System 3R USA, Inc.
915 Busse Road
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007 US
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As Seen In Modern Machine Shop
Wire EDM Offers More Than Just Precision
Among other benefits, these two shops have saved significant production time by using wire EDM for part-cutoff operations previously conducted on bandsaws.
CMM Removes Bottleneck in Automated Cell
By adding a Brown & Sharpe One CMM from Hexagon Metrology, Strattec was able to eliminate a production bottleneck in its automated cell and improve efficiency in other departments throughout the facility.
How Do You Equip a Startup Micromachining Shop?
A response to a reader’s question includes a checklist for launching a small shop focused on micromachining.
What Shapes a Shop
Marshall Manufacturing melds CNC machining and 3D bending to create intricate medical components from small-diameter barstock and tubing. Customer needs spurred the shop to carve out what has become a successful medical-manufacturing niche.
Fixturing Device Simplifies Squaring
Peter Schmidt of the Hermann Schmidt Company developed a intuitive fixture for squaring blocks for the die and mold industry. The system interfaces well with components from the System 3R catalog and is capable of making a block square within millionths of an inch.
Workholding That Holds Off Chatter
Clamping fixtures can be part of the problem when chatter occurs in a high speed machining process. Researchers have now discovered that clamping fixtures can also be part of the solution. A supplier of integrated tooling systems has developed palletized workholding that uses a viscoelastic layer to absorb vibrational energy, thus reducing the tendency for a machining process to cause chatter. The benefits of this technology are improved surface finish, lower cutting forces and longer tool life.
From Mold Making To Mold Manufacturing
Pro Mold had to change its entire shop culture to make the move to “net machining.” The experience made the company stronger.
Under One Roof
In bringing multiple manufacturing processes in-house, this medical shop parallels its customers' efforts to be one-stop sources for hospital equipment.
Incremental Automation Pays Dividends
While successful mold makers agree that automation is necessary to remain competitive, they often have different opinions about how to integrate automation. This mold maker does it in gradual phases, and in doing so, it drives shopfloor workers to roles of greater responsibility.
Classy Shop, Classy Cells
The automated EDM cells in this shop are distinguished by their thoughtful design and careful attention to detail--as is the rest of the shop.
Globally Integrated Machining
To serve global customers, this company manufactures plastic injection molds on a global basis. It does this not by outsourcing to overseas shops but rather by partnering with the right ones. The key is consistency from mold to mold, continent to continent.
Automating The Mold Shop
This shop produces dies and molds around the clock 7 days a week, yet most of the time no one is there.
An EDM plus a robot makes a dynamic duo. A graphite mill plus a robot makes another. Put them all together in one shop and you have a radical new way to speed mold production.
CNC surface grinding is a critical component of this shop's systematic approach in the manufacturing of multicavity molds to extremely high tolerances.