A cloud-based lean execution system tying together multiple MES and ERP platforms across this automotive supplier's global operations has led to improvements in production, maintenance and quality.
Contributing Editor, Production Machining
The automotive industry is the largest market for precision machined parts. See how shops are handling the large volumes, tight process control and high quality this industry requires.
By grinding the entire workpiece contour in a single operation, the Grindstar can produce large batch sizes economically, making it an alternative to turning for the automotive industry.
The industry has exceeded the expectations of many experts from as recently as the end of 2017.
R&D efforts in recent years have led to higher efficiencies, increased agility and expanded capabilities for shops performing Swiss-type turning.
Over the past decade, technology has advanced to the point that lights-out machining is more seamless than ever before, with built-in safety systems and even the ability to switch from one part to another in the middle of the night.
Inverted vertical turning centers find a home in an automotive stamping house.
MFG.com recently released the results of its MFGWatch survey targeting 8,840 sourcing professionals throughout North America. The results indicate that 2013 is going to be a year of growth.
Choosing the right tools and matching them to the correct operations and process techniques for micromachining applications is critical to success in this burgeoning market.
Single pass honing, also referred to as diamond bore sizing, is a good way to produce parts economically when the bore is small or has thin-walled members that need to be honed.
Conventional honing has been continuously improved and automated, now allowing boring accuracies to be measured in millionths.
This article tells how a shop used infomation available on the Web to solve a tough production problem on its shop floor.
Automating the honing process is key to high-volume precision bore production with sub-micron accuracy.
Here’s how one shop makes certain that every bore meets specs for customers who believe one bad part in a million is one too many.
The ball-style hone is a specialized abrasive tool that is instantly recognizable by its unique appearance. For engineers in the automotive, aerospace, manufacturing and machining industries, this application-engineered hone, characterized by the small, abrasive globules that are permanently mounted to flexible filaments, is a flexible, low-cost tool for sophisticated surfacing, deburring and edge blending.
Replacing the traditional ISO-style inserts with a reaming system solved a chip buildup problem in bore finishing of injector bodies.
Tight tolerances are extremely important in gear manufacturing, and even more so when those gears are used in performance motorcycle transmissions. The ability to manufacture as competitively as possible is also a critical factor to consider.
For this precision machining firm, tool monitoring is extending tool life, improving machine uptime and reducing cycle times.
Camcraft Precision Machined Components purchased two rotary transfer machines from Hydromat Inc. after winning a bid on an automotive plunger.