Alstom Brazil Goes into Production Using Massive Machining Center from SCHIESS

Alstom Power Hydro Lam turned to SCHIESS GmbH to enable it to work on large components used in hydro turbines. 

Alstom Power Hydro Lam turned to the specialists in massive machining centers, SCHIESS GmbH (Aschersleben, Germany) to enable it to work on large components used in hydro turbines. Its trademark are gigantic machining centers that work at the highest possible precision.

The Vertimaster VM 10 4-axis vertical turret lathe with drilling/milling drive is another milestone in developments that have already taken place at the Aschersleben site, as Jörg Amend, SCHIESS’s regional sales director for Asia, the Middle East and South America, confirmed, “Even with all the experience we have gathered with machining centers, this machine, with a face plate diameter of ten meters and a maximum face plate load rating of 350 tonnes, was a real challenge, even for us.”

The machine has now been assembled and is ready to use as planned. The vertical turret lathe has the capacity to handle parts with diameters up to 13 meters and a maximum height of 5 meters, and matches Alstom’s requirements in Brazil perfectly. Alstom is carrying out a large number of dam projects there, and is using the Vertimaster VM 10 to manufacture large components for hydro turbines.


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