Video: Increased Productivity With More (Not Fewer) Setups
VIDEO. Valve maker Richards Industries took a part that used to machined at one machine tool and added an additional setup on a vertical machining center. Higher throughput was the result.
Richards Industries moved away from machining a part complete at one machine tool in order to increase throughput by increasing the number of setups. Richards Industries personnel explain the move to Modern Machine Shop editor-in-chief Mark Albert. See also the two other Richards Industries lean manufacturing videos under “Editor Picks” at right.
Finding a way to fixture contoured marine propellers proved to be this shop’s biggest challenge in developing an effective automated machining cell.
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While aluminum molds are commonly used to create prototypes or to serve as stopgap bridge tooling, they are starting to receive greater attention for production work. This shop’s approach to creating aluminum molds in one day to three weeks is the same for each of these situations.