Creative Workholding for the VMC Department

This article looks at a shop that has seen growth in its Swiss-type machining operations and uses a creative workholding solution on its VMC to achieve a more consistent workflow.

Most precision turning machine shops also use vertical machining centers. These two fundamental metalworking processes, turning and milling, are by far the most often performed.

For shops that use the two operations sequentially as in turning the part, then performing secondary operations on the machining center, balancing the work flow between the two processes can be a challenge. Turning is usually the faster operation of the two, causing a potential buildup of work in process ahead of the machining center.

The article, “Hitting the Target with Creative Workholding,” profiles at a shop that has seen growth in its Swiss-type machining operations and uses a creative workholding solution on its VMC to achieve a more consistent workflow. The shop makes assemblies used by archers, and the product, like most, uses turned and milled parts.

Read the article to learn how the shop uses an automated workholding system on its VMC to help keep up with production schedules.