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Cell Controller Boosts Production Flexibility
By serving as the “brains” of a cell consisting of two machining centers and a work delivery system, cell control software from Erowa helps this manufacturer run lights-out 24/7 and achieve 90-percent spindle utilization.
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.
Vise Rigidity Boosts Robot Cell Output
To automate the fixturing of round machining center components, Haas uses a custom, robot-tended setup incorporating MoveLock vises from Kurt manufacturing. Thanks to these vises’ rigidity, the machine tool builder has doubled the output of its robo...
Quick-Change Fixturing Locks in Time, Cost Savings
When a routine process-improvement exercise revealed significant savings could be gleaned from reducing setup time and speeding change-overs, this manufacturer turned to the Ball Lock quick-change system from Jergens, Inc. As a result, the company r...
Vise Automates Milling, Eliminates Fixture Setup
A machine tool builder phased in a three-machine robotic cell to improve productivity and automate machining of spindle shafts. A new vise model that provided repeatable clamping and eliminated fixture setups was key to the success of the new projec...
Refining the Process Saves Time and Money
Sometimes it isn’t just the part, but the process that makes all the difference, especially when it comes to meeting deadlines and customer demands.For any manufacturer, customer satisfaction is the number one concern.
Rotary Tables Save Time, Expand Capabilities
This shop refused to accept the notion that large, complex parts necessarily require multiple, time-consuming setups. Rotary tables from Lyndex-Nikken have saved time and expanded capabilities to the point where the shop can take on new work and bri...
The Right Clamp Makes a Difference
Clamping has often proven to be the Achilles heel of hard machining.
Fixtures Facilitate Transfer Line Automation
Replacing fixtures in an automated transfer line with robot-integrated models from Kurt Manufacturing helped this tier one automotive manufacturer eliminate issues with part distortion and expand production.
Moving To Magnets Doubles Productivity
Moving from hydraulic to magnetic fixtures enabled this shop to reduce setup time, improve rigidity and eliminate manual operations. As a result, productivity doubled.