Production Machining

NOV 2018

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From the start, Ms. Sommers focused on growing the business. "I didn't want to own something and not have the ability to expand," she says. "If you don't have a plan for growth, you're going to go out of business." She set out a 10-year business plan that included buying and paying o• new equipment in the rst ve years, then embarking on a growth strategy intended to assure that the company would retain present customers and grow into new markets. €is required gaining production and operational capabilities. "We bought our rst CNC in 2007, a Swiss automatic lathe, and that was our direction into new modern technology," Ms. Sommers recalls. €e shop also sought a more productive replacement for its legacy screw machines. "We were looking for a direct replacement. We thought there were parts we could run more e‡ciently. We were running some parts in two operations on the screw machines, so we bought a machine to run them in one operation." After investigating a variety of alter- natives, the shop chose a Lico LNT 51S-S3, a CNC multi-slide automatic lathe. €e machine combines the simultaneous multi-tool operation capability of a screw machine with the Žexibility of CNC control. Lico machines are sold and serviced in the U.S. by Absolute Machine Tools Inc. €e Lico machine at Lakeview features a standard spindle collet- chuck system and an eight-position servo tool turret with driven tools. F ounded in the 1950s, Lakeview Screw Machine Products Inc. was a successful part making business when Debbie Sommers was hired. She worked and learned and moved through the organization and eventu- ally became general manager. €e shop's small size and scope allowed her to participate in every aspect of the business. "€e o‡ce wasn't separated from the shop. I was out in the shop all the time," she says. Lakeview Screw Machine's previous owner passed away in 2000, and in 2007 Ms. Sommers bought the company. Now called Lakeview Precision Machining Inc., the shop makes turned products for such industries as hydraulics, aerospace, water treatment, transportation, military, o‡ce equipment and injection molding. Technology Transition Ms. Sommers has been presiding over a transition from exclusively screw machine and secondary work to CNC machining with more Žexibility, capability, throughput and autonomous operation. €e company owns 11 CNC machines and 15 screw machines. Like many shops, Lakeview is gradually phasing out the screw machines, and as a consequence, the secondary operations department is also being eliminated. Secondary operations were a key element of the company's production process when screw machine parts required further processing and nishing. As CNC machines with extended capabilities are phased in, much of the secondary operations department has become redundant. :: ISO registrations, quality control and their process implementation are key functions at Lakevie Precision Machining. :: Lakevie Precision plant manager, Nemesio Fernandez, ith oner, president and CEO, Debbie Sommers. Evolving ith CNC Turning :: 27

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