Choosing a single brand of machine tools enables Ketchie Inc.’s operators to be self-sufficient. They can quickly learn to set up and program virtually any machine in the shop.
Horn USA has developed quick-change tooling systems to drastically reduce set-up and toolchange times for Swiss-type lathes, including those with through coolant.
IMTS Spark: The ZVH 55/L2200 multitasking turning and milling machine from Ibarmia with fixed table and moving column architecture is designed for a variety of work.
IMTS Spark: Hwacheon’s newly introduced Hi-Tech 750A YMC is designed to machine high-precision, heavy-duty parts.
For this Omaha shop, periodic part inspection required an automated turning cell to pause production. Printing a plastic parts collection chute for delivery outside the cell solved this problem, and it turns out the shop has found 3D printing to be valuable in many other ways.
IMTS Spark: Knuth Machine Tools USA has added the Survoturn 410 NC to its portfolio of turning machines.
IMTS Spark: Starrag’s STC-MTV five-axis multitasking HMCs are designed for hard metal machining in such sectors as aerospace and oil and gas.
Fuji Machine’s CSD-300II front-facing twin-spindle lathe is said to achieve greater productivity with the help of faster robot traverse and turret indexing speeds.
The Nakamura-Tome JX-250 multitasking turning center from Methods Machine Tools provides a large work area for milling and turning of complex parts.
The modular Soraluce FS 16000 multitasking machine, distributed by Select Machining Technologies, is designed for large, complex workpieces.
After campus had largely shut down, several labs and departments at the venerated engineering school organized with local hospitals to manufacture critical parts needed to fight the coronavirus.
After reaching out to the Austin Regional Manufacturers Association, a shop that typically serves oil and gas and heavy industry was able to quickly fill an order for ventilator parts.
Finding a way to fixture contoured marine propellers proved to be this shop’s biggest challenge in developing an effective automated machining cell.
Machining a large 3D-printed part for aerospace composite tooling is fundamentally different than manufacturing the part traditionally. Baker Industries knows this first-hand.
Robotic automation is transforming a job that was perhaps a machine operator’s least-favorite work assignment into one that is not a heavy lift.
Designatronics’ CEO says, “We can access a few million dollars more business” with each skilled machining employee who can perform complex setups and other sophisticated work from day one.
Outsourcing machining for complex hub assemblies resulted in months-long lead times and lack of control. A Mazak multitasking machine allowed Whirlwind Propellers to bring production in house.
As the additive manufacturing company 3rd Dimension Industrial 3D Printing prepares for production, it has one critical advantage over the competition: a standalone CNC machine shop.
UNCC researchers introduce modulation into the tool path. Chip breaking was the goal, but higher metal removal rate is an intriguing secondary effect.
Mazak’s Mega Turn 900M vertical turning center is designed to combine turning and secondary machining operations for efficient processing of large cast iron and steel workpieces.
Lathes in Kaast Machine Tools’ C-Turn series are made with high-tensile-strength Meehanite castings for vibration damping.
DMG MORI’s CLX 750 universal turning center is designed for workpieces weighing up to 600 kg and measuring 1,290 mm in length.
Romi's C series of heavy-duty flatbed CNC lathes are built with monoblock cast iron beds for optimum rigidity, accuracy and performance.
Precision Tool Technologies found capacity for diversification not by adding machines, people or space, but by freeing up time. Running unattended—running so it can machine through all 168 hours in the week—has enabled this shop to use hours when staff is present to deliver work that lands outside its established specialty. To achieve unattended machining, some of the biggest challenges have related to basic details such as chips and coolant.