Full-service precision machine shop and Tier 2 automotive supplier SB Dezigns (North East, MD) lowered the cost of machining a stainless steel automotive shifter part for the racing industry more than 60% by using different tooling and optimizing the milling process. To lower milling cycle times, the company began using the Emuge-Franken TOP-Cut VAR end mill and FPC milling/drilling chuck from Emuge Corp. (West Boylston, MA) as well as more aggressive feeds and speeds on its CNC vertical machining center.
Combining flexibility and performance, the standard-length TOP-Cut VAR end mill with corner radius is made from premium solid micro-grain carbide with aluminum-chromium (AlCr) coating. Its geometry — variable-helix flute angle and tapered core diameter – dampens vibration, adds stability, increases feed rates and can be used in nearly all materials and milling strategies.
Offered in partnership with Albrecht Präzision GmbH & Co. KG (Wernau, Germany), the FPC milling/drilling chuck with maintenance-free mechanical clamping provides superior force, concentricity (0.000118-inch runout at 3xD projection), and shock absorbance. Tools are clamped and unclamped in seconds via a pin-lock collet with a hexagon wrench that operates a worm gear mechanism at the side.
In addition to lowering cycle times, the end mill/tool holder combination saves SB Dezigns 30 hours and $5,000 for every 500 shifter parts manufactured – a 62% reduction.
AIDA-America’s 300-Ton Servo Press Increases Productivity at Graham Stamping
AIDA-America Corp. (Dayton, OH) provided Graham Stamping Co. (Hermitage, PA) with a 300-ton unitized frame servo press, the DSF-N2-3000 press.
Beckwood Delivers Hydraulic and Servo-Electric Presses to Supplier of Solid-State Batteries
Beckwood Press Co. (St. Louis, MO) has delivered a 500-ton, 4-post hydraulic press and a 50-ton servo-electric press to a U.S. manufacturer of solid-state batteries.
ATI Industrial Automation Acquired by Novanta
As of August 31, ATI Industrial Automation (Apex, NC) was officially purchased by Novanta Inc. (Bedford, MA). Novanta provides laser systems, vision systems, and motion-control components to manufacturers of medical equipment and advanced industrial equipment.