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.
The tools go a whole lot faster—40,000 rpm, perhaps—but the advantage is not parts per hour but in the ability to make precise parts with less induced stress
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Increase operational productivity with these new developments
Using the strongest steel available to create critical automotive powertrain components is necessary and in demand. Understanding how to properly machine ultra-clean steel and executing these techniques will enable cost-efficient and consistent part production.
They’ve built the beta test cars. Now they’re running the factory to test the tooling and equipment
Sandvik has developed a face milling approach that is analogous to rotary broaching
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Whipple Superchargers uses unique form tools and dead-length-collet workholding for its B-axis turn-mill enabling it to create more accurate rotors for its brand of engine power-adders.
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Harbour Results Inc. estimates decline in N.A. OEM tooling spend for 2020
A focus on repeatability, geometric capabilities and speed led this manufacturer of fine-blanking machines and components to embrace hard milling as its go-to finishing process, eliminating hand grinding.
Process advances, new materials and tooling breakthroughs are advancing the state of hot stamping
Data collection, networking and machine design options are driving notable improvements and cost savings.
To get a sense of just how serious HP (www8.hp.com/us/en/printers/3d-printers.html) is about actually doing high-volume manufacturing with its new Jet Fusion 5200 3D printing system, know that when introducing the unit, which literally uses what can be considered print heads that provide a building speed on a machine of up to 309 in3/hr, Ramon Pastor, general manager and global head of Plastics Solutions at HP 3D Printing & Digital Manufacturing, talks about having a machine that has “industrial level overall equipment effectiveness,” the sort of thing that one might hear regarding a machining center, and points out that because HP is a mass manufacturer it understands such things as the process capability index (Cpk), so the company has devised process control software for the 5200 Series that includes a machine-learning algorithm, which means that the printer will get closer and closer to its target value. “We are delivering a Cpk of 1.3,” Pastor says, adding, “We ask our vendors for 1.3.”
There are three machines in the series, the 5200, 5210 and 5210 Pro, which is a capability walk toward more functionality and capability.
“We are building a new market, a digital manufacturing market,” Pastor says, so to that end they are assiduously working with other companies, be they users (e.g., Jaguar Land Rover, whose Ben Wilson, additive manufacturing manager, said, “Our work with HP to advance our knowledge and in-house capability in 3D printing has been an important step toward production of quality parts to support current and aftermarket customers.
To say that the GM Parma Metal Center is instrumental in the production of assembly and stampings for the OEM would be a huge understatement: at the 2.3-million ft2 facility the team processes over 1,000 tons of steel per day.
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