Adopting a 24/7 Mindset
This shop considered a number of factors before establishing an effective process to run an HMC cell around the clock for applications in aerospace, oilfield and other industries.
Automotive Industry is Booming in Germany
Before heading off to Esslingen, Germany (near Stuttgart) to help Index celebrate its 100th anniversary, my publisher told me that the area is “the Detroit of Germany.” I soon found that to be an apt description as a large number of shops I visited were heavily vested in automotive manufacturing. What’s even more noteworthy is that business was booming.
Presetting Becomes Prevalent
Next Intent implemented presetting and shrink-fit toolholding when it bought a five-axis machining center, but it has since seen these resources deliver value to machining centers throughout the shop.
Partnership Simplifies Tool Library Creation
CGTech (Irvine, California), the developer of Vericut CNC verification and simulation software, and Zoller, a supplier of tool presetting and measuring machines, have announced a partnership to better serve the customer base of both companies.
Minimizing Turnaround Times for Big Parts
The key to success (and the primary challenge) for any job shop is minimizing turnaround time for non-repeating work. This Indiana shop shares some of its strategies for reducing lead times for the various large-scale jobs it encounters.
For GKN Aerospace to overcome tool-related variations on its largest milling machines, it had to confront error sources that go unnoticed in many shops.
Inspection Machine Measures Virtually Any Parameter
The genius 3 inspection machine with the pilot 3.0 vision system software features a graphical user interface and is capable of measuring virtually any parameter on any type of tool, the company says. Measurements of tool features, including assigning upper and lower tolerances, can be made from either an absolute
Toward More Seamless MQL
One of the small perils of a new technology is that it often involves new steps or new considerations that present special opportunities for error. Minimum quantity lubrication (MQL) is a technology that exemplifies this point.
Marine Supplier Meets Tricky Tolerances With Presetter And Measuring Machine
For its supercharged six-cylinder Verado outboard motor range, Mercury Marine (Fond du Lac, Wisconsin) set and met multiple new tolerances. One of the trickier tooling tolerances had to do with the valve seat boring tools. The company's Mazak machining centers incorporate 15 of these long, narrow, multi-insert tools to finish machine the 24-valve seats, intake and exhaust in the one-piece aluminum cylinder head. Because valve clearances are factory-adjusted and are designed to remain within tolerance for several thousand hours, close machining tolerances are essential.
Tool Presetting Ensures Tool Quality While Saving Time
The Edon, Ohio, plant of Metaldyne (Plymouth, Michigan) produces one of the most complex parts on an automobile: the steering knuckle. Irregularly shaped with a variety of surfaces and holes to mill, drill and bore, steering knuckles provide a machining challenge that usually requires some finesse to meet.