“Interview by Nathan Mac Donald”
Nathan: Chevalier Machinery is the leading manufacturer of grinding machines and machining centers, and today, we are here with Michael Zhang, vice president at Chevalier. Thank you for your time and thank you for this interview.
Could you tell us a little bit about some of your recent products?
Michael: Chevalier Machinery has been established for more than 30 years, specializing in producing precision surface grinders.
Currently our product categories cover grinding, turning and milling, meeting all our customer’s requirements in one-stop shop.
One of our new products is an upgraded version of SMART III series, a multi-function CNC surface grinder. Then we have our FBB Horizontal Boring and Milling machine series, our FLV series for oval piston turning, and our new fully automatic, Gantry type aluminum wheel production line.
Nathan: Tell us more about your aluminum wheel production line
Michael: Our production line includes automatic loading and unloading, work piece identification, positioning, machining, flip and cleaning, auto measuring, etc.
Our machining equipment includes vertical lathes and vertical machining centers equipped with fixtures and positioning gauges.
This automatic production line was developed by our R&D department with the help of our Japanese consultant. Fanuc control systems handle and monitor the automatic production cycle. Thanks to our high speed robotic arm with vertical speed of 60m/min and horizontal speed of 80m/min, the production efficiency of our set up is significantly increased.
Nathan: So, is your production line still in development or is it currently on the market?
Michael: Yes it’s on the market, we have sold two production lines last year, and our customers are currently operating them. This production line can produce one aluminum wheel every three minutes.
Nathan: Well, thank you for your time and we are looking forward to seeing your new production line in action at the upcoming shows. Thank you!
Michael: Thank you!