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.
One of the largest vertical turning and milling centers in the country will be installed in this Cincinnati-area job shop. Although installing the foundation for this huge machine was a massive undertaking, the company is building on other “foundations” as well.
A leading manufacturer of high-performance valve train components installed a twin spindle/twin-turret lathe to bring camshaft machining work in-house. Here, the company explains how it has become more effective using its multifunction lathe to produce small batches of custom racing camshafts.
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