600 S 7TH STREET
PO Box 77
Albion, IN 46701 US
Flexible Automation Process Helps Shop Reduce Costs
Despite hitting production goals, this shop had trouble meeting customer cost targets. It needed further automation. After purchasing Fanuc robots to service its flexible manufacturing system (FMS), the company has reduced costs enough to pay back its investment.
Machine Tools Used As Dedicated Equipment…For A Little While
Two keys to this shop’s success are versatility and speed. It uses flexible machining centers, rather than dedicated equipment, and constantly reconfigures them into new cells for new jobs. The speed at which it can do this, in addition to in-house tombstone manufacturing capability, provides the nimbleness to quickly respond to its customers’ needs.
Securing The Future
Multiple-part fixturing helps boost the output of these high-volume machining cells while preserving flexibility. The success of these cells is proving to be a critical component of this automotive part maker’s turnaround strategy.