Production Machining

MAY 2016

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

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Edited by Chris Koepfer F inding better, more efcient and more proftable ways to produce parts and keep a competitive advantage is a daily pursuit at successful shops. It's no diferent at Task Force Tips (TFT), Valparaiso, Indiana, which makes multiple nozzle sizes and designs, valve bodies, and other components for fre suppression and water delivery equipment for the forestry, municipal and industrial frefghting markets as well as for aircraft deicing. As a result, TFT does many short runs of hundreds of diferent part designs. Founded in 1971, the closely held company is dedicated to creating the means for frefghters to be as efective as possible in dousing fames, performing engineering, machining, assembly and testing. Within its fully integrated production plant, about 98 percent of the work is done in-house by more than 200 employees. Exceeding Expectations TFT is a team-oriented workforce encouraged by Chairman/CEO Stewart McMillan. Trough the years, the company invested in a range of automatic lathes from Index Corp. that have created opportunities for programmers and operators to come up with better processes. "Index created for us an opportunity that was game-changing for our company," Mr. McMillan says. TFT runs six C series automatic lathes that Mr. McMillan says produce parts that would normally be mistaken as parts that came of a machining center. The company first invested in CNC machining back in 1980 and has since been investing in increas- ingly capable machines for increasingly automated processes. "The multitasking capabilities of these newer machines has made a fundamental shift in how people Multitasking is More Than Doing Two Things at Once Combining diferent metalcutting operations on a single machine platform is helping shops explore better ways to manufacture. MULTITASKING 34 PRODUCTION MACHINING :: MAY 2016

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