If the automatic tool changer on your Okuma vertical or horizontal milling machine suddenly stops in the middle of changing a tool, there’s a quick and easy way to solve the problem.
Gosiger now sells and supports a new CNC machine tending platform that enables any size shop to add robotic part loading and unloading to their production process. The result is lower cost-per-part and increased productivity.
Plant Manager Steve Masters oversees an 86,000 square foot facility with over 100 machine tools that perform precision manufacturing of parts for aerospace, medical, power distribution and automotive industries.
A universal goal of the more than 130,000 visitors to IMTS 2018 (September 10 – 15) was improving the performance of their manufacturing operations. Much of what they saw had a common theme: The continuing evolution from focusing on discrete machines to bringing together various manufacturing technologies, such as traditional subtractive, laser, additive and digital connectivity.
Making components for aerospace applications presents a number of challenges for CNC shops that want to expand into the markets for civil, commercial and military aircraft. Dealing with harder-to-machine materials, tighter tolerances and traceability requirements may require adding more advanced manufacturing technologies and new skill sets.
Although water-based solutions may effectively clean simple parts machined with water-soluble coolant, you need powerful solvents to properly clean parts exposed to oil-based cutting fluids that have blind holes, cross-holes, ID threads and other complex features.
You’re getting ready to run a job and your CNC machine broke down. The cause is a routine maintenance part that should have been replaced weeks ago. Well, your shop is busy and sometimes things just slip through the cracks.