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My Evening at Andretti Autosport

Andretti Autosport has three DMG/Mori Seiki machines in its clean Indianapolis facility to produce small batches of metal and carbon-fiber race car components.

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Andretti Autosport has three DMG/Mori Seiki machines in its clean Indianapolis facility to produce small batches of metal and carbon-fiber race car components.

It’s nice when personal and professional interests cross paths. That happened to me last week when DMG/Mori Seiki invited me to visit Andretti Autosport in Indianapolis. DMG/Mori Seiki is one of the Indy Racing League team’s technology sponsors. The company provided three CNC machines—a DuraTurn 2550MC turning center, an NV5000DCG vertical and a DMC635 V Eco vertical—used by the team to create a variety of car components. (Other sponsors include Siemens, Big Kaiser, Faro, Lincoln Welders and Seco.)

The lead machinist at Andretti Autosport commented on how easy the transition was to the new machines in terms of quick installation and training that was provided. This was important because there was no overlap between the removal of the previous machines and installation of the new ones. Ellison Technologies played a key role in helping integrate these machines.

Prior to the event, the team hid all the “super-secret” stuff they didn’t want anyone to see, so we were allowed to take photos throughout the exceptionally clean facility. Here’s a slide show of some of the neat machining- and racing-related things I saw there.