Production Machining

JUL 2013

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Consolidating CAM Software attended the workshop and saw that the software was the only software we looked at that could program every type of machine," he says. "I also knew that Mori Seiki had decided it was the best for programming its machines, which isn't a decision that would be made lightly." Te ability to program every type of machine tool is a must-have for a precision job shop such as Trillium, which performs jobs that range from prototype runs of fve or ten parts to large production runs. About 50 percent of jobs performed at Trillium are for the medical industry and include parts such as implants, prosthetics and surgical instruments. Another 40 percent of jobs are for the aerospace industry, while the remaining 10 percent is prototype work for various industries, including automotive. In his 13 years at Trillium, Mr. Bureau has learned, among other things, the necessity of diversifying capability. Tough the company experienced a downturn, as did so many others following the events of Sept. 11, 2001, business has steadily increased over the past several years. "We've been able to increase business by being diversifed," he says. "We don't count on one customer to pay the bills. We don't set ourselves up for failure." At Trillium, setting up for success includes being able to do what others can't in terms of manufacturing complex parts and embracing exotic materials. Plastics and various types of titanium are par for the course. "I'm the guy who people come to when they have parts they say can't be made," Mr. Bureau says. From where Mr. Bureau's standing, turning a proft while accomplishing what others cannot requires automation. "If you want to make it in manufacturing in America today, you have to have automation," he says. "You can't pay a guy to run one part at a time." Te company maximizes manpower by automating. By running three shifts—day, swing and graveyard—Trillium is open for business 6 days a week, 24 hours a day, during which at least two machines are always going, but more than likely three or four. "Te ultimate goal of our company is to keep moving forward," Mr. Bureau says. "We want to expand, keep the automation going, have the staf we need and pay them well." In order to continue advancing its business and using automation to its advantage, the company has invested in the latest equipment. Trillium purchased its frst Mori Seiki NL-series lathe in 2005 and has since added additional NL-series machine tools and Swiss turning machines. It also now boasts two fully automated Swiss machines, one Mori Seiki NT-series mill-turn machine and a bar loader among its lineup. "We're making tens of thousands of parts on those machines," Mr. Bureau says. "In the past, we paid one guy to load those parts one at a time, and now we have an employee who checks the parts every 30 minutes to 2 hours." Running all of its equipment, complex or otherwise, with the same CAM software generates a faster and more efcient :: This Trillium programmer is hard at work employing some of the processes provided by Esprit to make programming more efcient. :: These two knee replacement trials were programmed using the technology in Esprit, which allowed Trillium to cut programming time in half for each part after the frst part was programmed. :: 37

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