Production Machining

JUL 2013

Production Machining - Your access to the precision machining industrial buyer.

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CASE IN POINT :: Trillium Machine has developed relationships with customers that have lasted more than 20 years, and the company depends highly upon its manufacturing and engineering staf to ensure its customers consistently receive parts that exceed expectations. Consolidating CAM Software Cuts Programming Time t Trillium Machine Inc., there's no room for thinking within the comfy confnes of "the box," working in the "comfort zone," or refusing to try the untried. Tis precision job shop in Sandy, Ore., has no room—let alone the luxury of time—for embracing the ordinary. Because trumping the norm is the company's specialty, it comes as no surprise that Tyler Bureau, its V.P. of manufacturing, zeroes in on the big picture of manufacturing and how Trillium can best succeed within it. Or, better yet, outside of it. "We've seen a lot of companies that were similar to us in capabilities 10 years ago not make the investments that we have, and they're stuck in the same place," Mr. Bureau says. "Last year was our biggest year." Among investments made by the 27-year-old company are complex machinery and sophisticated CAM software. Te company's capabilities include milling, turning, mill/ turn, fve-axis and Swiss-type machining. With quality control and laser engraving services as well, about the only thing it doesn't do is wire EDM, the company says. A 36 PRODUCTION MACHINING :: JULY 2013 Edited by Lori Beckman About 18 months ago, following the acquisition of a Mori Seiki NT 1000 mill/turn machine tool, Mr. Bureau saw it was time to review the company's use of CAM software. As the new machine tool's control was equipped with Esprit CAM software by DP Technology, Esprit became one among several brands of CAM used to program the shop's array of machine tools. "As I started using the new machine, I realized that I had four programs to deal with in making parts on various machines," Mr. Bureau says, who began reviewing his CAM software options at a manufacturing trade show. Te goal, he explains, was to consolidate the company's use of CAM software to one brand. "When you work with several diferent types of CAM, you have to constantly shift gears and, in each case, you have to adjust to certain limitations," he says. "You have to keep in mind there are difering capabilities between the types of software." A no-cost Esprit Skill Builder event attended by Mr. Bureau proved to be a deciding factor for Trillium. "We

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