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Making good parts is one thing, but making good parts in a process that is scalable is something different. Here is how one manufacturer rethought its production to prepare for opportunity.
Automated machining has transformed this South Carolina shop. However, achieving unattended production involved far more than just shutting off the lights.
This shop’s attention to process improvement led it to recognize and appreciate the largest source of unrealized potential in the company: the employees. Now, employee improvement is a priority in the plant manager’s role, and training has become a systemized part of the process.
This shop uses a bar-fed turn-mill with a B-axis milling spindle and custom workholding strategies to more competitively machine components complete for low-margin medical devices.
The China Chongqing International Machine Tool Show is scheduled for November 2017 and is planning for some 50,000 international attendees.
Steve Pegram will be vice president over the United States, Canada and Mexico.
CNC control software is being designed with features to better fit the tendencies of younger operators.
The two-day event in March presented eight machine tool demos and several seminars.