How About Just a Little Lights-Out?

Running 24/7 might not be necessary for your shop. But what if you added a couple extra unmanned hours?


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Think “lights-out machining,” and you might imagine machine tools running unattended all through the night. Jeff Estes of Okuma’s Partners in THINC says there is a large class of shops that doesn’t need this much lights-out capacity, but could benefit greatly from running lights-out for just a few hours at a time. Shops such as these are often closer than they think to obtaining this level of unattended operation. For example, he says, what about adding a bar feed? Read more here