Video: Toolcraft’s Customer Driven Transition to a Turning Cell

In stepping up to the plate and investing in an Okuma turning cell, Steve Meyer demonstrates that sometimes change is necessary.

In only a year, Toolcraft LLC had evolved from being a manual shop to running a sophisticated production cell. Owner Steve Meyer admits he is not yet a “full blown” CNC guy, in the article “Taking a Big Step.” However, in stepping up to the plate and investing in the Okuma cell, he demonstrates that sometimes change is necessary.

With the cell operating one shift, and with Gosiger’s resources at hand, this cell can be tooled for virtually any new or old job Mr. Meyer chooses to produce, according to the article. “Where would we find someone to manually load these two lathes continuously,” Mr. Meyer says. “Automation is a no-brainer for this job.”

To read the entire article, visit “Taking a Big Step.” While our editors were visiting the shop, they shot a video interview with Mr. Meyer. In it, he gives a synopsis of his shop and of the turning cell from Okuma. Watch it here on PM’s YouTube channel.

two-machine production cell with robot

Toolcraft’s two-machine production cell is fed by a robot to reach the daily production volume.