Precision Tool Technologies found capacity for diversification not by adding machines, people or space, but by freeing up time. Running unattended—running so it can machine through all 168 hours in the week—has enabled this shop to use hours when staff is present to deliver work that lands outside its established specialty. To achieve unattended machining, some of the biggest challenges have related to basic details such as chips and coolant.
After relying on time cards for labor tracking and dealing with hot stickers on almost every job, Watson Grinding switched to Global Shop Solutions’ ERP software for automated tracking and intuitive scheduling.
What do you do when a large portion of your business depends on machine tools that are more than 30 years old? You roll up your sleeves and perform some of the maintenance of your machines yourself, even if you are the company’s VP, because that maintenance is crucial to the shop’s success.
The articles we develop often start with a manufacturing leader letting us know about the special way their shop is advancing or succeeding.
Along with switching to a different milling tool to improve surface finishes on aluminum parts, Alupress also employed Mapal's Uniset-P setting fixture to make the process reliable and efficient.
An oil & gas part with a lot of holes required that Utex use two different tools to ensure burr-free inner and outer diameters. With Heule’s Vex-S tool, the shop realized time savings per cycle of an entire minute by performing drilling and chamfering in a single step.
Peter Zelinski sees three long-term trends that continue to reshape manufacturing.
Capital Spending Survey Projects 5% Decline in Machine Tool Buying for 2020, but Spending Level Still Above AverageBy: Steven Kline, Jr.
Machine tool buying is predicted to be down but still strong. Job shop spending is predicted to be 10% above its five-year average.
Workplace organization can be overwhelming. Break it into smaller steps to make it more manageable.
This new chemistry-based solution for five-sided machining allows for a diversity of metals and other workpiece materials to be used along with aggressive cutting forces.