote maintenance and service technicians. With life upgrade, the machine remains operational for many years with upgrades to hardware and software, or even a complete retrofit. 

    Today, the online collection, archiving, and analysis of data generated during production with the use of life data is becoming increasingly important. For this reason, the machines are extensively equipped with sensors that record all essential operating parameters. Customers retain full control over the types and scope of the data collected, as well as the analysis methods used. With the tools, the operating status of the system and the usability of the tools – for example deviations or even malfunctions with regard to concentricity or breakage – could be continuously tracked and the machining history documented down to the individual workpiece. The analysis of the data also provides indications of impending failures and helps in the planning of maintenance intervals and the stocking of spare parts. 

  • Electric vehicles will dominate the market within a matter of years. Competitive factors such as pricing, mileage and selection are improving to the point where EVs will soon present equally attractive – if not outright better – alternatives to traditional gas-powered vehicles. Further, governments worldwide have sought to mitigate the infrastructural roadblocks to widespread adoption of EVs by addressing the dearth of charging-stations and by implementing perks such as priority parking and tax rebates. An additional requirement for this shift to take place is the preparedness of the manufacturers themselves.

    Supporting the shift

    The demands of the EV industry are not one in the same as the needs of traditional gas-vehicle production. Machining large structural components made of light metal such as battery trays is one of the biggest EV manufacturing challenges. This type of machining can be complicated and time consuming – two things that can hold manufacturers back from meeting increasing production goals. Machine, automation and system solutions supplier, SW, recently released the BA space3 specifically for machining in the electric vehicle industry that meets these needs today and into the future. 

    The BA space3 is differentiated in equal parts by its size and speed. With an installation of footprint of 25.3m2, the machine is the largest in SW’s repertoire. It features a working rage of 3,000 x 1,800 x 875 mm on the X-, Y- and Z-axes respectively. On each of these axes, the HSK 63 spindle is able to reach a rapid traverse of 120 m/min, with a chip-to-chip time of 4-4.25s (depending on which optional features a customer selects). So not only is the machine capable of machining large structural components made of light metal material, such as battery trays, that are in such high demand in the industry – but it does so at speeds much faster than anything offered by the competition. The remarkable speed is due in large part to the linear drives in all feed axes. The resulting high dynamism and positioning accuracy reduces idle time and ups productivity—both of which are indispensable when it comes to meeting such high demand for high-volume and bulky components. 


    Further setting the BA space3 ahead is its flexibility. SW designed a swivel head specifically for the five-axis version of the machine (two axes — the A- and C-axes — are in the head itself). This enables machining from all angles while cutting down on the need to purchase further rotary tables. The other variant features an HSK63 spindle, enabling straightforward correction in all axes, thus increasing quality.

    The Q-axis contributes greatly to the dynamism of the 3-axis, rigid spindle variant. It can be turned for greater access to the workpiece. The Q-axis interference circle is Ø2,200mm x 3,480mm. The distance to the rotary table is 425-1,3000mm for the rigid spindle variant, and 165-1,040 mm for the swivel head.  In both variants, the table can accommodate more than just large parts. It is flexible and precise enough to machine subparts to be mounted together and brought to back to the machine to be processed into main part as a whole. After the machining process is finished, parts are rinsed out with coolant in the loading area. So, when all is said and done, what customers are left with is a completely finished component, ready to be packaged for shipping. 

    The tool magazine has been designed as a chain and can hold 40-80 tools including special tools in unique shapes and sizes.


    Demand for EV parts is increasing rapidly and will continue to do so moving forward. Automation that simplifies the machining processes while supporting traceability is important for success. The BA space3 can be interfaced with automation from SW, which is also world renowned for their automation solutions. Loading is possible via robot or other lifting aid such as a crane. Robot loading is enabled with either a portal solution in front of and above the machine or a floor solution. The machine is accessible either through the open top or the automatic L-shaped door. There is a drip tray to enable clean workpiece transport. Manual loading is possible from the front; however, it is limited by the size and weight of the component being loaded.

    Industry 4.0

    The BA space3 user experience is intuitive for operators due to the C|one control panel. The C|one is SW’s latest HMI and has been designed specifically for their machines. Among its many benefits is its interface for further software (e.g. the SW Core Portal). The 24-inch display is a multi-touch panel with force feedback to mitigate the risk of unintentional input. Tool management is intuitive, and dashboards are clearly delineated into application / service commissioning. The machine is also capable of holding unique and specially shaped tools. Users can monitor the service life status of tools, retrieve details of same, filter tools by process, cutting layers and indicates when a space is blocked due to an especially large tool. Additionally, the machine can be fitted with a portable HMI. Status can be monitored cable-free, and it provides a plant overview with remote capabilities, provided that then HMI is connected to the company network. The BA space3 comes with SW Core software integrated. It is secured with chip authorization needed for access.

    The IO-Link is another invaluable asset with regard to Industry 4.0. It acts as a standardized interface for communication between sensors and actuators. It enables straightforward parameter management, performance data monitoring, access to device and diagnostic information. With SW life Services, data evaluation is significantly enhanced. The central data is stored in the PLC. It enables simple component replacement in the plug and play solution. The I/O link enables more data acquisition, simplifies component exchange for plug and play and enables remote diagnosis up to the sensor / actuator. This improves data evaluation via the cloud, saves on service through faster detection of malfunctions and reduces downtime and necessitates fewer and shorter service calls.

    The right tool

    The BA space3 was released at just the right time for the EV industry. In order for electric vehicles to become viable for the average consumer, producing the right parts on the manufacturing side needs to be straightforward and cost effective. SW is playing its role to support the shift. When it comes to the machining of large-volume workpieces made of light metal such as battery trays, support frames and structural components, there is no better option on the market. If EVs are to become the more attractive option for consumers, manufacturers must first choose the right equipment.


  • BA 322i
    SW's BA 322i is an independent manufacturing cell that can store enough workpieces for an entire shift. This plug & play solution features a twin-spindle horizontal machining center, integrated 6-axis robot, and vertical workpiece storage.


  • Schwäbische Werkzeugmaschinen’s (SW) BA 322i is designed to function as an independent manufacturing cell that can store enough workpieces for an entire shift. This twin-spindle horizontal machining center produces twice the output while using less floor space and less energy. The BA W02 and BA 3 series are available with a loading module with an integrated 6-axis robot and vertical workpiece storage. SW’s double swivel carrier enables loading and unloading in parallel to machining time. The vertical workpiece storage is conveniently located to the side and has been trimmed down to require minimal space. The new BA 3 series features the monobloc design in combination with the box-in-box 3-axis unit, double swivel carrier and 1, 2 or 4 horizontal spindles with 300 mm spindle distance.

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