Shop Evolves its Manufacturing with Vertical Machining Center

Clippard Instrument Laboratory initially used two Haas VF2 VMCs to perform secondary operations. With these milling capabilities, the company started doing more in-house custom work with larger manifolds, which traditionally the customer would make for themselves. 


Manifolds The addition of the Haas vertical machining center has helped Clippard move from secondaries to primary milling operations. The manifolds (inset) are an example of new capability made possible by this technology.


Clippard Instrument Laboratory started off as a heavy screw machine shop in 1941, and by 1986 it had invested in its first CNC equipment, a Brother drilling and tapping center. The shop’s first CNC machines were purchased to perform secondary operations that previously were done manually on drill presses and other manual machines. Over time, Clippard became more comfortable with CNC technology. By 2012, the company had several CNC machine centers, facilitating a move into smaller and more precise components for the miniature pneumatic products it had been producing since the 1950s. 

About a decade ago, the company needed a larger, more powerful machine with more toolholders, which led to the purchase of two Haas VF2 vertical machining centers. Initially, these vertical machining centers were used to perform secondary operations on screw machined parts. These milling capabilities have allowed Clippard to do more in-house custom work in the form of designing, engineering and machining larger manifolds, which traditionally the customer would make for themselves. 

Chris Koepfer wrote about how the company sees this continuous growth of manufacturing capability as a trend for its business in “Beyond Secondaries: Vertical Machining Center Enhances OEM's Capability.” Read the article here