The Signature Parts Series currently includes coverage of parts such as a chain guard, spiral staircase tread, hot runner nozzle, aerospace latch and an optical mount.
Differences in machine shops’ profit margins suggest the value of improvement methodology, unattended machining and machine tool monitoring, as well as the effective combination of all three of these.
A new order led Forbidn Manufacturing to buy a multitasking machine, but to program it effectively required taking on Esprit CAM software. The combination produces the part in two hours instead of eight.
Superior Metal Products had a problem with chips and coolant being shot back through tube material it was machining on a bar-fed CNC turning center. The solution to plug the back end of the tubes was a 3D printed device.
The robot show? Not quite that. But automation and the expectation of processes that can run unattended if needed are clearly core to manufacturing now.
Purchasing one, then two more, multitasking machining centers has transformed the way Concours Mold Inc. builds molds.