Production Machining

OCT 2016

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

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higher-performing bar feeders with advanced technology and more automatic features that make setups simpler, faster and easier. How much a shop should invest in a bar feeder depends on its specific applications and overall production requirements. Because the true cost of owning any piece of manufacturing equipment goes far beyond the initial price tag, it's wise to look at the other issues that impact the ROI of a bar feeder: Reliability – All bar feeders load barstock, but they vary in how consistently they can perform. Ideally, the bar feeder should have a solid track record of performance that incorpo- rates rugged, rigid materials and construction. Does it have electronic synchronization to prevent turret crashes? Is the loading mechanism capable of long, continuous operation? Is there adequate support between the bar feeder and the machine tool? Ease of use – e control system should be intuitive, prompting and easy to read. Change-overs are quicker and easier if the bar feeder is equipped with automatic adjustments and does not require tools to change liners or pushers. Technical service, customer support, parts availability – All machines require routine maintenance, so it can be helpful if the bar feeder is from a company that has factory trained service people who can respond quickly, anywhere in the world. It's also helpful to have knowledgeable people avail- able for immediate support. Downtime is a profit killer, so a manufacturer that maintains substantial local stock of spare parts can make a big difference. Product warranty – A bar feeder manufacturer that stands firmly behind its products and has a global support team to back up its promises indicates a reliable warranty. Applications experience – A well- established supplier is more likely to have people with in-depth applications knowledge than those manufacturers with less experience. Finally, no bar feeder can optimize the performance of a CNC machine tool unless the two are completely compatible. LNS proactively works with CNC machine tool builders throughout the world to ensure that the bar feeders and machine tools are well matched for maximum productivity. For more information from LNS America Inc., call 513-528-5674 or visit lns-america.com. For similar articles, visit PM's Bar Feeders and Material Handling Zone. short.productionmachining.com/ barfeeds When the coolant becomes a Liquid Tool. Metalworking fluids to optimize productivity, economic efficiency and machining quality. Our specialists support you to get the best out of your machines and tools with the Liquid Tool. Please contact us for your local distributor. Blaser Swisslube Inc. Goshen, New York Phone 845-294-3200 mailboxusa@blaser.com www.blaser.com BAR FEEDERS/MATERIAL HANDLING 36 PRODUCTION MACHINING :: OCTOBER 2016

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