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For companies that clean customers’ parts in-house, hearing from a customer that parts are “too clean” is a rarity, since most want their parts as clean as possible. However, cleaning parts to the point that there’s no lubrication left behind can be a negative result for a customer whose assembly relies on a small amount of oil.

Cox Manufacturing Co. (San Antonio, Texas) had this experience when it was told by a customer that their parts were too clean after they had been machined at Cox and then cleaned in the company’s iFP (distributed by Gosiger) vacuum vapor degreaser. The degreaser uses Kyzen Corp.’s Metalnox M6386 modified alcohol solvent in tandem with the Kyzen CP86 rust inhibitor to produce high quality cleaned parts.

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Data Enables Machines to Tell Their Own Stories

If the machines on your shop floor could talk, what would they say? Would they tell stories of being cared for and maintained to the utmost degree, or would they disclose being abused or neglected? Would the turning center that broke last week explain precisely why an alarm went off causing the machine to be out of commission since then? Would it know how many parts it produced in a day or how many hours/minutes it ran last month? Would the CNC Swiss lathe sitting in the corner alert an operator of a potential tool failure before it happens?

Imagine having all this information at your fingertips. The data collected would be a gold mine to management; it could be used to make more informed decisions on the shop floor as well as optimize processes. Money and time would be saved and return on investment (ROI) would be easy to calculate.

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What Robotics Means for the Cutting Tools Industry

The rise of the robots is pervasive across all verticals, including the cutting tools industry. As more and more manufacturers turn to leaner processes, many see robotics as a way to increase productivity, improve precision and reduce labor costs. This has led some to ask whether robotics will replace humans completely and has led others to ask if the benefits are just too good to be true. 

In 2016, companies introduced more than 34,000 robotic systems in the United States alone, according to the Robotic Industries Association. And while upfront costs can seem prohibitive to many, the reduction in operating costs, ease of programming and potential for increased productivity is enough for many to fully automate their machining.

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The DuMont Company has been producing broaching tools since its founding in 1945. When Eric Hagopian purchased the company in 2016, “They were, for all intents and purposes, making their products the same way as they were in 1945,” he says. “It’s a testament to the original founder and owner of the business that he designed and built a process so robust that it lasted for over 70 years and produced a quality product.” But, “That being said, it was not a modern process.”

So, Mr. Hagopian set up a parent company, Pilot Precision Products, and began the process of updating DuMont. This required more than just replacing old, manual machines with modern CNC equipment. He had to transform the entire company, from its culture to the way it did business.

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By: Lori Beckman 5/5/2020

Part Cleanliness is Second Nature

Part Cleanliness is Second Nature

As I write this in mid-March, the world is very concerned about the spread of the coronavirus. Keeping our hands clean is being stressed over and over as the most effective way to stay virus-free.

While the general public has ramped up its concern about cleanliness, I can’t help but think about shops with parts cleaning operations that are always concerned about it. They constantly consider cross-contamination, recontamination, whether their customers’ parts are clean enough (meeting specifications) and sometimes if they are too clean.

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