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Multitasking Machines

To help shops react quicker and more flexibly to market demands for increasingly complex parts in smaller batch sizes, multi-tasking machines use a single setup to perform different metalworking operations that completely process a part of raw material into a desired final shape and size without manual intervention. This improves part quality, accelerates manufacturing and directly impacts shop capacity, floor space, personnel and profitability.

Multi-Tasking Mania: The Vanishing Single-Function Machine

Multitasking can deliver considerable savings, particularly on complex work that is highly profitable, by completing a part in one cycle and dramatically reducing setup and other non-value-added time, preventing opportunities for error and eliminating work-in-process inventory that might otherwise lay idle between standalone machine tools.

Multitasking Machines: Articles

Multi-Tasking Mania: The Vanishing Single-Function Machine

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Multitasking can deliver considerable savings, particularly on complex work that is highly profitable, by completing a part in one cycle and dramatically reducing setup and other non-value-added time, preventing opportunities for error and eliminating work-in-process inventory that might otherwise lay idle between standalone machine tools.

Multitasking can deliver considerable savings, particularly on complex work that is highly...

Multi-Tasking Changes Everything

Shops are meeting the rising demand for high-mix/low-volume strategies by using innovative multi-tasking machines to fully optimize processes that encompass everything from the moment raw material enters into a shop up to the date the final part gets shipped.

Shops are meeting the rising demand for high-mix/low-volume strategies by using innovative...

Acquiring Complex Machined Parts in the “No Bid Zone”

Pharmaceutical equipment builders demand machined components with such ultra-high tolerances and complexity that many precision shops must pass on jobs that are simply too difficult or beyond their capability. Who can they turn to?

Pharmaceutical equipment builders demand machined components with such ultra-high tolerances and complexity...

When Bigger Really is Better

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This machine shop took an unconventional approach to growing into one of the most dependable parts suppliers for a major manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, and now they enjoy a niche that most shops are unable to compete against.

This machine shop took an unconventional approach to growing into one of...

Take 5-Axis Machining of Aerospace Parts to the Next Level

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Machining aerospace components involves very long cycle times and often high raw material costs that present competitive challenges for OEMs and production job shops alike. But here are two examples of how the latest CAD-CAM-CNC workflow can improve design-to-part protocols, machining time, tool life, surface finish, dimensional accuracies and overall production efficiencies.

Machining aerospace components involves very long cycle times and often high raw...
Multitasking Machines: Products

Methods Machine Tools Introduces Its Own Line of VMCs

Methods Machine Tools is offering four 3-axis vertical machining centers (VMCs) and a 5-axis bridge-type machining center made by Taiwanese tool builder Litz Hitech. Equipped with Fanuc controls, they provide an accurate and reliable mid-range machining solution.

Methods Machine Tools is offering four 3-axis vertical machining centers (VMCs) and...

Affordable, Compact Drilling and Tapping Centers

The Tongtai VTX series from Absolute Machine Tools provide speeds up to 2,362 ipm in all axes and acceleration of 1.2 g. Two types of high-speed automatic tool-changing systems are available.

The Tongtai VTX series from Absolute Machine Tools provide speeds up to...

Stationary Workholding Virtually Eliminates Setup Time

Accessories and adapters for SMW Autoblok’s manual APS and WPS stationary workholding systems ensure flexible clamping of nearly every geometry without interfering with machining or contours, making them ideal for 5-axis machining. Zero-point clamping reduces setup time up to 90%.

Accessories and adapters for SMW Autoblok’s manual APS and WPS stationary workholding...
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