The company that made the rock drills used to free the Chilean miners last year is exploring the right level of multitask machining.
This machine tool supplier sees shops searching for just a little bit of unattended capacity. Many shops are closer to obtaining this extra capacity than they realize.
For this lean shop dedicated to low-inventory kanban relationships with customers, the most critical measure of efficiency revealed the value of robotic loading.
Here's a look at what this shop's expanded multitasking capabilities have meant to its success and how it plans to continue building momentum.
Loader moves entirely within the footprint of the machine.
A contract manufacturer expands its capacity using various approaches to feeding the machines.
Multitask machining is the ability to perform various manufacturing operations unattended, without moving the part to other machines.
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The Hwacheon VT-650 vertical CNC lathe provides a maximum cutting diameter of 31.44" and features a 1,500-rpm spindle drive.