Production Machining

DEC 2014

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

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In summer of 2013, less than a year after its frst machine was installed, Advance took delivery of its second Sprint 20-8. In this case, because of the machine's automation and bar fed stock delivery, the company's newly minted Swiss operator was able to tend both machines. Ramp-up to production was signifcantly smoother for the second machine, which turned out to be a good thing. Less than a week after its second Sprint was installed, Advance received a signifcant order that was ideal for running on the Swiss machines. Tey were ready. Te ability to "toggle" between the two machines gave Advance more production and scheduling fexibility as well as capacity in its growing Swiss department. An additional fexibility beneft for Advance is that its two Sprint 20-8 machines are convertible. In other words, they can run with a guide bushing or in a chucker mode, without the guide bushing. "Most of the work we ran initially on the Sprints was chucker-type parts," Mr. Dunaway says. "With parts that don't have the length-to-diameter requirements for guide :: Jeremy Hamilton (left) is president of Advance CNC. On the right is Kyle Dunaway who championed the idea of moving the machining center-focused shop into Swiss machining. :: Currently, Advance has four CNC Swiss-types, two DMG MORI Sprints and two Speeds. Using the attributes of each machine type allows for fexible scheduling and more efcient production. :: 33 Adding Swiss Machining

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