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.
The Doosan Puma SMX5100L is a twin-spindle, multi-tasking turn-mill center designed to complete complex parts in a single setup, with chuck sizes available in 15, 18 and 21 inches.
IMTS Spark: Tsugami/Rem Sales announces enhancements to the Tsugami SS327-III-5AX, a 32-mm, B-Axis, chucker-convertible Swiss-type CNC lathe.
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: Doosan Machine Tools’ Puma SMX5100L twin-spindle, multitasking turn-mill, is the largest machine in the Puma SMX series.
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.
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.
The M532 VIII is the newest version of the Citizen Cincom M-series turret-style Swiss-type turning center.
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.
Machine tools that can perform turning, milling and other operations on one platform offer process efficiencies that more and more shops are leveraging to their advantage.
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.
Machining a large 3D-printed part for aerospace composite tooling is fundamentally different than manufacturing the part traditionally. Baker Industries knows this first-hand.
Seco’s modular QC (Quick-Change) toolholders for Swiss-type machining is designed to enable fast, easy and repeatable insert indexing and tool changes.
Rotary broaches manufactured with a proprietary hardening process can cut material as hard as 50 HRC with minimal tool wear, improving the production process for medical screws and other components.
After a new Swiss-type lathe exceeded company management’s expectations in terms of both performance and efficiency, the lathe is now included in plans for future applications.
CNC sliding headstock lathes are becoming more popular among traditional machine shops for their multitasking capabilities, some offering B-axis milling spindles.
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.
Swiss-type lathes with a swiveling B axis enable this shop to machine parts complete and unattended that it otherwise couldn’t using its five-axis machining centers. Here is some of what it learned adopting this new technology.
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.
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.
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.
Consistent queue delays between the lathe and the drilling machine led Koso KentIntrol to purchase a multitasking machine from Starrag that was capable of doing both.