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Postprocessing System Eases Technology Adoption

At this aerospace manufacturer, software from ICAM minimizes time spent reworking out-of-the-box postprocessors for new machines and improves confidence in part programs.


Retrofits Lift Venerable Machines to New Heights

Retrofitting nine 20-year-old skin mills at Boeing’s plant in Auburn, Washington reduced machine downtime and improved both safety and productivity.


Cell Works the Night Shift

At this aerospace and medical component manufacturer, a Doosan HMC paired with a flexible pallet magazine and cell controller from Fastems has increased production and part quality while eliminating variation throughout the production chain.


ERP Synergizes Disparate Departments, Applications

Despite access to a sophisticated ERP system, this company still used manual methods for managing critical resources. Expanding its use of that system has streamlined operations and synergized disparate software applications and departments.


CAM Features Facilitate Five-Axis “Hog-Outs”

A point of pride for this shop is its ability to take on projects others wouldn’t touch. Recently, capabilities within Mastercam CAM software enabled the company to overcome challenges with a difficult aerospace component and, more significantly, to...


Presetting Process Cuts Scrap, Rework

Aerospace manufacturer Fokker Aerospace Group relies on Speroni’s STP46 tool measuring and presetting machine to ensure that step drills used to cut and chamfer holes on aircraft flap skins are within tolerance and set to the proper length. This mac...


Briquetter Alleviates Chip Disposal Inefficiencies

When this manufacturer of aircraft ejector seats increased its machining capacity, the volume of chips generated increased as well. A briquetter from Prab provided a safe work environment, a fast return on investment and cost savings that have added...


Automated Honing Reduces Cycle Time by 75 Percent

Faced with increased demand for a critical aerospace part, this manufacturer sought to replace its manual honing machines with a CNC model. As a result, the company achieved a 300-percent increase in production, better ID surface finishes and dimens...


Aerospace Shop Reduces Setups With Boring Mill

A recent survey prompted Ace Clearwater Enterprises to acquire a boring mill and implement a new MRP system. In turn, it was able to bring processes in-house and accelerate cycle times while better serving its clientele.


Aviation Component Supplier Cuts Setup Time With Productivity Partnership

This shop turned to a tool supplier to help cut milling time on one alloy steel hydraulic body by 63 percent. The success led to a broader Productivity Improvement Program that identified some $87,000 in potential annual savings, and ultimately to a...


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