Production Machining

OCT 2016

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

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Edited by Chris Felix N ot too many years ago, CNC machining was all about speeds, feeds and other machine tool specs. While machine capabilities are still a key factor, savvy manufacturers have turned their attention to applying automation to maximize the performance of both their CNC machines and the entire production process. Reflecting this trend are such terms as the Internet of ings (IOT), Industry 4.0, and Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) that point to improving machine tool utilization, accelerating throughput and reducing material waste. For those turning parts from barstock, automatic magazine bar feeders can provide an affordable way to achieve manufacturing efficiency. Choosing an AUTOMATIC e right bar feeder for a given application can provide a number of benefits: • Reduce the machine tool operator's time and effort handling raw material • Support barstock to reduce vibrations that can transfer to the cutting zone and create dimensional and surface finish problems • Enable the machine tool to operate at optimum spindle speeds • Minimize change-over times • Reduce material waste • Provide consistent, reliable operation that enables lights-out production BAR FEEDER e bar feeder is the most common form of automation for turning operations. Selecting the right one requires consideration of the applications for which it will be used. BAR FEEDERS/MATERIAL HANDLING 32 PRODUCTION MACHINING :: OCTOBER 2016

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