Lean from the Beginning
How would you design a new plant if you could begin today? Rolls-Royce Crosspointe is a major manufacturing site that was planned from the outset with the expectation that continuous improvement would always be part of its culture.
Fully Committed to Zero Stock Machining
Milling critical mold surfaces to final size (or even a “tenth” undersize) literally leaves no margin for error. This takes absolute confidence in every aspect of the machining process, as well as absolute confidence that the results are worthwhile.
A contract shop produces critical parts for the Curiosity rover that will soon depart for Mars.
Road Report: Wish You Were Here—Day 2
Our editors travel the world searching out the latest manufacturing technology. Read what Chris Koepfer, editor-in-chief of Production Machining, is learning about in Germany.
Five-Axis Machining Center Minimizes Thermal Conductivity
The C 42 U five-axis machining center is available with a mineral cast base to minimize thermal conductivity and vibration. The X, Y and Z axes are 800 × 800 × 550 mm, respectively, with rapid traverse of 60 m/min. in all axes.
Another Angle On HSM
The savings in setup time were welcome enough, but this mold maker found that a 3+2 machining center also accelerated its use of high speed machining.
Seminar Addresses Bladed Component Milling Strategies
Cutting tool manufacturer Emuge, machine tool builder Hermle, CAM software developer Concepts NREC and inspection system supplier M&H Probing Systems will jointly host a complimentary, 1-day machining seminar October 15. The event, located at Emuge’s Technology Center in West Boylston, Massachussetts, is designed to reveal new ways to boost productivity, increase metal removal rates and optimize tooling when machining impellers, blisks, rotors and other complex bladed components.
Free Seminar Explores New Machining Strategies
To help manufacturers succeed in a difficult economy, a complimentary one-day seminar will showcase new ways of integrating the latest machining products and techniques to improve productivity and product quality while reducing costs. Jointly hosted by cutting tool manufacturer Emuge, machine tool builder Hermle Machine, software developer Open Mind and metrology provider M&H Probing Systems, the event is scheduled for June 9 at Emuge’s Technology Center in West Boylston, Massachussetts. Technical representatives from each company will answer questions about products, technology and processes and how they interact to produce predictable and more efficient manufacturing cycles.
Emuge, Hermle Collaborate On Equipment Demos
Emuge (West Boylston, Massachusetts) and Hermle Machine Company (Franklin, Wisconsin) have announced a cooperative effort to streamline customer-specific demonstrations of specialized tooling capabilities. The program includes the placement of a Hermle series C 30 U five-axis machining center at the Emuge technical center in West Boylston, as well as the permanent assignment of a Hermle applications engineer to that facility. Peter Matysiak, president of Emuge, says a generic demonstration would not be sufficient to show off the capabilities of the company’s taps, milling tools and other products because they are often used in challenging applications involving advanced materials and alloys.
Replacing Turning with Grinding
This compressor maker’s custom impeller profiles used to present a sticky machining problem. Now, the parts no longer need the wax that turning used to require.