Zero to a hundred in 2.5 seconds

JBO reduces cycle times with special tool for multiple work processes

In the world of machining, speed and precision are paramount. Steering system manufacturer ZF Lenksysteme based in Schwäbisch Gmünd in Southwest Germany relies on a drill thread milling cutter from JBO for the high-speed machining of steering housings. In just 2.5 seconds, no fewer than four work steps are completed with 100 per cent accuracy – using a single tool.

At ZF Lenksysteme, a steering system manufacturer jointly owned by Robert Bosch GmbH and ZF Friedrichshafen AG, a workforce of around 13,000 in locations around the world produces passenger car and utility vehicle steering systems to a high technological standard. One of the key components for the manufacture of high-quality steering systems is the steering housing. For a new steering housing made of cast aluminum, the world’s leading steering system manufacturer decided to focus its efforts on reducing machining cycle times and so minimizing costs. JBO was commissioned to develop a solution for producing the vertical blind hole thread which was as economical as it was precise.