Machining Centers for Small-Lot, High-Mix/Low-Volume Applications
Westec 2017: Southwestern Industries’ Trak machines are said to increase productivity in shops that engage in small-lot or high-mix/low-volume work.
Southwestern Industries’ Trak machines are said to increase productivity in shops that engage in small-lot or high-mix/low-volume work. Products designed for the former application include the Trak family of knee mills, bed mills, lathes and knee mill retrofits. Machines designed for the latter application include the Trak 2OP portable VMC and Trak LPM vertical machining center, both of which contain built-in Jergens ball locks to facilitate quick change-overs.
All Trak machines feature powerful but easy-to-learn ProtoTrak CNCs that reduce setup times and provide for increased workforce flexibility, the company says.
Old-world craftsmanship combines with precision machining on a vertical machining center and Swiss-type lathe to produce some of the only U.S.-made mechanical wristwatch movements.
The force that holds the toolholder in the machining center's spindle can weaken over time. If you haven't checked drawbar force in a while, this may be the weak link in your process.
... not to mention grinding with air. Thanks to high speed spindles powered by shop air, this job shop expands the work its VMCs can do.